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Bridgestone Potenza RE050A

Bridgestone Potenza RE050A

3.8 from 64 reviews · View Statistics

Reviews

  • Build Quality
    4.7 (3)
  • Value for Money
    3.3 (3)
  • Noise Level
    5.0 (3)
  • Wet Weather Handling
    4.0 (3)
  • Durability
    4.0 (3)
  • Dry Weather Handling
    5.0 (3)
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Michael012

Michael012Melbourne

  • 76 reviews
  • 24 likes

Great performance and durability but expensive

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These tyres were fitted as original equipment on my 2012 VE Calais Sportwagon V8. Great performance. Ride, handling and traction good in all weather conditions. Low noise level. Lasted 55,000km. Very expensive so replaced with the cheaper Bridgestone Potenza RE003 tyres.

Purchased in June 2012.

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Value for Money
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Incentivised ReviewNo
Tyre Mileage55,000 km
Car ModelHolden Commodore VE
Tyre Pressure Used38 PSI
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Sarah L.

Sarah L.South East Queensland, QLD

  • 6 reviews

Performance yes everyday use no

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Got these on my stock standard bmw 120i makes minimal noise and very grippy. Not that great in rain and mileage isn’t as great as my Kumhos, if you are looking for performance these are great but for A to B driving maybe something with more tread.

Purchased in March 2020 for $330.00.

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Value for Money
Noise Level
Incentivised ReviewNo
Tyre Mileage3,000 km
Car ModelBMW 1 Series
Tyre Pressure Used36 PSI
Functionality
Wet Weather Handling
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Rainer

Rainer

  • 17 reviews
  • 2 likes

5 Star tyre but high priced makes it 4 stars

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Purchased in August 2017 at Drugscreen.

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Value for Money
Noise Level
Incentivised ReviewNo
Tyre Mileage43,000 km
Car ModelFiat 124 Abart Spider
Tyre Pressure Used34 PSI
Functionality
Wet Weather Handling
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Blade38

Blade38Sydney, NSW

  • 3 reviews

Great Tyres for performance Cars

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1. Great performance tyre. Grips very well under all conditions (in Australia) straight line or corners, dry or wet. Even when it starts to lose grip you can feel it gradually sliding and easy to control. Stops well.
2. As mentioned by other reviewers the wear is not so good due to the soft compound. Noise is not an issue. If you wish to get more mileage from your tyres and you drive more sedately, then this is not a tyre for you.
3. 19" low profile tyre is expensive compared to other brands. Later in the car life I changed to a 'harder' tyre with slightly lesser grip and 60% of the Bridgestone tyre price.

CarHSV Clubsport R8 317kW (MY09) and owned car for 5 years
Cam

CamSouth East Queensland, QLD

  • 3 reviews
  • 3 likes

Disappointing OEM tyres

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This is my second set of BS RE050A as standard factory fitted tyres. Yes they are grippy on the road but that’s about it. They wear quicker than every tyre I’ve tried except the Kuhmo KU36. They pick up fatal screws, nails and bolts more frequently and are just not worth the price tag. There are much better performing, wearing and more bulletproof quality tyres available on the market than the RE050A, sorry Bridgestone.

CarMPS3, 370Z
Ash

Ash

  • 5 reviews
  • 1 like

Good quality tyre for a fast four passenger vehicle

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This tyre may not have the tightest traction off the mark, but it handles beautifully in wet weather and around corners. Highway travel is smooth and it is well matched for a 150-200kW performance vehicle. These are modestly durable tyres but they do show some signs of wear after only 5,000km of mostly gentle driving.

CarŠkoda Octavia RS
Dann

DannSouth East Queensland, QLD

  • 13 reviews
  • 6 likes

30,000km travelled and many more kilometres left

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Car2010 Holden VE Commodore Omega
shamus

shamusauckland

  • 9 reviews
  • 10 likes

They work well.

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Have them on a Holden Redline V8 in 19 inch and they suit the car. Went from RE050 to Toyo and now back to RE050. They cost more but the rear end holds on much better. They are quite sticky and soft in the rubber compound so don't have a long life but they do stick to the road which is the most important thing for me with a big bore rear wheel drive V8.

CarHolden Commodore SSV
Mick

MickChinchilla

  • 6 reviews
  • 1 like

Bridgestone tyres

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Have found these Bridgestone Potenza tyres to be good wearing with a good looking tread pattern. Previous Goodyear tyres seemed to be less satisfactory. Seemed to wear a little unevenly. Will keep buying Bridgestone tyres for the present. Have used Yokohamas and Michelins and found them good also even though they are more expensive.

CarSubaru Liberty
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Good honest tyre

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Had Yokohamas on previously, which were quite loud. We drive fairly sedately, so can't give absolute review on wet or dry performance, but seems to be good handling in all areas, much quieter than Yokohamas and beautiful balance and ride on freeway, steering wheel shows no vibration or movement at any speed. Run tyres at 39 psi. Only real criticism, considering the way we drive, 40,000 km seems a bit early to wear out for an reasonably expensive tyre

Car2010 3.6 litre VE Calais V
iamagirl69

iamagirl69South Australia

  • 83 reviews
  • 67 likes

i currently have these tyres on my 2016 Mazda 3 2.0L sedan.

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I like these tyres. I think they grip well in the wet and they look quite stylish. I would have to say though that the only downside I will have to say, is they are somewhat noisy on less than ideal road surfaces (I do a lot of country driving) I have been driving now in my new car for almost a year and the tyres are still in excellent condition, so I am hoping to get at least another year or two out of them. I haven't had to replace them yet, so I will wait to see how long they last. Overall I am satisfied with their performance level.

Car2016 Mazda 3 2.0L 4 door sedan.
dfy_1981

dfy_1981

  • 10 reviews
  • 1 like

Pay a little extra

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These are great all weather tires. I replaced a cheap set of of Dayton with these and the difference in grip particularly in the wet. No more under-steering or spinning wheel when on an incline of the lights.

Well worth the extra odd $70 per tire.

I have had one flat on them, but it was an obvious puncture.

So far wear seems even, but can't comment on mileage as we don't do huge KM's per year.

CarToyota Corolla

High wear

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I have had these tyres size 235/45 R18 for just under 2 years and have done 28,000 Km. Tread is now worn down to legal level. I drive a family wagon not a race car. Expected better wear than that for $255 each tyre, current price at Tempe Tyres in Sydney.

Car2012 Ford Mondeo TDCI Wagon
Euphoria

EuphoriaSydney Surrounds, NSW

  • 7 reviews
  • 1 like

Good reliable daily tyre!

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I've used these a couple times now as a daily tyre and get quite good life considering how they're driven on. The tyre walls aren't so firm but I can live with this as the ride is good and tyre noise is minimal. wet grip is average but they have really nice control when they do reach their limit, even bald these tyres were controllable in the wet and dry...obviously if you hit a sheet of water when they were bald theyd be horrendous but overall control is really good.

expect about 30-40 000km out of them with hard driving

I've used many tyres over the years, semis, slicks and good road tyres. Although there is better tyres in the class out there, these tyres are a great overall tyre.

Car2006 350z
Raycheller

RaychellerSydney

  • 22 reviews
  • 12 likes

Great tyre, not sure how long they will last however and quite expensive

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Car2002 Honda Civic Type R
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Didums

Didums

  • 2 reviews
  • 1 like

Less than 2 months and tread depth gone from 5mm to 3mm

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Can't say they are durable. Bought 3 for 4 deal cost $720 dollars. Took car for service today and was told the Right Front one was only 3mm 7mm 5mm, the other three were all 5mm 7mm 5mm. Couldn't believe it, haven't hit any holes. Bought 29 April 2016, today is 16 June 2016. Never again. Will be investigating further. Was told to go and get another wheel alignment.

CarB180 Mercedes
Joe Public

Joe PublicSydney, NSW

  • 3 reviews

Great tyre. Beware of the different versions from parallel imports

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CarHolden VF Calais
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Joe Public
Joe Public

Tempe Tyres were kind enough to trade back the YZ version having travelled 3,500km and supplied me with a FZ version tyre for an extra $70. All up the price was still way under the Bridgestone RRP.

Scruffy

ScruffySouth East Queensland, QLD

  • 3 reviews
  • 1 like

Great tyre

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Car2007 Holden VE SV6 sedan
Jason

JasonCentral, TAS

  • 4 reviews
  • 1 like

SSV Redline - RE050A Great but Noisy

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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.

Dee

DeeMelbourne

  • 9 reviews
  • 3 likes

Great handling.. but noisy

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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.

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Questions & Answers

Tyrone T.

Tyrone T.asked

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?

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Rajat

Rajatasked

Are they good for Honda accord my previous tryres are Bridgestone Eco EP100 225/50/R17 ?

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Colin
Colin

Can't help you out there. Best to contact your local Bridgestone specialist.

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.

leanne noske

leanne noskeasked

Are these tyres still avaliable and how much are they? ?

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Noeleter
Noeleter

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.

Dee
Dee

Yes they're still available...... but i wouldn't buy them! Very noisy.

Chris  m
Chris m

I've just put a set on 2 weeks ago .So yes they are available .They are good tyres . A bit expensive ,if you don't drive hard there are cheaper alternatives .Hankook is a very good tyre .I use them on my xw gt cruiser .Hope this helps.

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CategoryPassenger Tyres
Release dateApr 2009

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