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Ordered and received my "new" tires from Discount tires. Michelin AS4 in oem z51 sizes . To my disappointment they are almost 2 years old by mfg date . Anyone else notice this and seems like a lot of time taken off the clock if you believe in the tires get old and must be replaced after 5 or 6 years.
Now i don't rush right out after 5 or 6 years myself but was hoping for a bit closer mfg date . Dealer said they get what they get and nothing they can do about it. For my use not likely i will wear them out before they are swapped out due to time as my Corvette is not my daily driver but wondering if anyone else sees this as an issue.
Also surprised to hear the dealer tell me that they don't work on tires over about 6 years old which means I'm giving up 20% of the tire life on purchase. Seemed odd to me.
 
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I'll ask my mechanic about that later today. My Escape is in having new brake hoses and a set of Michelin's put on it. What do you mean by "work on tires"?
 

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I always check the date code on my tires, before they are installed on my car. I will not accept 'old' tires.
The tires I ordered for my 2015 coupe, from Discount tire, were one month old according to the date code.
 

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Ordered and received my "new" tires from Discount tires. Michelin AS4 in oem z51 sizes . To my disappointment they are almost 2 years old by mfg date . Anyone else notice this and seems like a lot of time taken off the clock if you believe in the tires get old and must be replaced after 5 or 6 years.
Now i don't rush right out after 5 or 6 years myself but was hoping for a bit closer mfg date . Dealer said they get what they get and nothing they can do about it. For my use not likely i will wear them out before they are swapped out due to time as my Corvette is not my daily driver but wondering if anyone else sees this as an issue.
Also surprised to hear the dealer tell me that they don't work on tires over about 6 years old which means I'm giving up 20% of the tire life on purchase. Seemed odd to me.
I would to speak to the store's manager and ask him to help and order fresh set of tires for you.
 
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I'll ask my mechanic about that later today. My Escape is in having new brake hoses and a set of Michelin's put on it. What do you mean by "work on tires"?
I didn't push him on what he meant regarding "work " on tires as I was still digesting the 22 month old date of mfg.

I did call Michelin customer service and the woman told me that shouldn't be an issue and they have a 60 day return policy on any new Michelin tire if your unhappy with them. 60 return wasn't return wasn't my concern as I'm thinking a few years down the road. Was tempted to send them back put in todays world it feels like you better take when you can get or you will do without or pay a lot more next month for them.

I've been waiting over 4 months for engine parts for another project I've been working on and everyone in the automotive business tells me the same thing , no parts , no cars, no materials and when it arrives it will be more expensive. .. It's a new day in America.
 
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Yep, I ordered a new induction kitchen stove last April... they say I MIGHT see it sometime next SUMMER.
 

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Oh and in checking the date codes the rears were reasonable at 6 months old but the fronts were 22 months old..
 

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Getting off the post here but neighbor wanted to trade his 2020 Toyota truck in for a 2022 model. Dealer offered him a great trade value today on his 2020 model , almost what he paid for it but said it will be April or May before he sees a 2022, In dealer speak April or May really means next summer , maybe......

Some of the biggest names in aftermarket hot rod stuff are waiting many months for raw materials as well as parts really hurting the industry . Repair shop near me has so many cars waiting on parts you can't get into their parking lot any longer.
 

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I would to speak to the store's manager and ask him to help and order fresh set of tires for you.
Did that. He was friendly and agreeable but repeated they do everything by computer . No one answers phones anymore and they have no control on what they get . He offered to reach out to another supplier and bring in two more tires to see if the dates are any better than 22 months old and if not he can't do any better.
I did check with at least two other tire suppliers and one the Chevrolet dealer told me they couldn't get the front tires, "the computer told them they are not available". The other tire store was over $500. more for the same tire and had no idea what the mfg dates would be until they get there.
And I should add these were not small mom and pop wholesalers. Discount Tires/Americas Tire is one of the biggest. Along with my local Chevrolet dealer and a third larger supplier in my part of the country.

It's a new world and nothing is the same as it was just 2 years ago.. and getting worse by the day. I sorta foresaw this coming and that is why i am replacing my original tires with only 16K miles on them and no issues early. I suspect next year it will, be worse and more expensive so figured I'd start the process early...
 
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What a coincidence. I had the same tires installed yesterday at Discount Tire. I assume the mfg. date is on the sidewall but I can't seem to find it. I had to replace my Michelin AS 3+'s because two of them developed these splits (20k miles).
Tire Wheel Automotive lighting Automotive tire Hood
 
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I always check the date code on my tires, before they are installed on my car. I will not accept 'old' tires.
The tires I ordered for my 2015 coupe, from Discount tire, were one month old according to the date code.
Congratulations . You got lucky according to the manager of my local Discount Tire store. He says it's very unusual to see anything newer than about 90 to 120 days . My goal has always been 6 months old or newer . Anything over gets my attention..
 

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I appreciate the headsup on this, as i will be replacing mine soon as well. Unfortunately like you said this is the "new world".... I will definately tell the installer i won't accept anything older than 6 mos old. If that means i wait its fine.
 

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Supply chains seems to likely continues to worsen before it gets better. I personally over 40 years have never used code dates as my parameter on when I changed my tires and have been without incident for going pass the code date.

I have always relied on wear and tear and visual conditions of the tires to determine if it was time to change the tires but I also understand some people are by the letter which is ok as well.

I tend to stretch the envelop because when my Tylenol of Advil bottles expire, my throw them in the garbage and I remove them and tell her if I take them and they clear my headaches or pains then they are still good but that's just me. Many of the expiration dates on products are to protect against any types of liability for a manufacturer and not necessarily that they aren't any good after that date. Do anything deteriorate effectiveness over time, yes but its not like it's immediately after an expiration date.

To the main point, I don't want to receive a product like new tires that have a code date from 2 years prior just out of principle and if not available then I would propone purchase.
 

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I think I'd be upset.... the new Michelins that were installed on my Ford Escape (obviously a different model tire) were made: 2 in March and 2 in May 2021
 

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What a coincidence. I had the same tires installed yesterday at Discount Tire. I assume the mfg. date is on the sidewall but I can't seem to find it. I had to replace my Michelin AS 3+'s because two of them developed these splits (20k miles). View attachment 281890

Yikes, Paul, that really looks bad. I think I better take a close look at my AS/3+ZPs I got them in April of 2020 but I have not driven very much on them, maybe 2,000 miles at most. Just walking around the car I haven't noticed anything obvious but I will check more closely now. Any idea what caused the splits? --Bob
 

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AS a follow up my local Discount Tire has ordered me two new fronts from a different warehouse in hopes they will be newer than 22 months. First two came from Colorado and the replacements coming from Texas..
 

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Ordered and received my "new" tires from Discount tires. Michelin AS4 in oem z51 sizes . To my disappointment they are almost 2 years old by mfg date . Anyone else notice this and seems like a lot of time taken off the clock if you believe in the tires get old and must be replaced after 5 or 6 years.
Now i don't rush right out after 5 or 6 years myself but was hoping for a bit closer mfg date . Dealer said they get what they get and nothing they can do about it. For my use not likely i will wear them out before they are swapped out due to time as my Corvette is not my daily driver but wondering if anyone else sees this as an issue.
Also surprised to hear the dealer tell me that they don't work on tires over about 6 years old which means I'm giving up 20% of the tire life on purchase. Seemed odd to me.
Are you stuck on the Michelins? A week ago I bought Continental Extreme Contact Sport's. 19" and 20". Went in on Thursday morning to Discount Tires, ordered the 4 tires and next morning they were in and I was in and out in less than an hour.
 

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Ordered and received my "new" tires from Discount tires. Michelin AS4 in oem z51 sizes . To my disappointment they are almost 2 years old by mfg date . Anyone else notice this and seems like a lot of time taken off the clock if you believe in the tires get old and must be replaced after 5 or 6 years.
Now i don't rush right out after 5 or 6 years myself but was hoping for a bit closer mfg date . Dealer said they get what they get and nothing they can do about it. For my use not likely i will wear them out before they are swapped out due to time as my Corvette is not my daily driver but wondering if anyone else sees this as an issue.
Also surprised to hear the dealer tell me that they don't work on tires over about 6 years old which means I'm giving up 20% of the tire life on purchase. Seemed odd to me.
When I purchased from Discount, I asked to see the tires before they installed them. The tires were dated about 4 months before the install date, so I went with them. For the price and for the car, I would not to gamble that the Discount tire people would be looking out for my best interests. I started doing that for my other cars as well and they don't seem to mind me asking.
 

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Ordered and received my "new" tires from Discount tires. Michelin AS4 in oem z51 sizes . To my disappointment they are almost 2 years old by mfg date . Anyone else notice this and seems like a lot of time taken off the clock if you believe in the tires get old and must be replaced after 5 or 6 years.
Now i don't rush right out after 5 or 6 years myself but was hoping for a bit closer mfg date . Dealer said they get what they get and nothing they can do about it. For my use not likely i will wear them out before they are swapped out due to time as my Corvette is not my daily driver but wondering if anyone else sees this as an issue.
Also surprised to hear the dealer tell me that they don't work on tires over about 6 years old which means I'm giving up 20% of the tire life on purchase. Seemed odd to me.
I’d get with discount on these tires being 2 years old recently bought and tell them to order you another set preferably newer.
If they decline contact corporate.
I work with discount (not for) they even make big deals on tires being 4-5 years old.
Even if you’ve already installed them, complain and return them.
 

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Ordered and received my "new" tires from Discount tires. Michelin AS4 in oem z51 sizes . To my disappointment they are almost 2 years old by mfg date . Anyone else notice this and seems like a lot of time taken off the clock if you believe in the tires get old and must be replaced after 5 or 6 years.
Now i don't rush right out after 5 or 6 years myself but was hoping for a bit closer mfg date . Dealer said they get what they get and nothing they can do about it. For my use not likely i will wear them out before they are swapped out due to time as my Corvette is not my daily driver but wondering if anyone else sees this as an issue.
Also surprised to hear the dealer tell me that they don't work on tires over about 6 years old which means I'm giving up 20% of the tire life on purchase. Seemed odd to me.
I’ve been dealing with Discount Tires for over 20 years and have bought numerous tires for all the Corvettes I’ve owned and, my family as well.
I also tell them I don’t want any tires with a date code over a year. I get pushback from them saying they can’t guarantee what date code they’ll get. I tell them to go ahead and order the tires and if they come in with a date code well over a year to send them back and I’ll go elsewhere. Like I said in the beginning, I’ve been dealing with Discount Tires for over 20 years and they never had to send any back. I’m sure the manager can tell the warehouse not sent anything over a year.
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