Originally posted by Vtpapa:
I need to replace the tires on my Ram 1500 Hemi and, after substantial research, have two questions.
1. What experience have members of this site had with Firestone Destination LE tires?
2. What experience have members of this site had with Town Fair Tire in New England?
I actually have the Destination LE's on my Ram and they are GREAT tires. Put them on my 07 Silverado EC 4WD and they came OE issue on my 08 AWD Equinox ( suv ). They performed great on those vehicles as well. It is THE tire for me now if purchasing for a truck or suv. I only hope Firestone does not mess with a good thing and leaves them alone!
The Destination LE is one of the top say 3-5 All Season light truck and suv tires on the market. They perform amazing in the snow, they give a nice ride, they are quiet, they wear like iron, and they are very affordable. I actually have felt on the 3 vehicles I have had them on they easily out performed the Michelin LTX M+S tires that were on my 03 and 04 Rams. If you can best the LTX M+S you have a good tire.
Now, on my 08 Ram I have the 20's. The Silverado had 17's and the Equinox 16's. Both were much narrower and thus did better in the snow than the 20's have. We all know wider tires perform worse in snow and on ice than narrower ones right? As a result the LE's have not been quite as good on the Ram as they were the Silverado.
However, I will tell you the LE's have performed a million times better in the bad weather than the OE Junkyear HP's. Heck, the LE's are better in 2WD in snow and on ice than the Goodforayear HP's were in 4WD. I can honestly say the LE's have performed better than any OE issues Crapyear AT's my trucks have come with as well. The only tires to perform better for me have been BFG AT's and Bridgestone Revo's but it is not enough better, for my needs, to justify the negatives of AT's.
The thing is I do not need AT's. It is overkill for me. I do not off road other than the occassional muddy back road or summer boat ramp. I am 99.99% on road. If not for the fact we have such harsh winters here in NH( you know about what I see being from VT )I would not even get a 4WD. But the fact our roads suck from Dec-March I get 4WD. I also waterfowl hunt into mid Feb each year so I see a lot of crappy boat launches. 4WD is a must as a result.
I used to think AT tires were a must too. They cost a lot more, the ride is not as good, they are noisey, MPG suffers, They don't last as long, and so on( compared to good AS tires ). The Michelin LTX M+S did an adequate job but cost too much when I was looking to put new tires on the 07 Silverado. So, I started looking into other AS tires. I looked for the ones that did the best in winter, had a reasonable price, and would last.
The LE's came up time and time again. So, with some doubt and skeptiscism I tried them. I have not looked back since. Just a GREAT tire for those who drive a truck or suv as a DD and see winter weather but do not do any off roading. When I bought my Equinox there were 2 identical ones on the lot I liked but one came with LE's OE and that is the one I chose for that reason. Just 2 months after buying the 08 Ram( soon as I had the $$$ to do it )I replaced the god awful OE POSYear HP's with the LE's.
I HIGHLY recommend them to you.
I have dealt a lot with Town Fair. The local one is pretty good but some of the stores not so much( i.e. the help ). I am very happy with the one I deal with locally. Their prices are usually middle of the road not the besta round as they claim though. Your best bet for the best price is to find a really smoking deal on the LE's somewhere and bring in proof( include shipping or they won't price match )and they will beat the price( by 5% I think it is ).
No photos of the Equinox but here is the Silverado with them and my current truck...
The Firestone Destination LE is a great choice IMO as long as you have no off roading aspirations. Boat lauches, dirt roads, etc... within reason are fine but no sand use or serious off road use.