Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Thursday, November 8, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2009 Jaguar XF
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Miles driven on tires: 18,000
Location: Tampa, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 18,000 Miles on Tires
November 04, 2012

I can't believe I've had these tires for 18,000 miles. I asked my tire dealer what he thought as he rotated them last week ($80 for staggered low profiles. He spent 1 1/2 hours turning them "inside out")

He thought they were good for another 10k. I doubt it but the bridgestones that were on last only made 15k before they were eaten by the Jag.

I am shocked with how much quieter and how well they handle water too. I'll take another set! I'll just wait for 5-6k. :)

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler A/T RH-S

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler A/T RH-SReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.6

2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
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Miles driven on tires: 64,800
Location: Davis Junction, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 64,800 Miles on Tires
October 06, 2012

When I bought the Jeep and saw the Duelers, I asked the dealer if they would swap them for the Goodyear Wranglers, on another vehicle. They wouldn't, and I was extremely skeptical, of the tires. This was due to my experience with the Dueler D684s that came on my wifes 04 Suzuki XL-7. They were terrible, and wore out at 15K.
These however have been outstanding. I'm replacing a 65K tire at 65K. I didn't think it was possible to get the actual mileage they were rated for, from ANY tire. I'm putting new Dueler A/T RH-S on this week.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring

Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance ComforTred TouringReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.83

2010 Lexus RX 350
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Springfield, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
September 12, 2012

GoodYear Assurance Tires  - 235/60 R 18
It was recommended by Lexus  to replace my OEM tires Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400 on my 2010 Lexus RX 350 AWD at 20.000 miles, tire tread depth 4 / 32 all services including tire rotation and wheel alignments  was done at the Lexus dealer. Naturally dealer offered OEM tires such as Bridgestone or Michelin. I decided to do my own research and find suitable replacement tires. After reading reviews on TireRack web site I have decided to purchase GoodYear assurance tires. Well, they are spectacular as far as performance and noise level. I felt a tremendous difference and so far I'm completely satisfied with my decision to make this purchase. Tires came with warranty from Goodyear  compare to my OEM Bridgestone tires had absolutely no warranty, much noisier tires with decent handling but considering they only lasted 20.000 miles I personally chose GoodYear tire over Bridgestone. My personal preference while driving are comfort and quiet smooth ride and GoodYear tires accomplish this so far 100 %. 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity PlusReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2009 Volvo XC70
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Miles driven on tires: 185
Location: Crestwood, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 185 Miles on Tires
June 25, 2012

WOW! For the price of a new set of tires I am driving a new car. My 2009 Volvo XC70 T6 has never handled so well. Not in the 27,000 miles of the soft, non-descript "boulevard" ride with the OEM Continental 4x4 Contacts. Not in the 225 miles of the better-but-bumpy, out-of-round Continental ExtremeContact DWS tires that were returned to the dealer for replacement after just two weeks. Now, with the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus tires, I have a car that is fun to drive -- like my 2005 Subaru Outback GT of seven years ago. Who knew that the Volvo could handle so well. On the straight away the tires track true and feel rock-solid, with virtually no correction input needed. On sweeping Interstate on-ramps taken at high speed -- 70 mph+ -- the tires feel so steady, secure and "planted" that it would take a giant crowbar to break them loose. On the few runs at 85 mph I have never felt more confident. The bottom line: in the previous 27,000 miles driving the Volvo was simply something I did; now, with the new Turanza Serenity Plus tires on the car, driving is something I look forward to DOING!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/T D684

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/T D684Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.1

2000 Toyota Tundra Extra Cab 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 43,800
Location: Choctaw, OK
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 43,800 Miles on Tires
June 30, 2012

Well I bought another set, but 684 II. Tires would have lasted longer but I had a slow leak that caused excessive wear. Finally found dealer who was able to find and repair correctly. That gave me another 5k, I could have gone a bit longer but I will be pulling a uhaul shortly and wanted to be safe. I was very satisfied with these tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.64

2010 Lexus RX 450h
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: HERSHEY, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
August 03, 2012

This was the stock tire, and the end mileage was a disappointment. The RX450h is an interesting vehicle, but it is certainly not overpowered. My wife's driving style is somewhat impatient, but acceleration is not spirited. Braking and cornering are slightly aggressive. We ran the tires at around 35 psi for most of their life as recommended by the dealer, and side wear was greater than center. We got another 2000 miles out of them near end-of-life by bumping up to 40 psi. The ride was not worse. Our replacement decision was Yokohama Parada Spec-X, which has a higher UTQG rating (420 vs. 300) and is less expensive. So far, so good. We'll see about snow performance if we have any more winters

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera HL Edition

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera HL EditionReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.12

2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Hollis, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
August 01, 2012

Tires came with vehicle.Have not yet driven them in snow.Traction seems ok in the rain,but they will hydroplain in some conditions.My biggest concern and I've checked with Goodyear tire dealers and called the 18003212136 number and I still get conflicting stories about why the sidewall tread patterns go forward on one side of vehicle and face rear of vehicle on the other side.I've seen this on the Traverse/Pilot/Acadia/Gr.Cherokee/Edge/and Explorer.The manufacturer says it does not matter.I don't believe them.The dealer says those sidewall treads are all supposed the same direction.Jeep service mechanics say it does not matter.In speaking to owners of aforementioned vehicles-they did not even notice this until I brought it to their attention.I've even contacted the National Highway Trans.Safety Admin.They say I'm the only one who has logged a complaint on this matter.I at a loss.The tire is rated a 50k but I don't see that happening.When it's time for new rubber,I'm going back to the Bridgestone/dueler apt-.Can anyone help me?Open to all ideas.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole PositionReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.17

2008 BMW 535i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Hampton, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
August 02, 2012

Replaced the OME Dunlops with 33k on them and what a difference! Read reviews from various sights and blogs and choose this brand. Initial drive home from the dealer remimded me of the 1st time I drove it home brand new. Comfort and noise level amazing, held up well to cornering offramps and on center steering very responsive. Tire profile looks good! Tire rack is definately the cream of the crop when it comes to research and unbias reviews. Customer service second to none. Had tires delivered in 2 days with no special shipping requirements. They kept me informed from the initial email to the conformation delivery email. Their prices are very resonable compared to other sights and well stocked. Avid buyer from tire rack, with 2 benz and 2 bmw's they are my prefered choice for tires when I'm reaqdy to change shoes beacuse their testing is proberly the best in the business. 1st review but I've purchase tires before with no issues. Will follow-up with additional feedback. These tires are deserving of the #1 rating in the UHP AS category. PS: Don't forget to get an alignment when mounting and road force balancing.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity

Thursday, August 16, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza SerenityReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.09

2008 Saturn Aura XE
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Glen Burnie, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
June 19, 2012

I had to buy new tires for my car almost immediately after buying my new vehicle. The car came with Hankook tires. Absolutely horrible. Since the tread passed inspection, the dealer couldn't replace them. I did a lot of research to find a good set of touring, all-weather tires, and these Turanzas w/ Serenity had great reviews. Since I bought them, I have never looked back. These tires have performed VERY well. I live in MD, so I get a bit of every kind of weather. These tires have held up extremely well. Even now, as I approach their end of life, they still perform extremely well. Wet, dry, ice, snow, sand... doesn't matter. I highly recommend these tires to anyone that is looking for a good set of all-weather, touring tires with a quiet and comfortable ride. You will NOT be disappointed.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza

Monday, August 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L AlenzaReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2009 GMC Yukon XL 1500
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Miles driven on tires: 43,000
Location: West Haven, UT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 43,000 Miles on Tires
July 18, 2012

Excellent tires with the exception that one blew out on my wife's 09 Yukon XL Denali at around 43k miles. Right at the seem. Bridgestone/Firestone dealer said because she drove about 1/8 mile on no air (had to find a good place to pull over) they would not cover it. I guess she should have just parked on the railroad track according to them or blocked traffic on the uphill after the railroad track. Instead of giving BS my money I just put on a set of Michelins.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental 4x4 Contact

Monday, August 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental 4x4 Contact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 4MATIC
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Miles driven on tires: 32,000
Location: Melville, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
July 31, 2012

Do to limited options through my local installers, I am reluctantly putting a second set of these OE tires on my GLK. 32,000 miles is not completely unacceptable as I consider myself a hard driver, but at a premium price, this tire isn't really worth it. A 235/50 R19 is a farely odd size tire, and if I could find them I'd be going with Bridgestone Dueler H/Ls at 2/3 the price.
I can't complain about the traction or ride so far. In dry conditions, even now with wear bars close to showing, it's pretty quiet and still corners well, but it is July and that's not the true test of a tire in the Northeast. During my first winter, these tires performed exceptionally well, although it could have a lot to do with the MB's 4-matic system which i have had on 4 cars now and swear by. But like many reviewers, I did notice a sharp decline in traction during this past winter in which the tread was probably about half worn.
At 32,000 I could probably squeeze another late summer/fall out of them except for the 2 small nails and a cut in one of the treads due to the incessant road construction near my home for the past year. Since I return the car in 6 months, I'm willing to forego the lack of treadware and hope this new set performs as well as my last ones did when they were new. Then pass the headache back to the dealer that gave it to me. But based on value, they would never be my first choice.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/T D687

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/T D687 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.45
 
 

2011 Subaru Forester
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Miles driven on tires: 12,800
Location: Youngstown, OH
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 12,800 Miles on Tires
July 19, 2012

These D687 HT came with my 2011 Subaru Forester. I live in Northeast Ohio where we have snow, ice and freezing roadways sometimes 6 month out of the year. We bought the Subaru to go through this kind of weather but were very disappointed with the way it handled in the snow and ice. Went back to the dealer and complained but was told we did not know how to drive it properly in bad weather!! I then checked other reviews and figured out that is was not the vehicle but the tire that Subaru put on the Forester's.

Why would they put a terrible handling tire on a AWD vehicle I ask?? They advertise this vehicle going up a mountain in the snow yet my vehicle was lucky to get out of my diveway with 2 inches of snow going downhill!!

We will now be putting on a set of winter snow tires in November and hopefully will be able to drive like in the commercials.

I do not recommend this tire at all. Also we have only 12,000 miles on them and the tread is half gone!!
 

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.3

2004 Chevrolet Tahoe 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Henrico, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
June 23, 2009

I replaced OEM Firestone (40K miles) with the new Grabber HTS. The Chevrolet dealer was reluctant to even quote these tires and pushed Bridgestone. But based on reviews here and on CR, I insisted on the tire. I am happy to report that the Grabbers are outstanding! Very soft feel, quiet and great handling. General makes a great product and backs their tires with a great trial program and warranty!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2

Friday, July 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.46
 
 

1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Ltd
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Miles driven on tires: 60,000
Location: Blue River, OR
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 60,000 Miles on Tires
July 05, 2012

This week we will put our third set of REVOs on our Jeep. It has been a great tire for us. We live in the mountains of Oregon with sun in the Summer, lots of rain and winter snow. Regardless of road conditions the tire has great traction and great responsiveness for a SUV when turning. Our tires have been very quiet too. We rotate and align every 12,000 miles and adjust air pressure every two to three months. I think this contributes to great mileage. Our dealer is stunned we put 60,000 miles on this set and they are still street legal. They are not cheap but for our driving they are worth every penny. They are confortable too. Not too hard and not too soft for rural and city driving. Our Jeep has 250,000 miles and we are expecting to trade it in at 300,000 and I expect this set to last the remaining 50,000 miles. You cannot go wrong with these tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity

Thursday, June 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza SerenityReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25

2008 Acura TSX
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Miles driven on tires: 85,000
Location: Wesley Chapel, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 85,000 Miles on Tires
June 08, 2012

Replaced OEM Michelins at approx. 62,000 miles. Those were OK tires, but they always seemed to be really loud. As those tires wore down I could hardly hear on my mobile phone. I had my dealer parts dept. order thru Tire Rack and charge me the same price that I would of paid for them ordering direct. Tires arrived fast and it was a painless process. I rotate every 5,000-7,000 miles and the tread life is at the point now where I have to get a new set. I drive a lot of Highway miles and have my trunk ususlly loaded heavy with sales literature and samples, but that has not diminished the wear pattern at all. These tires seem to be quieter than the OEM tires and have kept my gas mileage averaging around 30 mpg. I have never been able to get more than 33.5 mpg, but that's probably just the car itself. I would definately recommend this tire to anyone of my family and friends. My new set will be the Turanza Serenity Plus, maybe I can squeeze 90,000 miles from them and a little better gas mileage.

Scion Tires and Wheels for the tC

Friday, June 8, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Scion has always been proud about their wide choice of accessories and options that let you personalize your vehicle. However, can you really get a one-of-a-kind look with dealer options?

If you want to take your Scion down the path less traveled, go beyond the dealer catalog. Focusing on wheel choices for the tC, the vehicle offers a good combination of low weight, decent handling and Toyota reliability. We provide a wide variety of unique options for both the original tC (2005-2010) and second-generation models.

 

Four distinctive wheel choices that you won't see on every other Scion tC are the 18x8 ET45 anthracite painted Borbet LV5, the 18x8 ET45 black with red accent Axis Xcite, the 18x8 ET45 machined with graphite accent O.Z. Racing David and the 18x8 ET 45 Sparco Assetto Gara available in black, blue, bright silver, bronze, gold, green, matte graphite, orange, red and white.

 

18x8ET45 Anthracite Painted Borbet LV5 $211*
18x8ET45 Anthracite Painted Borbet LV5 $211*
18x8ET45 Black W/Red Accent Axis Xcite $199*
18x8ET45 Black w/Red Accent Axis Xcite $199*
18x8ET45 Machined W/Graphite Accent OZ David $249**
18x8ET45 Machined w/Graphite Accent OZ David $249*
18x8ET45 White Sparco Assetto Gara $172*
18x8ET45 White Sparco Assetto Gara
$172*

 

Each of the four options will work with your 225/45-18 Original Equipment tires and accept the O.E. Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) sensors. If you prefer the look a wider tire, both 235/45-18 and 245/40-18 are compatible sizes. The 235/45-18 won't provide enough increased width to make a noticeable difference.

Scion TC FAQ:

  1. What does 18x8 ET45 mean? 18x8 means the wheel is 8" wide and ET45 means the wheel has a 45mm offset. Your second-generation tC O.E. wheel is 7.5" wide with a 39mm offset. This means the edge of an 18x8.5  ET45 wheel will be in the same place relative to the fender compared to the O.E. wheel. The edge of the wheel will be .35mm "out" towards the fender compared to the O.E. wheel. I calculated .35 mm by adding one-half of the 1/2" wheel width difference (6.35mm) and subtracting 6mm higher offset difference. Higher offsets push the wheel "in" towards the rotor and lower offsets push the wheel "out" towards the fender.
     
  2. I'm concerned about the replacement cost of Scion tC O.E. tires, are there other choices that'll work for my vehicle? Most first-generation TCs came with the 215/45-17 Yokohama S32A that currently sells for $274* each, while second-generation models are running the 225/45-18 Toyo Proxes A20 ($290*) and Yokohama AVID S34F ($217*). When it comes time to replace the O.E. tires, you'll find several options that may work better with your budget including the Kumho Ecsta 4X, Yokohama AVID ENVigor and Bridgestone Potenza RE970 AS Pole Position.

*Prices subject to change

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar EMT

Thursday, May 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar EMTReviewer's Overall Rating: 5.17

2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 9,500
Location: Canon City, CO
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 9,500 Miles on Tires
May 20, 2012

The wear on these tires is bad. 9500 miles, mostly driven on the hwy at leagal speeds. Went to the dealer for my 1 year oil change and they told me, the fronts are worn out and the rears are down to the replacement indicators. They said that this is normal for this tire and the Michelin PS2's also. Lucky if you can get 12,000 miles on these tires. I will looking at the Bridgestone's and the Michelin pilot super sports.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L AlenzaReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12

2010 Honda CR-V EX
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Miles driven on tires: 62,000
Location: Fort Pierce, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 62,000 Miles on Tires
May 08, 2012

Was prompted to buy Bridgestone Dueler Alenza tires for my 2008 CR-V by Bridgstone itself after writing to them concerning my displeasure with the original, factory, tires that came with my 2008 Honda. I am now on my second set. I love them and they provide great treadwear and heat resistance as promised. The second set I bought was from Tire Rack.com and they were freshly manufactured and delivered by UPS promptly for installation by my dealer here in FL. Top notch tires, top notch service and price by Tire Rack.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Fuzion SUV

Friday, May 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Fuzion SUVReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.17

2004 Ford Explorer XLT 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 32,000
Location: Athens, GA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
April 26, 2012

This is a great tire, but I can find this tire much cheaper at my local tire dealer. Bridgestone/Firestone have made a great economy tire to compete against some of the lesser brands. Most of the Fuzions still carry the Uni-T technology that Bridgestone/Firestone offer. To the user at the bottom. . . It's a "HIGHWAY" tire for a reason. It isn't meant for off-road ventures. Maybe you should do a little more research before you buy next time!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grid

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza G 019 GridReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.82

2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Saint Charles, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
April 27, 2012

I replaced the OE Continental's on my 2003 Passat GLS sedan with a set of Bridgestone Potenza G 009 Grid's and was very pleased for the first few thousand miles. But then they started to get noisy. By the time they reached 20,000 miles they weren't just noisy, they were downright loud so I went back to the Firestone dealer to discuss the issue. They admitted to having similar complaints from other customers and subsequently offered to provide me with a partial credit under warranty towards the purchase of another set of tires. By this time Bridgestone had introduced the Potenza G 019 Grid to replace the G 009, and the dealer told me the noise issues had been resolved with the new design. Instead of following my initial instinct I bought a set of the Potenza G 019 Grid's. That turned out to be a very bad decision as my experience with the G 019's has been exactly the same as their predecessor - they were fine for the first few thousand miles, but then they started to sound as if the belts were beginning to separate. With 20,000 miles they’re now so loud I can hardly stand to drive the car for anything but short distances. So it’s time for another set of tires, which is too bad because the performance of the Potenza G 019’s is very good – they’re perfectly acceptable to me in most wet and dry conditions, as well as light snow. But the noise is a total deal breaker. Sorry Bridgestone – I’m moving on.