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    I'm starting to feel "dated".

    Main tire brands used to be;
    Goodyear, Firestone, Kelly, Goodrich, Michelin.
    Pickin's were fairly easy.

    Recently, I went to the tire place with a neighbor
    who was buying a set of tires;

    Yokohama ? Coronado ? Bridgestone, etc. etc.

    Any of the newer labels give good value for the money ?
    Any to avoid ?

    <rj>



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  2. #2
    Tim
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    Bridgestone has been around as long as I can remember and that's a long
    time.

    I think they are part of Firestone.

    "<RJ>" <baranick@localnet.com> wrote in message
    news:avuec29purej3h6a55sagvt3a3etthndn0@4ax.com...
    > I'm starting to feel "dated".
    >
    > Main tire brands used to be;
    > Goodyear, Firestone, Kelly, Goodrich, Michelin.
    > Pickin's were fairly easy.
    >
    > Recently, I went to the tire place with a neighbor
    > who was buying a set of tires;
    >
    > Yokohama ? Coronado ? Bridgestone, etc. etc.
    >
    > Any of the newer labels give good value for the money ?
    > Any to avoid ?
    >
    > <rj>




  3. #3
    William H. Bowen
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    Tim,

    You are correct: Bridgestone is owned by Firestone. Goodyear owns
    Kelly and Dunlop and I believe Cooper.

    RJ, there is not enough money on the Earth to EVER get me to buy
    anything Firestone makes! Read up on the fiascos with the 721s, the
    Firestone 500s and the SUV tires that Ford had problems with just a
    couple of years ago. Bridgestone, like Dunlop, is an old UK company
    bought out by the Americans. Last vehicle I had Bridgestones on was a
    motorcycle in the '70s. My advise on them would be "consider the
    parent" and avoid them.

    I'm not that fond of Goodyear either: my last 2 cars had Goodyears
    from the factory and they sucked (tread wearout way too soon and tread
    seperation problems on the set on my Regal).

    Michelins are good tires - not cheap but wear like cast iron. I've
    had good luck with both Yokohama and Toyo tires - excellent tires: as
    good as the Michelins but a lot less $$ for an equivalent tire.

    Regards,
    Bill Bowen
    Sacramento, CA.


    "Tim" <T&L@askme.net> wrote:

    >Bridgestone has been around as long as I can remember and that's a long
    >time.
    >
    >I think they are part of Firestone.
    >
    >"<RJ>" <baranick@localnet.com> wrote in message
    >news:avuec29purej3h6a55sagvt3a3etthndn0@4ax.com.. .
    >> I'm starting to feel "dated".
    >>
    >> Main tire brands used to be;
    >> Goodyear, Firestone, Kelly, Goodrich, Michelin.
    >> Pickin's were fairly easy.
    >>
    >> Recently, I went to the tire place with a neighbor
    >> who was buying a set of tires;
    >>
    >> Yokohama ? Coronado ? Bridgestone, etc. etc.
    >>
    >> Any of the newer labels give good value for the money ?
    >> Any to avoid ?
    >>
    >> <rj>

    >


  4. #4
    Mike Hunter
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    Bridgestone is the Japanese company that bought Firestone, then screwed up
    the tires they made for the Explorer. Nearly put Firestone.out of business
    and led to the mistaken idea the SUVs were more prone to rollover than other
    vehicles.


    mike hunt


    "Tim" <T&L@askme.net> wrote in message
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    > Bridgestone has been around as long as I can remember and that's a long
    > time.
    >
    > I think they are part of Firestone.
    >
    > "<RJ>" <baranick@localnet.com> wrote in message
    > news:avuec29purej3h6a55sagvt3a3etthndn0@4ax.com...
    >> I'm starting to feel "dated".
    >>
    >> Main tire brands used to be;
    >> Goodyear, Firestone, Kelly, Goodrich, Michelin.
    >> Pickin's were fairly easy.
    >>
    >> Recently, I went to the tire place with a neighbor
    >> who was buying a set of tires;
    >>
    >> Yokohama ? Coronado ? Bridgestone, etc. etc.
    >>
    >> Any of the newer labels give good value for the money ?
    >> Any to avoid ?
    >>
    >> <rj>

    >
    >




  5. #5
    Tim
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    check out tire rack I some people I know have had good luck getting tires
    from them.


    "<RJ>" <baranick@localnet.com> wrote in message
    news:avuec29purej3h6a55sagvt3a3etthndn0@4ax.com...
    > I'm starting to feel "dated".
    >
    > Main tire brands used to be;
    > Goodyear, Firestone, Kelly, Goodrich, Michelin.
    > Pickin's were fairly easy.
    >
    > Recently, I went to the tire place with a neighbor
    > who was buying a set of tires;
    >
    > Yokohama ? Coronado ? Bridgestone, etc. etc.
    >
    > Any of the newer labels give good value for the money ?
    > Any to avoid ?
    >
    > <rj>




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    Edwin Pawlowski
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    "William H. Bowen" <wh_bowen@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
    news:1sqfc2t8hokuj7a747frioj5ji90nuvft3@4ax.com...
    > Tim,
    >
    > . Goodyear owns
    > Kelly and Dunlop and I believe Cooper.
    >
    >

    Not Cooper
    Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is a global company that specializes in the
    design,

    manufacture, marketing and sales of passenger car, light truck, medium truck
    tires and

    subsidiaries that specialize in motorcycle and racing tires, as well as
    tread rubber and

    related equipment for the retread industry. With headquarters in Findlay,
    Ohio, Cooper

    Tire has 60 manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design
    facilities within its

    family of companies located around the world. For more information, visit
    Cooper Tire's

    web site at: www.coopertire.com.



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    William H. Bowen
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    "Edwin Pawlowski" <esp@snet.net> wrote:

    >
    >"William H. Bowen" <wh_bowen@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
    >news:1sqfc2t8hokuj7a747frioj5ji90nuvft3@4ax.com.. .
    >> Tim,
    >>
    >> . Goodyear owns
    >> Kelly and Dunlop and I believe Cooper.
    >>
    >>

    >Not Cooper
    >Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is a global company that specializes in the
    >design,
    >
    >manufacture, marketing and sales of passenger car, light truck, medium truck
    >tires and
    >
    >subsidiaries that specialize in motorcycle and racing tires, as well as
    >tread rubber and
    >
    >related equipment for the retread industry. With headquarters in Findlay,
    >Ohio, Cooper
    >
    >Tire has 60 manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design
    >facilities within its
    >
    >family of companies located around the world. For more information, visit
    >Cooper Tire's
    >
    >web site at: www.coopertire.com.


    Edwin,

    I stand corrected - maybe I'll check out Cooper for tires on the
    Regal. I had one set of their tires back in the 70s on an AMC Matador
    and there where OK.

    Regards,
    Bill Bowen
    Sacramento, CA

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    Mike Marlow
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    "William H. Bowen" <wh_bowen@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
    news:0urgc2thce9ol0kvuo31u38jsdhq3hvbqc@4ax.com...

    >
    > I stand corrected - maybe I'll check out Cooper for tires on the
    > Regal. I had one set of their tires back in the 70s on an AMC Matador
    > and there where OK.
    >


    At the risk of public humiliation - check out Pep Boys tires then. They are
    manufactured by Cooper and I believe (though I could not prove), they are
    pretty much just a Cooper tire with a different logo raised on the side
    wall.

    I have had Futuras on different vehicles in the past and have found nothing
    wrong with them. For me, snow traction is a very big concern given the
    amount of snow we get each winter. They have performed admirably there.
    I've even had them on my plow truck. Mileage seems to be well within the
    range of "normal" (whatever that is). All I can really say about mileage is
    that I've gotten every bit of the rated mileage and usually more out of a
    set of Futuras. Wet road traction has always been as good as snow traction
    as well. I've never found them to break belts like Goodyears do, and they
    ride quite smoothly and quiet.

    All in all I'd put them squarely in the category of a pretty good tire. The
    price is such that even if my experiences were in the realm of anomaly, and
    you only got 80% of the performance of a brand name tire, you'd still come
    out on the winning side of the equation. I've never had a failure with one
    so I don't even consider the likelihood of a blow out or other catastrophic
    failure any more than I would with another brand.

    --

    -Mike-
    mmarlowREMOVE@alltel.net



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    "<RJ>" <baranick@localnet.com> wrote in message
    news:avuec29purej3h6a55sagvt3a3etthndn0@4ax.com...
    > I'm starting to feel "dated".
    >
    > Main tire brands used to be;
    > Goodyear, Firestone, Kelly, Goodrich, Michelin.
    > Pickin's were fairly easy.
    >
    > Recently, I went to the tire place with a neighbor
    > who was buying a set of tires;
    >
    > Yokohama ? Coronado ? Bridgestone, etc. etc.
    >
    > Any of the newer labels give good value for the money ?
    > Any to avoid ?


    Tirerack.com is a good place to get some reviews.

    Recently I needed new tires on the Buick, and did a bit of research. The
    Michelins we had on
    that car disappointed me. Only got 40,000 miles on them, and they became
    noisy a good while
    ago. (I have been a Michelin user for years, and this is the first set that
    has behaved this way)

    On Tire Rack, I found that one type of Michelin that was available here
    locally was panned
    badly. Got a four out of ten as far as 'would you buy again'.

    All the tires, makes and models, have supporters and opponents. A lot of
    the positive reviews
    come from people who only have a couple thousand miles on the tires.

    Finally, I bit the bullet and bought Cooper. They feel very good, are a
    little noisier than new
    Michelins, have a 70,000 treadlife expectation, and were $15-20 each cheaper
    than the Michelin.

    So far, so good.

    In the very distant past, I have bought Firestone (rather poor results), BF
    Goodrich (ditto), Goodyear
    (not too bad, except for the Eagles which were crappo), General (like tissue
    paper), Kelly Springfield
    (actually under Discount Tire label, these were pretty good.)



  10. #10
    Some O
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    In article <1sqfc2t8hokuj7a747frioj5ji90nuvft3@4ax.com>,
    William H. Bowen <wh_bowen@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

    > Michelins are good tires - not cheap but wear like cast iron.

    I agree. The only tire I'll have on my car, since '78.
    Not only wear very well, but are very safe.

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