Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.77
 
 

2002 Dodge Dakota Club Cab 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 14,000
Location: Eaton, OH
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 14,000 Miles on Tires
May 05, 2014

I haven't had these tires for too awfully long, and they are do for a rotation-- however, no one could tell by looking at them. They still look great, and are wearing evenly (my truck is properly aligned). We had a harsh winter in Ohio last year, and these tires handled it well on my 2wd truck. Throw some sand in the bed and get moving... these were like winter tires compared to my Goodyear Eagles that came with the truck. They are about perfect for a 4x2 truck that doesn't see much off road action, and are nice and smooth on the highway. I have hit some potholes and haven't noticed any bubbles, or anything that has effected the tires. The only thing I've noticed is that they seem to pick up a lot of fine gravel that gets stuck in the siping. Otherwise, these are great, inexpensive tires that seem like they will last for a long time.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2005 Mercury Grand Marquis
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
April 23, 2014

I purchased these for my '05 Grand Marquis which has been tweaked a bit and is a bit of a sleeper. It's not your grandpa's Grand Marquis. I've always owned full sized, rear wheel drive, V8 cars because I drive about 30K-50K a year in S. Florida about 75% of it up and down the turnpike and I-95 usually at 80-90mph and so I favor highway cars. Biggest weather concern is rain and lots of it all of a sudden in the summer so I look for tires that can scavage the water out of the tread efficiently and hold the road. And on dry roads I want handling, cornering and stopping traction. Quiet is nice, too. I've had Michelins, Goodyear Eagle RS but generally favored BFGoodrich TAs over the years for their wide squared off footprint and deep 4-row tread. I was wary of Pirellis because I once drove a car with loud, hard as concrete Pirellis and developed a bias.

After reading the reviews here I took a chance on these. I'm very glad I did. They are without a doubt the best in all categories I've ever owned. They seem to roll with almost no resistance, corner and handle well, stop on a dime, keep a firm grip in the rain and are blessedly quiet. Once my car is up to speed it just rolls with these tires and I doubt she's over 1900rpms at 80mph. I can take the 270° exit ramps at 70mph. I love them and would definitely buy them again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.57
 
 

1997 Saturn SW2
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Miles driven on tires: 1,489
Location: Welches, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,489 Miles on Tires
April 25, 2014

First impression? DEEP tread.

This wagon has a manual tranny. Automatics will not see the same cornering results.

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0-300 miles: The factory protectant layer lasted for the first 200-300 miles. You can expect reduced handling during this time period. The first thing I did was to drive up Timberline Lodge in dry 55f weather at 6k ft elevation. It cornered well, but the protectant noticeably acted as a grip retardant. Two tires had no need for balancing on the factory steel wheels.

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300-1500 miles: It sticks to rain-slicked surfaces with utter ease. The tread cuts through standing water of up to 1/8" with little pull to that wheel be it interstate concrete or highway pavement up to 60 MPH. 65MPH has sheds less well. 70MPH has light hydroplaning issues at a touch above 1/8" water. 0-1/8" water is largely known by wheel well spray. Portland, OR industrial-road puddles? Laughable.

High speed wet severe corner grip is purely dependent upon my wagon's balance when in the power bands. Freshly wet/tar-slick pavement after a dry hot spell is unknown.

Alpine highway driving (40-45F at night) showed that it handled well in the dry and wet as long as I stayed off the sand. It did NOT corner well if I drove on the damp light sand at highway speeds. 45MPH was the max comfortable speed if I had to deviate from the tracks.

They grip very well even with 60-70 degree gravel roadways in the dry. I was able to track right through water channels with ease going up or down at low speeds. After driving on such graveled driveway/roadway angles, 55-60MPH highway speed shedded nearly all of the rocks by about two miles down the road, but pelted the wells for the first mile.

Forest service and back country roads are easily handled when surface-wet at max posted speed limits.

They help resist wind walking when compared to past tires.

Simply put, these tires are so far in my opinion a near-optimal choice for PNW driving west of the Cascades outside of studded seas

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Friday, July 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2005 Honda Accord Sedan EX 4cyl
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Miles driven on tires: 700
Location: Rockaway, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 700 Miles on Tires
June 09, 2014

Gas mileage up 3 miles/gallon! I had two sets of General Altimax which were very good. I now have the P7's an found them to be excellent. Great handling, quiet, and my gas mileage has improve. Very good in wet weather.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

Friday, July 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

1998 BMW 540i 6-Speed
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Miles driven on tires: 16,000
Location: Dayton, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 16,000 Miles on Tires
June 08, 2014

I bought these tires Sept 2013 and have been very happy with them. I used to buy Vredesteins, but they just got too expensive for me($275 each!) These are wearing well, and I love both the wet and dry traction. Snow traction is OK, better than some others I have had, but I have to say if there is a lot of snow I park it. I love this car, but it is not a snow car. This tire is a great combination. I think the ride comfort is great, but I like a firmer ride where i can feel the road. I would highly reccommend this tire!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber AT 2

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber AT 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.07
 
 

2003 Dodge Ram 2500 QuadCab 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 18,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 18,000 Miles on Tires
June 07, 2014

Great tire for a great price . Traction is not an issue even at 20k miles these tires are on a farm truck that gets used everywhere, on and off the road highway and heavy towing. I pull a fully loaded trailer weighing 18k less the truck in and out of fields seasonally and traction is never an issue . Will probably get another 10 -15k out of them before needing new one's

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber AT 2

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber AT 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2004 Ford F150 FX4 Sup Cab 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

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

Best tire I have ever put on a truck.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

1998 Ford Contour SE
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Madera, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
June 06, 2014

I've enjoyed having these tires on my car. They seem to be wearing very well, they are a quiet and comfortable tire. I live in a dry climate so no reports for heavy rain or snow. Moderate rain performance has been good. Handle the twisties very well!! Good job General!

Best Tires for Chevrolet Camaro

Thursday, June 12, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The Chevrolet Camaro is one of my favorite American muscle cars. I think the car has a nice blend of old school style and new age design. Two of the most popular packages would be the RS and SS which provide optional 20" staggered tires and wheels. The Camaro RS and SS came from the factory with 245/45R20 in the front and 275/40R20 rear Pirelli P Zero Max Performance Summer tires.

When it comes to replacing tires on the Camaro, many drivers love the summer tires and look to go back to the equivalent level of grip and treadlife when choosing a replacement set, while others don't drive as aggressively and want a tire that provides a better ride and much longer treadlife.

Pirelli P Zero
Pirelli P Zero
 Continental Extreme Contact DW
Continental ExtremeContact DW


If you're a Camaro owner that loved how the car performed when new and are happy with the ride and treadlife of a summer tire, take a look at staying with the Original Equipment. The tire offers excellent dry road traction. If you want to try something new, consider the Continental ExtremeContact DW which provides noticeably better wet traction and lower road noise.

 Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
 General G-Max AS-03
General G-MAX AS-03


If you're a Camaro owner who wants the best ride and longest treadlife at the expense of some grip, or would like to occasionally drive the Camaro in light snow, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS or General G-MAX AS-03 are both great options. Each tire would offer better treadlife over the Pirelli summer tire, along with the ability to drive the Camaro in freezing temperatures and light snow.

If it's time to change the tires on your RS or SS Camaro be sure to consider what you want most from your tires and choose something that best fits your everyday driving needs. For more help shopping for Camaro tires, read "Looking to Buy the Best Tire, But Not Sure Which One? Tire Rack Has the Answer!"

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.43
 
 

2008 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Surrey, BC
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 25, 2014

I just got these tires about a week ago and the first time I drove my car with these tires, I immediately noticed how quiet and comfy they are (compared to the General Exclaim UHPs I had) I can actually hear wind noise now haha!

Then I took them to the autocross in the rain, and MY GOODNESS are they grippy - granted it was soaking wet - but that's what impressed me even more! I am yet to use them in a dry autocross event, but so far, it's looking promising.

I really can't comment too much on dry grip just yet but I've done some spirited driving on a mountain road, and I immediately felt a superb amount of stability and it definitely feels like i could push the car much much more.

Two thumbs up Michelin, I am thoroughly impressed. Please keep up the good work!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2000 Subaru Outback LTD Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 7,500
Location: Concord, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 7,500 Miles on Tires
May 23, 2014

Moms & Dads - Buy this tire for your vehicle. I drive a lot ... over 600 miles each week ... my Subaru Outback LTD Wagon is the commuter ... back & forth Boston to NYC every week (sometimes twice!) plus trips throughout mid-Atlantic states, PA, NJ, NY, VA and all New England states. Different loads, smooth roads, rough roads, very rough roads - these tires are GREAT and can take it all - no problems whatsoever. Ever changing weather - cold, colder, snow, ice, rain, deluge, mist, dry, hot - doesn't matter. Even the occasional monstrous pot hole does not affect them. These tires are extremely safe, a great value and really deliver a quiet confident ride. I promise, you will not regret purchasing these tires. Quiet ride, good range and I feel these tires will provide an additional margin of safety for your children. These are Great Tires!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88
 
 

2009 smart fortwo
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Terre Haute, IN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
May 22, 2014

These tires replaced my Conti 175/55/15's. The difference in handling, noise and ride comfort is night and day. Even my bride noticed the difference !!! Thank you General for making an outstanding product at a VERY good price .... and thank you Tirerack for the quick shipment !!! On cloud 9 !!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2011 Chevrolet Camaro LT
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Miles driven on tires: 42,000
Location: Langley, AR
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 42,000 Miles on Tires
December 13, 2012

Perfect tire for my Camaro. Excellent handling and traction under all road conditions I've encountered. Way better than the factory Pirelli summer tires that came on the vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.43
 
 

2013 Chrysler Town and Country
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Monticello, AR
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
May 06, 2014

My wife was concerned to drive in heavy rain, until we purchased the Alti max RT23. The original tire on her Town and Country were very good, but the Generals are better and more confidence inspiring. These tires are quite and are planted solidly on the road. Wet traction is excellent, my wife feels so much less 'concerned'. I took the T&C out on the Interstate and was very impressed with the stability and overall traction. General did a great job in the design of this tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber AT 2

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber AT 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.87
 
 

2004 Jeep Wrangler Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
May 08, 2014

THIS IS MY SECOND SET BOUGHT FROM TIRE RACK . LOVE THE LOOK , HANDLING AND WEAR FACTOR OF THESE TIRES .LOOK EVEN BETTER MOUNTED ON A SET OF ULTRA WHEELS BOUGHT AT THE SAME TIME .

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 General Altimax Arctic

Friday, May 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2014 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 6,711
Location: State College, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,711 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2014

This is a great tire, but not great for this car and my driving style. I sized this -1 (factory OEM is 17"), and in doing so created the majority of my "gripes" I have with this tire. The size I bought it in has been discontinued.

I have been using snows for the past 20 years, and I've tried Blizzaks, Generals, Firestones, Goodyears, Dunlops. I average around 7K a year driving in the winter on snows.

Good: The tire is an exceptional snow tire. Period. Snow to this tire is a traction additive. Deep snow, slush, light snow - not a problem. The tire hangs on very well when set on a singular course in the dry. Reasonably quiet. Stable under braking.

Bad: If you're a normal driver (commuter), *obey* the speed limit, etc. 95% of the bad won't apply to you. Because it is an exceptional snow tire, it leaves a lot to be desired in the dry. This tire is heavily siped so the tread-blocks are squishy. Full throttle acceleration isn't advised.

The web is full of comments of people complaining about the soft sidewalls, which I didn't heed. The sidewalls are *soft* and as a result I feel the tire compress over bumps before the car does. Somewhat unsettling if your car is stiffly sprung like the WRX is as you feel it "pogo" over transitions. Should you need to do a quick transition at highway speeds it is a sphincter clinching event. Just plan on hitting whatever you're trying to avoid if you're doing anything over 40 - the tires are easily overwhelmed.

Conclusion:

- A GREAT SNOW TIRE
- Very soft sidewalls - not intended for "sportier" or "firmly damped" cars.
- Surprisingly good tread wear - I wore off less than 2/32nds in 6711 miles of driving.
- These are not Blizzaks - on ice you're pretty much on your own unless you get studs. Given the price, I wasn't expecting them to match a Blizzak's performance.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

1997 Mercury Tracer Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 6,500
Location: Lords Valley, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,500 Miles on Tires
April 21, 2014

Let me begin by saying I was (and am) a die-hard fan of the Firestone Winterforce for decades. For reasons I won't get into here I ended up with a set of Altimax Arctics instead of Winterforces. Let's just say I am SO GLAD I did. The Altimax's are better in every way! They go through anything, and are super quiet - even more so than the all season tires they replaced! They have extremely deep lugs (Probably 12/32nd's) and are a little squirmy when they're brand new but the tradeoff of being almost invincible during the winter months is worth it.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

1997 Mercury Tracer Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Lords Valley, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

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

This set of Altimax RT43's are my "summer" set as I run Altimax Arctics in the winter months. The RT43's are a beautiful tire on my mostly highway 100 mile a day commute. They ride VERY quietly, have very quick and crisp handling, and are great in wet conditions. I cannot rate them in the snow as I don't use them then. I especially like the alignment and tread wear indicators molded into the tread, it helps you keep an eye on things... Their low cost is just the icing on the cake. I would (and am) going to buy a set for my other vehicles when the time comes.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2009 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

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

Goodyear will score well with the Eagle F1 Asymmetrical 2 offering. I wanted an non-run flat for our 09 Corvette and this new Goodyear seemed to be the pick of the litter. With a 45k mi. tread wear warranty it fit our expectation for performance in a daily driver that would see all types of driving conditions. Our most recent outing included a 700 mile round trip to south Texas. We drove in highway and urban traffic, heavy rain and dry highway miles combined. The Goodyear tires surprised this driver particularly in the wet in heavy San Antonio traffic never a slip and providing predictable steering feedback in either wet or dry. For some reason, Goodyear just can't seem to calm the road noise its products generate. Michelin just has Goodyear whipped in the category but with the 500 tread wear rating and expectations of lots of miles to be turned the tires will last years on the Corvette.