Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.8
 
 

1997 Ford Thunderbird
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Vassar, MI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 01, 2014

My first ever set of snow tires, I've lived in Michigan my entire life and always thought snow was something you just learned to drive in, tires were less important than your ability to handle conditions. I was wrong, this was the year to learn this lesson, I haven't seen the pavement on my road since December 18th, it snowed 3 more inches this morning, March 1st. These inexpensive tires have turned my old T-bird into a winter driving wonder, I haven't had this much snow fun since I was a teen. Snow tires don't just let you go in the snow, you can turn and stop also. Experimentinig in places I know to always be slippery, I could slamm on the brakes and it just stopped, Ican't say it's like driving on dry pavement but it sure is confidence inspiring. It makes winter driving feel safer. I will never go a winter without again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4
 
 

2006 Mazda RX-8 6-Speed Manual
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Miles driven on tires: 5,700
Location: Knoxville, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,700 Miles on Tires
February 13, 2014

Follow up from my last post. Great tires. Light snow traction is actually good. Suprised actually. As all my other "all-season" ultra high performance tires weren't that great in snow except the Continental DWS. These are like them in the snow and much better than them in the corners.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT SUV

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT SUV Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2003 Ford Explorer NBX
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Morganville, NJ
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 13, 2014

HEAVY SNOWS THIS YEAR IN NEW ENGLAND 2013 AND WOULD VENTURE ANYWHERE WITH THESE TIRES.I THOUGHT FIRESTONE WINTERFORCE TIRES I BOUGHT FOR MY AWD V8 MOUNTAINEER LAST YEAR WERE EXCELLENT BUT MY V8 EXPLORER SEEMS TO HAVE A LEG UP WITH THE GOODYEAR SNOW & ICE WRT'S. TWO FOOT SNOW DRIFTS IN 4WD HIGH AND 6-8 INCHES OF UNCLEARED SNOW OR ICE WILL NOT STOP VEHICLE. I HAVE YET TO USE 4WD LOW AT ALL FOR THE 2014 WINTER. YOU HAVE TO DRIVE ON THEM TO BELIEVE IT FOR YOURSELF!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2013 Honda Civic Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Daisytown, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 13, 2014

These are outstanding tires that I would highly recommend for so owners. Although these are not winter tires they performed flawlessly when traveling in a wicked snow storm,even passing stuck salt trucks on terrible roads. Much quieter than OE Michelin tires. Wet traction, snow, dry are also much improved. Can't comment on wear but they are outstanding tires WAY better than OE set that only lasted for 13000 miles and were down to 2/32 tread depth. I loved the look on peoples faces as they struggled with there 4wd vehicles to get around in snow as I pass them! Must have for northeast winters if all you want to run is all season tires.

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

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season (W-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.36
 
 

2013 Ford Fusion
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Cleveland, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 11, 2014

So I drive for work, and have put about 10k miles on these tires so far. I have done no less than seven 100 mile+ trips through snow storms so far with these tires and am thoroughly impressed. My car is very light (235 width) and a light 1.6L Ecoboost motor. My car handles tenfold better than it did with the stock Michelin energy. The only thing i'd say is you can feel more road imperfections over the stock Michelins. But, I've had no vibrations at all with these tires even when it was neg 9 here. Dry traction and cornering is fantastic! Wet traction is great. Snow and Ice traction is impressive, even during braking. Take off isn't the best, but that's more due to the vehicle itself. Going between 40-50 on the highway with DEEP snow is what impresses me the most with these tires. They're no snow tire, but I would recommend them to anyone who has to deal with all four seasons. So far the tread is down to 9/32. It looks like I will get 40-50k miles on these tires

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2013 Ford Focus ST
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Miles driven on tires: 20
Location: Watertown, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20 Miles on Tires
February 08, 2014

So I just bought this car and I needed winter tires badly, and I had them studded for extra peace of mind when I came here to tire rack and bought a winter tire package with steel wheels as these are just for winter and don't need fancy wheels covered in snow and crap all winter. I installed these very recently and first impression were good from the looks in person. I took them for a drive as soon as I installed them with our roads being completely covered in packed snow on plowed roads and 4-7 inches of powder on unplowed roads. We have recently received 18 inches of snow in the last 3 days and these tires take it all on without issue. The only time I had to slow down was when the front bumper was hitting the fresh powder on the roads (6 inches deep powder) and was blowing up and covering my windshield and I couldn't see. I stopped several times on snow covered hills and my car just walked op the hill without issue. Being located in Watertown, NY we get a lot of lake effect snow and it can hit at a moments notice and I spent the most part of my day testing theses tires out. Stopping was easily done as long as you don't just mash on the brakes as to be expected with any tire the ABS kicked in but still stopped controllably. Deep snow wasn't an issue, some icy roads are easily manageable, packed snow covered roads were a cinch and I really enjoyed driving in the fowl weather with these tires. No white knuckles for this guy just ease of travel as I was back to feeling safe and confident behind the wheel with these shoes on the car. Now my car has quite a bit of torque for a Front Wheel Drive vehicle that I was concerned about but the traction control worked well and the tires gripped well. These tires were cheapest offered for my car and I was skeptical as I usually go for blizzaks but these I think perform at the same level easily. I would buy these again without worry and knowing they are lower priced than the other competitors just made it easy to choose

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2006 BMW 325i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Grandville, MI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 28, 2014

I bought these tires a couple months ago, based on the test ratings on this website. As usual, the Tire Rack ratings were dead on! I drive (on average) about 2,000 miles per week, and live in west Michigan. Due to the unpredictable nature of Michigan weather, I needed a tire that performed well in all weather conditions. These tires do everything they say they do, and at a good price.

I was concerned, having a rear-wheel drive car, that an all-season tire would not perform well enough for winter driving. Acceleration at times can be a struggle, but I've never had an issue with traction, when every other vehicle on the road didn't have the same problems. Stopping on icy, slushy, and snow covered roads is NEVER a problem. I've never had a set of tires that allows me to stop like these tires do.

In dry conditions, I don't think there is an UHP-tire available that out-perfoms these. I'm sure there are others that perform as well, but it would be a stretch to say they are better. The tires that are as good, are generally more than twice the price. The only tires that I would consider relatively equal both in performance and price, would be the Continental Extreme Contact DWS'. I think the tread wear is a little better on the Hankook tires though.

Road noise (on good roads) is all but non-existant. My car runs 40 series up front, with 35 series in the rear. I expected these tires to have a very harsh ride, but they are surprisingly comfortable. As anticipated, corner roll doesn't happen, but it shouldn't with such a low-profile tire. Heat disipation is good. I've only had them in weather up to 65 F at this point, but they have never felt surprisingly warm, even after several miles of spirited curved road driving.

The only complaint I have, is these tires "track" pretty bad on grooved roads. It may be due to the 225 front, and 255 rear widths, but I didn't notice this issue with the Goodyear tires my car came with.

Overall, Exceptional Tires

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91
 
 

2003 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 5,500
Location: Champlin, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,500 Miles on Tires
February 06, 2014

I was torn between these tires and and the Firestone Winterforce. I had the Winterforce tires on another vehicle of mine which was a Buick Lesabre the Winterforce made my Lesabre a tank in the snow I always felt safe and in control in any winter driving condition but the tires had to be switched out after winter. I wanted a winter tire that had some all season characteristics so I took a chance on these Goodyears and was immediately impressed they were quieter than the BF Goodrich tire that I had just taken off the car the sidewall is softer than an all-season tire but that is to be expected. I previously had Michelin's winter ice tires on this car for twice the cost the only thing I can say that was better about the Michelins they had a stiffer sidewall. These Goodyear tires so far have more then met my expectations.We have been hammered with lots of snow and sub zero temps in Minnesota this year and the Goodyears have performed flawlessly. I can't recommend these tires enough!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2013 Audi A4 2.0T FrontTrak
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: San Francisco, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 06, 2014

This is a fantastic tire and I got an opportunity to test it in a controlled environment on an Audi A4. I was able to compare it against other competing tires (Continental, Goodyear, and others). The difference was amazing. These tires performed beautifully on the test track and provided a level of grip I had not experienced every before. After an entire da of controlled testing and comparison, they held up beautifully with little or no sidewall deterioration. At least one set of the competing tires had horrible sidewall damage. These tires are well worth the money and help make a regular drive an exciting adventure on the road. They are fantastic tires and I will be putting them on my car soon.

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

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season (V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Round Lake, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2014

I have 18,000 miles on my Sonic LT with the 1.4 turbo and a six speed manual. Fun little car that gets well over 30 mpg around town. The car came with Hankook Optimo tires. The Hankooks were the worst tire I have ever had on any car. It was down right scary to drive in the snow. I put these Eagle Sports on the car on Saturday, and its is like a completely different car in the snow. It's no longer scary to drive. These tires may even be better in the snow than the F1 all season I have on my G8 GT. Very happy with these tires. I see the traction control light come on a fraction of what I had been seeing, even on the wet roads. I will give an update once I drive in other conditions...but since I bought these tires because of issues with the snow, and they fixed that issue, I'm ecstatic!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta PA31

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta PA31 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.36
 
 

2004 Infiniti I35
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2014

Bought these to go on my girlfriend's infiniti. Replace some old Goodyears. I'm one for spirited driving and these tires hold up well for that. dry grip is solid and it takes some pushing to get these tires to their limits in a big sedan. very stable overall, but there's a very slight hesitation when doing sudden course correction (did a quick homebrew autocross when the tires were new). Most people won't notice it but i'm used to driving an Mr2.
Wet grip is great for an all season and im constantly impressed by how stable it is and its resistance to sliding. You can get it to slide if you push too hard, but i can take the same turns comfortably at 80% speed wet vs dry. wet braking is a little less impressive, as it will engage the ABS quickly if you stab it too hard, but generally good braking performance in light and heavy rain.
Snow/ice performance is average for an all season, Light snow being significantly better than deep, but i've only needed to dig myself out once this winter, so from standstills/parking it gets you going just fine.
I drive with traction control off most of the time and i have to actually try to lose the rear end on anything other than ice. very predictable when a slide begins as well.
For the record, i live in Chicago, so i've seen wet, dry, snow and ice in the same week.
Rides a little harsh and drones a bit at 70mph, but those are acceptable trade-offs for a the perforamnce/price envelope this tire gives.
four/five stars.

Are Sumitomo Tires Good?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Ben Rooney

Customers often ask me about the Sumitomo brand. The tires are often very attractively priced, but many drivers are not as familiar with this brand as they are with some of the traditional names like Goodyear and Michelin. Are they really a great value, or are they too good of a price to be true?

How is Sumitomo pronounced?

This one stumps many people, however the pronunciation is actually easier than it looks at first glance. I find that breaking it in half makes it much easier. "Sumi" is pronounced pretty much how it looks: soo-me. It rhymes with Zoomy. Then the second half, "tomo" rhymes with Romo.

Where do they come from?

Sumitomo is a Japanese company. They're part of the Sumitomo Group, which has many diverse businesses under its umbrella. Sumitomo manufactures in a number of Asian countries, including Thailand, China and Japan.

Are they good?

Yes, Sumitomo makes a good tire. Like any manufacturer, Sumitomo makes a number of different models to fit different driving styles and customer needs. Are you in the market for high performance handling and excellent wet and dry traction? Try the Sumitomo HTR Z III. Do you need something a little bit sporty, but with the ability to handle cold weather and some light snow? Sumitomo's HTR A/S P01 might fit your needs. As long as you choose a tire that suits your application and driving style, they offer a very good combination of quality and value.

Why haven't I heard of them before?

You probably have and don't know it. Sumitomo builds tires for other brands as well. The most notable is Dunlop, which is one of the oldest names in the business. They do not do as much marketing of their own tire brand compared to many of the other brands. So while they fly a little bit under the radar, they have plenty of expertise in building tires.

Take a look at all offerings available from Sumitomo.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance CS TripleTred All-Season

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance CS TripleTred All-Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

1997 Honda CR-V
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Williamstown, KY
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
February 02, 2014

this is the 2nd set of triple tread tires i have put on my crv love them.
i also have a civic i installed triple tread tires on i currently have appox. 137,000
miles on them still have 5/32nds tread depth. great tires. looking to purchase a accord
will be getting a set of triple tread tires for it as well. thank you for selling a great tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.33
 
 

1993 Jeep Wrangler
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Miles driven on tires: 10
Location: Pomona, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10 Miles on Tires
February 11, 2014

I was told that excessive noise, and hard ride would be evident- WRONG!!!, my ride is smooth, and no noise what so ever, on the road. I am so stoked with these tires, and my club buddies are jealous! I just wish I had received decals, to promote these baby`s. Tires are installed on my Jeep rock crawler.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

2004 Kia Optima 4cyl
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Miles driven on tires: 6,159
Location: Bellevue, NE
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,159 Miles on Tires
January 31, 2014

I bought these tires for my optima last year and didn't want to review it until i had them a full year to see how they did when i put them back on for winter this year. We generally have around 6+ inches of snow on the ground in winter here and the tires performed wonderfully. I never was stuck once even when the snow around a foot+ it let my little car plow right through and should no signs of slippage. My car doesn't have traction control or abs so for these tires not to spin on ice and snow means there great winter tires. Also after having them on through winter last year and removing them in April and then re installing this year for winter the tires barely show any signs of wear even with 6,000 miles on them. I bought another set for my wife's kia soul and there also working wonderful and no shes not scared when she has to drive to work in the winter.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2000 Pontiac Grand Prix GT Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2014

I absolutely loved this tire and would love to buy this tire again. Driving on these tires in the winter was the best experience I have ever had. I highly recommend these tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.5
 
 

2011 Porsche Cayenne
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Sterling, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
March 02, 2014

This is definitely not a tire for winter driving conditions. The Cayenne handled very well in the snow with the OEM Goodyears. As soon as there is a little slush on the road the Continentals get squirrely. In snowy conditions it's difficult to keep the car on the road without going slower than all of the other traffic. Would definitely not recommend for regions that experience much / any snow.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86
 
 

2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited X
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Miles driven on tires: 36,000
Location: Gordon, NE
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 36,000 Miles on Tires
February 01, 2014

When I was looking at new tires everyone was pretty much in agreement that these were 'the' tires to get for a Jeep. And they were right. I have been extremely happy with them. Half of my daily drive is on gravel (roughly 16 miles) and it amazes me how well the tread has held up, as gravel just eats the tread off most tires.

I don't think that there is any additional road noise on the highway than the stock light truck tires my Jeep originally came with, which surprised me since these have a much more aggressive tread.

I'm getting ready to buy a new set for this coming winter and by then I should have close to 45,000 miles on these.

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

Monday, March 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
 
 

2006 Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
January 28, 2014

Without compromise, I normally use snow tires in the winter and performance tires for summer. After getting whacked with the Great Recession I decided to save some money and I purchased these Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Seasons, at the same time thinking it would be a compromise for winter driving. To my surprise these tires work very well in the winter! If you're buying all-season tires you'll be pleased with these.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2011 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 55,000
Location: Midland, TX
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 55,000 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2014

I drive about 75 percent of my miles on the highway. But the 25% I drive off road will shred a regular tire in no time flat. I drive on caliche roads with various size rocks and sometimes huge holes. Most 6 and 8 ply tire i have tried over the years would only last about 20,000-22,000 miles. I put 55,000 on a set of Wrangler SilentArmor 6 ply tires and still had a good 8-10,000 miles left when I got a new truck. I never even had a flat even though I regularly would drive over cactus, mesquites and sharp rocks. As long as Goodyear keeps making these tires, they have a loyal customer.