Last post on Jul 16, 2012 at 8:50 AM
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#1 of 6 2013 Elantra Original Equipment Tires
Jul 14, 2012 (6:54 pm)
My 2013 Elantra GLS Sedan has the Hankook P205/55R16 89H tires.
I was curious if all the Elantra's are equipped with the same tires or if there are different types depending on where the car originated.
My Elantra came from the Korea Plant but do the cars that originate from the Alabama Plant have the same tires?
The owner of the dealership told me that with the increased production at the Alabama Plant about 60% of the Elantra's sold in the US come from the Alabama Plant with the balance coming from Korea,
#2 of 6 Re: 2013 Elantra Original Equipment Tires [sunstate2013]
Jul 15, 2012 (3:17 am)
For many years on the Elantra the OEM tires were either Hankook Optimo H426 or Kumho Solus KH16. The Kumho is a much better tire. The H426 is a frighteningly bad tire in any snow or ice. It is amazing that Hankook makes such a miserable OEM tire, when the H727 is an outstanding tire. I tried to get the dealer to swap out my tires with some Kumhos on their lot from another Elantra, but they are not allowed to do that (so they say). I left the H426's on for 2 years and then got rid of them before the third winter set in.
#3 of 6 Re: 2013 Elantra Original Equipment Tires [sunstate2013]
Jul 15, 2012 (7:23 am)
Check your trunk. You don't have a spare tire.
#4 of 6 Re: 2013 Elantra Original Equipment Tires [rudy66]
Jul 15, 2012 (10:24 am)
Well aware of the no spare tire and knew it well before purchase. At first it caused some concern but after thinking about, after almost 45 years of being a licensed driver I have never had a catastrophic failure that an inflation system wouldn't take care of on a temporary basis and that's after many cross country trips from FL. to CA and back. I have had punctures too large to repair once the debris was removed but you certainly don't want to remove any debris until you are in a secure location. Of course I never have run my car tires up to the point where they questionable from a traction or age standpoint. Good tires are the most important part of the safety equation.
If I were planning a long road trip that would take me into some wide open spaces I would get the spare tire kit or piece one together on my own just for added piece of mind. I know the Hyundai Dealers sell a spare tire kit but it's about $240 which is probably $100 more than it should be.
Funny thing though, my neighbor has a new 2012 fully equipped Camaro, probably paid close to 40K for and it has an seal/inflation system as opposed to a spare tire and in looking at a number of new cars on the web it is obvious that other manufacturers are going without the traditional spare tire as well. I do think the traditional spare vs the seal/inflation system should be at the discretion of the buyer as it would be very easy for the Dealer to address at the time of purchase.
#5 of 6 Re: 2013 Elantra Original Equipment Tires [sunstate2013]
Jul 15, 2012 (10:39 am)
Amen, I am with you. I got a spare via a Hyundai sale, maybe paid too much but my concern was fooling around with a tire problem in snow or a snowstorm. I buy new tires before they fully wear down, never had a flat, but you never know........ In any case, I didn't trust the Hyundai gadget.
#6 of 6 Re: 2013 Elantra Original Equipment Tires [rudy66]
Jul 16, 2012 (8:50 am)
totally agree with comments on having a pare- even the "trailer tire" version. We had the deflated spare with the can of air/sealant in a 300ZX. Never had to use it bit carried TWO extra cans of flat seal to feel more safe.
We bought the 2012 Sonata GLS that had the trailer tire as standard equipment. Once the cars get too small the mfrs are going to eiliminate the spare for weight as much as space. The self sealing air cans are a great backup to have in your car. Ask a BMW owner about his experience with buying, fixing and replacing on the road a run flat tire. You won't want that option on any car if you have a choice.