2015 was a great year to get all the tires sorted for my Miata. I bought the car with new looking tires on the stock 17 inch rims. The brand I have never heard of before: Accelera Alpha which is apparently a Korean tire. I thought that maybe they were crap until I saw a newish looking Bentley Continental GT at a shop wearing the same brand tire… so either the rich man driving the Bentley is really cheap and they are a good tire, or the rich man is cheap and dumb. Either way I decided to replace them first chance I get. Since buying the car and first contemplating changing the tires I was reading on the Miata.net forums how people have two sets of wheels, especially those that live in colder climates and alternate between summer and winter compounds. So I decided to do the same. I stumbled across a great deal on eBay for some OEM 16 inch rims. They came with fairly bald tires, so I replaced them with BFGoodrich g-Force Comp 2 A/S all season tires in 205/50ZR16 size, which have been great so far. And just this week I purchased a replacement for my Alpha’s from Sears: BFGoodrich g-Force Sport Comp 2 summer tires in 215/45ZR17 size.
Who says Motorsport advertising doesn’t work? It certainly seems to work on me. BFGoodrich is a long-time sponsor of the Mazda MX-5 racing series both on a pro level as well as in club racing. But to me it’s a cheaper alternative to Michelin tires which I really love.
The last time my family bought tires at Sears were Michelin’s for a Ford Explorer. Of course at that time my father paid something like $700 or $800 dollars. The time before that we bought Michelin’s for a Lincoln Town Car and they weren’t much cheaper either. But this time I got a steal.
Sears was advertising a Christmas promo of 10% off tires plus 100,000 points for their frequent shopper promotion where 1,000 points = $1, so $100 back to spend on purchases with Sears or K-mart. The tires themselves were on sale for $107 apiece, or $428 total which was cheaper by a smidge than what DiscountTireDirect has listed on eBay (which is the last shop I bought my 16’s from and thought I had gotten a great deal). In addition to those Christmas discounts, Sears had a coupon for $50 off any set of 4 BFGoodrich purchase and a general $35 off $300 purchase which I used. In addition to those discounts I also purchased some Sears and K-mart gift cards on eBay using discounted eBay gift cards, which I’ve been buying for a while just for a sale like this. I missed out on other eBay Sears gift card promos which were giving 15% off on a purchase of a $100 gift card (or $85 for $100 card), but what are you gonna do… I got what I could. In the end I paid something like $250 total including NJ sales tax of 7% as well as mounting and balancing, environmental fees, etc. Which is really cheap!
Mounting the tires proved a bit troublesome. I’ll explain why… Since these were my summer wheels, they were already off the car. I called Sears to see if I could bring them loose especially since I was keeping the take-offs (the Accelera Alphas were still in excellent shape as I suspect there’s less than 5,000 miles on them). Sears said no problem, but by giving me the $8 back for the tire disposal fee that I had paid in advance, they ended up cancelling my order and re-processing it again. By doing so they voided almost all of the discounts I had gotten thru Sears and it really made me worry that I’d lose the 100,000 in points I got back. In addition since I used an airline portal to earn some frequent flyer miles (there was a 6x promo on miles from American Airlines earning me over 2,000 miles which is more than what I earned flying to Miami and back on AA this year), I ended up losing the miles… Damn shame if you ask me, especially since I repeatedly asked my Sears rep like 100 times not to touch the original reservation and make any adjustments so I could pay in the store out of pocket. They didn’t listen!
But I am very happy with the way the tires look. These are about 1 centimeter wider than the tires I took off, 215 width vs. 205 width and I can’t wait for better weather to put them on the car. Of course better weather is a few months away, and unlike using my winter tires during the summer to break them in (on the 16’s), I think I’ll keep the 17’s until it’s proper summer time, I know how these summer tires turn rock hard when it’s cold outside so I won’t risk it.
Ironic how it’s always wet when I’m buying tires. The white stuff you see on the back of the car in this picture is snow and sleet. Our first winter storm of this season… Looking forward to summer!