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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-20-2016, 03:54 AM Thread Starter
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Road noise- quiet tires

Hi all. I was asking earlier about quieter tires as I had to replace those on my 2012 Volt. There were a number of suggestions. These were subjective "guesses". I went with the Pirelli P7 Cinturato all season. I have since found some info on line from "America's tire". the P7 is actually rated fairly poor for sound. The best on this list is the Bridgestone Potenza RE97 AS (2) $145.00 9.0 9.5 10.0 10.0 10.0 10.0 N/A 9.8 100% The 3rd number is the sound and the 100% at the end is how many people would buy this one again.

These (Pirelli) are not bad but con't compare well on this chart to the Bridgestone , only 8.8 in the quiet department with 91% return buyers.
Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season
Plus (93) $147.00 8.9 8.9 8.8 8.9 9.2 8.9 8.6 8.9 91%
So if you care about quiet, and I do, make sure you do your homework. Try to find some hard number evaluations instead of word of mouth opinions.
Four more years and I will be able to try some others. Good luck.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-04-2017, 02:00 AM
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If all you do is compare customer reviews you won't get "hard numbers". These are people who often don't know much more about how a tire works than the fact it's mounted on a wheel, goes round and round, and wears out regularly. Buying decisions are usually made on Brand Name, Price, and mileage. I know as I retired from 40 years in the tire industry.

Unless someone has tested the tires with a sound meter inside the car you have no real way to determine what tire is quieter and which is not. Road surface, inflation, how many people and how much luggage is in the vehicle will all change the perception of sound too.

The top names in the business make tires that are as quiet as can be. In fact there is probably very little difference in "sound" when tested in same conditions.

Good luck in your quest and also, in 4 years everything will have changed so you will really need good luck.

Lastly, in your quest for "silent" just remember that you may be sacrificing low rolling resistance. Might be better off just spraying sound deadening material inside each wheel well and buy the best low rolling resistance tire available that also provides good wet/dry, temp, and wear performance.
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