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#319 of 355 new tires for 2003 G35 coupe 6-speed
Dec 06, 2010 (1:37 pm)
I am looking for new tires to replace Michelin Pilots. Would like more of an all season rather than a high performance summer tire. Two have been recommended: Continental extremecontact DWS and Yokohama envigor. I have not been able to find any reviews for the Yokohamas but the reviews for the Contis have been positive for the G35 coupe. Anyone familiar with these tires? Any other suggestions?
#320 of 355 Re: new tires for 2003 G35 coupe 6-speed [bandit21]
Dec 06, 2010 (2:26 pm)
I researched for quite a while and wanted to switch to an all season tire too. Wound up with Bridgestone Potenza RE 960 A/S Pole Position, ultra high performance I believe. Not the cheapest, but they ranked pretty high at the time against higher priced alternatives. I have been totally pleased with them. 2004 G35 coupe auto trans.
I have had Yokos in the past on another car (Yoko Avid V4S all season), and for the price I was very happy.....just didn't find them quite as good in the snow as the Michelin Pilot A/S they replaced.
#321 of 355 Re: new tires for 2003 G35 coupe 6-speed [bandit21]
Dec 07, 2010 (7:04 pm)
I just put some Continental ExtremeContacts on my wife's 2006 G35X. We haven't had enough snow to see if they are an improvement over the Michelin Pilots I have on my 2005 G35. We have about 4,000 miles on them. The speed rating on the Continental tires is higher than average and they have a decent mileage warranty. I observed that the space between the tread is wider than the Michelin Pilots, so it should do pretty well on snow. No complaints. They stick nicely on the road and don't seem to make a lot of noise. But then they are new. It is what you would expect.
#322 of 355 Re: new tires for 2003 G35 coupe 6-speed [bankerdan]
Dec 07, 2010 (9:25 pm)
Bankerdan........there will be a "light years" improvement in the snow traction in your G35X sedan.
When I was looking two years ago in TireRack, the Continental ExtremeContact and the Bridgestones I bought (see above) were the two top ranked all-season tires in the summarized Winter categories, regardless of price. I chose the Bridgestones for my G35 RWD Coupe, and in the original offset tire sizes: P225-45-18 fronts and the P245-45-18 rears.
The Michelin Pilots (Summer tires) on my (rear wheel drive) G35 Coupe were LESS THAN USELESS IN THE SNOW as you would naturally expect. Just a dusting and the car had to be left in the garage. The best way I can describe things: like the car was riding on glare black ice covered with a thin coat of water. The car could not get out of its own way in the snow.
I liked all of the other aspects of the Michelin Summer tires, except for the price. But I live in New England and wanted to be able to drive the G Coupe year around, including the Winter months, without investing in a second set of dedicated tires and rims.
With the G Coupe's minimal overall ground clearance and the proximity of the front air dam to the pavement, I had no illusions of going out when there were over four inches of the unplowed white stuff of the ground. I just wanted to be able to safely navigate, albeit carefully, when the accumulation was lower and/or after the roads had been treated. Living in a medium populated area, the road crews take care of things in relatively short order.
In the worst of the storms I figured the car with the all-seasons might be laid up a day, worst case two before the roads were clear enough. I was not wrong and have gone two winters on the Bridgestones. Pleasantly surprised at that.
No, these all seasons were not confidence inspiring on the rear wheel drive Coupe. But they are what I would term passable and a night versus day improvement for Winter over the Michelin Summer tires..
Since you have an all-wheel-drive X, you should far ahead of me in every snow situation except stopping distances, ahead of me because of your AWD, higher ground clearance in the front, and the narrower rear tires .....then we're about even. I don't think you will be disappointed in your tire selection. In fact, you might get overly confident when you first hit the snow because of the vast improvement in the snow traction of your all-seasons versus your Michelin Summer tires.
If you read tire road tests thoroughly, you know Summer tires are better in all dry applications. What you might not know is that Summer tires for three seasons of the year are superior to all-seasons in the rain (I couldn't believe that one myself until I read it and saw the performance statistics). And in the Winter, as the temperatures drop below 44 degrees, the softer rubber compound in the Summer tires do a very respectable job adhering to the dry road. But add snow and they are useless..
The Summer tires wear faster because of their softer compound, so your all season Continentals should last longer. When it comes to ride comfort and noise, the all- seasons have the Summers beat in my opinion. I don't need to be taking the exit ramps at 55 mph in my G Coupe.....I've got another car more suitable for that. So giving up the Summer tires was a no brainer for me.
Good luck to all on your tire choices. The amount you spend does not necessarily translate necessarily into a better tire for your use. I am not trying to advertise, but I have found TireRack to be a tremendous resource researching tires before picking the finalists and getting the bang for your buck.
#323 of 355 tire monitor reset
Feb 06, 2011 (7:23 am)
I had new tires installed on my 2005 G35 coupe and now the tire monitors are not working. Is there something that I need to do?
#324 of 355 Re: tire monitor reset [Duane99]
Feb 06, 2011 (10:40 am)
I personally am too busy to try and fix what others broke. So I don't start pouring myself into the manuals, diagnosing the problem, and trying various fixes. So I can't help you with this.
When I took my G in for tires, I walked the service manager around the car to point out the pristine rims, the TPMS that worked, the condition of my car (no dings, etc.) and also observed the old tires and suspension settings worked smooth as glass up to 120!!!!! That is how I expected when I got the car back, along with the new tires. "Put the right tech on the car."
Yup, you guessed it. Three of the four rims got gouged, on the spokes no less (not merely scratched). Someone got fired, and the tire dealer had to have the rims refinished. What a pain! For me!
If the TPMS worked when you took the car in for new tires, they had better work coming back out.
The responsibility is on the tire installer. Take the car back to them and let them figure it out.......that is what you paid them to do, simply swap out the tires and return the vehicle to you otherwise unaltered. And don't wait, call them now. Or you will find them blaming you or something you did AFTER you left their shop.
Odds are they screwed up the monitors. Common problem. They may have to be replaced......on their dime.
#325 of 355 Re: tire monitor reset [Duane99]
Feb 06, 2011 (11:45 am)
I have had similar results with rotating tires. As I understand the process, a computerized gadget is required to turn off the tire pressure monitor light. Then the car needs to be retrained to recognize the readings from each tire since they are in different positions. I would try that first before replacing the whole system. I think I paid the shop $10 to do it. There are some ideas on-line as well.
Another thought, if the tire monitors are set for 35 psi and the techs put in 32, it would show up on the monitor. The shop can reset each of those at the tire to make sure it matches up with the pressure specs of the tire and the car.
Hope that proves to be an easier way to fix your problem. Let me know if it works in your case.
Sep 02, 2011 (9:12 pm)
Although I don't have a G35, I've been using the Hankook Ventus RH06 (275/45/20). The next aggressive 'Kook tire I would consider would be the EVO.
I live in Texas, and spent $$ going through Goodyear Eagle GTII's, don't waste your money. Yeah, they look good but just turn the other cheek. The GTII's are too soft for this ground.
I've use the 'Kooks at the track and they hook up nicely. Hankook has a page on Fb, and you can also go directly to the 'Kook site. They will reply to your query.
As far as price, I've been able to get price match at Disc Tire Direct, and if your a first time buyer on a set of 4, give a shout to PerformancePlusTires.com (or Net) out of Long Beach Calif.
What I need to know what is the stock tire on the G35. 225/45/19 on the front, and 225/40/19 on the back.