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#4645724 - 01/25/18 09:17 AM Are you tire brand loyal?
ZZman Offline

Registered: 03/17/08
Posts: 5366
Loc: Michigan
I am not. I look at price, mileage and rating not brand.
2003 Mercury Grand Marquis. Rotella T6 Multi-Vehicle oil
2008 Sebring Hardtop convertible. Rotella T6 Multi-Vehicle oil
2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 LT

#4645733 - 01/25/18 09:20 AM Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman]
Quattro Pete Offline

Registered: 10/30/02
Posts: 35352
Loc: Great Lakes
I stay away from cheap Chinese brands, but other than that, not really.
'02 530i (Edge HM 10W-40)
'15 Q5 3.0T (Edge 5W-40)

#4645734 - 01/25/18 09:21 AM Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman]
zzyzzx Offline

Registered: 05/18/12
Posts: 4222
Loc: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
As long as it's made in USA, I'm good.

#4645757 - 01/25/18 09:29 AM Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman]
JohnnyJohnson Offline

Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2129
Loc: Wet side WA
I certainly am. The cheapest tire with the highest UTQG and most positive reviews by customers with confirmed buys of that product.
2004 Toyota Corolla 118717
Out: QSUD 5W-30 Purolator One 5030 mile OIC
In: Valvoline ML 5w-30 Fram TG4967 117530
2006 Duramax 73712

#4645760 - 01/25/18 09:33 AM Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman]
pandus13 Offline

Registered: 08/12/11
Posts: 2700
Loc: Chicago,IL,USA
I used BITOG as a good mark for starting the research, then the reviews from tirerack, treadepot, tire-easy and many mentioned on various threads.

Then went with the reasonable choice, but not the cheapest.

Also used local chains before BITOG, but I was less informed and with less money in my pocket....

The only consistent firm was Cooper (3 sets on 3 different vehicles)

But I would say I'm not brand loyal.
16 Golf SportWagen
13 Mazda5
08 Yaris
04 Elantra
95 accent
95 mystique
97 concorde

#4645762 - 01/25/18 09:33 AM Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman]
BJD78 Offline

Registered: 08/05/17
Posts: 337
Loc: Nebraska
I used to really like michelins and and stayed with them for decades, but a few years back the type I wanted was out of stock so I went with Cooper CS5 and really like them alot. they seem do last and last and are a bit cheaper in price. I have went with Cooper CS5 from April to November go with General Altimax from Nov to April as my go to winter tires. But when they wear out I will likely go with a cheaper brand like Wall Mart Douglas since being retired our vehicles rarely travel more than a 100 miles from Lincoln. Tons of online reviews on tires at places like Tire rack, but like any review one has to take them with a grain of salt if not the whole shaker, so many factors of terrain , weather and driving conditions and driving styles to consider.
2010 Forester:122K
2009 Sonata :189K
2010 Tucson:55K

OCI 5K using cheapest dino oil I can buy,usually NAPA or TSC Travelers oil.

#4645766 - 01/25/18 09:39 AM Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman]
Duffyjr Offline

Registered: 01/13/16
Posts: 461
Loc: Nebraska
I've never been brand loyal for tires but I have to say I might be now. I am extremely pleased with the CS5 Grand Touring on my Buick and the AT3's on my GMC. We got 14 inches of some wet snow Monday and right now our streets are hard packed and I'm impressed with how both vehicles are handling it. The truck even does pretty good in 2 wheel drive with out any weight in the back, but I own it for the 4x4 so I use it.
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16 Toro 721 QZR Napa 5w30
96 MTD 5/22 VWB 5w30
14 Toro Super Recycler VWB SAE 30

#4645781 - 01/25/18 09:51 AM Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman]
Alex_V Offline

Registered: 04/10/16
Posts: 1062
Loc: Campbellsville, KY
Not particularly, but so far I've bought more sets of Firestones most than any other. Also shoulda bought them instead of the set of Uniroyals I bought last.
I like Chevy and Valvoline.

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#4645789 - 01/25/18 10:05 AM Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman]
KGMtech Offline

Registered: 10/17/14
Posts: 889
Loc: SW Ontario Canada
I don't buy cheap tires, but I also won't buy the most expensive. I've never had Firestone brand - not because of any aversion, just never came up as a valid option.

Used to like Yokohama's but then that soured with some poor wear experiences. Continental, Pirelli, Bridgestone Blizzaks and on occasion Canadian Tire 'Motomaster' grin Any Canucks remember the CTC Whippet tires? Whippets were about as good and cheap as used tires :o)
2013 Nissan Maxima SV
2009 Ford Flex SEL
2004 VW Passat GLS 1.8T - totalled Feb. 26, 2018
1984 Yamaha XJ750RL

#4645810 - 01/25/18 10:21 AM Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman]
Starman2112 Offline

Registered: 11/27/15
Posts: 291
Loc: East Tennessee
Not really, although like some have stated I stay away from cheap Chinese. I do my homework before buying by reading ratings and reviews from various websites and soliciting opinions from friends, co-workers, etc. I know most any tire manufacturer has both good and bad models, but I do think Michelin makes the best tires overall.
2010 Toyota Camry LE 2.5L, Mobil 1 AFE 0W-20, OEM filter
1998 Nissan Frontier XE 2.4L, Castrol GTX HM 5W-30, M1 filter

#4645816 - 01/25/18 10:24 AM Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman]
Yah-Tah-Hey Offline

Registered: 05/26/14
Posts: 3105
Loc: Columbus,Nebraska
Michelin since I purchased first set around 1972. I remember there was a lot of resistance in the USA to using radial tires because they looked under inflated at recommended pressure.

#4645818 - 01/25/18 10:24 AM Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman]
Dyusik Offline

Registered: 09/26/14
Posts: 1735
Loc: US-WA
I've had polar opposite experiences within a brand. Never had a Chinese tire, couldn't tell you. Brand loyalty has nothing to do with a brand, and everything with the loyalist I believe. So, no.
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99 HD XL1200S 18K 76 20w50,NAPAG
14 RX450h 28k M1 0w20,Denso

#4645834 - 01/25/18 10:40 AM Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman]
csandste Offline

Registered: 05/31/02
Posts: 1055
Loc: St. Peters, Missouri
I have very little brand loyalty for anything. Always look at reviews for specific item-- tires in this case. My personal experience within the Michelin family has been the reverse of the pricing level. I've done best with Uniroyal, then BFG, then Michelin. Would that make me favor either brand on my next purchase? No I'd again look at the ratings for individual tires from a variety of sources. I've never bought a Chinese brand, but not saying I wouldn't.

#4645878 - 01/25/18 11:26 AM Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman]
newbe46 Offline

Registered: 01/19/17
Posts: 137
Loc: Ontario, Canada
For tires I would stay away from "made in China". They ain't my friend.
2003 E46 M3 Convertible
2004 Odyssey EX-L
2004 Impreza TS Wagon

#4645881 - 01/25/18 11:27 AM Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman]
mightymousetech Offline

Registered: 04/03/17
Posts: 1199
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Not loyal at all, will buy the best tire for my needs, whatever it is.
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2010 Civic Si Castrol 0W40, Redline MTL
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