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

bridgestone and firestone are the same company.
http://www.bfvz.com.ve/productos/detalles/70/firestone/firehawk/900 (look at the name at the top)
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Oh , crappy Firestone!

Forgot to add. The prices are for four tires

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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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[quote name='Astra.Xtreme' timestamp='1354304459' post='595360470']
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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Thanks, checked, but they don't have all the models above, the BFG grip isn't there

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TyreReviews.co.uk and TireRack.com together might help you find what you need. TyreReviews has the [url="http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Tyre/BFGoodrich/gGrip.htm"]gGrips listed[/url], 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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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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[color=#282828]Pirelli[/color]

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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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[quote name='Paul Ferson' timestamp='1354464398' post='595363644']
TyreReviews.co.uk and TireRack.com together might help you find what you need. TyreReviews has the [url="http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Tyre/BFGoodrich/gGrip.htm"]gGrips listed[/url], 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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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 :/

[quote name='Fl3x1bl3' timestamp='1354464917' post='595363652']
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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Third world hell Honduras Central America? NO. Sadly no :( :no:

[quote name='BGM' timestamp='1354465324' post='595363664']
[color=#282828]Pirelli[/color]
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[quote name='Spartan Erik' timestamp='1354467319' post='595363684']
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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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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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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[quote name='Fl3x1bl3' timestamp='1354464917' post='595363652']
but I have had this same set of 205/40/r17's for a little over 65k miles[/quote]

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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[quote name='Liquidfox' timestamp='1355427527' post='595389390']
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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Yeah doesn't rubber get harder with time?

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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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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.

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[quote name='Fl3x1bl3' timestamp='1355517217' post='595391754']
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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I could rotate tyres all I want, but i'll never get more than 12K combined out of any tyres that are on the front of my ST :p My pressures are also spot on ;)

Guess it's down to a complete lack of power going through your tyres :laugh:

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Possibly so, but I also get on average, 29-32mpg, so I don't care :p

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[quote name='Fl3x1bl3' timestamp='1355684531' post='595396036']
Possibly so, but I also get on average, 29-32mpg, so I don't care :p
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You say as if that's a lot, I presume that's 32US Gallons, which would make it 26 UK Gallons (Pretty much what I get). If only we had your fuel prices :p

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Yeah no joke. I'm not sure what they expect, when fuel goes up, everything does. It's 2.80 usd per gallon where I live now.

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Michelin or Pirelli

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