posted March 29, 2001 04:48 PM
I'm not sure about the HR4 tires, but I've been very happy with my BF Goodrich Control
T/A M80s. Here's my review:
I have been using the BF Goodrich Control T/A M80 tires for about 2 mont
hs now and they've been great. They've worked wonderfully in the snow and rain
and provide good dry traction. I have them on a 1996 Bonneville SE with anti-lo
ck brakes. I was prompted to buy them because my old tires (which were 4+ years
old) were balding and I was having trouble maneuvering in the snow. I live in
Pittsburgh, PA where there are a *lot* of hills and the snow can often be wet an
I haven't previously used the BF Goodrich tires but I had used Michelin
Rainforce MX4 tires on an '88 Cougar. The Michelins had great handling on dry r
oads but weren't very good on wet or snowy roads. They tended to lose traction
too easily when stopping or starting.
The reviews in Consumer Reports rated the BF Goodrich Control T/A M65 ti
res highly for snow traction and other reviews were also positive. I ended up g
etting the M80 version of the tire since the M65 wasn't available in the right s
ize for my car (R16).
I've been extrememly happy with them so far. I haven't noticed any more
road noise than I had before. They work well on wet roads -- I have to try rea
lly hard to get the anti-lock brakes to kick in even on a wet road going downhil
l. In early March, I was able to put them through a good snow test when driving
back from Maryland across the mountians. Most of the way through the mountains
it was snowing with about one quarter of an inch up to an inch of snow on the g
round (on the main highways like I68, it was deeper on Rt. 40). Having just got
the tires a month earlier, I was almost glad to have the snow to try them out.
When there was about 1/4 inch of snow on the road I was able to go about
55-65 mph on the highways and feel in control. At some points there was salt o
n the ground and other times I was ahead of the salt truck. Having the salt on
the road did help of course. When no one was around, I tried various maneuvers
to see whether I could change lanes and so on in a controlled but quick manner.
The tires managed it with no problem. I tried slowing quickly and accelerating
up hills. I was surprised at how hard I had to step on the brakes to get the a
nti-lock brakes to kick in. And when I accelerated up a hill (front-wheel drive
), the wheels would sometimes lose traction but I felt like I still had control.
I could even steer a bit while spinning the wheels.
When the snow got deeper (1/2 inch to 1 inch or more) I had to slow down
to 30-40 mph but I was able to retain control at all times. I had the least co
ntrol in the slushy wet sections but that's to be expected. I even tried drivin
g around a parking lot a bit to see how well it cornered in the snow and again t
he tires did well, exceeding my expectations for how fast I could corner while i
n control. I'm sure that these tires could lose control on an icy patch or at e
xcessive speeds on snow, but they're much better than other tires I've had in th
Based on my experience, I highly recommend these tires.