One occurrence and you consider that to be a characteristic
of the entire brand? Really??
I like the General Altimax RT. It's about the last extra load
rated passenger car tire on the market. I tend to travel
heavy, especially in the S123, so the higher weight rating is
However, the General Tirepaw tires on my Suburban were so bad
I replaced them before they wore out. So - are General tires
good or junk? From my experience - BOTH!! I think it's
pretty pointless to try to promote or deride an entire brand
of tires because of one model. Sure, there may be brand
tendencies - but between the difference in tire models and
the manufacturing variables over time, I doubt any one of us
could have enough experience with any brand or model tire for
there to be any statistically significant data.
Kinda like the fellow who says "Dodge is junk. That Valiant
I owned in 1972 worthless. I never had a whole month that it
didn't break down. There's no way I'd want to own another
It mostly all boils down to who is the tirebuilder. That is a high
skill job, combines art and science, and any screwup, the tire
fails. In Yurp, people tend to hold jobs a long time or life. In
this country, anymore, in a physical work condition, like a
tirebuilder, 3 years is a long tenure. This is why I believe i have
experienced a much lower failure rate with yurpeen tars. It is also
why club tars fail frequently, because the best tirebuilders are put
on OE tars, and the newbies are put on the club tars, and other
aftermarket only tires. The OE tars that don't make spec are sold
to the aftermarket as quality tires, even though they are not.
Yes, is is unfair to brand Yokohama as all crap because of ONE VERY
EXPENSIVE and VERY DANGEROUS experience, that could have very easily
resulted in loss of life, but that is my privilege as a VERY
UNSATISFIED customer. YMMV, of course.
If a crappy tire caused your wife and/or kids to come very near to
fatal experience, along with $4000 damage to the suburban would you
go back for more after the dealer and the company told you "too bad
it didn't kill you?" Would YOU really go back and buy MORE?
As for me and my family, NO YOKOHAMAS! Never EVER! There are many
other choices, and even if michelin was the only other choice, and
they were twice as much, i'd not be buying Yokohamas.
If a doctor causes you to die, will you recommend that doctor to your
friends? We humans are Illogical, just ask Spock!
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