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#332 of 436 Re: camber tire scalloping Mazda 3 [phenom474]
Apr 18, 2011 (9:24 am)
I too live in New England and when I bought my 2009 I was a little annoyed by the fact that the Mazda3 i Touring Value Edition came with 17" wheels while the more expensive Mazda3 s Sport had 16" wheels. I wanted (and bought) the "i" and decided that if the 17s became a problem I'd worry about downsizing later. The good news is that after nearly 50,000 miles I haven't had any issues (other than replacing the junk OEM Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires after only a week).
At this point I don't forsee any change in wheel/tire size at any time in the future.
#333 of 436 Best Choice / Opinions for 3-season tire?
Apr 19, 2011 (2:49 pm)
Hello, been reading the forum and appreciate the discussions. I've got a 2004 Mazda 3i 2.0 sedan and am looking for some new tires. I run separate snows in the winter since it can get pretty nasty where I live in Southern Maine. Tire size I'm looking at is 205 55 16 and am focusing on overall value/wear, and wet weather performance/safety. Not so concerned about snow performance since I use separate tires in the winter. From the discussions here and consumer reports (prices are local quotes I could find), I'm focusing on:
- Michelin Pilot Sport A/S ($164)
- Michelin HydroEdge ($141)
- Continental ProContract ECOPLUS ($131)
- Continental Extreme contact ($124)
- Hankook Optimo H727 ($117)
Realistically, I'm focusing on the last three due to price (might consider one of the Michelin's if there's a compelling reason to). I've noticed that with the Mazda 3's lighter weight, wet/safety is the biggest priority, but I'd like them to last.
Consumer Reports seemed to favor the Mich. HydroEdge, Cont. ProContact, and the Hankook Optimo H727 for wet conditions. I'm no expert so appreciate any shared experience/advice. Thanks in advance!
#334 of 436 Re: Best Choice / Opinions for 3-season tire? [tjmazda3]
Apr 19, 2011 (3:36 pm)
Tire size I'm looking at is 205 55 16 and am focusing on overall value/wear, and wet weather performance/safety.
Is there a speed rating that you're considering? For example, would a "H" rated tire be adequate, or would you want more performance with a "V" or "W" or "Z" rated tire?
Have you checked Tire Rack? It seems to me to be the best site for tire reviews. For example, you can enter your specs and see the results or you can select the Survey Results tab and then Standard Touring All Season to find a chart listing recommendations by hundreds/thousands of users.
Tip: Buying a set of tires can save you money as many brands offer discounts for a set.
#336 of 436 Re: Tires for Mazda3 [autonomous]
Apr 19, 2011 (3:43 pm)
Here's the latest version of the list identifying suitable (+), not suitable (-) and undetermined quality of tires for the Mazda3. If you have information about other tires for the Mazda3 feel free to add to this list.
+ Michelin Pilot Sport A/S
+ Continental Extreme Contact DWS ("conditional" rating)
? Bridgestone Turanza 400 (2011 OEM)
- Goodyear Eagle RS (OEM on earlier Mazda3)
- Toyo Proxi "every report I've read ... seem(s) to be pretty negative"
#337 of 436 Re: Tires for Mazda3 [autonomous]
Apr 29, 2011 (11:37 am)
automomous, may I ask where you found this list? Interested to find out what made the rating for the Continental Extreme Contact DWS "conditional" as I run these tires (in the Spring, Summer and Fall) and have been extremely happy with them.
#338 of 436 Re: Tires for Mazda3 [JBaumgart]
Apr 29, 2011 (11:55 am)
If you check back a dozen or two posts you'll see that the "list" is kind of a project/work-in-progress of this thread. The reason the Continentals are generally well thought of but not a hard-and-fast recommendation is that given their relative newness to the market, there have yet to be any reports that the "collective" here has seen as to how well they perform as they age.
The Michelin Pilot Sport A/Ss on the other hand are a well known entity and have been around long enough to have any number of Mazda3 drivers put in excess of 50,000 miles on a single set with no complaints. Hence their top ranking.
#339 of 436 Re: Tires for Mazda3 [shipo]
May 01, 2011 (5:45 pm)
Shipo, thanks for the explanation of the conditional rating. I don't have enough miles on the Continental's to say how they wear, but as I mentioned above I am extremely please with them so far in all respects. Although I do not run them in winter here in Minnesota, choosing instead to go with a dedicated winter, they did outperform four other similar tires in this test, in the snow:
#340 of 436 Re: Tires for Mazda3 [JBaumgart]
May 01, 2011 (5:59 pm)
I just took a look at the Michelins on my Mazda3 today and contrary to my previous (apparently over-optimistic) statements, 45,000 miles looks to be about their limit. I may have a new set of Continentals on it in the next month or two.
#341 of 436 Re: camber tire scalloping Mazda 3 [phenom474]
May 02, 2011 (7:41 am)
I have a 2010 3s, which came with the 17s. I have about 32K miles on the original tires and no problems, but I put 205/60x16" winter tires on, which really helped my winter traction. I am in Massachusetts. The ride was a little softer, which was not such a bad thing and handling was softened as well but not bad. I think 16" all seasons would handle better than the winter tires, and be more resilient.