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Anyone else removed these terrible tires and have their vehicle completely transformed for the better?

I have purchased some different alloys to mount some existing Blizzaks I own, and they came with some Nitto Motivos. I decided to mount them and run them off until October when the snows will get mounted, holy cow is this a different handling vehicle. The heavy steering has been lightened considerably. The vague highway driving is much more precise; it doesn't get pulled by the ruts/troughs created by the trucks in the slow lane. And I don't know how, but they are softer over the bumps yet feel stiffer in the corners and therefore handle better. It just looks a little worse as they stocks are 19" while these are 18".

When looking at those Turanza EL42 reviews on various tire sites, others feel the same as I, these are terrible tires. Why does a manufacturer supply such a good vehicle with such sub-standard tires? How many more would they sell if they mounted a quality tire?
 

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Alright ~ Hopping in a 5 year old Thread today -

YES. The Turanza is a TURD of a tire . . . They Suck - Noisy - too narrow for the QX50 ( I got a '16 with the 19" Wheels )

Bridgestone must have been the lowest bidder when INFINITI ( Nissan ) went to source the Tires out . . .

Mine have just 15,500 miles on them . . .

Well ~ Except for 1 of them ~ a $375 replacement Turnaza EL for one that had 2 plugs in it ( road debris sucks too ) ~ and eventually was a big leaker that would no longer hold air upon re-plugging the bigger puncture wound . . . so one expensive replacement tire is NEW - purchased 2 months ago -

in Hindsight, I should have replaced all 4 tires with a different manufacturers but . . . Who replaces 3 tires that have tread and hold air with just 15,000 miles on them ?

I actually did price full sets out ~ Continental Conti-Tracs were $900 a set of 4 were the most economical major branded choice as I recall

Feel free to bash the Bridgestone Turanza EL - OE Tire . . .

I'll start . .

Besides Noisy and too Narrow: ~ too short ~ harsh feel ~ less than confidence inspiring when pushed to limits ~ suck in the snow ( even a light dusting of snow ~ worse on icy conditions )

On the upside ~ Not too ugly of a Sidewall ~ but this tire is way too undersized for a 19" wheel . . .
 

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Alright ~ Hopping in a 5 year old Thread today -

YES. The Turanza is a TURD of a tire . . . They Suck - Noisy - too narrow for the QX50 ( I got a '16 with the 19" Wheels )

Bridgestone must have been the lowest bidder when INFINITI ( Nissan ) went to source the Tires out . . .

Mine have just 15,500 miles on them . . .

Well ~ Except for 1 of them ~ a $375 replacement Turnaza EL for one that had 2 plugs in it ( road debris sucks too ) ~ and eventually was a big leaker that would no longer hold air upon re-plugging the bigger puncture wound . . . so one expensive replacement tire is NEW - purchased 2 months ago -

in Hindsight, I should have replaced all 4 tires with a different manufacturers but . . . Who replaces 3 tires that have tread and hold air with just 15,000 miles on them ?

I actually did price full sets out ~ Continental Conti-Tracs were $900 a set of 4 were the most economical major branded choice as I recall

Feel free to bash the Bridgestone Turanza EL - OE Tire . . .

I'll start . .

Besides Noisy and too Narrow: ~ too short ~ harsh feel ~ less than confidence inspiring when pushed to limits ~ suck in the snow ( even a light dusting of snow ~ worse on icy conditions )

On the upside ~ Not too ugly of a Sidewall ~ but this tire is way too undersized for a 19" wheel . . .
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I replaced those dreadful Bridgestone Turanzas and I upped the size to 255/45-19 with new Continental Pure contacts from Tire Rack. Night and day difference, the car handles great in rain and hard surfaces. I highly recommend them and the slightly larger tire fills the wheel well up a bit and puts more rubber on the road.
 

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UPDATE - at 29,500 miles, 1 of the OEM Turanzas was worn down to the Cords other 2 were pretty shot too . . .

REPLACMENT MADE . . . .

If you read my post above ~ ( go ahead and read if you haven't )

Long Story ~

I saw a co-worker on the side of the road this week with a blow out ~

This prompted me to do an up close visual of my Sucky Bridgestone Turanza EL 42 OEM Tires . . .

The fronts were pretty bare of thread on the outside, Much to my surprise ~ the inner of one of the fronts was already down the metal wire cords ( Steel Belts ~ little wires exposed )

So, on the Web to Tire Shop for decent replacement tires ~
Had good luck on my 350Z with Cooper Zeon RSA tires
They had a Sticky Compound, excellent Grip and Tread Wear - $210 each on line -
None in stock anywhere ~ $100 to install plus Sales Tax - and $12 to dispose - so $1K . . . . 3 days to get to an installer nearby

Called Discount Tire as they were open late on a Saturday
The proposed a $159 option
Seems to be exclusive to Discount Tire ( America's Tire ) . . .
In stock - stopped in to look at it in real life tire, bigger in width an height than than the Turanza - they were in Stock there

Falkan Pro GS5 A/S 245 45 19 - same OEM size $159 per - under $800 whole deal

Not being a fan of Falkan for unknown reasons other that I thought they were kind of a budget brand -

Turns out they're a Subsidiary of Sumitomo ~ been around for 29 years ~ and aint too bad - into performance and racing tires too ~

Triggered Pulled, New Rubber on . . .

Sticky Silica Compound ~ Not too shabby looking sidewall or tread ~

Will give impressions once I get some miles on the new rubber

Pretty Sad that the OEM Bridestones wore out so quickly -
Sad to have despised and disposed of a $387 tire with just 9,000 miles on it from the last year replacement of 1 tire
 
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