Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grid

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Vehicle: 2008 Mazda MAZDA3 5-Door s Grand Touring
Miles Driven on Tires: 5,000
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Average
Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grid
Initial Review: 5,000 miles on tires
February 09, 2009

To say I am disapointed in these tires is an understatement. I too replaced my Goodyear RSAs with this tire. I had the G009 on my Protege and loved them. These were supposed to be an improvement over those. That reality is completely contrary. The tires are loud and make the car feel like it has cement shoes. Steering is clumsy and heavy. The worst part is that we can't get the tires balanced properly. I am bringing it back for the 5th time to have the balancing checked. The car shakes over 45 MPH to the point that I can see my passenger seat shaking. This translates staight up into the wheel. Driving at highway speeds is deplorable. The tires are a vast improvement for winter over the Goodyear tires, but the ride comport pales in comparison. The Goodyears had a better ride and were quieter.

UPDATE: Bridgstone replaced all 4 tires at not charge. This has been a tremendous improvement. There is no more shaking of the car nor shimmy in the steering wheel. I definitely had a bad set of tires. Surely it was just one of the 4 causing the issue. There is still a bit of a howl from about 45 - 60 mph. I can live with this, as I atribute it to the tread pattern. However, the car still feels heavy and not as nimble. When these wear out, I'll do more research. With such an odd sized tire, it's difficult to find a wide variety of tires from which to choose.

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