Pros:Good stability, great look!
Cons:Cost is a little higher than some. Rougher, louder ride.
The Bottom Line: I would recommend these tires to anyone who has the need for controlled handling of their vehicle, if you don't mind the harsher ride.
I purchased these tires about 1.5 week ago so my first impression is what will be offered here. I will update as time passes. What I can say with certainty is that so far I am happy with my purchase.
Recommend this product?
I have done quite a bit of driving since purchasing them (probably more than 1500 miles). The primary reason for this is that I drive from Long Island to Richmond, VA every other weekend. On the day of my purchase, it was raining quite heavily. I thought this is great because it will allow me to really get a feel for how good they really are. In fact, after having them installed, I drove about 100 miles from my home to the area where I work. The roadway was composed of smooth road (including highways) and rough road (pavement scraped bare for re-paving). The tires handled flawlessly in both cases. What I did notice is that even these tires will not entirely prevent hydroplaning (but they did cut down on it dramatically). I guess no tire can entirely eliminate this phenomenon (to my dismay). However, it does not lessen my appreciation for my purchase, as it definitely made my car feel more stable. Where I noticed the most dramatic improvement was traction available when starting up. Whereas my old Michelin's should spin upon starting up from stop (esp. on wet pavement) these did not. With regards to my trip to and from VA, my experience was also good. I experienced no spinning, skidding, or sliding.
Now, on to overall comfort experience. It is true that these tires are more noisy than my previous set and the ride may be a little more harsh. I have been told that the ComfortTred is the way to go if you want the more comfortable, quiet ride though since I do not own them I cannot attest to whether this is true.
In terms of value for the money, I feel these tires are worth it. They have a good warranty (80k miles) and the added control is another benefit. Additionally, compared to the cost of replacing with exact same tires for my vehicle, it came out cheaper in the end.
One potential problem I was told of, with regards to my vehicle is that the wheel covers may be prone to pop off because of the tire design. As I understand it, my car ('02 Hyundai Sonata) is the exception rather than the rule so this should not be a problem for most buyers. The Goodyear dealer who installed them for me did not mention this but while I was in the process of contemplating the purchase two other locations did mention it. In my experience so far, this problem has not occurred and since I have driven on my share of rough roads, I assume it will not otherwise it would have happened by now.
Update on my experience with these tires:
Within the past week and a half, I have had three flat tires, twice while traveling out of town, which was quite an inconvenience. In all cases, the valve stems have been severed. Upon calling Goodyear's Roadside Assistance, I was told one hour and half. However, service had not arrived after two hours. I called back and was told it would be another forty five minutes. However, they never arrived! This has nothing to do with the tires per se, but it was certainly disappointing nevertheless, since I purchased it with the tires.
I am beginning to question whether these tires are suitable for my vehicle or whether there is some intrinsic flaw with this set which is causing these unbearable problems. Whatever the case, my frustration level at this point is quite high. I will be going back to Goodyear again tomorrow to see what they can do for me. I would like to try another model of tire to see if this rectifies this unacceptable situation. However, I am just beyond my thirty day window for exchanges. One can only hope the Goodyear dealer will be accommodating and realize there is something terribly wrong going on here.
This past Sunday, I suffered my fifth flat with these tires in a less than two week period. The Goodyear dealer has been quite good about trying to resolve this issue. At one point, they replaced the set of Assurance TripleTred's I had with an entirely new set. The store manager thought that there had been a problem with the design that had subsequently been addressed. Unfortunately, that did not work. I still had the same problem. The set I have now are the Assurance ComforTred's. So far, so good! It has been two whole days without a flat. Considering all the pains I have been through, this seems remarkable. Hopefully, this will no longer be a problem and these tires should last me through the life of my vehicle.
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