Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season (V-Speed Rated)

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season (V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.7
 
 

2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Des Plaines, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 03, 2014

Excellent tires! I've been driving and buying tires for over 30 years and these are the best tires I've ever had. We just had about a foot of snow in Chicago where I live and I had to go to work and back in this blizzard and I've never had tires that made me feel so secure in snow before. I am very impressed with these tires and would recommend them for anyone, especially people who drive sports cars, of course. My car is front wheel drive and I just wonder what kind of improvement people with rear wheel drive would get with these tires, since I know from experience that rear wheel drive is much harder to handle in the snow.

 

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

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer
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Miles driven on tires: 38,000
Location: Buffalo, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 38,000 Miles on Tires
January 15, 2014

Dear concerned all-season high-performance tire buyers,
As many of you know it is not cheap to buy tires in rare sizes that can handle all weather conditions, much less give you extended tread wear life. I recently purchased my second set of these tires to trudge through my 4-season situation in Buffalo, NY. Now don't get me wrong I love my town but its weather changes everyday, it can range from slush to deep snow to a flood zone to beautifully sunny in less than 2 days. With all of that said I purchased 4 g-max tires to replace my OEM Dunlop sport tires around late 2011(which the Dunlops wore insanely fast, and couldn't handle wet roads much less snow). At the time I considered spending some extra cash and getting a set of continental extreme DWS tires, because at that time the g-max was a brand new tire with little to no reviews. I had an eclipse before the lancer with General Altimax tires on it and was very pleased, so I went the G-Max route. I couldn't have been happier with this tire for the price and its ability to handle dry, wet, and snow with still getting 38,000+ miles out of them, and only had to change them when I hit a large crater in the road we call potholes here and blew out a side wall. The wet condition handling is AMAZING. Never once have I hydro-planed even through large puddles at highway speeds. Snow handling is well above average for a high-performance tire, and dry cornering is also very good but what shines for this tire is it multi-function ability and its value. Needless to say I bought another set as I mentioned and just put them on today it feels like I'm driving a new car again, such a great feeling. And as a frequent Tire Rack customer and review reader I felt it was my time to finally give a little info back. Happy driving!

 

Million Mile Check-Up: Michelin Defender Retains Number One Ranking

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by Ben Rooney

Michelin's Defender was introduced to replace both the HydroEdge with Green X and Harmony tires. According to Michelin, the Defender combined the best attributes of the two tires it replaced. Sounds great in theory, but how would it work out in practice?

Early reviews were good and the tire did well during our in-house test. However, how would it hold up over time? Now, with over one million miles of customer survey data reported, it's safe to say that the Defender is a success.

I usually like to withhold final judgment on where a tire will fit into the survey results hierarchy until it has at least a million miles reported. Since most tires do well when they are new, it may take some time for any flaws to appear in the survey results. Many new tires have shot up to number one on the survey results, only to find their true home somewhere toward the middle of the pack once a larger number of miles were reported. 

Other tires may eventually eclipse the Defender as the top tire in the Standard Touring All-Season category, but it looks like the Defender will be holding one of the top spots for quite some time.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, May 16, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.2
 
 

2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Barberton, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
April 23, 2013

very quiet very smooth, would like it a little stiffer. Too soon to tell how well it will wear. I did get stuck in a parking lot with deep snow but I guess that should be expected, eventually got out.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Friday, January 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Sandwich, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
December 20, 2012

I have purchased 6 of this size and brand. First, I sent in for the $50 rebate at the time and never received anything. Second, on one of the tires it began to make thumping noise and this continued when moved to rear. The tire has been balanced and still makes the thumping noise.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.09

2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
November 28, 2012

I have 2 years on these tires and I'm very happy with them. They perform very well in snow and rain and the tread is lasting well. I recommend these.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

Monday, July 16, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.67

1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS
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Miles driven on tires: 400
Location: Londonderry, NH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 400 Miles on Tires
July 13, 2012

I've only had these tires on my vehicle for a few weeks now and I all can say is wow! These tires aren't even broken in yet and as soon as I put them on my vehicle I noticed an instant difference in steering feel and response - unlike no other tire I've had on this car.

I'll give an update after a few thousand miles once I throw my winter's back on.

Defiantly recommend this tire to anyone looking for a sports tire with fantastic grip but doesn't mind a little road noise - which I don't mind one bit for what these tires are throwing at me performance wise.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Monday, June 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86

2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT
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Miles driven on tires: 3,500
Location: ELMWOOD PARK, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,500 Miles on Tires
May 13, 2012

I decided this past winter it was time to buy some dedicated summer tires. Since i have owned my car, i have only had all seasons on it and i was itching for a more higher performance tire. Since my eclipse was my daily driver, i needed a tire that would perform well, but yet keep the essentials still there(noise level, ride comfort, treadwear). After doing lots of research on multiple different summer tires, i ended up with two options, Continental's DW and Michelin pilot super sports. I have heard alot of things about both of them, and despite hearing people raving about the michelins, i went with the conti's. Im glad i chose the conti's. I came from all season tires so the ride quality was somewhat decent, so when i put on the conti's i wasnt really sure what to expect. They actually rode better if not the same as my all seasons. I was shocked in that aspect. As for performance, they can for sure hold their own. They have plenty of dry grip as they kept my car planted the whole through on a twisty road. Since these do have a weaker sidewall, i would not recommend this tire for dedicated autocross but more for a DD and occasional autocross. My brakeing improved as well. Since i don't have abs i found it easy to lock up all 4 at times. With these, not a problem. The wet grip is very nice and the hydroplane resistance is amazing as well. I have driven in downpours and i still feel confident that these tires will get me to my destination.

Pros:
Nice ride comfort for a high performace summer tire
Excellent hydroplane resistance
Excellent grip in both dry and wet situations
Cheap! Versus other summer tires

Cons:
Weaker sidewall

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, June 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6

2002 Mercedes-Benz E430 Sedan Sport Package
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Miles driven on tires: 1,200
Location: San Francisco, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,200 Miles on Tires
May 23, 2012

These are great tires. Really great tires. --------, they may be the best street tires I've ever run! They're sticky, predictable, quiet and comfortable, and they're not obscenely priced. They increased my gas mileage about 3 mpg above that of the Goodyear F1 GS-D3s that I ran before them and they're not named in confusing alphanumerics! As an added bonus, Michelin claims 50% better tread wear than the previous Pilot Sport. We'll see about that. And it's nearly summer, so I can't speak to their performance in wet weather yet. But I have high expectations of them in the Northern California coastal winter! I'm sold on the Michelin Pilot SS!

Just after the necessary 500-mile break-in, I headed my Mercedes E430 Sport north on Hwy 101 to view the solar eclipse as it crossed the California coastline near the Oregon border 350 miles from home. Traffic was light, the weather was perfect and the road contained a great mix of long high-speed freeway sweepers and tight, twisting single-lane runs through the redwoods. The E430 is a big car, but I found that I could dive through the turns with remarkable confidence at speeds considerably higher than I had enjoyed with lesser tires. I'll take the 5th on actual speeds, but they were impressive. I took turns driving point with two other drivers who knew their stuff, one in an Audi S4 and the other in an Aston Martin, and they were both surprised to see a big Mercedes keeping pace through the turns with their much sportier cars. I'm sure they attributed this to my superior driving skills. But I know it had a lot to do with my driving on superior tires.

I highly recommend the Michelin Pilot Super Sports for the aggressive driver who wants a sporting tire with few compromises (excluding snow and ice conditions). I won't review a tire unless I've put some miles on them first, and at 1,200 miles Pilot Super Sports are great and going strong. Bravo, Michelin! Well done, messieurs!

Pirelli All-Season Tires

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 by Ben Rooney

The first set of tires that I got from Tire Rack was the Pirelli P Zero Nero M+S. At the time they were one of the top Ultra High Performance All-Season tires available. Pirelli's track record over the past decade has been extremely impressive in this category.

They logged three first place finishes in our comparison testing back in 2003, 2004 and 2007 before being eclipsed by newer tires from their competitors. The Nero M+S was then replaced by the P Zero Nero All Season, which looks very similar but was updated for improved traction in bad weather conditions. The Nero All Season finished first during the 2009 and 2010 testing season. In our latest tests, the tire was replaced by the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position as the top performer in its category, however the P Zero Nero All Season put in a very solid second place showing.

In many sizes the P Zero Nero All Season undercuts the price of competitors from other leading brands while offering world-class performance. If you need a tire that offers excellent wet and dry traction along with the ability to handle light snow, make sure to give this Pirelli tire a look. Don't just take my word for it, see what a few of our customers are saying about their experience with the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season:

"Great year-round tire. Handles and performs great in dry weather and better than average in rain." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2011 Ford Mustang GT Coupe

"They grip well in wet and dry and never lose traction. They don't make a peep of noise when thrown around an off ramp at highway speed. They are quiet and comfortable for daily driving. They've been the best performing all-season tire I've used and have also lasted the longest." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2005 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro Ultra Sport Package

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

Monday, April 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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

2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Swedesboro, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 23, 2012

WOW! What a difference from the stock tires! These tires are a great buy. Traction, comfort and great looks. I highly reccomend them, you will not be sorry!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Monday, April 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.11
 
 

2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GTS
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Millburn, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 17, 2012

(I use g-Force T/A KDW-2 for summer tires). The RE970AS are used late fall to spring. These tires are great, low noise and better cold weather grip. Noticed that they get quieter after a short warm up time, (mile or so). Lots of grip with hard driving, predictable hold and can tell when they are about to break loose. I'd recommend these for all season use, (except I'll still use ultra high performance tires for summer). Can't tell about wear, I haven't had them long enough.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, April 20, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9

1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: New Albany, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
April 16, 2012

Made it to the first oil change after installing these tires. My vehicle is running these tires in 225/40ZR18 size on 18x8 2008 model Eclipse wheels on lowered coils. I drive the snot out of my car. I push it really hard in the corners and so far these tires have not started to slip yet, grip is excellent. No signs of obvious wear either. The 2G Eclipse is a fairly noisy car in terms of road noise. These tires are by far the quietest performance tire I have had on it. Haven't had a chance to test winter grip yet because this year we had no winter in Indiana, seriously, no snow at all, no ice, nothing that even stuck to the road. I do all my own maintenance when possible. Just rotated the tires myself and went over them good. Nothing bad at all.

For those who feel the tires have weak sidewalls, try upping the air pressure, you will get better MPG to boot. I run 45psi all around which might sound tight but they perform really well here. I have noticed what I believe is minor flat spotting overnight, but it is really minimal at most. Hardly as harsh as some reviewers make it sound, but that's a perception thing. Great tire so far, will have to follow up when I make it through winter.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75

2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT
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Miles driven on tires: 11,000
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 11,000 Miles on Tires
March 31, 2012

Such a dramatic improvement over the OEM Goodyear RSA's. Far better dry and wet grip, no tire squealing on moderate acceleration and they've help up well at the track. Cornering is great and treadwear is far better than expected. Very happy with the DW's!

Michelin Pilot Super Sport: Best Handling Max Performance Summer Tire?

Monday, March 12, 2012 by Alex Mouroulis

High performance tires derive their technology directly from the manufactures' motorsports activities. The tire technology is a game of leap frog and Michelin has set the bar impressively high with the Pilot Super Sport.

 

The steering response I felt was very confidence-inspiring. It felt as if the car was on rails, specifically through the slalom section of our test track. Around the skidpad I was able to feel how easily this tire modulated at the slip angle.

 

When driving on the original Pilot Sport, I felt the tire offered razor quick turn-in response, but once you had crossed the limit, it was a matter of recovery vs. modulation. The PS2, like a pendulum, swung back to a very easy modulate feeling, which was a welcomed improvement over the first-generation tire. With the Pilot Super Sport, Michelin was able to strike a fantastic balance! The turn-in is lively, while the grip is very easy to predict and work with in aggressive-driving scenarios.

 

I did find the ride quality of the Pilot Super Sport to be firmer on the street than the previous models. It was a trade-off I was more than willing to make given its performance attributes. The tire also eclipsed its competition in wet conditions, which was a welcomed surprise. If you're looking for the best handling street tire, with a 30,000-mile treadwear warranty (another first for a Max Performance Summer tire), look no further than the Michelin Pilot Super Sport. To see how the tire performed during our testing, view "Clash of the Titans: Testing Two New Max Performance Summer Heavy Hitters."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.64
 
 

2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT
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Miles driven on tires: 25000
Location: Kansas City, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 25000 Miles on Tires
February 10, 2012

I own a 2007 Eclipse and like many other owners I do not like to stitch tires several times a year. I prefer to purchase a good set of all weather. I must say these are the BEST all weather tires I have ever owned for a sports car. I have had them on the car a little over a year and a half. I had absolutely ZERO trouble navigating the horrid 2011 winter weather. Kansas City had record snowfalls and I made it to work every day on unplowed roads with no complications. The DWS on the tires is very interesting, when I first read reviews I was unsure what they meant. Now after owning them I can see it is a wear gauge built into the tread. I have put around 25K miles on the car and there is very little sign of the "S" showing wear (it is the first letter to go)I am confident I will get several more miles of use from these tires. I do recommend them, and will be purchasing them again! I hope they are still available when it is time for replacement.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle GT (V)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle GT (V) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2004 BMW 330xi Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Foristell, MO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
February 20, 2012

I owe it to these tires for avoiding an accident in the rain. I hit the brakes hard and the tires just gripped the road. Great cornering in all conditions... I don't ever have to worry about the tires breaking loose. I've put 50,000 miles on this set of tires on an all wheel drive BMW... all those others complaining of premature tire wear need to check their alignment or something. I also purchased this same tire for my daughter's Eclipse!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Fuzion ZRi

Thursday, February 16, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Fuzion ZRi Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25
 
 

2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS
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Miles driven on tires: 4000
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4000 Miles on Tires
November 07, 2010

I bought these tires after plus-sizing the rims on my car, going from the stock 16's to 18's. I bought these tires initially because they were cheap summer performance tires with a sightly higher treadwear number than the other tires I was looking at. So far, I am pretty impressed with them. I didn't expect them to be that great. I expected a good amount of noise based on other reviews. They aren't nearly as loud as I anticipated and have an exceptional amount of grip in wet and dry weather. They do feel a bit stiffer, but that's probably just because they're thinner than my previous tires and need to be firmer to support the car. Overall, I think it's a great tire, especially for the value. I'll try to follow up on this review after I've had them a bit longer, but so far, it looks as though I'll be buying Fuzion ZRi's again in the future.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (H&V)

Monday, January 30, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (H&V)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.55

2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT
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Miles driven on tires: 20000
Location: Ware, Ma
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20000 Miles on Tires
November 26, 2011

I bought these tires for my daughters Eclipse. She is young, and drives far and hard. These tires experienced a few punctures along the way. The length of some of the objects that punctured the tires were not very long, telling me that the tread and carcass depth are not very thick. Wear was only acceptable. Noise levels were elevated compared to the Goodyear Eagles they replaced. We will be trying different tires this time - probably General Altimax HP's. The Sumitomo's were fairly inexpensive, though, and as a budget tire, they performed acceptably overall.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle F1 AsymmetricReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.17

2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Irvine, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
September 03, 2011

I just got these F1s on my car after having a recent poor experience with the Hankook V12 Evo. I'm so much happier with the F1! I had the F1 AS before which was a stellar performing tire. The F1 Asymmetric has excellent grip, solid and sharp steering response, rides smooth, and is quiet. I don't know about tread life as they are new, but with a rating of 240 I expect maybe I'll get 10-15K miles on them. Not a great tread life, but that's to be expected with this kind of tire. I had the Hankook V12 Evo just before, and they were terrible. Soft, squishy handling that felt very insecure. I'm glad to be back with Goodyear!