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#2057485 - 10/25/10 06:13 PM Michelin or Uniroyal?
SWSportsman Offline


Registered: 09/26/05
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Help me decide: For my wife's '08 Highlander...Michelin Cross Terrain $900 OTD or Uniroyal Laredo Cross Country $480 OTD. Both include lifetime balancing and rotation. I love Michelins and generally get screwed when I try to cheap out, but almost half-price for the Uniroyals is tempting. Anyone here have any experiences to relate with the Cross Country's? Main concern is smoothness and quiet. Tread life is secondary.

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#2057497 - 10/25/10 06:19 PM Re: Michelin or Uniroyal? [Re: SWSportsman]
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Size ? Do you have Discount Tires in your area ?
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#2057500 - 10/25/10 06:20 PM Re: Michelin or Uniroyal? [Re: SWSportsman]
Brett Miller Offline


Registered: 09/09/03
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My Dad put a set of the Uniroyals on his 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee. After 14,000 miles he is very happy with them. The tire shop he went to is a large Michelin dealer and the saleman recommended the Uniroyals.

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#2057501 - 10/25/10 06:20 PM Re: Michelin or Uniroyal? [Re: SWSportsman]
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Well, Uniroyal and Michelin are both part of the "MAST" family. Generally Michelin is marketed towards high end, older customers and provide higher quality than the Uniroyal. They are marketed towards the soccer mom cost conscious customer.
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#2057506 - 10/25/10 06:25 PM Re: Michelin or Uniroyal? [Re: SWSportsman]
Hemi426 Offline


Registered: 03/21/10
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Before you buy either you should see what kind of deal you could get on a set of Coopers or Yokohamas.

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#2057508 - 10/25/10 06:26 PM Re: Michelin or Uniroyal? [Re: SWSportsman]
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Perhaps not helpful, but here I can get Michelin LTX MS2's for 660 out the door at Sams, or BFG Long Trail Tour for 500 out the door.

Those are what I'm looking at for ours.
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#2057523 - 10/25/10 06:38 PM Re: Michelin or Uniroyal? [Re: SWSportsman]
Andrew MKZ Offline


Registered: 10/04/09
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Michelins are excellent tires. I love them.

BUT, we have uniroyals on our Accord and they are a great tire for the price. In this case I vote for them.
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#2057524 - 10/25/10 06:39 PM Re: Michelin or Uniroyal? [Re: SWSportsman]
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I'm sure that both tires would be fine tires. But I've never been unhappy with a Michelin purchase. I've been unhappy with purchases of other brands, though. With tires, I don't compromise, and buy the best that I can afford.

That said, I don't think the CrossTerrain is Michelin's best effort. I like what bepperb suggested in the LTX M/S2 or the BFG Long Trail T/A Tour, if they're available in your size.
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#2057545 - 10/25/10 06:53 PM Re: Michelin or Uniroyal? [Re: SWSportsman]
SLCraig Offline


Registered: 12/21/08
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Loc: London, ON, Canada
Michelin once again being a ripoff!
I would also buy the Uniroyals. More because of the massive ridiculous price difference.
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#2057550 - 10/25/10 06:55 PM Re: Michelin or Uniroyal? [Re: SWSportsman]
dparm Offline


Registered: 04/19/10
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Loc: Chicago, IL
Check if Tire Rack has any objective performance reviews.

It's not entirely a case of "you get what you pay for", though I'm sure for her driving it won't make a world of difference. I'd say just get something that's quiet and wears well.
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#2057592 - 10/25/10 07:30 PM Re: Michelin or Uniroyal? [Re: SWSportsman]
Andrew MKZ Offline


Registered: 10/04/09
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Also check other brands.
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#2057608 - 10/25/10 07:45 PM Re: Michelin or Uniroyal? [Re: SWSportsman]
dkryan Offline


Registered: 04/11/03
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Bridgestone Dueler Alenza on my wife's 2005 Highlander.

Great tire for both ride comfort, handling, and little, if any, noise.

Check that tire out before you drop coin for the Michelins.
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#2057621 - 10/25/10 07:54 PM Re: Michelin or Uniroyal? [Re: SWSportsman]
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Registered: 08/05/02
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Originally Posted By: SWSportsman
Help me decide: For my wife's '08 Highlander...Michelin Cross Terrain $900 OTD or Uniroyal Laredo Cross Country $480 OTD...


Stop right there. You already know the answer.
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#2057649 - 10/25/10 08:15 PM Re: Michelin or Uniroyal? [Re: SWSportsman]
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Registered: 02/01/09
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the previous owner of my 2001 Cherokee had put Uniroyal Laredos on it. They're GREAT tires in the dry- VERY smooth, VERY quiet, and they balance with almost no weights at all, even after 40k+ miles. Now the down side... they absolutely stink in the rain. No grip at all. Maybe its just because this set is old and the rubber is hardened a bit, but they're really pretty bad, especially on that greasy wet pavement just after a light rain starts to fall.

My current favorite tire is the BF Goodrich Long Trail T/A Touring. Its as smooth and quiet as the Laredo in the dry, but grippier in both dry and especially the wet- I've got a set of 4 of those on my daughter's 99 Cherokee so I have a great comparison. The only downside is they take a bit more weight to balance, but not a whole lot like, say, a BFG All Terrain. BF Goodrich and Michelin are part of the same company too, FWIW, but BFG tires tend to be priced better than Michelins. My folks replaced Michelins on their Durango with Long Trails, and you'd never know the difference except for the price. I'll never pay the extreme premium for the Michelin name again.


Edited by 440Magnum (10/25/10 08:17 PM)
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#2057782 - 10/25/10 10:11 PM Re: Michelin or Uniroyal? [Re: SWSportsman]
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I've been unimpressed with BGF Long Terrains over the long haul, they just do not hold up like the LTX M/S at all.
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