I've heard from a number of people about Rota wheels breaking at autocross events. Of course now I can't find links to anything (frustrating). This was in the news only a few months ago. The response from Rota was that it was a bad batch of wheels and this is not normal. I agree that the price is great.
Because I live in Maine, and because I don't have a beater car to drive during the winter, I need to buy some new wheels and tires. I'm not looking for anything high performance. Trust me, the last thing you even think about during winter in Maine is performance! I'm just looking for a decent wheel, nothing too expensive, and a mediocre all-season tire. I had a 2001 Jetta VR6 before my STi, and went through two winters with the stock tires. They worked fine. Anyone have any suggestions as to what I should be looking at?
If you are going with separate wheels and tires for winter, I would be looking at a winter tire not all season, especailly in Maine. I am looking at both the Dunlop Winter Sport and the Pirelli SnowSports, leaning more towards the Pirellis. They both have great snow ratings and good dry handling ratings.
Right now im drving my 4Runner with brand new winter tires on. Unless I plan on doing some performance driving (ha!) then I dont think its a problem. I wouldnt go to a summer AutoX event with them on an STi though
If you got studs in the tires, THEN it would be a sliding pig. On marbles of course
That is why I am looking at those tires becasue people rated them pretty good for dry handling. Some people even said they like they so much they are running them year 'round. I would never do that but to have tires that I can get around in the snow with better than SUVs but still have decent dry performance, it's worth it. I was originally looking at a good all season because here in Chicago we don't get a lot of snow and the roads are bare most of the time but some of the all seasons do not have the greatest snow ratings which kind of defeats the purpose. We do get very cold temps though where I think a winter tire will work best. Plus I figure with the power of the STi I need something that will bite into the snow for when we do get dumped on or I go back home to Michigan for the xmas holiday.