I bought a set of Goodyear Comfortred tires for my 97 Accord at 135K
miles, based on good reviews and advice from a local tire shop. They
never felt right. The ride can be squishy and harsh at the same time
with the ride extremely sensitive to air pressure. In a weird way, I
feel every inconsistancy in the road at low speeds. As the tires aged
(now 30K on them), the performance is substantially worse. Even though
there is life left to the tires, I am considering replacing them. I
really would like to try the Tripletreds since they are Consumer
Reports top pick, but I am afraid they will perform much like the
To anyone who has either of these tires on their 94-97 Accord please
share your opinions. Thanks
opinions? sure! you buy from a manufacturer that's about 20 years
behind the curve on tire technology once, and now you're contemplating
doing it again? i have the opinion that your judgment is impaired.
go with the manufacturers that have proven records in bringing
innovation & technology to market. michelin and then continental lead
the pack by some margin. then come the japanese. domestic producers?
much as i support [and even over-pay for] domestic products if given a
reasonable choice, domestic tires are simply not on my list - there's
too much at stake.
Michelin = good (French) tires, very overpriced.
Continental = mediocre IMHO
THEN Jap? Can hardly believe you threw Bridgestone, Yokohama and
others in the weeds so cavalierly.
Tire Rack ratings show the Tripletred to be very superior to
Could be that the Comfortred tires don't ride well over rough surfaces
because the struts need replacing.
from what i can see, michelin put /way/ more money into r&d than anyone
else. it's years ago now, but they were first to market with steel
belted radials, first with asymmetric treads, and more recently, first
with silica rubber compounds...
continental are up there with the silica rubber technology. i have
ch95's on my civic right now and they're pretty good. yes, i've read
all the negative reviews on those tires, but they've been just dandy in
my experience. i have about 20k on them and they're comfy, very stable,
grip well both wet & dry.
they're ok, but they're only just starting to catch up to the newer
classes of compounds. that's a 10 year lag!
and tire rack has /no/ interest in promoting certain tires when
compensated appropriately by their manufacturer... you know that when
you go to your local supermarket, certain brands /pay/ for shelf space,
right? well, i hate to break it to you, but same thing happens in the
tire biz. have you ever wondered why tire rack don't they carry other
brands like toyo?
I can see no reason to suspect that Consumer Reports had an ulterior motive
in rating the Assurance TripleTreds at the top of their recent tests. Those
results motivated us to put a set on my wife's '97 Odyssey, and we like them
much better than the Pirelli 400 Tourings they replaced. YMMV, of course.
IMHO they didn't put much of that technology into the OEM Michelins that
came on my 2004 Accord LX . Just giving the car a little gas from a flat
standstill on dry pavement churps the tires. I find it hard to believe
Honda put such crappy tires on their cars.
The OEM Michelins that came on my 95 Dodge Intrepid were considerably better
than the oems on the Honda.
It was more that the &@^*%!!! Intrepid didn't stay running long enough to
spin the wheels. :-(
I've never had a less reliable car than that Dodge, and I've owned (2)
1960's British cars (a '61 Bugeye Sprite and a '69 E-Type Jaguar), (2) Fiat
124's, and (1) Peugeot. The Dodge, I bought brand new, and all of the
others were quite used when I acquired them. The Jag probably ran a distant
2nd in the unreliability race.
After fighting to put 90k miles on the Intrepuke (and breaking the
transmission twice along with a whole host of other failures), I finally
decided that reliability was the main factor in selecting my next car. It
was between an Accord and a Camry. The Accord won out because the Camry's
steering wasn't quite as responsive as the Accord's.
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