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Can anyone tell me the life expectancy of the 45/17in tires offered as an option? Most tires of this low profile only last ~15K miles. Also, what are the snow/rain characteristics of these tires compared to the standard 215/55/16's on the T5? How about the general ride and handling, my dealer didn't have any to test?
 

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I have 45/17 tires on an '01 coupe. The snow characteristics in these tires are very poor. i was warned to get snow tires and i didn't and my wife refuses to drive this car in the snow (actually, a good thing). rain is not a problem, but i live in the northeast and potholes with these low profile tires are also a major concern. my advice would be to get them, the S60 looks great with them, but get the Gislaveds as well, if possible. Your dealer will most likely store them for you in the offseason and these snow tire are excellent. I have them on my S40.
 
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