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At the risk of stating the obvious and repeating what others have said, I got a new set of Nitto Motivo's installed on Saturday morning and Sunday night took my normal 180 mile drive to NJ for work. It's really a night and day difference, the car now feels more stable and kinda glued to the road as I expected it to be from the start. These tires are VERY quiet and all the harshness in the ride is now gone.
 

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That tire doesn't look like it would be much use in the snow. Did you get some snow time? How'd they do? Different from stock RFTs?
 

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Your totally right that the RFT's were better in the snow but not by a huge margin in the small amount to snow driving I have done. I think it's a fair trade off for the superior dry and wet handling, lack of tire noise and that harsh ride.
 

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At the risk of stating the obvious and repeating what others have said, I got a new set of Nitto Motivo's installed on Saturday morning and Sunday night took my normal 180 mile drive to NJ for work. It's really a night and day difference, the car now feels more stable and kinda glued to the road as I expected it to be from the start. These tires are VERY quiet and all the harshness in the ride is now gone.
Good move! Could you have gotten those in all-season?
 

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You get charged for new runflat tires.
Carmax will deduct their cost from a trade. However, my Infiniti dealer didn't care when I traded in my BMW (with non-run-flats).

This whole run flat thing is a scam. You pay more for inferior tires. Many will not touch them for repairs. Then you have to put them back on to sell them? The public needs an updated Magnuson-Moss Act to include run-flat substitution.
 
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Hmm Hmm, maybe i will just swap now and put the run flat in my garage and throw them back on when I return the lease.
It seems like the rated tread life of the 19's in terrible and probably will not last through my lease anyway so I'm going to end up getting tires at some point.
 

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My close ended lease states as long as the tires are matching tires they do not have to be run flats and my finance manager also confirmed this
 

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I suppose I should actually read my whole lease (Doh!)

But my understanding is that Infiniti is going to expect to see RFT's on the car when you turn it back in. Cars are inspected by a third-party company when you terminate your lease. We'll see how particular those inspectors are when the time comes.

I was thinking of getting a set of non-RFT's to swap back and forth for my stock tires. If I'd done a 39 month lease I'd definitely have done this, since in 39 months I'd need new tires anyway. But since I did a 24 month lease, and the lease will end just before winter '15-'16, I've tabled that decision for now. We haven't had any significant snow in Tahoe, so I've only gotten one day to do any snow driving. If I decide I HATE the snow performance, then I'll fork out the money and buy a set of winter wheels with tires.
 

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Hmm Hmm, maybe i will just swap now and put the run flat in my garage and throw them back on when I return the lease.
It seems like the rated tread life of the 19's in terrible and probably will not last through my lease anyway so I'm going to end up getting tires at some point.
That was my exact thinking, if I'm going to need to buy one new set of tires anyway before the lease ends (2yr/30k miles) then I'm going to really enjoy the car now and put the RFT back on at lease end.
 

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Yeah, I read this on my contact as well as but I am thinking it means two types of tires have to match for each set. You can't have a different brand tires but if you just replace the front sets and leave rear with run flats ride won't be good anyways. I rather store the run flats and buy set of tires.

I just looked at my lease.
Mine is different.
It clearly states they must be of COMPARABLE TYPE.
 

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I'm going to have to do a little research on the price of summer tires for the stock 19s on my Q50S and then the price of a winter setup. I've had my car all of 500 miles and have already picked up one nail that was in the outside portion of the tire so not repairable (shops would have repaired, but the nail was outside the "line" on the tire that delineates repair or no repair). Good times mailing the first lease payment and buying a $475 tire (tire/tax/etc.) on the same day.

If the runflats won't last 24 months and 24k miles, I may swap them for something different and store them in my basement as $1,600 for tires at lease turn in would sting a little...
 
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