Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta ASX

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Vehicle: 1987 Mercedes-Benz 190D
Miles Driven on Tires: 10,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Kumho Ecsta ASX
Initial Review: 10,000 miles on tires
April 19, 2012

Installed on aftermarket wheels with H&R sport lowering springs and konis on a euro model. They do well in the rain and the dry performance is very good considering the long life compound used and the relatively low price up front. I think they are slightly louder than average due to the harder compound at highway speed, but I'm willing to put up with a little noise if they last a long time. With an aggressive alignment, you will have to rotate them more often, but then you would with any tire in that situation. They did not do well in deep snow as they became packed pretty quickly- but with a light snow they did just fine with my limited slip rear end.

I would read people whining about these (or any) tires failing after 15K on them (on some front wheel drive car or minivans in super hot or cold climates) with caution. Like all tires, when they are on cars with alot of weight and steering on a front wheel drive vehicle in temp extremes- they will require more maintenance, frequent rotations and general care. Tread separation, blown-out sidewalls and etc. indicate design or quality problems. 50,000 mile tires that wear out in 15K? Likely due to user error.

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