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#1 of 435 Replacement tires for 2003 Accord V-6
Oct 20, 2006 (12:37 pm)
Honda dealer says replacement tires must be the Micheliin designed specially for the 2003 Honda Accord V-6 or handling will suffer.
Sounds strange. Those tires are $265 ea. I need 4 and invite comments/suggestions re a less exspensive solution. Many thanks!
#2 of 435 Re: Replacement tires for 2003 Accord V-6 [bill59]
Oct 20, 2006 (12:50 pm)
Um, any tire that meets the size, speed, and weight rating should be OK.
Try any of the following:
#3 of 435 Re: Replacement tires for 2003 Accord V-6 [robr2]
Oct 20, 2006 (4:12 pm)
The MXV4 Michelins are not bad tires, but dry road handling is not their strong point. Check out the ratings on tirerack.com, and choose the ones that suit your style of driving. Some people want performance, some want smooth and quiet, and some want the happy medium. There are definitely better tires out there for less than $200 a piece.
#4 of 435 Re: Replacement tires for 2003 Accord V-6 [bill59]
Oct 21, 2006 (12:05 pm)
Assuming for the sake of argument that you wish to use the exact same replacement tire that Honda mounted at the factory (and these are not custom made for Honda, by the way), the worst place you can purchase tires is through an automobile dealership. Even tire shops will usually cut you some slack from the factory list price. And, I'd be willing to bet cash money that even a mediocre tire shop's people know more about properly mounting and balancing tires than whoever's unlucky enough to be tagged at the automobile dealership to mount and balance your car's new replacement shoes. Why? Because that's a tire shop's primary business. Unless an auto dealership does a LOT of tire business, I question whether they have any stock to speak of. Tires are large which means they take up limited real estate that could be better put to use for parts and supplies that move more frequently. I'll speculate it's more likely the dealership will send a go-fer out in the lot pickup to retrieve tires from a local distributor once the work invoice is cut.
#5 of 435 Re: Replacement tires for 2003 Accord V-6
Oct 21, 2006 (8:02 pm)
All throughout the manual it refers to only Honda parts. Under tire maintenance in the notices, it also says to “Use only genuine Honda wheel weights for balancing”. It says “Improper wheel weights can damage your vehicle’s aluminum wheels”.
I have never heard of Honda making weights! I have always gone to a tire store, picked out tires based on my needs and the ratings of the tires (traction, temperature, wear, etc.) and will continue to do so!
#6 of 435 Re: Replacement tires for 2003 Accord V-6 [magicpsn]
Oct 21, 2006 (9:14 pm)
They all seem to be using the square stick-on weights now (tire shops and dealers), on the alloy wheels. I know both my local dealer, and local Goodyear do.
#7 of 435 Re: Replacement tires for 2003 Accord V-6 [magicpsn]
Oct 23, 2006 (6:12 am)
Honda has wheel weights made to their specification. They seem to have some type of coating on them to prevent corrosion.
That doesn't mean that the weight used by a tire shop aren't just as good.
Personally, I like the stick on weights and have them applied to the inside only for a neater appearance.
#8 of 435 Re: Replacement tires for 2003 Accord V-6 [robr2]
Oct 23, 2006 (6:21 am)
I have been doing lots of research, much of it confusing. I am simply looking to replace the tires currently on the car with four tires that will fnction well in rain, snow(I live in the Northeast) that will handle and ride well and make as little noise as possible. The best bets seem to be "H" rated tires, although those on the car and recommended by Honda are V rated. Any thoughts on one or two possibilities? Many thanks!
#9 of 435 Re: Replacement tires for 2003 Accord V-6 [robr2]
Oct 23, 2006 (8:03 am)
)) "Personally, I like the stick on weights and have them applied to the inside only for a neater appearance." ((
Contrary to what mama always told me, neatness doesn't always count. If you have a smooth rolling Accord at any speed with balancing weights only applied to the inside area of the wheels, then pat yourself on the shoulder and accept my sincere "Attaboy" for being one lucky son of a gun. Due to inevitable manufacturing inconsistencies with belt positioning irregularities, and unpredictable flow of gooey casing and tread compounding during molding, tires often end up needing to be balanced in two planes.
#10 of 435 Re: Replacement tires for 2003 Accord V-6 [ray_h1]
Oct 23, 2006 (8:48 am)
For the most part, I have been lucky with stick on/tap on weights applied to the inside. Is it perfect? Not always but for the most part acceptable.
But on vehicles such as my Passat, that's the only way to balance them. Weights cannot be applied to the outside of the alloys.