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Josh M.
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posted October 18, 2000 09:51 AM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Hey gang,

I'm in the process of trying to narrow down a set of all seasons for my fiancee's '94 Jetta (185 or 195/60-14). I'm a BIG believer in snow tires over all-seasons for the winter, but we're really strapped for money right now due to our upcoming wedding.

She really needs tires badly, so I'm trying to get around buying snows, and then another set of all-seasons in April, which is just a month before the wedding.

So, preferably based on experience (I already read the Tirerack reviews), please let me know which of the tires below, or one you'd recommend, would be best for the snow:

BF Goodrich Comp or Touring T/A HR4
Firestone SH30
Bridgestone RE910

Thanks so much,
Josh Martin
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Lean
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posted October 18, 2000 06:01 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Out of these three:
Best BFG HR4
OK SH30
Bad Bridgestone 910

You might consider Continental Contact CH95 better snow traction then the tires mentioned.

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Josh M.
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posted October 19, 2000 09:49 AM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Thanks for your response! I wasn't too sure on the Bridgestones, either. I'll check out the Continentals, too.

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hiwayman17
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posted October 19, 2000 05:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hiwayman17   Click Here to Email hiwayman17     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I know some people may laugh at the recommendations of Consumer Reports, but they rated the following tires as "excellent" for snow traction:

BFGoodrich T/A M65
Kelly Springfield Navigator Gold
Goodyear Reatta2
General Ameri-G4S

Rated "very good" for snow traction were:
Yokohama Aegis LS4
Dunlog D65T Touring
Sears(Goodyear) Weatherhandler LS

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Josh M.
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posted October 20, 2000 10:53 AM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Highwayman,

Thanks for your response. I'm not always that keen on CReports, but when it's the only option left, I'll take it. Before I order I'll probably get TireRack's opinion too, but it looks like the BFG's are the way to go. No one has yet to say anything bad about them. Funny thing (to me at least) is that they seem like such a basic out-dated design. Oh well, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Thanks again everyone!

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hiwayman17
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posted October 20, 2000 08:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hiwayman17   Click Here to Email hiwayman17     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I also don't agree with alot of what Consumer Reports does and says. I still haven't figured out the purpose of rating beer! But with the tire test, at least they try to be intelligent and objective. And like you said, there isn't really alot of tire information out there besides what the tire companies put out there.

I emailed Discount Tire to ask about the availability of the Yokohama Aegis and was told it was a great tire to consider. I also emailed Tire Rack, and while they offered no comment about that tire, I was told they will have it in stock by the end of the month.

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Magoo
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posted November 08, 2000 03:30 AM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Josh M.:
Hey gang,

I'm in the process of trying to narrow down a set of all seasons for my fiancee's '94 Jetta (185 or 195/60-14). I'm a BIG believer in snow tires over all-seasons for the winter, but we're really strapped for money right now due to our upcoming wedding.

She really needs tires badly, so I'm trying to get around buying snows, and then another set of all-seasons in April, which is just a month before the wedding.

So, preferably based on experience (I already read the Tirerack reviews), please let me know which of the tires below, or one you'd recommend, would be best for the snow:

BF Goodrich Comp or Touring T/A HR4
Firestone SH30
Bridgestone RE910

Thanks so much,
Josh Martin
synthcomposer@excite.com


Hi, Josh,
A few years ago, I had a set of the BFG Comp T/A HR4's on a '92 Talon and on an '88 Cavalier Z24. They were by no means the best tires out there, but for the price (i.e. mid-range $ for all-season performance tires) they were a pretty decent all-around tire. Pretty grippy in wet/dry conditions, but for snow, they were about 'mediocre' (but should get you by in a crunch). They have a fairly agressive tread pattern, & wear quite well. Don't know much about the other two, but I think the BFG's are a more agressive tire.

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Marco
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posted November 12, 2000 12:50 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I've check out most of the suggestions recommended above and found decent reviews on them. However, I also found great reviews on the Firestone Firehawk SH30. With all the controversy surrounding Firestone, I'm a bit apprehensive. Has anyone heard anything negative about these. Tirerack has a pretty good review on these and I'm leaning toward purchasing them.

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Bullfrog
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posted November 12, 2000 08:34 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I've been using SH30s for 12000 miles. These tires are great. They ride smooth, stay quiet when you push them in bends and grip the road in the wet. I've never had them hydoplane. Even after the 12000 miles I have on them they show next to no wear. I plan to put a set on my other car when its MXV4s wear out. As far as the Firestones and the quality issue, yeah the Firehawk tires are made at the Decatur Ill. plant the same plant that turned out a lot of the bad SUV tires but its also the plant that makes the tires that are used by all the C.A.R.T racing teams and you don't see any of these tires failing at 200 mph. Not to say that they are the same but that some very good tires can be made by Firestone at this plant.

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Joseph
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posted November 13, 2000 05:38 AM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Josh
I to am a strong believer in snow's for the winter versus all season for the safest ride and best traction. So I have to ask - where do you live? How much snow will you encounter in connection with the amount of driving you/your fiancee' will be doing. I'm with you on the financial perspective 1000%, though it is a comprimise I would more closely evaluate. Also, no one has mentioned it (which is good), about considering 2 snow's and 2 All Seasons - more dangerous then 4 all seasons. Just thought I wouldl through out a quick reality check since all posts so far have been about selecting a suitable all season instead of snow's.

Anyway, if light to moderate snow and volume of driving are the case, go for the all seasons. If not...maybe some one will consider an early wedding present, they give tires for gifts at baby showers now!

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