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  • The burning smell is still there, 10,000 miles later... anyone think its a problem? It's not a plastic bag, they checked eons ago...
  • wds1wds1 Posts: 23
    I would like some suggestions on replacing the tires on my 2006 Accord EX-V6, Automatic, 4 Door. The tires are P215/50R17 93V. I have the original tires on the car and am looking to replace the tires in the next couple of weeks. I live in the Southeast, so cold weather is definitely not an issue. Rain can be an issue or it was in the past until drought has seemed to set in....... Thanks for any input you can provide!
  • grampy1grampy1 Posts: 140
    How many miles on the tires? I have a 2007 V6 and have good and bad about these tires Honda put on.
    Many say Bridgestone as a replacement,but i think Bridgestone are made by Michelin. I choked a bit when i saw what the original tires cost.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Well, unless you do a lot of very high-speed driving, I'd forget about a V-rated tire and come down to an H-rated tire, or less, as these should cost less. H is still rated for 130mph. I have the Bridgestone Potenza G009 tires on my old Accord ('96 model), and they make them in a proper size for your car. I live in the southeast as well (Birmingham, AL) and find that they have excellent wet-traction as well as dry. They make a little more noise than the Michelins I had before, but the improved cornering response they had was more than worth it.

    Check them out.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    I don't think Bridgestone is made by Michelin, but with the companies buying other companies these days, who knows? I have Bridgestone Turanza LS-Vs on my 03 V6, and I am satisfied with them. They are a stronger tire than the Michelins, IMO. They are not any noisier (maybe less), and have much better wet traction (which I think is most important). They are slightly larger in diameter, weigh a little more, and have more rolling resistance than the michelins, so I get 1-2mpg less. I could never get the stated mileage out of the Michelins before some road hazard would do them in, so I wanted a stronger tire this time. I don't think Bridgestone makes the LS tires any more. They supposedly changed the name to Serenity. I would recommend them.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 32,618
    I have Yokohama avids on my Odyssey and a contour, and they are very good tires (even Consumers reports likes them) and a good deal. If/when my Accord needs new sneaks, I would go that way too.

    look at and do a search on the size you need. You can compare options that way, and read test results and reviews.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • jhinscjhinsc Posts: 399
    I have the same problem, except I don't want to pay over $200 each for OEM tires. I have nearly 41,000 miles and I'm almost down to the tread wear indicators. I will have mine for only another 6 months or so before I have another vehicle. I don't relish the thought of spending nearly $1,000 for only a few months of use.

    When at the dealer recently, the sales manager said not to replace them as I can go another month or two. He also said the value of the Accord has held up very well and I won't have any problems trading in a few months early. My LPP pymt is only $308/mo and I'm looking for another equally "killer deal" as the SM calls it.
  • blufz1blufz1 Posts: 2,045
    Don't buy the tires from your car dealer! Go to a large tire dealer like Discount tire.
  • packer3packer3 Posts: 277
    Bridgestone is a stand alone Japanese tire mfg, they own Firestone Tires for one.
    Michelin Tire is a huge French com. they also own BF Good Rich tires.
    Bridgestone tires wear to fast they cant even keep up with the Mich's durability.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    Bridgestone tires wear to fast they cant even keep up with the Mich's durability.

    Too bad the Mich's treadwear comes at the expense of wet traction. The sidewalls are obviously much less durable than the tread. Both of my Accords came with Michelins, and the combination of bulges, and cracks in the sidewalls, and semi-sharp rocks puncturing them, I could never get them to that high treadwear mileage. Durable is the last word I would use to describe Michelin tires.
  • packer3packer3 Posts: 277
    If you stay away from hitting curbs and pot holes your side walls will last alot longer, the tread wear on most Bridgestones are poor and there traction capabilities are usually good up to until around 15,000 miles after that it's slidesville.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 23,395
    I've had perhaps 20 sets of Michelins through the years. I've had two that were replaced for defects. I've had NO sidewall problems. I can't speak to the wet traction vs some other stickier tires. The treads of most tires harden with age and wear. I assume that's true of most tires.

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    Look closely at the sidewalls of your Michelin tires. They look like the desert, with all the cracking. And that's after only a year or so. It may have no affect on durability, but it looks real bad.
  • wds1wds1 Posts: 23
    I am more confused than ever now! I do have cracks in the Michelin tires and was suprised when the Honda service dept guys told me they needed replacing. I had yet to hit 36000 miles at that point! They do look quite worn but I continued on several thousand more miles. Who knows if I am in danger? The service guys said some of the Michelins come in and need replacing at 20000 miles?? It does make me wonder.... Where is the truth? Like I said, I am confused on which way to go with new tires as far as brand.
  • hondalovahondalova Posts: 189
    I have to tell you - I run my original equipment Michelins on my '06 EX-V6 Coupe. I swap the fronts off in the winter to put on Blizzak's (orig. manufacturer's size) and rotate them when putting them back on in the spring.

    I drive 25k-30k per year, much of it high speed (read as hot/high friction) highway travel. At least part of my commute to work every day involves driving the goatpath on the Bear Mountain Bridge Road after crossing the Hudson up by West Point. My original Michelins lasted almost 80k miles without a single problem and, even then, the treadwear bars were just about level with the surface of the tread. Plus, I've never enjoyed anything but excellent wet traction with them in all kinds of wet weather (except, obviously, snow and ice).

    These are probably the 8th or 9th set of Michelins I've owned between my original '91 Accord, my '99 Maxima, my '04 Accord, and my '07 Odyssey. I swear by 'em - additional cost notwithstanding. I swear by the Blizzaks for snow tires too - great traction, minimal tire whine, de minimus handling impact beyond what you'd expect for a soft gushy snow tire.

    Sorry more of you seem to be having trouble than not.

  • blufz1blufz1 Posts: 2,045
    If you want the Michelins,fine. Just buy them at a tire dealer like Discount tire. Same tires cheaper plus you get free rotations and balancing. I got about 45k out of oem Michelins on 3 different Accords. .02.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 23,395
    >Look closely at the sidewalls of your Michelin tires. They look like the desert, with all the cracking

    I just checked my 3 year-old Harmony tires-no cracking.
    I just checked my 1 year-old Harmony tires-no cracking.
    I don't recall cracking on my Symmetry tires that were 5 years old when I replaced them with the now 1 year-old Harmony tires.

    Are you sure you know what you're talkin about on the cracking?

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • bunkie1bunkie1 Posts: 18
    Consumer reports top tire was the Dunlop SP Sport 5000. I had a set of Dunlops on a Miata a few years back and didn't have any complaints.

    The last set of tires I bought were for my Passat in January and I bought the Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S. These were rated second by CR and they're about 20% less than the Accord's MXV4. I've been very satisfied with them as I have with all the Michelins I've owned. I'll probably get a set (from Costco) for my Accord in a few months.

    I got 60,000 miles on my first set of MXV4's and have about 62,000 on my second set. No sidewall problems at all. In fact, I haven't even had a flat.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    Both of my Accords had MXV4's and after only 1 year, the tires looked like 10 year old dry rotted tires. A friend of mine commented that his tires were the same way. Maybe they're not all made with the same compound, but if you have MXV4 tires, chances are they have cracks.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 23,395
    No, I don't have that particular one. Is it a low rolling resistance tire?

    Curious question... where is your car parked? In your garage? Is there a refrigerator or furnace in your garage with ozone-producing motors?

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    The car is parked outside all day, every day. It has everything to do with the tire compound, and nothing to do with weather etc. IMO. Next time you see a car or truck with Michelin tires, look closely at the sidewall. I'm not saying the tires are necessarily unsafe, but they look bad and old.

    Yes, it (MXV4) is a low rolling resistance tire. But I think the same attributes that make it low rolling resistance, also make them less durable. The Bridgestones are heavier/thicker, and I am willing to give up the 1-2mpg penalty, for what I percieve as a stronger tire.
  • chucko3chucko3 Posts: 793
    Got the WW safety recall done today.
    They inspected & found the motor corrode.
    So they replaced the motor & put the cover kit on.
    They did a good job of putting the platic crowl back.

    Didn't want to do it, but they wanted to do it when I made appt
    for the TCS light check.
    The TCS light didn't come on again for a week.
    So nothing is done. Could be a low pressure in the
    VSA modulator which triggered the light twice, my guess.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,469
    Actually location (weather and pollution) plays a large role in tire cracks (usually harmless).

    I always had cracks with every brand in the DC area. I don't out in South Dakota. Ozone is an ingrediant in smog and we don't have any of that here. Large cities do.
  • ezshift5ezshift5 West coastPosts: 858
    ...... Next time you see a car or truck with Michelin tires, look closely at the sidewall. I'm not saying the tires are necessarily unsafe, but they look bad and old

    .......if beauty still remains in the eye of the beholder, can we extend this to bad and old? OEM HX MXM4 Pilot 93V 215/50-17 tars on my coupe measure 5/32 at 52,5k.

    Only negative would be non-confidence inspiring wet performance - - - - - - IMHO.

    OTOH, headlight bulb replacement on a Gen7 is a real [non-permissible content removed] - - - once again IMHO.

    all the best, ez....
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    My car is at the dealer today. They called yesterday and asked if I'd like an Enterprise rental for the day, while my car was being fixed, that Honda would cover it under the warranty. I'd love one, but since I don't turn 21 until a month from yesterday, I told them I wouldn't be covered, but thanks anyway. They then offered to shuttle me to work.

    I got a ride, since a coworker lives near me, and offered to take me and bring me back on her way to and from work, but I was pleasantly surprised with Honda.

    Hopefully I'll get it back good as new this afternoon.
  • tankbeanstankbeans Posts: 585
    OTOH, headlight bulb replacement on a Gen7 is a real [non-permissible content removed] - - - once again IMHO.

    You got that right. About 6 months ago I was changing the bulbs on my car and the plastic jobber in the passenger side wheel well cracked because I couldn't get enough give to be able to pull it back all the way.

    Needless to say I was miffed. On the other hand it isn't visible so I'm not going to spend the money to fix it. I'll have to tell a future owner about it, but that is a long way off.

    If I have my way the thing is going to be on the road a very long time, by that time it won't be worth a whole lot anyway.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    I've seen what you have to go through to change the bulbs, in the manual. I am still on the original bulbs though, so I haven't had the actual experience yet. Did the bulbs go out, or did you want different bulbs? Come to think of it, I haven't had one bulb go out anywhere yet (5.5 years 56k miles). Knock on wood. I don't do a lot of night time driving though.
  • plethysmoplethysmo Posts: 42
    I changed a headlight bulb on my 03 Accord. After 2 months, the skin on my forearm had healed.
  • tankbeanstankbeans Posts: 585
    I was having trouble seeing at night, I'm too young for night blindness, I hope, but I decided to try brighter bulbs and for the most part it's worked. I haven't had a bulb go out, but now I know what I have to do to replace them again. Hopefully that won't be for a while. Never mind the fact that it was winter and if you get water on the bulbs they will explode, and I was trying not to get too wet.

    I'm telling you that it is an awkward thing to try and do. You have to go in through the fender, try to find the plug for the light and pull it out, all while not being able to see what you are doing, you're pretty much going on blind faith, pardon the pun. Whoever decided that that was a good idea needs to have their head read.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    Do you think it would help, if the whole plastic fender well was removed? I like to see what I'm doing, so removing more screws and clips wouldn't bother me. Better than skinning myself alive. I find the low beams are kind of dim, but the high beams light up a dark road pretty well. Did you change the low beams, high beams, or both? I don't want to be blinding other drivers either. What kind of bulbs did you get? Silverstars? They seem to be popular.
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