My experience with Goodyear tires has been personal and professional.
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My personal experience with Goodyear tires occurred when I bought a van with Goodyear tires on it. The tires began breaking up internally shortly after I bought the van. I had the tires rotated and balanced and found that I could not drive the vehicle over 35mph without SEVERE vibration. I rotated the tires back and driving with the tires was tolerable, but as soon as I could, I bought new tires. Unfortunately for me I went to Sam's and bought a set of General Tires (see my review under General Tires). So my personal experience with Goodyear tires has not been positive. I have not purchased any Goodyear tires since that time.
I worked for Pep Boys in their service department from '93 to '95. During that time I saw a lot of tires come back with problems, and the Goodyear brand was WELL represented. From my experience with working on tires daily, I learned there are many tire manufacturers, but only a couple that I will trust with my money.
I also learned that buying a low value (not necessarily a cheap) tire will cost the consumer several trips to a repair shop, and a hassle with a service manager. If you enjoy verbal assaults and dickering, this is fun, but not my piece of cake.
Here is a good check for broken belts in a tire. Drive at 15-25 mph for several hundred feet. If the steering wheel wobbles, there is a tire with broken belts on the front. If the seat vibrates, there is a tire with broken belts on the rear. Maintaining the speed below 30 mph is important. We all have the tendency to accelerate through this speed up to cruising speed, but for the test, don't do it.
The broken belts that you may find in the test will not be apparent for the intermediate speeds 30 - 50 or even 60 or more, but will at some speed show up again. A broken belt in the tire cannot be compensated for by rebalancing, and rotating may make it worse (sorry) replacement is the only solution.