I hear you loud and clear, a clean reliable efficient car is meant to be driven not sold. I've got as much in mine and I'll keep driving it as I could not buy anything to replace it at that price.If it were for sale you might correct. As a personal car for me... priceless!
I'm not sure if your 215's will do this but I had some major contact between the inside of the tire and the lower spring perch on the front strut when I mounted the 225/60R16 on my little truck-car. Wound up spacing the wheel out with some 17mm ECS spacers.When new tires are needed I will probably go to larger diameter, higher sidewall tires. Michelin Defender 215/65R16 maybe. 24.9" diameter vs 27" diameter, and 1" less tread width and 66 fewer revs. Weight is 1 lb less.