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superman1AZ
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2014 6:10:22 PM

Is it best to use the major brands when buying tires, like Goodyear and Goodrich? Or do you think most tire brands are comparable and the issue is price? In other words, High cost equals high quality, or not really?
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tony1679
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Message Posted: May 29, 2014 5:13:59 AM

This has no relevance to Fuel Economy. This belongs in Car Talk.

"Wanna-be" noob moderator kicking in again, THREAD CLOSED.
oilpan4
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Message Posted: May 25, 2014 2:36:40 PM

"I now use Firestones which have been greatly improved over the years".

After multiple catastrophic failures due to production defects on my own vehicle I would have to be a complete idiot or be a liberal to give them another chance.

With the firestone debacle, their messed up tires failed tens of thousands of times, caused millions of dollars in non crash related vehicle damage, caused at least 8,000 crashes and over 100 deaths. And you want to know what they did to fix it, they wrote a check for it.
Firestone cared more about filling tire orders than producing correctly made tires.

You should feel safe knowing if your tire company kills you they will write a check for it.
Madridjoe
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Message Posted: May 21, 2014 6:20:47 AM

even the big companies can make some bad tires, I always look for reviews on the tire before i buy it
MertieMan
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Message Posted: May 21, 2014 5:06:54 AM

Name brands do mean something when buying tires.
OilerFan
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Message Posted: May 21, 2014 1:39:59 AM

I just try to get tires that have a good warranty.
bkfist
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Message Posted: May 20, 2014 4:51:17 PM

I'll ALWAYS stick with Bridgestone on a motorcycle, but on a car I'll consider any brand except Michelin, BF Goodrich, Uniroyal and the few other odd brands owned by Michelin.
oikoswhispers
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Message Posted: May 20, 2014 4:06:03 PM

I would check out tire rack or just do a general search for good cheap tires. I found a few 'off brand' tires that have incredible reviews. To me Kumho is not a major brand and I have been using them for as long as I had my car. Everyone has brands that they stick to and brands that they hate so look around. Some General tires get great reviews too.
contiki
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Message Posted: May 17, 2014 6:49:42 AM

Michelin tires for our vehicles.....summer and winter.....
MertieMan
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Message Posted: May 16, 2014 5:06:17 AM

I now use Firestones which have been greatly improved over the years.
PhilnTX
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Message Posted: May 15, 2014 3:51:13 PM

I use my truck for work and pull a trailer. Only use name brand, quality tires.
ScottAdams5
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Message Posted: May 15, 2014 9:09:01 AM

Mikeyl - "Tires are tires", no more than cars are cars, food is food, clothes are clothes, houses are houses, etc. There are huge differences in tire performance between various brands and models.

The last thing between you and the road is the tires and they are a very important choice that can literally save your life.
Mikeyl
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Message Posted: May 11, 2014 9:12:11 PM

Tires are tires. Use them properly. Keep them inflated correctly. Don't run through potholes (easier said than done in the northern states!).

You'll be fine.
GMGuy65
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Message Posted: May 11, 2014 8:45:26 PM

roughly, the more you spend the better they are.

I run heavy pickup trucks hauling things all over the western US, but I have a lot of pickups, so I dont put a ton of miles on any one of them, so tire carcass longevity when it comes to aging is important to me as well, so I choose Bridgestone and Firestone Tires, and If I can find some lightly used Michelin's for a good price, I will run those as well.

For pickups, the Michelin XPS Rib is one heck of a heavy tough tire.I will fall in the group of Goodyear haters. The tread may last on a few models, but the carcass is worthless. we had some Goodyear "workhorse" tires with tread that wore like steel, but the sidewalls actually started leaking air, you could hose it down and watch it bubble, no nails, never ran low, just didn't age well.
we have had numerous issues with many models of Goodyear tires, from car to 1 ton pickup to our farm tractors, and we hate them all.
the G series semi-truck tires (G-159 uni-steel, etc) are about the best thing goodyear makes, they are actually decent and comparable to the competition, and age worth a darn. we have some G-159s in a pickup size (LT235/85R16E) and they are twice the tire any consumer grade goodyear in that size is.
so if you tow a boat on weekends and put 50K a year on, go for a goodyear, I am sure it will last fine, but if the truck's sole job is towing, and it gets 10K a year on, put some Firestone Transforce's on.

[Edited by: GMGuy65 at 5/11/2014 8:52:00 PM EST]
HotRod10
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Message Posted: May 11, 2014 8:03:12 PM

I got a chance to test my new Cooper Discoverer HTP's in several inches of snow and slush today and was very impressed. The review at tirereviewsandmore was right on the money.

[Edited by: HotRod10 at 5/11/2014 8:07:47 PM EST]
listerone
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Message Posted: May 5, 2014 7:20:53 PM

Continental for me...always.
Nuzan
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Message Posted: May 5, 2014 1:36:03 PM

Cooper and Michelin
cv
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 12:09:58 AM

I use Michelin tires on both my vehicles after trying several other brands.
contiki
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 7:10:02 AM

We use Michelin tires all years round on both cars.........
Awing1
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 11:04:32 PM

BF Goodrich and Goodyear
outlaw329
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 9:22:55 PM

I run Goodyear Wrangler Authority on my F 150 4X4 Supercrew and on my Jeep Wrangler and on my Tahoe I use General all from Wal Mart.
Bartlettvanman
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 8:48:14 AM

I buy all my tires @ Sam's Club. I used to buy General Tires, but now I buy BFGoodrich. They have noticeably more tread on the tires.
DHomz
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 8:42:45 AM

I've had Hankook that lasted a long time, Coopers that I ended up getting 130,000 km out of with a 80,000 km treadlife warranty; Goodyears that didn't last 70,000 km...it's a bit of a crap shoot sometimes. Yes Michelins and BFGs will last you a long time, depending on the treadlife, but I have seen Nexens last well past their prime as well. I currently have Continentals on my Jetta which have lasted well enough. I'm due this summer, so it will be either Nexen N5000 or Michelin Primacy.
hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 6:47:55 AM

When shopping, treadlife rating is where I start.
Quick68
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 9:15:40 PM

A lot of tires brands are made by the same company. What ever tire you buy the ratings on the tire are only good for the first 30% of wear. The other 70% of the tire ratings mean nothing. More money for a tire does not mean you will get a better tire.
HotRod10
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 4:28:31 PM

"Learn to read the DOT code/serial number on the sidewall of your tire."

That will tell me where my tires were made, but doesn't help when shopping for new tires. Even if the local tire store would let you look at the actual tires and you could find out where they were produced, there's nothing to cross-reference it with to tell you whether it's good, bad or doesn't matter.

I suspect it really doesn't matter anyway; the compounds, processes, and molds used will be the same for the same model of tire, regardless of where it's produced.
mybigtruck
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 1:08:03 PM

High $$ doesn't necessarily mean high quality although there might be some truth to it because they don't have to skimp as much to maintain their profit margins.

I stick with the major brands and buy something below the 'top of the line'. There's not much difference in everyday driving to know the difference, esp if I'm not racing
GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 11:06:15 AM

Learn to read the DOT code/serial number on the sidewall of your tire. Part of the code indicates *exactly* what plant produced the tire. You will be surprised at how many name brand tires are not built in a plant bearing the same name.
HotRod10
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 9:51:42 AM

"I will never allow Goodyear tires on my car. Period."

Yeah, we knew that from the first time you posted it. Care to elaborate as to why? Otherwise, it's just spouting an unsupported personal bias that doesn't really add to the discussion or help anybody's decision-making ability.
ScottAdams5
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 1:16:06 AM

I will never allow Goodyear tires on my car. Period.
HotRod10
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 7:15:36 PM

"My experience has taught me that this depends on the specific tire."

My experience and what I've read tells me the same. It seems you have to look at particular models to pick the best for your driving conditions.
HotRod10
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 6:59:32 PM

"good quality Hancook"

I assume you mean Hankook? They make some good ones and some bad ones. I had some of the bad ones one my minivan when we bought it. They wore really unevenly. I thought the van needed an alignment, but it was ok and I haven't had the problem with the new tires.

I was fairly impressed with the new Cooper Discover HTP tires when I drove on ice with them the first time this weekend. Tire Rack's survey results were right on.
carinthuist
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 6:40:46 PM

good quality Hancook
bcressy
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 2:02:43 PM

My experience has taught me that this depends on the specific tire. I burned through a set of Bridgestone Potenzas a few years ago in approx. 26,000 miles - they should have gone 50k or so. Only 13-15,000 of those miles were in stop and go, urban driving.
HotRod10
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 9:56:33 AM

"I will never allow Goodyear tires on my car. Period."

Then you're eliminating some of the best options for all-season passenger tires. Goodyear tires hold the top 2 spots in Tire Rack's survey in that category. I'm not saying all of Goodyear's tires are the best, or even good. All tire brands have made some "dogs", but most have made some standout performers also. By not considering a particular brand, you may be eliminating some of your best options.
ScottAdams5
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 6:07:11 AM

I will never allow Goodyear tires on my car. Period.
GLM4205
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 5:40:15 AM

Use Michelin tires.
deant99
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2014 8:58:32 PM

yes
goldmonk
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 11:33:48 AM

use Michelin tires
Hemond
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 9:33:20 AM

QUOTE One word: Kuhmo


Did you mean Kumho
the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 8:59:12 AM

One word: Kuhmo
contiki
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 7:19:13 AM

We like and use Michelin tires...........
contiki
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2014 7:04:35 AM

We use Michelin tires for the winter....Michelin Ice.....

We also use Michelin tires is the summer...Michelin all season radials...
HotRod10
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2014 10:54:38 AM

"After how many miles does one need to change their tires?"

It's time to replace tires when they no longer do their job, either because of damage or wear. Tires are considered "bald" when the tread reaches 2/32", but for those who drive in heavy rain or light snow, they should be replaced well before that. In those conditions, anything below 5/32" will likely cause hydroplaning or sliding.

How many miles it takes to get there varies widely, you need to check your tires for air pressure, deformities, uneven tread wear, and remaining tread on a regular basis.
redfish67
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2014 10:02:30 AM

you have to do your due diligence and check them out. high cost doesn't mean the best tire.
TX_HOU
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2014 9:51:25 AM

After how many miles does one need to change their tires?
eyegotgas2
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2014 8:25:27 AM

I bought Nokian snow tires and am happy with them.
contiki
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2014 6:48:24 AM

We use Michelin tires for the winter....Michelin Ice.....

We also use Michelin tires is the summer...Michelin all season radials...
HotRod10
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2014 9:43:28 AM

Buying tires based solely on the name is at best a gamble with a big chunk of money. All tire companies have made at least a few models that were complete junk.

With hundreds of dollars and your safety on the line, I think it's wise to do the research and dig into what's the best tire for the conditions you're going to be driving in. More expensive doesn't mean better, a name you recognize doesn't always mean good quality, and a brand you don't recognize doesn't necessarily mean poor quality.
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2014 7:36:55 AM

We use Michelin tires for all season
contiki
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2014 7:34:32 AM

We use Michelin tires for the winter....Michelin Ice.....

We also use Michelin tires is the summer...Michelin all season radials...
oilpan4
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2014 1:46:41 AM

If you refer to the owners manual you put a tire on that is partial to the vehicles manufacturers intrests.
Ford would recomend firestones 99% of the time, because they are in bed with each other, not because they make the best tires.
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