2014 SLP Panther Camaro: New Tires
May 6, 2014
What began as a routine tire repair became two new tires on our 2014 SLP Panther Camaro. This is the image that greeted me when I was handed the key to our long-term Panther. At a glance, I figured it needed a simple tire patch. And at a glance, I was wrong...
A closer look exposed the lack of tread on our rear tires. They were down to the wear indicators, not to mention the well-rounded inner shoulders. Without tread, there wasn't a tire shop nearby that would attempt a patch. I know, because I tried three of them. At least the tire was holding air, so I had that going for me.
I found a Goodyear retailer nearby, and it could get the tires we needed in less than two hours. It was better than my other options could offer, so I bit. The guys at this shop were professional and worked as a team to process the Panther. Their excitement toward the car was obvious.
"Do you mind if I take a picture of it," asked one mechanic. The guy standing next to him echoed the request, "Can I get one, too?" Another broke out his phone and showed me a picture, "My buddy has a Saleen 620. This is the SLP? Nice car. "And still another mechanic added, "Just looking at this car is making me sweat."
So what did it cost us to mount and balance a pair of 285/35ZR20 Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G:2 tires?
Total Cost: $674.52
Total Days Out of Service: None
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 8,059 miles