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Old 01-21-2010, 07:42 PM
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So...not sure if this falls under chat or tech but I'll start here. Does anyone have recommendations on brands of car tires that they've had experience with? Not so much concerned with specific models, but I'm having a hard time find any reliable reviews about which brands are of a higher quality than others. Also seems like there are a bunch more companies selling car tires than, say, AT's and MT's for the cruisers.

Kind of a multi purpose question as both my dad and I are going to need new tires for our respective cars (Honda Fit and Mazda 3) here in the near future.

Any help/advice would be appreciated!


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Got them for my parents car and now they have them on all three. They know nothing about tires and left the first set to me. After that they went and got them for themselves because they liked them so much. Never left them stranded.
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I haven't bought car tires in like forever...

But, I recall some recents threads on this very subject but I could only find this one:

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/foru...ad.php?t=11134
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Best tires I have ever owned:
Nokian Hakkapeliitta R
They are way $$$. But their traction on ice is amazing. Made in Finland, where snow and ice is a way of life.

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Best tires I have ever owned:
Nokian Hakkapeliitta R
They are way $$$. But their traction on ice is amazing. Made in Finland, where snow and ice is a way of life.

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Winter tires are nice for their use, but don't work year 'round. They wear out fast in the summer, really fast. We toasted a set of Blizzaks in about 15 months by not changing them in the summer. That was an expensive mistake.

So far happy with these Pirelli tires we got for the Jetta, but not the end all, be all of tires. There are so many options, it's not like truck tires. In my case I run 33x10.50, so I have two choices and both are BF Goodrich... Anyway I got opinions and looked into them but some where so expensive (no way I'm spending more for 15" car tires than my truck). I just set a budget and went to Discount with a few that I thought I wanted. Turned out that what they had in stock ended up making the decision for me.
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Often Sams Club or Discount has some sort of cash back deal on 4 tires by BFG or Michelin - if cost is much of a consideration. Usually, it's $50 or $80 back. Also, you can read user reviews of individual tires on the discounttire.com website. I've always been happy with Michelin - they seem rounder than other tires (read: smoother feeling at 80 mph), irrespective of balance.
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Thanks for all the feedback. At least for my dad's care I've narrowed it down to three:
  1. Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S, ~134/tire
  2. BFG g-Force Super Sport A/S H&V ~100/Tire
  3. Continental ContiProContact ~100/Tire


As noted, there's so many brands of (I'll call them) midrange tires it's a bit daunting. I'm sure some are a great value+performance, but to me it seems like kinda a crap shoot. Dad doesnt want to go with the 2 sets of tires; they'll use the Tundra when it snows hard, so hopefully one of the above will work at least decent in mild snow.

Continental is the only brand I don't have experience with from the 3 above. With the 70 dollar rebate the Michelin's look pretty good.
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Thanks for all the feedback. At least for my dad's care I've narrowed it down to three:
  1. Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S, ~134/tire
  2. BFG g-Force Super Sport A/S H&V ~100/Tire
  3. Continental ContiProContact ~100/Tire


As noted, there's so many brands of (I'll call them) midrange tires it's a bit daunting. I'm sure some are a great value+performance, but to me it seems like kinda a crap shoot. Dad doesnt want to go with the 2 sets of tires; they'll use the Tundra when it snows hard, so hopefully one of the above will work at least decent in mild snow.

Continental is the only brand I don't have experience with from the 3 above. With the 70 dollar rebate the Michelin's look pretty good.
Go Michelin's they are worth the extra $136 in my opinion!
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go Michelin's They Are Worth The Extra $136 In My Opinion!
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