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#1411367 - 03/22/09 04:34 PM Goodyear Viva 2 Tires
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 17601
Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
I was at Walmart today and saw these on the rack-- Goodyear Viva 2 Tires. They are S-rated and carry a 60,000 mile warranty. They are the only tires that my local Walmart keeps in stock.

Does anyone have any experience with these tires? At one point, I had a set of Goodyear Allegra tires (Sam's Club) on my Saturn and they were OK.

Thanks.

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#1411409 - 03/22/09 05:47 PM Re: Goodyear Viva 2 Tires [Re: The Critic]
ZGRider Offline


Registered: 05/06/07
Posts: 534
Loc: North Texas
Put a set on my Montana van and they only lasted 30k miles before the tread separated on one. Walmart then stiffed me on the tire warranty (bought road hazard) They wanted more $$ for a replacement than original price. Goodyear DOES NOT warranty the Viva 2 tires sold at Walmart. The warranty is from Walmart and they don't even give you a copy of it. Try asking them for the warranty papers. At 30k the tires were nearly worn out, so I bought Michelins at Sam's after the bad experience. Average tires at an average price. Nothing to write home about. Spend a little more and get much better tires.


Edited by ZGRider (03/22/09 05:47 PM)
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#1411463 - 03/22/09 06:32 PM Re: Goodyear Viva 2 Tires [Re: ZGRider]
Colt45ws Offline


Registered: 08/15/06
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Loc: Central Washington
They are Meh. If you want to get tires from WalMart just go to their website and order them there. The shipping to the store is free.
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#1411475 - 03/22/09 06:41 PM Re: Goodyear Viva 2 Tires [Re: Colt45ws]
bullwinkle Offline


Registered: 10/09/04
Posts: 3958
Loc: Cincinnati, OH, USA
I had a set on my '97 Astro-they really didn't wear very well, they went with the van when I sold it. I'm not a huge fan of Goodyear tires, & the Viva 2 might be the worst one. IMHO, anything by BF Goodrich/Michelin, Bridgestone (NOT Firestone!), even Toyo or Kumho (if you're on a budget) would be better.
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#1411525 - 03/22/09 07:41 PM Re: Goodyear Viva 2 Tires [Re: bullwinkle]
lpcmidst128 Offline


Registered: 03/06/04
Posts: 1036
Loc: San Francisco, Calif.
I believe the Goodyear Viva 2 are low rolling resistance tires so probably good for gas mileage.

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#1411554 - 03/22/09 08:23 PM Re: Goodyear Viva 2 Tires [Re: lpcmidst128]
sweezy722 Offline


Registered: 07/31/05
Posts: 83
Loc: Tennessee
I have a set on a Ford Windstar with about 20,000 miles on them. Only 2 are original and they are about 1/2 wore out. The other 2 have developed an extremely bumpy ride and was told they were defective. One tire at 10,000 and the other at 16,000. It now feels like I may have a third tire starting to bump. They have replaced them for a $10.00 road hazard on the new tires. I do not have any plans of buying them again. They would have to be dirt cheap.

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#1411587 - 03/22/09 09:08 PM Re: Goodyear Viva 2 Tires [Re: sweezy722]
mrsilv04 Offline


Registered: 12/08/06
Posts: 6276
Loc: Illinois
Probably nothing more than an Integrity with a slightly different tread design.

And we all know how unimpressive that the Integrity is.

I think there are better (much better?) options out there than this.

What size and what are you putting it on?
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#1411733 - 03/22/09 11:51 PM Re: Goodyear Viva 2 Tires [Re: mrsilv04]
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 17601
Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
My dad's 92 Toyota Previa minivan is due for tires in the near future. I currently have a set of Michelin X-Radial tires on there, where we are very satisfied with. They have 45k on them with 5/32 left. The size is P215/65-15 with an "S" speed rating.

Since the van is getting old, I was looking for a less expensive choice. Perhaps I should just stick with the Michelins?

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#1411749 - 03/23/09 12:26 AM Re: Goodyear Viva 2 Tires [Re: The Critic]
RacerE7773 Offline


Registered: 01/12/07
Posts: 973
Loc: Geneva
We have Integrety on the rear and Viva 2 on the front of our impala. Both suck. We slid through an intersection in the rain once or twice. That made up my mind to go with something else. I'm never buying Goodyear again.
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#1411895 - 03/23/09 07:47 AM Re: Goodyear Viva 2 Tires [Re: The Critic]
mrsilv04 Offline


Registered: 12/08/06
Posts: 6276
Loc: Illinois
 Originally Posted By: The Critic
My dad's 92 Toyota Previa minivan is due for tires in the near future. I currently have a set of Michelin X-Radial tires on there, where we are very satisfied with. They have 45k on them with 5/32 left. The size is P215/65-15 with an "S" speed rating.

Since the van is getting old, I was looking for a less expensive choice. Perhaps I should just stick with the Michelins?


How about a much better choice from Tire Rack, and then let Wal-Mart mount and balance them for you?

For less than $70 a tire, TireRack has some nice choices... BFG Traction T/A, General Altimax RT, Yoko Avids...

I bought a set of the Traction T/A's and are very pleased with them. I consider them a poor man's Michelin.
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#1411944 - 03/23/09 09:04 AM Re: Goodyear Viva 2 Tires [Re: mrsilv04]
bepperb Offline


Registered: 01/10/08
Posts: 4648
Loc: Milwaukee, WI
For less than $70 a tire, TireRack has some nice choices...

I second that. I might not want to spend the money for the Michelins on a van that old, but it's not like the Viva 2 is the only cheap tire out there...
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#1412360 - 03/23/09 04:06 PM Re: Goodyear Viva 2 Tires [Re: bullwinkle]
George Bynum Offline


Registered: 12/18/04
Posts: 172
Loc: Greenville SC
 Originally Posted By: bullwinkle
Bridgestone (NOT Firestone!)
Bridgestone has plants that make both products on the same production lines. I'm not a Firestone lover, but am not sure the current products have the same problems as the old. My wife's car has their Firehawk GT, a 225/50R17 94V tire. They are almost new (on a used car we bought) and have no obvious problems as yet, 5k miles. I hope they are better than the Firestone 500 set I had replaced by the 721 set ... IIRC, 11 tires in warrantee before they wore out.

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#1412518 - 03/23/09 06:51 PM Re: Goodyear Viva 2 Tires [Re: George Bynum]
daves87rs Offline


Registered: 02/23/09
Posts: 13358
Loc: Michigan
I know a Cavalier that has them right now...doesn't look like they will make 40k.


I almost bought them for my car....
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#1417949 - 03/28/09 06:15 PM Re: Goodyear Viva 2 Tires [Re: daves87rs]
bubbasmouse Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 39
Loc: Chesterfield, SC
I had a set on my wifes PT Cruiser. Only got just over 35k miles out of them. Never liked the ride quality of them.

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#1418042 - 03/28/09 07:29 PM Re: Goodyear Viva 2 Tires [Re: mrsilv04]
fordboy Offline


Registered: 03/28/09
Posts: 272
Loc: Huron, Tn
Don't mess with goodyear, get michelin. The viva 2's do not wear good, and are loud when you first put them on.
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