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Old 01-15-2006, 17:01   #1 (permalink)
James
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Re: Cheap Korean tires


Victor Smith wrote:
> On 15 Jan 2006 09:08:46 -0800, "James" <j0069bond@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
> >My question is not so much if Kumho make good tires. Question is the
> >Kumho ECSTA 711 tire. It's the cheapest in Kumho which have tires in
> >the same size that cost more than twice as much. Are the Kumho ECSTA
> >711 cheap for advertising purposes or are they cheap because ihey are
> >not as good as the expensive Kumho tires?

>
>
> I always go to tiretack.com before putting new tires on my cars.
> http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....odel=ECSTA+711
> has 689 reviews of the ECSTA 711 by owners of the tire.
> You can filter by vehicle to get reviews that relate to your specific
> car, and that's important.
> Tires which may are great on one type car may be dogs on another type.
> Then make a judgement of the info. Some reviews are informational
> and believable, some aren't.
>
> --Vic


The reviews that worries me are the complaints about poor wet
traction. I don't drive fast enough to worry about blow outs.

Really hate it when the only tires for your car are high performance
tires which are not allowed to be repaired. You get a flat, you've
bought a new tire. Guess road hazzard package is now a good buy.

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Old 01-15-2006, 19:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Cheap Korean tires

On 15 Jan 2006 15:48:07 -0800, "James" <j0069bond@hotmail.com> wrote:


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>The reviews that worries me are the complaints about poor wet
>traction. I don't drive fast enough to worry about blow outs.
>

Tread wear garnered a lot of complaints too. But those reviewers
reporting back after putting only 200 miles on the tire had no such
complaints. Some of the 200-milers say it's "the best tire I ever
had." Go figure.

>Really hate it when the only tires for your car are high performance
>tires which are not allowed to be repaired. You get a flat, you've
>bought a new tire. Guess road hazzard package is now a good buy.


What car is that? My kid who worked in a tire shop says you can get
standard rated tires for just about any car. He replaced the z-rated
tires that came on my daughter's Mitsu with a standard rating, but she
kept the low-profile for the looks.
But if you're not performance oriented and don't care about the looks,
you can get smaller rims and a higher profile.
What's nice about that is you have now "customized" your car, and
rid yourself of the tire replacement problem all at once.
The Lumina I'm driving had a broken tail light assembly when I bought
it. The assembly spans the entire width of the tail.
The kid went to a couple boneyards and there were no Lumina assemblies
there. But he did find a perfect Monte Carlo assembly, and knew it
would fit. So my Lumina's ass looks like a Monte's ass.
It's a custom ass.
It's cool if you give it any thought, which I don't except right now.
And it was 35 bucks like-new Monte versus 160 bucks brand-new Lumina.
I figure being frugal sometimes just leads to cool.
Of course the kid spent time roaming boneyards. He loves it.
But maybe you think your car looks cool just the way it is.

--Vic
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Old 01-17-2006, 19:01   #3 (permalink)
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Anyway I got a pair of them from TireRack today. The place I got them
mounted told me I could have brought from them for about the same total
price. Unless you're buying at the TireRack store, you end up paying
for freight and installation which eats up the price advantage. Buying
from a local mom & pop tire store also have the advantage of not
waiting for freight.

If I get new rims I'll not give the 711 but a tire with a rim protector
design.

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Old 01-17-2006, 19:01   #4 (permalink)
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James wrote:
> Anyway I got a pair of them from TireRack today. The place I got them
> mounted told me I could have brought from them for about the same total
> price. Unless you're buying at the TireRack store, you end up paying
> for freight and installation which eats up the price advantage. Buying
> from a local mom & pop tire store also have the advantage of not
> waiting for freight.


Buying from the local mom and pop can also mean buying a brand that
might have not been your first choice. Even with freight and
installation, I saved $60 and got the tires I wanted, not the tires
they wanted to sell me.

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Old 01-17-2006, 20:01   #5 (permalink)
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I'm talking the exact same 205 50 16 Kumho 711. Of course there are
lots of tire sellers around the low rent district here. $65 installed
at mom & pop, $50 + expenses at TireRack. Even Walmart charge $10 to
mount and balance.

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Old 01-18-2006, 08:01   #6 (permalink)
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trestonklease@yahoo.com wrote:
> James wrote:
>
>>Anyway I got a pair of them from TireRack today. The place I got them
>>mounted told me I could have brought from them for about the same total
>>price. Unless you're buying at the TireRack store, you end up paying
>>for freight and installation which eats up the price advantage. Buying
>>from a local mom & pop tire store also have the advantage of not
>>waiting for freight.

>
>
> Buying from the local mom and pop can also mean buying a brand that
> might have not been your first choice. Even with freight and
> installation, I saved $60 and got the tires I wanted, not the tires
> they wanted to sell me.
>


I always buy from the local mom & pop store because they give good
service. If they don't have what I want they will get it for me and it
will still cost less than tirerack.
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Old 02-03-2006, 21:01   #7 (permalink)
megan.hines@gmail.com
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After my initial set of Tiger Paws on my Focus went, I put on some
Sumitomo Srixon4 (from TireRack), which only lasted 60,000 with regular
changing. The Tiger Paws though, only lasted me about 40,000. They
were chopping even though I was changing them as suggested.

When I just replaced the Srixon4's, I wanted something comparable but
thought about another set based on Consumer Reports tire reviews, and
settled on Yokohama Avid TRZ. They have a great warranty and because
my local shop was out of them and tried to bait and switch me into the
lower quality Yoko's, they gave me free balance/rotation for their
life.

So, I have had pretty good luck with random Korean brands.. and you
might find them locally instead of on TireRack, and get your free
rotation at least. Lots of local shops will install tires you have
shipped to them but they may not spring for the free rotation....


George wrote:
> trestonklease@yahoo.com wrote:
> > James wrote:
> >
> >>Anyway I got a pair of them from TireRack today. The place I got them
> >>mounted told me I could have brought from them for about the same total
> >>price. Unless you're buying at the TireRack store, you end up paying
> >>for freight and installation which eats up the price advantage. Buying
> >>from a local mom & pop tire store also have the advantage of not
> >>waiting for freight.

> >
> >
> > Buying from the local mom and pop can also mean buying a brand that
> > might have not been your first choice. Even with freight and
> > installation, I saved $60 and got the tires I wanted, not the tires
> > they wanted to sell me.
> >

>
> I always buy from the local mom & pop store because they give good
> service. If they don't have what I want they will get it for me and it
> will still cost less than tirerack.


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