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    Quote Originally Posted by Lalo64 View Post
    I got a puncture yesterday and started losing air on my tires. I tried getting them repaired, but was told that my tires were too worn out to repair. I checked and sure enough I was past the wear marker on my tires. So I pumped extra air while I decided what tires to buy.

    After searching online and reading through the forum, I went with a full set of Barum Brillantis 2 (175/65/14) to replace my worn out Hankook Kinergy ST (175/65/14). The biggest factor for my choice was availability and price. The Barums were $48 each compared to the Kumho ($80) and the Nexen NPriz ($89). The Firestone Potenza were available, but at $149 each, I wasn't ready to spend $700 for those.

    For a full set plus installation, the Barums were a total of $312 (Compared to Kumho @ $421 and Nexen @ $464) And since Continental owns Barum, I figured they were better than some other no name brand. America's Tire did the whole thing in like 20 minutes.

    My initial impressions are mostly positive, though my only point of comparison are my old Kinergy ST. The ride is a bit more comfortable, the grip feels better, and the car coast a bit more easily than before. I'm going to check and see if my MPG takes a hit, but as long as it's the same as before I'm happy (26 city/43 hwy). And the amount of thread on this thing is surprisingly thick. I'm surprised the grooves are that deep, though only time will tell if these tires last.

    Some negatives. At slow speeds they are extremely quiet, but at highway speeds it's about the same as my old tires, maybe a touch louder. And they do get a bit squeaky if they're pushed hard around a corner. I was hoping the "asymmetrical design" would make it a bit quieter, but I'm not a tire expert and they are cheap. I need to drive around a bit more to get a feel for them. And while America's Tire list it as an "all-season tire", the manufacturer website list it as a "summer tire". I guess I'll find out how well they perform when it rains. As a side note, the max PSI is 44 compared to the Kinergy's 51 PSI. Not sure why it's rated lower, but thought I should mention it.

    Overall I'm happy with my purchase for now. We'll see how well they wear over time and how they handle in the rain. Reviews online have been mostly positive, so I'm optimistic especially with a lightweight car like the Mirage.
    I had these exact same tires for 2 years and for the money they are a steal my friend. The chunky tread is loud and cheap but also durable, good in the rain, and they last a long time. My wife still has hers on her G4.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Basic View Post
    Changed the oil
    What sort of oil did you use? What did you think of the oil that came out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lalo64 View Post
    For a full set plus installation, the Barums were a total of $312 (Compared to Kumho @ $421 and Nexen @ $464) And since Continental owns Barum, I figured they were better than some other no name brand. America's Tire did the whole thing in like 20 minutes.
    Thanks to Dirk,the Barums are not a "no name" brand on this forum.

    I have a pair of the 165/65r14 Kumho Solus TA31 (500AA/60,000 mile warranty) on the rear of my Mirage this winter.

    A complete set of 4 Kumho tires would be $309.96 mounted/balanced/installed + tax @ my Walmart today. Disposal of the 4 old tires would add $6 to the deal. Tire prices can change daily. These tires are $3/tire less than I what I paid for them last June.

    Since Federal SS657 tires have disappeared, I still feel the Kumho tires may be one of the best 165/65r14 tire options available these days.

    I am not knocking your deal at all. $312 for 4 new tires mounted/balanced anywhere is a good deal these days, & that's why I bring up the Kumho tires in my area.
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    $309 for a set of Kumho tires sounds like a great deal. I wish I could have waited to get some tires delivered, but my tire pressure was going down fast and I didn't want to wake up one morning with my back tires completely deflated. Props to America's Tire for having these tires and getting me in and out fast.

    Though in all honesty that's my fault for not keeping an eye on my tire thread. At least now I'll pay more attention to them and make an effort to rotate them. But with how chunky and deep the thread on these things are, that might be a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyblue View Post
    What sort of oil did you use? What did you think of the oil that came out
    I used Mobil 1 Synthetic 5w20 High Mileage as it was what I had in stock from WalMart clearance. Oil that came out (Mobil 1 0w20 Advanced Fuel Economy) looked ok. A bit dark, and a bit thin, but not really different than any 0w20 I have run in a Mirage at this point. Not planning on sending it in for analysis either.

    One thing to note, the 3A92 IMMEDIATELY sounded happier with the new 5w20 than the old 0w20. I really think 5w20 or 5w30 is the better weight for these little triples.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lalo64 View Post
    $309 for a set of Kumho tires sounds like a great deal. I wish I could have waited to get some tires delivered, but my tire pressure was going down fast and I didn't want to wake up one morning with my back tires completely deflated. Props to America's Tire for having these tires and getting me in and out fast.

    Though in all honesty that's my fault for not keeping an eye on my tire thread. At least now I'll pay more attention to them and make an effort to rotate them. But with how chunky and deep the thread on these things are, that might be a while.

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    The Barum tires look quite impressive for traction. They seriously look like they would handle snow quite well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Basic View Post
    I used Mobil 1 Synthetic 5w20 High Mileage as it was what I had in stock from WalMart clearance. Oil that came out (Mobil 1 0w20 Advanced Fuel Economy) looked ok. A bit dark, and a bit thin, but not really different than any 0w20 I have run in a Mirage at this point. Not planning on sending it in for analysis either.

    One thing to note, the 3A92 IMMEDIATELY sounded happier with the new 5w20 than the old 0w20. I really think 5w20 or 5w30 is the better weight for these little triples.
    I honestly believe the 0W-20 oil recommendation is totally based on economy vs engine protection.

    Steve's cheap plastic car received 50+ free oil changes every 5,000 miles. Conventional 5W-30 oil & relatively cheap oil filters were used. As his Mirage approached 300,000 miles, his car was burning very little to no oil.

    Some forum members using 0W-20 oil mention their Mirage burning some oil much sooner. Now there are many variables involved in all this (like driving style, highway vs city miles, oil filters, & whatever). It's just an observation that I have noticed over the past few years on the forum.

    I've used 5W-30 conventional oil for decades without issue. My first 0W-20 vehicle had it's short block engine replaced @ just under 90,000 miles (class action lawsuit took care of it for me). The vehicle was burning a quart of oil every 1,000 miles. Look at it this way - if you did their recommended 7,500 mile oil change interval, you had to add 7 quarts of expensive synthetic oil between oil changes (oil capacity is 5.5 quarts).

    Can I blame all that 100% on 0W-20 oil? No! The newer 2.5L Subaru boxer engine hasn't developed the great reputation of the older 2.2L boxer engine.

    I stopped using 0W-20 over a year ago, now. My Mirage is getting 5W-30 Super Tech Full Synthetic & mid-priced Purolator ONE or Fram Ultra Synthetic oil filter changed every 5,000 miles from now on. It seems happy to me!

    Super Tech also offers an Advanced Full Synthetic (more expensive) and High Mileage Synthetic (same price as full synthetic). Like everything else these days, Super Tech oil has jumped in price. There may be better options.

    If there's a bad full synthetic oil on the market, I am not aware of it.
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    Replaced coolant today, undid radiator tap and engine block bung, engine block bung was bit hard to crack, used a 1/4 Allen key socket, I tried a 6mm Allen key, both fit the same but we're a bit loose which I didn't like, I couldn't locate any 6.5mm or 7mm Allen's so I couldn't really tell if I could get it any tighter, anyway it didn't really matter after I was done I replaced the aluminium washer and nipped it up to 26 Newton metres, I also took off the pipe leading down from the top of the radiator down to the CVT heat exchanger and got a little bit out. Hooked everything back up and filled it up, gave it a brief run to get any air out and I'll check it again soon and top it up if need be.

    Coolant that came out was blue (must be blue from factory) and the bottle I was given by Mitsubishi was also blue so that's nice.

    Drain bolt washer part no MF660034
    Coolant part no mz320136

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