Indeed. Though I did get 111,000 miles out of the Michelins my 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 came with. To replace with the same Michelins was way out of my budget.Sure, Michelin has high-standards for quality, but are over-priced IMHO.
Ford was wrong. They recommended a much lower tire pressure than Firestone on the Explorers.I still think that Ford had more lawyers than Firestone.
I would like to know the ones you avoid.I find that tire preferences is a very subjective topic. Sure, Michelin has high-standards for quality, but are over-priced IMHO.
All tires have to meet FMVSS and are subject to recalls when warranted. There are some tire brands that I avoid.
Sometimes the smaller (underdog) tire companies will step up to satisfy you if there is a problem. They have a vested interest (survival) in your complete satisfaction.
I have had the larger, more arrogant manufacturers unwilling to make things right.
I still think that Ford had more lawyers than Firestone.
Totally agree with IC. One thing I ALWAYS avoid when choosing a tire is Consumer Reports. Michelin is a love/hate brand. In my experiences, I fall squarely into the hate category. My wife had back luck with a set constantly leaking air on an old Monte Carlo. Had the rims cleaned and tires resealed, and still leaked. Tires were only a couple years old and not many miles. Finally replaced them with a cheap set of A/S Firestones before winter because she was going to trade the car in the spring. 'Stones didn't leak a bit of air all winter. Had an OEM set on a new 1990 GC with only 1,500 miles on it. Left rear tire peeled apart as I was exiting tollway doing about 55. Had our dog in the back, and it was a cool 50 degree day, so wasn't underinflated, going excessive speeds, or tires got very hot. Local Michelin dealer said it was obviously a defect, but Michelin wouldn't stand behind replacement on an almost new tire. Took the other 3, plus full sized spare and sold them as almost new take-offs and bought a set of 5 BFGs. Covered about 3/4 cost of a new set.I would like to know the ones you avoid.
We've had decent luck with Goodyear, Yokohama, General, and Bridgestone. The only truly bad tires I've ever had were entry level Coopers and Goodyears - the ones specified by the automaker in years when Chrysler only cared about cost.