Choosing the "right" tires (again)

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  1. lenjack

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    5 mpg drop off from Michelin Defenders. Otherwise, very good.
     
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    I like your philosophy towards tire selection, have done similar.

    I put a set of General Altimax RT43 on our other car, a Hyundai Accent. It’s still turning in 35-45MPG, and I think that's great for an old gasser that can be replaced for peanuts. The Generals made that car a lot more enjoyable to drive- quieter and smoother. Much more comfortable for all-day highway runs. They are on my shortlist for when the factory Goodyears eventually come off the Prius.

    Personally I think the LRR/green tire designation is a scam. Yes, those tires can save a bit of fuel but it’s mostly a marketing device to blind buyers to a big chunk of the market.
     
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    Local shop was nervous about the new Bridgestone Turanza Quiettrack (little real world experience) and the high price $125. each for them (I can get them via the Internet $106. after mail-in rebate). They suggested the following: BF Goodrich Advantage TA Sport 70k warranty $95. each, Goodyear Assurance Touring 80k warranty $115. each, Continental Pro Contact 80k warranty $118. each, and General Tire Altimax RT43 75k warranty $91. each. I just read the good review, above, for the Generals. Any thoughts about the others, please?
     
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  4. The Electric Me

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    I enjoy researching purchases. Including tires. To me, it's fun. And today with the internet, you can research everything usually from multiple sources.

    I respect difference in tire quality, capabilities and cost. So researching is IMO important. BUT...

    I would also say, I find a lot of manufacturers claims about tires, to be at near the traveling snake oil salesman level.

    I mean, the manufacturers would have you believe buying their tires will do EVERYTHING, from returning and improving your gas mileage, to reducing road noise, to improving handling, and lasting for many years.

    Gas Guzzlers become economy cars.
    Average cars become "Sports Cars".
    And utilitarian vehicles will suddenly ride as smooth and quietly as a luxury vehicle.

    My opinion?
    Take it all with a grain of salt...or maybe two.

    I read what the manufacturer says about their own tires, BUT I seek out real owner reviews, and beyond that, I try to find reviews from owners that may of had the tires for multiple years. ( Almost everyone will claim to love their tires, right after they buy them ).
     
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    R743? Mine are T.

    Our Prius c (14 months old) showed up with those Goodgear Assurance tires. They aren’t overly noisy and they are wearing well. The handling and steering feel is fantastic. I like them overall. We have a separate set of winter tires for that car so each set is seeing about 12k/year. I anticipate that the General RT43 would ride a little softer than the Goodyear on our Prius, so I view them as a step up- but maybe not a huge step.

    And just to toss it in… I was very impressed with what a new set of Contis did for a family member’s Cherokee. I don’t believe you can infer much from one model of tire to another across a manufacturer’s range, so take that one for what it’s worth.
     
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    Right tire for me means safety, traction and longevity...in that order. No one has convinced me yet that Michelin Defenders can be beat.
     
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    Thanks for the helpful feedback.
    I'll give the General Tire Altimax RT43 with 75k warranty at $91. each a try and report back.
     
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    There is NO right tire. Only, what is the right tire for YOU!
    As you can see everyone thinks the one they bought is the right and best tire.
    What you could do is buy ONE tire of each brand and try 4 at a time and see which one
    works best for you. :)

    Continental Pro Contact were the best deal for me. $345 for all for with installation, lifetime balance/rotation
    and road hazard. They seems noisy, but not as bad as the worn out ones, I forget the brand.
    But after replacing the front bearings, they were much quieter.
    I have just over 56,000 miles on they and they just showing signs of wear. They are gripping great in the dry and rain.
    I'm certain they will easily go the 80,000 miles, and probably more.

    I hope the ones you chose work great for YOU! :)
     
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    You mean 4 different tires on one car?
     
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    Sure! Why Not? They you can get quicker results on 4 different tires! :)
     
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    And you'd have to rotate the tires so that each one occupied the same position for the same number of miles -- and preferably during the same weather conditions and on the same road surfaces!

    I think I'll stick to the reviews - based on both track testing and user reports -- at TireRack.com, even though they aren't testing on my specific vehicle model.
     
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    That's easy! Gives you something to do! :)

    "And you'd have to rotate the tires so that each one occupied the same position for the same number of miles -- and preferably during the same weather conditions and on the same road surfaces!"
     
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    I'm very curious how the Bridgestone's Turanza Quiettrack performs. I may be a few months away from getting new tires and I think I'll wait until Costco has Bridgestone sale again in a few months (I know they have one now but I don't need new tires just yet).
     
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    Put Michelin Defenders on my 1993 Sentra and saw 8mpg drop (29-21mpg). Couldn't believe a "LRR" would have done that! But after repairs and sensors over 20k miles, I can for sure say it was the tires. And they are 2/32" and I'm happy to be rid of them. Waste of money and treadlife rating was a total lie.
     
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    I have those on my 2010, they were on there when I purchased it. I'm getting around 49mph with mixed interstate and highway use. They do really well in the rain from my experience so far. I'll probably get more whenever it's ready.
     
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