Pros: Tire performance in snow, rain, & quiet of ride, was good.
Cons: Tread wear is scary, very bad on the inside of all four tires.
When I first picked up my new 2004 Tahoe L/T, (built in the Texas, GM plant) (so I am not sure what compound the tires were made of), in the spring of 2004, driven in from Tennessee, I was scared to death, when I saw the Bridgestone tires on it. I immediately asked if the tires could be switched out, and with a very firm returning no, that is what comes on these vehicles.......
I had searched, and waited so long for this particular vehicle, and was so excited to get it, I thought what the heck, I'll give them a try. And hopefully Firestone had all of the bad tire issues resolved, and my vehicle, and I weren't riding on a set of iffy tires.
In less than a week in my new car, a nail had punctured the right front tire sidewall. I was told by two different dealers, I would need to buy a brand new tire, as sidewalls could not be fixed, or guaranteed safe, so it was illegal to repair a sidewall.
The third place I took the tire, they pulled the tire and gave it a through check, and found that the nail had only pierced the tire sidewall superficially and not a complete punctured, so for extra safety it was patched on the inside and plugged on the outside, to shore up the integrity of the tire. And 39023 miles later 9/15/08, I still haven't had an issue with that area of the tire.
With the price of gas shooting through the ceiling almost within the same month I purchased the vehicle, I monitored the tire pressure closely, even though I had the tire pressure sensor built into my vehicle, so I could get the best gas mileage.
I found the tire to be great in the winter, as I live out in what I call rural Indiana in the middle of corn and bean fields, so when we have an couple inches of snow, we have 4-5 foot drifts. I was only really scared once, in the last four years on these tires, with the extreme winter conditions out here, and it was mostly due to the entire mile of road to get to a State highway, was completely drifted over about 3 feet deep. Stabili-trac kicked in a couple of times but the tires kept me on the road, and going somewhat in a straight line. Stabili-Trac on my vehicle in all four years, has only kick in maybe three or four times total.
I found the tire on this heavy of a vehicle to be a great riding tire, no log wagon ride here. And it is quiet as well.
On wet pavement, I found the tires to grip very nicely. As I have driven a harder compound tire on my Chevy Pick-up truck, and they slipped all over the place, and I replaced those tires well before the 60,000 mile tread wore out, because I was scared to drive them in wet weather.
Tread wear well it stinks...... At 39023 miles my tires still look like brand new at a quick glance,..... if you are only looking at the four outside rows of tread. If you look at the fifth or inside row of tread, on all four tires, I recently noticed the tread is gone here and down to the (replace me nubs) built into the tire. I just happened to park with my wheels turned out to the drivers side of the vehicle, and was in shock when I saw the balding inside of the tire. (the only way you could see this, unless it was on a lift) would you even know this was there, with the tire being so wide.....
I took my vehicle to the Chevy dealer hoping they could replace, or at least give me some tread credit toward new tires, since the wear was so uneven, and they told me their personal experience with these same tires and many other customers, having the same wearing problems. He also then stated, maybe rotating them, would get me another 5000 miles and then just replace them, that most of these tires had even had chunks come out of the back tires, and had to be replaced around the 26,000 miles.
This is terribly dangerous as everyone riding on these tires think the tires are still in really great shape. And that is not the case.....I have never driven tires below the head of Lincoln on a penny and these are scary looking on the inside....
I have e-mailed Firestone to see what they can do for me. I even have some great zoomed in macro photos of the tires, and the lack of tread on the inside and the great tread on the outside four rows. It also shows cracks at the base of the treads like the Firestone tires that had the tread separation problem. If you look really close at the tire, it is wearing in a scalloped pattern. Some areas are still new looking and some are more worn right next to the new looking part. It is like the rubber compound is not consistent all the way around the tire. As in harder in some places and softer in others hence the varied wearing of the tread.
Bridgestone Dueler H/T 's are on my list to totally avoid...Due to the wear problems, and possible safety issues that go along with that.
My tires as I stated before were put on in the Texas GM plant, and are on a 2004 Tahoe LT, and are the P265/70R17" And on the web sight for Bridgestone I can't seem to find the same coding on my tires that they have on the web sight so I can't tell the plant or date on the tires.
I would stay clear of the Bridgestone Dueler H/T due to the in- consistent tread wear, for safety as well as durability. In my pictures of the tires it shows very inconsistent tread wear all over the tire not just the inside row. It is like the rubber compound wasn't mixed thoroughly and is soft in some places and hard in other places throughout all four tires.
I would like to know if anyone else is seeing this on their Tahoe's,or similiar SUV's with Bridgestone Dueler H/T P265/70R17" tires...
Jane T. mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org