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Tire suggestions #5206666 09/06/19 09:32 PM
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Hi folks, I figure I'm going to need tires in a few months so thought I would start looking now. I need a set of 215-60-16's for a VW Passat and the same for a Honda Accord SE sedan. The VW has the original ContiPros on it with about 58,000 miels and the Accord has Kumho TA 71's. The Kumho's are set 2 for the Accord due to an early non-repairable issue on one of the original Dunlop SP7000. The Accord has about 96,000 miles total. I'm glad to start now because the selection of tires and prices is crazy. I've been looking on Walmart after seeing alot of people saying they had the best prices and I'm looking next on Amazon. Neither car gets pushed hard but I've been disappointed in the TA 71's because they won't get anywhere close to the warranty mileage. Also, I had a friend tell me about looking on this website BestUsedTires.com that sells new tires as well as used. Don't know I like that too much but I may consider them since they apparently have a 90 return policy. I saw alot of suggestions for using Costco but we have Sams Club here in town rather than Costco. I would apprecite your thoughts and suggestions.

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What do you need from your tires? smile

Is snow performance important? Do you have a second set of tires for snow/winter usage? Does it even snow or get cold where yuo are?

You might like the 3-peak all-season tires such as:
Nokian WRG4
Vredestein Quatrac 5
Goodyear Weatherready
Toyo Celsius

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General AltiMax RT43 in “H” speed rating...

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=General&tireModel=AltiMAX+RT43+%28H-+or+V-Speed+Rated%29&partnum=16HR6AMRT43&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes


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Re: Tire suggestions [Re: powersmo] #5206735 09/07/19 12:08 AM
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General Exclaim HPX is a very good, low priced, Walmart only tire.


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Hankook 737
Yokohama Avid Ascend GT
General Exclaim HPX and RT43
Cooper CS5


I have two sets 737s on both of my VW's. One in 195-65-15 and the other in 205-55-16. On top of that they are a 90,000 mile tread wear tire.Would highly recommend and they seem really cheap at WM for some reason.


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Tire Rack has a good decision process you can go through to help decide what type a tire might be best for you. Then I think you need to decide between tier1/ tire 2/ tire3 tire brands...which I think depends on what you want to spend, drive local vs long distances, high speeds on the highway, etc


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All I have ever used on my Passats were Contis. Excellent wear, handling, quiet ride and quite good wet and winter traction. On my AllTrack, I have Bridgestone Ecopias. Too soon t tell about wear but they handle really well and give excellent wet traction and better gas mileage than the OEM tires.


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Re: Tire suggestions [Re: powersmo] #5206858 09/07/19 07:16 AM
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Stay away from Conti PureContact EcoPlus tires. I've only got 20K out of them and I rotate/balance/4-wheel align every 6K miles (and 35psi). These were very well rated on TireRack at the time (and Consumer Reports as well) which I purchased through them and had FireStone install for me (for a fee).

Nope, I don't track or abuse the car or tires. They have a newer version, the "LS", which supposedly has better wear characteristics but I'm switching today to Bridgestone Potenza PE980AS.

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Re: Tire suggestions [Re: powersmo] #5206889 09/07/19 08:18 AM
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My accord has Michelin energy saver A/S tires and they have over 50% tread at 50k miles. Ive been happy with their noise, handling and wet weather characteristics.

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My Cruze uses that size tire size. Currently I'm running Conti PureContact LS tires. I love them. They are the best set of tires I ever had. They were made in the USA. I will say I only have about 1500 miles on them. I also owned the original PureContacts which I liked, but they could have been quieter, ride a bit better, and lasted longer. 2 of those three things I can confirm are fixed. The PureContacts were one of the best all season tires I've ever experienced in the snow. They are better than some winter tires I've used.

I made a mistake and bought the Hankook Kinergy PT H737 before the PureContact LS. They were nice tires but not sporty at all. I suspect you would hate them on a car like the Passat.

The General Altimax RT43 like everyone says are a decent tire as well. They are very similar to the Contis but I'd say the Contis do everything just a bit better, especially in refinement and rolling resistance. We have the RT43s on another car and I wouldn't hesitate to buy them again.

My vote overall is the PureContact LS. They will be a huge improvement over the ContiPros. They are probably one of the sportiest tires in the size without sacrificing ride.

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I would suggest you find a tire dealer (that has been in business for a long time) vs a big box. In my life I have had problems with a few sets of tires. Earlier in my life I purchased all my tires from Sam's or Costco. When I had a problem, it was very difficult
to get satisfaction when working with Sam's or Costco. I finally decided to go to a real tire dealer and for the last 10 years every one of my problems were addressed immediately and I was more than satisfied. I even took my daughter's car to this same dealer
and he got her fixed up even though she had purchased her tires at a big box.

BUT, if you never have any problems it won't matter. If you ever have a problme, a tire dealer will probably work with you as his livelihood depends on repeat business.

Obviously, your results and experiences may be different.

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Do you have NTB I surprisingly found really great prices and service in my town there

run by Sumitomo.

Check out the Sumitomo HTR A/S P02 . Should do well in rain and snow and has a comfortable ride. vs Yokos.


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I am in NY and need better snow performance (Don't have space to store winter tire set). I have shortlisted to following ones for 205/55-16

- General Altimax RT43 (H-rated) (Anyone knows the difference between RT43 and Exclaim HTX at Walmart)
- Vredestein Quatrac 5 (Low tread life)
- BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport
- Continental TrueContact Tour
- GoodYear Assurance MaxLife (This seems to be the best if you go by Tirerack review numbers)

I thought of Toyo Celsius. While its winter performance is great, wet handling doesn't seem to be the best, nor the dry handling.

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Originally Posted by MoneyJohn
I am in NY and need better snow performance (Don't have space to store winter tire set). I have shortlisted to following ones for 205/55-16

- General Altimax RT43 (H-rated) (Anyone knows the difference between RT43 and Exclaim HTX at Walmart)
- Vredestein Quatrac 5 (Low tread life)
- BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport
- Continental TrueContact Tour
- GoodYear Assurance MaxLife (This seems to be the best if you go by Tirerack review numbers)

I thought of Toyo Celsius. While its winter performance is great, wet handling doesn't seem to be the best, nor the dry handling.


My vote is RT43's but TBH I've not run else. I usually run snows in winter, but, we've found the RT43's are ok for light stuff, especially when new or nearly new.

You might want to check, I've heard a few times of tire places offering storage for your winter sets. Zero idea how costly it is.


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Thanks for all the feedback. I live in Middle Tn just north of Nashville currently and the last few winters have seen little to no snow in our area...at least nothing like I am used to up north. I have been looking at several of the suggested tires/ brands mentioned and would love to have a NTB nearby but alas there are none to be found. I did see a concern in some other forums that if I were to get tires at Walmart and they were a diferent rating (T vs H vs ?) from what was on the cars tag on the vehicle that they may not mount the tires. Anyone have issues like that at Walmart or other tires stores? I did also take a look at the Goodyear Viva 3, General Exclaim HPX and Cooper CS5 at WM when I was getting milk the other day. The each seem to be good tires but not sure about the Viva 3. Also, was considering the Cooper Evolution tires?

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