Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Sydney, Australia
Re: Tyre purchasing - New tyres for the Zetec after 45,000km
Matt, those Goodyears are rubbish. Don't know why you're bothering. The prices you're getting quoted are down right ludicrous as well. Shame you're now in Melbourne as I would've sorted you out in Sydney.
The Precedas are nice and a lot better than the NCTs. There are two types of F1, the GS-D2 and GS-D3, the GS-D2 is the tyre that is on the 17" option on the Focus. I don't agree that it's soft, you'd probably get the same kind of mileage. The GS-D3 is softer and would probably give you 30,000. You get what you pay for in the end with tyres... I would've thought you would want more grip and better performance with your style rather than super long mileage.
That is, even a GS-D3 would still last 30,000km with enthusiastic driving.
My recommendations would be:
- Best budget tyre, hands down, the Sumitomo HTRZ II+ at around $165 - have a lot of experience on this tyre and it is a seirously fun and cheap tyre.
I got some prices for you in Sydney. This should be what you should be getting down there too, if you ring around:
Potenza GIII - $200 - good value tyre. Perform well, not too aggresively sporty, like the RE711 that it replaced. It will last longer than the RE711 ever did, but doesn't quite grip as well.
Goodyear NCT 5s - $180 - that's just stupid, IMO. Sure, they last a bit longer, but I think they're over priced for what they are.
Michelin Precedas $220 - they're good. I'm hearing mixed opinions on wet weather performance though.
Dunlop Direzza - $200 - would be between this and the Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3 if it were me.