Originally Posted by Wheresmikeys
I have used a few different brand/model tires over the years on the vehicles, but they are always in the same class of tires.
There you go, as I said, even in the same class of tires, different brands and different models have drastic different performance.
Example, you buy a car and it has a nice set of all-season Michelins on it. They perform great. Great road handling and great in wet conditions. You find that they are half decent in the snow. Then upon replacing them when they wear, you find out they are $189 a piece. The shop has Tiger Paw (Uniroyal) all-seasons and the shop recommends those and it seems everyone else is running them. They are $89 each and that is why everyone is running them. Then during the first rain, you spin and hydroplane like crazy. When the snow starts flying, you suddenly are sliding all over the place.
Both are all-season tires, or same exact class of tire. Drastically different performance though.
As I said, a coworker has the same car as I do, a 2003 Jetta with the 1.8L turbo. It is a torque monster. We both have just normal every day all-season tires but different brands. He loves his. I can't even drive in the rain as I will spin the whole way down the road just driving in 5th gear at the speed limit. My traction control is going crazy with the tires I have. When the snow flies, I guess I can call it a good thing because I won't even move (again, coworker says his goes great in the snow.)
I call it a good thing because then I get to jump in the wife's Rav4 to go to work without a problem.
(The biggest benefit is.... the Rav4 has heat, takes my car 15 miles of the 20 mile trip to get heat, LOL.)