Originally Posted by scottydsntknow
Michelins are RIDICULOUSLY overpriced.
Understood, and I used to think the same, but I've learned over 27-years of driving that when it comes to tires, you get what you pay for.
Every tire has a purpose, and if you own a garage queen that gets less than 10,000 per year, or have a commute that rarely leads you down a highway, than saving money on tires might make sense, as you really are using your tires to their fullest, nor have to deal with long commutes with a vibrating car or steering wheel. Maybe you just shoot around town and enjoy a little hooliganism, then maybe a tire that offers more outright grip is the highest thing on the list. If you have a garage queen and the car is just a weekend/good weather car, than I doubt I would be concerned with much of anything other than cost.
Michelin's are expensive for a reason, they have the highest quality, the most advanced rubber compounds, are the truest/roundest tire you can buy, balance with lowest amount of weight, and typically give you more tread to the ground when compared to others. If you drive lots of miles each year, these things are important.
Comparing a 255/40-19 Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 to the same sized Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3's, the Michelin gives you 0.9" more tread across the tire width when measured across the same 9" wide wheel. More tread equals better traction, and IMO, better value for your money.
Maybe an important factor to some, Hankook's are made in the Republic of Korea and shipped over to the US, while the Michelin's sold in the USA are made in the USA.
The way I look tire purchases is this. Most people need new tires on a Mustang, on average, about every 25,000 miles. That's about 1-year of driving for me. You can spend $775.00 for a set of Hankooks (tires only), or $1060 for Michelin's (tires only), or a $286.00 difference. Since I have to live with the tires for at least the next year then I prefer to have a higher quality, better riding, better balancing set of tires for $286. This extra amount equals less than $1.00 per day, which is a 14:1 dollar ratio for the gasoline I burn each day to the price of higher quality tires spread out over 1-year.