Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiProContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.64
 
 

2012 Ford Focus 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 12,500
Location: Etobicoke, ON
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 12,500 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2013

This is my fourth Ford Focus I lease these cars and have enjoyed their european handling, I've had a set of Firestone Fire hawks and Pirelli p-6 original equipment tires both the pirelli and firehawks handled the Canadian winters very well but these tires are the worst for winter driving, I was stuck in a winter storm, I never get stuck like this the car wouldn't move even with the traction control in the off position, However it is a quiet tire and it handles the rain very well but in the snow take the tires off and get a good set of snow tires.

 

BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Defeats Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Back in April 2011, I wrote a blog post about the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 shortly after it was released. At the time, this tire was at the top of our customer survey results and initial customer feedback was outstanding. I was so impressed with the tire that I bought a set for one of my vehicles.

While I'm still happy with my purchase, the high performance tire market can change quickly. In just under two years, the Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 has been dethroned by the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 in our Tire Survey Results.

 Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500
Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500
 BFGoodrich g-Force Sport Comp-2
BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2


Also, during a recent in-house test, the g-Force Sport COMP-2 performed better than the Firestone option. Listed below is a summary of our test, while a complete report can be found by reading "Testing Ultra High Performance Summer Tires." 

BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 (Ultra High Performance Summer 245/40R18 93W)

  • What We Liked: Impressive traction, especially in the wet
  • What We'd Improve: A small reduction in tread noise
  • Conclusion: A very capable Ultra High Performance Summer tire that delivers excellent traction
  • Latest Test Rank: 1st

Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 (Ultra High Performance Summer 245/40R18 97W)

  • What We Liked: Reasonable ride quality
  • What We'd Improve: Wet traction
  • Conclusion: An economical option that doesn't have the ultimate grip to keep pace with the best
  • Latest Test Rank: 4th

If you want to combine a good blend of dry and wet street performance when choosing a tire for your sports coupe or sedan, take a look at all Ultra High Performance Summer tire options.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

2010 BMW 135i Coupe
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Location: New York, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
July 19, 2011

good tire and a great tire for the money.

 

Corvette C6 Run-Flat Tires: Get More for Your Money

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by Gary Stanley

A couple of months ago I wrote "Get More for Your Money When Replacing Your Corvette's Run-Flat Tires" that covered fitments for the 1997-2004 C5 models of Corvettes. For those of you interested in the newer C6 model Corvettes (2005-2012), the front tire size is 245/40R18 and the rear size is 285/35R19. Although the original tires on the C6 Corvette are a newer design and generally higher regarded than the C5's tires, there's always room for improvement. 

Ultra High Performance All-Season

 Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT
Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position
RFT
 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus
ZP


If you need to drive your C6 Corvette in near-freezing conditions or light snow, take a look at an all-season tire. Two of my favorite run-flat all-season tires are made in the C6's sizes, the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP and Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT. Even if you don't need the cold weather capability of all-season tires, they're quieter and have a bit longer treadwear than their summer-only counterparts.

Summer Tires

Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval RFT
Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval RFT
 Michelin  MichelinPilot Sport PS2 ZP
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP


The top summer performance run-flat tires would be the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP and Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval RFT. Keep in mind that these tires will lose much of their grip as the temperature nears freezing. They're not designed to be used on snow-covered roads or during icy conditions.

To see all options available for your Corvette, shop by vehicle.

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

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS (W-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.9

2003 Mazda MAZDA6 i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
December 16, 2012

Tires are great in rain. Reasonably quiet for performance you get. Snow traction really depends on type of snow, not to good on wet slush, ok in more powderey snow. I have had better snow traction from all seasons but these do an adeqaute job so far. I prefer the handling and firmer ride these deliver to the previous touring all seasons I have had on this car.

Lessons Learned at the Arctic Circle: Testing All-Season Tires

Friday, November 16, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

For optimum snow grip, nothing compares to dedicated winter / snow tires. But, what if you live on the edge of the Snowbelt and need to run one set of tires year-round? Then you're better served by purchasing a set of all-season tires with decent light snow capability. 

How do different all-season tires perform in the snow? Our test team has traveled to Sweden the past few winters to find out. Below are brief recaps of five different all-season categories and how certain tires performed during our time near the Arctic Circle.

Ultra High Performance All-Season Test

In comparing the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position, Continental ExtremeContact DWS, Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus and Pirelli PZero Nero All Season we found the Continental ExtremeContact DWS to perform best in the snow with the Pirelli finishing a close second. On ice, the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus led the way with Continental's ExtremeContact DWS and Pirelli's PZero Nero All Season coming in next. Bridgestone's Potenza RE970AS Pole Position trailed the others by a fair margin. Complete test results can be found here.

Eco-Focused All-Season Test

When driving on the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422, Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology, Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max and Yokohama AVID TRZ we found the Goodyear and Bridgestone options to be tops in the snow and on ice. Goodyear's Assurance Fuel Max delivered impressive results, especially under braking. Yokohama AVID TRZ tires were competitive, but showed lower overall snow traction than the other three tires.

High Performance All-Season Test

The Dunlop SP Sport Signature, Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS and Goodyear Eagle GT all offered decent snow and ice performance. The fourth tire in the test, the Yokohama AVID ENVigor, couldn't match the others on both surfaces. It provided a considerably lower level of acceleration, braking and cornering traction. To see how Dunlop's aggressive tread pattern paid a dividend in the snow, read "Testing High Performance All-Season Tires."

Eco-Focused Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Test

Amongst the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia, Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology and the Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max, the Bridgestone did the best in the snow with the Goodyear coming in next. When it came to braking on the ice, Goodyear's Assurance CS Fuel Max edged out the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia. The Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology was fairly easy to control, but showed somewhat lower overall traction than the other two.

Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season Introductory Comparison Test

In assessing the General AltiMAX HP, Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season, Hankook Optimo H727 and Michelin HydroEdge with Green X, the Hankook Optimo H727 performed the best in snow and on ice. It was rather impressive in the snow, delivering very good overall traction and predictable handling. To view results from our test, take a look at "Testing the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12

2000 Chevrolet Impala
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Charlotte, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
August 06, 2012

I reviewed once I first got these tires and I loved them and still do. I had General Exclaims and liked them better and they lasted longer. I think I will only be getting around 25k on these tires, when I need at least 35/40k a set like my generals. I rotate and balance on each oil change, so I do preventative maintenance. I'm not sure if its because of the 255 width, but during heavy downpours I will NOT "fly" in the rain. I feel as if the steering is numb, could be GM numb steering and my mind and not the tires. Handles good in wet and dry, but I'm just not too "happy" about these compared to the Generals I was so use too.

All-Season Options When Replacing Your Camaro's Summer Tires

Thursday, November 1, 2012 by Steve Huffman

The muscle car lives and the new Camaro is proof. Since 2010, these pony cars have been prowling the streets of America and can be seen almost anywhere. By now, the time to start looking at replacing the tires for many has come. If your Camaro came equipped with 20s, they came stock with the Pirelli P Zero. While this is a fantastic Max Performance Summer tire, it's not designed as a long-lasting option that can provide cold weather traction. Granted, most Camaro owners aren't going to be using the vehicle in the snow, but there might be some drivers looking for traction when the temperature drops below 40 degrees. And more than a few owners looking to get a tire that will last longer than the Original Equipment.

Compared to when the car was introduced, today there are a few all-season options for the new Camaro. Included in these options are the Continental ExtremeContact DWS, Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS (W-Speed Rated) and General G-MAX AS-03. According to our Tire Survey Results, the ExtremeContact DWS is the best performer in light snow conditions. It also has the highest treadwear rating.

If you're looking for an excellent value option, take a look at the Firestone tire. It molds an all-season rubber compound into a symmetric tread design that blends dry road handling with wet, wintertime traction. Its internal structure includes twin steel belts reinforced by spirally wrapped nylon, along with a carcass reinforced by a hard sidewall filler between polyester cord plies to help resist distortion at high speeds and while cornering.

The General G-MAX AS-03 is currently ranked third in our survey as customers like its treadwear, wet traction and hydroplaning resistance. Three-dimensional sipes increase the number of snow-biting edges to aid wintertime traction, as well as lock together to enhance dry and wet handling. I also think the tire looks pretty cool, too!

Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact
DWS
Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS
Firestone Firehawk Wide
Oval AS
General G-MAX AS-03
General G-MAX
AS-03


If your Camaro tires are in need of replacement, shop by vehicle to find the set that best fits your driving style.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Monday, October 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.88
 
 

1967 Pontiac Grande Parisienne
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Location: Burlington, ON
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
September 30, 2012

Bought a set from the Rack' for my 67 Grande Parisienne, mounted on a set of 17" Amrican racing Torque thrust II's. Very nice looking sidewall with a more radical tread really adds a touch of modern to my classic. Totaly transformed the car in handling, (it has all the big handling stuff done underneath). Previously had a set of T/A's on 15" and these tires blow those away. Dry traction is incredible, they inspire confidence in the twisties, even with a 4000 lb car. Straight line and braking is improved as well. Steering responsiveness is improved, but the car still has the 18:1 steering box. No real wear seen yet (even on the one that spins, they are holding their balance well so far. Not wet driven, so no opinion there. The one and only negative (as per other reviews) is the increasing noise level from them, not really enough to worry me much, but it is there never the less. IMOP, Overall they're great choice for anyone wanting to update their 60's muscle or classic. Buy them on line and having them shipped up was hassle free and I got them within 3 days of ordering, they were going to take up to 3 weeks if I got them in town! Cheers, Mark.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.88

2006 Audi A3 2.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 23,000
Location: Hollywood, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 23,000 Miles on Tires
September 24, 2012

This tire started out pretty well with good handling and good noise level, but after it hit 15,000 mi the sound level started getting louder and louder with a definite buzz depending on the speed. I don't know how my wife has put up with it until now but at 23,000 we're ready to change them. I'll be going back to the Bridgestone Potenzas. The RE960AS I had previous were excellent and lasted a good 55,000. I see there's an updated RE970AS so I'll go for that.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Friday, September 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.75

2005 Subaru Legacy Sedan 2.5 GT
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Miles driven on tires: 9,800
Location: Memphis, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 9,800 Miles on Tires
September 20, 2012

Following a set of Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Specs, these tires were purchased to be more daily-driver friendly. They were definitely smoother riding, quieter, and better in the rain. They still performed acceptably in spirited driving around town. I was liking them a lot until track day (at which time they had approximately 7,000 miles on them). After five 20-minute sessions on the Memphis International Raceway (fka Memphis Motorsports Park), there was above-average wear (relative to expectations from one track day and from prior experience with different tires) and two of the tires (LF and LR) started separating (cording) on the outside edge! Tires were 37psi of nitrogen on stock rims. The vehicle is a Subaru Legacy with approx. 300 crank HP and Bilstein struts with STi springs - not far from stock and certainly not a track monster.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Thursday, August 30, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.25

2006 Hyundai Sonata LX
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Wellesley, MA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
August 15, 2012

I got these for my wife's Sonata. The guy who mounted them thought they were a bit of an overkill but they look good and the car handles well. The only thing that bugs me a little is the noise. While it's not terrible it's definitely worse than the stock Hankooks, which by the way lasted way longer than I think these will. Good value for the price I paid though so definitely not a bad tire. Tread life was expected given the 320 rating.
The other big problem was snow traction. These tires combined with the fairly heavy body of the Sonata and the decently powerful 240-HP V6 rendered the car impossible to drive in the New England winter. Poor snow traction should be expected given the type of this tire though. Just consider a second set of winter tires and you are all set.
I would definitely buy them again for the right price.

How Does the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Stack Up?

Monday, August 20, 2012 by Doc Horvath

Early spring 2012 brought a new and exciting tire from BFGoodrich, the g-Force Sport COMP-2, which I wrote about soon after its release. At the time, our tire techs had been invited to test the tire at an event sponsored by the manufacturer using an assortment of vehicles in various conditions. While the results of the test were impressive, we were anxious to get the tire back home to our track and use our vehicles to get a closer look. Last month, we were able to put the COMP-2 through its paces here in Indiana and found that our initial impressions were correct that the tire can hold its own with the best in its category.

Our extensive Real World Road Ride and test track have always separated the contenders from the pretenders, and both tests provided valuable information yet again when we compared the COMP-2 to the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport, the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 and Yokohama S.drive.

At the track, the COMP-2 came in a close second in the dry to the the Potenza RE760 Sport with its excellent handling. The tire proved to be superior when the track was watered down. At the end of several days at the track, the COMP-2  proved to be a little more responsive and displayed somewhat higher cornering traction compared to the competition.

Out on the road, the COMP-2 was near the top with excellent handling at the expense of a little more road noise. Overall, just a fraction of a point separated all four tires for overall supremacy on the road.

In the end, here is how they stacked up:

  1. BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2
  2. Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport
  3. Yokohama S.drive
  4. Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

If an Ultra High Performance Summer tire is in your future, check out our full test report before making your decision.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval RFT

Monday, August 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval RFTReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75

2009 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: BELLEVILLE, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
August 01, 2012

Good replacement for the short wearing OEM Goodyear's on the Z51 equipped Corvette in moderately aggressive street driving use. 12,000 mile wear out on front with rear tires approaching 20,000mile wear out seems disproportional. The Firehawks work well and are exhibiting much better wear characteristics.

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

Monday, August 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS (W-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.78
 
 

1998 Pontiac Grand Prix GT Coupe
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Location: Canton, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
July 22, 2012

the only other tire i would ever buy other than a bridgestone potenza great grip low road noise hardly any wear on tread and i drive it like i stole it no complaints here

 

Wider Tires on Your BMW 3 Series

Friday, July 27, 2012 by Gary Stanley

While moderating the BMW forums, one of the most common questions I answer is in regards to upgrading tires to a larger size. Using a wider size on the same wheel while maintaining the same overall diameter is known in the tire industry as "plus zero" sizing. This is typically done to get a larger contact patch and for an improved cosmetic appearance.

Here is a list of common plus zero sizes on two popular generations of BMW 3 Series vehicles:

E36 (most 1992-1998 BMW 318i, 325i, 328i, 330i models):

  • If you have factory 16" wheels with the Original Equipment size of 205/55R16, you can install 225/50R16 tires with no problem. This is a very common upgrade and fits the wheels well. The plus size maintains the correct overall diameter and load requirements. With this change, you'll gain about an inch in tire width.

Below are two Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 tires. The tire on the left is a 205/55R16 and the one the right is size 225/50R16. 

E46 (most 1999-2005 BMW 323i, 325i, 328i, 330i models):

  • With the Original Equipment size of 205/55R16, you can use the plus size of 225/50R16.
  • Owners with the O.E. size of 225/45R17 you can plus size to either 235/40R17 or 235/45R17. With the 235/45R17 size, it's a fit in a vast majority of cases and typically only rubs on a lowered vehicle or a car with worn suspension components.
  • For the Original Equipment size of 225/40R18, the plus size of 235/40R18 will work. This is also a case where the plus size fits in the vast majority of cases and typically only rubs on a lowered vehicle or a car with worn suspension components.

For more information on this topic, read "Plus Size Wheels and Tires."

 

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12
 
 

1994 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Erie, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
July 18, 2012

Have had these on the back of my camaro z28 an love them for the price. A great buy for a spirited car enthusiast!! Just received my front set and can't wait to put them on. With 2000 miles on these tires it looks like hardly any tread has been used! In my opinion this is the best set of tires for the price and responsiveness on dry and wet roads.

 

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

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2006 Toyota Matrix XR
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Miles driven on tires: 1,100
Location: Hartford, CT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,100 Miles on Tires
July 10, 2012

no snow here...yet!! these tires are very impressive for the price....great value. Ride smooth as a baby's bum...quiet ride..lets you know before it breaks loose so you can ease off a bit...like em lots

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Thursday, June 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25

2007 Saturn Sky
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Miles driven on tires: 3,200
Location: Navarre, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,200 Miles on Tires
June 20, 2012

This was one of my finalists while shopping. Honestly I liked the Indy 500 logo. But after 3200 miles I am totally impressed. The car handles better than the Goodyear OEM tires. I love them. I do tone down my driving in the rain, but I have had no issues so far.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grid

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grid Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.91
 
 

2003 BMW 325xi Sed Sport Pkg
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Littleton, CO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
June 18, 2012

Tires were fine when new, although fairly noisy. Did fine for the first winter in colorado, but a year later they were useless in deep snow. Tires get noisier as they age and they do not handle corners well at all (lot's of squealing and slipping). They seemed to last pretty long, I replaced with them when they had 5-6/32nds left because I got a flat (drove about a mile before realizing it was flat) and the tire was ruined. I have all wheel drive and needed to replace all tires at the same time. Tires made the car ride rough (didn't realize how bad these tires were until I replaced them with something else) I bought snow tires and wheels for the winter and replaced the G019's with a summer tire (firestone firehawk wide oval indy 500) - Night and day difference! Love the firestones so far.