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#2202 of 2226 Re: Tires on 2009 Mazda6 [sedmund]
Sep 01, 2010 (5:29 pm)
I have the same model year mazda6 GT-I4, similar mileage as yours and with exactly the same problem. How the heck do 2 wheels end up bent? my tire store told me the same thing. The tire noise now almost sounds like a wheel bearing gone bad. I did notice that if I put the bad ones on the rear, the noise is reduced but not eliminated, but when I rotate the tires it is back. I bought bridgestone blizzak snow tires when I bought the car 2 years ago, and I get them mounted on the same 18 inch rims every winter, but I cannot see how that could have caused the issue. It sounds more like a bad design either on the rim or tire. Rims and tires are expensive, I do not want to have to buy new rims. Would mazda cover something like this by the warranty?
#2203 of 2226 Re: Tires on 2009 Mazda6 [jkobty2]
Oct 03, 2010 (2:23 pm)
Surprised to hear that some are not happy with the Michelins that came on their 6's.. My '09 now has 27K miles of which the Michelins were on the car for approx. 24K and they are wearing just fine; they should last for another 8K or more.. But I've owned Yokohamas in the recent past and was very happy with them regarding mileage, quietness, and snow traction. I'll definitely look at Yoko's first when the Michelins are worn out.
Re: snow tires, I opted for Bridgestone Blizzaks with aftermarket alloy rims for the 6 prior to last winter. I also went down one inch in rim size, from 17 to 16 (205/65-16), to get a slightly larger contact patch as well as possibly a slightly less harsh ride. Maybe because the snows are a little thicker/harder, they didn't seem any less harsh than the OEM 17's.. The Blizzaks worked really well although they aren't the best for long life. In going to that size there aren't many choices.
For those who have mentioned Continentals, 6 years ago we bought a Toyota Matrix XR that came with Conti's and in just 11K miles I had to replace 2 of them due to tread wear. Since the other two were like new, I bought two more Contis. Big mistake. They also wore out in 11K miles. I then tried another brand, which I forgot, which only lasted 16K miles. I then bought Avons from Tirerack and they already have more than 20K and still have 1/3 of their tread and have better traction and steering response than the Contis for about a third LESS money..!! What gets me is that the Matrix is NOT a performance car and tires should last FAR longer than 11K miles. And the Contis cost the same as Michelins... I'll never buy them again..
#2204 of 2226 Re: Tires on 2009 Mazda6 [microrepair]
Oct 03, 2010 (2:48 pm)
I just recently bought a new set of tires of my mazda 6 '09, they worn out quickly, they only last 18K, I just paid 300 dls for the set of 4, the rest Michelin paid it. I think, the roads in Mexico were the reason the tires worn out quickly. Michelin energy MXV4 S8 are too noisy and doesn't have the grip needed for the car. Now, the new set of Michelin MXV4 ( not energy) are a lot better, more grip and more quiet.
#2205 of 2226 Re: Noise [jkobty2]
Jan 09, 2011 (9:37 pm)
I actually had to have the front, driver's side wheel bearing changed a little after 1,000 miles on mine last year. You might want to have it checked out...
#2206 of 2226 Re: Noise [ohblue]
Jan 23, 2011 (11:03 am)
Actually the problem turned out to be a bad alignment on one of my front tyres. The dealer where I bought my car (Erin mills mazda in mississauga) offered a free alignment under warranty before my car reached 20,000 km
so I let them do it (bad idea) and they messed up. one of my tyres now has what is called scalloping and is the reason for all the noise. Now that I switched to my winter tyres the noise is completely gone. I also switched dealerships, QEW Mazda is the best, they fixed my alignment for free. Moral of the story is, pick your dealer carefully.
#2207 of 2226 Re: Tires on 2009 Mazda6 [des5]
Mar 02, 2011 (10:15 pm)
Checking back here to see if there are any experiences that someone can share regarding the Continental DWS or the Yoko Envigor's as those are the two in my short list now. I rode one more winter season on my snows and it's time for me to replace my regular tires. I asked my local tire dealer and he doesn't recommend DWS as he says that quite a few people complain about that tire (vibrations, too soft etc). I would appreciate if anyone can share their positive/negative experiences about the above 2 tires.
#2208 of 2226 Re: Tires on 2009 Mazda6 [sedmund]
Mar 03, 2011 (7:29 pm)
I put the DWS on my 6s GT about 2,000 miles ago and am completely satisfied with them.
They track straight, no vibrations, fairly quiet, and pretty good in the snow for an all season tire. Very good in the rain.
They handle great. Too soft? Time will tell I guess.
For what it's worth, they are a good looking tire too.
#2209 of 2226 Re: Tires on 2009 Mazda6 [venture]
Mar 03, 2011 (9:55 pm)
Thanks venture. I presume you bought the 18" tires for your s GT, may I ask where did you buy from and how much did you end up paying?
#2210 of 2226 Re: Tires on 2009 Mazda6 [sedmund]
Mar 05, 2011 (2:11 am)
Yes, they are 18". Same size as what came on the car. I got them in central PA.
I paid approx. $940 (I have the receipt here somewhere) mounted, balanced, new valves, tax. They put nitrogen in them too; which they do with all their tires. I didn't care about the nitrogen, but it was part of the package.
The best part, to me, is the handling.
I would absolutely buy them again based on the 2,000 miles that I have had them. Obviously I will have to wait to be able to say that after 10 or 20,000 miles. The reviews at Tire Rack are favorable.
#2211 of 2226 Re: Tires on 2009 Mazda6 [venture]
Mar 07, 2011 (7:29 pm)
Thanks venture! I ordered mine, will post feedback here when I get 'em installed.