These tyres wear out way too fast.
I brought these tyres for my Maserati, they didn't last 1 year less than 20,000km. Never buy them again. For the cost I would expect to get at least 50,000 km out of them. I don't my car to hard nor do I spin the wheels. I will have to do a lot more home work for my next set.
gret grip, very noisy
i changed to these from yokahama c drives because i can't get them any more. the potenzas are great on the road, good grip etc and i drive a lot on windy country roads BUT the noise is nearly unbearable. safety wise they are excellent but not sure i would get them again due the LOUDNESS of them which is unfortunate because i do like them, but i don't want to end up deaf!
Good tyre but it didn't wear well for me.
Bought these tyres for my Audi A4. Grip in dry and wet was excellent. No tyre noise evident even now at 44k. Only problem I have with them is that Bridgestone said they have only a short life left. Rep said to get close to 50k with these tyres was excellent? Really! I run the tyre at 48 psi, had wheel alignments, rotations and balance every 10k with Bridgestone. I just believe these tyres should last more than 50k. I might do a little more research now that I need new tyres again.
These are OE on my WM Caprice V8. I have just fitted my third set at ~90,000km, so averaging 45,000km on them. Very good in the dry and wet. As asymmetric tyres they used to be relatively expensive, however price has come down, particularly at Bob Jane... wait for the 4 for the price of 3 offers.
Love These Tyres. Great Choice
Have them on Mazda 6, up to almost 65,000km and still looking ok. When they are replaced I will definitely be using the same tyre again. They are the original tyres that came on the vehicle and have and still do handle great in all different driving conditions. Excellent choice.
Great tyre. Beware of the different versions from parallel imports
Great tyre. Bridgestone Australia import the FZ version of the 245 40 R19 98W XL Bridgestone Potenza tyre. They are Holden Original Equipment (OE). They are stamped with 050AFZ and also the Holden TPC approval code. The FZ version suits Australia's road and driving conditions. If you see any other version of the same tyre e.g. stamped 050AYZ (just under Potenza written on the tyre) you should know it will be completely different to the 050AFZ in construction, handling/performance and will be a parallel import. The advice from Bridgestone Austr...alia and the importer/tyre shop is to only fit at least a pair of the same version of RE050A tyre on the same axle. The YZ tyre I've seen has very small water drain grooves. I would be concerned about driving it in wet weather. Looks like it is a Summer tyre for another country road and driving conditions.
Se Queensland, the tyre is great had altenzo or something cheap on and I thought my front end was getting loose, after I did the product review here and liked the feedback I decided to hunt for prices, so I did what any person would do and rang Bridgestone them selves, good deal going was buy 4 for the price of 3, the price I was given was a staggering $1018 with no wheel alignment, proceeded to ring Bob Jane, buy a full set of Bridgestone and receive $100 of your purchase, now for the kicker, $900 and then $70 for wheel alignment, no one else ...in my area stock them as they say they are to dear The tyre sticks like crap to a blanket, all the trouble of the last set is gone, feels like a new car, haven't tested in the wet yet but have to be safer than the last junk I had You pay for what you get but do your homework
Potenza are great tyres
I had these on my SAAB Aero, lasted much better and handled just as well as the Pirellis originally on the car. I have had 2 sets on my Holden Statesman, I tow a 2.1 tonne boat trailer, I drive in traffic, I go on winding roads, I drive quickly to the snow...they do everything well. I will use them again.
SSV Redline - RE050A Great but Noisy
I have a 2014 SSV Redline ute and these RE050A tyres are excellent in all conditions. Very predictable handing and pretty low wear characteristics. My only complaint would be that the RE050A's are really noisy on coarse bitumen surfaces. Maybe a combination of the firmer SSV Redline suspension (FE3) as this wasn't so much of an issue on the previous SSV (FE2) I had.
These are really excellent tyres. Great grip, quiet and low rolling resistance so add to the economy of the car. They are expensive but I think good value for what they are. Have done 40 000km so far and heaps of tread left. Will be replacing with another set when these eventually wear out.
Great handling.. but noisy
These were OEM tyres as fitted to my Volkswagen Scirocco R. Done 30,000k's now and they're almost cooked.
Won't be replacing with the same tyres as although they handle well, they are noisy. Tyre roar on all but the smoothest bitumen is just awful and has steadily increased as the tyres have worn down.
Grips in dry but noisy
These are on my Audi Quatro (2010 155KW model) and grip well in the dry. However, they hydroplane badly with not much water on the road. Also, on this particular car, and rough surfaces, they are very very noisy. I would hope for 50000 km of wear, but I doubt I will see that after doing just over half that distance.
Good dry weather grip
Noisy and hydroplane in the wet
Have a VE ss Sport Wagon got over 40000 K's on the old Potenza's that's with a lot of towing, wheel alignments were out and minimal rotation. Bought a new set on the current by 3 get 4 deal also got them on special at $299 each with the deal only paid for 3 with wheel allignment balancing and fitting cost $930 works out to about $232-$233 a tyre. Bargin!!!
These tyres where OEM fitted to my SS redline 2011 sedan. 3 years and 82000km they are still on my car. I took then to get them replaced and the tyre shop said they are still okay so may get to 85000km They are almost at the end of their life but I will be replacing them with you know what.
Mmmmmm nothing you get what you pay for.
O what a nosie
10,000k the noise and vibration on these tyres. Bridgestone customer service said "rotate every 5000k" what a joke, had the same poor tyres on my last new car - same noise same bad performance and the tyre ware.. don't go there. Changed to Michelin - best tyres by far quieter, smoother, handle better and last 30000k longer with no tyre rotation. Going to change ther crappy tyres after 10000k to Michelin. Don't waste your money if you have these on your car, get rid of them while you can trade them in and buy good tyres.
noise and quick wearing
These tyres were fitted to a Mazda6 wagon from new and have done 45K. Apart from being a touch noisy, the ride and grip in all conditions has been excellent. I have looked at other brands but will stay with these tyres as I know exactly what I am getting for my $280 a piece.
I have an XR5 and did a bit of research on these and was pretty happy from global feedback. Had these fitted x 4 yesterday changing over from Goodyear Excellence and felt an overall improvement. Got a great deal from Blairs Tyres in Cabramatta @ $260.00 for each fitted and balanced. Tyre size was 225/40/18. They had to be ordered but only took about half a day to bring in.
Great overall tyre
Never put anything else on my car again
I have a VE Calais V which we had a set of KUHMO's on and the handling was like driving a Datsun 180. The car constantly handled as if driving on under inflated tyres. After outlaying the cost for putting new Potenza RE05A tyres back on we have never looked back. The handling is second to none and it corners like nothing you would believe. We live in the tropic where the wet season brings fear into every driver with the glaze of oil on the round abouts when the rains first hit. Well that was till we put the Bridgestones on, she sticks to the road like glue!
Handling, wet road surity and confidence !
Cost but you get what you pay for. However, initial price was $490 each got then for $387 each.
My SS V Commodore came with them in 245 / 40 R 19 and the cost to replace one came to 500 dollars.
This did make me feel a bit ill but when you consider the performance they give you can't put a price on that.
I would rate them a 5 but given the cost I would have to say 3.
Grip in wet and dry conditions.
The cost per tyre.
Have grip in spades but you pay through the nose for it
Excellent grip and braking performance in wet and dry conditions. Rating 4/5
Driving comfort: 3/5
Noise Level: 3.5/5
Tyre wear: 3/5
Have done 26,000km and they are nearly worn out.
Cost to replace them is a joke. With the $AUD at record highs these tyres should be at least 35% less than what they are asking. Seems some tyre companies don't mind price gouging Australians.
I'll be replacing them with Falken ZE912s or Sumitomo HTR ZIIIs which are much more reasonably priced.
Questions & Answers
I had four Bridgestone RE050A fitted to Ve Commodore SV6, noticed that three of the four wheels had no weights fitted at all is this normal?
Are they good for Honda accord my previous tryres are Bridgestone Eco EP100 225/50/R17 ?
Yes, they’re great for your Honda Accord - compared with the Bridgestone Eco EPs, when on Potenzas the car will feel like it’s gripping the road with a vengeance - haha.
The difference is that the Eco EPs are a harder compound i.e. they roll better, last longer - but rely on special tread patterns etc. for grip. The Potenzas on the other hand are performance tyres designed for great grip under a variety of circumstances - but because their grip eats up rubber, they wear out faster than Eco EPs. Pumping Potenzas 3-4psi higher than usual can help them last longer the Bridgestone chaps’ll tell you exactly how much pressure to use - I’ve seen people pump’em up to 45psi for Holden Commodores. If your Accord is a 3.5L V6, then around 40psi should do the trick.
Keep in mind that with tyres, it is always a trade-off between grip/performance and high mileage/long life.
If you drive around gently in the city mostly, then consider Michelin Primacy 3 STs or Primacy 4s. They’re a good compromise between performance and mileage. So are the Bridgestone Turanzas and Eco EPs.
However, if you tend to swing your Accord V6 around corners, want good performance in rain and expect braking performance, then the Potenzas are amazing - just use a higher tyre pressure than you would for the others.
I’ve responded late, but hope this’ll be of use to others.
Are these tyres still avaliable and how much are they? ?
Suggest you contact your dealer. Price will depend on size. Not sure whether they have been replaced but dealers seem to be pushing the RE002 instead for a similar price. Just replaced my RE050As with RE002. Ride is a bit harsher, noise levels similar, grip better particularly in wet. Said to also last longer. I guess time will tell.
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