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Re: Slippery Firestone tires !!: NOT! (archive)

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Posted by Dana White on September 18, 1999 at 03:29:45:

In Reply to: Slippery Firestone tires !! posted by ceferino on September 18, 1999 at 03:13:34:

Of course, this all depends on our overall tire experience, how we drive, and how all that affects our subjective comments, but . . .

I'd disagree strongly. I have the Firehawk SZ tires (in stock 225/60 size) and so do several friends. I have found them to be grippy and quiet. (I haven't driven them in the rain yet.) My friends who have them have also been very happy w/them.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. Not saying the Firestones are better or worse than the Goodrich tires, which I haven't tried.

I actually don't understand why you recommended them in the first place, if you feel they are slippery everywhere (dry/rain), don't break well, and howl. Did you recommend them before you even had them on your car? :)

I'm still very happy 5,000 miles later . . . it's what makes horse races, I guess.

Dana
'95 530ia
E34 530i/540i Home Page: http://www.530i.org

: A while back I recommended Firestone FireHawk SZ tires because I put a set on my BMW.

: That was a big mistake. They are slippery in the rain, and slippery in the dry - plus they howl loudly when cornering. They also don't brake well in the dry. I'm afraid to test braking them hard in the rain - they're that
: bad!

: What's worse, Firestone is arrogant - they won't even answer email. Why buy from jerks when other companies
: are so responsive? :=)

: So I'd recommend BF Goodrich's G-Force tires instead. The Tire Rack tested them and said they offer the best dry traction they've ever measured in a street tire. They have a treadwear index of 300, which is amazing for a tire with high performance traction. OTOH, the Firestone has a treadwear index of 400, and its poor grip explains that.

: What's more, Car & Driver reported recently that only 4 tire companies test every tire to be sure it's round before it leaves the factory. BF Goodrich and Michelin test for roundness, Firestone does not.

: So forget Firestone, and consider BF Goodrich G-Force tires!

: fyi//CL
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: Ceferino Lamb
: France
: Some 240s, a 750i - all for sale
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