if you drive no faster than 30 mph.....maybe you'll only spend 30 days in ICU at the hospital. If you drive faster......who knows how many days.
I can't believe this question even got asked...............so I'll ask this > Hey you own a Lotus, so you're to cheap to buy a friggin' tire ?????
Replaced only one tire on mine recently and noticed significant steering bias on heavy acceleration/deceleration because of a mere 1,500 miles difference in wear between it and it's axle mate. Have learned to compensate but would never risk tracking such a set up. Something to consider.
That tire is certainly trash, so they should replace both front tires and check the balance and alignment for any issues to the wheel and suspension before purchasing the car. Best to get a clean bill of health before the car becomes yours.
I’ve been driving on a cut sidewall rear tire that I Crazy-glued over two years ago and not as bad looking as this. Thousands of miles so far. But, then again, many people say there is something wrong with me. I don’t track it.
Why does everyone become a miser when it comes to a tire?
1. Its only a small gash
2. They are still OE (on a 2005 with 5K miles...)
3. They wear out too quickly. My 1st set wore out in 10K. I want tires that get at least 40K.... Might I suggest hockey pucks
4. The OE tires wore out too quick and are too expensive, I'm going to Town Fair to get some "you name the cheapest tire they sell" that are warrantied for 1 million miles (granted rolling is considerd an exclusion...)
5. I didn't like the look of the tread pattern...a personal favorite when fools say this stuff
6. They wore out real fast with 20 degrees of camber....
Just caught a gash on the side of my tires a few weeks ago and have been meaning to post this. Holds pressure fine. No track use. Internet advice generally seems to be "if there's no belt/chord showing then you're fine". However, the safer option will always be to replace it.