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Old 07-01-2008, 11:20 AM   #1
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Default Bridgestone Potenza RE030

just pick up a set of tires from Craigslist...the seller only mention that they are Potenza...the tread looks kinda like 040 and 050 so i bought them
when i came home and unload the tires, i realized these tires arent 040 nor 050...they are 030
anyone heard of these tires before? how they perform compare to 040 or 050?
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The Potenza RE030 is an Ultra High Performance Summer Original Equipment tire designed to enhance the responsiveness and handling of performance sedans like the 6-speed manual transmission equipped Acura TL, as well as the Lexus GS300, GS400 and GS430 sedans. The Potenza RE030 was developed to provide good traction along with responsive and predictable dry and wet road handling. It is not intended to be driven in the snow.

On the outside, the Potenza RE030 features a high-grip tread compound
molded into a symmetric tread design. The Potenza RE030 features two continuous center ribs along with large intermediate and shoulder blocks to provide responsive handling, high-speed stability and traction on dry roads, while circumferential and lateral tread grooves are aimed to channel water out from under the tire's footprint to reduce hydroplaning and aid wet traction. Internally, the Potenza RE030 features twin steel belts reinforced by spiral-wrapped nylon to stabilize the tread area and enhance handling, high-speed capability and ride quality while minimizing weight. The rayon cord body and hard rubber sidewall filler helps blend uniform ride quality with steering response and lateral stability.

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Bridgestone Potenza RE030 (Ultra High Performance Summer) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7

2002 Audi A4 1.8T FWD
Miles driven on tires: 17,000
Location: Tampa, FL
Driving Condition: Mostly City
Driving Style: Spirited

Initial Review, 17,000 Miles on Tires
May 21, 2008

Do Not buy these tires!! unless your willing to burn right through them. Ive never gone through a tire so quickly, Im a line jumper but my car has traction control and 94% of the time the tires do not peel out (the car wont let them). I love bridgestone but these tires should have come with a warning or something, I can usally get 30+thousand miles out of a tire and thats riding them hard. very dissapointed. I hope that one day Bridestone will admit they had a problem and give some credit to RE030 buyers. Go with a different tire!

Bridgestone Potenza RE030 (Ultra High Performance Summer) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.9

2007 Acura TL Type-S More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle
Miles driven on tires: 11,000
Location: Raleigh, NC
Driving Condition: Mostly City
Driving Style: Spirited

Initial Review, 11,000 Miles on Tires
May 11, 2008

These tires are original equipment on my '07 Acura TL Type-S 6 speed (HPT). Traction in corners on dry pavement with warm ambient temperatures is actually quite good. Under those conditions the tires seem to have rather high handling limits, and there isn't too much drama when they first start to let go. Once they let go, they can regain grip alright, though it is abrupt. When it is cooler outside (less than 55F or so), the tires demonstrate poor traction, especially during acceleration and braking. The limited slip differential and traction control have to start working unless you are exceptionally gentle on the throttle at low speed. It gets progressively worse as you approach freezing and sub-freezing temperatures. Wet traction is generally not that great, regardless of temperature. Acceleration and braking suffer the most when the roads are wet. Cornering remains pretty safe as long as you just take it easy. I never push it when the roads are wet so it is difficult to comment on how the tires behave at the limit. Tire noise is loud inside the car despite the active noise canceling feature. These tires are prone to flat spot when parked for more than a day. It take several miles of driving to correct it. Despite their low treadwear rating, I have only used about 60% of the tread in 11,000 miles. I don't abuse the tires--no burnouts, power slides, etc. I try to let them get warm before I tackle interesting curves and turns. The edge between the tread and sidewall shows some erosion from hard turns, but otherwise tire wear has been pretty good in my opinion.

Bridgestone Potenza RE030 (Ultra High Performance Summer) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.2

2005 Acura TL 6-Speed Transmission More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle
Miles driven on tires: 29,000
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited

Initial Review, 29,000 Miles on Tires
October 19, 2007

These are the original tires, now with 29k miles. Hard to rate them with certainty because I have had no other tires on the car to compare, but grip in both wet and dry has been very good and predictable. They are down to about 5/32 in tread and hydroplaning happens noticibly sooner than when they had 20k miles. Noise seems typical, and varies greatly due to road surfaces. Ride is fairly good, and seems better than my last car even though it had 50-series, not 45 series. Ride is better at the much lower factory recommended pressures than my normal 42 psi. I am replacing now, and I plan to buy RE050A Pole Position. Id prefer Michelin PS2, but they are a bunch more $. Watch out for places selling the old model RE050A which was not "Pole Position," since they are older technology. From reviews and tests, the RE050A Pole Position seems better in most every way to the RE030, and currently less expensive to boot. One oddity of these tires is that they seem to "flat-spot" when the car is not driven for a couple days. The first few miles give a vibration, which seems to go away as they warm up. Dont know for sure, but thats what it seems like. Clearly less grip when temps go down. Can feel the difference even in temperatures in the 40s F. Treadwear is poor, but typical for a UTOG of 140. I baby it most of the time, but with spurts of quite hard use. Higher inflation helps tread life, and I think also dry traction.
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