Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LE Sport

Monday, January 14, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta LE SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75

2000 Mercedes-Benz E55
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Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Southeast, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 01, 2013

Ok, this is a follow-up review of the tire since I have approximately 10k on them now.
This tire has, so far, been great. Int he 10k that I've have had them, I have only had to get them rebalanced once, even then, the vibe was barely noticeable and only at higher speed (70+).

Dry traction: Great. The tire is very responsive with no real surprises. I can blast through some 90 degree corners full throttle exit and the car doesn't miss a beat; doesn't slide, doesn't shimmy or anything. Straight line acceleration could be a bit better, however, with my rear tires being at -2.0° camber, it's no surprise that it doesn't hook the greatest.
Dry braking is excellent. These tires make it stop on a dime (be mindful of the people behind you so you don't get rear-ended).

Wet: Still very good. Wet driving is very good. The tire instill confidence that you're very well adhered to the road. Wet braking is as good as dry, which was very surprising. Wet cornering is predictable. I don't drive spirited when wet so there were no surprises with these tires. Straightline acceleration is as it was before, with less than half throttle, traction control freaks out until I let off. So no change there.
Hydroplaning resistance is also great, went through a torrential downpour didn't slide at all.

Wear: with approximately 10k on these, there really isn't much wear to speak of (I had the car aligned right after getting the tires). Still more than 70% tread left. I'm getting some slight chopping on the fronts, but that's from the piss-poor dealer alignment (had to take it back 5 times and it's still not right).
People that are getting really poor treadwear from these tires either (1)driving on underinflated tires, or (2)didn't align their car after getting new tires or (3)both.

Snow and ice: Got "caught" coming home in some light snow and ice. Don't even think of driving on the snow with these. No traction whatsoever. Although, there didn't seem to be any problems on ice.

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