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Khumo or Sumitomo?

I am in the market to replace the tires on my 04 6. I am looking at getting either Khumo Ecsta's or Sumitomo HTR series. My husband has the Ecsta's on his Miata and they handle really well considering he drives it like a racecar everywhere he goes. This is for our family car. I drive rather sensibly and don't put a lot of miles on the car anymore since I no longer work. I would like to hear your experiences with either of these tires. Thanks!
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I've been using Yokohama's for the past 220,000 miles but I just decided to try a set of Kuhmo Ecsta PA31 (and I also put a set on our 1997 Miata as well!). For me mileage and wet weather performance as the tire ages are important so I'll let you know in a year or so how the Kuhmo's are doing. I never had a problem with the Yokohama's but given the mileage on my car I was looking at keeping the cost down this time.

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I have had good experiences with Khumo in the past.


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I have been driving on Sumitomo HTR A/S P01's since 2011 because I am an idiot. I purchased because they were the cheapest tires on Tire Rack. I live in NYC and we have horrendous road conditions. I went through three stock Michelins in 1.5 years thanks to potholes and sidewall bubbles. I finally gave up on them and decided to buy the Sumitomos.

I bought the cheapest tires because I assumed I would be getting sidewall bubbles on a yearly basis and replacing with a cheap tire made more sense to me.

I do not recommend these tires. They are fine in the warm weather, but in winter forget about it. You will slide all over the place. I had many close calls (mostly at stop signs). Since 2011, I have had to replace 3 due to sidewall bubbles. They are obviously not the strongest tire. I can't comment on grip other than I don't notice any negatives in warm weather.

Another note is since I have used these tires, I have bent three stock wheels. Don't know if that's related.

They also are prone to slow leaks.

Overall I have never felt that safe on these tires, but I don't drive on long highway drives much so I'm never going very fast.

So yeah, don't get them. I'm currently saving up for some Continentals or Hankook.

Never used Kumho so I cannot comment on those.
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