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Old 12-30-2011, 01:34 AM   #1
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These are oem tires for the 2012 Impreza 205 x 50 x 17. Anyone have a review on these tires? Dry pavement driving is pretty good so far. No driving in wet or snow yet, living in California, still waiting for rain. Tire rack has poor reviews on these tires, but it's all from Mazda 3 owners.
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:22 AM   #2
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My brother has a set on his Mazda 3 and they lasted him about 15000 miles. Alignment was factory and was checked and rechecked by multiple tire shops. But this is in Texas heat. I'm not sure if that had anything to do with it.
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Old 01-06-2012, 10:56 AM   #3
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Any new 2012 Impreza owners want to chime in on these tires? Espeically in the rain or snow?
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Old 01-30-2012, 04:33 PM   #4
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I am also looking for reviews. I have never seen a tire rated so poorly at tirerack.
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Old 05-15-2012, 05:09 PM   #5
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I just got a 2012 Impreza 2.0i on Saturday with these tires. They seem to be a bit on the noisy side, but that is subjective. I went to Discount Tire and purchased road hazard warranty for these tires for $176.
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:45 AM   #6
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I also agree that they are a bit noisy. In the snow I wasn't exactly a fan of them and felt the car getting tail happy pretty easily(This is expected on an all season but I was not impressed what so ever seeing as the car should have a tire to complement the AWD system).

Initial take offs in the snow made the wheels spin(This is with the CVT which from a stop can be a bit "jumpy" at times) Obviously you should be easy in the snow anyways but still.They are just ok in my opinion and I hear a lot of Mazda people wearing them out between 10k and 20k miles.

They seem pretty soft and take bumps well IMO. Handling wise the 2012 impreza's have a really different handling feel then impreza's in years past. The car feels more composed and as "one" then my 06 wrx did stock for stock. They don't have much turn in, due to softer side walls but again this is an all season tire. Overall I don't think they are as "bad" as everyone is saying, however I feel a better tire should have been put on from the factory.

Hope that helps a little!

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Old 05-16-2012, 01:14 AM   #7
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i would ****can these garbage tires as soon as i could possibly get different tires on it

subaru seems to come up with bad--re92...and worse....these.....tires for their OE tires
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Old 05-16-2012, 01:17 AM   #8
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Definitely on par with the embarrassing re-92's if not worse. Best mod I ever did to my 06 was getting rid of them haha.
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:14 PM   #9
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I have them on my 2012 2.0i Premium 5dr and have about 10K on them and they are the noisiest tires I have ever owned on any car. After looking at TireRack's survey data I'm getting them replaced with Continental Extreme Contact DWS's this afternoon because the rainy season and ski season is about to hit.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:39 PM   #10
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I just got a 2012 Impreza 2.0i on Saturday with these tires. They seem to be a bit on the noisy side, but that is subjective. I went to Discount Tire and purchased road hazard warranty for these tires for $176.
I'm very happy to hear you purchased the road hazard warranty, you very well might need it. We have a 2012 Subaru Impreza that we purchased on May 27th, 2012. The car has 8500 miles on it and the tires are shot. We took the car to the dealership a few days ago (12-26-12) and the dealer agreed that the tires were very worn and didn't wear well, however, they couldn't warranty them because they are not a Subaru product. I'm pretty disappointed. I've never been a fan of Yokohama and will never purchase another set of them again. Do yourself a favor and get another tire put on your car before purchasing a car with them on it.
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:04 PM   #11
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These came on my car and though i cant attest to their ability in the snow i can say that they seem fine in the wet. The night i purchased my car i drove it home i think 30 miles in the rain on highway and city conditions and it felt confident. My previous vehicle was a vw touareg (suv) and i didnt notice a major road feel difference.
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Old 01-13-2014, 07:42 PM   #12
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Its been a year since the last post but I want to chime in. The Avid S34D are in fact so bad I went and replaced all four with 3300 miles on a leased 2013 Impreza Sport. They weren't worth risking my family's life. They are awful in the snow, noisy and scary on the highway, and pop and puncture when you drive on them. The smallest pin punctured one and set off TPS. We patched it. 10 days later a normal pothole, nothing crazy, blows out the sidewall of another. Went the next day for four Good Year Assurance. This is how the car should have been from the factory.

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Old 01-13-2014, 11:40 PM   #13
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i would ****can these garbage tires as soon as i could possibly get different tires on it

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Its been a year since the last post but I want to chime in. The Avid S34D are in fact so bad I went and replaced all four with 3300 miles on a leased 2013 Impreza Sport. They weren't worth risking my family's life. They are awful in the snow, noisy and scary on the highway, and pop and puncture when you drive on them. The smallest pin punctured one and set off TPS. We patched it. 10 days later a normal pothole, nothing crazy, blows out the sidewall of another. Went the next day for four Good Year Assurance. This is how the car should have been from the factory.
yeah....
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:29 AM   #14
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I have 26,000 miles on my Impreza with these OEM tires. In short they are loud, horrible in snow and have worn terribly. I thought I was being picky until I read the above posts but evidently not.
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Old 02-17-2014, 11:29 AM   #15
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I had the similarly craptastic Avid S30B tires on my 2013 Impreza, which I ripped off the car at 11,000 miles to replace with a set of Nokian WR G3. Four snowstorms and two ice storms later, I am very, very happy with this decision.
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:51 AM   #16
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purchased a 12 sport in aug of that same year, I have just over 40,000 miles on the tires now. After a recent incounter with a pot hole the side wall now has a bubble on it. they are noisey ,they do handle well in rain, but the snow we recieved here in Illinois this past winter was to say the least a bit challenging. Driving straight, without a buzz, the tires were ok. A few times they would spin & making a turn into my drive, they didnt do well in that my right driving light was damaged clipping a snow bank. now that I have to find new tires, and dont get me started with the whole two or four tire replacement because we have AWD. All in all the OEM tires were not that bad, however I wouln'd buy them new, especially with the large selection of better tires that are less expensive.
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Old 06-02-2014, 06:17 PM   #17
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I have a 2013 Impreza touring with the Avid S30 tires. I hit a nail on the freeway and by the time I got off, I had shredded the tire beyond repair.
My fault but I had only put 10k to 15k know those tires, but dealer says it already past the 20% wear (at 7/32) and I have to replace all 4. Didn't think they would wear that fast in only about a year of driving (and I run winters too)
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