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Re: Decent “beater” tires... [Re: daves87rs] #5132884 06/13/19 06:14 AM
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I had a set of Hankook Optimo H724's. I was very happy with them. I liked them better than many higher priced tires I have had.

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Re: Decent “beater” tires... [Re: daves87rs] #5132903 06/13/19 06:52 AM
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Re: Decent “beater” tires... [Re: Lubener] #5133130 06/13/19 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Lubener
I had a set of Hankook Optimo H724's. I was very happy with them.
I had two sets of four Hankook 426 that initially wore well. Later both sets wore quickly, never reaching 36,000 miles. Also, a two tire set of used (half-tread?) Hankook 431 tires, placed on the rear, non-driving wheels, seemed to wear out quickly.

Re: Decent “beater” tires... [Re: daves87rs] #5133215 06/13/19 01:28 PM
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The GT Radial snow tires I got unbelievably cheap off eBay were great this past winter. We'll get another 2-3 winters out of them. Got them for the minivan in my sig.

The Antares comfort A5's I've also put on this van do very well on the back, but wear out in short order on the front.

Douglas tires have treated me well on Subaru applications. I hate going super high end for tires on AWD applications because of the risk of loosing one tire due to an un fixable flat and you have to swap ALL of them.


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Re: Decent “beater” tires... [Re: JTK] #5134192 06/14/19 04:16 PM
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Originally Posted by JTK
Douglas tires have treated me well......
Got used Douglas tires that will replace our current Goodyear Assurance Comfortreds & I will compare the two. The Goodyears have been great for over 3 years, with more wear to go. The Douglas tires are said to be made on Goodyear equipment, but the materials are much different from the Goodyears.

Re: Decent “beater” tires... [Re: daves87rs] #5134231 06/14/19 04:56 PM
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Originally Posted by daves87rs

Originally Posted by CapriRacer
You have a Discount Tire near you, right?

See what they have available. There's a bit of a risk with Chinese tires, but anything else should be OK - albeit not top notch performers.


Yep, have one right by my work. Picked up tires for the wife’s Cavalier there before.....

I do try to run solid tires for the the Cobalt (Contis, Sumitomo, Cooper), soI will check them as well... cheers


The Barum line @ Discount Tire is a division of Continental tires. I tried the Barum Bravuris on my E350 and they were smooth, quiet and had great traction. Looks like the ones for the Cobalt are called the Brillantis 2 @ $52/each.

We put Sentury UHP2 on the old BMW ('02 325i) because it was gonna be traded in ~7 months later because there was no way we were going to drop the coin needed for it to pass emissions, not to mention it had so many other non-emissions related issues it was time to send her on. Only put about 8k miles on them before the car was traded in, doesn't speak for the longevity of the tire but there were no issues in that short amount of time. Looks like their version for the Cobalt is called the Touring @ $39/each.

Personally I was not too sure about the Sentury when we put them on the BMW because it was just a cheap Chinese tire, but looking back it served its purpose (make the car safe to drive for 7 months until its traded in). I put the Barum's on the Mercedes because I had faith in the Continental brand and the car was still pristine with low mileage........unfortunately a car accident 3 weeks later totaled it out and the $$$$ I spent on those tires went down the drain.


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Re: Decent “beater” tires... [Re: FordFocus] #5134511 06/14/19 10:54 PM
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Originally Posted by FordFocus



Not in my size though

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Re: Decent “beater” tires... [Re: pezzy669] #5136210 06/16/19 11:24 PM
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Originally Posted by pezzy669
Originally Posted by daves87rs

Originally Posted by CapriRacer
You have a Discount Tire near you, right?

See what they have available. There's a bit of a risk with Chinese tires, but anything else should be OK - albeit not top notch performers.


Yep, have one right by my work. Picked up tires for the wife’s Cavalier there before.....

I do try to run solid tires for the the Cobalt (Contis, Sumitomo, Cooper), soI will check them as well... cheers


The Barum line @ Discount Tire is a division of Continental tires. I tried the Barum Bravuris on my E350 and they were smooth, quiet and had great traction. Looks like the ones for the Cobalt are called the Brillantis 2 @ $52/each.

We put Sentury UHP2 on the old BMW ('02 325i) because it was gonna be traded in ~7 months later because there was no way we were going to drop the coin needed for it to pass emissions, not to mention it had so many other non-emissions related issues it was time to send her on. Only put about 8k miles on them before the car was traded in, doesn't speak for the longevity of the tire but there were no issues in that short amount of time. Looks like their version for the Cobalt is called the Touring @ $39/each.

Personally I was not too sure about the Sentury when we put them on the BMW because it was just a cheap Chinese tire, but looking back it served its purpose (make the car safe to drive for 7 months until its traded in). I put the Barum's on the Mercedes because I had faith in the Continental brand and the car was still pristine with low mileage........unfortunately a car accident 3 weeks later totaled it out and the $$$$ I spent on those tires went down the drain.



Finding folks like these both....and the viva 3s at walmart....


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Re: Decent “beater” tires... [Re: daves87rs] #5138028 06/19/19 12:03 AM
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Noticed some interesting prices on Amazon...

Tokyo’s for 50 bucks....


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Re: Decent “beater” tires... [Re: daves87rs] #5154299 07/08/19 12:05 AM
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Forgot to add to this....to show the tire I ended up with!

Thanks to someone cutting me off (badly) and causing me to curb a tire and destroy the drivers side tires (both sidewalls were messed up) I was able to limp it to Discount Tire.

Only tire they had in stock for me (during the 4th sale) in my size left was some Goodyear Assurance Tires.

Not what I wanted to spend, but I admit they handle quite nicely on the Cobalt...


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Re: Decent “beater” tires... [Re: daves87rs] #5160576 07/14/19 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by daves87rs
..... some Goodyear Assurance Tires. Not what I wanted to spend, but I admit they handle quite nicely on the Cobalt...
I know what you mean. I bought 7 new tires (4 Assurance Comfortred's) with good rebates. Still they cost $1000 & I bought used tires, ever since. Twice, I bought Goodyear Assurance (even Comfortred) tires with 60%-65% tread remaining, for $30 each. Presently, one of them is on one of my rear wheels, providing excellent service. Being over-sized tires on the rear, they have calmed the wheel hop that my car has due to lack of an anti-sway bar. Yeah, love my used over-sized tires

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