Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73
 
 

2011 Toyota Matrix
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Thomasboro, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
November 22, 2013

I drive a 2011 Toyota Matrix for my job, I drive about 160 miles a day and the Defender is a very good tire, the only complaint I have at this point is the treadwear doesnt seem to be living up to the specs, they are rotated every 10k miles, now I havent had to replace them yet so who knows maybe they will get near the 80,000-90,000 mile range but I seriously doubt it...other than that these are just a great all around tire.
they are THE QUIETEST passenger tire I have ever drove on (as a comparison theres another 2011 Matrix where I work that got Uniroyal Tiger Paws on it and they are a average VERY NOISY tire and I mean NOISY!)
I actually put Defenders on my own vehicle (2004 Pontiac Gran Prix) and love the tires on my car as well but I only have 15,000 miles on those, so cant really comment to much on them.
I consider myself a very knowledgeable car person so I can be more criticle than the "average" car owner...and having said that I would recommend these tires to anyone who wants a very good and very quiet all season tire.

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

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

2007 Pontiac Grand Prix GXP
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Miles driven on tires: 27,000
Location: Coweta, OK
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 27,000 Miles on Tires
March 29, 2014

The G-MAX was my third set of tires on this car. 35000 miles seems to be about the maximum amount mileage I can get out of a set of tires with this car. I keep it aligned and watch tire pressure closely but, I cannot rotate the tires due to the different size tires and offset of the OEM wheels. For all around performance, the G-MAX was better than the OEM Bridgestones and the second set Kumho LX, which performed well except on ice and deep snow. However, there is a reason why I only got 27,000 miles instead of 35,000+ with the G-max. I had to replace them because I couldn't stand the noise anymore. The first 5000 miles were fine but after that it sounded like I was running mud tires. Handling on dry, wet, snow and ice were fine. Treadwear good and even. Noise was awful. My radio only goes up to 10. VanHalen called me and ask me to quit playing their music so loud. Now trying the Hankook Ventus and Eddie hasn't called once. I'll report back in 20,000 miles. BTW,Tire Rack rocks. Working on about my 10th set of tires with different vehicles from them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2004 Pontiac Vibe GT
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 01, 2014

After two sets of of tires that the tire shop put on I decided to take matters into my hands. If these tires didn't fix the wet traction or the snow traction I was ready to trade in the car. What a difference good tires make. My wife loves these Pirelli's and they were about $30 a tire cheaper than the other brands. Highly Recommended.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2003 Pontiac Grand Am SE Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Roscoe, IL
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
March 22, 2014

The best feeling tire I've driven dry, rain and snow.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.8
 
 

2007 Pontiac Solstice
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Miles driven on tires: 90,000
Location: Raspeburg, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 90,000 Miles on Tires
March 12, 2014

This was the best purchase of tire that I've ever made since I've owned my 2007 Pontiac Solstice! No noise, comfortable and smooth ride. The car feels like it just came off of the showroom floor!

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
Location:  
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

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.64
 
 

2009 Pontiac G6 Sedan GT
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Zelienople, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
February 17, 2014

These are the only tires I will put on my car, great handling, wet and snow traction, and wear is great, 1.5 years on my steering tires, and at 2 years on my rear tires. At 25,000 miles a year usage. Car has 127,000 miles on it.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2005 Pontiac GTO
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 12, 2014

best up grade i made, by far. already changed to stiff anti-sway bars, shock tower support, battery in trunk, poly bushings............i would buy the dunlops again, and again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

1985 Pontiac Fiero
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Harwood Heights, IL
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 16, 2014

On the car they look small, but the weather has been terrible this year and this has really made me appreciate them. The traction and handling have been great. It's hard to break it loose. For that you need a fast turn in heavy snow or on ice. At ten thousand miles I haven't noticed any tread wear.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

2008 Pontiac G8
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Columbia City, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 04, 2014

Haven't really had enough miles to rate these tires fairly, so the rating is based upon the short time we've had them on the car. We have had a slight bit of adverse weather, some ice, some snow, but not really a great chance yet to check them in any kind of serious accumulation. I typically run Goodyear Eagle Ultra Grip's for the winter season, but was required to go this route due to funds. So far, my wife and I have found the Dunlops to ride comfortably and perform very well. We both love driving, and purchased our Pontiac G8 to enjoy our time on the road. We tend to push our cars just a tad harder that the average driver might, so cornering and steering response are a big deal. These tires respond very well considering what we like to ask them to do. The Dunlops are definately helping us to enjoy the winter driving experience.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2005 Pontiac Vibe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Plymouth, IN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 29, 2014

Keep in mind these tires went on a light 2 wheel drive car and they are all season tires. I was looking for a tire that would get a Pontiac Vibe out of the barn during northern Indiana winters without going to full blown winter tires. First of all, this is the 4th set of tires I have had on this vehicle and I put them on in the summer. They absolutely ROCKED! The best ride all around this car has ever had. It was like driving a totally different vehicle. Then came old man winter and these brutal Polar Vortexes. Once again, this is a low clearance 2 wheel drive car and NO tire will be a lifesaver on ice unless you get a studded one. Regardless, I have been impressed. I haven't gotten stuck in any snow that the car didn't bottom out on. I have not have any slide outs much less any slide offs. It obviously can't compete with my 4x4 Jeep and I obviously have to drive like I am on snow and ice and not like the idiots you see on the evening news, but odds are that I will replace them with the exact same tires when these wear out. Plus, they make them just a few miles up the road from my house so I am supporting the local economy!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax RT

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax RT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.88
 
 

1984 Pontiac Firebird S/E
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Miles driven on tires: 70,000
Location: Adkins, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 70,000 Miles on Tires
December 13, 2013

I have a vintage Pontiac Firebird with original 14 inch steel rally wheels as my daily driver (12,000/yr). In 205/70R14 there is almost no selection left and nothing with a legitimate speed rating (H-speed or higher). While they are only 'T' speed rated (which doesn't say much) they were the only tires in this size with an 'A' temperature rating - unheard of in this speed rating class. That at least suggests a stronger and better tire than the typical so-called S or T speed rated junk. Encouraged that they had the A temperature rating (and have no better option to consider) I tried them almost 6 years and 70,000 miles ago.

Waaaaay better than any tires this old car had worn in recent memory! Not exactly an autocross tire but overall performance was very competent. Dry traction has been great. Wet traction has also been good, only started trailing off a little in the last 10,000. Reasonably quiet. Sidewall flex is a little bit much but then it is a 70 series tire and I could not find any better options. Tread life has been fantastic hitting 70,000 miles! I could have probably squeezed another 5,000 or 7,500 but it was getting close to the wear indicators and wet traction was beginning to diminish due to lack of tread depth. Based on past experience the BFG Radial TA is purely for cosmetics by comparison and otherwise isn't in the league of the Altimax RT and yet it's more expensive.

In 205/70R14 at least it is THE tire to get. I'm almost wondering why it didn't achieve an H speed rating.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.82
 
 

1996 Pontiac Bonneville SE
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Miles driven on tires: 16,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 16,000 Miles on Tires
December 11, 2013

I've run Blizzaks as winter tires for years, but I have not been happy with the high noise and poor performance on dry pavement. So after seeing the positive reviews on tirerack for Altimax Arctics, I decided to buy a set.

I am so glad I did. These winter tires are as quiet as my summer tires. During hard stops on dry pavement, the Altimax tires grip where the Blizzaks would lose traction. My ABS activates much less frequently. Directional stability is much improved as well.

These tires truly shine in the snow. Their performance in deep snow, packed snow, and even ice is beyond amazing. I live near the mountains in Colorado, and we get lots of deep snow. I've managed to get out of my neighborhood in my front wheel drive car while my neighbors with all wheel drive cars, SUVs struggled to even get out of their driveway. These tires perform far beyond their price point. Buy a set allready!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.67
 
 

2001 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5 Miles on Tires
December 23, 2013

Way better than the BFG Advantage I had, this is hard to say because I have two family members that work there. I am really impressed with these tires. Very good wet traction. Very good dry, could be better but with 300hp its not better unless I get race tires. I am really impressed with the grip in the snow, the BFG's I would just slip and slide all over. Even my wife noticed a huge difference and she knows nothing about cars, I mean nothing, lol. I have not gone on the highway much but don't hear anything cruzing through town. I have P Zeros on my Camaro and now on my GTP. I will be looking for a set to put on the CTS now! Buy these is you live in a mixed climate you will be very happy.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Advantage T/A

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.82
 
 

2001 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
December 23, 2013

I am an aggressive driver but these have very poor traction in any condition. The are the worst in the snow and water. The first set I had were the G-force, I went through those in about 6k and got these. At 20k these were covered in cracks, the worst being where the tread meets the sidewall. They had about 25% tread left but I could not put up with them any longer. Very disappointed in these tires and would not recommend!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88
 
 

2006 Pontiac G6 GT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 33,000
Location: Bristol, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 33,000 Miles on Tires
November 26, 2013

I drive aggressively and mostly highway, I go through a set of these once a year I get 35K then I replace them even though they are rated for 40K. This is my second pair and I have no complants. The ride is a bit firm but the trade off is the handling at higher speeds and cornering and for the money you can't beat it. Better tire then the others in the Contintal tire line up for more money. I rotate and balance the tires every 6000 miles. I don't drive this car in the winter

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

1991 Pontiac Trans Am
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Portland, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 19, 2014

I purchased a set of these tires for my Trans Am to use for regular driving and some autocross. They are a great tire for both wet and dry driving, I am continually surprised by how much traction they have in wet weather. They have worn down more slowly than I initially expected. Plenty of grip for any street driving, although not high enough dry grip levels to be a "true autocross tire." The tires still performed well in competition, although long hot days would cause the tire to get somewhat greasy. (At an autocross)

I have driven on these tires in colder temps, and they still do okay. Being a summer tire, I have not tried them in snow.

These tires feel very confidence inspiring. They let you know when you are approaching the limits of adhesion, and I have gained a great deal of confidence in the handling of my vehicle.

I would definitely buy these tires again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Touring

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Precision Touring Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.17
 
 

2008 Pontiac G6 Sedan Base
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Miles driven on tires: 1,100
Location: Plainfield, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,100 Miles on Tires
February 10, 2011

Ok, so I've only got 1,100 miles on these so far. The road noise is a little more then I thought it was gonna be but the improved traction and ride comfort over the OEM tires makes up for it. They are a little bouncy in the morning but I'll wait to see if that improves when the temps start to go up around here. I'm assuming the rubber is stiff from the cold. Tends to get better as you drive. All in all a decent tire for the money.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.14
 
 

2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT1
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Miles driven on tires: 1,100
Location: Warrenton, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,100 Miles on Tires
January 24, 2014

I purchased these tires based off of the Tirerack Test and I have not been disappointed. We replaced our 7 year old Michelin HydroEdge tires with 60,000 miles on them with these General Altimax RT43 tires. The Michelins had hardened up over time and were incredibly loud and rough. These Generals have been quiet, smooth, and have about the same handling characteristics of the Michelins. For the money these Generals seem to be a great deal. Time will tell if they hold up well.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Advantage T/A

Friday, January 10, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.9
 
 

1991 Pontiac Grand Prix SE Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Center Line, MI
Driving Condition: Average

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

I purchased these tires off Tire Rack based on their reviews being pretty good and I have to say, I am so glad I did! I've only put 5,000 miles on these tires but they've been put through all the paces... dry weather, wet weather, and deep snow conditions and they DO NOT disappoint! Dry traction is PERFECT, I have no issues taking freeway on-ramps going MUCH faster than I should be and they just grip. Wet traction is phenomenal. I recently put it through some paces in the rain; cornering and braking. Cornering isn't perfect but very good for what the tire is. Braking on the other hand, I can barely tell that it is raining because they stop so well. Finally we just got our first major snowfall since I purchased them and again, performed absolutely great in the snow. Has no issues getting going and at speed you can barely tell theres snow on the ground. I've even taken my car through un-plowed side streets where I should have gotten stuck but didn't. These tires offer the performance of a much more expensive tire at a much lower price. I will never buy another set of tires again unless it's a set of these. WOULD RECOMMEND!