on my 3rd set
Dont expect any more than 20k from these (i do work them hard) however for the price they are a fine performer wet and dry . Road noise is quite acceptable , dry grip is excellent and wet grip surprisingly good . I am what the book refers to as a "spirited" driver so I give the tyres a fair workout and have not been let down by them. Even though it's common sense they need to be replaced when you hit the wear marks, once they're down to that they start to get a bit slippery .
Good for the price, but that's about it
Pros: Great price for decent tyres, reasonably durable, tyre noise average. Enough grip in the dry, feels dependable while at speed. Been using a set for 20k kms and still 70% thread.
Cons: Wet weather performance questionable (slight understeer on a roundabout), really need to back off or it could be unpredictable.
Have had these tyres before
Purchased these to replace OEM tyres that where on my car as the original tyres were a very disappointing tyre only getting 24K & costing approx. $440 each
But I have these Kuhmo's on another car currently & am very satisfied with handling particularly in the wet & have travelled nearly 40K so far hence buying the same ones for the other vehicle
Best thing about these tyres about from great ride is the price as these are 40 to 50% cheaper than the OEM tyres so shop around to find the best deal
Amazing for the great price
Picked up four of these from Taleb Tyres for $440. Fitted to a Forester. Great tyres! Didn't expect much for the price, but they're quiet and handle well. So glad I didn't spend triple the price for the factory dunlops. Definitely recommend these tyres, a great budget option for any car
Great value for money
The Kumho Ecsta SPT KU31 is an awesome tyre for your money.
I feel that it is designed for a sporty feel which will grip well, but be noisy and decreased life.
For the same money you cannot buy any street tyres that will grip as hard as these tyres. I have used these on a race track and the performance was what I expected for the price.
Good Grip - Noisy - Poor Wear
Purchased these tyres for 2012 Aurion in Nov 2014.
Have just changed them as they are worn after 20,000klms.
They had plenty of grip - were a little noisy but really - 20K of wear till I had to change them is not even close to what you would need to get to warrant the cost.
I was happy to give them a go but won't be buying again.
Have moved to a much quieter tyre Michelin Primacy 3 ST - quietest tyre I have ever had.
Great when new
these tyres are great when new ,after little wear I thought my diff was going to fall out or I had all wheel bearing going to fail the noise was too much for me I had to change them ,I would not recommend them or purchase again .I have now purchased Nitto NT830 and I can now drive in complete silence its feels like a new car .KU31s were purchased from bob Jane who no longer sells them for that reason .
Fair, but very soft side walls
Got a set for a MiniCooper S 205/50 R17. The grip is good on wet a and dry, comfort is ok, however, the side walls are very soft and is very noticeable when cornering fast or at high speeds (after 170 km/hr) on straight line, the car tends to float a lot.
There are better options out-there, specially for a Minicooper S.
Amazing tread wear
I have no idea about the other reviewers wearing out the tires after only 5000kms but I've had mine for 90000kms (yes 90 thousand kms no typo) and they still have tread left on all 4 tires. I would defs buy them again as I've saved $500-$600 since I haven't had to replace my tires at the usual 40-50k kms mark.
Bought two of these from Ozzy tyres, first 5,000kms were good and then they became gradually noisy.
They are now 50% thread left and terribly noisy and will have to replace them soon, will never again buy
Kumho tyres :( not bad in wet though. The tyres I got were made in Vietnam.
Like driving on plastic wheels!
I bought a set of 225/40 18's for my supercharged Toyota 86, terrible grip laterally when cornering, and very hard to get the power down. Bad tramlining as others have mentioned, and quite noisy. Half the tread gone in 5000km which I wouldn't mind if they had decent road grip but they don't... Won't be buying another set thats for sure.
terrible wear rate
Have crossfire srt6. Put a set of 255/40/19 on the rear. These tyres lasted only 5400 kms. Yes just over 5 k. Took off when hardly any tread but worn right across. Stick well in the dry, average in the wet but tramline bad. Will never buy again. Not impressed at all. Wouldn't mind if I drove hard, but I mainly sit on the speed limit in cruise control'
Great value performance tyre
IMpressive grip, great for taking off at the lights without traction control, it allows me to take off much faster than before. Great cornering too, just doesnt loose traction easily so you can drive hard with more confidence. 2 downsides some tramlining on worn roads as has been mentioned, and the tyres get noise above 100kph, but the stereo solves that. I use these on my Jag 6.0L V12.
Best value tyres on the market.
I have these tyres on two of my cars. My BMW E30 325iS handles very well on both wet and dry roads, even performed well on track days
Purchased a set of these Kumhos for my Toyota Caldina when I imported it 18 months ago and got around 35,000kms out of them which I thought ok. During that time they were hard to fault on wet and dry roads and reasonably comfortable and quiet on the highway. They were 215 45 17s. What I did notice on my initial drive up from Brisbane to Cairns was fairly severe "tramlining" where the car follows slight dips and camber changes in the straight ahead. I played around with the tyres pressures between 30 and 45 psi and it didn't make any difference so I thought it may be the car being unfamiliar with one of these and being set up for Japanese roads. So I took it in to Fulcrum for a check and alignment when I got to Cairns and they could not find anything obviously wrong with the set-up. So I put up with it for the next 18 months and have just replaced them with Bridgestone Potenzas. Guess what - no tramlining - sits nice and straight on the road without constant little steering adjustments. So after having gone through a couple of dozens different tyres brands and sizes over the years I can fairly assuredly say that these Kumhos were the worst tramlining tyres I have ever come across. Twisty, winding roads great, but stright ahead highway driving not so.
So far been a great tyre
Had the KU31 for some time & have clocked up approx 20k & have performed very well
Do tram line a little on certain surfaces but that is expected on a directional tyre
Great in the wet & dry
Update Aug 16 .Have now done over 30000ks on them & still plenty of tread on them
I see some people are saying they are through them quickly but I am not a hard driver so maybe the reason they have lasted so long
Some good some bad, mostly excellent.
I was sick of putting extremely expensive German tyres on my CL600 Benz and getting around 15,000k from them. Someone suggested trying ku31's and I thought, nothing to lose. The first 3 sets I put on were to put it bluntly, fantastic. I run 275/30/19's on rear and 255's on front and have to run 34ps in the back tyres to get even wear without taking the center out. The rest of the tyre wears great, they don't scrub corners off and protect the rims fairly well. The fronts are fairly stiff with 37ps in them, but arent noisy and always turn in precisely even on wet bitumen. The grip levels are fantastic, wet or dry.
Some of the other comments are interesting, the guy with the "big heavy powerful' Senator, well, I have a big heavy car , on the same size rims and tyres, it's got a 6 litre V12 with 370 kw at the wheels and more torque than an Enzo Ferrari. The Enzo makes 657nm @5500rpm and the Benz makes 800@4100. Yes, the later versions of this motor are electronically 'limited' to 1000nm, otherwise they make 1400 and blow up gearboxes and diffs. just imagine how it should rip these tyres up if they were as rubbish as some reviewers seem to think. I can't make the traction control light up on dry bitumen, these tyres just grip and slingshot me up the road (different story in the wet). The same stopping. This car has brake assist, so if it thinks you aren't pushing the brakes hard enough in an emergency stop, it just puts them on full for you. Yes, I had to play with it when I first got these grippy tyres on, and I always like to see where the limits are before I need them in the real world. The brake pedal sucks out from under your foot and the car stops like the hand of god just grabbed you. I have never had a tyre so stable under extreme braking, or accelerating other than a slick, or semi slick. The lateral handling limits are excellent, so I can only think you must have had the tyres very underinflated. It does happen sometimes when tyres are fitted to the car makers spec. Often car manufacturers spec a much lower pressure than is optimum for the tyre because it makes the car ride very comfortably and most people don't notice the degraded tyre performance, or just blame the tyres. These tyres seem to work better with more pressure in them.
The other comment I saw on 'rotating' the tyres. These tyres are 'directional' in the tread pattern. They can't be swapped left to right, as that reverses the rotation on a tyre that has already taken a wear 'set', plus they would be rotating in the 'wrong' direction to what they were designed for. This would cause anything from extremely noisy operation, to quick, or uneven wear. I think I noticed a couple of people complaining about that. I can't swap front to rear as the size is different, so they stay put till they wear out. It doesn't seem to bother them.These really are excellent tyres, regardless of price, or any other tyre you compare them too, they are stable in tight low speed corners and and at speeds over 250 (if we were allowed to do that of course), the unbroken centre tread block/ strip and longitudinal grooving probably is what makes them track so well.. I really am annoyed Kumho has ceased production of them( I have been told), maybe they were just too good at the price they were.
A warning; My first 3 sets were bought through a reputable dealer that I know and have bought tyres from for years, in fact it was him that recommended them, despite being a Bridgestone dealer. I got roughly 35,000 a set, or 3 sets over 100,000kms. I ran out of the last set during the summer break and he was closed, so I bought a set online. Great service, great price, saved nearly 100 bucks a tyre. The tyres were marked as the same, ie, ku31's, but the tread was slightly different. I put it down to possibly an update. The tyres had similar levels of grip and handling, so I was unpleasantly surprised when I noticed they were nearly half worn at just over 5,000 km?? What the!! Buyer beware if you shop on line. They don't take them back, and god knows where they get them from, or what they really are.
ps. I was lucky enough to take the 450kw /1000nm 'monster' for a quick (pun intended) test drive. As good as the trick traction and stability control is in the CL 65AMG (twin turbo V12) it struggles for traction everywhere. Unfortunately it suffers from undersize rear tyres, having to 'make do' with a 275 when it really needs a 335, but it has no-where to put a tyre that large. Even ku31 don't help, my guess is slicks might just about be enough, maybe. Still it was fun, just not sure why the sales guys face went a funny grey shade.
Good grip good value
Ku31 275/30/19 where on e46 m3 when I got it, they where 85% worn. I've done another 5000k and still going. They are a good tyre, on a less powerful car they would be excellent. Will be getting ku39 next, they are the new model and should be even better.
Great service and unbeatable price!
Needed tyres for my Subaru impreza, after getting a few quotes I found these guys on ebay, I was wary on buying tyres online as I know a lot of sellers are backyard importers and you don't get any warranty with their products, that and then having to pay for shipping and fitting balancing tyre disposal etc it all adds up. I found their listing for 225 40 18 kumho ku31 and after calling them up managed to save an extra $10 per tyre on the already fitted and balanced price they had listed which was already cheaper than anyone else locally. Was please when I saw they are an actual brick and mortar workshop and hwere able to offer full warranty which was important to me.
The tyres are great thus far, I saved over over $60 per tyre shopping with them and I can safely say I know where I'm sending my wife for her Toyota kluger tyres which they quoted cheaper than anyone else I found in Brookvale!
Top service and great price
I bought a set of 235/45/17s for my 2003 Magna and they have been the best tires I have ever had. I had a set of Good Year tires on my car before and they would slide all over the road and i always had to be careful going around corners because the car would slide. Especially in the wet. The KU31s never slid. I was able to plant my foot taking off at lights and the tires would grip straight away.
If it wasn't for the fact that these tires aren't available for my new wheels, I would buy them again and again.
Not overly expensive and easy to get
Not very much rim protection.
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