Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H426
Monday, April 21, 2014 by
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Vehicle: 2012 Volkswagen Passat 2.5L
Miles Driven on Tires: 14,500
Location: PITTSBURGH, PA
Driving Condition: Mostly City
Driving Style: Easy Going
Hankook Optimo H426
Follow-Up Review: 16,000 miles on tires
Just logged my 16K today. In light snow (< 1), they are terrible. Slips and slides on the slightest incline. They've been terrible on wet pavement for a while. They feel unsafe under any condition other than hot, dry pavement.<br><br>Stopped by the dealership to see what they would do (nothing - not a VW product). Had them measure treadwear . 4/32 - 5/32 in front. 4/32 in rear.<br><br>Called the toll free number for Hankook and spoke to nice woman handling warranty claims. She basically told me unless there is a structural failure, there is no warranty on OEM tires - certainly no mileage warranty. I pointed out the tread depth and she noted that the tires still had half their treadwear life remaining (noted that she picked 5/32 not 4/32). I pointed out that extrapolates to 32K total life in terms of mileage. Asked her if she thought that was reasonable. She would not comment. I told her I would never buy a Hankook tire based on my experience with these tires.<br><br>For safety reasons, I am going to have to replace these tires. I won't buy another VW if they come with these tires.
Initial Review: 14,500 miles on tires
Noisy OEM tires that are fine in dry conditions but totally untrustworthy otherwise. They spin on wet pavement starts. I don't feel like I will be able to go into this winter with these tires. They have very little traction in light snow. I live in a hilly area and feel like I am at risk on these roads with these tires in winter conditions.
I have babied these tires but they have not worn well for 14500 miles. They look like tires with much much more wear on them. The manufacter's warranty has no value. They will only prorate the tires toward another set of Hankooks. I guess this is typical but why would I want another set of these tires?