Selecting the RIGHT new tire

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 by Gus Liszewski

      
      I recently had a conversation with a customer who was calling to order tires for a Honda minivan.  He was asking for the Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3.  My first response was, "that's a great tire sir, but can I ask why you want to put it on your minivan?"  He response revolved around his friend who has a Corvette and loves the tire, and he wanted to have the same joy that his friend displayed.  

     So lets talk about the right tire for the right car.  An apple and an orange are both fruits, but when you are done eating them, the taste they leave in your mouth is completely different.  There is a time and a place for the racer minivan, but it seems to be rare, but don't doubt...it happens!!



    When selecting a tire, it is as important as selecting a shoe.  You have to ask yourself what you want the tire to do for you.  Do you want it to have long treadwear?  Do you need all season traction?  Are you bothered by road noise?  How about comfort?  There is more to tires then being round black and holding air.  Afterall you wouldn't go jogging in your "gators" would you?

    So after talking with the customer, I discovered that he was looking for a long lasting tire, that was all season capable, and wouldn't roar on the road.  This pretty much ruled out the Goodyear.  After talking with him at length, the Yokohama TRZ seemed as though it was going to be the best fit.  With an 80k treadlife warranty, all season capability, and a very quiet comfortable ride, I don't think he could go wrong!

    He still got his fruit, just made sure it was the right one for the right taste!  When chosing tires, there is a lot more to consider than is it a "good" tire or not?  The real question should be, is it a good tire for the application. 

Comments on Selecting the RIGHT new tire

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 by Chris:
2004 Honda Odyssey - live in Wisconsin - looking for good winter travel, quiet on road, mainly in town travel, 2-3 500mile trips/yr
Monday, June 4, 2012 by Gus:
Chris I would look at the Goodyear Assurance Comfort Tread Tour. It has been well recevied by customers and has been a strong seller for the Odyssey with prety good results thus far.
Friday, June 15, 2012 by Sally Bloom:
We have a 2009 Kia Sedona, about 35 k miles. The factory tires are SO worn, way before time, even though we have done all rotation/balance maintenance. What's best for our next set? Thanks! We are in NC--mostly city driving.
Thursday, June 21, 2012 by Gus:
The size tire that you have on the vehicle will depend on the model that you have, but I would say that for your part of the country, I would consider the Yokohama Avid Ascend. It will have nice ride quality and wear. It may not be the strongest in the snow and ice, but for what you will see in NC, it should do very well.

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