Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 2050

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Vehicle: 2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3
3.5
Miles Driven on Tires: 35,000
Location: North Hills, CA
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Dunlop SP Sport 2050
Follow-Up Review: 36,000 miles on tires
December 04, 2012
While these tires handle well, having both great dry performance, cornering stability, and all the things you want in a performance tire, they should be recalled.<br><br>These tires are very poorly constructed. The first time a sidewall blew out I thought I had hit a pothole or raised manhole cover. I didn't even think about it being the tire itself, but indeed it was a blown sidewall.<br><br>And then the second sidewall blowout happened. So I went to the dealership to get the replacement because I needed it that day. No mention from the dealer about any defects with that make/model. Of course not, they're making money on me.<br><br>And then the third sidewall blowout happened. All of these were on the front, two on the right front and one on the left front.<br><br>So I finally decided to replace them with a completely new make/model (the Conti Extreme DW) and as the old tires were coming off I noticed that both of the rear tires were about to experience sidewall failure as well as you could see the tread starting to separate near the inside sidewalls. These were on tires with no more than 5,000 miles on them.<br><br>These tires are a hazard and should be recalled. AVOID these tires.<br><br>No problems at all with the Continentals, btw, and much better ride to boot.
Initial Review: 35,000 miles on tires
September 13, 2012

This is the stock tire on the Mazdaspeed3. I've had various issues with these tires, most notably two inside sidewall failures on the fronts. Just yesterday I had my second failure. I've had to replace two of these tires previously (1 for a nail, 1 for sidewall failure), and haven't had the chance to try a new tire because I needed a same-day fix. But I'm moving on to some Conti's.

The 2050s handle well, have good grip in both dry and wet weather, good road feel, turn-in, etc. But now after two sidewall failures, despite the working performance of the tire, I have to give them a major thumbs down, particularly given the $250 price. You can get a much better and much more reliable tire for less money.

I would avoid this tire at all cost.

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