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Hyundai Azera Tires and Wheels



  • jaymagicjaymagic Posts: 309
    Considered the Altimax tires, but didn't want to go back to the H speed rating. So far, I am liking the Goodyear GT's. Huge amount of grip -- wet or dry. I do think the original Michelins were a little quieter, but its hard now to recall. These have the 40K warranty, like the Altimax. It will be interesting to see how the different models work for both of us. Mine will only be used in non-snow season (which means probably not in Oct thru April), even tho they are supposed to be all season tires. It's just that I want the studs on for the winter months. I thought about going the Tire Rack route, but decided to let Discount do it all ($615 total plus a $20 goodyear rebate).
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    Well...considering the main reason I picked the Altimax tires was because the OEM wheels are one during the winter months, so an H rated tire is no big deal to me. I read a lot of the reviews concerning the tires and they seemed to get very good ratings in terms of handling light/moderate snow, quiet/ comfortable ride and the price was hard to beat.

    As soon as I get them on and put some miles on them, I'll post some feedback.
  • hc106hc106 Posts: 10
    I have a 2007 Hyundai Azera Limited with 25,000 miles on it, and looks like it will be a while longer before I have to replace the Michelins that came on it, but when I do, they will be Goodyear Assurance Tripletreds .

    When we bought the Azera, we gave our 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis to our daughter. I had put Goodyear Assurance Tripletred tires on it when I replaced the original tires. She just replaced them last week with 80,000 miles on them. I am 71 and have used a lot of different tires, these are the best I have ever used. They give top notch traction in all conditions, are relatively quiet, have great responsivness, and tread life is fantastic.
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    Good day.

    I recently purchased 4 General Altimax HP tires ( for $372, took them to a local gas station to get them mounted & balanced for another $80. Anyway, since they've been on I've driven roughly 1000 miles on them and I must say, the ride is remarkably better than with the OEM Michelins. I never had any complaints about how the car rode over rough surfaces, but with the Altimax's even better. The ride is much more quiet and smooth, the handling is markedly better in both dry & wet conditions. I'll have to wait till this winter hits to find out how the tires fare in the snow here in the DC metro area.

    I wish I could give you some feedback on these tires in regards to fuel economy, but I was unable to get them installed before an impromptu trip to NY. I can say, on the OEM Michelins (with about 40k miles on them) I averaged about 25 mpg (round trip) cruising at about 70 with the A/C on the whole time.

    At any rate, I'm very, very satisfied and pleased with the Altimax HP's. My initial impression of them would have me recommending them to others. I'll post again at a later date and see if my opinion stays the same.
  • oskidunker1oskidunker1 Posts: 213
    $91.00 plus installation. I had these on a n Audi a few years ago and they were good.
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    Oskidunker1...I had considered the Conti's as my wife's A6 has them, however...when I went to Tire Rack and looked at the reviews...the Altimax edged the Conti's out. I can't wait till the winter to see which one is better in snow. So far, both are great on dry and wet pavement, but the Altimax HP's offer a quieter ride.
  • allmet33.. Need some advise, only have 15000 on my Michelins and they are starting to cup on the inside edge and making more noise. Think I need an alignment and/or wheel balance that was just done 30 days ago before I took a 2800 mile trip on some rough roads?
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    Cupping on the inside would indicate toe & camber issues. If the alignment was just done within 30 days, I would go back and have them re-do it just to be safe.

    Maybe when the alignment was done, they didn't tighten everything back down correctly. I've had my Azera since Mar. '06 and I haven't had a single alignment done on it yet. The car has just over 71k miles on it, with about 40k on the orginal Michelins. I have started getting a slight vibration from the front end, so I guess it's time for mine to be done as well.

    Let us know if the problem is corrected.
  • wobbly_earswobbly_ears Posts: 160
    71k miles? Wow! Yours is probably one of the Azzys with such high mileage!! Since you reported that you haven't faced any issues(major), I feel confident about the longevity of my Azzy (now with 24k miles)
  • gamlegedgamleged Posts: 442
    Makes me feel like a stay-at-home with 38,000 miles on my (delivered in Nov 2006) Azera Limited! Also no problems, save an under-warranty battery replacement at just under two years...
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    Yeah...I believe in driving a car, that's what I paid for. I'm going to make sure I get my money's worth out of this ride. ;) My '02 Sonata averaged 51k miles/year, so I'm actually down a tad bit. :blush:
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    I've driven mine quite a few places...I'm in the DC area and I've driven it to Orlando, Atlanta, NC (several times), NY quite a few times. My daily commute is about 50-60 miles round trip.

    I got tired of the OEM battery, so I went to Wally World and got one of theirs and it's been a champ, my light dimming issue went away when I put it in. Other than that, it's been preventive maintenance...brake pads, wiper blades, bulbs, oil changes, transmission flush and now...a new set of tires.

    I've been extremely pleased with my Azera. :blush:
  • oskidunker1oskidunker1 Posts: 213
    I did a search at Tire rack with the following preferences in order of importance to me.
    1. Quiet ride
    2. Tread Life
    3. Handling

    It came up with Goodyear Assurance for $123.00 PER TIRE. In reading the reviews of all the other tires, the all seem to get reviews of "gets noisy after 20,000 miles or premature tread wear." I do not see these negative reviews for this tire so I may try it.
  • wobbly_earswobbly_ears Posts: 160
    @ allmet

    51k miles a year?? Good god man, are you a truck driver or something?? I am sure you are pretty high on Al Gore's enemies list!! Lol!!

    Joke aside, before I lived in Texas, I never understood how anyone could put so many miles on their cars. Now that I am in Texas, even a trip to Costco would put some miles on my car.

    Miles and mile of Texas......
  • oskidunker1oskidunker1 Posts: 213
    Have 07 azera with 25,000 miles and Michelin Tires.There sems to be constant noise, worse when driving faster especially left fron wheel. Maybe I should have them looka t the wheel bearing. Front tires down to 2/32 in spots. what do you think? did a search and could not find a discussion on how to isolate the problem.
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    Hey Wobbly!

    Yeah...51k a year for 4 years!!! No...not a truck driver, just someone that loves driving. I ran into a guy this past weekend with an '06 Azera and he had 96k miles on his already!!!

    I've driven through Texas once and you're right...miles & miles of Texas!!! :sick:
  • manoharmanohar Posts: 12
    I doubt it's the bearing. Uneven wear pattern on the tire(s) is the likely cause. My guess, you have not been rotating the tires, have you?
  • jaymagicjaymagic Posts: 309
    Just returned from a quick Denver to Topeka, KS trip. It was about 1,200 miles. This is the first road trip on my new Eagle GT's. They were reasonably quiet at speed. I averaged about 80MPH, with air conditioning on all the way in both directions. My avg. gas mileage was right at 25 for the trip. There was an occasional quick sprint up to triple digits, but not for any length of time.

    The standard tire pressure for these tires is 35 lbs. For the trip, I had them bumped to 37. A little better mileage they say, but also a slightly rougher ride.(BTY I am still on the factory shocks, now at 57000 miles). The big thing I notice about these tires is the amount of grip. It seems significantly higher than the original Michelin's. I will take the pressure back to 35, now that I am back in town..
  • oskidunker1oskidunker1 Posts: 213
    $134 ea from Tire rack with $20 rebate to come. Very nice ride and now no noise.
  • grayfoxgrayfox Posts: 166
    I assume you mean no ROAD noise with the Assurances. Did they by any chance diminish the Clunks of the front suspension since the tires are softer than the old Michelins?
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    Grayfox...I can't speak on the Goodyear Assurance tires, but I can say something about the General Altimax HP's making a difference with the Azera. Now I don't have, nor ever have experienced the front end clunk, but I can say that there's a very noticeable difference in the way the car rides over road imperfections. So far, the Altimax HP's have been great!!! Much quieter ride vs. the OEM Michelin's, very smooth, great handling dry & wet. By the way, if anyone was in the DC/Northern VA area Friday the 26th of June around 9:30 p.m. The torrential downpour we experienced was crazy. I-95 was down to 40 mph in the fast lane and my Azera on the Altimax HP's was very confident and sure-footed. I can't wait till this winter so I can see how they handle in the snow conditions we get in this area.

    Personally, I will never go back to ANY over-priced, over-rated Michelin product again. They came on my '02 Sonata and my '06 Azera and in both cases...were far from being tires worth buying again.
  • grayfoxgrayfox Posts: 166
    Thanks for the input Allmet. It is another possiblilty but oskidunker bought some Assurances that I was wondering about. Ref #322,
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    Oh...I understand, I was just giving feedback in reference to whether or not different tires can affect the characteristics of the car's handling and ride...and the answer is yes!!! I've heard good things about the Assurances as well.
  • oskidunker1oskidunker1 Posts: 213
    I never had the clunk but the car seems to handle better.
  • grayfoxgrayfox Posts: 166
    Are the Assurance tires more quiet? My Michelins might wear longer but they are bumpy and very noisy. :(
  • stan28stan28 Posts: 14
    My Azera tires are also bumpy and noisy at 19k miles. They got noiser
    as they got older. A tire dealer told me it was probably due to too much
    weight on the front end and light on the rear making the tires bounce like a trailer
    and cupping them. After rotating them I guess I made it worse by bringing the
    bad ones up front and then the bouncing screwed up the rear tires. He suggests rotating more often but mine have gotten so noisy I need to buy a new set.
    The wife says "just turn up the radio!"

    Also the sunshade gear went bad and fixed on warranty and the other day
    a plastic shield under the passenger side came loose and dragged along the
    ground when the wind hit it then popped back up when I stopped to check the
    noise. Took me three stops to figure out what was happening. Luckily I had a
    small bunjee cord that I could use to hold it up.
  • The car was cheap to but so if the tires need to be replace after 25 k, I am ok with that.Better than paying 57k for an Audi A6 and saving $250.00 a year on tires.
  • wamba2000wamba2000 Posts: 146
    Took my wife;s 06 Azera in to Discount Tire for a rotation/balancing as the OEM Michelins were getting more noisy and it was due. Found that at 21,500 one tire was down to 3/32 and the others were at 4/32. As several thousand miles of driving were planned for this spring/summer, I looked at alternatives.

    I purchased the Yokohama YK520's in the stock 235-55/17 size. Ran me $145 each but I parted with a little over $700 when all the road hazard and fees were added.

    I have driven over 6500 miles since on these tires, here is my feedback: They are quieter that the stock Michelins even when the car was new. I had nose from the OEMs on grooved pavement more than on the Yokos. I have driven through two fairly heavy downpours and had no problems with grip or stability. Also got a 4 wheel alignment as soon as they were installed to minimize any unusual wear.
    Handling is good, and distance driving is quieter and even driving on the rough. bumpy LA freeeways was no problem.

    This is a good alternative tire. I think only discount sells this model, which could be a downside if you are in an area where they do not have stores.
  • Hey guys,

    Im upgrading to 18s for a sportier look, and I want to try to sell my OEM 17s that came on my '06 Limited.

    Im posting on Ebay and Craigslist, but was curious if anyone knows any other place to sell used rims. Whenever I am looking to buy or sell something for my Miata, there is a great Miata I was hoping for something similar for Hyundai/Azera specifically, but if its out there, I don't know what or where it is.

    Any info would be email is
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