Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

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Vehicle: 2006 Mercedes-Benz E350 Sedan 4Matic
Miles Driven on Tires: 22,000
Location: Wayzata, MN
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
General Altimax HP
Follow-Up Review: 47,000 miles on tires
August 27, 2011
With over 47,000 miles on these tires I remain pleased with my General Altimax purchase with one exception -- noise. At about 45,000 miles they have become markedly louder and has reached the point of unacceptability. However, even with only 45,000 miles of acceptable use these tire remain an exceptional value. It should also be noted that 4-Matics are notorious for getting noisy as tires wire; I had the same issue with the factory Continentals. I will be ordering another set shortly.
Initial Review: 22,000 miles on tires
November 07, 2009

I purchased General Alitmax tires for my 2006 Mercedes E350 4-matic based on positive TireRack reviews and the compelling price when compared to Conti (the OEM tire on my car), Michelin and other options. My selection criteria was to find a solid performance tire with good four season handling characteristics. Quite frankly, price was a secondary consideration. After researching options for my car, the Altimax seemed to stand out as the all-around best value. Now with over 22,000 miles on them I can say that they have lived up to the billing. Very solid dry weather performance (a little more sidewall rigidity would be nice), smooth ride, but where they really shine is in wet and snowy weather -- especially with the 4-matic set-up. They are also very quite on all but grooved concrete surfaces with no indication of changing harmonics as they wear. Over 20,000 miles and little sign of wear implies that I should easily get 45,000 to 50,000 miles out of a set. I don't normally consider Generals when looking for new tires, but they have a winner on their hands with the Altimax. I just put them on my dad's 2006 Cadillac DTS. It will be interesting to see how they perform over time on a heavier vehicle.

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