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Good morning,
noticed last night that after 12,800 miles the rear tyres on my car are knackered. I've been keeping an eye on the front ones and not bothering with the rear because on my previous car (MG ZT190) the rear outlasted the front 3 to 1. Would you say this wear is normal, I'd say the front have got about a 1000 miles left in them.
 

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I wouldn't say that was normal on any FWD car, of my cars only the full-time 4WD one wore the tyres equally. With all my FWD cars, GTA included, I swap fronts with rears when the fronts are about 3/4 worn then they all wear out together (I like to change all 4 at once to get exactly the same spec/age of tyre all round).

I know nothing about the 159 but I'd get the tracking and camber checked, personally.
 

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I'm booked in at my local Alfa dealer next Tuesday, thing is I need to replace at least 2 tyres right now but if there is a problem with the car who should foot the bill for the tyres?
 

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I have the same problem, the rear tyres were gone at 10,000, went back with her and had them replaced by the garage...
I did a bit of research on it and found the 166 suffered similar problems...

Apparently it wasn't unusual for a 166 to leave the factory with the tracking out..
So do a bit of digging to support your case, because the way I looked at it was, I should get min 20k miles out of them...(just passed 25K now)
From Honest John
Check all tyres for wear regularly. Some 166s have gone through REAR tyres in as little as 5,000 miles indicating that they have been supplied with the tracking badly out of alignment. If you notice severe premature tyre wear, take the cat to a laser tracking specialist such as Micheldever Tyres and have them track it properly.
The biggest problem I had was trying to get it tracked, the car was so new nobody had the upgraded spec's for it.

My rears are gone again and I'll be the one footing the bill this time, the first time you notice it, you'll see wear on the outside edge of the tyre, that will get worse as the miles go by.

It's a good job I have a friend in the tyre biz, so I'm saving a few €€€, because by October they will be gone again!!!
 

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I have 14,000 miles on the 159 and the rears have loads of tread - the fronts have suffered from over inflation (by the dealer) but will be good for a while yet.
 

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I've done 19k in mine and the front tyres are nearing a need for first change but the back are fine. Sounds like having it checked out is the right thing, I hope you get some decent Alfa service. :)
 

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Aye! The rear tyres on my '55 last 3 times as long as the fronts (I never rotate, as I'm too skint to buy more than 2 tyres at a time).

It sounds like the rear tracking is out. Get it checked and if possible re-aligned (if the tyre shop has the figures for it).

Some places give you a readout of the before/after figures. It'll be worth getting a printout so you can take it all to the dealer and ask them to bung you some new tyres (even if they just give you a discount on a new pair). If the tracking was way out they should have corrected them at the PDI.


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What is the brand of those tires, i am getting my 159 in a few days and i can change my tires. I wouldn't want to tires will end at 10000 km.
 

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I had to change the fronts at 17,000 and am now getting the rears done at 20,000. Problem seems to be the outer edges, theres loads of tread left in the across the tyre but almost disappeared at the edge. Not cheap at a touch over £300 for two Pirellis - I'm hoping the Pirrelis might wear better, they certainly made the steering loads lighter and grip is fantastic
 
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