As I am frugal, I browsed tires on eBay. Not used. Just new tires. Great prices if you don't mind a 16 year old tire. It won't matter when the tread splits on the freeway, you get a blowout.......Car manufacturers say that tires are good for 6 years. Tire manufacturers say 10 years. This tire was manufactured during the 24th week in 2003.
This may have been discussed on another thread.
Does everyone use the door sticker? OEM tire sidewall says 51 PSI. That's the maximum cold PSI. Door sticker recommends cold PSI as 41 & 44. After driving around all day, with hot PSI, I topped off at 51, and left 1 tire alone. The next morning, I checked cold PSI, and it was as I guessed, below 51. Then I checked again later in the day, where hot PSI was about 51. Then I stopped off the last tire at 51 while hot. Cold PSI in the morning is about 46. I am okay with that.
Some cars have a "happy place" where everything is optimal. The car is moving just fast enough to get sufficient airflow and the fan doesn't turn on. Engine and transmission are at the best temperature, and you get the best mileage. The car seems to hold and cruise effortlessly. I think the Transit Connect does that around 50 mph, just as it shifts into overdrive. No more than 55. The RPM is right under 2,000. And even Highway Patrol officers will tell you to speed up or get off the freeway. There's a moving violation for "Impeding the Flow of Traffic".
You could obsess over it with trying to decide on the perfect oil brand & formulation. Install a Fumoto valve, and then send in a sample for used oil analysis every 500 miles. Buy an $80 tool to cut open the $3 filter. Then definitively select the perfect oil, filter, and oil change interval based on hundreds of dollars worth of "science" and "research".
I'm gritting my teeth. Conventional wisdom from decades past old technology. 3 months. 3,000 miles. They have brainwashed me. I am clawing my eyes out, as I await the oil change dash message. I've got 3 cases of filters and 100 quarts of oil stockpiled. Every day, I pick up my 15 mm socket, already attached to the ratchet handle, give it a few turns to hear the clicks, and feel the heft in my hand.
Maybe I need to find a new girlfriend.