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#1823818 - 03/19/10 08:57 PM Foreign made tires - Chinese vs. Korean etc.
silverrat Online   content


Registered: 01/09/09
Posts: 1248
Loc: Ontario
Am I wrong to think Korean tires are generally better than Chinese?

I've seen the chinese Wanli and Linglong before and they both seemed cheap. I currenty use Nexen winters and they seem ok for the price they are made in Korea.

Are Korean tires decent?
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#1823830 - 03/19/10 09:05 PM Re: Foreign made tires - Chinese vs. Korean etc. [Re: silverrat]
chad8 Offline


Registered: 08/26/09
Posts: 1251
Loc: michigan
had wanli twice on cars I aquired used. sold them quick. junk and dangerous. never again . ling long worse. try hankook optimo or falken sincera for cheap tires.

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#1823837 - 03/19/10 09:15 PM Re: Foreign made tires - Chinese vs. Korean etc. [Re: chad8]
willix Offline


Registered: 12/16/09
Posts: 1889
Loc: minneapolis mn
look em up for recalls or defect investagations.
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#1823841 - 03/19/10 09:18 PM Re: Foreign made tires - Chinese vs. Korean etc. [Re: chad8]
Ike_Clanton Offline


Registered: 03/16/10
Posts: 154
Loc: Missouri
I also had 2 Wan Li's on the front of the Camry. Neither were round. The car got totaled at 248k miles not long after that, and I would have been upset about losing my money on those nearly new tires, but they were junk.

On the other hand, I had 2 Cientra brand tires which I'm sure were Chinese, and they were dead smooth and dirt cheap, and I got 30-40k of city driving out of them.

I've since went back to buying American tires.

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#1823847 - 03/19/10 09:19 PM Re: Foreign made tires - Chinese vs. Korean etc. [Re: Ike_Clanton]
silverrat Online   content


Registered: 01/09/09
Posts: 1248
Loc: Ontario
I looked at some Turanza the other day and they were made in Brazil.
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#1823861 - 03/19/10 09:31 PM Re: Foreign made tires - Chinese vs. Korean etc. [Re: silverrat]
Steve S Offline


Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 18449
Loc: East of IGO
As most products from China are!!!
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#1823868 - 03/19/10 09:38 PM Re: Foreign made tires - Chinese vs. Korean etc. [Re: silverrat]
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Registered: 04/17/06
Posts: 12961
Loc: Irvine, CA
Korean tires such as Hankook, Kumho and Nexen are generally better than Chinese tires, specially the ones designed and engineered by Chinese such as Wanli and Linglong. I have Hankook Ventus V12 Evo on '04 Honda S2000, very good performance, handling and quiet ride.
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#1823895 - 03/19/10 10:06 PM Re: Foreign made tires - Chinese vs. Korean etc. [Re: HTSS_TR]
Ndx Offline


Registered: 04/04/08
Posts: 1699
Loc: IL
Falken is made in Japan .. those are good tires ..at amazing price ..

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#1823952 - 03/19/10 10:40 PM Re: Foreign made tires - Chinese vs. Korean etc. [Re: Ndx]
Popinski Offline


Registered: 07/03/08
Posts: 1707
Loc: Ohio, USA
Relating and comparing Korean products to Chinese products is extremely offensive to Koreans.


Edited by Popinski (03/19/10 10:42 PM)
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#1823976 - 03/19/10 11:03 PM Re: Foreign made tires - Chinese vs. Korean etc. [Re: Ndx]
daves87rs Offline


Registered: 02/23/09
Posts: 13610
Loc: Michigan
Originally Posted By: Ndx
Falken is made in Japan .. those are good tires ..at amazing price ..



I'm not sure about the new ones though...
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#1823977 - 03/19/10 11:04 PM Re: Foreign made tires - Chinese vs. Korean etc. [Re: daves87rs]
daves87rs Offline


Registered: 02/23/09
Posts: 13610
Loc: Michigan
Nexen seems to do well as a cheap tire...
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#1824027 - 03/20/10 12:09 AM Re: Foreign made tires - Chinese vs. Korean etc. [Re: daves87rs]
MNgopher Offline


Registered: 09/17/02
Posts: 2999
Loc: Lakeville, MN
More than happy with the Hankook Winter I-Pike W409 Snow tires I'm using on my Ford explorer. Made in Korea.

Conversely, I've had mixed success with US made tires (bad goodyears and firestones), and excellent luck with Japanese made tires (Bridgestone Duelers).

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#1825032 - 03/20/10 09:16 PM Re: Foreign made tires - Chinese vs. Korean etc. [Re: MNgopher]
daves87rs Offline


Registered: 02/23/09
Posts: 13610
Loc: Michigan
Originally Posted By: MNgopher
More than happy with the Hankook Winter I-Pike W409 Snow tires I'm using on my Ford explorer. Made in Korea.

Conversely, I've had mixed success with US made tires (bad goodyears and firestones), and excellent luck with Japanese made tires (Bridgestone Duelers).


People like those nooks...
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#1825412 - 03/21/10 08:47 AM Re: Foreign made tires - Chinese vs. Korean etc. [Re: silverrat]
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Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 9546
Loc: OH
I've had pretty good experience with both Hankooks and Kumhos.
Heck, the '97 Accord (bought used) came on a new set of the cheapest Coopers available, and they lasted 70K, and were okay in rain and snow.
I have come full circle on tires. Another couple of hundred bucks spent on a set of tires adds up to almost nothing per mile over the life of the tires, so to me it makes little sense to go cheap.
To answer the OP's question, whether a tire is made in China is unimportant. You'll get exactly the level of quality control and proper materials use from a Chinese factory that you are willing to pay for.
If you are willing to pay dirt-cheap, you should not expect a Michelin-level tire.
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#1825518 - 03/21/10 11:00 AM Re: Foreign made tires - Chinese vs. Korean etc. [Re: fdcg27]
Nick R Offline


Registered: 07/14/09
Posts: 10644
Loc: NEO
Generally I try to buy tires that are Made in USA or Canada, but just about anything from Korea, Japan, Brazil, France, UK are going to be good too. IMO, it's really only stuff from China you have to worry about.
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