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About to replace my OEM tires. Michelin SPORT A/S 3+ yes or no?

I am about to replace the oem dunlop tires on my 2015 mazda 6 GT.
I really like the looks of the tires and they are rated very highly on most sites. I've seen them discussed here a few times.
When i have read negatives on other sites, its from people saying they are loud. I am not sure if the loudness can vary depending on car, but for those with them, how were they on your mazda 6 compared to the dunlop OEM tires?

Pros and cons?
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youre paying the michelin name tax for sure
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I'd be okay with that if its worth it lol. Is it?
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Michelins are fairly pricey but I've not heard anything bad about them from people. I tend to stay towards the cheaper brands because I feel they do very well and the Michelins (to me) aren't worth the extra cost. If they're worth it to you, then go for it!

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I'm assuming the Pilot Sport A/S 3+ is what you're talking about?

I haven't experienced them in a 6, but a friend of mine has a set on his GTI, and he swears by them. I never noticed a louder tire roar compared to his previous setup.

In fact, those Michelins are at the top of my list when it's time to replace my tires also...


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Michelins are fairly pricey but I've not heard anything bad about them from people. I tend to stay towards the cheaper brands because I feel they do very well and the Michelins (to me) aren't worth the extra cost. If they're worth it to you, then go for it!
Well, i can get these particular tires from Sams for about 177 a piece after a discount they are doing which is roughly what i'd be paying for other tires that fit my car as well. That price didn't sound too bad!
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I'm assuming the Pilot Sport A/S 3+ is what you're talking about?

I haven't experienced them in a 6, but a friend of mine has a set on his GTI, and he swears by them. I never noticed a louder tire roar compared to his previous setup.

In fact, those Michelins are at the top of my list when it's time to replace my tires also...
Yeah, those are the ones! That sounds pretty encouraging given your friends testimony of them. I just didn't want some extremely loud sound roaring through. Do you have OEMs still on yours?
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Yeah, those are the ones! That sounds pretty encouraging given your friends testimony of them. I just didn't want some extremely loud sound roaring through. Do you have OEMs still on yours?
Yes. There's only maybe 5K miles on them since I run with winter wheels/tires.

About Michelin: I used to discourage Michelins simply because they were the OEM tires on the 1st and 2nd-gen cars, and they charged an obscene amount for their OEM replacements, while there were far better choices out there for a much-lower price.

These days, I've warmed up to them. I had a set of their X-Ice Xi3 tires for winter on my previous 6 (perfect winter tire for a sporty sedan, IMO), and they were a comparable price. I've also seen the rave reviews on the Pilot Sport 3+ from both customers and tire testers from multiple sources, and they also seem to be comparably priced with the other "big dogs" available.

I'm no Michelin "Fanboi" by any means. I'll still buy from any tire maker that offers what I'd like in a tire for a reasonable price, and right now, the Pilot Sport 3+ look to be my top choice. But, if something better comes along...

Also, that price is damn good IMO! I can get them in my size at BJ's Wholesale (similar to Sam's) for the exact same price as Tire Rack, without the shipping, and including mounting, lifetime balancing and rotation.


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For sure, if anything better would come along I don't see why anyone wouldn't take a few glances at it to see if its a better product. These tires are sounding really nice so far though.

Yours also seems like a steal. I am not familiar with BJ's wholesale myself but I've seen the name mentioned on several occasions. I'm surprised they include all those extras within the price. That seems like a steal. The mounting and all at Sams isn't bad either. It will be 15 per tire, and it also comes with the lifetime balancing and rotation like your deal. It also has road hazard protection and replacement, free tire repairs in case of nails, and 24 hour emergency road side assistance. So all of that combined just seems super great even if the initial price seemed pricier than other tires.
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The factory Dunlops on my 2016 Touring were never quiet, and they got annoyingly loud as they aged.

I'd say the Pilot Sport A/S 3+ were definitely quieter than the worn Dunlops. Hard to really say, but they felt a little quieter than even the new Dunlops, but not a huge difference. I don't think they're they quietest tires I've ever run, but they're definitely not obnoxiously loud, and I've been really happy with the feel, especially on wet roads. (The Dunlops always felt kinda squirrely when it rained.)

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