Goodyear Fuel Max tires

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  1. joe350gt

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    I finally went to the Goodyear website tonight to read about the new tires they have on their commercials. Rated at 65,000 miles but what caught my eye was max load for them is at 51 p.s.i.!!! I'm going to be getting some tires soon so maybe I'll be the guinea pig for a set of them. If anyone else has/gets a set please post your thoughts on 'em.

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    The Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max features a proprietary fuel-saving tread compound that helps reduce energy loss as the tire rolls, so less gas is required to keep the tire rolling.
     
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    I bought a set of the FuelMax tires about a month ago to replace the stock worn down tires with only 16K on them. The first thing you will notice with these tires is once you are rolling and take your foot of the gas, you don't feel like the car is slowing down by itself, so yes it has MUCH better rolling resistance. The ride and the quietness of the tires are better than stock but nothing to get too excited about. Finally the most important thing is the MPG savings, I just checked the PSI in all of them this morning.. the front was at 31.5 and the rears were at 32psi.. with that in mind I was getting better gas mileage (by 1 MPG). I just pumped the front up to 36PSI and the rear to 35PSI today so I will re post on my next fill up. I'm guessing these tires will be really good once I find the correct PSI for these tires and the Prius.
     
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    I have had them for a week and half now. I hope it's not my imagination, but as PriusShark stated, the car seems to roll forever with my foot off the gas. Oh the highway I'm guessing that I'm seeing around 2mph higher. The installer had 32 all around, but I put it up to 40/38 to match what I ran the Integrities at. I might try 44/42 after a few tanks.

    I drove on the original Integrities for 39,800 miles and probably had the tread for a few thousand more. Decided to go with the Fuel Max over the other popular replacement tires because I realized that didn't have any complaints about the original tires. Since the Fuel Max has higher ratings that the Integrity, I figured that it would suit my driving needs without risking any fuel economy.
     
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    good choice on those tires, I still have the stock Integrity's and the tread's almost gone. So far I dont think that these tires are going to last me more than 29,000 miles and im at about 26,xxx and i dont drive very aggresive.
     
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    The Integrity's stink! I changed my tires on the 2007 to Goodyear Assurance Comfort Tread, and the upgrade in handling is significant. The gas mileage went down about 1-2 mpg, but the handling is WAY better (espcially in New England, with all the rain and snow).
     
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    Because of some traction issues I originally had on the Integrities I decided to get the Assurance Triple treds. Because they don't make them in the stock Prius size I had to get the slightly wider 195/60R15 and now that I have about 10,000 miles or so on them I am now able to steadily get 60 MPG on them, but initially I took a hit on them all winter long.
    I would be very interested to know how the Fuel Max Assurance tires do especially in the smaller stock size.
     
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    Mine are too wide. 195/55/16. I was wondering if I could fudge tires on my rims to 185/60/16 when that time comes.
     
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    Hi ETP,

    The Fuel Max doesn't come in the Touring OEM size of 195/55R16 (not many tires do). Nor does it come in the narrower 185/60R16 size nor in any 185mm wide 16" tire.

    Goodyear Tires | Car And Minivan Tires | Assurance Fuel Max

    If I were you and wanted the Fuel Max, I'd get the 205/55R16 size. A lot of Touring owners get that size anyway because of the large variety of tires available in that size as opposed to the relatively few tires available in the Touring OEM size.

    A benefit of getting the wider 205mm size is that you'll generally get better handling and braking. But you'd probably lose a little on fuel mileage.

    My guess is that if you were to get the Fuel Max in the 205/55R16 size, the loss in MPG because of the wider tread will be roughly offset by the gain in MPG because of the Fuel Max tread compound.
     
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    I put Fuel Max tires on yesterrday. I will try 42/40 to start. Let me know how 44/40 work

     
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    I just wore out my 80K Goodyear Assurance Comfort Tread after 55k, I was Talked into Falcons and my MPG has dropped an alarming 5mpg. Not sure if that was the problem but I have had a sudden drop in MPG If anyone knows about that. H E L P !
     
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    Almost assuredly unless you've changed driving habits or the weather turned terrible.

    New tires willn early always drop your MPG at least for a little while. You are now running a taller tire, you old ones wore down and were likely smaller in overall diameter. The effect of going to the new "larger" tire is that you will turn less revolutions per mile than the old smaller tire AND the new tire has more rolling resistance due to more tread, new compound, and hard edges. The general idea is that your milage will increase after they are broken in which could be a couple thousand miles. Some tires due to extra weight, stickier compound and/or overall tread design will always get worse gas mileage than your stock tires. That is why many of us are very picky as to what tires we install. Some tries are now being designed for low rolling resistance and with fuel efficiency in mind.

    To help offset this drop in MPG I suggest you check your tire pressure and ensure it is at least up to manufacture specs. Most people that care about their fuel efficiency run at the tire maximum rating or higher. I go above the max rating but it is up to you if you want to do that. ;)
     
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    Greetings from beautiful Tucson, Arizona. I replaced my original tires at 33,000 with a set of Goodyear Eagles, even tho they were not low rolling resistance. I did so because they were temperature range A, which is a feature I like for Arizona driving conditions.

    At 61,000 miles, because I'm going on a long trip, I decided to maybe replace the tires and did in fact buy a set of Goodyear Assurance(s) last week. They are load range A, treadwear 620, temperature range B. I bought them at Discount Tire with all the bells and whistles, including free replacement of any tire that fails for any reason at any point in its life (an extra $66 for the set of four). Out the door, after a Goodyear rebate of $20 and a matching $20 from Discount, the cost was $510. While the MAXIMUM psi is 51, the recommended from Goodyear is 35 and right now mine are set at 35.

    I have 199 miles so far on my first tank since purchase and my gas mileage has increased from a previously consistent 51 or 51.5 to a rather remarkable 59.1. The car is a 2005 model and there's been no discernable change in driving conditions or my driving habits (no one drives this car but me).

    Best of all, and it's a rather big deal with me nowadays, is that these tires are made in the United States.
     
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    This was going from your GY Eagles to the Assurance Fuel Max tires?

    I'm curious because I just recommended the Fuel Max to my buddy with a Civic hybrid after putting on a new set of a non-low rolling resistance tire and his mileage plummeted into the mid 30s even with 90% freeway driving. His quick 20mile drive through town netted him 48mpg which he has not seen since the car was new with stock tires. I'll get more info from him next week and see if the trend continues. So far these tires seem promising.
     
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    Don Rossetti,

    Which Goodyear "Assurance(s)" did you get? There are 4:

    1. Assurance
    2. Assurance Fuel Max
    3. Assurance ComforTred
    4. Assurance TripleTred
     
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    I hope you got some money refunded to you through GoodYears' treadwear warranty. I got new ComforTreads on our van for half price since the previous ones wore out at 50K. Nice tire, but optimistic treadwear rating.
    Falkon is not a great tire.
    Shouldn't let anyone talk you into anything. If you haven't put too many miles on them, take 'em back for an exchange, especially if high gas mileage is you goal.
     
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    I never have understood how people expect to get well north of 50,000 miles on a tire. They must be driving 25,000 miles per year because after about three years any tire I've ever had is hurting--and not just from wear, the compound is losing its resiliency and is unsafe. By 36,000 miles I'm wanting new tires regardless of tread depth. White knuckle rides in the rain aren't appealing to me.

    Treadwear ratings are a joke! You might get 50,000+ miles if you drive extremely gently, but you will be driving on a very unsafe tire from what I've seen. No, thanks. The last thing I would gauge a tire by is its treadwear rating. It is most often the inverse of its handling quality.
     
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