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#1 Draconian Guppy

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 18:09

So I need to buy new 195/65 R15 tires for a Mazda 3 Sedan.

The options i have available are:

Michelin Energy Saver $488
BFG GGrip $423
Pirelli P7 $416
Kumho KH17 $652
firestone fh 900 $380

The car has some nasty bridgestone that lasted around 18K miles :/

Those are the ones available where I live ( Honduras, Central America)


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Posted 30 November 2012 - 18:52

I would personally get the michelin's or the bfg's.

bridgestone and firestone are the same company.
http://www.bfvz.com....ne/firehawk/900 (look at the name at the top)

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 19:28

Oh , crappy Firestone!

Forgot to add. The prices are for four tires

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 19:40

My advise is to go on tirerack.com and look at the ratings. And pay close attention to how "loud" the tires are. You'll thank yourself. :)

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 02:02

My advise is to go on tirerack.com and look at the ratings. And pay close attention to how "loud" the tires are. You'll thank yourself. :)

Thanks, checked, but they don't have all the models above, the BFG grip isn't there

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 16:06

TyreReviews.co.uk and TireRack.com together might help you find what you need. TyreReviews has the gGrips listed, and they seem to be getting good enough reviews from users. Feedback seems to vary, but one of the comments from the site is that it's a summer tire. Whether that's a good thing or not is up to you. Hopefully between those two sites you'll be able to find the information you need, but a cursory glance doesn't seem to show anyone else with a Mazda 3.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 16:15

You sure you cannot get your hands on some Westlake tires? I just checked and they are distributed all over the world. The are cheaper in price, but I have had this same set of 205/40/r17's for a little over 65k miles, and they are still perfect. I travel 70 miles per day also. Check into those if you can

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 16:22

Pirelli

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 16:55

What's the terrain like over there? Are you driving on smooth roads, roads with potholes, off-roading, etc.? Mix of each?
What's your driving style? Do you aggressively accelerate and brake?

Honestly, I've never had any bad experiences with any particular brand/off-brand tires, but I treat my 2009 RAV4 very well, and make sure the tires are rotated regularly so I can get even tread wear

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 14:14

TyreReviews.co.uk and TireRack.com together might help you find what you need. TyreReviews has the gGrips listed, and they seem to be getting good enough reviews from users. Feedback seems to vary, but one of the comments from the site is that it's a summer tire. Whether that's a good thing or not is up to you. Hopefully between those two sites you'll be able to find the information you need, but a cursory glance doesn't seem to show anyone else with a Mazda 3.

Well it's mostly summer, but it does rain for 3-4 months a year... So I think I would need something more of a wet-summer mix :/

You sure you cannot get your hands on some Westlake tires? I just checked and they are distributed all over the world. The are cheaper in price, but I have had this same set of 205/40/r17's for a little over 65k miles, and they are still perfect. I travel 70 miles per day also. Check into those if you can


Third world hell Honduras Central America? NO. Sadly no :( :no:

Pirelli

What's the terrain like over there? Are you driving on smooth roads, roads with potholes, off-roading, etc.? Mix of each?
What's your driving style? Do you aggressively accelerate and brake?

Honestly, I've never had any bad experiences with any particular brand/off-brand tires, but I treat my 2009 RAV4 very well, and make sure the tires are rotated regularly so I can get even tread wear


lots of roads with potholes, very badly paved roads, the occasional of roading DUE to the repairing of the bad roads

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 03:18

ended up getting the Michelin Energy Savers A/S. I'll post a follow up as soon as I do some serious driving :shifty:

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 19:38

but I have had this same set of 205/40/r17's for a little over 65k miles


Are you sure they're actually made of rubber? The grip on those things must be horrendous to last that long! Don't think I've ever had a set of performance tyres last longer than 12K :p

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 19:53

Are you sure they're actually made of rubber? The grip on those things must be horrendous to last that long! Don't think I've ever had a set of performance tyres last longer than 12K :p


Yeah doesn't rubber get harder with time?

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 20:33

Pretty sure they are rubber. I smack them with a hammer, and it bounces back, and they still work perfectly. Maybe its because I rotate them when I should and check the pressure in them?

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 20:43

LOL, it doesn't get hard as in stone hard, but rather the rubber, "toasts" or "cooks" up due to extreme temperatures (heat, cold), but i'm talking about maybe 5+ years.