So a while back I trekked all the way to Cyberjaya to help with a panel on tech infrastructure and architecture for MaGIC Academy, and on the way back…whilst I was conducting a phone-interview for a newspaper no less (hands-free of course) I heard a weird noise and my car felt a little odd.
I ended the phone call abruptly and pulled over to the side of the road, I imagined I had a puncture..and to my dismay – I really did. It must have been pretty bad as the tyre was already totally flat.
I got the fancy pumpy foam thing out of the boot (yah, I have one of those cars with no spare tyre..) and hooked it up.
A few seconds later, I found out this puncture was actually more of a complete failure/tear/gash/blackhole in the tyre and it wasn’t going to get mended.
Fortunately my car comes with a call service for break-downs, so I called them and waited quite a while to be towed away. I got all the tyres replaced as I didn’t know what condition in seen as though one could break down so completely.
New Tyres – Goodyear Eagle EfficientGrip
I went for Goodyear Eagle EfficientGrip.
The new Eagle EfficientGrip is Goodyear’s quietest, most comfortable tyre ever. The leading tyre company’s latest innovation is engineered with advanced “Quiet Tred” technology to minimize road noise and help deliver a silky smooth ride, without compromising safety which is the hallmark of all Goodyear tyres.
Designed for luxury car drivers in who are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the urban environment when they step into their cars, the new Goodyear Eagle EfficientGrip can help make the journey more quiet and smooth.
I’ve had them a little while now, but wanted to wait a while before writing about them as it takes 1-2000km to break new tyres in and I wanted to experience a variety of conditions and a long drive (I had a trip to Singapore scheduled).
The tyres look good on my car for a start, I’m using 235/45 R17 94W.
And have a good tread pattern, both for grip and for low-noise & greater fuel efficiency.
I honestly initially though of going for something UHP (Ultra High Performance) like the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2. Those kind of characteristics are no longer my key priority though, I don’t drive that fast and I’m old now haha – so I prefer quieter tyres, that still deliver good performance with higher fuel efficiency!
Tyre Date Code
The tyres are new too, in the world of tyres – anything made less than a year ago is optimal. Tyres expire after 5-6 years, so newer is definitely better.
If you’re not familiar with tyre date codes, whenever you buy tyres check for a 4 digit number like the one in the above picture.
This signifies the week (1st and 2nd digits – 1-52 ) and year of manufacture (3rd and 4th digits). So in this case it’s week 51 2015 (5115), or the 3rd week of December last year, making this around 7 months old.
Summary of Goodyear EfficientGrip
I’ve done a few thousand KM on them so far, including a trip down to Singapore and my summary so far is:
- Quiet on the road, even at highway speeds
- Good grip in wet and dry
- Improved fuel efficiency
- Stiff sidewalls, but not so much to be bumpy
- Good cornering and grip
No real down-sides so far. It’s the first time I’ve hit almost 600km in a single tank with these tyres, it might also be combined with the fact I increased the tyre pressure to match the recommended ‘eco’ setting of the car which is 38psi.
But as you can see, almost 600km on a tank and predicted range of 660km for a 2.0 turbo car (Which I drive pretty fast) – is very nice!
So far so good!
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