Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID ENVigor (W-Speed Rated)

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Vehicle: 2007 Audi A6 3.2 Quattro
Miles Driven on Tires: 9,500
Location: Summit, NJ
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Yokohama AVID ENVigor (W-Speed Rated)
Follow-Up Review: 30,000 miles on tires
February 07, 2013
These tires started out very quiet and extremely comfortable riding and also extremely responsive, better riding and handling than the Michelin Primacy they replaced. Great traction and very good in rain, OK in snow. Two out of round at 8,000 miles cost me a bundle (regular balance, road force balance, shipping = $270, even with free replacement thanks to Tire Rack), more than negating any price advantage. Now they are almost on the tread wear bars (about 4/32 left) and have been very noisy for 10,000 miles, but still good traction in the dry and comfortable.<br><br>Even excluding the 2 out of round tires, the tread wear alone on a UTOG 540 rating excludes these tires from future purchase for me. It's a shame as they otherwise performed very well, except for the noise.
Initial Review: 9,500 miles on tires
March 23, 2011

So here's an update after 9,500 miles or so. The tires performed well all winter, handling rain and snow as well as can be expected of an all season tire. They remained responsive, good handling, quiet and smooth, and I was happy with them until returning from a 900 mile trip. On the way home they developed a high speed vibration which was not cured by rotation and rebalance. In fact, the rebalance only found 2 tires out of balance by 0.25 oz! Finally, a road force balance by my Audi dealer found both right side tires were out of round.

The rotation/rebalance was routine, but the road force balance/diagnosis was expensive ($130). The really important fact is that TireRack and Yokahama stood behind the tires. Maggie at TireRack was exceptionally helpful and 2 replacement tires were provided without charge. How good is that?!

There seems to have been some change in the tires, as now they take a set when standing in cold weather, reminiscent of the old nylon tires. After a few miles they smooth out. I think this must be just the replacement tires, as it didn't happen before.

If the tires hold up and don't go out of round again I recommend them highly. And TireRack is exceptional - no reason to buy form any one else.

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