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Old 09-27-2012, 10:21 PM   #18
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All of the most affordable tires come from South Korea now, which includes Fuzion, Nexen, Kumho, Hankook and probably some lesser known brands. I suspect they're all made by the same manufacturer in Seoul. I've got Kumho Ecstas on my car now and have no complaints, minor road noise and a firm ride but great in the wet and probably good in snowy conditions though I've yet to encounter that with these. I've had Fuzion UHPs in the past and they were good tires but didn't last long, but that was probably more due to alignment concerns which have now been corrected. Both of those were the cheapest I could get at Tirerack at the time, which I'm not proud to admit but any new tire is better than bald tires and unfortunately money's always tight for me.

If you're looking for affordable daily driver tires, I wouldn't be disconcerted by the low price of the Korean tires. It's just an exchange/labor rate in our favor and they make a very decent product for the money in my opinion.

One major thing to consider which can't really be quantified: Treadwear ratings are not directly comparable between manufacturers, a higher treadwear rating only means they are a longer lasting tire within that given manufacturers products.
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