Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle GT (W-Speed Rated)

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Vehicle: 2005 Acura TL Automatic Transmission
Miles Driven on Tires: 17,500
Location: SEATTLE, WA
Driving Condition: Mostly Highway
Driving Style: Spirited
Goodyear Eagle GT (W-Speed Rated)
Follow-Up Review: 35,000 miles on tires
March 06, 2012
After 35,000 miles of mostly highway driving and spirited city driving along with a drivers education track course, these tires have around 3/32 to 4/32 tread remaining. I'll probably hit 40k miles and replace them as some are closer to being fully worn out than others. I like that they are uni-directional and can be rotated to any corner. This has helped a lot.<br><br>I have thoroughly enjoyed the wet and dry traction these tires have offered. In 35 degree wet weather, the rubber stays relatively soft and there's no slippage. With little tread remaining, they can hydroplane more easily, but what car wouldn't with 3/32 tread. <br><br>Snow traction - what snow traction? These tires might get you home in a snow storm, but not without having some major perma-white knuckles. The tread design and compound seem to only like dry/wet and not snow/ice compared to say the F1 All Season. Dedicated winter tires is what I use for the white stuff.<br><br>One last comment - these tires have the best looking All Season sidewalls compared to their better more expensive competitors like the RE970 or DWS. They look like Max performance summer tires with their square profile and sidewalls.<br><br>The reason why I'm not buying these tires again is because they're now a few years old and there are newer tire designs out there that can do the same thing better for about the same price.
Initial Review: 17,500 miles on tires
June 20, 2010

I have Eagle GT A/S tires in 245/40/18 on my A-Spec suspension Acura TL. I'm very satisfied - Excellent wet and dry handling and traction. Snow/ice traction is okay but nothing compared to true snow tires I rock during winter. Road noise is average - nothing disturbing but you definitely hear a hum which is expected from this tire category. They look amazing compared to other All Seasons like the DWS or RE960's because they're square between sidewall and the tread like High Performance Summer tires instead of rounded. They offer an additional 1/2 to 3/4 wider tread contact surface than Potenza RE960's in the same size. The GT's also have a decent rim protector for light rubs against a curb. Treadwear is good so far as well assuming you rotate and keep your tire pressure within spec. Currently have 17,500 miles with 6/32 tread left with 70% highway/30% city. Roadnoise has not increase. Ride comfort is on the firm side compared to the Grand Touring rated Michelin MXV4's that came with the car, but this is why the Ultra high performance rated GT's handle well. If I increase the tire pressure to 38psi, the ride gets a little too harsh for crappy Seattle streets, so I generally leave it 35-36psi.

I have a set of 245/40/18 Potenza RE960's ready to go in my garage for when I replace the Eagle GT's, but will be sad to see the Eagle GT's sporty summer tire like sidewall design go away. I know RE960's and DWS will probably do everything a little better minus looks, but for the low price, the Eagle GT has never done me wrong and looks like they'll get me to roughly 40,000 miles on my 3600lb TL.

Overall, the Eagle GT's are not quite as sticky as the previous F1 A/S tires but not far off either. Quality has been significantly improved in Eagle GT A/S compared to my noisy steering wheel vibrating Eagle F1 A/S tires where 3 out of 4 of my F1 A/S's had an inability to be Roadforce balanced under 28lbs even after sending back one to be replaced which had 48lbs Roadforce.

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