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#262 of 436 My Mazda 3 has become a tire eater!!
Sep 28, 2009 (6:53 am)
Hi! Is there a problem with the Mazda3 being hard on tires. I have had two sets of Michelin tires (Harmony & Energy) become scalloped and very noisy. We were able to reduce the noise considerably on the present set (Energy) by putting a front tire on the back but I don't think the problem is solved. My other car (Toyota Camry 2007) has the same tires and they ride noiselessly.
Thanks for any suggestions or advice.
#263 of 436 Re: My Mazda 3 has become a tire eater!! [adsett]
Sep 28, 2009 (8:20 am)
What year is your Mazda3?
FWIW, I have a 2009 Mazda3 i that came with 205/50 R17 Goodyear Eagle RS-A that had such horrible reviews that I replaced them with a set of Michelin Pilot Sport A/S tires when the car h ad 714 miles on the clock. The good news (for me at least) is that the Michelins still look practically new after 20,000 miles. I don't know if my experience differs from yours due to the different tires, a different suspension setup on my model year of car, or both.
Keep us posted.
#264 of 436 Mazda 3 Tires
Nov 06, 2009 (4:14 pm)
Has anyone tried out the Nokian WRG2 205 50 17 tires on thier Mazda 3 .Just wondering.They look like a good tire.Thanks for any info.
#265 of 436 Higher Tire Pressure for Mazda3?
Nov 09, 2009 (10:15 am)
I recently bought a 2007 Mazda3 hatchback (have wanted one for quite a while - what a great car, I'm loving it already!). I have a general tire question:
The tires are 205/50R17 Bridgestone, with max pressure rating of 51 psi. I see that Mazda recommends tire pressure of 32 psi, and that's about where they're set. (And the TPMS, which my car has, is set to around that same value I think),
This default pressure of 32 seems really low to me. In other cars, I've always preferred higher tire pressures, closer to the max rating; it gives a harsher ride, sharper steering, better mileage, and it's debatable whether it increases the wear on the tire.
Does anyone else here use higher tire pressures for normal driving? If so, what value are you using?
#266 of 436 Re: Higher Tire Pressure for Mazda3? [psdm1]
Nov 09, 2009 (12:31 pm)
I typically tend to run my tire pressure a few pounds above the manufacturer's recommendation, and in my Mazda3 I use 36. I don't like going much above that as the suspensions are designed to use the tires for a limited amount of shock absorption and when the pressure is too high, ball joints, struts and various other pivot points and bushings tend to wear out much quicker.
#267 of 436 Re: Higher Tire Pressure for Mazda3? [shipo]
Nov 13, 2009 (3:04 pm)
run my tire pressure a few pounds above the manufacturer's recommendation, and in my Mazda3 I use 36
Ditto for my Mazda Protege5. The 32 pound setting gives a softer and less precise feeling to the ride. I would be cautious going much higher (i.e. in the 40's) for an extended period of time though.
#268 of 436 new 2009 mazda3 needs 2 new front tires ALREADY!?
Nov 28, 2009 (10:22 am)
i just bought this car on Jan 7, 2009. It has 8,300miles on it, and it already needs 2 new front tires to pass inspection... now, i didnt rotate my tires (my fault there). but should they have worn out that fast?? i dont drive like a maniac.
#269 of 436 Re: new 2009 mazda3 needs 2 new front tires ALREADY!? [fancy1]
Nov 28, 2009 (11:26 am)
If your car came with Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires, then yes, those suckers wear out quickly. Over on a different board I heard so many claims of premature wear with these tires before I bought my 2009 Mazda3 that I opted ti order a new set of Michelin Pilot Sport A/S tires the day I bought my car and had the RS-As yanked after only 714 miles. FWIW, those tires now have almost 22,000 miles on them and aren't even half gone yet.
#270 of 436 Re: new 2009 mazda3 needs 2 new front tires ALREADY!? [fancy1]
Dec 02, 2009 (3:43 pm)
8,300miles ... needs 2 new front tires ... didnt rotate my tires (my fault there). but should they have worn out that fast?
You're right on both counts: you should rotate your tires and regular tires should last longer than 10,000 miles or one year. Good luck with your next set (which I guess will not be Eagle RS-A tires). You may want to consider biting the bullet and getting a set of 4 new tires like Shipo did.
#271 of 436 Re: new 2009 mazda3 needs 2 new front tires ALREADY!? [autonomous]
Dec 02, 2009 (3:52 pm)
my son's only lasted 6000 miles!