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#350 of 436 Re: Tires for Mazda3 [autonomous]
May 06, 2011 (8:05 am)
Our 2007 Mazda 3 has been driven almost entirely by our 20 year-old daughter, ever since she got her license the day after she turned 16. In terms of miles driven, I would guess overall it's seen about 70% highway, 20% suburban (35-45-ish) and 10% city (30 and under, w/stop and go). With the odometer at just under 50,000 miles we are just on to our second set of tires, but I have put winter tires on the vehicle each season, from about Dec. 1 to March 15. As far as our daughter's driving style goes, we can only hope it's not TOO aggressive! And she better not be driving and texting at the same time, like we constantly warn her about!!!
#351 of 436 alignment , tire change etc.
May 06, 2011 (8:31 am)
Much of the driving done in my mazda 3 has been highway.
The issue is not one of alignment: the design of the vehicle itself has the wheels at a negative camber. The wheels are set up just off perpendicular- with the lower half of the tire being further away from the car than the upper part of the time. so it slants out a bit- sort of like those home made go-carts I used to make....
Mazda says that this is to give better traction on the road when taking corners. HOwever, Mazda admits that this negative camber definitely leads to uneven wear relative to the inner and outer edges of the tires. They DO wear out faster. Mazda dealers have admitted to this. I have been told by the Mazda people that the Mazda 3 was designed to be a local commuter car- not good for long distance driving. They will sell you an aftermarket stabilizer bar at 600 bucks to counter the effects of the negative camber. They insist that you change and rotate/or the tires at every 12- 18 000 miles.
The best tires for the mazda 3 for highway driving seems to be those michelon pilot Sport A/S.
#352 of 436 Re: Tires for Mazda3 [shipo]
May 06, 2011 (1:59 pm)
Now with mileage in the low to mid forty-thousand mile range, all for tires are so evenly worn from shoulder to shoulder it's difficult to identify any one tire or any one spot on one tire that is more worn than the rest. All this with only the occasional fifteen-thousand mile "front-to-rear" rotation.
Your Michelin Pilot Sport A/S tires served you well.
#353 of 436 Re: Tires for Mazda3 [mrgrey]
May 06, 2011 (2:17 pm)
I'm personally very aggressive, having learned to drive in NY. I think my wife also is aggressive - you really have to be in DC. I have not noticed any unusual or uneven wear, but I'd say this is more of an alignment factor than a driving style factor.
Agreed, alignment is a big factor in unusual tire wear. However, I believe a driving style that is not smooth (example, jack rabbit starts, frequent emergency stopping, abrupt turning) eventually shows up in tire wear. I suspect many of us Mazda drivers see "aggressive driving" as "fun driving".
#354 of 436 Re: Tires for Mazda3 [JBaumgart]
May 06, 2011 (2:18 pm)
And she better not be driving and texting at the same time, like we constantly warn her about!!!
Thank you from the rest of us on the road!
Our 2007 Mazda 3 ... seen about 70% highway, 20% suburban (35-45-ish) and 10% city (30 and under, w/stop and go) ... odometer at just under 50,000 miles ... on to our second set of tires, but I have put winter tires on the vehicle each season, from about Dec. 1 to March 15.
So, with winter tires for 4 years, would you calculate that the original summer tires have had over or under 40K of usage?
#355 of 436 Re: Tires for Mazda3 [autonomous]
May 08, 2011 (7:06 am)
"So, with winter tires for 4 years, would you calculate that the original summer tires have had over or under 40K of usage?" (automomous)
With the changeover each fall and spring I really didn't keep track, but if I had to guess I would say the original Goodyears didn't quite make 30,000. I happened to have those same tires on a previous vehicle that I owned (an Infiniti FX45) and I would guess they only lasted around 30,000 miles on that one also.
#356 of 436 Re: Tires for Mazda3 [JBaumgart]
May 09, 2011 (2:06 pm)
original Goodyears didn't quite make 30,000
Seems like the OEM Goodyears are not stellar from a point of durability.
#357 of 436 Re: Tires for Mazda3 [autonomous]
May 10, 2011 (1:15 am)
Especially so when you consider that many Mazda3s shod with the Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires don't even go 20,000 miles on the original set.
#358 of 436 Toyo Winter tires for Mazda3
Jul 25, 2011 (12:34 pm)
I just bought a set of four Toyo Garit 205/55/16 H winter tires. They seem up for the job, but I was wondering what others thought of them. Does anyone else out there have them?
#359 of 436 Re: Toyo Winter tires for Mazda3 [autonomous]
Jul 25, 2011 (7:35 pm)
I haven't heard anything bad about Toyos; I think they will work fine.