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

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Vehicle: 2008 Pontiac G8 GT
Miles Driven on Tires: 7,500
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
General G-MAX AS-03
Initial Review: 7,500 miles on tires
July 20, 2012

I chose these G-Max tires this time as the Pirelli P Zero Neros were at an all-time high in pricing, and were wearing a bit strangely... plus I caught a body shim in the right rear destroying that tire- it truly SUXX that GM decided to give us no spare, huh?
These definately feel a tiny bit different than the Neros do... a slight bit of vagueness when turning in... but they always have carved a nice line once that brief second passes. I'm still trying to find the opportunity to break them loose with cornering speed/force... We all know that the G8 will cause ANY tire to break loose with the throttle; I can notice no difference between these or the Neros in that regard. I have noticed some tread noises on certain road surfaces, but this is normal for each tread design; some road grooves aren't gonna match up well with the tread pattern on your tires. Hopefully the roads you drive on most aren't the least compatible with your tread choice! These tires look descent on the car... still getting used to the larger void to tread ratio on them. Ride is fine... Handling is as well... The test will be the treadwear length. The G8 was eating the rear tires at three times the rate as the fronts with the Pirellis... I guess it'll do the same to these Generals. I had almost 30K on the Neros without rotation and the rears were ---- near at the TWI marks, while the fronts had 5 or 6 32nds left. With proper rotation, I should've gotten at least 45K from them. These carry a higher UTQG rating (480 vs. 400) but remember... those ratings are per manufacturer, so one guy's 480 doesn't necessarily correlate to another maker's 400 as better necessarily!! I'm hoping for the same rate of wear... I'll update is 6 month's time on that.

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