Round ones with tread that hold air :-)
Seriously, though, where do you live, and what kind of driver are you? Tires
that work well in Miami right now probably
wouldn't be so great in New Hampshire. I would look around your area and see
what others are running, and if you aren't
too shy, ask them how they like them.
Brand is not as important as finding a reputable long-time tire dealer in your town that stands behind his products and service. Stay away from Pep Boys )(unless you have a good relationship with your local store). Stay away from Hankooks tires -- I had 3 sets of these installed before the out-of-round tolerance was within spec.
Jeff: My 07 Focus wagon came with Goodyear tires, they were the worse
tires I have ever had, noise, hydroplane, thumps. I replaced at 27000
miles with Goodrich (made by Michelin), they seem far better.
Real easy - go to www.tirerack.com...
...Punch in your make, year and model...see what's available in your
price range, and most importantly - Read the reviews - People who
actually own the same car as you post what they think of a particular
tire on your car....Some that are more expensive and get great overall
reviews, will get crap reviews on your car and visa-versa....Getting
tires is kinda like getting sneakers....some feel good, some don't and
the expensive ones don't always feel/perform the best on your particular
You don't have to buy from them either - Find a couple that look good,
make a list and go out locally if you prefer.
I do it a bit different on my daily drivers. I have a membership in one
of the warehouse stores, so I go there first with my tire size and look
to see what they have available. Then I take that list and go back to
tirerack.com to find the best reviews of the list of what they have, and
go with the best (unless all the reviews are crap, in which case I try a
My baby (my truck), however actually gets them through tirerack.com.
Have a set of Pirelli's that I bought online and had them shipped and
installed locally.. Couldn't be happier....
The tires on my dailies are BFGoodrichs, and Mich's that are performing
well. I had a set of Tigerpaw's on one of my dailies I got 70K miles
out of before they hit the wear bars and didn't have an issue with any
I live at a ski resort and got tired of switching tires back and forth every
fall and spring. I did a lot of research and got a set of Nokians installed
and love them. Good on dry and wet pavement. Good off road and
surprisingly good in snow and ice. That said, you still haven't told us
what the weather is like where you are. If it's dry and sunny all the time
I would probably look for a quiet tire. If it rains a lot you need a tire
that doesn't hydroplane. If it snows a little an all season or all weather
tire might be good. If your winters are really bad a genuine winter tire
would be best, or you can try the Nokians like I got.
The Tire Rack is a good place to start, although they don't carry "every"
brand. You can also try your local Discount Tire. Ford sells a lot of
tires and will meet or beat any price. Your local dealer is also familiar
with your Focus and the local weather. Before I got the Nokians my dealer
gave me a lot of good advice and had very good prices.
Good luck. Often, when buying new tires a lot of advice is in order as well
as a lot of luck. Some dealers and mechanics will take the tires back if
you don't like them. While not very common, you can't go wrong with this
kind of warranty as they know you will love them before they install them.
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