Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A

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Vehicle: 2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Miles Driven on Tires: 7,700
Location: Urbandale, IA
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Bridgestone Potenza RE050A
Follow-Up Review: 28,000 miles on tires
August 04, 2012
My MX-5 now has about 37.4miles...less 3 winters so I'm saying about 28k on these o.e. RE 050's. That said, at this point, about 4mm tread left in center channels..tire is noisier, and dry and wet grip has declined; all nor,al expectations for a 3 year old tire with reduced tread depth. But for a performance tire supplied as o.e., I 've been happy. With their very high relative replacement price, I will likely look elsewhere but have been pleased with Bridgestones..May try the new S-04's or splurge for the new Michelin's.
Initial Review: 7,700 miles on tires
August 28, 2009

The RE050As are the o.e. tire on my '08 MX-5 Miata 6-sp Touring PRHT. These are the best o.e. supplied tires I've encountered on a new vehicle and I'm very pleased with them; both dry and wet performance. Ride quality/noise is acceptable for a max performance summer tire on a roadster. I'm not sure what I might replace them with when the time comes; marginal wear to date with 7.7k miles including one track day and autocross. On my previous '99 Miata, had o.e. Michelin's, Bridgestone RE-71's, another Bridgestone, Toyo T1-S, and 2 Yokohama tires, the last being the S Drive. I am as pleased with the RE-050A as all previous mentioned tires; they provide better wet performance than most and exceptional dry performance with good steering response. Worthy of considering replacing with with same tire.

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