I have an older model Santa Fe, a 2005. I recently replaced the OEM tires
that came with it, Goodrich Long Trail T/A tires. I liked everything about
the Long Trails except the road noise. It was pretty bad. However, I've
never gotten over 50K on tires before so I checked out other tires in their
Based on Ratings on on Tirerack and other sites, I chose a later model of
the same tire, The Goodrich Long Trail Tour T/A as my replacement. They ride
handle and doe wet and dry roads as well or better than the ones they
replaced and are very quiet. I haven't had the opportunity to see how they
are in snow and ice yet but am confident they will be as good as the old
The four best tires I have seen for your application (that can usually be
purchased for something less than needing to take out a mortgage) include:
+The B F Goodrich Long Trail T/A Tour, previously mentioned;
+The Bridgestone Dueler APT IV, sold at Sears - easily the best tire in the
Dueler line (get the best deal the day after Thanksgiving);
+The Cooper Discoverer CTS;
+The General Grabber HTS.
They each have their respective strengths and weaknesses (Bridgestone and
General will handle the best, but General will not be a long-wearing tire,
Cooper will be the quietest and perform best in Winter, B F Goodrich will
probably last the longest, etc.) but any of the four you will probably be
very happy with.
"Jim" <" "> wrote in message
I'll soon be in the market for tires on my Santa Fe, as well.
I was curious why you feel the Generals won't be long wearing, and
that the BF Goodrich's will last the longest? The Generals have a
tread rating of 640, while the BFG's have a tread rating of 580.
One other model I'm considering is the Kumho Road Venture APT KL51,
which looks to have good reviews, too.
Just to update my original post. As per usual, I'm overlooking others
advice. Just seems to be the nature of many of us.
My 2002 Santa Fe Limited had Goodyear Eagle GT's on them. It had 70,000
miles plus on it when I traded it in.
So I am going with the Eagle GT's on my 07 Santa Fe Limited. They are
being ordered today and I will get them put on Friday. But I appreciate
all those that took the trouble to answer my plea.
Pls feel free to criticize my choice.
It's too late now. But you need to know that the Eagle GT you had on a
vehicle several years ago and the ones you just ordered are anything but the
Goodyear just came out with an all-new tire. Since Eagle GT moniker had
been sitting idle since the previous tire by that name had been discontinued
not long after you bought that last set, Goodyear resurrected the name.
A leading consumer magazine just tested the tire. It was OK overall, but
not a stand-out in even a single area. Worse, it finished DEAD LAST in its
group in terms of expected treadlife.
I hope you enjoy it. But considering your OEM tires were 'H'-rated, I never
see much of a reason to go to an even higher speed rating, which you just
But, after you've had them awhile, and run them through some various
conditions, write back and tell us what you think of them. At the very
least, the Santa Fe (with 'V'-rated tires) should sure handle well.
"Jim" <" "> wrote in message
Thanks for replying Rev. Not so great news. But it is good to know that
they are rated at 170 MPH or so. LOL.
It will take a while to come to some conclusion. But I really expect
them to outlast the OEM tire which was 30 something thousand mile. ( I
will rotate these every 5000 miles.)
The tires on my other santa fe same year are holding up a lot better, I
turned 29000 miles today.
I will try to keep this in mind.
I've narrowed down my list to these two for my '07 Hyundai Santa Fe.
--BFG Long Trail Touring
--Cooper Discoverer CTS
Anyone have any positive or negative experience with either one?
Thanks in advance!
Two excellent choices. Some owner blogs and more have identified the
*For snow traction, the Cooper is one of the best non-Winter tires you can
buy. It is also unusually quiet for a truck/SUV tire. But on the downside,
it does seem to extract a bit of a fuel mileage penalty. VERY competent in
just about every other area.
*The B F Goodrich has been a very good tire at a competitive price since its
inception. I have not been able to find one consistent trend of something
it does not do at least reasonably well. By the same token though, it has
not stood out beyond what other tires have done, like the couple of areas
that the Cooper excelled in. But on the plus side, it also does not seem to
be extracting a fuel economy penalty.
Bottom line - depending on what you want, one of these two will be your
choice. And either way, I don't think you will be unhappy. In my world, I
see how good of a deal I can get on the Coopers. If I can't, I get the B F
The Generals have been tested by both Consumer Reports and Tire Rack. The
tire kind of "came out of nowhere" to blow away the rest of the competition
as one of the best tested tires out there.
And while Tire Rack does not test for treadwear, Consumer Reports runs their
own independent testing of that. While the General was extremely impressive
in both dry and wet conditions, and was a relatively quiet and comfortable
tire, its expected treadlife finished near the bottom of all the truck and
SUV tires tested.
As for the B F Goodrich, which has not been tested by either entity, it is
more of a reputation thing. The tire, manufactured by Michelin, has the
first of the reviews coming in, and apparently wear is VERY satisfactory so
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