First of all, I am not a tire expert. I wanted to share my experience of tires that I had.
Here are some brief info about my car and what I had.
- I have 2009 Civic Si with 8,8000 miles on it
- This is my 4th set of tires
- I use stock size – 215/45/17
- I went through Michelin MXM4 (lasted 30,000), Continental DWS (lasted 53,000), and Yokohama YK580 (hated so much that I demanded trade in full value minus exact usage), and got Kumho Ecsta 4X yesterday with roughly 100 miles.
- Since I am living in Chicago, I encounter snow often
Probably the worst tire ouf of four.It’s been a while since I had them so long ago, all I can remember is how terrible they were. They were not good at all other than dry condition. I thought I was driving a RWD car with these tires. I was glad to get them off of my car.
I loved it in the beginning. It was grippy, quite, and gave me a good ride quality. However, the tires became noisy and losing grip as they wore out. The first 30,000 miles were fantastic. I don’t mind getting them again yet.
This is a tire specifically made for Discount Tire. I wanted another set of Conti DWS but they were out of stock and backordered. Salesman/assistant manager of the store persistently persuaded me to purchase Yoko YK580. What a mistake! I should sticked to my gut and refused proprietary tires that makes a lot of profit for discount tire. I am surprised they get such great reviews on discount tire website. My experience was very sour. It was noisy like Conti DWS on its last lag. It performed very poorly in snow and rain. My gas mileage dropped. I fed up with the tire and went back to demand prorated refund for this. I will never purchase it in my life.
Kumho Ecsta 4x
I do not care people say this is a worse tire than Yoko YK580 or Conti DWS. My experience of past 100 miles or so has been much better than any other three tires I owned. It is the quietest of all. Grip is so great that my turns much better and stopps much quicker. Ride is so smooth that I cannot believe how much a set of tires can make difference.Of course I have a long way to go to test out this tire but as of right now this is the best by a huge margin.
I hope this review helps people who cross shop these four different types of tires.
Today Stacy received new engine oil. Luckily it was free from the dealer i purchased =)
She was at 5,280 miles and at 15% oil life.
I’m debating when I should transmission fluid and go synthetic next time. What should I do?
Finally back to a normal life until school starts
what have I been doing?
1. Radical 180 Summer Revival Breakout (7/6~7/10)
just like any other years at Asubury Theological Seminary Radical 180 Ministry hosted Youth Revival for a week. Presence of Holy Spirit was strong and healed many youth’s heart and equipped them in a way He desires. I pray many of them continually pursue to live a life for Jesus.
2. Guatemala Mission (7/13~7/31)
Another year if learning and serving at Guatemala. This time once again we went to region of Lake Izabel. Our main village was called Michaka and from there we built a school/church/village center and visited another 6 villages. As we preaching the Gospel and praying for sick people God demonstrated His love and power many different ways and we were able to see His glory.
3. Two weddings
Praise God for two couples whom just tied knots Congratulation to Jonathan and Rachel and Dan and Caroline.
3. Car Shopping.
Yup I’m crazy. I decided to purchase a car then sold my car in 2 days and purchased new one a day after. I drove 8 different cars and ended up purchasing a 2009 black Honda Civic Si Sedan. yup another civic but I’m really happy with this car.
4. Spiritual Journey
Yes I’m writing this in a airplane on the way back home. For a week, SSC youth staff had a blast of fun and resting(?) in Florida. actually not so resting since we were busy visiting places and having lots of fun. BUT it was definitely blessing time for us to spend a week together. Thanks to elder from church who graciously offered us his winter home to us so we can stay and have fun.
4. Near future.
Going back to work starting tomorrow and soon my first semester of graduate course will begin. Plus something new exciting will begin sometime late September or early October. I can’t wait!!
5. Possibility of winter
Visiting Korea and India.
What a sad moment. I finally let go of my first car ever.
It was originally a car to share in between my sister and I. This car has been 23 different states, 2 different countries, and ran 181,037 miles in past 9 years for me.
All the good memories of getting tickets, getting amazing 40 mpg in a road trip, my source of releasing stresses, hitting a deer, and good 20+ road kills… I’ll miss this car-
You were a good and faithful servant. You’ve been serving my family, me, and many of my friends and church folks in many different ways… Hopefully you’ll be another great servant to your new owner. Although I never gave you a name, you’ll be remembered!