Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Friday, November 16, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HPReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.14

2007 Lincoln MKZ
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Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 750
Location: Boston, MA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 750 Miles on Tires
February 22, 2011

To start off, I know alot about cars and tires, natrually it comes with the territory (i sell services to buy cars at vrious auctions) the tire has a good over-all tread pattern which makes it great for snow and wet traction which has really helped me (living in massachusetts this winter we have had lots of snow) however I drive a Lincoln MKZ which is a VERY heavy car. With the tires filled to the recomended pressur (33PSI) I was actually scared to drive, the tires felt as though they were going to roll under the rim, I now have them over the recomended pressure (40PSI) to make them stiffer, which even at that they are still very "floaty". Having the tires over the recomended pressure naturally has affected the ride quality making it much harder. Going from the stock michelins which arent the best rated tire (according to tire rack) I find the General Altimax (owned by Continental) a rather noisy tire, which i basically got stuck with because Continental haulted production of the ExtremeContact DWS which is the highest rated all season tire. I have also had problems with the tires losing air, i had the the mounting redone (rims reground, bead checked, new valve stems, alignment, the whole 9 yards). Overall I am very unhappy with this tire. unfortunately because the tires are so new i can not comment on tread life but i will post updates of the treadlife and if anything has changes with how the tires are. Honestly I cant wait to get out of these tires, any will not try to save money by going with a tire like this again. if i had the money id just take them off now and get new tires. But im not rich and cant afford that. Hope this helps

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