Recently, when I posted a long-term update on our 2014 VW Passat, I alluded to the tires not being the best I’ve ever experienced. Those tires can now be viewed in the past tense.
Volkswagen put Hancook Optimo H426 tires on this car at the factory. I replaced them at an odometer reading of 35,009. While there was a small degree of tread depth left, they had become loud and traction was far from terrific.
No doubt all the ribs having been worn off was a culprit.
These particular tires had a tread wear grade of 440. Scouring the Hancook website, I’m unable to find anything about a mileage warranty although the next two currently available tires have abundant reference to their mileage warranty.
I figured these Hancook’s could contribute toward being playground equipment, binder in asphalt, or used for a ground tire rubber chip seal. Sometimes you just need to spread the wealth.
Interestingly, a loaner 2016 Passat I had last summer was equipped with Continental ProContact tires. Perhaps Volkswagen realized there were better options or they got a better price on a new supplier’s contract.
The last new car I purchased was a 1996 Ford Thunderbird. Equipped with the sport suspension (which I highly suspect was simply the Super Coupe suspension), it came from Ford with Goodyear Eagle GT+4 tires. They went away due strictly to wear at around 45,000 miles (give or take as it’s been a while, but I know it was more than 35,000), replaced with a set of Bridgestone tires.
The Bridgestone’s were so remarkable I have never bought another set.
As of March 2, the Passat now has the brand of tire found on two of my other vehicles, plus some past ones, and the one in which I’ve had tremendously positive experiences. It now has a set of Cooper CS5 Grand Touring tires.
These have an 80,000 mile treadwear protection with a treadwear grade of 780, nearly twice that of the old tires.
So my question: What life have you obtained on your original equipment tires? What were they and what were the tires on?