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Old 12-24-2012, 03:54 PM
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2012 Nissan Altima SL - OEM tires

I am looking at buying a used 2012 Altima SL with low mileage (<2,500 miles). In some ways the deal seems too good to be true, so I am scrutinizing everything about the car. The car has Michelin Primacy tires on it. Other 2012 Altimas I have seen have Continental tires on them. Is there a particular package that switched the tires to Michelins? Is it a regional thing or a particular time during manufacturing? The dealer has been less than helpful in answering my concerns.

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Mine came with Michelin Pilot Sports. Why are the tires of such great concern unless they are damaged?
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the altimas came with three types of tire depending in the trim lvl, conti procontacts, michelin primacy, bs turanzas.


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In the United States for sedans....

2007-2011 2.5/2.5S/2.5SL (Alloy and Hubcaps), came with Continental Tires.

2012 2.5/2.5S/2.5SL came with Michellin MXV4.

2007-2009 3.5 SE (17") I don't know what they came with.

2010-2012 3.5 SR (17") Came with Bridgestone Turanzas


In 2012, they began to put Michelin tires on the Altimas 2.5 Sedans.


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FWIW I have the continental tires on my 2012 2.5 S with the Alloy wheels.


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my 08 SL had the continentals. I hate michelin tires. every car I have driven with michelins have had alot of tire noise
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FWIW I have the continental tires on my 2012 2.5 S with the Alloy wheels.


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I guess it's different per state?

When my dealership chipped my rims, they couldn't directly swap wheels due to the tires. It was only Michellin.
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My 09 SL came with Michelins primacy and they were great.
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My 09 SL came with Michelins primacy and they were great.
Woah. I didn't know the pre-face lift Altima got Michelins. Did you buy it new?
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Nevermind, mine originally came with those Michelin MXV4's. A sh!tty tire no doubt.
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Nevermind, mine originally came with those Michelin MXV4's. A sh!tty tire no doubt.
well said, of all three shitty tires on the altima, id take the conti's


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LOL mine bought used came with uniroyal tiger paws in Canada. I dunno if it was changed.
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most used cars dont follow oem tire to save dealership some money.


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Thanks to everyone on the Forum for replying. It's great to have the input and look forward to benefitting from it if I buy an Altima (new or used).

I feel more comfortable that the Michelins came as the OEM tires on certain models. My concern was that the first 2000 miles were particularly hard on the car and the dealer chose to put different tires on the car to mask any signs of abuse (uneven wear, flat spots). I guess it is still a possibility, but seems less likely. I am sure this sounds like paranoia to some on the Forum, but with this dealer it seems like a good approach to me.
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Thanks to everyone on the Forum for replying. It's great to have the input and look forward to benefitting from it if I buy an Altima (new or used).

I feel more comfortable that the Michelins came as the OEM tires on certain models. My concern was that the first 2000 miles were particularly hard on the car and the dealer chose to put different tires on the car to mask any signs of abuse (uneven wear, flat spots). I guess it is still a possibility, but seems less likely. I am sure this sounds like paranoia to some on the Forum, but with this dealer it seems like a good approach to me.
They over inflate tires at the dealership to prevent flat spots.

My dealership gave me free oil changes because the Altima I wanted had 12 miles lol. So I was worried within the first few miles, it was driven hard.

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