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very dangerous in the wet very disappointing
these tyres are just over 2 years old have done 45000 klm and for the last year have let go whilst turning corners in the wet , I spoke to Bridgestone and they told me there had been no negative reports but I can speak from experience these AT Dueler tyres are just dangerous.
I am now 74 years old and although these tyres are nor worn out as they just passed rego in NSW I am replacing them with Cooper AT3LT
Terrible on a Pajero
Have an NT V6 Pajero with these on it. Don't do it to yourself people. They howl like a beaten dog and are so slippery I am looking to replace them even though they are only 40% worn. Rubbish tyre.
Purchased these tyres 2-3 months ago which I have done one rotation so far had one puncture,tyres are are 9000kz into there life and sad to say I'd be lucky if I get 20000kz from them.they were so highly recommend was why I thought I'd give them a try,I drive about 200km a day on windy tarmac roads and about 20% of those roads are metals off road tracks.the wear quality is absolutely rubbish and I have never had any other A/T tyre fail as bad as these ones have.the ride quality and traction is awesome,but these most definitely do not stand up to my daily driving needs.i will not be buying another set of these for my 2017 hilux.
Purchased in July 2019.
I have had two sidewall punctures on my brand new 225/60R17 A/T 697.
Both were on corrugated but easy tracks. One the main dirt road at Litchfield, the other the dirt road into the Bungle Bungles. Tyres were run at 30psi so nothing extreme.
In this size they are not light truck tyres so don't have the extra sidewall ply's.
I am very disappointed they have lasted less than 3,000kms.
110,000 kms out of one set, but then the shakes in the new set.
OK, so, I've been a long time user of the D697 in the LT variant.
First fitted a set of 245/70/r16 to a 2015 model MN Mitsubishi Triton. Car had about 80,000kms on it at that stage, and I was happy with the tyres, so when I traded the vehicle at around 120,000km I had the tyres swapped over. The new vehicle was a 2015 MN Triton. So both 4wd, both Manual.
That first set I managed to get 110,000 kms out of ... semi regular rotations, and wheel alignments. I'm not a 5 or 10,000 km habitual tyre rotator. They get done when I feel it needs a w...heel alignment. So, happy with the original D697, I opted to get another set. Oh boy, bad move. From the first drive out of the tyre fitter (Bob Jane) the car didn't feel right, and as soon as up to 80 kmh it would shake. Car went back in total 11 times to get, at first the wheel balance correct, and then the wheels rotated, replaced, and finally at another T-Mart a full new set of tyres, alignment and balance. This final replacement set is way better, but at 105-107kmh the vehicle starts to shake / vibrate and by 110 - 115 kmh (per speedo, which is actually just under 110kmh per GPS) the car has a really weird 'harmonic' out of balance, shake / vibration.
Whole car shakes at 110klm
I have had these tyres for 500klm, they are out of round and cause the whole vehicle to vibrate, they have been balanced now 6 times and are unusable. Never again. I have contacted Jax and was give the usual crap that i need to contact bridgestone and bridgestone want me to drive over one hour one way for them to balance and inspect, looks like anything to get out of a warranty claim.
Not for off road use
I bought these tyres after reading other reviews, what a disappointment. Had them for just over a year now and have had 3 side wall punchers, one from a rock, two from sticks. In the previous 30 years I have had only 1 puncher doing the same sort of driving. If all your going to do is road driving then they are probably ok but if you plan on doing dirt tracks/off road driving choose something else.
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For The Serious Off Roader - I DON"T THINK
These tyres are NOT durable.
A brand new set of Dueler A/T and off to WA from the east coast. One thousand kms from home a massive blow out on the rear on inspection tyre was disintegrated. The dealer said with his 37 years experience the tyre had probably had a side impact and weakened the side wall which caused the explosion.
I contacted Bridgestone supplying pics and he said loss of pressure causing heat tyre blown out.
Which ever guess they did not standby their product.
After supplying further pics of another ExploreOz Forum members si...
Poor Wear Rate, Not A Capable Off Road Tyre
Up until July 2017 I worked for Bridgestone Adelaide for 8 years and was pressured into purchasing their tyres to "support the company that supports me". The Prado I purchased secondhand had a set of Bridgestone D697's fitted to it that had done 30,000km's and on the 30th December 2014 I noticed one of the tyres had a lug torn off of it. As I was heading off on a trip the next day I used my Employee Purchase Program (EPP) to purchase a new set of D697's as I didn't have enough time to order in anything else. The first 1,000kms the tyres started...off quiet, then they became extremely noisy. The wheel alignment had been set by Bridgestone Adelaide and everything was set spot on. When I returned from my trip I began complaining to my Manager about the poor quality tyre. I got the run around and was told there was a problem with my car (typical answer given to all complaining customers). I basically had to suck it up and put up with the rubbish that I bought from my employer. On Easter Weekend (April 2016) I headed up to the Flinders Ranges for some camping and 4wdriving (the tyres only had 20,000km on them by that stage) and the first 20km's off the bitumen we destroyed a tyre. Following behind me was a Mazda 3 with 18inch wheels and he had no worries. Quite embarrassing really! I returned back to Adelaide after missing out on doing what we wanted to do while up at the Flinders (due to not having 5 healthy tyres), stripped off the Junk D697's and fitted a set of BF Goodrich Mud Terrains. These BFG's have now done 30,000km's without a problem and have just completed 450km's of ungraded, corrugated roads in the outback without a single puncture or any damage whatsoever. The noise from the BFG's is less than the D697's even though they are a Mud Terrain. They look better, handle a lot better and wear a million times better. I'd suggest to anyone thinking of purchasing a Bridgestone product to reconsider. Their after sales behaviour when it comes to faults and complaints is an absolute joke. I'd NEVER buy another Bridgestone product again and I'd suggest to anyone wanting a serious All Terrain tyre to look at the BFG KO2 All Terrain, it is a far superior tyre than the Bridgestone. **I was told the torn lug on the tyre that came with my car was a result of "whatever excuse Bridgestone could come up with" and that there had never been a report of it happening before. Literally a month later 2 more 4wd's came into the store with the same problem. My manager would sarcastically harass me about my BFG, but would cry whenever I raised the issue about the Bridgestone d674 Mud Terrains tearing lugs off (well documented). So to summarise, the D697's is NOT a capable All Terrain tyre, it's best suited to running around town on the bitumen and making soccer mum's feel like they are 4wdrivers.
Noisier then M/T tyres.
Unbearable noise on our vehicle. We replaced in under 12 months because noise was horrible.
Always had comments from passengers thinking they were cheap nasty tyres based on the noise.
This is coming from a larger 4wd owner and the MT tyres I run are quieter (BFG).
bought bridgestone again but went HT and although better they are still noisy compared to a cooper CS4 we've also used
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Out of round and shaking car at 90/kmh
Bought 4 Duellers 265 /70/16 on 07/2015. They made the car shake, after 8 wheel balances and 2 wheel alignment Bridgestone on 02/2016 replaced all 4 with supposedly good tyres, car still was shaking , did suspension replacement. 06 /2017. Have 2 written reports from different tyre shops saying tyres are faulty, taking Bridgestone to small claims tribunal.
After the wheel alignment they always taken 2 wheels nuts bush . When i asked they are saying 2 bush is enough to hold wheel cup and they thrown in to the bin. Bush is not costly but it shows quality of service. Bridgestone giving franchise to all service sation without minimum standard.
Waste of money
After using the 693's for years I decided to try the 697's on my 2010 Ranger, am at 24000 k's now and I'll be lucky to get to 30000, after averaging 60-70000 with the others I certainly will not bother with the 697's again which is a shame because they handled quite well and have been very quiet the whole time
poor wet performance
I had very bad driving experience on wet road, fish tailing, cant controll, every one in the car get scared. I had Goodyear Efficient grip SUV tires earlier and they were much better to drive. Never again buy Dueler 697. Not worried about noice if they perform well for a safe drive.
Worst tyre I have ever encounted
Went with the 697's after doing some homework but after 40 thou k's and after doing a rotation every 5,000 k at a small cost of $35 to $40 which now added the price of another tyre they will be flat out doing another 10 thou. I can say I am disgusted and would not buy another 697, I'm going back to BF's, far better tyre and cheaper, I paid $305 for the 697's, bad call.
Noisy & Terrible on all surfaces
I bought a set of 697's for my Toyota (265/65/17) as a hurried last minute purchase and I regret that I didn't go Cooper or MT's. They started off very quiet for the first 1,000kms and then they have become Noisy as Hell. They are absolutely hopeless in the mud, useless on sand and slippery on wet bitumen. The set of 697's that came with the car when purchased, were replaced due to a missing lug and I have since seen and heard of another 3 x 697's that have done the same. I'm annoyed that I wasted my money on these! I rotate every 5,000kms and ...keep my pressures at 38psi around town with brand new suspension and wheel alignments that are kept spot on. I would urge anyone thinking of buying these tyres to look elsewhere as there are much better quality & brand out there. Don't be fooled by the Bridgestone name. I look forward to replacing these tyres.
Tyres out of round
Purchased a set of 267/75/16 LT 697s drove out of Bridgestone tyre dealer the steering was going all over the place took it back for another wheel balance after that it was no different they eventually replaced two tyres .they said everything was right . Drove away again down highway around 90ks it started to shake again . So they replaced the other tyres so there is obviously a problem with some 697s
7000,ks aint worth a pinch
Put a new set on for a trip along the plenty highway,7000 ks later the tyre had a10 cm long crack in the shoulder.bridgestone rejected any claim .very disappointed.bridgestone claim the tyre is made to take on the great outdoors.its better suited to driving driving on fairyfloss.don,t believe bridgestone,s hype
No warrenty service
I was expecting a bit more from this tyre 205 70 15
As per title, I was expecting a bit more from this tyre. Purchased 10k km ago, wear ok but don't handle very well in wet conditions.
The compound feels soft therefore I don't understand why it doesn't do a good job in the rain.
I check periodically the pressure to make sure is exactly as per dealer's advice.
October 2018 update
After only 4 years and half and 40,000km the tyre needs to be changed. I couldn't believe to what my eyes were seeing.
They reached the roadworthy mark now. So I can confirm that the wear is very poor.
They are f...
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