Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.67
 
 

2010 Porsche Boxster
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Houston, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
December 18, 2013

Same thoughts so far. Not as good as I had hoped. Very soft sidewall/tread. Feels like the rear reacts much later than the front. In defense of the Bridgestone tires (different model) on my other cars (Mercs & BMWs), once they were half way thru their treadlife, they performed well. May do the RE 11 on the front due to other owners posts but getting burned on Bridgestone.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.43
 
 

2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i
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Miles driven on tires: 1,800
Location: James Island, SC
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,800 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2014

After a sidewall issue with the OEM Goodyear Eagle LS2's, decided to give the Bridgestones a try after reading the reviews. Wanted to stay with a run flat for piece of mind for my wife and young daughter. I was pleasantly surprised with the upgraded ride quality and noise reduction over the Eagles. The car feels like the luxury car it was meant to be now. Not sure why BMW refuses to offer the next gen run flats on their vehicles, but these are certainly a welcomed upgrade to ours. Highly recommend these tires if you are looking for run flats.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.86
 
 

2010 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Pinecrest, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 17, 2014

Just bought these tires to replace my Kumhos. The Kumhos had fantastic tread life, but they kept skipping and not gripping when I put any extra pressure on the gas. I noticed an immediate difference when I installed the Potenza S-04's. I love to accelerate hard after a full stop, and the S-04's have reduced the skipping tendencies of my car by 85-90%. So far I love them, but I do worry about the tread life, which I understand will be less than that of the Kumhos. If I get 20,000 miles out of this set, I'll be happy.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.14
 
 

2011 Ford Crown Victoria
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Aurora, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 18, 2014

I normally only buy Michelin or Yokohama tires, but I went out on a limb with these Bridgestones and I'm glad I did.

These tires are one of the best I've ever owned. They have excellent dry and wet traction as well as fantastic cornering and steering response. Driving a powerful rear wheel drive sedan, I can't break the tires loose when it's dry. Even when it's wet, they still grab the road.

I couldn't believe how well these tires corner. Taking an on ramp at 90mph and I felt nothing but in control. Highly recommended for spirited drivers.

They ride nice and the noise levels are above average. They are not as quiet as a lot of my other tires I've owned, but I'll take a little noise to have a secure feeling.

I can't speak for tread life since I've only done a little over 1,000 miles.

These are my summer tires only, so I can't comment on snow/ice traction.

Bottom line; if you're looking for a grippy tire with great handling, these are for you!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25
 
 

2005 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Burbank, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
May 06, 2014

Daily driver and weekend track car. Tire Rack's testing and observations are spot on accurate. The RE-11 gives up a bit of dry cornering for good road manners and quiet performance. The perfect tire for a daily driven car that sees the track a dozen times a year.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grid

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza G 019 GridReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.8

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
November 12, 2009

G 009's preceded these latest Bridgestones. So far, excellent in all aspects. Dry Handling, cornering and braking are excellent. Wet handling is phenomenal--We drove 6 hours in varying degrees of rain and never a question about control. In fact, the further we drove the more I realized how indiscernible wet and dry traction compared with each other. Slightly noisy when dry, but then again this is a very heavy car when measured against the footprint of the tire.



I'm looking forward to winter to test the snow performance. Considering the G 009's winter performance on this wagon with rear drive and traction control were near unstoppable, I'm expecting the G 019's should out do their predecessors.



More later!



We've experience none of the owner related problems the folks from MN with the Passat can't seem to get sorted.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38
 
 

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 38,000
Location: Pitman, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 38,000 Miles on Tires
December 20, 2013

These tires are well suited for day to day driving. Not a tire for track events but a great tire that makes you feel safe in virtually all road conditions ... Excluding snow of course.
I have found that traction is very predictable and only at the very extremes of the vehicles abilities will this tire break traction.
I will most likely put these on my daughters accord as well since we both have dedicated snow tires as well.
 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.71
 
 

2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 14, 2014

After 2 weeks of driving and one autocross, my reservations about this tire have receded. I read the reviews and felt comfortable enough to purchase them, mainly because they were the only tires that worked for autoX that were in my size. My concern stemmed from most reviews were on light cars and Mustang is much heavier. After an my last autocross, I am very happy with them. The weather changed from sunny and warm to cloudy and overcast and I felt very little change in the grip and feel of the tire. The OEM Pirellis were much more sensitive to weather changes and did not provide the same grip. Needless to say I am very happy with my choice.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.43
 
 

2006 Mercedes-Benz C55 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Dartmouth, NS
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
May 21, 2014

These tires have a lot of grip in the corners, and even in the wet. I wanted the Michelin Pilot Supersports but they were a bit more expensive, but these tires are great for my car.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2003 Porsche Boxster S
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Danville, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
May 21, 2014

Well, I read a lot of reviews and finally settled on this Bridgestone Pole position SO-4 for my 2003 Boxster S - Before these I had some real cheapo tires that came on the car - i did not trust them but as it turns out they actually were better than these new SO-4's

My main complaint with the SO-4's is that at times they feel a bit loose or it seems like they wiggle around a bit as if the sidewall is soft. They just do not handle that well... i should not have saved the buck i did and should have went for the Michelins... oh well - i guess I have to live with these now... I am disappointed. I should have know to go with the best on a porsche...
 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.57
 
 

2007 Volvo S60 2.5T AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Thornhill, ON
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 05, 2014

I had track days on May 3-4, 2014 . The tires were perfect , especial when I drove on wet asphalt.They have very good balance between wet and dry conditionals ( I'm pretty sure much better than Advan08R) , to be "sticky" you need to warm them (3-4 laps) , but after they have very good grip , also they have very good handle in corners.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2011 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Sport Package
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Olivette, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
May 13, 2014

Did considerable research about replacements for the OEM Bridgestone RE050 runflats which had poor treadlife, hard ride quality and concern with four season performance. Considered runflat and nonrunflat. Read very good reviews from TireRack testing and other owners and chose the RE960A/S RFT. Ride quality was a huge improvement. They don't tramline like the RE050's, and like the safety of having RFT. I'm not tracking the car but enjoy sporty driving and the handling has been great.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2004 Acura TSX
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Clearwater, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
May 07, 2014

I purchased these tires for daily driving that includes a good mix of highway and city driving. After making a wrong turn, I found myself taking a few laps at Road Atlanta :) While it was never my intention to track the car, the tires held up well. Not as good as RE-11's but pretty close. Overall, I'm very impressed for the price. I'll report back when I'm closer to 20,000 miles.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.89
 
 

2001 Lexus IS300
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Pittsboro, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
May 17, 2014

I run a dedicated winter tire on this car, so deep snow rating is not applicable. These tires replaced a set of Bridgestone Potenzas, And I was impressed enough with the performance to install a set on my 1985 Porsche 944. They will also be the next set of tires on my 2009 Lexus RX350. Tread wear has been FANTASTIC. After 15,000 miles D W ans S wear indicators are all still clearly visible. I highly recommend these tires!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.43
 
 

2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Coupe with 5 Lug Wheels
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Randolph, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
April 18, 2014

This is a great tire and gives great handling on my car. It is not a good as the Pzero rossi that came stock with the car as those are the best tires I have ever used but they came at a price. Tread life was short. I am hoping these highly rated S 04 pole position tires will last a bit longer. I like the ride and they are responsive. I am happy with the purchase.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88
 
 

2008 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: New Bedford, MA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
May 08, 2014

This is the second time I have purchased these tires for one of my Corvettes. I switched from the OEM Supercar tires and the ride comfort is now fantastic. It was like switching from heavy stiff work boots to soft cushioned sneakers. These are much quieter than the run flats. I bought an emergency tire repair kit for piece of mind. These tire have an attractive tread pattern for a performance car. The best thing was that they cost half the price of the OEM tires!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2006 BMW 330i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Oro Valley, AZ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
May 09, 2014

I drive about 30,000 miles a year mostly on rural roads in Arizona at 70 mph or so. Over the years I have tried many tires as generally a set lasts about 9-10 months tops. I have found these tires to be an excellent value with excellent performance. They are about 2-5% less great than Michelin PS2s but of course they are far cheaper. I recommend them without question.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55
 
 

2009 Toyota Camry
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Miles driven on tires: 17,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 17,000 Miles on Tires
April 17, 2014

I hear a lot of complaints about the noise from these tires. I previously had Michelin's on the Camry. I put these Firehawks on when the Michelin's wore out. These tires are very quiet and have a comfortable ride. When you hit a corner hard they get loud almost like they are grabbing the road. I hit a 90 degree turn at 90 mph in my Camry with these tires and not even a squeal. They are very aggressive at grabbing the road. When you drive in the rain they put a mist shower behind you. For the money these tires are great if you want a high performance tire. They feel like a cheaper version of the Bridgestone Potenza to me which I had on my Accord. I couldn't be more pleased with these tires. the only complaint is they seem to wear down a little quick but that is expected with this type of tire. Generally only get 30-40 thousand miles from an aggressive tire like this. So in conclusion if you are an easy Sunday driver then look at another tire you wont be happy with this one. If you like to drive and play on the curvy roads and are looking for good value for your dollar buy these Firehawks.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 548
Location: Naples, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 548 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2014

This is my 3rd set of tires on my 2007 Mazda Miata (51,500 miles). My MX-5 feels and responds better than it ever did. Drives better than when it was new. I love these tires. They have made driving hugely fun again. Cornering is great, acceleration is improved, ride comfort is much better (my wife even commented on this) and they are relatively quiet. Highly recommend these for a Miata.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.62
 
 

2003 Audi RS6
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Miles driven on tires: 7,500
Location: Eugene, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 7,500 Miles on Tires
June 05, 2013

Purchased for all season wet use. Very easy break-in with multiple rebalances as tires settled in. Tires hold balancing quite well, however.
Biggest complaint is the poor ride quality- tried various tire pressures from 35PSI to 43PSI (OE spec is 36psi to 49PSI). Went with 35 series instead of 30's but can only surmise it helped any. Wanted the higher load index (100) to hopefully prevent flat spotting- no such luck. Takes a couple miles to "warm" up. The RE962's were even worse (different size).
The Audi is heavy and powerful (4260lbs; 515hp/500tq) and generally naws thru tires rather quickly, especially on the front. The 275 width on 9.5" wheels doesn't seem to have helped much, if at all, since the circumfrential grooves just get bigger, reducing the foot print. Had Michelin Pilot's (old) that bubbled, so got the B-stones. Immediately noticed the stearing vagueness, but hoped once the tires wore down a bit, steering response would return. No such luck. Alignment is perfect, done at a european race shop.
The dry limit seems a bit low to me, even when setting the car up long as possible to load the tires. Transient response is numb and a bit mushy (even at higher PSI), but are consisently predictable, at least it's safe.
These tires are rated 2nd on TR, but would say it's a d-i-s-t-a-n-t 2nd place. Overall, I should have anted up for the Michelins, or Conti's if I wanted to "save". Friend of mine has the same car with the new Michelin Pilot Sports-- loves them.
-----Even called B-stone, but there's no tread warranty and customer service was impersonal with people seemingly flipping pages to figure out the answer. I'm a serious car "guy" and expect and hope someone on the other end can hold a reasonable technical dialogue and know basic info off the cuff. Think I'd rather deal with the French for serious performance tires. The S-04's are a good choice for someone that has low-ish high performance aspirations. 3rd and last set of B-stones....