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My rear tyres were at 100 percent wear after just 16 months and 27,000 km. The front tyres were totally fine (normal wear). I took it back to the shop to have it checked before a somewhat longer road trip because I had noticed intermittent road noise that I thought was from the tyres. The shop I purchased them from said it was probably the alignment but quickly changed their mind when I told them they had done a 4 wheel alignment when I bought the tyres.
Now I know some people at this point might jump to conclusions about how I drive, but I'm 60 years old, don't ever go more than 10 kmph over the speed limit. I haven't had any accidents or "run over" anything, I drive a combination of city and highway, the vehicle is front wheel drive and has 4 cylinders.
I have really enjoyed the abilities of these tyres on wet and icy roads, so I'm disappointed with the wear, even though the handling on corners is sloppy compared to the Michelin 3 season tyres I had on the car for 80,000 kms previously.
What do I really suspect? I questioned the amount of adjustment (especially on the rear wheels) when I had the alignment checked (done) when I bought the new Nokian Tyres. I had no unusual wear on the Michelin's prior to their replacement. I think the technician screwed up and took my rear wheels out of alignment causing the excessive wear. Hard to blame the Nokian tyres, but effectively the shop I bought them from seems to be.