Time has come for new set of tyres for my punto which has run 31000 KMS on the odo. I have come to this decision based on the increased road noise, worsening ride quality, bad steering feedback (sometimes too much of feed back sometimes less feedback), loss in grip during cornering. After going thro' Tbhp and TFI forums, I decided on going to Yokohoma C Drive or Mcih' PLC. At this point of time, my wife's santro also needs a tyre change. Total cost for 8 tyres comes to around 35 - 40 K. Since the amount is huge, I had to discuss with my wife if she has got any other commitment with Vitamin M, so that spending 40 K for tyres would not put her into any troubles. During the discussion, she felt spending 25 K for tyres for punto is too much. The discussion went like this Wife : The car is just 1 yr old, why should we change the tyres so soon. [She started complaining about my decision for going for a 8L Rs car during this] Me : The car is jus 1 Yr old but has done 31k KMS on the odo. W: So what, drive with this tyres for another 10 or 15 K Kms and then we will change the tyres. Me: Yes I can drive for another 10k KM if my drive would only be in the city for office or shopping. But for highways and long drives, it is risky to take the car with such a bad shaped tyres. W: Whatever it is, we are not gonna spend anything for punto for another 8 - 12 months. With an 8L Rs car, changing the tyres so soon is not at all acceptable. You praise FIAT like anything for the low service cost and blah blah, but you keep on spending 9K for 3rd free service, 25 K for tyres blah blah.... Me: See dear, tyres and few more parts needs replacement whenever they are worn out and the car manufacturer cannot do anything for that. She understands. W: Ok but, do you need to spend 20 K every year fo the tyres alone ??? if you run 30K KMs everyyear? Me: Yes. if the tyres wear out , we have to. Now comes the interesting part...... She Thinks for some time and comes up with an idea which I felt weired but later felt why not give it a try. Wife : Why not have another set of 4 wheels + tyres ??? Me : are you mad ? that would cost us atleast 30 K Rs, even if i go for Steel Rims and Tyres. W: Yes, get another set of 4 wheels + tyres, for say 30 K. So we will have two sets of tyres. Set 1 only for City drive and Set 2 only for Highway drives. The Highway Tyres will have new tyres and of top quality. We will use these 4 wheels only when we do Long drives. For the office and shopping use the current alloy set. When ever we are going for the longtrip, the previous night, change all the 4 wheels. After coming back put the current bad shaped tyres for the city drive. Me : But what are we going to save here ? W: We dont need to change the tyres every year. For example, If a tyres good life is atleast 30 K kms, to do that in highways only, we need atleast 3 years. So for another 3 years you dont need to go for any tyre change saying long drives is risky and blah blah. For next three years, you dont need to worry about highway drives at all. Now coming to the current tyres, if they can be driven only in city, you (me) said, it can go for another 15 K kms. And even after that if it is still in good shape we can do another 5 K Kms in those tyres. 15 K kms only in city will take another 8 - 10 months. Then after it is totally unusable, we will buy cheapest tyres for the city drive only and use it for another 40k Kms which is only in city. Me : :A. After thinking for sometime, I started feeling the idea seems to be OK. The reasons being, I wanted to buy black steel rims and use them on my car for a change and then switch between alloys whenever I am bored. So having 4 Steel Rims with some very good tyres like MPLC or Yoko C Drive on them, and use it only for highways will solve my wish to have change in wheels now 'n' then and also my wifes idea for not changing tyres very often. The alloys will always have some OK sort of tyres that is enough only for city drive, so that changing interval for tyres will be reduced to a great extent in the long run. Negative sides of this idea are, 1. The labour involved in changing the tyres DIY 2. Storing the higway tyres may worsen the tyres performance (Storage space not an issue though) 3. If for all of a sudden a highway trip is planned then finding time to change the wheels would be challenging. Please let me know if there are more points on the negative side. I was not in mood to share the discussion with the TFI, but before I go ahead and buy 2nd set of wheels, I would like to get the expert advise on this idea. Would this really work out ??? Has anybody seen or heard of someone using 2 sets of wheels for city and highway drive ?? If at all going for 2nd set of tyres is a good idea, how about getting 16inch wheels and are they available ????