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Old 05-27-2014, 09:37 AM   #1
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Tire replacements for '12 Hatchback SE

Hey all, I've been researching tires for my Focus (16" rims) and I think I have it narrowed down to three tires, but I wanted to run it you guys to see what you think. When I bought the car used last summer, they had on kumho ecsta asx which are really loud and probably won't pass next months inspection due to low tread.

My criteria for tires are (in order): road noise, traction, price, comfort, handling (note "price" includes fuel economy and tread life). I live in the northeast, but I do have Blizzak snow tires, so snow handling is not an issue. I do need all 4 replaced. I am figuring on 205/60R16's as they are usually cheaper than the standard 215/55/R16 and the outer diameter size is almost identical. If the price is close, I'll go with the 215/55.

What do you think of these:

General Altimax RT43 (205/60R16 92T): $94 * 4 + f/s - $50 inst. = $326 + tax
Pirelli P7 AS+ (205/60R16 92H): $99 * 4 + $62 ship - $60 rebate = $396 + tax
Dunlop Signature II (215/55R16 93H): $94 * 4 + free ship = $376 + tax
Firestone Precision Touring (215/55R16 93H): $100 * 4 + free ship - $30 inst. = $370 + tax

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Old 05-27-2014, 02:10 PM   #2
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I've bought the General Altimax for a few different cars I have had, and I have a good friend will only buy them and nothing else.
They are quiet, have great traction, and handling is amazing.
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I am in the same boat. Looking at the Pirelli P7 Plus and the new Michelin Premier A/S. Leaning toward the Pirelli's.
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I've got General G-Max AS-03's on my Mk3... Love them... They have gotten a little louder with some wear but they've been on for 27K miles
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The G-Max AS-03's have been solid performers at the price point, the new RT43 is not being made in the 215/55R16, but the new Kumho Ecsta PA31 is definitely worth looking at.

If willing to spend about 25% more, the Pirelli P7AS Plus is worth it for the best ride and handling.
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Seth, what say you regarding the Michelin Premier A/S vs. the Pirelli P7 Plus? They are about $100 more for the Michelins. Any word on that new tire? Worth it over the Pirelli? I do highway 100 miles a day round trip. Relatively flat, no snow but rain and wind in the winter.
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Seth, what say you regarding the Michelin Premier A/S vs. the Pirelli P7 Plus? They are about $100 more for the Michelins. Any word on that new tire? Worth it over the Pirelli? I do highway 100 miles a day round trip. Relatively flat, no snow but rain and wind in the winter.
I am testing these tires this week and will let you know how they do head to head.
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I am testing these tires this week and will let you know how they do head to head.
Fantastic, and sorry for the threadjack.
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I have been able to drive both the Michelin Premier A/S and Pirelli Cinturato P7 A/S Plus. Once we have all the test drivers data crunched and summarized we will get it posted, which can take up 30 days for the full report.

In my opinion, they both have great road manners. Quiet, comfortable, good on-center feel. Hard to pick one over the other they are that close. What I noticed on the track though is the Michelin is better in wet traction, and that would be the tie breaker for me, worth the difference in price to me with the emphasis on wet traction. The Pirelli was very composed and handled great in the dry to it's credit. Further printed details will have to wait for the report, but I hope this helps.
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Yes sir it does. I had a hunch that would be the case. Thanks.

...and again. Sorry for the threadjack.
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