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#4633 of 5868 Replacing all four tires in my 2004 Accord EX 4 cylinder sedan
May 18, 2009 (11:55 am)
I'm replying to my last post I made in this thread regarding tire activity on my 2004 Honda Accord EX 4 cylinder. It was made on 9/14/08 when my car was almost at 118k miles. I had went with a band-aid fix at the time to replace two tires and am now at a point where I need to replace all four tires. My car is now at just a little over 135k miles. I have 4 Bridgestone Potenza G009s on my car.
Back when I first posted, pastatie suggested Mastercraft. I just went to their website (mastercrafttires.com) and saw that I would be needing 4 of the Avenger Touring LSR (V/H-Rated) 205/60R16 92 V. I gave the closest mastercraft dealer (Gillette Tire Distributors Inc, Glen Burnie, MD, (410)766-2190) a call and he said that it would cost (w/ tax) $400.75 for four of the "T-rated" ones, but he would order the proper V/H ones I need and give them to me for the same price (normally, they are $4-5 more a tire).
However, since then it seems there has been some other suggestions on tires from others. Looking through these recent posts in this thread, this is a summary of what my options are:
Primacy MXV4 (215/50-17s) - $800ish/175.99 per tire (good for tire noise)
Toyo Versado LX (used in an '05 EX 4 - I assume ok in w/ my car) - $150 a tire
Bridgestone Potenza G019 Grid tires (used in '03 LX Coupe - assume ok w/ my car) - $100 each (better w/ light snow and cornering than republic ensigns)
Yokohama Avid H4s (used w/ 2005 4 cyl. EX, assume ok w/ my car)
Bridgestone Serenity - smooth as OEM MIchelin, better wet traction, but heavier
Whatever tires I go with, I would get them all mounted at walmart because it would only cost me $7.50 + $3.50 (<-- this one's the actual mounting fee) a tire to have lifetime balance and rotation. I think if there's no specials or deals (when I first bought my G009s, there was a Bridgestone rebate going on and I got price matches done which made the final price relatively low), I'll go with the mastercraft tires. But if there's something good out there, maybe I can get something else. Thoughts?
#4634 of 5868 Re: Replacing all four tires in my 2004 Accord EX 4 cylinder sedan [srizvi1
May 18, 2009 (5:25 pm)
I would lean towards the Bridgestone or Yokohama myself. I think the G009 is about the best all around tire they make in the grandma size (205/60R16 vs the much more popular/common 205/55R16) for the Accord EX 4 cylinder.
Mastercraft sounds like more of a house brand tire. Michelin, Bridgestone, and Goodyear are kind of the tier 1 manufacturers. Hankook, Khumo, BFG, and maybe Cooper are tier 2, and then there are tier 3 and house brands. Futura is Pep Boys house brand for example (although its made by someone else for them).
You might want to check out tirerack.com and see the ratings they provide on various tires. The can drop ship them to your house or the installer as well.
#4635 of 5868 Re: Replacing all four tires in my 2004 Accord EX 4 cylinder sedan [srizvi1]
May 18, 2009 (5:43 pm)
Mastercraft tires are cheap, and they perform that way. I would only buy Mastercraft tires for a car, if I was going to sell it soon, or if the car was worth less than the tires. They were on my used truck when I bought it. They don't ride smooth, are not quiet, and not very good on wet surfaces either. People who think "A tire is a tire" buy Mastercraft.
#4636 of 5868 Re: Replacing all four tires in my 2004 Accord EX 4 cylinder sedan [srizvi1]
May 18, 2009 (7:18 pm)
Check out Discount Tire. I've have good luck with them and they carry several different brands for your car.
#4637 of 5868 Power Windows Click 05' accord 4-door
May 18, 2009 (10:41 am)
Nothing really happened. The power windows just won't work. The Driver's window works fine. The other three just click and do nothing, they will not work from the driver door or the actual door. If i put the window lock on, I hear no click. With the lock off, i hear the click but no movement. no motor sound or anything, just a click. they were working fine an hour before, when I got back in the car, this started. No noises or anything....is there a code or something that I might have triggered on accident? I can't see all 3 going out simultaneously.
When I use the remote to roll the windows down, only the driver window goes down.
#4638 of 5868 Re: Will be replacing 5W-30 Mobil 1 oil w/ 5W-20 in my 2004 Accord [srizvi1]
May 19, 2009 (8:20 pm)
haha... you put 5W-30 in it yet?
Again, Manufacturers are using 5W-20 or 0W-20 because they want slightly better fuel economy.
Look at pennzoil website for Civic in Japan, they recommend 5W-30... but they recommend 5W-20 for the US.
#4641 of 5868 Instrument cluster lighting problems
May 28, 2009 (10:49 am)
I have a 2006 Accord SE. when I put my lights on at night the light on my cluster knobs (i.e. radio and climate control ) goes very dim and the little map light doesn't work. I bought this to my local Honda dealer and they are not sure of the problem. they changed the cluster, but this didn't work. Now they want me to pay to check various electrical things. I was just wondering if any of you have this problem and if you have any suggestion to fix this? thanks.
May 28, 2009 (12:43 pm)
the most obvious thing to cehck is if you have the brightness switch turned down, although I have no idea what that would have to do with the map light!