Not up to Australian Roads
These were supplied on our Subaru Levorg, probably OK if you never venture beyond the city or the main highways but my experience is they are not up to Australian country roads. We had a Front Left Hand tyre fail, fortunately at low speed with less than 3000km on it having received what appeared to be light sidewall damage from a pot hole. Having accumulated approx 750,000km over the past 20 years on all kinds of roads and only used the spare wheel once due to a screw penitrated the tread I'm both surprised and disappointed.
To apply the rev...iew dot points - Are the tyres durable? Long term not tested, Short Term they don't appear to be up to Auatralian conditions if taken beyond the city. How do the tyres impact the performance of your car? Its not the cars performance that's in question it's the tyres and my confidence in the tyre, I haven't driven the car since the Blowout.
Good tyres, great price
I got the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tyres fitted on my partner's BMW X5. I've been reading about noise and design problems, didn't have any issues myself. A mate of mine got them on his Ford G6 and recommended these tyres, saying hey were better than the Kumho KU 31's he had last time. I bought these from Tyroola and they gave me an excellent price and quality service on them.
Dunlop SP Sport
Purchase 4x Dunlop SP Sport Maxx for my Wifes car. Car was Brand New & we ran the Original Bridgestones for approximately 10,000km before we upgraded to Aftermarket Mags.
First dry drive on the SP's over the Standard tyres I was Impressed! It soon ended.....
Wet Traction- Terrible! Squirm & wander around roundabouts & corners. Constantly brake traction @ first gear take offs & Traction Control Light Comes On Dash. They don't fully Aquaplane, but they do wander with water on the highway.
Dry Traction- Good around Corners ect sidewalls s...eem fairly stiff. Treadlife- Not Good. Did approx 50,000km tyres were chopped out & tread worn down. Terrible grip. Remembering this is a Small car, 2.5lt engine with mostly town work & reserved women driver with kids. "I occasionally drive it & not hard"
Sport Maxx were designed for the XR6 Turbo. Mine came with Sport Maxx 2, just fitted the newer Sport Maxx 3000a, as fitted to NSW Highway Patrol. Excellent feel & confidence inspiring for me. Would not fit other type. Sport Maxx SP came standard on my new Supercharged XR8 manual, but have not put them to the test yet.
Poor Tyres - Marketing Hype Has A Lot To Answer For
I have recently purchased a 2016 Subaru WRX and these tyres came as standard. I have never had Dunlop tyres on my previous cars and hopefully never will in future. Whilst the tyres themselves are 'fair', they are extremely overpriced given their performance on the road.
The tyres are uncomfortable, even when driving on smooth roads and highways. Similarly, they are also quite noisy - which says a lot when you can hear them over the WRX exhaust. I doubt that I would even get 50 000km out of the set.
Whilst the grip is average, I believe th...is is more to do with the car having AWD. For example, if the car had front wheel drive, I doubt it would have much traction at all. The tyres also 'sink' into the road rather than grip onto the road. I used to have a set of Yokohama Advan tyres on an old 2003 Mazda 323 and the handling of that car (whilst obviously not as fast) would give the WRX a run for it's money (on the Dunlops). Considering these cars are like chalk and cheese it shows the poor quality of the Dunlops. However, I must be fair and acknowledge that the Advan tyres really are THAT good, if a bit expensive (I used to pay $275 each for just a 16" tyre). Though I did get more than 100k before they needed changing which was a positive. I am actually considering changing these tyres before they wear out. Yes I dislike them. I will be upgrading to Yokohamas again or Michelin. Please folks save yourself the money and don't believe the hype. You will be disappointed if you buy the Dunlop Sport Maxx tyres.
21,000 thinking of changing
I have a skoda fabia rs, bought new last year in august. To my increasing chagrin it came with dunlop sport maxx not the contisports i was hoping for (pot luck it seems).
Two of them deflate at an unacceptable rate. They spin up in the wet like I cannot believe. There is barely adequate dry grip from standstill (im not talking about rapid launches off the line either I mean pulling away staying with traffic).
I have zero confidence in them when going a bit briskly. Zero.
While the sidewalls feel soft (tyre feels like it is tucking under the...
Good tyre, but surpassed by other is looking for the best
Would have comfortably got over 50,000 kms out of the set if not for a dodgy wheel alignment & then a screw through the tyre that had suffered from the alignment issue. Gripped well, noise was OK. Mix of highway & town driving, but with the first 7,500 Kms as a demo for a FG G6E Turbo in Melbourne the tyres got off to I dare say a lively start to their life. There are better tyres out there (which are also more expensive). Comes down to the amount you have to spend up front, just keep in mind tyres cost around 2 cents per Km over their life.
Despite a good review, these tyres were not confidence inspiring.
I own a 2007 Tiida Q with 17" rims. I bought 4 new Dunlop Sport Max 215/45r/17 tyres @ $220 each after reading a review on how good a performance tyre they were. I never felt confident on them. They didn't seem to grip well going round corners in the dry let alone in the wet, hence I needed to slow down appreciably in the wet. When they finally wore out (which while they lasted 60,000 k's couldn't come quick enough) I changed to Bridgestone Potenza Adrenalin RE002 tyres which cost just $200 each. The difference is like chalk and cheese! The RE...002s are a massive improvement over the Dunlops, massive. I was raving about them to anyone who would listen, how they were cheaper than the Dunlops, how much gripper in all conditions they are - just unbelievable compared to the Dunlops; they should buy some! And I got 55,000 k's out of them to add to the good news on the performance. Needless to say when I recently replaced the Bridgstone's I just bought them again, no question, no research required. The new set of RE002's is just as good. And the kicker? The RE 002's at changeover cost me less than the Dunlops each time.
Great long lasting tyre
Came standard (245/40/18) on my new 50th Anniversary XR6 bought in Jan 2011. Have been an excellent tyre which are just about at the end of their life after 70 000km run at between 38-40 psi. I do mainly freeway city driving and found that they handle extremely well and have very good even wear across all tyres. If you have a tyre pressure under 38 psi and you are a spirited driver around corners, you will notice the side walls wearing a lot quicker and the tyre will not last as long. The tyre is reasonably quiet given the high psi and tighter suspension, but not loud enough to cause to much intrusion into the cabin. I'm very happy with this tyre and plan to get another set within the next 6 months.
Good grip long lasting
OEM tyres on Ford G6 LE. got 70,000k mostly freeway driving between burbs and Melbourne city. I was happy with performance till the end. Will go back to these after trying some Bridgestone RE001 (or2 ?) which are great but I'm expecting half the mileage the way they are tracking after 15,000k.
Reasonable performance when new, but getting worse after 20kms
They came as OEM tires on my IS250, it rear wheel drive. The front last for 30kms then i have to replace them. the rear last about 45kms. They are performing well when new, low noise, much grip. But it was getting worse after reach 20kms, Lost most of of the grip even I could see at least 50% left on the pattern. My car is not very powerful, but it still very easy to lost traction when in wet condition. My traction control always kick in as result. I replaced the front with the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx TT at Tempe tires in Sydney for about $200 ea...ch(225/40/18). similar performance maybe a little bit better grip as it's softer, but i think the life will be shorter again. I won't suggest to buy this tire for this price, Kumho KU31 or KU39 will be better choice and cheaper if you don't really care about the branding.
Dunlop Sport Maxx
These tyres were standard fitment on my new 2012 FG Series II XR6. At 20,000 klms one (or more) tyres become very nopisy. A trip to the Ford dealer advised me to fit a new set of tyres, and that they had been run underinflated with dodgy wheel alignment. I would not entertain the thought of purchasing another set of these tyres in a fit, nor would I reccommend the tyres to a friend. The smarty at the Ford Dealer insisted i must have hit a pothole and wanted to charge me $2000 for a new set. Either the car is not up to city roads (Never been ou...t of the city) or the tyres are terrible. And to think I was contemplating another Ford prior to the end of local manufacturing. Alternatively, My Territory runs on standard install Goodyears, and is up to 120,000 klms on original set of rubber.
These tyres are the factory fitment on my FG XR6 Turbo. I have done 25,000 km's (mostly highway) and they need replacing. I have always run them at 40p.s.i, as recommended by the Ford mechanics and they have worn very evenly, but quickly. Wet and dry handling has been good, but they have become very noisy (groaning) in the last 5,000 km's. I will be trying a different tyre when I change them shortly.
Fast wearing, soft sidewalls, noisy.
Have just fitted 225/40/18 Sport Maxx RTs to my Golf GTI. I note that these are the new version and happily are made in Germany. The first thing I noticed are that they are a lot quieter than the OE Bridgestone RE0050's. in fact they are the quietest tyre I have ever owned and are even very good on course chip bitumen. I was also very impressed with the price $240 fitted and balanced which I think makes them compelling vale compared to Goodyears and Bridgestones which are all $300+. They have a huge chunky edge block of tread and I am not sure ...as yet (only early days yet) if the handling is as progressive as the Bridgestones. They have a very aggressive appearance with the huge channels. I am very happy so far. Inexpensive, quiet and seem good in the wet Handling might not be as progressive.
keep up the psi
my FG XR6 2011 is on 40,000km and my back left has the least amout of tread but still within legal limits maybe another 6 to 10,000 i will replace, I drive 120kms each day 25km on a zig zag where i have a little fun, Every 2nd tank I pump the tyres to 40psi i loose between 2-3 psi between the 2 fills.
I will be getting another set of these tyres
Noise noise noise
My fg mk2 xr6 turbo ute is an amazing car let down by the noisiest tyres I have ever owned on anything but smooth road the tyre roar is horrendous !! They are even noisey when slowing down like I said they spoil a fantastic car can't wait to get rid of them
They don't go flat
Noise noise noise
Not buying these tyres
We bought a new FG XR6 turbo in 2009. It handled quite alright with these tyres as oem fitment, but after 10000 kms the handling started dropping off. Our car hasn't been flogged but does get some spirited driving occasionally. I was really dis-appointed when all four tyres were absolutely shot at just under 20000 kms. One actually went through the steel belt ( don't know why ford dealership didn't notice excessive wear when it was serviced just 4000 kms earlier). Anyway I replaced these with Dunlop Sport 3000a's as they were oem fitment on our...BF XR8. I am still happy with the performance these tyres are giving and now with 45000 kms on the clock they look like they will give around another 20 - 25000 kms, with the same type of driving. I can live with 30 - 40000 kms from performance tyres as I have had them last a lot less than these Dunlops on other vehicles. By the way both the SP Sport Maxx and the Sport 3000a's I'm talking about were made in China, although the earlier ones on the BF were made in Australia. Handled quite well when the car was new. Very limited lifespan
Why do companies like FPV continue to use this tyre as standard fitment, they are seriously bad, compared to that fitted by HSV, these tyres makes the FPV an inferior car. I could't wait to get these off the car and am much happier now. Never use them again. Not in any way a performance tyre.
They are made of rubber and black and round and are called tyres
everything else, they are noisy, dont wear well, provide less grip that a cheap kmart tyre, cant be driven hard on, oh did I say they make alot of noise. Oh and Price...not worth it.
Got rid and put on GT Radials on AU but don't know what to do about the GT at moment. Looking at options. Seems tyre companies making too harder compound tyres for Aussie roads. And if you want quallity then you pay big dollars for 19inch with no garrantee you get the mileage.
Good when new, lots of grip, The GT seemed great to handle on FPV day at Willowbank.
In the wet not so good. Tyres went off really quiclky at around 15000ks, Had similiar problem on AU3 Fairmont Ghia in NZ from new. Found compound too hard. Not good for performance cars.
Questions & Answers
I have bought a BMW X5 with SP Sport Max 325/30 ZR21 I am getting some unusual wear pattern on the inside of the tyre and they are very noisy is this a design problem with these tyres. they have only done 5000klm as the cost of replacement at this size I want to make them last as long as possible or have some sort of waranty
Tyres wearing on the inside would indicate steering alignment for the front and maybe camber alignment at the rear.
the X5 would look nice with the low profile
this issue should be able to be fixed by most places that sell the Tyres, as for the noise it is strange that they would be noisy unless the alignment is out a fair bit or the tyre pressures are out a fair bit as well.
I check my tyre pressure every 2 weeks when I fill up with fuel, if I drive around town I set at 38psi or if country driving going up and down ranges where the altitude is around 800 to 1000 metres I pump up to 40psi.
I got this information from the tyre dealer
hope this helps
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