Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor

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Vehicle: 2002 Freightliner Sprinter 2500 140 Inch Wheelbase
Miles Driven on Tires: 20,000
Location: Lapeer, MI
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Average
Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor
Initial Review: 20,000 miles on tires
October 29, 2012

My newest tire on our Sprinter van, following the OEM Michelin LTX A/S (so-so), and the Michelin LTX M/s (very nice road tire). This time I was looking for a tire with better light and deep snow traction, without giving up the road characteristics that I really liked in the Michelin LTX M/S tires we were replacing. I found that in the Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor. We are very pleased with these tires. Compared to the Michelin LTX M/S tires, they have a stiffer sidewall, so steering responsiveness is better. The price you pay for this, however, is sometimes severe tramming on highways that have deep truck grooves. These tires want to climb those ruts so constant steering attention is required. On flat roads (no truck grooves) they are very well-behaved on the highway. Traction is exceptional with these tires. When I first bought them, I had them siped (like I had done on the Michelin LTX M/S to improve snow traction), and while they were great in snow, on our dirt roads and with the torque of the diesel motor, we were starting to rip chunks out of the tread blocks. The tire dealer I bought them from admitted they should not have siped these tires (don't do it if you buy them - read on) and replaced them for free for me after about 10,000 miles. Even without siping the treads, these tires were much improved in snow, especially in deep snow, compared with the Michelin LTX M/S (which were siped). They are slightly noisier on the road than the Michelins, but the improved traction makes it worth the tradeoff for me. Right now I only have 20,000 miles on them, but they are wearing very well. I'll have to wait and see if we get 80,000 miles out of them like we did with the Michelin LTX M/S tires we replaced. Overall, I'd rate this as the superior tire for any state that gets snow. For warm-weather states, I'd recommend the Michelin LTX M/S, unless you drive in mud or sand a lot.

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