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Hi all.

I've been studying about 2011 Sonata since early of this year, and I finally have to choose between Limited & SE until the end of this month.

I like SE's looks & price but I worry about 18 inch tire of SE.

It sure looks good but I've heard that 18 inch tire only lasts 1~2 years.

18 inch tires are much more expensive than 17 inch tires. So if I have to replace new tires in every 1~2 years, it will cost a lot!!

If tires can last more than 3 years, I'll definatley buy SE.

All SE owners or other car owner with 18" wheels, please let me know how long your tires last.

Thank you for your help!!
 

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QUOTE (ctdeaf @ Aug 5 2010, 02:59 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=347355
Hi all.

I've been studying about 2011 Sonata since early of this year, and I finally have to choose between Limited & SE until the end of this month.

I like SE's looks & price but I worry about 18 inch tire of SE.

It sure looks good but I've heard that 18 inch tire only lasts 1~2 years.

18 inch tires are much more expensive than 17 inch tires. So if I have to replace new tires in every 1~2 years, it will cost a lot!!

If tires can last more than 3 years, I'll definatley buy SE.

All SE owners or other car owner with 18" wheels, please let me know how long your tires last.

Thank you for your help!!
No different than a 17" given driving patterns. On my Maxima I had 18" summers and 17 winters. Wear was similiar for mileage drivin and all other factors being equal.
 

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unless you have an odd size like the maximas (245/45/18) or the bigger body bmws (255/50/18), 18" tires are no more expensive than 17's. 19's are still expensive but thats because of rarity.

If you can't afford 18" tires, then I can't see how u can afford a new car regardless.
 

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Give me 2 sets of 18" tires and I can make 1 set last 1 month and the other 5 years...

It is all in your driving habits,proper inflation and timley tire rotation. If you take care of things responsibly then I don't see why an 18" tire could not last as long as a 14" tire... Just my $.02.

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QUOTE (NT2SHBBY @ Aug 5 2010, 03:23 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=347360
unless you have an odd size like the maximas (245/45/18) or the bigger body bmws (255/50/18), 18" tires are no more expensive than 17's. 19's are still expensive but thats because of rarity.

If you can't afford 18" tires, then I can't see how u can afford a new car regardless.

18" $184............17" $126..........Tire Rack price
 

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QUOTE (NT2SHBBY @ Aug 5 2010, 04:03 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=347375
you didn't mention brands, tire sizes....are you quoting same exact brand and model?

I think DYNAMIKE mentioned the price of HANKOOK OPTIMO H431. This tire is OE tire for both Limited & SE.

I just wanted to hear how long 18 inch tires usually last in normal driving condition because I never had any car with 18 inch wheels.

Can anyone tell me how long your old 18 inch tire lasted?
 

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QUOTE (ctdeaf @ Aug 5 2010, 04:36 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=347382
I think DYNAMIKE mentioned the price of HANKOOK OPTIMO H431. This tire is OE tire for both Limited & SE.

I just wanted to hear how long 18 inch tires usually last in normal driving condition because I never had any car with 18 inch wheels.

Can anyone tell me how long your old 18 inch tire lasted?
Like it has been mentioned before its going to depend on driving style, quality of tire and so forth how many miles you get.

Given that like parameters are in play, you should get the same mileage if you had been driving on a 17" tire.

Nobody is going to be able to give you an exact time or mileage reference because we don't know how you drive. Guesstimate based on your 17". It is not a specific black and white answer.
 

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I am not a fan of those Hankooks. Hopefully they don't last too long
 

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Last time I checked, tire life was measured in miles driven not time.

My wife drives here car 2500 miles per year. I avg. around 13,000 miles per year.

Guess who's tires will likely be more worn out in 2 years.
 

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So what exactly is a rough estimate of the 18" tire life in miles? Assuming you are using the car as a commuter car and not going "arab drifting" in your sonata on weekends.

20,000?

30,000?

What are 18" tires usually rated for? Anyone know what the OEM tires are rated for?
 

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QUOTE (jdubs @ Aug 5 2010, 07:12 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=347423
I am not a fan of those Hankooks. Hopefully they don't last too long
agreed...disgusting tires


QUOTE (Flying Fossil @ Aug 5 2010, 08:40 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=347442
Last time I checked, tire life was measured in miles driven not time.

My wife drives here car 2500 miles per year. I avg. around 13,000 miles per year.

Guess who's tires will likely be more worn out in 2 years.
not true...tires do have a shelf life/life expectancy. Normally its 6 years.

QUOTE (sonatahyd @ Aug 5 2010, 09:19 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=347452
So what exactly is a rough estimate of the 18" tire life in miles? Assuming you are using the car as a commuter car and not going "arab drifting" in your sonata on weekends.

20,000?

30,000?

What are 18" tires usually rated for? Anyone know what the OEM tires are rated for?

all depends on how you drive. If you are pedal to floor all the time, expect it to last less than 30k. I've known Michelins to last 80k. It all depends on driving habits. My BMW 750 company car ate up 19" tires (costing $450 EACH!) in 15k or less but that car had ridiculously negative camber from factory which contributes to tire tread loss (but insane handling as a tradeoff)
 

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An 18 in tire will last just as long as any other size tires depending on driving habits. The problem you will run into is that some of the larger tire sizes are only available in a performance oriented compound. A 15 in Goodyear Eagle GT will last the same amount of time as an 18 in, provided same driving habits and vehicle.
 

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It can also vary a lot by brand. Honestly if you can't afford 18" tires maybe you should look into a cheaper car. I'll swap my 16" steelies with you if you like.
 

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I am hoping to get 20-25K out of the first set which wold be around a year for me. Then maybe 25-30k out of each set afterwords.
 

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Type of tire will make a difference too. I went with the Yokohama Avid Envigor for my 18" and their rated at 45,000 to 60,000 mile warranty depending on speed rating. Now if you look at a performance 18" tire they may only have a 20,000 mile warranty. If you want tires that will grip and stick and are pure performance don't expect them to last long. If you want long tread life there are good all season tires like the Avid Envigor to suit your needs. So size doesn't matter but type of tire. ultra high performance, high performance, performace, all season, touring, etc.
 

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QUOTE (ssmuff @ Aug 6 2010, 11:49 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=347573
I am hoping to get 20-25K out of the first set which wold be around a year for me. Then maybe 25-30k out of each set afterwords.
OK, I just checked the sidewall and the treadwear number is 480 implying that under normal driving they should last at least 40K. Oh, great :w00t: .
 

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You can get something like the Continental ExtremeContact DWS (Ultra High Performance All-Season), which has a higher UTQG rating than the Hankook Optimo H431 (Grand Touring All-Season), for cheaper. The Continentals are going for $146 compared to $184 for the Hankooks. IMO the Continentals are far superior, but as usual, it all depends on your driving habits and needs.
 
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