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

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Vehicle: 2010 Kia Forte Sedan
4.5
Miles Driven on Tires: 600
Location: Wilkes Barre, PA
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
General G-MAX AS-03
Follow-Up Review: 6,000 miles on tires
March 09, 2012
With the winter of 2011/2012 being extremely light on snow for eastern PA, I didn't get the chance to really run these in those conditions, but that aside I really like these tires. At this mileage on the stock GoodYear Ls-2's I could notice the total lack of traction, and just didn't feel the same cornering and definitely hydroplaning was an issue. The GMax AS-03's look new feel new, with only some noticable increase in road noise. As long as I keep my tire pressure up, they handle exceptionally. I drove with confidence all winter!!
Initial Review: 600 miles on tires
December 27, 2011

I had been looking at purchasing these tires for several months, I was encouraged by the design and the treadwear #'s. Thus far I am completely satisfied. I purchased 4 new tires and had them installed at a local tire store. They are definitely not as soft as the Goodyear LS2 series that were stock with my Kia Forte, but they handle slightly better, with cornering feeling much smoother. The ride quality is more like a higher profile tire then I expected. Ride noise is probably slightly better then the Goodyear Tires when they were new. I have one complaint... These tires handle horribly when the tire pressure is low. I had these at 32psi and the car felt sluggish and cornered poorly. Yet at 35psi which was recommended by the installer they are champs, Even on wet surfaces. I have yet to drive thru Deep snow. I will update this review when I have more miles on the car and have actually been thru a winter storm.

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