The research tires you out too (hehe).
I knew the obvious choice going into all of this is to pick a Michelin tire and be a happy camper. I also know that there are other very comparable tires out there for almost half the price.
The thing is, if you have 3 vt's, one with factory kumho, one with Continental and one with michelin you are going to get three different driving experience. One, you might have more money in your pocket choosing one or two. two, you might be happier with one or two, and three you might be broke by one or two. You can saw all you want about "very comparable" in talk but when it comes to walk it might be "far in between". I nor anyone else unless you actually test each tire on a vt you will know which tire you should roll in.
I was primarily looking for people with long term experience on those types of tires so I could more easily narrow down the long list of choices. Given the fact that almost everyone on this forum owns a veloster one way or another, the only other differentiating factor in tire wear/preference SHOULD hopefully be driving style....but then you run into obvious lack of quality control by many manufacturers. For example, there are actually good reviews for the Solus on Tire Rack. There are also bad reviews for michelins, though those are few and far between. The question at this point is if it's worth taking the risk that you may get a bad tire when you can play it safe and buy a Michelin (and spend more in the process).
The vt has only been out for a year or a little more if that. Most people are still rolling with their stock tires. SOME have already switched to other brands. Like I said before, choosing the lowest bidder to be on your car when manufacturing a vehicle will make any other tire seem AMAZING. In other words, had this been 5 or 8 years down the road, you would definitely get great response on what people like and what they don't like.
But even then, asking the general public about what tire is best is like asking where is your favorite place to eat (for me it is chilis right now and one of their plates I can't get ENOUGH of...UGH stupid diet!!!)
What kind of driver ARE YOU ToxicHorsePucky? Do you have to red line every gear? or do you drive like a grandma? If you drive like a grandma, go cheap. If you drive like vin desiel, then that gets into other categories. Do you get snow a lot? In Texas, there is no need to worry if your tires would be good in the snow or ice. Do you get a lot of rain? then you want a tire with great wet grip. Or is it nice and sunny most of the time. Then just get the best performance tire that best fits you. Do you rack up a bunch a miles a day? find the longest millage warranty. People answer those questions very differently. So if someone says "MAN GET THIS", how do you know if how and where you drive the car you are going to be happy.
Also keep into keep in mind, when people have a problem with tires no matter if it is michelins or kumho, know that Joe's michelins are going to be maintained VERY differently than Rocky's michelins. Whats to say they had proper air pressure was measured regularly, alignment was right, a sales rep didn't properly qualify the proper tire for that certain person. If joe complained that his tires rode rough, whats to say the installer didn't air the tire to the max pressure of the tire spec and not the car spec. If joe had a horrible mess alingment, whats to say the alignment caused his tire to blow out? if joe only rotated his tires 3 times on a 60k mile warranty tire, then his tires for sure aren't going to last 60k. Joe goes online and complains while rocky did everything he was suppose to and had the experience every driver should. So you can play it safe with ANY tire, michelins, kumho, just make sure you properly maintain your tires and however the tire is suppose to perform they will.
I think I'm talking myself into buying a Pilot Sport A/S....
Ah, screw it. I'll just sleep on it and hopefully make a decision sometime in the next millenia. While I assume the fetal position in the drivers seat, you guys can throw all your long term experiences my way with your tires. I'm assuming I'm not the only one you'd be helping here. Any input on a long lasting, grippy, comfortable tire that carries it's characteristics throughout the tire life is helpful input for all of us I think.
If you are talking about the Pilot Sport A/S Plus, I would saw probably not. I think the Pilot Sport A/S3 are a replacement tire for the Plus. There are two Pilot Sport A/S and both are VERY different tires. So be careful when you buy tires and you say the one you want lol don't want to drive off with an assumption.
Again, just be careful when people say they had a particular tire on one car and recommend it on the VT. tires react differently on different vehicles. Like I said before, don't be afraid of going with the wrong tire. Most companies allow a 30 money back garuntee on their tire. If you are worried that much than just chose one that you think will bes fit you as a driver, your vt and you r driving conditions and if you don't like them then go the next route up. If you are planning on going with the Pilot Sport A/S 3 then you are miles ahead
I don't yet own them as I can't get myself to get rid of tires that are still in good shape. But I know for sure I will be getting the DWSs because I need a performance tire that will also get me through the winter. I'm excited to get them.
Glad you found a tire that will best fit your needs RieBauer17....NOW GO GET THAT REAR BRACE FIXED lol
Guys, I am not saying spend the most or buy the cheapest either. I have bought the cheapest tires I could and was actually happy with them. Would I go that route again, probably not but if I was on a tight budget and needed tires I would.
Also, choosing tires does depend on how much you can spend. Just because bill gates can afford michelins doesn't mean a unemployed should go the same route. Buy what you can afford.
I hate this topic I get into it more than I should LOL
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