Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

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Vehicle: 2002 BMW 325iT Wagon Sprt Pkg
Miles Driven on Tires: 100
Location: Northern Virginia, VA
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Kumho Ecsta 4X
Follow-Up Review: 1,200 miles on tires
March 04, 2014
DISREGARD THE PREVIOUS REVIEW--- BOTH THE NOISE AND STIFF RIDE WERE **NOT** CAUSED BY THE TIRES! As it turns out, the wheel bearings went bad at just about the same time that the rear tires were put on the car, so the noise actually came from the bearings. Three of the four needed to be replaced and two had actually seized the axle causing the rear axles to need to be replaced. After that was fixed, the tires felt and sounded pretty good. Still some road noise, but within the range of being reasonable and a very good value. My apologies to Kumho for blaming their tires for something that was not their fault!
Initial Review: 100 miles on tires
May 13, 2012

NOISY, NOISY TIRES! HORRIBLE, STIFF RIDE. These tires cause my BMW 325i to feel like a barn wagon and to have a loud humming noise that sounds like a prop airplane engine. This car WAS fun to drive BEFORE I put these tires on it, but now with these tires, I have to blast the radio to compete with the noise from these tires on the highway. Please note that I only replaced my rear tires, so there are only two of these tires on my car and the ride comfort has plummeted dramatically. I can only imagine how unbearable it would be to have all four of the tires as the Kumho Ecsta 4X. I am very disappointed because most of the reviewers had reported that these were quiet tires, but that is not the case for my car. Now my car feels like a very low end vehicle on its last legs. Awful. Don't buy these tires. Or wear earplugs while driving that you would wear at a rock concert.

Despite my displeasure with the tires, I must say is that the service from TireRack has been excellent. The tires arrived when promised and the installer honored the prices agreed upon. I would definitely purchase tires from this website again, but they would be a different brand and model.

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