Original Equipment tires Vs. Aftermarket tires

A good percentage of the customers that I talk to with newer cars always seem to be unhappy with the O.E. (Original Equipment) tires that came on the car. One of the most common tires that I see on performance-oriented sedans is the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4. This tire is designed as a Grand Touring All-Season tire that will provide a smooth comfortable ride quality and low noise levels. The problem is that people make the assumption that since the tire is on a car with a lot of power then it must be a performance tire. Surprise! You just bought a car that can go really fast but doesn't offer great handling. This is a situation where maybe the vehicle manufacturer might have offered more than one option for the Original Equipment tire or you may need to purchase a tire that is more suited to your needs.

If you tend to be the type of driver that likes taking the highway interchanges faster than may be posted or when you find an open stretch of road you like to let the ponies under the hood loose then you should most likely be driving on performance-oriented tires. An example of some popular performance tires are the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A Pole Position, Michelin Pilot Sport PS2, Continental Sport Contact 3, or the Yokohama Advan Sport

However if ride comfort is the most important characteristic to you then you probably should be looking for a touring all-season tire to provide a smoother ride.  An example of some touring tires would be the Michelin Primacy MXV4 Plus, Bridgestone Turanza SerenityKumho Ecsta LX Platinum, or the  Continental Pro Contact.

Most vehicle manufacturers use tires to meet a specific type of characteristic for the vehicle they are designing. Regrettably those characteristics may not always match your style of driving. This is where Tire Rack sales specialists like myself come in. We can help you determine what type of tires may suit your needs better than the tires that came on your car or truck.


Friday, September 9, 2011 by Douglas W. Reynolds, Jr.

This a very helpful review so far as it goes. It is safe to assume that MOST buyers of new cars are relatively ignorant of the tires on them. But here you do not consider whether the tire on the car is in fact good for anything: I, for example, am no speed freak; I, for example, do not expect a Cadillac ride from a Honda Accord; my idea of "great handling" has more to do with rack-and-pinion steering than with great expectations of the tires. Is there more you could say about THESE tires?
Friday, September 9, 2011 by ben@tirerack

Hello Mr. Reynolds, Connor has taken another position at Tire Rack. The original equipment tires serve the needs of many drivers quite adequately. If you have been pleased with your original tires, it is certainly ok to stick with them. If you would like to discuss specific tire choices for your vehicle, I would be more than happy to assist via email. -ben@tirerack.com
Sunday, March 18, 2012 by Rachel

These posts are not helpful. I'm a conservative driver, have less than 20K mi on the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 and the wall separated from the tire while I was driving in the fast lane in L.A. Sunday traffic. Any commets, please?
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 by Tire Rack Team

While having a tire problem is never good, experiencing it in the fast lane of an L.A. freeway sounds like the worst place.

Tires can encounter problems for a variety of reasons. Some can be the tire's fault, others can be traced to earlier road hazards that weakened the tire's internal structure during weeks or months of driving while others are the result of a puncture that let the air pressure drop until the tire could no longer carry the weight of your vehicle. Our experience is that if the cause is related to how well the tire was manufactured, the problem would become apparent very early in the tire's life. With about 20k on the tires, we'd place our bets on the other possible causes.

Unfortunately, there's no way to determine the real cause without examining the tire inside and out, so we'd recommend taking your tire and wheel to a local Michelin dealer for a thorough inspection. They may find visible confirmation of what happened that they can show you.

If the dealer's inspection doesn't reveal the cause, you may want to contact Michelin's Consumer Care Department by calling (866) 866-6605 between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or Saturday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 26, 2012 by Sayyeed Mohammed

I have OEM tires on a 2008 Acura RL with about 48k miles. The original tires are Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 (245 50 R17). The tires still have some life but getting ready for replacement. One tire I used in the past in another car with great traction and tread wear of 600 (60k miles warranty) is the Yokohama Avid V4s. They do not seem to have these anymore. What do you recommend with good rating and thread wear for this car that is similar to this Yokohama?
Thursday, April 26, 2012 by Ben@tirerack

If you liked the Avid V4S, they replaced those with the Avid Envigor, which are available in your size. -Ben@tirerack.com
Thursday, March 14, 2013 by Maciek

I have a Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 P225/50R17 93V on my 2010 Accord EX V6 and with over 80K miles its time for new tires. I'm considering Michelin Primacy MXM4 93V or better and was wondering if this is a better choice than going with the originals. I'm looking at All season tires for now and live in IL/WI so we do see snow :)
Thanks for your help
Saturday, March 16, 2013 by Hunter

The Primacy MXM4 tested very well here at Tire Rack. Also it is getting much better satsfaction ratings in our surveys from consumers than the Pilot ever did.
Friday, November 15, 2013 by Phil Dunlop

I own a 2005 Toyota Solara SLE-V6 Convertible.
235/45X18 OE tires were 4ea Pilot MXV4, then replaced with 2ea Pilot HX MXM4, then replaced with 4ea Pilot Sport A/S Plus. The MXV4 & MXM4 couldn't shread water. The Plus's were great in water and very smooth quiet ride, but no treadlife.
Now comes the unknown... Goodyear Sport and their too noisey.
So what's a great tire that LASTs LONG, RIDES SMOOTH & QUIET, and is a great RAIN TIRE that works in TAMPA?
Monday, November 18, 2013 by ben@tirerack

The Primacy MXM4 is better in the wet than the MXV4 and the old Pilot MXM4. The Pilot Sport A/S 3 is a little bit less quiet and smooth riding, but better in the rain.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by Rob

Is there a difference between the OEM tires and the exact same time (in name) sold by tire rack or other stores? Was told that the OEM tires aren't as good quality as the aftermarket tires.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Kevin Clue

I have Michelin Pilot MXM4 OEM tires on my 2010 Lexus GS350. Happy with them but as I research replacements, it seems the Primacy MXM4 might give me an even quieter ride, with similar longevity. Is it OK to replace the 2 rear Pilot tires with Primacy tires, then replace the other 2 at a later date? Only 2 of the 4 tires need replacement now.
Friday, June 20, 2014 by marshall@tireack.com

Certain tires are in rare instances only supplied to dealers, however we carry most options of OE tires and a vast number of aftermarket options. Let us know if you would like to compare options.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by Emilis

Recommendation for quiet tire on highways and safe tire on dry and wet road. I live in Florida so no snow. I have Honda 2006 CRV 215/65/15. Thank you.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 by lloyd lear

what do you think about purchasing driveguard for my 2008bmw528i?i am looking for a run flat tire.
Thursday, September 10, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

LLoyd, The DriveGuard would be a good choice and has been well liked by our consumers. -- marshall@tirerack.com

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