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#209 of 436 Re: Need new tires Mazda 2006 4 dr sedan 16" [vovani]
Apr 02, 2009 (1:21 pm)
I took the RS-As off of my 2003 Mazda3 i Touring after 714 miles, that said, I ordered my new tires from TireRack the day I bought the car. Why? Primarily due to the nearly universal negative reviews on the RS-As. It turned out to be a good thing I did too, because in the week it took to get the tires and get an appointment scheduled to have them fitted, we had a fair amount of rain and snow. My complaints regarding these tires are 1) they were very twitchy and skittish on dry pavement, 2) they felt more than a bit slippery in rain, and 3) they were positively diabolical in the snow (I couldn't even get up my street one evening and had to leave the car there until the snow plow came by, and there was only an inch on the ground).
Long story short, Eagle RS-As are possibly the worst tire I've ever had on a car, and given that their price is somewhere north of $200 per tire, they could possibly be the worst deal in tires in the history of the automobile.
#210 of 436 Re: Need new tires Mazda 2006 4 dr sedan 16" [shipo]
Apr 02, 2009 (4:00 pm)
thanks for sharing your experience with your OEM tires..
however, I noticed yours was 2003 model.. is it possible that the manufacturer improved quality of the tires considerably in the 6-year timeframe due to numerous complaints from customers and push from Mazda?
anyone with 2009 model want to share their experience with OEM tires?
#211 of 436 Re: Need new tires Mazda 2006 4 dr sedan 16" [vovani]
Apr 02, 2009 (4:50 pm)
Woops! Sorry, my bad. My Mazda3 is a 2009 model purchased new in mid November of 2008.
#212 of 436 2010 mazda3 w/ oem Yokohama Avid S34D's
Apr 02, 2009 (5:16 pm)
I pick up my new 2010 tomorrow and am a little concerned about snow handling capabilities of the car/tires in Wisconsin. Luckily (or not) we may be in for a late season 6" snowfall on Sunday so I will probably find out early on if my decision to buy the "fun" mazda3 rather than the fully loaded and substantially discounted 2009 mazda tribute AWD was a poor one.
Tirerack has no reviews or test data on these new OEM tires so perhaps I will be the first.
#213 of 436 Re: 2010 mazda3 w/ oem Yokohama Avid S34D's [hiwaystar]
Apr 02, 2009 (6:45 pm)
I wouldn't sweat it; at worst you might need to buy a dedicated set of winter wheels and tires for $1000 or so. The Pirelli PZero Nero M+S all-season tires fitted on my Mazdaspeed3 worked fine in the snow and slush.
#214 of 436 Re: Need new tires Mazda 2006 4 dr sedan 16" [vovani]
Apr 13, 2009 (1:36 pm)
Are you doing something wrong? Yes, you are driving too fast. link">
#215 of 436 Re: Need new tires Mazda 2006 4 dr sedan 16" [evoi]
Apr 13, 2009 (7:08 pm)
Are you doing something wrong? Yes, you are driving too fast.
I agree; I usually keep my Mazdaspeed under 85 mph- unless I'm at the track...
#216 of 436 good budget 17" tires?
Apr 16, 2009 (12:40 pm)
I have the stock 17" Goodyear tires which came with my 2009 3i touring value.
What are some good budget tires on the market which are good in rain and snow?
We don't get a whole lot of snow and when we do, the roads get clear quickly. I am more concerned with good traction in rain, but don't want to spend an arm and a leg on new tires. Any suggestions?
#217 of 436 Re: good budget 17" tires? [sonnyrocker]
Apr 16, 2009 (12:57 pm)
I have the same car as you and I have to say that first off, there is no such a thing as a "budget" tire sold in the 205/50 R17 size. That said, if I was looking for a low cost tire in this size, the following three tires get pretty good reviews, are low cost (relatively speaking) and would make my short list (in order of which I'd most likely buy):
$104 -- Dunlop SP Sport Signature
$119 -- Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum
$113 -- Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grid
#218 of 436 Re: good budget 17" tires? [shipo]
Apr 16, 2009 (1:11 pm)
I usually replace 2 tires at a time, its easier on the wallet.