Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

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Vehicle: 2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS Sedan
Miles Driven on Tires: 20,000
Location: Fairfax, VA
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Average
Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (H- or V-Speed Rated)
Initial Review: 20,000 miles on tires
February 13, 2013

I've had these tires on my car for the past 2.5 yrs and 20k miles. For the first 5k miles, they were remarkable- dead quiet, smooth, sticky, responsive. After that, there was a precipitous decline. They developed this pesky vibration which multiple RoadForce balances, alignments and rotations never cured. They then became noisier and developed this strange high-pitched hum. I thought my wheel bearings or suspension was at fault first, but turns out they all checked out fine. They also need to sufficiently warm up for a few miles regardless of temperature in the morning to get the flat spots out. Despite these issues, they are wearing okay and have 7/32 left all around. These tires were pretty cheap when I bought them so I guess you get what you pay for.

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