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#2571456 - 03/18/12 12:21 PM Re: How are Primewells? [Re: The Critic]
stephen9666 Offline


Registered: 12/08/06
Posts: 2326
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: The Critic
Discount Tire Direct is running $100 off in their eBay store, and they always have free shipping.


The deal is actually a $100 visa card, not a $100 discount. Basically, it's a rebate that they give you on a card. Plus, it's only on "select" tires and wheels. I didn't look to see what models it includes.

I have a $50 visa card one right now and I'm finding it somewhat difficult to use.

As others have mentioned, they're likely Chinese. The ones I've looked at were Chinese. I won't buy Chinese tires, but that's just me. I try to avoid Chinese products, especially for something as critical to my safety as tires.


Edited by stephen9666 (03/18/12 12:21 PM)
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#2571468 - 03/18/12 12:37 PM Re: How are Primewells? [Re: hardcore302]
asiancivicmaniac Offline


Registered: 01/12/05
Posts: 4015
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Although I don't love the Falken Ziex 912, I think they are decent for the price. Just don't drive in the snow with them.

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#2571471 - 03/18/12 12:38 PM Re: How are Primewells? [Re: Bluestream]
asiancivicmaniac Offline


Registered: 01/12/05
Posts: 4015
Loc: FL
Originally Posted By: Bluestream
When looking for tires there is only one choice:



If you don't mind selling a few organs to pay for them...

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#2571651 - 03/18/12 03:50 PM Re: How are Primewells? [Re: asiancivicmaniac]
Bluestream Offline


Registered: 09/13/03
Posts: 3613
Loc: Waterloo, ON
Originally Posted By: asiancivicmaniac
Originally Posted By: Bluestream
When looking for tires there is only one choice:



If you don't mind selling a few organs to pay for them...


What vlaue do you put on your life?
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#2571687 - 03/18/12 04:28 PM Re: How are Primewells? [Re: hardcore302]
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Registered: 11/16/11
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I love the Michelin's on my Mitsubishi's. I use to have a set of Rikens and one of them slowly came apart on the highway. Never again will I buy cheap tires.
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#2571721 - 03/18/12 05:28 PM Re: How are Primewells? [Re: Bluestream]
asiancivicmaniac Offline


Registered: 01/12/05
Posts: 4015
Loc: FL
Originally Posted By: Bluestream
Originally Posted By: asiancivicmaniac
Originally Posted By: Bluestream
When looking for tires there is only one choice:



If you don't mind selling a few organs to pay for them...


What vlaue do you put on your life?


Obviously not enough according to you. Not to mention the guy is tight on money, and I'm sure your recommendation for a brand that usually costs a good bit more than others in the same category is helping him a lot.


Edited by asiancivicmaniac (03/18/12 05:33 PM)

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#2571791 - 03/18/12 06:57 PM Re: How are Primewells? [Re: Audios]
bullwinkle Offline


Registered: 10/09/04
Posts: 3723
Loc: Cincinnati, OH, USA
Originally Posted By: Audios
Garbage tires. You and your family ride on the tires, why cut corners? I could see on certian things trying to save money, but usually I go name brand tires and brakes for peace of mind. Go major label, besides the better rubber, they usually last longer. I routinely see Kumho and Sumis dry rotting after 5 years or so while my Michelin snows are going on 7 years with no cracks or rotting at all.
Stay away from the Falken ZE/Ziex-912s by Sumitomo-I have a set that is already showing signs of dry rot in the tread at only 2 1/2 years old-& they're not even on the car in winter!!
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#2571792 - 03/18/12 06:57 PM Re: How are Primewells? [Re: asiancivicmaniac]
bullwinkle Offline


Registered: 10/09/04
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Originally Posted By: asiancivicmaniac
Although I don't love the Falken Ziex 912, I think they are decent for the price. Just don't drive in the snow with them.

See above!
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#2571831 - 03/18/12 07:29 PM Re: How are Primewells? [Re: BrownBox88]
Spazdog Offline


Registered: 09/06/10
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Loc: Arlington
Originally Posted By: BrownBox88
I love the Michelin's on my Mitsubishi's. I use to have a set of Rikens and one of them slowly came apart on the highway. Never again will I buy cheap tires.


Riken is a wholly owned subsidiary of Michelin.
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#2571848 - 03/18/12 07:42 PM Re: How are Primewells? [Re: The Critic]
daves87rs Offline


Registered: 02/23/09
Posts: 12949
Loc: Michigan
Originally Posted By: The Critic
Discount Tire Direct is running $100 off in their eBay store, and they always have free shipping.

I think you'll find something decent in there. Primewells and other store branded tires should generally be avoided as you can usually find something better for the same price.



+1


At least go with one of the big companies....
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#2571851 - 03/18/12 07:45 PM Re: How are Primewells? [Re: Audios]
daves87rs Offline


Registered: 02/23/09
Posts: 12949
Loc: Michigan
Originally Posted By: Audios
Garbage tires. You and your family ride on the tires, why cut corners? I could see on certian things trying to save money, but usually I go name brand tires and brakes for peace of mind. Go major label, besides the better rubber, they usually last longer. I routinely see Kumho and Sumis dry rotting after 5 years or so while my Michelin snows are going on 7 years with no cracks or rotting at all.



Can't comment on the Kumhos, but the Sumitomos on my Cobalt are doing quite well now going on 4 years old....
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#2571860 - 03/18/12 07:57 PM Re: How are Primewells? [Re: Audios]
yonyon Offline


Registered: 03/06/12
Posts: 3334
Loc: NJ, USA
Originally Posted By: Audios
Garbage tires. You and your family ride on the tires, why cut corners? I could see on certian things trying to save money, but usually I go name brand tires and brakes for peace of mind. Go major label, besides the better rubber, they usually last longer. I routinely see Kumho and Sumis dry rotting after 5 years or so while my Michelin snows are going on 7 years with no cracks or rotting at all.


Comparing snows to all seasons is more than a little unfair. Senior owned 'economy' Michelins tend to dryrot so badly that "That's just Michelin Cracks, they'll never drive fast enough for a tire to blow out." is something I actually say. They never do blow out. They do make those cool bouncy Michelin Balls on the inside sometimes.

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#2571911 - 03/18/12 08:41 PM Re: How are Primewells? [Re: hardcore302]
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Registered: 11/19/11
Posts: 330
Loc: Lyndhurst NJ
What if the best factory in the world uses substandard rubber? Is it still the best tire because it came from the newest/best factory?
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#2571924 - 03/18/12 08:49 PM Re: How are Primewells? [Re: hardcore302]
hardcore302 Offline


Registered: 11/23/09
Posts: 2392
Loc: Suffolk County, NY
Wow! Thanks for all the replies!
The BFG's that came stock, and which I replaced with the same tire, are great on traction but wear quick. Won't be using them again.
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#2571936 - 03/18/12 08:57 PM Re: How are Primewells? [Re: hardcore302]
pottymouth Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 433
Loc: NJ
Take a look here for my experience with Primewell:

http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=2419674&page=1]

They're not the same model you are looking at, but you might find it useful as an idnication of the potential quality/performance of the brand.

I've now got about 20K on them and they show little wear. I'm not exactly gentle on my tires although I do keep up on proper inflation and rotation. They have been quiet, offer good traction in all conditions and hold air pressure very well.

I wanted to hate these tires. I really did. I still wouldn't buy them if I was spending my own money because of economic factors, but I can't deny that the tires appear to be a good quality choice. If you have no distaste for the Chinese origin, you could do a lot worse. I've had much worse experience with tires branded Firestone, Goodyear and Continental. Especially Firestone.

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