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Hi,

So my mother bought a new 2015 Discovery Sport HSE here in Canada. I'm specc'ing out some winter tires and Rims for her. The Land Rover Dealer wanted $4000+ for factory rims with tires installed. I said eff that, and found some Blizzaks and aftermarket alloys that fit for $2000 at Costco.

My question is this: If we don't install TPMS sensors at each wheel, will it disable the DSC, TC or ABS systems? The TPMS sensors are $116 a corner, but if they aren't strictly needed, I won't buy them and have them installed.

I got away with this on my Altima when buying winter tires. The TPMS error message comes on each time I start the car, but it doesn't affect or disable any of the electronic stability control systems.

If she can get away with this on the Disco Sport, then that's the direction that we'll go.
 

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This may be a dumb question, but what's the advantage to getting a separate set of tires/rims for winter? I've just used the stock all weather in the past with good success. Live in MN, so get my fair share of ice and snow.

We actually had some icy roads this morning and I thought the car handled brilliantly with the stock Pirellis.
 

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Yes, why would you want to get a complete set of wheels and tires?

Just get a set of winter tires for the existing factory rims and use the TPMS built onto the factory rims???

That's what I do with my BMW 20" wheels....

The stock tires on the DS is wonderful all seasons coupled with the terrific Land Rover legendary traction system - I won't need to swap out tires on my DS.

TPMS is a nice feature and will keep running but your car will keep reminding you of failed TPMS every time you drive and be annoying unless you know of a coder to remove the warning.
 

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1) Winter tires are significantly better than all seasons in winter conditions. Here in Winnipeg we have winter 5 months of the year (we have snow on the ground now) and it gets so cold the roads stay pretty much ice covered year round. Having winter tires gives your vehicle's stability control systems the best chance of keeping your car on the road and out of trouble.

2) the extra set of rims is threefold:
A) every time you replace a tire on a rim you risk the technician or the machine damaging the rim and tire.
B) mounting and balancing tires is expensive. $30 a tire, twice a year makes for $240 a year over the life of the vehicle.
C) less chance of road salt and winter grime damaging the factory rims
 

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I got the sensors for my winter set. Pretty much boiled down to the wife not wanting to see the TPMS light on all winter. Happy wife... :)

Oh, and I would add

D) in the event you slide into a sidewalk, you damage a $100-200 rim, not the $1000 OE rim.
E) with a full set, you can change the tires in your driveway / garage in 30 minutes vs making an appointment and waiting a day to change the tires over
 

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This may be a dumb question, but what's the advantage to getting a separate set of tires/rims for winter? I've just used the stock all weather in the past with good success. Live in MN, so get my fair share of ice and snow.

We actually had some icy roads this morning and I thought the car handled brilliantly with the stock Pirellis.
Its not uncommon at all for people in more severe or long term winter climates to get a "winter" set of wheels and tires.
It makes perfectly good sense.

As far as the TPMS go, I dont think they effect any of the functions on your vehicle...you will just get a malfunction light for the TPMS.
If it was me, Id get the TPMS installed on my extra set of wheels because #1 : I'd know if my winter tires are getting low. #2 : I cant stand the idot light being on all the time. :nerd:

Good luck!
 

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Thanks for the responses. My folks ended up ordering Costco Alloys with Michelin x-Ice tires. They also ordered a set of OEM TPM sensors from the LR dealer. Total cost after taxes and install is $2500. A **** sight better than the dealer's original quote.
 

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Bringing up an old thread but just now looking at ordering some new wheels as well. Does anyone know, if I order an additional set of TPMS, do they need to be programmed each time I switch the wheels out?
 

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1) Winter tires are significantly better than all seasons in winter conditions. Here in Winnipeg we have winter 5 months of the year (we have snow on the ground now) and it gets so cold the roads stay pretty much ice covered year round. Having winter tires gives your vehicle's stability control systems the best chance of keeping your car on the road and out of trouble.

2) the extra set of rims is threefold:
A) every time you replace a tire on a rim you risk the technician or the machine damaging the rim and tire.
B) mounting and balancing tires is expensive. $30 a tire, twice a year makes for $240 a year over the life of the vehicle.
C) less chance of road salt and winter grime damaging the factory rims
At +7C all season tires start to lose their traction as the rubber gets harder. Winter tires are made with a different compound to flex at low temperatures and grip the road. Several tire brands are now producing an "All weather tire"
 
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