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1 tyre or 2?

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I've had my 159 for just over 2 weeks and it's already in the garage. The true Alfa experience! To be fair, it's not the cars fault. I ran over a nail on the way to work today. Limped it to work and went to change the wheel at lunchtime when I discovered that the locking wheelnuts for the 18inch horseshoe alloys was missing. Had to limp it again to a local garage who managed to get it off but the tyre is trashed so I'm having to get a new one for the front.

Getting a Khumo for 105 + fitting. The Bridgestone Potenzas that were I assume the originals (It's done 26K and they've obviously not been put on recently) were 180 a corner! A bit more than the 40 ones I used to have on my Astra.

Having spoken to a friend this evening, he expressed surprise the garage didn't recommend getting both fronts done as that's what he's always been recommended.

Anyone else got an opinion/experience in this matter? I can always ring them up in the morning to order another if needs be.
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it's always best to have tyres on each axle changed at the same time. if you have a brand new tyre on one side and one with lets say just 2mm on the other side, you'll have a fair bit of difference in grip from one side to the other. not noticeable 99% of the time but only on the 1% occasion when you really need that grip most

unfortunately big tyres are expensive so it's not within everybody's budget to always change 2 at a time
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You could get a part worn tyre to keep it even and cheap?!?!
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It's always better to have matched tyres, but I've had a new one on one side and heavily worn on the other and lived to tell the tale

It would probably be better to have the mismatched tyres on the rear rather than the front
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This is when having a proper spare comes in handy.
(Swapping the spare with the partially warn one to
match the new one.)
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I've put just one on for the time being. Think I might see if I can pick up a part worn Bridgestone, swap it with the khumo, then just keep the khumo in the garage and buy another when the bridgestones need replacing.
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