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09-27-2012 11:21 PM
6SPD_soul 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.
09-27-2012 10:35 PM
DerbyDave I ended up going with the Falken Ziex ZE-912 partly due to the price. I had a set on my old Taurus and was pleased with them. Time will tell how they are on the Focus, So far they have been good.
09-27-2012 10:25 PM
rangerbay
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Originally Posted by foundonroadalive View Post
see if you can find a uniroyal dealer. tiger paw. uniroyal was acquired by michelin and the tiger paw is a pilot, just cheaper. put a set on our 2011 kia forte and it is a different car. willdo the same with focus when needed.
We run tiger paws on my wifes 2001 focus wagon. Great tires. good wear, quiet, and have some grip. We dont have much snow here in so. Alabama, but we get a shitload of heavy rain. 2nd set, very pleased. Cost more than $100 per tire, I do believe!

Bill
09-21-2012 10:41 AM
foundonroadalive see if you can find a uniroyal dealer. tiger paw. uniroyal was acquired by michelin and the tiger paw is a pilot, just cheaper. put a set on our 2011 kia forte and it is a different car. willdo the same with focus when needed.
09-15-2012 06:34 PM
p58ff I too have had good luck with the General Altimax tires. From my experience they seem to wear well and give very good traction in wet conditions.
09-14-2012 02:34 PM
DerbyDave Short of a dedicated snow tire I think that pretty much anything is going to suck in ice and snow, But since we only really get a few weeks of snow around here I can live with the ones that suck the least. I am leaning towards the Generals partly because they have a higher tread life warranty and other General tires tend to get positive reviews
09-14-2012 02:26 PM
DerbyDave
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The Falkens were surprisingly pretty good, especially for the price, and while not great in ice or snow they could get you from point A to B if driven carefully (unlike the Falkens which just spin).
This is what was confusing. Did you Mean Fuzion there?
09-14-2012 01:37 PM
Geezer
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I'm Confused, I think you meant to say Fuzion somewhere in that post . I am looking at 205/50R16

I'm even more confused by your reply.

In summary, I have a set of Falkens and had a set of Fuzions. The Falkens are a very good dry weather tire but terrible in the ice and snow. The Fuzions (HRi's) are a decent budget daily driver/all around tire with better ice and snow traction than the Falkens, but not anywhere as good as the Conti DWS which I also have. Is that still unclear?
09-14-2012 11:21 AM
Malibooya I had a set of General Altimax HPs on my old car for ~20K miles, paid $105 each for 205/15/65. Loved them, though obviously they faltered in the deep snow. Still, dry traction was fantastic, really made the crappy car I drove so much better.
09-14-2012 10:33 AM
DerbyDave
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I have a set of the Falkens and had a set of Fuzion HRi's. The Falkens are great on dry pavement but pathetic on snow and worse on ice. In my opinion these should be called a three season tire. The Falkens were surprisingly pretty good, especially for the price, and while not great in ice or snow they could get you from point A to B if driven carefully (unlike the Falkens which just spun and spun).

What size tires are you interested in?

If you can save a few more bucks, the Continental Extreme Contact DWS is considered the best all around all season tire currently available. It's really worth the money.

I'm Confused, I think you meant to say Fuzion somewhere in that post . I am looking at 205/50R16
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