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

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2
 
 

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer
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Miles driven on tires: 20
Location: New Lenox, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 20 Miles on Tires
January 05, 2014

I've purchased these tires for 3 cars over the past 2 years. 2003 Neon SRT, 2003 Lancer OZ Rally, and a 2012 Lancer GT. I do the research, and still end up with the same product. This last set we bought because my old tires were terrible in snow. These new Generals are wonderful in snow. They give good handling, ride very smooth, and for the money, you can't beat them. I definitely recommend them.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.9
 
 

2006 Subaru Legacy Sedan 2.5 GT
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Chicora, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
December 30, 2013

NOISY.

I expected that, though, and I've driven on worse. These things STICK. I don't advocate law-breaking and I don't want to incriminate myself... that being said, These tires combined with AWD, turbo, and low center of gravity inherent in the Legacy GT, I feel as if the tires allow the car to bend space/time. I seem able to arrive at work before I've left. I'll be trying the Goodyear Eagle F1's next time because somebody said they're quieter... I sure hope they stick like these Conti's. Even if you ultimately decide on something else in the long run, you've got to at least give these a shot.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55
 
 

2005 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Bloomfield, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited

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

I bought these tires in 2012 I had them studded. I live in the country and have never misses work. They do great on my 05 Mustang Gt I had all 4 studded and I drive 50 miles back and forth to work every day. They do great in ice covered roads. As long as the snow is not past the bumper it dose great. Every one I work with can't believe that I drive a mustang in the winter if it wasn't for the tires I couldn't. With good all season tires in snow u can put it in first and not even give it gas and the tires will spin, but not with the snow tires. Not sure how they would be without studs but they are amazing with. This is the second season and are wearing well for studded snow tires. I have always been able to go on any road that I needed to. Great price

 

KW Variant 3 Coil-Over: Race Technology That's Comfortable on the Street

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

Having just purchased a 2012 Ford Mustang GT, I felt that many aspects of the vehicle's performance were phenomenal, however the suspension left me wanting more. While the car provides good lateral grip in corners and performs better than any other generation of stock Mustang, the soft spring rates contribute to excessive body roll and front-end pitch under heavy braking.

To cure this, I pulled out the big guns and installed KW's Variant 3 Coil-Over. While the Variant 1 allows only for height adjustment with KW factory pre-set damping, and the Variant 2 provides height adjustment and adjustable damper settings, the Variant 3 gives drivers independent control of both rebound and compression, along with a wide range of height adjustment.

Installation only took two hours with a lift and a few of my friends. KW even includes vehicle specific install instructions and recommended shock settings. While the car now rides on a much higher spring rate than factory, the dampening takes out some of the harshness associated with lowered cars. It really rides quite nice and shows a huge improvement in handling. The car lays flat into corners with minimal roll and is much more stable under acceleration and braking.

Stay tuned for more changes I'll be making to my vehicle, up next: tires and wheels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season

Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.09
 
 

2011 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 03, 2013

These came stock on the 19" x 8.5" rims of my 2011 Mustang GT. I drive 6-speed with 3.55 gears, so the rear tires get a bit more shock treatment than that of an automatic.

Brand new, the tires are great. You almost can't get them to break traction short of turning the traction control off and dumping the cluth after reving up to red line. But after doing that a few times, you will find the traction/stickiness of the tire will have depleted.

They are still good all-around tires, but after a few months of driving, they lose their launch traction.

I have already replaced two sets (four tires total) in the two years that I have had the car and am about to replace another set on the rear. That would mean that about every 10,000-13,000 miles, they need replaced. The tread is not down to the cords or anything, but you can feel a major difference in the performance at the 10k wear point.

Road noise is pretty minimal for a low-profile tire and the ride is comfortable as the suspension on the GT with these tires rides very well. There seems to be a bit of roll/softness in cornering, but if you know your car well enough, you know what you can and can't do and the tires stay fairly firm. I will buy them again for all year tires, but I will probably switch to something stickier for Summer track action on street tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55
 
 

2013 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Akron, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
March 14, 2013

Amazing Snow and Ice performance out of these OE tires on my '13 Mustang GT. I had a CTS prior to this that I had equipped with Continental DWS high Performance All Season. The Caddy had to be parked if 2 snowflakes fell. I can drive the Mustang GT equipped with thes P Zeros all day in any weather (including light to medium SNOW) !

 

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

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.5
 
 

2009 Pontiac G8 GT
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Miles driven on tires: 18,000
Location: Milton, VT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 18,000 Miles on Tires
March 04, 2013

After having really good luck with a set of General's Altimax HP on my Pontiac Grand Prix, I decided to try their GMAX AS3's on my Pontiac G8 GT. I cant tell you how disappointed I am with this tire. NOISE! I have full exhaust from the manifolds back and while crusing down the highway at 70-75 the tires were as loud as the exhaust note. Treadware was disgusting.(Now in the interest of full disclosure I only rotated the tires twice in 18k miles) I think the warranty on the tire was 40k? and all I got was a shade over 18k. I just replaced them with a set of Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus' and when I looked the tires over after they have been dismounted, you can see the belts had shifted which explained the noise and the pulling to one side. I will say however that the tires had excellent wet traction/handling and better than average dry traction/handling. Overall im very disappointed in my experience with these tires and I guess the cliche "you get what you pay for" rings true here.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Monday, July 16, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4XReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2

2008 Volkswagen Passat Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: Carmel, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
June 26, 2012

Just got this installed yesterday. Thanks Tirerack for quick shipping! Coming from Goodyear Eagle GT in 235/40/18 with 21k miles, these Kumho's are a little quieter and seems to be softer riding (softer sidewall maybe?)
Can't really speak to their handling as I've only put about 50 miles on it.

One thing I noticed is the lack of a rim guard on the Kumho. On the Goodyear, there is a thick piece of hard rubber sticking out near where the tire meets the rim, this is suppose to protect the rim from curb damage. and it has done a pretty good job over the last 3 years keeping my wheels in good shape. With the kumho, it doesn't have that rubber rim guard, so the rim now stick out a little where it meets the rubber. I'm going to have to be super careful when I park now, or expect lots of scratches to the 18" rims.

Overall, on the first day, they aren't too different from the Goodyear Eagle Gt's. I wasn't displeased with the goodyear, and would have continued to use them if it weren't for a nail near the sidewall. They lasted me 21k and still had around 4/32" to 5/32" tread left, so I expected to get around 30k miles out of that set.
Hope the Kumho's will last 30k, they do feel a bit softer (ride wise) so maybe its a softer rubber compound.

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

Thursday, June 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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

1992 Ford Mustang
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Driving Condition: Spirited

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

Rear end of these cars tend to get away from you on wet roads. These tires perform much better on wet pavement than the eagle gts i had on before. Great dry traction. Posted 40 corners I can take at 80+ without issues. Will buy again if tread wear is as good as advertised.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiSportContact 2

Thursday, December 29, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiSportContact 2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25

2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 4000
Location: Kitsap, Wa
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4000 Miles on Tires
June 13, 2010

O.E. tire on 2010 Cobalt SS/TC. Tire is at all times predictable. Dry traction stellar at 75 degrees F and I've seen reviews that say it gets better as it heats up. Definitely a summer tire. Minor flat spot vibration on cool mornings until you put a mile or two on them (@35mph). Wet anti spin traction is a little disappointing but that could be more the typically Puget Sound temp when raining in the spring than anything. At 7/32nd's tread depth the tires has worn with troubling rapidity in my 4,000 on them but man-oh-man do these things feel great under duress. I was a huge fan of the Eagle GTs I put on my SOB 9-5 but it really couldn't generate juice the way this Cobalt can. But when you turn the screws on the ContiSport2's driving twisty roads, they communicate very, VERY well, are impressively stable, and retain an unbelievable (to me at the speeds I've dared trying) level of fine directional adjustment control. The lateral g force sensors in my car indicate that I am pulling .95 g left and right. Accounting for sensor calibration its probably as these cars test out, but when I decide its time to drive, I find some lonely twisties and keep that g meter in the red. Hydroplaning resistance is good at the current tread depth I intend to replace these tires with Goodyear Eagle GTs when they wear out and if the variance in driving dynamics favor the Conti, I'll let you know. I am pretty good about follow-ups.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXV4

Thursday, December 8, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXV4Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.91

2004 Honda Accord Sedan EX V6
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Miles driven on tires: 6000
Location: Iowa City, IA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 6000 Miles on Tires
December 05, 2011

quiet, sporty, responsive, sharper handling, comfortable, all-round performer. Best bang for $. worth the extra money and they have a no frills warranty, if anything goes wrong, they will immediately make it right. My entire family is running on michelins right now (4 cars). I got rid of the eagle GTs I had and these are far superior to those.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2009 Pontiac G8 GT
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Saratoga, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
November 12, 2011

Amazing. Smooth. Cool. Easy to drive. Those are the thoughts about this tire. I replaced my factory Bridgestone Potenza's with the Michelin. I love the performance of my car but felt a bit of understear with the Potenza's. This tire tracks beautifully through turns. Its precise but smooth like butter in every area. The car glides but preserves a feel for the road. When I read the TR review I was impressed. Now that I have driven on it for a few weeks I'm blown away. Never knew a tire could make this much difference. And with 360 horses in the G8 GT I get to experience it. At 100 MPH+ the car loved this tire and I had a big smile on my face. Two huge thumbs up.

Best GTI Tires Available at Tire Rack

Tuesday, April 6, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Looking to put new tires on your Volkswagen GTI?  Check out the Tire Rack to get the performance tires you need for your VW.   Check out some of the tire reviews on the GtI Tires to see the ones that work the best.VW GTI with Tires and 19' ASA AR9 Wheels