johnnylingo wrote:VW Santa Cruz didn't have a spare and said it would be 3 days to get one. So I just towed it to Big O since they carry the Ecopia 422 Pluses and at least I know I won't get ripped off.
When I had the re-certification done on the eGolf when I bought out the lease, VW Santa Monica put 2 new tires on (oddly they put them on the front, contrary to tire industry recommendations, but I'm not concerned). According to the service sheet, 2 new Ecopias were $126 each, plus $20 each for mounting/balancing and another $11 or so each for tire tax, weights, stems, etc. So $157.22 per tire.
Tire Rack's price for the Ecopia Plus is already $115 + tax including shipping, so $125.92 for my zip code. But then I have to find a local installer, preferably one I can drop-ship the tires to. The nearest local Tire Rack-recommended installer (with a 5 star rating) charges $25 for installation, plus $2 for stems and $5 for the disposal fee. So their total price is slightly more
that what VW Santa Monica charges. Checking other TR-recommended installers in my area comes up with similar results.
So while you'd think the dealer would charge you a premium for tires, it actually didn't turn out to be the case. Because of that, when I brought my car in to VW Pasadena to have the charging module swapped out due to the Clipper Creek compatibility issue (discussed in another thread), when it came time to pick it up I drove my Alltrack over there and dropped that off at the same time. I had them replace the left front tire due to a nail going sideways into the tread near the sidewall (I already checked with a few tire shops and they all refused to plug it -- lawyer reasons) and also had them fix the CarNet switch in the headliner which had popped inward when I pushed on it.
For the Alltrack, a new Falken Sincera (the OEM) tire was $163 (ouch) plus $25 for mounting/balancing and another $3.75 in misc costs, for a total of $191.75. Tire Rack wants $134 for the same tire. Including tax, shipping/handling, mounting, etc. would have come to $179, slightly less money. But then I'd have to make a second trip to a tire shop. I'll gladly pay the extra $13 for the convenience. VW Pasadena said that since the Alltrack wasn't leased, I could go with a different and cheaper brand of tire, but I went with the OEM since the other tire on the same axle will be OEM.
While this won't apply to you now, I'm mentioning this in case someone else reads it, that VW dealers can be surprisingly competitive on price when it comes to the OEM tires.
As far as your local dealer saying the tire wouldn't arrive for 3 days, did you bring it in on a Friday afternoon? I don't know about the eGolf (VW Santa Monica had it for 3 days) but for the Alltrack it came overnight. Dropped it off on a Thursday evening right before closing, and I got a text the following morning saying it was ready for pickup.
The dilemma now is try and get by with just replacing a single tire, both, or just replace all 4 now as I'm just over 17,000 miles. As it stands now my chances of keeping the car are about 50/50.
Just buy one tire. The two original remaining Ecopias on my eGolf still have 7/32 on them and my car has just shy of 20k miles. Unlike the OEM Ecopias on my Leaf, I expect these tires to last beyond 30k miles. If you're worried about handling, put the new tire on the back axle (which is the industry-recommended practice anyway).