New 1 wheel/tire or do I buy 4 Tires

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    New 1 wheel/tire or do I buy 4 Tires

    I got into a front-end accident (my fault I won't bore you with the details) with my 2014 XV Crosstrek. The auto body shop said one rim and tire were
    damaged and they put in for a replacement on the repair estimate. I know you are supposed to replace all 4 tires at the same time due to the
    differential but the guy insists that the insurance companies almost never pay for 4 if one is damaged. The car has about 53K miles on it but the
    Geolandar really only have about 25K miles because I use snow tires from November to March. The guy says the tread on the others are like new.

    The replacement tire (Geolandar) is $220. My tire source company can get me Continental General UltraMax RT43 for $117/ea with a $50 rebate so
    the net would be an additional $300 (mounting and balancing are included). I don't know whether to go with the one tire and take a chance on the AWD
    being ok with it or buy the 4 for a piece of mind.

    Any advise (other than no accidents)?

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    You are not Allowed MORE THAN 2-3/32nd's difference in Tread Depth, so I would Fight this Out with your Insurance Provider, It WILL
    DO SERIOUS DAMAGE TO THE AWD SYSTEM to run anything Different....

    If they still will not pay for, then Your Only Option is to see if your local Tire dealer will give some form of trade in allowance on the 3 Good ones
    you still have, ( Insurance to pay for 1 ) You Purchase 3 more and go with the 4 New ones and start over..

    Had this happen to me on our previous Legacy Wagon, sidewall blow out (not road hazard) replaced the remaining Bridgestones,at the time
    and purchased 4 new Michelin's ( had alignment done) good to go for several thousand more miles

    Continentals not a bad brand to go with.

    Post some pics of your choice mounted on the car

    Have a good weekend

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    New 1 wheel/tire or do I buy 4 Tires

    This is one of the taxes having an awd system causes.

    25kmiles, is typically a significant amount of wear.


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    Realistically, the easier route may be to get the insurance company to pay for the new tire and then get it shaved down to about the same tread depth as the other three. That would solve the issue of having uneven tread wear. It does seem to be a shame to remove 1/2 the tread off of a new tire however.

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    Try the salvage yards. They may have a tire with matching tread life. Other Subi's have had a similar, or worse, fate than yours.

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    I got a new tire at 25k miles, dealer said it wasn't enough wear to cause trouble. I made them note this on my service record.

    I'm at 55k miles and just hitting the wear bands (time for a new set), and I can't tell which was the new tire... its wear has caught up to the other 3.


    Edit: You can get a new tire and have it 'shaved' down to the same size as your other tires if the tread difference is outside tolerance.
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    I had to replace a tire at about 24-25,000 mi too (hit a pot hole and had bulge in sidewall). The tread wear was right at the limit and the dealer replaced the one tire - car at 108,000 now and the differentials are fine. I'd just check with the bodyshop to make sure the tread depth is actually within the limit and if so go with the one tire.
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