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

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Vehicle: 2000 Ford Mustang GT
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Miles Driven on Tires: 3,000
Location: LAWRENCEVILLE, GA
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Average
General G-MAX AS-03
Follow-Up Review: 5,000 miles on tires
November 01, 2013
I need to revise my previous review. As you can see from my previous review, I had one of these tires blow out from a curb impact. I initially thought I only brushed the face of the curb. Something that happens to most of us. I was very angry that the tire blew out from a mild curb scuff. I complained to General Tire and posted the negative review above. I later went back to the location where my tire blew out and found that what I actually hit was a sharp corner on the curb. It was where the curb ended for a driveway. Instead of the curb having a sloped transition, it was a sharp cutoff. I do believe a stronger sidewall *may* have prevented the blowout, but the design of the curb along with me not being as careful as I should have was the cause of the blow out.<br><br>So I retract my previous review and post the following review instead:<br><br>For the most part, I have been pleased with these tires. I have a 2000 Mustang GT that is my daily driver. I don't consider myself to be a very aggressive driver. I don't peel out from stop lights, but I do like to accelerate quickly. I have found these tires grip very well in both dry and wet conditions when starting from a dead stop. They handle very well in both wet and dry conditions. They also are fairly quiet for performance tires. The sidewalls could be a bit stronger, but overall these are pretty good tires. I will likely buy them again. <br><br>Pros:<br>- Grip well when starting from a dead stop<br>- Good wet and dry traction<br>- Quiet<br>- Seems to resist hydroplaning fairly well<br><br>Cons:<br>- Side walls could be stronger
Initial Review: 3,000 miles on tires
July 31, 2013

Beware! These General G-Max AS-03 tires have very weak sidewalls that rupture easily! I have a set of these tires that are only four months old with 3000 miles on them. I was turning into a parking lot and bumped the curb with my right rear tire. I parked my car and went to inspect the tire expecting to see curb rash. What I found was a flat tire with a punctured sidewall. The impact with the curb was minor and at low speed. I have been driving for 30 years and have bumped curbs in the past but have NEVER had a tire rupture from it. My tire dealer covered 2/3 the cost of a replacement under their road hazard warranty. However, I was very displeased that I had to spend any money to replace a tire that should not have failed. I contacted Continental Tire (they own General Tire) and asked them to cover my cost of the replacement tire. They simply told me that they don't a provide a road hazard warranty on their tires and refused to do anything about it.

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