Dead Tire - 2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Nissan Juke Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Dead Tire

October 18, 2011

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Bullseye. Right in the "O."

Perhaps you remember last week's antics in the dirt. If not, check here to see what I'm talking about. And then let the gloating begin...

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Or don't.

Because this didn't happen during the 'fun part' of our gravel dance with the Juke last week. Yes, it did happen in the dirt. At about 15 mph. Driving straight. I put the Juke's right rear tire on top of a small rock instead of driving around it. Turns out, that was a mistake. That particular rock was shaped perfectly to hole the Juke's ultra-soft sidewall Goodyear.

The rear tires, after being rotated from the front, weren't going to make it to 20,000 miles anyway. I spent $45 on a same-size used tire to get home -- a safer and more practical option than the space saver. So it looks like we now have solid motivation to replace the Goodyears sooner.

Also, just so you know, with this minor exception -- something that could have happened on any pothole in Los Angeles -- the Juke fared perfectly. It tracks straight. It makes no funny sounds. And its suspension wasn't injured in the making of those photos (and video, you'll see). In fact, remote guy, Brent Romans, is relying on it as his daily ride this week.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor


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