Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grid

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

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.

How to Tell if You Have Run-Flat Tires

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by Ben Rooney

Many new cars are equipped with run-flat tires. These tires give the ability to keep driving on a tire that has lost air. Typically, self-supporting tires maintain vehicle mobility for 50 miles at speeds up to 55 mph. The exact ratings will vary by tire and vehicle. 

Car dealers often fail to mention to customers that their tires are run-flats or may mistakenly indicate that a car has run-flat tires when it does not. To find out whether your car has run-flat tires, check the sidewall. 

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed a universal symbol for self-supporting run-flat tires, represented by a flat tire continuing down the road: 

Run Flat Tires - Tech Article

In addition, tire manufacturers have special branding to indicate run-flat capability. The following is a list of the branding used by manufacturers we carry:  

See an example of a tire with run-flat branding here (Dunlop SP Sport 600 DSST CTT - Original Equipment the Nissan GT-R). The DSST CTT branding is near the 12 o'clock position on these Dunlop car tires. The ISO pictogram is immediately to the right.

265/70R17 Tires for the Big 3 U.S. Truck Manufacturers

Monday, February 6, 2012 by Gavin Carpenter
Many GM, Ford and Dodge trucks and SUVs use the 265/70R17 tire size as Original Equipment. Depending on trim level and wheel size, vehicles such as the Chevy Avalanche, Cadillac Escalade, Ford F150 and Dodge Ram use this size. 

If you're looking to put a great tire on your American truck, BFGoodrich, Firestone or Goodyear tires may be what you're looking for. Listed below are options from three performance categories to provide several tires to meet your driving needs. 
  • Highway All-Season tires offer comfort, predictable handling and all-season capability.
  • Off-Road Maximum Traction tires meet the off-road challenges from deep mud, loose soil, slippery rocks and the toughest trails.
  • On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires allow drivers to travel on many surfaces including snow-covered roads, gravel, stone and sandy off-road trails.
Highway All-Season:

BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A
BFGoodrich Rugged
Terrain T/A
Firestone Destination LE
Firestone Destination
Goodyear Fortera TripleTred
Goodyear Fortera

Off-Road Maximum Traction:

BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2
BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain
Firestone Destination M/T
Firestone Destination
Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler MT/R
with Kevlar

On-/Off-Road All-Terrain:

BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO
BFGoodrich All-Terrain
Firestone Destination A/T
Firestone Destination
Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor
Goodyear Wrangler

Whether you're looking for Goodyear SUV tires, Firestone tire dealers or BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires, shop by vehicle to find the right choice for your vehicle. 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Sport

Monday, January 30, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Firestone Precision SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82

2009 Chevrolet Aveo5
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Miles driven on tires: 19000
Location: Green Bay, Wi
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 19000 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2012

I live in the Great Lakes and my wife uses this car for her commuter.She was very nervous about driving it in the winter. We purchased the tires last summer and are very pleased with them.It won't make the car into a SUV ,but she feels very secure driving it on icy and snowy road.A great buy and Tire Rack had a much better selection for us than local dealers.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Friday, December 16, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Firestone WinterforceReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.09

2003 Ford Crown Victoria
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Miles driven on tires: 46000
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 46000 Miles on Tires
November 30, 2011

Installed factory size 225/60/16 on 03' Crown Vic. Currently have 46,000 miles on tires, rotating them religiously every 5-6000 miles. I run these all year in PA on highway and driveways/lanes that are dirt/stone/mud, very good traction, never had an issue. Even though they are a directional tire which means you can only rotate them from front to back, the tread wear from this tire is fantastic. The softer compound inherent to a snow tire usually means less miles, however they have been on my car for the last 14 months and they still have about 1/3 tread on them. I will be replacing them next month (dealer wants to buy them as a trade for four new of the same). Good deal...Sell 4 used but still very useable tires for $100.00 and for another $260.00 have 4 brand news snows. Noise level is a little higher, but I expected this due to the open lug and aggressive pattern. If you are thinking of trying this tire, I would recommend 100%

C6 Corvette Tires and Wheels (Part 1: Tires)

Friday, May 7, 2010 by Brandon Lorenc
I was talking to one of my Corvette customers the other day and he told me that in his Corvette club most members buy their Corvette Rims and New Automobile Tires from Tire Rack. By far the most popular tires I sell for this car personally are the Firestone Auto Tires, we are also one of the largest Goodyear Tire Dealers and I often sell the Original Equipment Goodyears for this car as well. But for people who don't want the O.E. Corvette Goodyear tires the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Run Flat tires are the most popular. People tend to like them because they are very high performance tires comparable to the Goodyears and usually less expensive.

FH Wide Oval Run Flat

Check back next week for my post on Corvette Rims to go with these tires!

We rolled out some new Firestone tires!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 by Tire Rack Team

As your Firestone tire dealers, we're constantly on the lookout for new and improved tires from this brand we've come to trust. And so, we'd like to introduce you to the following:

Destination ST (Street/Sport Truck All-Season): If a performance pickup, crossover or sport utility vehicle is your ride, you just might appreciate these Firestone SUV tires. Year-round traction comes from a tread pattern that gives off a bold appearance.

Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 (Ultra High Performance Summer): Feel like a champion when you ride on these tires! Superb performance is backed by the heritage, the manufacturing and the winning spirit that Firestone tires have been providing since their first victory lap at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing in 1911.

Precision Sport (High Performance All-Season): Treadwear. Handling. Traction. All three combine to create a tire suitable for all of the seasons, whether the roads are wet, dry or covered in light snow.

Search for these and other Firestone tires to find a set that's ideal for your wheels.

We think your Lincoln would like these Firestone Firehawk tires.

Monday, March 22, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Luxury defines the Lincoln MKS. This classy sedan exudes a great sense of style, it drives well and gives each passenger a comfortable ride —and with the right kind of tires, all that gets even better.

The Tire Rack inventory of suitable Lincoln tires is quite extensive, but we study the field to make sure we can help you narrow it down quickly and efficiently.

Let's start with a set of Firestone Firehawk tires. As your Firestone tire dealers, we feel comfortable recommending the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval tires. From a previous customer:

"Absolutely excellent tires. The Wide Ovals completely surprised me by eliminating the vibration I had always had between 60-70mph. They are also my first experience with any Firestone tires. They look excellent, grip better than I expected and are just all around top notch tires. Its not often I find a tire I like and I intend to stick with these for as long as they make them." — Tire Rack Consumer Review, Pontiac Trans Am, FL

Buy Firestone tires for your Lincoln, or search our entire inventory by vehicle to see a complete list of options.

Firestone Truck Tires Get "Big" Representation

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Every Firestone truck tire is backed by over 100 years of industry research and manufacturing excellence. And since 1970, they've been backed by a monster as well. Yes, a monster. And today, Bridgestone Firestone announces a development in that monster/tire relationship.

Of course, the monster we speak of is none other than Bigfoot, the world's first monster truck. It doesn't fit just any old Firestone truck tire, but Bigfoot does use special edition Firestone tires. And has been since 1991. Though that won't be changing anytime soon, Bigfoot did just get a face-lift. According to Bridgestone Firestone, Bigfoot is now "emblazoned with the iconic Firestone shield in a dramatic new paint scheme designed to evoke the pride and tradition of the Firestone brand."

So keep your eyes peeled for Bigfoot—it likes to show up at Firestone tire dealers every so often.

See all Firestone tires at Tire Rack.