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.
Questions & Answers
I just recently bought a kuhmo Ecsta SPT in
265/35R22 for my Toyota Kluger. When the car is travelling at 60km/h its creating a sound of like a strong wind coming from underneath my car. How do you get rid off it? The tyres has been wheel balanced and alligned.
I have been told that running 22" inch whhel will be your problem. They will make noise no matter what you do. My Kumho's fell to bits i was glad to be rid of them in the end. I went back to the Maxiz tyres I had before, and will not buy Kumho tyres ever again. When you are running anything but what the car was made with, there will be some sort of trade off for modifications to the running gear, on my Caprice, it is the smoothness of the ride, on your Kluger it is noise. Just the way it is I am afraid.
Are they ok for my Mercedes 2005 CL203 C180 K?
So long as the speed and load ratings meet or exceed OEM specs, then yes. These numbers vary with the size (diameter/width) of tyre.
Hard to answer definitively as you may have aftermarket wheels but if that's the case the larger size/lower profile will usually out-spec the OEM tyre.
BEST to check with the fitters!
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