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Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Wed Dec 26, 2018 12:51 pm

I have a 2009 Camry SE with the 4 cylinder engine. I need a new set of tires, last time I bought four ‘Michelin primacy’ and they have been very disappointing


Even new they had very poor grip in the wet, first time Michelin have let me down, I Tried to save a little on their lower range product and it wasn’t worth it


Still don’t want to spend a fortune though
I’d like to keep the total price, balanced, installed and aligned under $800


My first choice is Bridgestone’s ‘Turanza
serenity plus’ a highly rated but expensive tire, also looking at Yokohama’s ‘Tornante’
quite a bit less with mostly good reviews


Most important here in Florida is good grip in the wet, then low noise and a long life of course
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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:30 pm

I changed the tires of my Rio last year and I've been disappointed with them as well. Mine are Sumitomo tires, but I didn't have enough money which is why I went for them instead of better known brands. They also perform poorly on wet pavement (despite them being all season tires) so I'm just waiting to run up the last few thousand miles to replace them.

Suggestions are welcome.
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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Wed Dec 26, 2018 3:03 pm

Im a cheapskate so I ran Sumitomo for years (cheap and ok), Fuzion (cheap and noisy really nothing good). Lately on 2 of my cars I got Falken tires, which is owned by Bridgestone but seems to be cheaper. Unfortunately neither of these will interest a Camry driver in Florida, but I got the ZE950 which is an all season/winter tire on a sedan (basically an all season with extra tread) and I got some Wildpeak AT3/W for the SUV (these are fairly extreme street off-road tires for mud and snow). The prices were around $450 for the sedan tires and $750 for the SUV tires installed. So far so good, maybe 500 miles on all of these.
 
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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Wed Dec 26, 2018 3:10 pm

Check out Tire Rack.com. Usually good prices, lots of reviews and information and links to installers. I’ve used them for 20 years.
 
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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Wed Dec 26, 2018 8:38 pm

I have Cooper Discoverer AT3's on my truck. Noisiest damn tires I every had, but they grip the snow and ice like I've never seen.
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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:31 am

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Check out Tire Rack.com. Usually good prices, lots of reviews and information and links to installers. I’ve used them for 20 years.

Everything you said, family uses a combo of tire rack and a local shop and never had anything but great things to say. Also being in Florida I assume you are buying summer tires not all seasons.
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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:22 am

T18 wrote:
GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Check out Tire Rack.com. Usually good prices, lots of reviews and information and links to installers. I’ve used them for 20 years.

Everything you said, family uses a combo of tire rack and a local shop and never had anything but great things to say. Also being in Florida I assume you are buying summer tires not all seasons.



I’ve looked at tire rack, they do have good prices, just trying to narrow it down


Biggest issue is wet weather grip, then noise followed by durability, ice/ snow not a consideration here in FL
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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:01 am

If you live near any of their distribution centers, you can pick your tires/purchase up and save shipping.

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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:18 am

Tires are something you can't scrimp on. I've used Michelin's top-of-the-line all-seasons for years. Maybe have worn out marginally faster than I expected, but not by much, and even when "worn out" I didn't notice any real slippage. I changed them more because I had to to pass inspection than because I felt they unsafe.
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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:55 am

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
If you live near any of their distribution centers, you can pick your tires/purchase up and save shipping.

GF



That is a good idea, checking into that
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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:21 pm

I used too use Michelin pilots. They were great but so pricey. I have since went to Bridgestone and Continental. The Pro contact are very good. Just google reviews on the net of the latest tires for your vehicle.. It's time consuming but worth it. Tire rack is good but my local Goodyear matches the price with install. So you don't have to go through the shipping step.
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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:53 pm

A couple of times I’ve gone to Costco and bought the high mileage spec tire (60k? 80k?) of whatever brand they had their coupon for that month. That’s quick and easy and the price is not bad. I have no idea what’s on my vehicle now.
 
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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:42 pm

Jet-lagged wrote:
A couple of times I’ve gone to Costco and bought the high mileage spec tire (60k? 80k?) of whatever brand they had their coupon for that month. That’s quick and easy and the price is not bad. I have no idea what’s on my vehicle now.

Well, good tires is what keeps your car on the road. I don't think tires is where one should make compromises and mileage should not be the priority factor. Buying some Chinese garbage no name tires from a non-specialist retailer is saving money on the wrong place.
 
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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:36 pm

I have a 2012 Camry that also had Primacy's on it, they were horrible in the rain and snow and only lasted 45k miles. I just got some Goodyear Assurance Weatheready tires at Discount tire for $650.00 installed after rebates and that's with road hazard coverage as well. They are amazing in the rain and snow and really quiet, only negative is the steering fell is a little less sharp. I'm really happy with them and Discount Tire is just plain awesome!
 
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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:10 pm

KCMCIfan wrote:
I have a 2012 Camry that also had Primacy's on it, they were horrible in the rain and snow and only lasted 45k miles. I just got some Goodyear Assurance Weatheready tires at Discount tire for $650.00 installed after rebates and that's with road hazard coverage as well. They are amazing in the rain and snow and really quiet, only negative is the steering fell is a little less sharp. I'm really happy with them and Discount Tire is just plain awesome!


I second that, went to Discount Tire and they did a great job on my SUV. My sedan I had done at a local "tire expert" chain establishment. They could not do anything right. First they inflated tires to 48psi. I bled them down. Then I tried to pull a wheel off to tighten a suspension arm. They had impact wrenched my wheels so hard my wrenches broke. I went back. Also the front tires weren't balanced. When I got back from balancing (third visit), and driving around at 80 MPH I realized all four tires were at 11 psi. Thanks guys. Unemployment is so low now the people working on your car could easily be in their first day on the job. That's scary.
 
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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:16 pm

I drove an identical Camry to yours for many years here in Seattle. It never had much wet-weather traction on the fronts to begin with, regardless of the tires. Front spin-outs were all too common, made worse by a touchy gas pedal. It needed a traction control system.
 
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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:17 pm

I'm running 19-inch Bridgestone Turanza summers on the Mazda6, and they work very well. The winters are 17-inch Goodyear Ultragrip. Previous cars have always been shoed with quality tires, the previous mentioned as well as Michelin, Dunlop and Pirelli. Worst ones were the 1st gen runflats introduced by BMW. Grip was good, but noise and comfort were horrendous and longevity nothing to write home about.

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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:02 am

Thanks for the great, detailed replies
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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:43 pm

If you go to tirerack, beware of those advertised rebates, typically get one tire free with purchase of 4. They, the manufacturer, is supposed to send you a letter with details on collecting that rebate. I never saw mine and the deadline passed, it was probably filed with all the junk mail. They count on this, don't be their statistic.
 
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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:11 pm

Flighty wrote:
Im a cheapskate so I ran Sumitomo for years (cheap and ok), Fuzion (cheap and noisy really nothing good). Lately on 2 of my cars I got Falken tires, which is owned by Bridgestone but seems to be cheaper. Unfortunately neither of these will interest a Camry driver in Florida, but I got the ZE950 which is an all season/winter tire on a sedan (basically an all season with extra tread) and I got some Wildpeak AT3/W for the SUV (these are fairly extreme street off-road tires for mud and snow). The prices were around $450 for the sedan tires and $750 for the SUV tires installed. So far so good, maybe 500 miles on all of these.


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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:22 am

Over many years of tire buying, I have concluded that I just do better buying good grades of Michelin tires. They never fail internally, wear well and typically drive well.

Buy a set at Discount - if you don't like 'em, bring 'em back.
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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:44 am

I just go on a price comparison website and get the cheapest installed price I can within a reasonable driving distance. The last two sets I got were ~£160 all in (fitted and balanced but no disposal of old tires as I use them for the horses). They last about 40k miles and all is good, still get 70+mpg out of my car and I have grown up beyond driving fast so I don't care about it too much. I have winter tires/wheels but I have given up using those pretty much because its much better to just not go out in the snow if I don't need to and besides the Zetor works much better than any car for that so that or the pick up is the vehicle of choice. Personally tires don't mean an awful lot to me.

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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:22 pm

Get a membership at BJ's Warehouse, and then get cheap gas and milk, and tires installed and aligned for 15 dollars each.
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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:27 pm

Tire performance is very specific to vehicle and local driving conditions.

Touring tires are the worst. All weather tires are a trade-off, but a good starting point for research. Use Tire Rack to find reviews for 2009 Camry in Florida to get a better understanding.

Compare prices at local Costco, Sams Club, BJs, Discount Tire, Belle Tires. Most of them have sales running throughout the year. Stick to the exact make, model and don't fall for last-minute switch by the sales rep. You can get the sale price/rebates even on special order from the warehouse.

Most people do their research but end up buying something different, because the salesperson told them their in-stock tire is similar or better.
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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:14 pm

Do you not have magazines or automobile clubs doing tests each year?
 
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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:11 am

For my daily runabout I use Douglas, they are rebranded Goodyear's, sold at Walmart, quiet, good in the wet and seem to wear well.
 
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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:58 am

I'll just say that I too am rolling on Michelin all seasons which have been my automatic choice for a decade now, and have found the last set to be somewhat disappointing in that I doubt I'll get the kind of longevity out of them that I have gotten in the past. It reminds me of how pretty much everything in the grocery store is coming in a smaller package for the same high price. When these wear down I will spend a lot more time reading reviews to see if I can't do better.

A friend of my swears by Nokian tires. Any feedback here?
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Re: Anyone buy new tires lately in US ?

Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:16 pm

I believe you have a lot of concrete roads in the US, do tyres perform differently on those, aside from the noise ? They're very rare here.
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