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Are you tire brand loyal? #4645724
01/25/18 10:17 AM
01/25/18 10:17 AM
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Michigan
ZZman Offline OP
ZZman  Offline OP

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Michigan
I am not. I look at price, mileage and rating not brand.


2003 Mercury Grand Marquis. PP HM 5w-30 and Fram TG
2008 Sebring Hardtop convertible. PP HM 5w-30 and Fram Ultra
2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 LT. Motul 7100 10w-40 and K&N
Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman] #4645733
01/25/18 10:20 AM
01/25/18 10:20 AM
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Posts: 37,034
Great Lakes
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Great Lakes
I stay away from cheap Chinese brands, but other than that, not really.


'02 530i (Edge 0W-40)
'15 Q5 3.0T (Edge 5W-40)
'18 Charger SRT (PUP 0W-40 SRT)
Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman] #4645734
01/25/18 10:21 AM
01/25/18 10:21 AM
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Posts: 4,658
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
zzyzzx Offline
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Baltimore, Maryland, USA
As long as it's made in USA, I'm good.

Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman] #4645757
01/25/18 10:29 AM
01/25/18 10:29 AM
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Posts: 4,013
Wet side WA
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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 Corolla 129892
Out: EDGE EP 5W-30 Bosch 3311 7156 Miles
In: Havoline Pro DS 10w-30 Purolator PureOne 3-14-19 129693
2006 Duramax 74725
Out: T6 5W-40 M1-303
In: T6 5W-40 XG9100 73705 4-22-18
Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman] #4645760
01/25/18 10:33 AM
01/25/18 10:33 AM
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Chicago,IL,USA
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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
Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman] #4645762
01/25/18 10:33 AM
01/25/18 10:33 AM
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Posts: 639
Nebraska
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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

OCI 5K using TSC conventional Travelers oil.
Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman] #4645766
01/25/18 10:39 AM
01/25/18 10:39 AM
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Posts: 781
Nebraska
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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.


89 GMC Sierra VWB 5w30/TG3980
08 Lucerne CX Magnatec 5w30/TG3387A
02 DeVille VWB 5w30/CQ Blue
18 Toro Super Recycler T5 10w30
Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman] #4645781
01/25/18 10:51 AM
01/25/18 10:51 AM
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Campbellsville, KY
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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.


To quote a friend, "Synthetics, man."

'85 GMC C3500, 454, 132K
'82 Mercedes 300CD, OM617 turbo, 173K (totaled 2018, in rehab)
'85 Mercedes 300TD, OM617 turbo, 217K (wife's)
'67 Suburban, 350, 331K
Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman] #4645789
01/25/18 11:05 AM
01/25/18 11:05 AM
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Posts: 1,175
SW Ontario Canada
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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)


2017.5 Nissan Rogue SV FWD
2013 Nissan Maxima SV
2009 Ford Flex SEL FWD
1984 Yamaha XJ750RL
Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman] #4645810
01/25/18 11:21 AM
01/25/18 11:21 AM
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East Tennessee
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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.


2018 Toyota Tacoma SR5 / Mobil 1 AFE 0W-20 / OEM filter
2010 Toyota Camry LE / Mobil 1 AFE 0W-20 / OEM filter
1998 Nissan Frontier XE / Castrol GTX HM 5W-30 / M1 filter
Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman] #4645816
01/25/18 11:24 AM
01/25/18 11:24 AM
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Columbus,Nebraska
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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.

Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman] #4645818
01/25/18 11:24 AM
01/25/18 11:24 AM
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US-WA
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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.


95 Cherokee 190K DELO 10W30, XG8
07 IS250 106K STP syn HM 10w30, FULL
04 YZF-R1 19K DELO 15w40, XG7317
99 HD XL1200S 21K VR1 20w50, NG1515
14 RX450h 40k Idemitsu 0w20, 57047
Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman] #4645834
01/25/18 11:40 AM
01/25/18 11:40 AM
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St. Charles County, Missouri
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St. Charles County, 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.


2017 Kia Soul Plus-- VWB 5-30, 54,000 miles.
Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman] #4645878
01/25/18 12:26 PM
01/25/18 12:26 PM
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Ontario, Canada
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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
Re: Are you tire brand loyal? [Re: ZZman] #4645881
01/25/18 12:27 PM
01/25/18 12:27 PM
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Ontario, Canada
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Ontario, Canada
Not loyal at all, will buy the best tire for my needs, whatever it is.


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2013 BMW 135i M Sport Edition Castrol 0W40, Redline MTL
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