I never thought I would have to think much about getting tires for the Volvo. The<BR>Nokian's on the VW are amazing.<P>BUT<P>since the Volvo is an extremely low mileage car (less than 7500/year) I could go with a<BR>serious Ice and snow tire like the Hakka Q (Nokian) and it would last forever - much<BR>longer than the car would. And is that worth it? The other factor to consider is that<BR>the Nokian guys say that it should take a 185-70R14 OEM. Well we have beaten that topic<BR>to death - 185R14 is what 185-80R14 and the proper diameter tire is a 205-70R14 right?<P>The Hakka Q is $77 in a 185-70R14 and $96 in the 205-70R14<P>kinda expensive even for that.<P>So I started looking at the options. People have mentioned the Dunlops HS-1 as a great<BR>comprimise.<P>Tire rack shows 3 options in the 207-70R14.<BR>Blizzak WS-50 at $68 a piece Michelin Artic-Alpin at $65 a piece and the<BR>Firestone Winterfire at $45 a peice.<P>And I thought well geesh $45 a peice if they last 1/2 as long as the Hakka Qs it will be<BR>okay - and this car is driven super conservatively (baby in the back - turns are taken<BR>very slow even when dry out). And the other thing is the inital outlay of capital.<BR>(looking for investment return)<P>Okay that said I could drop the width down to 195-75s and see a price drop of about<BR>$8-10/tire (not bad for the trade off) but going to a 185-80R14 or a 185R14 nothing<BR>comes up. If I drop down to a 195-65R14 things look better with the addition of the<BR>Yoko Guardex 600 at $49 a peice. Then if I drop down to a 185-70R14 the Dunlops show up<BR>the HS-1 is $43 and the DS-1 is $46 the Firestone Winterfire drops down to $39 in that<BR>size and the Blizzak is still $63!<P>There now I have thought well then I will need to get some all seasons soon anyway -<BR>what about some good all seasons. Well the Nokian NRW was the first choice - but at $77<BR>for the wrong size and not tire availible for the 205-70R14 I started to look at other<BR>stuff. And the Goodyear Aquatread 3 showed up. It looks a lot like the NRW in some<BR>respects. People have said good stuff about it in the snow and well now I am thinkin<BR>about that.<P>Anyone have any comments or helpfull suggestions?<P>Right now I am looking at the Firestone Winterfire in the 205-70R14, 195-75R14 or<BR>185-70R14, the Yoko Guardex 600 in the 195-65R14, or the Dunlop Graspic HS-1 or DS-1 in<BR>hte 185-70R14 size and then the host of all season/touring tires in a few months.<P>Sticking with the snows does anyone have first hand experience with the ones I am<BR>considering? Mostly for a cost factor so wear compared to longevity is important. If<BR>the Hakka Qs are gonna dry rot after 3 years before they wear out I don't want to spend<BR>that much money - I would rather get 2 years out of a cheaper set of tires.<P>Ideas?