This is more of a mini review since I am not a car-person. Looking for new tires I checked the reviews for the discount tire chains (you know who they are), and what I found was rather dismal. I called a few and was also pretty disappointed. That being said, if you are a car person and know exactly which tire you want, you can probably navigate yourself thru the salesmanship and get what you want at a good price.
Here’s what I liked about buying my tires at Costco:
- Free tire rotations – other tire chains offer this service, but I know I’ll be going to Costco regularly so I won’t have to make a separate trip.
- Pricing – Costco sells name brand tires and oftentimes has coupons ($70 off 4 tires, etc). Prices were comparable to other sites and stores that I checked.
- Sales – I believe the workers do the sales, and there was very little pressure or confusing information.
- Customer Service – I can’t say too much about the tire service since I’ve only used it once, but all other service I’ve had to deal with has been good or better than good.
Finally, for the review of the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 tires. Again, not a car person, but the ride seemed a little stiff at first, but it was quiet and smooth for the most part. What I was really interested in was the fuel economy boost. My car’s stated MPG rating is 27MPG combined local/highway.
Previously measured mileage:
- Varying between 25MPG – 27MPG on a tank of gas
Mileage with Ecopia Tires
- Over 3 tanks of gas – 28.9MPG
I wish I had been more diligent about taking the mileage before I bought the new tires, but I remember I was mostly disappointed that it was always closer to 25MPG rather than 27MPG. So conservatively, there was a 10% increase in mileage. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but for me, that’s one extra trip to work before having to fill up.