- Feb 13, 2011
Just got done shelling out $1K for two new sets of winter tires, thought I'd start a thread to give my impressions as the season progresses. First set are the Nokian Hakka 7 in a 205/55/R16 flavor. The car is a 2008 Pontiac G5 coupe, 2.2l & M5 tranny. This will be my daily driver unless things get out of hand. Tires were made in Russia & obtained through Discount Tire. They are replacing a set of CS5 Ultras, which I've saved for next summer as they're in good shape. Initial impressions are sans snow. The tires exhibit a little more road noise and less precise handling, but nothing alarming nor unexpected. The tread blocks are relatively squishy in 40F temperatures. No appreciable loss in fuel economy in the first 400 miles or so. 2nd are the Cooper WeatherMaster WSC in a 215/55/R17 size. The car is a 2010 Chevy Malibu with the 2.4l auto trans. This is a new-to-me ride, and will be my son's daily to college & work. Tires were made in England (no kidding) and bought locally through a mom & pop tire shop. They are replacing the OEM TPC spec Firestone FR710 which were worn out & destined for the scrap pile. Again, initial impressions are under dry conditions. They're actually quieter & ride better than the original tires; no surprise there given the age and condition of the 710s. Tread blocks are firmer than the Hakkas; and it's too early to judge fuel economy impact. Both tires are studdable, but local legislators have deemed road longevity is more important than the safety of their constituents....so the only stud in this story is me. That's all for now!