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Review for Uniroyal Tiger Paw tires requesting auto gurus!

titanark 905 51 January 16, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Hi,

I did look around for tire deals and reviews here. Would greatly appreciate any comments and feedback. I'm looking at picking up a set of 4 by this weekend as my tires area almost gonna pop!

I was told by a dealer that the Uniroyal tiger paw is the next best to the Michelin and for my car cost nearly $200 less. But when I searched online at discount tire and tire rack it didnt give me a single uniroyal tire option!

Any auto gurus here who can suggest what would be a good buy. I own a 2001 Infiniti I30 and I'm in the Phoenix area.

TIA Smilie

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Years ago I had Uniroyal Tiger Paw tires on a S10 truck. They were OEM tires (came with the truck originally.) I hated those tires - the rear would break loose of the pavement if there was even a hint of rain or snow. Once I switched them out the truck drove alot better. Being that you are in Phoenix this may not be of concern to you. Not sure what tire is best for your vehicle but I believe Firestone will be having their "You pay what we pay" sale - may find a good deal.
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I am a GoodYear snob, so that is all I will recommend. Eagle GTs are cheap and excellent tires, I have owned many sets. $416 for all 4 from TR.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tir...toModClar=
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Factory Chevy truck tires. Last a long time, but that's because they give horrible traction (wet or dry). There are a ton of good brands, from BF Goodrich to Yokohama. Michelin aren't universally the best, and Goodyear aren't universally the best. You have to look at each individual tire model and judge it. Overall though, most of the brands are respected enough. Just get the price that the shop is trying to charge you for the specific model and size, and break it down. Perhaps go to 2-3 other local places (including a Discount Tire) in your search, and see what they offer. Once you have the handful of offers available, compare it online to the Tire Rack price, and use their website to rate the tires.

Goodyear Eagle GT are good, but Kumho Ecsta ASX provides nearly the performance, for much less price. A little less wet performance, but still respectable, and come on, you're in Phoenix! Continental is a respected brand among the VW/Audi crowd. You can't go wrong with Sumitomo (same company as Goodyear/Dunlop), Yokohama, etc. Overall, just play the tire shops against each other, and you'll find which comes out ahead. I'm partial to Discount Tire, as they have great prices, many locations to cash in on the free pressure check/rotation/road hazard, etc.
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just purchased a set of kumho ecsta 4x, for my 08 inf, g35x. $99/tire, with a $50 mail in rebate (i think you must purchase by 1/31/12). so far it's a decent tire, there's a video on tirerack.com comparing the kumho's to yoko envigor, to general a/s, and it performed well. only thing about kumho' i've read is that they dont last that long. the 4x are rated for 40k miles, but if i get 30k out of them or 2 years, i'll be happy.
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Thanks for all the reviews. I think I will drop the Uniroyal.

Had been to Costco today. Got a quote for the Michelin Primacy MXV4 93H 215/55R16 @716.76, out of the door. There is an additional $70 discount if you buy before Jan 31st. It includes the lifetime rotating, balancing, nitrogen inflation, lifetime flat repair, prorated road hazard warranty etc, except wheel alignment. And with a 60k miles warranty.

Discount tire (online) has the same for 773 (and a $70 MIR.) Its close to my place of work so I can check in store.

Costco also has a Bridgestone Potenza gird, same ratings and 93 V for $568.20 out of the door. The warranties and services, same as for Michelin. No $70 rebate though. So the difference between the 2 is about $60. But this Bridgestone supposedly has a lower performance and ride quality.

I'm leaning towards Michelin cos I love the current ride quality. My current tires are in bad condition and still ride smooth and are not noisy. Is it worth spending the extra $100 for it? I would probably be going in for a new car in say 2 years, 3 tops cos this baby has done more than 125k miles and drinks gas like crazy! Good tires will probably help me bargain while reselling? (no clue, just asking!)

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just purchased a set of kumho ecsta 4x, for my 08 inf, g35x. $99/tire, with a $50 mail in rebate (i think you must purchase by 1/31/12). so far it's a decent tire, there's a video on tirerack.com comparing the kumho's to yoko envigor, to general a/s, and it performed well. only thing about kumho' i've read is that they dont last that long. the 4x are rated for 40k miles, but if i get 30k out of them or 2 years, i'll be happy.
will look into kumhos, thanks Smilie

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Factory Chevy truck tires. Last a long time, but that's because they give horrible traction (wet or dry). There are a ton of good brands, from BF Goodrich to Yokohama. Michelin aren't universally the best, and Goodyear aren't universally the best. You have to look at each individual tire model and judge it. Overall though, most of the brands are respected enough. Just get the price that the shop is trying to charge you for the specific model and size, and break it down. Perhaps go to 2-3 other local places (including a Discount Tire) in your search, and see what they offer. Once you have the handful of offers available, compare it online to the Tire Rack price, and use their website to rate the tires.

Goodyear Eagle GT are good, but Kumho Ecsta ASX provides nearly the performance, for much less price. A little less wet performance, but still respectable, and come on, you're in Phoenix! Continental is a respected brand among the VW/Audi crowd. You can't go wrong with Sumitomo (same company as Goodyear/Dunlop), Yokohama, etc. Overall, just play the tire shops against each other, and you'll find which comes out ahead. I'm partial to Discount Tire, as they have great prices, many locations to cash in on the free pressure check/rotation/road hazard, etc.
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I am a GoodYear snob, so that is all I will recommend. Eagle GTs are cheap and excellent tires, I have owned many sets. $416 for all 4 from TR.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tir...toModClar=
Thanks for the link. The Goodyear is $416 and the Michelin Primacy MXV4 is $508 (-$70 MIR) before tax and shipping. Road hazard warranty on them is ~ $45 for good year and $58 for the Michelin. The total difference is just $25. What would you pick among them? Add to them the cost of getting fixed at walmart.

Quote from davel.usa View Post :
Years ago I had Uniroyal Tiger Paw tires on a S10 truck. They were OEM tires (came with the truck originally.) I hated those tires - the rear would break loose of the pavement if there was even a hint of rain or snow. Once I switched them out the truck drove alot better. Being that you are in Phoenix this may not be of concern to you. Not sure what tire is best for your vehicle but I believe Firestone will be having their "You pay what we pay" sale - may find a good deal.
Will check the Firestone sale and compare. Thanks Smilie
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if you like the michelins, then i think spending the extra $100 for the mich over the b-stones are a good bet. $100 over the course of 2-3 years really is not much. i dont think (but i'm not an expert) that having michelin's vs. b-stones will make a difference once the time comes to trade in/sell your car, but it could help if the tires you buy still have good treadlife in 2-3 years (so if the mich have better treadlife, then get them).

if you are considering the b-stone grid 019, i hear they are a good tire, buy are noisy (from reviews). you might want to factor that into your decision.

the kumhos are the cheapest option for you, but i'm not sure how long they would last, that would be my only hesitation in your situation. you could also check out yokohama envigors at tirerack, they are also considered a decent a/s tire, and probably a bit cheaper than the michelins.

good luck
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Another recommend for the Michelins for your situation. I am factoring in the fact that you want to sell in 2 - 3 years. The brand of tire doesn't matter but the tread life does. The Mich should hold up a little better in that department based on the reviews I saw. You can go to tirerack.com and compare user ratings when you narrowed your choice down.
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Nitrogen inflation is a scam, not worth doing. My autocross/road race friends don't even run nitrogen in their cars, but if that's part of the package and is free, then so be it. The road hazard, flat repair, warranty, and air check/rotation is what you're wanting to get. As mentioned, if the Michelin are only that much more, if you amortize the cost of tires over their lifetime (3+ years), then go for them without hesitation.
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Thanks for the suggestions Smilie
Had been to the Discounttire store closeby. Offered me the Michelin Primacy at $670 (-$70 rebate) with road hazard. Now online this costs $690 without the road hazard! I went in after 6 and they were closing down so he did not even attempt to sell anything. Asked me if I had shopped around. I said Costco Michelin Primacy and he gave me the figure and said "I'm sure they cant match us." When I asked for wheel alignment, he said they do it for $40 but "we can discuss it when you come in." Looks like a good deal. I think I will stick to a higher grade tire and looks like the Michelin is what I can get.

Got quoted $814 for Bridgestone Turanza with Serenity at Firestone. Also got 2 more highly priced Firehawk Wide Oval Indy and Wide Oval AS BL.

So if I stick to the Primacy, what all should I be asking for? Rotations, spin balance, lifetime puncture fixing and road hazard. I dont think Discount tire would scam, would they? Their price with road hazard is nearly $100 less than online!
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One thing to check on the tire is the date code. Discount tire places sometimes get "old" tires that did not sell at the bigger stores. Nothing is particularly wrong with that, but just so you have the knowledge. And if they are too old, you might want to pass. I got my last set of Eagle GTs in April, the date code on them was February so they were brand-new.

Here is a good primer on it.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tir...&techid=11

I would check and see if they have a high speed balancer (70 mph balance) but if they don't, there isn't much you can do about it.
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Quote from dealgate View Post :
One thing to check on the tire is the date code. Discount tire places sometimes get "old" tires that did not sell at the bigger stores. Nothing is particularly wrong with that, but just so you have the knowledge. And if they are too old, you might want to pass. I got my last set of Eagle GTs in April, the date code on them was February so they were brand-new.

Here is a good primer on it.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tir...&techid=11

I would check and see if they have a high speed balancer (70 mph balance) but if they don't, there isn't much you can do about it.
Thanks for the link. I'm aware of the date. I hope they do not give me anything more than 2-4 months old. The only thing making me weary of Discount tire is they offered me nearly $100 less than what they are online! Since they were closing I could not check on everything. Will probably check them out tomorrow or saturday and get done with them or Costco. Will check on the speed balancer too! Thanks a bunch for all the inputs. Will get back with what I get on my car Smilie
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Discount doesn't have hard and fast prices, that's why I like them. They have haggle room, and can play number games in the computer to make the sale (giving you a discount on the tires themselves, including free road hazard, etc).

You don't need anything as new as 2-4 months old; that's just being pedantic. It's a nice selling point, but it shouldn't be a deal-breaker. Anything newer than 4 years old, or even older if stored correctly (which is not very hard in dry-ass Arizona, especially from a reputable tire shop) will have ZERO impact on your tires. If you're buying the tires from some farmer in Virginia or New Hampshire that just had the tires sitting in his shed, that's a different story. From that link above:
"And finally, hold on to your sales receipt. Most tire manufacturer's warranties cover their tires for four years from the date of purchase or five years from the week the tires were manufactured. So if you purchase new tires that were manufactured exactly two years ago they will be covered for a total of six years (four years from the date of purchase) as long as you have your receipt. If you lose your receipt, your tires' warranty coverage will end five years from the week the tire was produced (resulting in the tire manufacturer's warranty coverage ending only three years from the date of purchase in this example)."
So, it's actually in your best interest to get older tires, because it they DO start to rot/separate, then warranty = free new tires!
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Thanks for the advice. Got the tires from Discount Tires. 677 including a $70 instant rebate. I also added their additional warranty on the tires and that is what pumped up the cost by $19 per tire. Hope its worth it Smilie

Got a wheel alignment done as DT doesnt do alignments. They did need em and also got some more bad new Frown my right front wheel's bearing has a problem and is causing a slight left-right motion. Its very small but supposedly can cause damage over time and wear out the tire also. Cost to replace: $150 labour and another 150 for the part! Holy $HIT! vomit

Any suggestions on this? Do I need to get it checked at another place? Why didn't DT point it out when they were replacing the tires? I'm gonna get so broke this month!

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Discount doesn't have hard and fast prices, that's why I like them. They have haggle room, and can play number games in the computer to make the sale (giving you a discount on the tires themselves, including free road hazard, etc).

You don't need anything as new as 2-4 months old; that's just being pedantic. It's a nice selling point, but it shouldn't be a deal-breaker. Anything newer than 4 years old, or even older if stored correctly (which is not very hard in dry-ass Arizona, especially from a reputable tire shop) will have ZERO impact on your tires. If you're buying the tires from some farmer in Virginia or New Hampshire that just had the tires sitting in his shed, that's a different story. From that link above:
"And finally, hold on to your sales receipt. Most tire manufacturer's warranties cover their tires for four years from the date of purchase or five years from the week the tires were manufactured. So if you purchase new tires that were manufactured exactly two years ago they will be covered for a total of six years (four years from the date of purchase) as long as you have your receipt. If you lose your receipt, your tires' warranty coverage will end five years from the week the tire was produced (resulting in the tire manufacturer's warranty coverage ending only three years from the date of purchase in this example)."
So, it's actually in your best interest to get older tires, because it they DO start to rot/separate, then warranty = free new tires!
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Discount Tire just does tires. Alignment has to do with inspecting all of the suspension components and adjusting the wheels' geometry, which is outside the scope of tire shops.
http://www.familycar.com/CarCare/...alance.htm
http://www.familycar.com/Alignment.htm
It's understandable that a wheel bearing can go out. Your car is 10+ years old. $300 is a fair price for parts and labor (you have to press in the new bearing), do you trust the shop to not have ripped you off? Check them out on Yelp. It's easiest to see uneven wear on the old tires, as mentioned in those links above. If it isn't possible, then yes all suspension components need to be in good shape to perform an alignment.
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