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#4543077 - 10/14/17 11:01 AM Has anyone seen or tried Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice?
tomlct Offline


Registered: 08/21/14
Posts: 32
Loc: CT - USA
I will need to replace my winter tires (195/65R15) this season, and I have seen this new tire at the Tire Rack site. The reviews look good, and there is a Goodyear dealer nearby (walking distance from home) and there is a Goodyear rebate + more if you use yoru Goodyear credit card. I have picked up a few rebates just using the card for general repairs from these guys.

Anyway, this is a tire I could buy locally with rebates, so it looks interesting, and I was wondering if there is any feedback on it here.
I like to see on the Tire Rack site where the various sizes are made, and they list USA or Canada for my size (OK with me).

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#4543087 - 10/14/17 11:08 AM Re: Has anyone seen or tried Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice? [Re: tomlct]
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
Posts: 17116
Loc: Ontario, Canada
You couldn't pay me to use Goodyear anything. I have tried multiple of their all seasons and winter tires over the years and they are all poor performing and poor ride characteristics.

For winter I use Michelin X-Ice or Bridgestone Blizzak and have excellent traction. I need this because I drive all day long in some of the worst weather imaginable for my job.

In the other seasons I buy typically Bridgestone or some other quality riding, low wearing all season tire.


Edited by StevieC (10/14/17 11:09 AM)
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#4543099 - 10/14/17 11:17 AM Re: Has anyone seen or tried Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice? [Re: StevieC]
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Registered: 09/21/10
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Loc: Texas
Have you run that exact tire?

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#4543105 - 10/14/17 11:25 AM Re: Has anyone seen or tried Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice? [Re: tomlct]
Bronco1 Offline


Registered: 01/06/17
Posts: 137
Loc: Colorado
I haven't tried the Goodyear but, I'm using the Michelin X-ICE XI3 this year on the Fit. It's the same price as the Goodyear at
Tirerack in your size, has really good reviews and has a mileage warranty. It also handles much better on dry conditions than my previous Blizzaks did.
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#4543115 - 10/14/17 11:37 AM Re: Has anyone seen or tried Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice? [Re: Bronco1]
4WD Offline


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We always have standard bashings here. … but I have given away Michelin, Bridgestone, and Hankook tires … always ran my Goodyear tires. However I buy the top line and rain is my main criteria …

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#4543119 - 10/14/17 11:41 AM Re: Has anyone seen or tried Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice? [Re: tomlct]
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Goodyear tires are mediocre at best.
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#4543124 - 10/14/17 11:48 AM Re: Has anyone seen or tried Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice? [Re: tomlct]
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Registered: 07/04/16
Posts: 1407
Loc: Jacksonville, FL
I have a set of four of them. They were used on my Lexus when it was still in Michigan. They're ok tires, not great. There are certainly ether winter tires out there to be sure, even in bargain brands. I do not like them as much as I liked my Hankook winter Ipike 409's. They wouldn't hold a candle to Xi3's or just about anything Bridgestone makes in a snow tire. If it tells you anything I couldn't sell my set of four mounted on rims with hub caps and lug nuts back home in Michigan for $250 OBO with 95% tread remaining on all 4. As a result I still have the, and live in Florida, but when I get home from Scotland for work the snow tires will be going on the Lexus to get used up. They're better than all season tires and they served their purpose on my car but I certainly wouldn't buy another set. I don't even feel bad burning them up in Florida.
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#4543126 - 10/14/17 11:48 AM Re: Has anyone seen or tried Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice? [Re: Rolla07]
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Registered: 09/21/10
Posts: 6366
Loc: Texas
These general statements are nonsense ~ they are on very expensive automotive applications to off-road, to heavyweight commercial applications …
The worst they produce are per OEM spec … and some of the worst I have had from several brands came with the vehicle …
(Same with Walmart spec tires) …

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#4543137 - 10/14/17 12:06 PM Re: Has anyone seen or tried Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice? [Re: tomlct]
simple_gifts Offline


Registered: 07/26/04
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Loc: Middlesex County CT
There is a TR warehouse in Windsor CT if you live near there so you wouldn't need to ship them.
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#4543149 - 10/14/17 12:14 PM Re: Has anyone seen or tried Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice? [Re: tomlct]
SubLGT Offline


Registered: 01/31/06
Posts: 2646
Loc: Idaho
Originally Posted By: tomlct
I will need to replace my winter tires (195/65R15) this season, and I have seen this new tire at the Tire Rack site.


The Ultra Grip Ice 2 is the latest version (introduced during 2016, IIRC). From overseas tests I have seen, it is a very good ice tire, with better than average wet traction.

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#4543157 - 10/14/17 12:31 PM Re: Has anyone seen or tried Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice? [Re: tomlct]
Virtus_Probi Offline


Registered: 06/25/15
Posts: 3970
Loc: New England
I thought I could help here, but I had Ultra Grip Ice WRTs and they look very different from the UGI.
I used them for 3 winter seasons and did right by me, I felt that they were a good choice for me as a driver who put a lot of dry and wet highway miles on winter tires along with seeing some pretty frightful winter conditions. I bought Nokian R2s on sale to replace them this past spring and noticed a big dropoff in dry braking with those, although they were well mannered on the highway and strike me as more "hardcore" winter tires than the WRTs.
I am running GY Eagle Sport AS tires the rest of the year and am very happy with those...GY is like any other major brand, they make some loser tires and some really good ones. Shop by the tire, not the brand.
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#4543160 - 10/14/17 12:33 PM Re: Has anyone seen or tried Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice? [Re: tomlct]
bigjl Offline


Registered: 09/06/12
Posts: 2220
Loc: London, England
First ever set of Winter tyres i had fitted to a car were UltraGrip

I think they were 8’s

I thought they were very good
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#4543215 - 10/14/17 01:42 PM Re: Has anyone seen or tried Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice? [Re: tomlct]
tomlct Offline


Registered: 08/21/14
Posts: 32
Loc: CT - USA
Thanks to all for the feedback. The Saturn LW-200 that needs winter tires (I have had it for 13 years) came with Firestone Affinity, and I have had 2 sets of Goodyear Assurance Triple Tred & liked them, but to save some $$ I have lately been using Mastercraft (the Cooper house brand that Town Fair Tire carries), and they have been OK, also.
The current Winter tires have been on since 2010 or 2011 (Mastercraft) and there is still some tread left, which surprises me, but the tires just feel hard, so I have a feeling they are probably not so good in extreme cold & snow & icy conditions.
My 88 Dodge Aries (had since new) came with Goodyear Invicta and now has had Goodyear Assurance All Season for the past 2 years, and I like the ride of the old timer on them, and I was lucky that there were still a few choices in 14" tires (remember 14" tires?)

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#4543241 - 10/14/17 02:08 PM Re: Has anyone seen or tried Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice? [Re: tomlct]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10136
Loc: OH
There's a new Assurance WeatherReady tire out that has a $200 rebate available when you use the GY credit card:

http://vanstirepros.com/my_images/pdf/69

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Goodyear&tireModel=Assurance+WeatherReady

edit: nevermind, they don't appear to made in your size, sorry.


Edited by SatinSilver (10/14/17 02:16 PM)

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#4543293 - 10/14/17 03:05 PM Re: Has anyone seen or tried Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice? [Re: tomlct]
E365 Offline


Registered: 12/16/07
Posts: 448
Loc: USA
Bummer they don’t sell the Ultra Grip Ice 2 in the US. The big Scandinavian winter tire tests at Naf.no have had it on-par with the Nokians and Michelin’s and better than the Blizzaks the last couple years.
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