Thanks to all for your experiences and opinions. I found some Michelins
that I am getting installed Monday. They are not the same size but I think they will work. These tires are for an ’00 Oldsmobile Bravada. For some reason the only tires used on and recommended for this SUV are P235/70 R15, if I search for tires and say I have a ’00 Chevy or GMC they offer as an alternate size the P235/75 R15. As it turns out the Blazer had 3 different suspension packages and three different tires to go along, the cheaper package used the P205/75 R15 tire size. The slightly larger tire were used on their premium ride suspension, said to be more car like than the slightly lower profile 70 series. I am not sure what differences there were in the springs and torsion bars but I found that the rear stabilizer bar is slightly larger diameter on the Chevy, I am not sure what they did for shocks, they may be the same. This Olds has Bilstein shocks, probably the originals, they should have been replaced a while ago, when you drive over a patch of rough road it is like being on rough seas, it takes a while to quit bouncing. My plans are to replace them soon with new heavy duty Bilstein shocks but at ~$70 a shock x4 that is another big blow to the pocketbook.
So now the odometer and speedometer will be off a little, about 3 ½ % and the little computer that shows how many miles left until the gas runs out and the fuel mileage but that’s all minor stuff. If I am satisfied with the larger tires, and we’re only talking about an inch, there are many more options available in the 75 series than the 70. Search Tire Rack for P235/70 R15 and you get back 20 results, search for P235/75 R15 and you get 69 results.
I almost went with Kumho
tires, they would have been $130 out the door, the Michelins
will be $148 out the door, I hear a lot of good about Cooper Tires
also but they seem to be about in line price wise with the Michelins
. My experience with Michelin
truck tires has always been good. For even wear and high mileage wear they can’t be beat so I wanted to try them on a car or pickup. If I am disappointed or impressed beyond all expectation I’ll report back.
I just bought this tire for my service van
LT245/75R-16 MICHELIN LTX M/S2 E
That is the tire I am getting the LTX® M/S2 P235/75 R15/XL
if I like them I will probably go with those next time my pickup needs tires. My pickup takes the exact same size as your service van. Where did you say you park it?