Very High grip, good ride, too noisey
Very happy with overall grip in wet and dry. But noise above 40kmh is not good. Ride is excellent. Comparable hankook or Bridgestone is much quieter. Again, handling is very good.
Purchased in April 2020 at Thr1ve for $282.00.
Replaced 4 tyres on my Holden late last month. We are now 2000km in and 1200km of those on country and gravel roads.
The Ze914 is noisy compared to my previous Goodyear. On both country and city road the handling is as good if not better then previous tyre. They gripped very well both on cornering and emergency stop for wildlife.
The weather been hot so no comment on the wet condition. However I was very impressed how it gripped on unsealed road.
As for durability only tile will tell. For now I am happy with the overall performance but the noise is off putting.
Purchased in September 2020 at City Discount Tyres for $479.00.
Great performer and value for money
I live in inner suburbs Melbourne, so not a performance driver, but from the moment these tyres were fitted to my Lexus I noticed the difference! Honestly, it was like my car had been upgraded. Road noise was significantly reduced, bumps felt much softer, and when the car rolled, it rolled much longer before loosing speed. Ecorun works and I did notice better mileage.
In the first 6 months I was enjoying riding harder around the few S-bends in the wet and dry, always felt like the car had awesome grip to the road; OK, I got over it, I'm behaving myself again.
A big thanks to earlier reviewers who convinced me to go with the Falken ZE914.
Purchased in April 2019 for $110.00.
Unbelievably GOOD in the wet. And economical too.
We replaced a set of Bridgestone Turanza e300 on our Honda with these. The Bridgestones had done 80,000Kms with very good performance. The Falken's were offered at a very good price so we gave them a go. That was 20,000Kms ago.
First of all, their handling in the wet has been very good. We've driven the really windy Mount Lindesay Highway, Newman's Pinch, the curvy bits of Bruxner Highway, and Yabra State Forest all in the wet a few times now without any problems or spin-outs. I drive at a normal pace. If I was going to drive at stupid speeds..., I certainly wouldn't recommend these Falkens. Instead, I would choose Goodyear F1s, or Pirelli PZero Neros both of which I've had in the past on a Ford Focus ST. The Falkens have "eco run" in their naming title. Does that give you a hint as to who their aimed at? Speaking of economy. The Turanzas were good. These are a bit better. I've noticed maybe a 5 to 10% improvement. Handling in the dry is good for an everyday tyre, but I felt the Turanzas were just a tad better. Of course, there's a trade-off between handling and economy. The Falkens are a very quiet tyre. After 20,000Kms I would estimate about 20% wear. I'm expecting about 80,000Kms again with normal driving. Negatives? None really. These are an excellent tyre for everyday use.
Purchased in July 2019 at Tyrepower for $108.00.
Unbelievably bad in the wet
A short story first. We live in Kuranda, North Queensland and have been driving the winding Range road daily for 31 years. I have always had Bridgestone Potenza RE003s on my Toyota Caldina. The two on the front were slightly older than the back so I thought I should replace. Money was a bit tight at the time so good reviews and price had me settling on 2 of these Falkens which I put on the front. This was about 12 months ago. All good. Recently I decided to rotate the tyres and put them on the back. All good. One day after a bit of rain the wif...e said she had a scary drive home and the car slid out twice on her without driving particularly quickly. Even the old 4WD ute in front of her negotiated the corners okay at the same speed. We have had the Caldina for almost 7 years and not once has either of us got the car sideways. I put it down to maybe some diesel on the road as it had been raining. A couple of days later I drove it down on another rainy day. I think I counted it sliding about 7 times including an instance casually driving around Cairns and it doing a 180 degree spinout just driving it as I normally do. I felt pretty foolish with everyone staring at me who went around same corner at same speed. I couldn't believe it could be the tyres so I was checking pressures and possible mechanical issues. The tread was good. So I took it in to Bob Jane and asked them to check underneath and maybe put the Falkens back on the front. They said they couldn't find anything obviously wrong. It started to rain heavily after I picked it up so took it for a "robust" drive powering through a few empty roundabouts. No more problems. All I could think of was the extra weight of the front of the car holding it down better. I have never, ever had such a extreme outcome with a set of tyres. They handled fine on a dry road and were comfortable and quiet. So you can read into this whatever you will but I won't be going anywhere near these tyres again.
Purchased in January 2019 at Bob Jane T-Marts.
My car is usually very sensitive but with these tyres it minimises the bumps.
The tyres run smoothly and good brake control.
Only owned the tyres for a 9 months, all is good except one tyre is starting to crack.
Purchased in May 2019 at JAX Tyres for $161.00.
High quality Value for money
Purchased a set of these tyres after they were recommended by a local tyre shop. Terrific price point and far more aggressive tread pattern. Road hold in wet and dry is excellent and handling is precise with better turn in than Dunlop's I had. Tread depth seems a lot deeper when comparing with other brand name tyre's which was surprising. Falken is a Japanese owned performance tyre company that also gives you a mileage guarantee of 60,000km. Ride wise they are really smooth, Quiet and comfortable.
Purchased in August 2019.
Fitted to Jaguar Sovereign. Most impressed after 10k kms, drives like the day they were fitted, perfect balance, steering and ride with no sign of edge feathering or tyre wear. Quiet on freeway and most surfaces; still waiting for it to rain to check wet weather performance.
Purchased in January 2019 at Ian Diffen for $700.00.
My ride is a Falcon G6E Turbo so a lot of torque to rears using normally which is all the time. I've had others before these but can't fault the Falken ZE214's recommended by the dealer. Quiet, vg handling wet and dry, long wearing and great value. Compared to other higher profile brands, these are better and for less cost . Did i mention quiet?
Purchased in September 2017 at Tyrepower.
I bought these in the 235/40R18 size, fitted to a large sports sedan. Purchased 6 months ago, and have done plenty of miles during that time. I've found them to have sufficient grip cornering on winding country roads, and the noise and durability seem to be good for a tyre at this price point (I paid about $155ea).
I'd say they are a good choice for those who want to balance dependable performance with longevity. Would certainly consider buying them again.
Purchased in August 2018.
Great tyres, great price
I needed to replace original Bridgestone tyres (45K kms) on our Subaru Outback. I searched the options and found that Falken offered best value (buy 4 get one free deal). After 3,000km in all weather, these tyres are great to drive on.
I would recommend these tyres, dealer said to expect 60K kms if rotated every 10K kms.
Good tyres, handles corners well, good in wet too!
Like these tyres, the price was good and included fitting (if you wanted). The online site was: Tyresales.com.au and it was really easy to navigate and purchase, then you can pick your fitting centre and delivery date. Was a good experience. Tyres are very good.
Really impressed so far!
I’ve only had these for a week or 2, so I can’t vouch for their long-term performance, but I’ve been really impressed with how quiet & grippy they are. The Continentals that were on the car from factory we’re comparatively noisy & it looks like I’m getting slightly better fuel consumption now too. I’ve not done any hard cornering in the wet or anything yet, but these give great grip off the line in my twin-charged VW... only the tiniest bit of slip if I floor it in sports mode!
Great value for money when I bought them too - buy 3, get the 4th free.
Great Tyres at a Great Price
We had Dunlop Tyres on our 2008 Lexus RX 350 and were a very good tyre. We bought the Falkens on a recommendation from a friend and there was a Buy 4 / Pay for 3 offer in August 2018. These tyres are quiet and handle very well. We have taken them on dirt and gravel roads out in Regional Vic and have found them to handle well. We have been told to rotate them every 10000kms. Highly recommend them and would buy them again. Great Tyre and Great Service from the guys that supplied the Tyres in Springvale
These tyres have great traction and have actually increased my fuel mileage!
I purchased the 235/60R16 version of these tyres for my 2005 Rav4 in Feb 2018, but have waited until now (Oct 2018) to do this review so I could experience a few hundred k's with them on the vehicle.
I have to admit I was nervous about switching major brands as previously I had Dunlop tyres.
These tires were on special at buy 3 get 1 free for a good deal - all up the 4 tyres cost less than $500 at the time. I was concerned their performance wouldn't be that great during the rainy season.
Long story short, I haven't driven much on dirt roads, but on pavement, they work wonders!
The tires are rated as low friction, and I can say they roll on and on and on.
Questions & Answers
Are the Falken ZE914 tyres reliable on dirt roads which are fitted to a manual 2010 Xtrail 4wd
No, they are a bitumen tyre only, You require FALKEN WILDPEAK tyres
I note the fitment of the Falken Ziex ZE914 on a Ford Fiesta above. The variant isn't mentioned, but I have a Zetec and the Falken's not available in the standard 195/45R16 size. I'd have to go the the 205/45R16 size to be able to fit the Falkens. They are definitely a contender, although the slight change in width might make a difference in fuel economy. I also note claims for improved fuel economy and wonder if reviewers are changing profile or width- which effects both speedometer and odometer. The width change noted above, with the same profile, gives a ~1.5% change in speedo reading (lower- but they're always optimistic and my Fiesta's no different). I've changed a profile upwards with same diameter, on other cars, for a 3.5% reduction in speed reading- but the odometer went the other way. Onboard computers often give optimistic fuel economy too- our Renault Koleos consistently reads 0.5 l/100km lower than the figure worked out from the trip meter (1% accuracy) and the litres in the fill.
Is the ziex ze914 a SUV tyre
No it's not FALKEN has an SUV tyre though the FALKEN WILDPEAK which is a great tyre as I have put them on the wife's SUV
Hi John. Don't think so mine are on a Falcon FG Turbo, low profile. Suggest look at other Falken sizes. Very good tyre. Much less road noise than say Pirelli, Goodyear etc and no difference in performance to me.
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