Hi everyone, 1 year owner of a used 2016 i3REX. Love the car.
My factory Ecopia tires need replacing and they really were horrible last year in the winter if there was any snow.
Looking at previous forum posts, it appears that there were these options:
Ecopia - bad winter tires
Nokian R3, R4, WRD4
Blizzaks - LM500
I have the factory 19 inch pizza rims.
Ideally, I'd find a good all-season tire or a winter tire that could pass for a summer tire and not have to change every 6 months or buy new rims, but for the life of me, I can't find any complete sets of tires right now except for the Ecopias. At this point, I'd be fine with a summer and winter set of tires, even buying a new 19 or 20 inch rim set if needed.
I also read in another post about someone bought some extensions that allowed them to use wider tires with a different set of rims. I would be ok with that if I knew exactly what to buy and take to the local tire shop. I've asked a couple tire shops, including Nokian dealers to find me some tires and they have had no luck, but also are not going to put in the time to find a more creative solution.
Does anyone have any recommendations of what options are available and practical right now (Nov 2020)? I'm game for anything that lets me drive this winter, but I'm not a "car guy" and need pretty specific instructions. (I am a software engineer, I have coded my i3 and can wrangle that, but don't want to make a tire mistake). If the only option is Ecopias, then I'll have to keep it garaged at any hint of snow (which is not the end of the world).
Thanks for any help.