Originally posted by eb_5litre
I chose Khumo for the ECSTA 712's. Excellent silicon tyre in wet and dry conditions. Very quiet to drive on and have lasted me over a year (I average around 50,000k's/year) and are still going strong with about 25% tread left. The best part is they only cost me $175 per tyre (235/45/17).
The Kumho ECSTA 712 is a great tyre, and definately the best value for money on the market. People really miss out on a bargain because they say "it's Korean, so it must be shit".
It's come 2nd or 3rd in a few big U.S. customer satisfaction tyre surveys in the last few years, and if you've ever watched the MG one-make series that is on the V8Supercar support program, you've seen the semi-slick version of this tyre in action.
I only got 30,000km out of my last set, but that included a Wakefield Park supersprint day, a day at Queensland Raceway and 20 very hard laps of Oran Park with my car in the hands of an ex-Super Tourer driver as we sorted the suspension. On top of all that, I got 18 months of regular day-to-day driving out of this set of rubber.
All-in-all, I think they're a pretty good bet when you're looking for your next set of tyres.