Tire Reviews: Douglas Tires

Tire Review: Douglas brand Walmart

by Travis
(Hutchinson, Mn)




Douglas tires are low priced tires, just $52.50 for the tire without fees, but they have good performance and are good for the budget minded consumer.

They are Walmart's brand, but made in a Goodyear plant. They provided a Goodyear address to send a consumer card in just in case of a recall they can contact me. so Goodyear is part of this tire.

The Walmart staff was good, they know what they were doing.

A good budget tire.

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Aug 05, 2017
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Self Centered Review Responder
by: Robby

I was looking to buy some tires from Walmart, and so I went to the review page

The reviews were not good, but what makes my decision to NOT buy Walmart tires, is the response given to each one of these reviews.

The response to each review is derogotory and not even close to being logical. The one that cemented it for me was the one about the flat spots.

Well Mr. Walmart review person, you can feel as smug as you want with you cute(NOT) little answers, but I will not buy Walmart tires, and thus won't be posting a review about my bad experiences for you to criticize.

Editorial Comment:



We never try to defend Walmart or their tires.

What we try to do is educate people about tires and their uses, and to point out POSSIBLE causes for problems which people blame on a certain brand of tire, but which can affect ANY brand if they are not dealt with.

In this thread, we are dealing with Walmart and Douglas tires. If you look around you'll see we have other threads with the focus on completely different brands but the problems and situations are very similar.

In some cases, the owner of the vehicle could have done something that would have avoided the problem, sometimes not, but the more you know about how to care for and maintain your tires the better equipped you will be to minimize the chances of having certain problems. If these apply then the person who posted the report will hopefully take this into account their next time around.

Unfortunately, most people who post here do not give us sufficient information to make a complete and accurate assessment of what happened.

You can choose to buy, or not, from Walmart but if you ignore the things you need to check regularly, like watching tire pressure, alignments and storing your tires under adequate conditions you are inviting problems that are very much like the ones we read about here.

There are many independent tire dealers who will be delighted to hear that you will never buy from Walmart, and I used to be one of those. If you really wish to do the opposite of what I recommend because you don't like my advice (or the way it is given), then your best choice would be to always buy from Walmart.


TG

Jul 26, 2017
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Question about mixing tires
by: Anonymous Not Jim

I have a set of Douglas Xtra Trac II on my 2003 Ford Windstar--I need to replace 1 tire. can you mix the all season tire by Douglas with the xtra trac.

I haven't been able to get any info on this.

Editorial Comment:



I'm sure there are some purists who will argue that you should never mix tread designs or brands but, that is not a big issue for me.

What is important is the amount of wear on the remaining tire and the size matching of the new and old tires. If the tire you are keeping on the other side of the vehicle is new or nearly new then I don't see any great difficulty in mixing the two tread designs. If the remaining tire is almost completely worn, then you might be better advised to replace both tires immediately --and, in this case, use the same tread design for both tires.

The biggest issue in my mind is to try to keep the over all diameter of both the tires as close to the same as possible.


TG

Jul 18, 2017
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Love them
by: Brook and Deb

We have used Douglas tires for years and they never let us down...

Jun 12, 2017
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6 months later
by: Jessi

Bought 2 douglas tires to put on the front to make it a matching set of 4 and now 6 months later both of them are bawled. I call to see what the warranty is and am told there must be something wrong with the vehicle(there isn't. We made sure). They made this determination without even looking. I will never buy these tires again.

Editorial Comment:



Whether or not you want to ever buy Douglas tires is entirely your choice, but I want to warn you that you are making a terrible mistake if you simply replace those tires and do not find out why they were completely worn out in only 6 months of use.

Unless they were driven something like a million miles or under extremely bad road conditions it is unlikely that you are going to have two tires wear out in the same way together in a very short time period. Without looking at the tires or the vehicle, I would agree with the dealer that there is likely some mechanical defect which is causing abnormal wear and you need to have this corrected or you are going to have the same thing happen with new tires.

Here's another thought to ponder: You said you bought two to make a set of 4 the same. If Douglas tires are so bad,
why didn't the other two also not wear out if they are all so bad?


TG


May 06, 2017
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Stay Away From Douglas Tires
by: Anonymous

I have a 2002 Alero V4 engine with 161,000 miles on it and I've had the car for about 10 months now. I always get my oil changed and tires from Walmart (in previous cars I've owned) so I took my Alero to WalMart in December 2016 and got 4 new tires which cost me a little over $400 and this time the tires they put on my car were Douglas tires. 4 1/2 months later my car starts to sound like an airplane whenever I drive or stop my car. I took my car back to WalMart but after having someone in T&L look at it.

They said nothing seemed abnormal with the tires. Had my wheel bearings checked, looked for exhaust leaks, had brake pads replaced, and checked air filter box but still heard the loud airplane sound. No lights were on the dash, the car started and drove normal with no shaking, vibrations, or jerking so I got my dad to drive my car and he immediately said 'You've got bad tires". I decided to do a review on the Douglas tires after having my dad drive my car and I see all kind of negative reviews on how bad these tires are and how loud they can be.

So I get the Douglas tires taken off my car and the loud airplane noise is gone. Never again will I buy a Douglas tire from WalMart or anywhere else.

Editorial Comment:



Although I have no doubt that the person who wrote this report had a disagreeable experience, there are several things which concern me when I read reports such as this regardless of what tire is involved.

First is the fact that the person who makes the report seldom gives a name for themselves nor any details which could help us localize any of the details. It needn't be a real name, just something to help us identify the individual especially if they write again in the future.

This is not because I believe the person is lying, but there are many factors which can influence the performance of tires, including where, when and how they were installed.
(One WalMart garage isn't always identical to another.)

Another is the fact that the writer clearly stated that his (her?) problem became evident a few months after he had his tires installed and is delighted that with another set of brand-new tires the noise has gone away.

We seldom hear back from people who have reported problems like this to follow up and tell us if their problem did not return after the same period of use and under the same driving conditions.

Another issue is the blanket condemnation of Douglas tires. There are a variety of different designs and models of these tires, and it is possible that only one is responsible for the difficulties whereas another type is just fine. It's like saying that Walmart is horrible because the peanut butter you bought from them went moldy while ignoring all of the thousands of other products that you might have bought from them without problems.

As a final point, this report does not make it evident that the driver is a person who regularly checks the tire pressures,
alignment, and rotation of their tires, or one who might be particularly aware of how road or diving conditions might affect either their car or its tires.

I do urge everyone to make a habit of personally inspecting their tires and checking their tire pressures regularly. The cheaper the tire, the more vital this is, but even more expensive tires are not immune to mistreatment. Possibly they might be a bit more forgiving and their warranties a bit more lenient in terms of how much responsibility the owner must assume (that is part of what the extra cost covers).


TG




Apr 25, 2017
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3000 miles and very happy so far
by: Anonymous

Purchased four new Douglas Performance tires for a 2009 VW Jetta. Had to replace the original tires that had about 15k miles but were dry rotting (after 8 or 9 years I guess that could happen). Car was not from a little ole lady but a retired priest LOL.

I notice much less noise and better handling. I had to avoid two morons on the road changing lanes into me, the tires and ABS worked fantastic! My wife and son, who don't notice much in the car arena, said the car rides and handles much better. I am very happy with these tires and the money I saved. These are not the all season Douglas but the Performance Tires they sell.

I will be trying the All Seasons on a 2000 Avalon next, I don't think they have the speed rating of the Performance tire. The all seasons are supposed to be better in snow but in Florida I don't think that is a concern. I think the all seasons may also have less thick sidewalls than the Performance but they don't have that available in that size for my Avalon.

In conclusion, If you live in an area where snow is not a concern, look at the Douglas Performance as an option. I will be buying the All Season but wish they had the Performance in my size.

Will let you know how that works out....Keep proper inflation, check your manual or sticker on door and then if your tires crap out it may be the tires.

Apr 12, 2017
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Using them for past 18 years
by: Tireman

Started with the original Xtra Trac. Then the Xtra Trac 2 and also the performance GTH. I drive 112 total miles a day to and from work. Have used the Xtra Trac on my commuter cars without an issue ever.

From Chevy Celebrity, Buick Regal, Ford Focus, and G6. Always get at least 40k miles. AWESOME snow traction, and very good wet and dry traction on the xtra tracs. Used the GTH on the G6 with stellar results with great wet and dry grip, and good snow traction. Very good cornering with OK noise.

Love the Douglas brand.

Feb 07, 2017
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Get what you pay for
by: Anonymous

I bought for Douglas 235 55 r18. Was trying to save some money but it has starting to cost me more. 5000 miles on car and I've had them balanced twice and rotated once. I can't get rid of the vibration that they are causing.

Dec 05, 2016
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Douglas performance
by: Anonymous paul

Hey Y'all,

Figured I would chime in here... I have bought Douglas tires from Walmart for years and run em hard every day. Most days 250+ miles.
No issues... Very sad to say the extra Trac2's are no longer available at Walmart, they were,by far, the best tires I've ever ran. PERIOD!! I used to run ms run flats prior to these.. as for comparison.


About Positive Comments

I'm frequently accused of defending Douglas tires (and other brands, too) whenever negative comments are posted.

I'm now going to criticize this positive comment -- not because it is POSITIVE but because it doesn't tell us very much about the WHY. This, if you'll notice is often at the root of my comments about negative comments also.

In fairness, Anonymous Paul, did give us some rather vague reasons, but if he would have provided a bit more detail, his posting could have been so much more valuable. If he had told us, for example, what kind of roads, speeds, vehicle, weather conditions were involved many more people could relate (or not) to his situation. Or if he would have provided some specific ways in which these tires were better than those previous "ms run flats" which he mentioned for comparison, that too, would have been helpful.

The point I wish to make is that if you are going to go to the trouble of posting something about your experience with ANY tire, include details about your experience that will help someone else reading it to decide if your experience is relevant to the situation they are facing when they are choosing what tires to buy.

It is equally useless to a prospective tire buyer to read "Douglas Tires are crap!" as it is to read "I love shopping at Walmart!" If the writer of the first statement had written Ï hate Douglas Tires because every single one I've ever bought ended up getting punctured by a nail" we could understand his situation and, even though we might conclude that this wouldn't be likely to ever happen to us, it would give us some point of reference.

I know it's fun to pitch in and lend your support (or opposition) when you read the opinions of others in forums but you'll be making a much greater contribution if you'll back up anything you say with actual facts and experiences which support the conclusions which you have led you to have the opinions you hold.


TG



Dec 04, 2016
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douglas tires from walmart
by: Anonymous

I just purchased a set of 225 / 45 r17 douglas tires from wal mart and they are so far so good, no noise as others have described and they feel better than the tires I had on the vehicle prior... 1999 e320 4 matic, they are smoother and ride lighter if I may describe the feeling... they corner better and at $59.00 a tire plus 10 bucks mounting and balancing I have no complaints I don't know where all these negative comments came from but I will check back in a few months after I drive a few k miles...

Nov 28, 2016
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Douglas Performance Tire 215/55r17
by: PAUL M

I replaced tires on my 2006 Infiniti G35x with the Douglas Performance Tire 215/55r17 94V SL. While the tires perform well (tracking, handling, braking, cornering, etc) on city streets and highway, there is a VERY noticeable "hum" or "buzz" emanating from the tires, especially noticeable at 40mph and higher. It sounds like an airplane propeller while the plane is in the air. I took the car back to WalMart and they said nothing is unusual and to continue to monitor the noise. Decent tire for the car, but that noise is insufferable.



Re Tire Noise:

Interesting post. Thank you for making specific comments and observations about your experience. These are the kind of comments that may help others in their tire decisions.

It may be useful to know that many tire manufacturers spend considerable time and resources on tire design and testing. One of the areas which they investigate is tire noise and from time to time they discover ways to modify their tires to reduce the noise produced from wind, water, vibration, different road surfaces, etc.

Quite often, when these new features are incorporated into their tires, they are first added to their most expensive tires and you, the consumer, will normally pay a higher price to benefit from these innovations.

From this view it is quite possible that some tire lines, such as Douglas Tires, may not gain the benefit from these changes until they have been in use for a long enough time to have been incorporated into almost every tire being made.


TG


Nov 21, 2016
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5 Star Raters with BAD Reviews????
by: Matthew

Hi, TG.
I am in the market for tires, and while viewing through various sites, including obviously this one, I have seen, like everything else, good, bad, ugly, and of course, as Forrest Gump's Mama would always say ... "Stupid is as stupid does..."
What I am referring to is simply this:
How (or Why) is it, that there were so many of these blogs / posts, showing 5 (or perhaps 4) star rating; yet, mentioning poor statements about their experiences with Douglas Tires?? Are they not sure of their own comments? Even as you had stated in one response I've read, I also noted that they were of the Anonymous family group. (Such a large family, aren't they?)
I have, in my past experiences through growing up, if you will, believed that Douglas Tires are (somewhat) great tires.
Nonetheless, thank you for all your helpful information. Some of which I can understand. Others, because of the lack of knowledge only on my part, cannot understand. However, I am learning as time goes forward while in my search for tires.
Take care and be safe. Have a great day.

Nov 05, 2016
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Tire blow out
by: Anonymous

I got two Douglas tires, I have had two months I had a blow out which was on the side of the tire took back to Wal-Mart they told me the tires had no warranty so I had to buy another sorry but your tires are junk will never get more.


WalMart & Douglas Tires:

I can understand your disappointment over having to replace a tire so soon after you bought it, but I doubt that the reason was because the tires are poor quality.

Regarding the lack of warranty, I believe that Walmart has a Road Hazard Warranty which you have to pay extra for when you buy new tires. This warranty will give you benefits if you have a problem which is out of the control of the tire company, but which may come about because of things that happen while you are driving. This is why it is called a "Road Hazard" warranty.

A Road Hazard can affect the most expensive and highest quality tire as well as a pice of junk, and it can happen the moment you drive out of the shop, or it might never happen. This is why people buy the warranty. Of course, if you nave have a problem with the road hazards, the cost of the insurance is lost, but at least you have some piece of mind while you have the policy that you don't have to pay the extra expense to replace a tire which has been damaged beyond repair.


TG

Oct 22, 2016
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Douglas tires suck!
by: Anonymous

I bought two tires for my van from Walmart- Douglas brand because it's all I could afford. Three days after having them put on I had a flat. A rock penetrated my BRAND NEW TIRE! Not even a month later the other tire blew out. There were rubber shavings inside the tire from the sidewalk deteriorating. Don't buy these tires! They are unreliable and unsafe!


Don't Blame Douglas:

Yor experience reminds me of the first customer I had when I opened a new Goodyear dealership. He bought 4 new tires and returned after driving less than 20 miles with a large sharp rock embedded in his tire.

Of course, it's frustrating to have a new tire ruined within a short time of buying them, but can you really blame the tire company for your choosing to drive over a sharp rock?

Regarding the other blow out, whenever you find tire shavings, as you describe them, inside a tire that is an almost certain sign that the tire had been driven for a period of time without sufficient air pressure. The tire overheats because of the excessive flexing produced by driving with too-low pressure and it is the heat that destroys the tire.

This is often something that you, as a driver, might have been able to avoid by paying careful attention to your tires on a regular basis. But, it is also something that could happen by accident or by some malicious prankster letting some air out of your tires. This kind of damage is never the fault of the tire's quality. It can happen to the most expensive as well as the cheapest ones around.


TG

Jul 01, 2016
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TG's customer service skills
by: Crystal

I just bought 4 Douglass tires and was interested in others' experiences. One thing that grabbed my attention on this page is TG's lack of customer service skills. You're very knowledgable, but don't know how to communicate with upset customers. You strike back at the customer and make it personal. We all wish we could give snide comments to certain types of customers, but a good rep learns how to conquer this and remain helpful AND kind.


Thanks for the comment Crystal

I appreciate your viewpoint but I am wondering if your impression is based on reading just this thread, or have you also read a variety of other posts concerning Douglas tires.

One thing that I'd ask you to note in this particular thread is that ALL of the posts were by Anonymous posters. These people hide behind the cloak of anonymity and make snide, disparaging remarks without offering the slightest concrete details or evidence to support their rants. After dealing with a considerable number of these --many of which you never see because they are deleted-- I have come to the conclusion that these people do not deserve any respect.

The reason I don't simply delete them all is to use them as examples of how NOT to report your problems in a public forum. If they are doing this only to get some kind of revenge, that is to strike back for some real or imagined injustice I don't want to encourage them in any way. People who put their complaints in a public place should at least give the public some information that could help the readers in deciding whether they should buy or use the product/brand/store in question.

People who do that (and many have in other threads) get as much help as I and other visitors to this site are in a position to give. We do this for free, we don't insist on the poster providing a name or an email address, and don't even expect any thanks. If we do receive some we are delighted.


TG

Jun 04, 2016
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Douglas tires aka Walmart crap
by: Anonymous

Editorial Warning:

We seldom preface a posting with any sort of editorial comment nor notation, but in this instance we are making an exception because the post below is an example of an example of a completely useless rant which does absolutely no good for anyone except, possibly, the person who posted it and wanted to let off some steam.

Here are some tips to help you put up a complaint that will help others in deciding if and how your experience would be useful to them.

1) Provide your name, or at least a credible identity. (Register your email address when you are submitting your post, too)
2) Give us concrete details, such as:

a) the make and model of car involved.

b) the model and size of the tires you used

c) the date of your purchase or experience

d) the locations and name of the dealer involved

e) the name or identity of the persons you dealt with.

f) what kind of roads or driving conditions were involved.

g) exactly what was the problem with the tires?

h) how many tires were involved, what happened to each of them, and where were they installed on your vehicle.

These are just a few of the many details which would be useful in making a good complaint, and usually these details would be required if and when any kind of a warranty or replacement were to be made.

If you have photos, these, too, would help a lot in making your experience meaningful.

Now, below, the this example of a completely useless rant provided by Mr/Ms. Anonymous. (No doubt they would be embarassed to identify themselves).


TG


These Douglas brand Walmart special tires seem to disintegrate after about 400 miles. They are an engineering marvel of planned obsolescence. They feel like they loose balance but the tire shops say they are balanced just right. It looks like they develop flat spots, wear fast, and belts are slipping. Putting on almost any other set of tires solves the problems. So,..these Douglas tires are made by Goodyear for Walmart. This is just another example of how Good old American made Walmart(?) sells us Crap that is made in America made to break down on us. Hillary Clinton was on their board of directors for a while.

May 16, 2016
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tires loud as a bad muffler, Part II
by: Anonymous

I have gone to two places. A Chrysler dealer and a Monroe place.

I've had all my suspension lower front arms bushings upper and lower motor mounts replaced front end alignment new shocks and struts. And everyone says it's the tires making the noise.

So now what?


So, now what?

So, now do what I suggested the first time you posted: Go to a tire shop that does other mechanical work and tell them you have a noise and vibration that doesn't seem right to you.

Don't tell them about the other work that you have already had done unless they recommend that you do that work.

Possibly, if you had done this in the first place, some of that other work might not have been done. It is impossible to determine what is needed without physically inspecting your car.

For me, I am still amazed if this noise is being caused by the tires you have described, and my first inclination would be to look at other elements of the suspension and drivetrain, but without having the actual vehicle to work with I can't be absolutely sure what could be the ultimate solution.

If you could find another vehicle that has the same wheel size and try these tires on them, you could easily discover if the problem lies in the tires, especially if the tires from the other vehicle didn't produce a noise when mounted on yours.

Lacking another vehicle to exchange with, possibly even changing the position of these tires on your vehicle and noting if there is any change with the different position might help in pinpointing the cause of the noise.


TG

May 16, 2016
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I love mine, love the price and the service
by: Anonymous

Walmart got me in/out in 25 mins. Saved 50% over similar tires elsewhere. Driving them for over a year with no complaints, no leaks, no maintenance, perfectly balanced, etc.

Are they super great wonderful high performance tires? No. I bought a great value bargain priced tire, saved a pile of money, and I can't tell the difference between these and other more expensive tires I've had, so why not use these.

Apr 22, 2016
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tires loud as a bad muffler
by: Anonymous

I but 4 douglas xtrac2 195/65r15 91t tires at walmart. I've gone about 4,000 miles now.

I couldn't stand how loud they were when I first purchased them, and now they are even louder. Louder than a bad Muffler. And there is a vibration to my car. I crank up the stereo to try and drown out the noise. I cannot stand it anymore.

I called Walmart to see what I could do and they told me I can do nothing. So now I am stuck with them till they just don't work no more. Cuz I don't have money to throw away to buy 4 new tires cause the four tires I have a piece of poop.

I guess I got what I paid for. I should have known there was a downside to being so cheap. You know I even just looked at Wal-Mart's website and it doesn't even show them selling these tires this size anymore. I wonder why.


Tires as noisy as a bad muffler?

In all my experience with tires in the business I find a report like this hard to believe.

It's not that having a loud noise is incredible, just the conclusion that it is being caused by these tires.

The writer of this complaint says he or she has called Walmart, but I would advise them to go to a specialized tire store and have them look at the tires and the vehicle to discover what problem exists and get an estimate on what needs to be done to fix it.

Choose a tire shop that does other work in addition to tires. When visiting the dealer I wouldn't start by blaming the tires, simply tell them you have a very loud noise which doesn't seem right and you want to find out what needs to be done to fix it.

They may, or may not connect the problem to your tires, but if you start by specifically blaming the tires they may take advantage of that to add new tires on top of what ever else needs to be done to fix the problem.

You don't have the money to spend right now? Fine, but start by getting an estimate and trying to pin down the cause. You may find that there's something else that needs to be fixed and when you know what it is you can then find out how urgent it is and plan to do what is necessary.


TG

Mar 03, 2016
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LOUD
by: Anonymous

If you want LOUD tires tees are for you.

About LOUD Douglas Tires:

This is the kind of absolutely useless report that we normally delete from the website, but I am reproducing it to use as an illustration of what could be done to be useful and interesting to us.

To begin with, we need to know exactly which Douglas Tire is noisy. Douglas tires have various different sizes and tread designs and it is possible that it is only one of these that a user has found disagreeable.

Next, it might make a difference to know what vehicle this noise was produced, what kind of loud noise it was, under what kind of driving conditions and if this was a constant noise, whether or not it changed over time. Was it there when the tires were installed new, or did it become apparent after some time in use?

And finally, did the user complain to the store where they were bought and installed? If so, what was their response?

All of these details could help us in knowing more and deciding if they apply to our situation when we come to the point of choosing our tires.


TG

Nov 30, 2015
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Where are they manufactured?
by: Anonymous

Where is the Goodyear plant located? Are they American?

About Where Douglas are Tires Manufactured

It might be possible that the plant is in different countries, depending on the tire. See the DOT Codes to check the plant location. Compare the first two characters from the tire's DOT code with the table to discover the plant where the tire was made.

I seem to recall seeing one set of codes where the tire was made at a Kelly Springfield plant (which is owned by Goodyear) but I don't recall which one. Your tire, in any case may be different from the one I saw.


TG

Nov 08, 2015
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douglas tires
by: Anonymous

I recently bought these tires from walmart now I am seeing strange bubbling on them it looks like belts are broken but they are not why is the rubber on these tires bulging or bubbling?

Editorial Comment
The description you provide is not sufficiently detailed for me to feel comfortable giving you a diagnosis, but I do urge you to take your tires back to Walmart or any tire technician who you might have confidence in and get them to look at them. There might be an issue that could be addressed through a warranty claim, but apart from that I do think it might be unsafe to continue driving on these.

TG

Feb 27, 2014
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Flat Spots on new Douglas tires
by: Anonymous

I purchased a set of Douglas tires 20/60R15 for my 1995 Chrysler Lebaron convertible. After driving 500 miles the car was put away under cover in Florida for three months. Upon putting the car back on the road I found that there was a bad vibration.

I took the car back to Wal mart in Kissimmee fl. where I purchased the tires. There I was told all four tires had flat spots due to sitting for the three months and that they would clear up after some driving in the warm weather it is now 500 miles later and I still have the vibration/flat spots Walmart refuse to do anything.

I am now stuck with $450 worth of Douglas tires that provide a very poor ride. Note-the tires do some what smoothen out but when left sitting for a couple of days they again go flat on the area touching the pavement, until I drive three or four blocks at which time I am back to driving with a light vibration. no amount of balancing has worked...regards Larry

About those Flat Spots on your Douglas tires

Why should Walmart respond? If you had bought a pound of butter from them, buttered one piece of toast from it and then left it sitting in the sun, would you really expect them to refund your money after you found your butter melted?

This is almost the same kind of situation: You are blaming Walmart or their brand of tires for a problem that was caused by improper storage of your vehicle. And to be technically correct, your tires are no longer "New" because you have used them. Yes, they are practically and they have had very little use so they should have considerable life still left in them.

You may not have known it at the time, but ANY brand of tire from any dealer could face the same problem and I'm sorry to have to tell you that you will be extremely lucky if you would find anyone who would give you any refund for this kind of situation.

As the owner of a vehicle, part of your responsibility is to care for and maintain the vehicle and its parts (like tires) in an appropriate manner.

The best you might hope to get out of a situation like this would be if a dealer would be willing to give you a good discount and possibly sell you a new set of tires at their cost, but I would only expect this to happen if you were a regular customer at a specialized tire store who valued your business and was willing to give you a break to keep you as a customer. This is not what I'd expect from a mass retailer.

If you are leaving a vehicle unused for a long period of time you are best to raise it up with blocks so that there is no weight on the tires. It is normal for tires to slowly lose pressure over time (possibly 1-2 pounds a month) so that even when you are using tires constantly you should be checking their pressure on a regular basis.

I'm sorry you had to learn about this the hard way.

Read our Tire Storage page for more detailed information about this topic.


TG

Sep 10, 2013
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Douglas tires suck
by: Anonymous

I just bought Douglas tire for my 2000 toyota echo tires leak thought it was maybe the rim so bought new rim. Same problem these tires suck

Feb 26, 2013
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Awful Tires....
by: Anonymous

I got douglas performance gt-h 205/55R16 90H on my car in 2011, I have have leaking rims, valve stems leak, flat tires all the time, & now i found out I have a flat spot in my tire. I will never buy these tires again, I have a 2004 Chevy Cavlier & must have low profile tires, so I paid more than 50 bucks for them. I regret my decision to go to walmart & by douglas performance tires. it was a rip off. thank you.

Editorial Comment:

Obviously you're not happy with your tires, and the service you have gotten from Walmart might leave a lot to be desired, but you seem to be blaming the tires for things that have nothing to do with them.

You complain about leaking rims and leaking valve stems. These are problems that affect the performance of the tires, but they may have nothing to do with the tires themselves. If the valve leaks, it should be replaced. If the tire beads are damaged by the person who is doing the installation, or if the rims are dirty or rusted you can have leaking rims.

These problems are, of course, things that you'd expect a competent tire installer to notice and correct, but if they are not done, you will have problems. This may be a fault with the people who serviced your tires at Walmart, but it is definitely NOT the fault of the tire in itself.

TG

Nov 02, 2012
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Out of round
by: Anonymous

I purchased a set of new Douglas tires at Walmart
for my Izusu pickup truck.I have been driving for 43 years.This is by far the worst set of new tires I have ever purchased.They ride terrible.
The guys in the bay went out of their way and did their best to try and correct the problem.I am
convinced since the old tires they took off rode just fine it is deffinetly the new tires that is causing the problem.This is not the first out of round tires I have delt with. Another reason I am convinced it is the tires.I do not look foward bouncing everytime I drive my truck for the next 40,000 miles.Stuck with new tires now what do I do?

Editorial Comment:

You haven't provided all the details which would allow me to even guess at what might be happening so anything I say may be subject to change once all the facts are known and the tires and vehicle are inspected.

I would assume that you noticed the problem almost as soon as you drove away from the shop and returned immediately to register the complaint, even if they didn't do anything immediately. If there was any lapse of time from the moment you left the shop until you noticed the problem, it could be that something happened after you left the shop to account for the difficulty you are noticing.

Although it is not impossible, I find it extremely unusual that a complete set of tires will be bad at the same time. One tire, if it has been deformed in storage, or shipping can make a tremendous difference in the way a vehicle feels, but that doesn't make all of the other tires bad too.

I would suggest you return to where you bought these and insist that they determine the cause of the problem you're having and unless there is good reason to believe that the tires which are causing the problem (assuming that any mechanical defect is completely overruled) have them at least replace the defective tire.

TG

Mar 21, 2011
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loud tire sound
by: Anonymous

these tires suck they are so loud my stereo has to be turned up on high to drown out the noise have them on my 95 cadillac deville

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Tire Review: Douglas Touring P225/60rww

by Donald G.
(Thomaston, Georgia U.S.A)

I bought Douglas Touring P225/60Rww tires at Wal-Mart in Dec. of 2004.

My car had 298,666 miles on it. I am still driving on the same tires. Now I have over 411,000 miles on it and I still have good tread on the tires. I estimate I still have about 15 or 20k miles left.

I can't remember what the tire was rated at. I would like to know where to buy these again when it comes time to buy some more tires.

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Oct 30, 2012
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Douglas Touring Tires
by: Anonymous

I used to work in the WalMart Tire and Lube dept and the Douglas Touring tires were great tires. Never any complaints and excellent mileage/tread wear. I LOVED these tires myself, I had 2 sets on my old car. Was very disappointed when they did not carry new new cars tire size in the Douglas Touring. Have yet to find another set of tires that can compete.

Aug 01, 2011
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possible/likely other problem
by: Anonymous

if you have flat spots on your tires I suspedt it is not the tires. It most likley bad struts/shocks or some other issue and if not repaired will affect any tire you install. hope this helps.

May 07, 2011
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worthless warranty
by: Audrey HarrisonAnonymous

I purchases 175/70 r13 douglas tires at walmart in Medford, Oregon about a year and a half ago. These tires came with a 45,000 mile warranty. The warranty wasn"t worth the paper it was written on. There is only 31,000 thousand miles on the tires. One tire had flat spots and needs to be replaced. Walmart will not stand behind the warranty and neither will Douglas Tires. The person who looked at the tires told us that he would personally never buy a Douglas tire and he would personally not buy his own tires at Walmart. That's a pretty strong comment from a Walmart employee. I will never buy another Douglas tire or another tire from Walmart.I might just start buying other products somewhere else also.

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Tire Reviews: Douglas Xtra-Trac Tires

by Mark T.
(Kingston, Tn. USA)

Used Douglas Xtra-Trac Tire

Used Douglas Xtra-Trac Tire

I purchased a new set of Douglas Xtra-Trac tires about ten (10) years ago (CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT!!! IT STILL SHOCKS ME WHEN I THINK ABOUT IT!!!) and those tires are just now wearing out and I have been everywhere with those tires.

Obviously I must have gotten one of the better sets! I rate them a 10 and I would recommend them to anyone and I will be buying the same tires next time.

Hope this helps someone.

tire size: P185/165R14...



Editorial Comment:

The Douglas tire brand name is owned by Wal-Mart. To the best of our knowledge, the tires have always been manufactured by Goodyear, however, this may change at anytime without warning or public notice.

To determine the manufacturer of any tire, check the DOT code. The preceding link provides you with a table to decode the manufacturer and plant location from the first two characters of the code.

The DOT code is required to be molded into the sidewall of every tire which is to be sold in the USA.

TG

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Tire Review: Douglas Xtrac II Goodyear

by Tracy
(Alabama)

I was a Dept Manager in WalMart TLE for 16 years.

The Douglas tire is and has been made by Goodyear for years and yes, Goodyear does also make the Kelly tires which were at one time called Kelly Springfield.

Wal-Mart does carry their own brand of tires same as Sears, Big 10 Tires etc.

Each company works with the tire companies, such as Goodyear or Michelin and in case you did not know, Michelin also bought out BF Goodrich, which also has tires sold by WalMart. That tire is the Touring Track.Made for WalMart Stores.

The Michelin Tire that WalMart sell in the Symmetry. And yes their are bad tires in all brands. But remember the are man made they were not Created by God therefor they are not perfect.

Walmart does offer the tire protection plan which does cover up to the first 25% tread worne off the tire would be a free replacement if someting were to happen to that tire. it also covers the free flat repair for the "lifetime" of that tire. Which no other company offers that.

A by the was, yes it is the owners responsibility not WalMarts to keep your Vehicle aligned, and how hard is it to check the tire pressure. Come on guys I am female and I know how to do that! Just thought I would inform you of just a little info.

I have no problem with any of the tire. You get what you pay for and cheep is not always the way to go. But for some people thats all they can afford .

The Douglas tire in a good time. Affordable and also good. From a Dept Manager that Loved her job but was just tired of WalMart.

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Feb 29, 2016
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Douglas tires and WalMart
by: Don

I purchased a set of Douglas tires for my car. This is the second set I've had and "had" no complaints. Actually, I still don't have complaints about the tires themselves, it's WalMart I had an issue with.

One of my set has a tread separation which is quite obvious. I took the wheel off my car and ran out to my local WalMart where I purchased the set. I asked the lady at the desk about an adjustment for the tire and she looked it up and said they would do a tread depth check on it and give me an adjustment. Just what I asked for and expected.

Well lo and behold I sat for over and hour and some guy behind the desk acting like a Manager or something said they can't find the tire in their computer. I figure no problem as they are the ones that sell these tires anyway so what's the difference.

He said if they can't find it in their computer they will not give me an adjustment. now go figure, the lady that was there over an hour ago said no problem now skippy manager here says no deal.

I asked how the deal is and why they won't adjust tires only they sell and he said if I had purchased the road hazard insurance they would replace it for me. I asked him since there is no damage from a road hazard and the tire itself is defective why it would have to be covered by a road hazard. He didn't have an answer and said they would not be covering it or giving me any adjustment.

Needless to say I looked at his computer and saw all the business I had given them for my 3 vehicles, being several tires on them and for some reason this tire does not appear. I promptly told him the next tire store down the road would be getting my business from here on and he acted like he didn't give a rats behind.

I left, went to Blain's Farm and Fleet and got me a nice new tire for about the same price the Douglas tire cost. Yup, balanced and new valve stem and all. A big thank you to Blain's, my tire store from here on.

Sep 25, 2012
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Way better than expected.
by: Big Daddy JD

April of 2006 , I had a set of Xtra Tracs put on my 1981 Caprice. It was a pleasant suprise just how smooth they were on interstate trips. After 73,000 trouble free miles on these tires , I went to the Madison Georgia Wal-Mart to purchase another set , and the service writer informed me they no longer had these tires available in whitewalls. Sorry to say , it was a sad day when the new set of Kuhmos were put on the car, It was like saying goodbye to a friend.

Aug 09, 2011
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Bad Douglas Tires
by: Anonymous

I have had everything done possible to fix these possible problems with my car. I have spent more money on fixing things that are not broke. It's the tires.

Aug 08, 2011
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Bad Douglas Tires
by: Anonymous

I bought 4 brand new Douglas Xtra-Trac 2 225/60R16 and they are the worst tire. I bought them Feb. 12,2011 and it's now Aug. 8,2011. all four of the tires are wearing on the outside of them. Wal-mart tells me there is something wrong with my car. Well I had it looked at and there is nothing wrong with my car yet they won't replace them. I had my tires rotated twice so I know its not because of my lack of care. Not to happy with Wal-mart Douglas tires...



Editorial Comment:

Don't be too quick to blame the tires or Walmart people in this case. See our page on Wear Problems.

My first conclusion, from what you described is that you have a problem with alignment, and rotating your tires isn't going to fix that. All the tire rotation will do is spread the wear around to the other tires so that they all wear out at the same rate, but you will still have a problem with mis-alignment which is a mechanical defect.
TG



Feb 25, 2011
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Xtrac II by Douglas ( Douglas owned by Good Year)
by: Anonymous

I bought set of 4 tires (Xtract II)from Walmart. Then I start to read all your scary comments on this tires.

I don't buy road hazard because I don't want to pay $40 (more than 1/2 cost of tire) up front while I don't know I have problem with tire or not. But I always pay lifetime balance and rotation which come with charge of balance the tires.

I rotate all 4 tires every 5K miles at Walmart. I check tire pressure every time I put gas. The tire now is 25K miles used, assuming 45K mile warranty tire. I will run for another 10K miles to point of replace the new tires.

When I replace new tires I will NOT replace this tires. Because I read, this tire has 1 radial-ply (tiny metal net)layer in the tire which is not safe. The expensive tire has 2 or 4 layer on side and bottom of tires. I overcome this by checking tire pressure and rotate very often.

Texas road...



Editorial Comment:

To clarify, some Douglas tires are made for Walmart by Goodyear to Walmart's specifications. Walmart has refused to confirm or deny whether all Douglas tires are made by Goodyear.

You can check for the manufacturer's code on the tire sidewall, it is the first two characters in the DOT code. Then look it up in our DOT Codes Table

TG


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Tire Review: Douglas Tires/Wal-mart

by Shea Lockerby
(Jacksonville Fl.)


I was very impressed with the wear of the pair of Douglas tires that are on my car and didn't realize I could only find them at wally- world! Thanks for the info.

I need a new pair and will be replacing another company's tires with Douglas. And I have an alignment done if I hit something bad or don't like the way my Camry's handling and checking tire pressure is a good way to save gas and tire wear!!

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Mar 07, 2016
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Douglas Touring 225/55 17 tires
by: Jim W

Wow. Paid 369.00 for the complete set of Douglas Touring Tires.

Service technician came out and showed me bad issues with old Eagles on car. Now my car is 2012 Impala and the set i have is great! Smooth and quiet. No rain yet but if they act as good as they do now i'll be pleased.

I will give the Walmart technician at the Anderson, Indiana store on Scatterfield road praise for being honest and showing me the issues with my prior Eagles.

Yes there was a wait but like all other tire waiting areas I was blessed to have a great conversation speaking with a US Vet.

I'll post how they do in the rain here in a couple of days.

Nov 22, 2014
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Good Tires - BAD Walmart
by: Anonymous

I bought 4 brand new Douglas Xtra-Track II tires from Walmart when my car needed new tires. The previous ones were Douglas from Walmart as well.

I paid extra and bought the extra tire guarantee thing for nail, failure, etc. One of the tires blew out on the inside of the tire as mounted on the car. I returned to Walmart and he said they would not cover it as my brakes had come loose and punctured the tire. I took it to the Chevy Dealer here in towen and they said there was absolutely nothing wrong with my brakes or anything.

Walmart obviously finds a way to wrongly decline these tire warrantys that people pay for. They are a RIP-OFF. I still like the Douglas Tire but will never buy from Walmart again because of this crap they pull. To bad to, Douglas tires are a very reliable and affordable tire that will last as long as you take care of your car alignment and such. Just wanted to get this experience out there.

Do NOT buy the extra tire warranty from Walmart. They will screw you after they get your money !

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Tire Reviews: Walmart Tires

by Derrick

One thing you left out of your Walmart tire report was experiance.

If you go to Walmart to buy tires do your homework know what you need.

The lesson I learned this year is, Light Truck tires have load ratings as well as sizes.

I visited my local Walmart and had a well known brand right sized set of tires installed on my Ff 250 Ford pickup. Nobody at the store explained load ratings, and was happy to tell me what a great deal I was getting (100.00 less than discount tire quoted for the same tire, except now I know that quote included E rated tires).

Today I have a useless set of C rated tires that was installed on a truck that only E rated tires are to be installed on. Because I did not do my research.

I called Walmart today after I finally found out why my truck handled so badly while towing a trailer, they said their tech only installed the tires I bought, this was my mistake, I had simply purchased the wrong tires. What could they do now 5 months later?

Makes me wonder about my service tech only after three visits did he notice the tire rating. I now recommend going to Walmart for nothing, they might sell you a toaster to make Thankgiving dinner in.

Do yourself a BIG favor buy tires from a tire store. In May I spent $766.00 for new tires at Walmart. Today(five months later) I spent 880.00 for the right tires for my truck. How much did I save by going to Walmart? I now have four used and abused Wrangler AT 265/R70C tires for sale.

Goodyear has always been a good tire for me. Ford Trucks, and Goodyear tires are what my Dad pounded in me when I was young. I wish he would have included a course in load ratings.

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Tire Review: Douglas Tires from Walmart

by RICK
(BENTON TN)

Used Douglas Xtra-Trac Tire

Used Douglas Xtra-Trac Tire

Douglas tires from Walmart are all made by Goodyear tire in McDonough Ga behind Summit Racing Store.

I've owned several sets. They hold up good to highway driving, but will commit suicide if frequently driven under hard cornering.

I think that is due to the high profile design of the tire, and the tire folds under the rim and wears off the edges FAST.

Don't compromise on a performance car with these cheap tires. They are old people rated, not speed rated.

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Nov 30, 2012
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Douglas Brand Tire
by: TyreGuy

I work and sell tires for a living. I have purchased many tires and sold thousands of tires in my life time. I have purchased Douglas tires and had good experience with these tires.

There are too many factors to tire performance than just buying the size of a tire a automobile or truck calls for. My success in basic tire performance is checking air pressure every 2 weeks, rotating tires every other oil change, having tires balanced when needed, have the car or truck aligned at time of tire purchase and every 12,000 to 15,000 miles.

High speed cornering , underinflation, poor rotation intervals, maligned vehicles and poorley maintained vehicles can wear tires up to 50 percent faster. There are hundreds of factors involved. Tires are a carcass just like your body the better you take care of it the longer you will survive.

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Even though I wholly agree with what is written above, please do not confuse this TyreGuy, with Tire Guy from this website.

Unfortunately I cannot control the name a person submitting a comment uses, but I can draw your attention to anything which might cause confusion, which is the case here, or simply eliminate the comment in it's entirety but this is something I'd only do in a drastic case.


TG



Mar 09, 2011
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Beginning of an adventure for 205/70 R15 X-Trac II
by: Anonymous

Today I purchased a set of Douglas brand 205/70 R15 X-Trac II tires, new set of 4 with the lifetime balancing service from Wal-Mart, Murrieta, Ca. Installed on my wife's, but now mine 2000 Honda AWD EX CR-V. Mileage is 177410. I will maintain a monthly log rather than the daily or weekly simply because I prefer to. So, today is 9 March 2011 and let this begin a long and safe journey.

Nov 24, 2010
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"Old People" Comment
by: Scott

Every comment here, so far, came from people with little to no knowledge of tires.

I get a chuckle reading complaints from people who are ignorant,as in,"lack Knowledge". For instance: One guy complains because he bought tires that are less than what his requirements are.

Rick wants an every day budget tire to hug corners like a performance tire costing much more to buy. Then he calls them "old people" tires. I call him "wet behind the ears". If you want to race, buy a racing tire. If you want to tow heavy equipment, buy a towing rated tire.

If you want to show how stupid you are, post a complaint and say between the lines, that you tried to save a buck and bought the wrong tires.

I'm 53 years old, have a racing background, and have owned more that 300 vehicles, from trailers and go-carts, to industrial equipment, that run on tires. I call that experience.

My experience tells me that most people at any tire store do not have a PHD in tire research. You, as a consumer, should do your research and know what you want.

The tire store people type your vehicle into a computer, and the computer tells them every tire they have in the size your vehicle came from the factory with. It's that simple.

The Douglas/Goodyear tire is a good tire for the price, and every tire sold in America has limits to what it can do well.

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Tire Review: Douglas touring

by Charles
(McAllen Texas)

I have bought 3 sets of Douglas Touring tires from Wal-Mart. I have recieved excellent service from all 3 sets, the first 2 produced over 40.000 miles. 3rd set is on the 10,000th mile with no problems. I have never had a problem with any of the tires and I would recommend them to anyone for value, service and mileage.

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Jan 31, 2011
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miles,miles,miles
by: D. Garner

I bought these tires from wal-mart in Dec of 2004. I have 124,000 miles on these tires and still have good thread on them. I have the paper work to prove it. Where can i buy some more when i need to replace these. I seen a lot of bad talk about these tire but i have had no problems with them.

Thanks

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Tire Review: Douglas 205/70 R15

by TM
(Salt lake City, Utah)

Purchased two Douglas 205/70 R15 at my local Walmart to replace the rear tires.

For the price they worked and still work great. We have a lot of snow here in the winter. Also, since I would probably only have the vehicle another 4 years I didn't want to invest a ton of money into new tires.

I keep them inflated properly and rotate as well. I plan on replacing the front with the same Douglas tires as soon as they have been fine.

Consumers should understand that they need to have an alignment done when tires are installed as well as check air pressure at least once a month. Also, it's a good idea to have them balance the tires when you rotate them (about every 3000-6000 miles or 2x per year). Walmart does this free since you purchased the tires from them.

Like anything else, if you don't take care of it, they won't last. The performance is hard to determine on any product as the user could understand or not understand how to take care of their investment.

I would recommended these to a friend on a budget.

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Douglas 195 60 15

by Gene Mckinney
(Mooresville Indiana)

Walmart is a good place to go buy cheap merchandise. Their customer service and quality of goods is second rate at best. In an attempt to be a superstore as with many of the wanna be superstores you lose customer support.

Today I went down to have a tire replaced that was fairly new. It had a steal belt that had come loose (manufacture defect). The tire manager told me there was nothing he could do becuase there wasn't a road hazard insurance purchased with the tire. The original purchase was an emergency and my girlfriend needed a tire and there wasn't an American DIscount tire around.

I highly Recommend buying tires from American Discount Tire not from a store that sells eggs!.

The tire manager said that I would have to contact the manufacturer of the tire. I looked at the tire and said I have to call Douglas Tires? He said now it was a Goodyear brand. I had a puzzled look on my face and said " So I have to call Goodyear and explain to them how the cord is broken and get them to replace the tire?

That Walmart doesnt back the products they sale even if it is a manufacture defect not a road hazard? He said yes. I drove to the local goodyear tire shop where I was informed that Douglas wasnt a Goodyear tire. That Douglas was a small tire company out of Kentucky, Again this is all hear say. I haven't done much more research I am just irritated at the fact that I am dealing with Walmart over a tire. A store that sells fish, eggs, and socks. To purchase anything from Walmart is a Mistake.

If you take your Automobile that you rely on to get you to and from work to provide food on the table for your family then you get what you pay for. Crap... OK follow up research is now done. http://www.tire-information-world.com/douglas-tires.html Even though it is required by law to be stamped in the DOT code, the store's Brand Manager refused to even confirm that this particular tire was made by Goodyear.

In any event, if you have any issues, concerns or problems with the Douglas brand, you have to take them up with the store where you purchased them, subject to the policies and procedures -- whatever they may be -- established by the store. : Read more HERE.

Again to take your Vehicle that you put your children in to Walmart for tires or any other kind of service is absolutely insane!

Editorial Comment:

All tires sold in the USA must carry the DOT code which shows, among other things where the tire was made. The first two characters which follow the DOT letters tell you this. Compare these characters to the DOT Code Chart and you can learn what company made the tire and in which plant.

We have attempted to get a clear statement from Walmart about who makes the Douglas Brand tires, since they claimed to own the brand name, but they refused to provide any details. This is ridiculous since, their tires are marked with this on their tires. To date, all of the tire codes which we, or other readers have reported to us are made by Goodyear. Because this relationship could change at any moment, do not confide in what has happened in the past … use the DOT code to confirm who made your Douglas tires if you need to know.

Thanks to a regular contributor to our forums who calls himself "The Hubcap Kid", we can now state that Walmart does NOT own the Douglas brand name: It is owned by Goodyear, but appears to be sold exclusively through the Walmart chain.

All warranty claims are normally handled by the distributor or retailer of the product, however, Goodyear, in the US has a 6 year warranty against defects in material and manufacturing. If there is a problem in this regard and the dealer cannot resolve it, Goodyear may take it up at a Goodyear dealer and may make a replacement of another equivalent tire, if there are defects which fall under their warranty.

The tire would need to be inspected to determine if it failed due to a manufacturing defect, and replacement subject to a pro-rated charge depending on the amount of use the tire has given the owner. New tires have a certain amount of "free" use which means that if the tire failed during that time, there is no pro-rating and the tire is replaced without any cost. Beyond that time, the user is charged for the new tire, based on the amount of use the failed tire has received. Example, if one half of the tread has been used, then the user pays for 1/2 of the replacement tire's value.

The customer is also responsible for the cost of mounting and balancing the tire when it is adjusted under this warranty.

If after inspecting the tires the authorized retailer is unable to assist you may ask them to contact Goodyear's Customer Assistance Center toll free at 1-800-925-6150 to discuss the situation with one of their WalMart Customer Assistance Professionals.

TG

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Dec 27, 2011
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by: Wheels Etc

I am not in a position to actually help you with this problem because it will need to be done by WalMart. When the dust clears they will in fact replace the tire and appologize for your inconvenience. I have written to Goodyear for an explanation of who actually owns the Douglas Brand. I know the name was sold as a private brand from Lee Tire and Rubber and were exactly the same as tires with other names like Jetzon, Concorde, Hallmark etc. Lee was owned by Kelly Springfield and they were a division of Goodyear in the 60's and 70's. There is no such thing as "no warantee" on tires sold at Walmart. If you were to go back to that store and ask for the paperwork that goes with any new tire they sell you will see that all tires regardless of name, model or size will have the "manufacturer's guarantee" that says all tires sold within 5 years of the date of manufacture will be guaranteed agains workmanship and material defects for the life of the tread. An adjustment will be prorated against the price of a replacement tire with the amount of tread remaining. Keep in mind all tire companies say their tire is worn out when it has 2/32nds of an inch tread remaining which is approx. 1/6th of the original tread. The store sells an additional warrantee with added value but does not effect the original warrantee from Goodyear.

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Tire Review: Douglas 195/65R15 DPGT-H

by RON DOLLAR
(INOLA, OK USA)

I got these tires in June-11-2012.
They were installed on a 1998 chrystler cirrus.
The installation was done by the Walmart tire and service center, Claremore,
THEY FAILED ON June 26/2012. I drive 1/4 mile to work and back, for a grand total of 1/2 mile a day.

I live in a small town just outside of Claremore, OK called Inola, OK. It is about 11 miles to Claremore from my home. I have made a few trips to Claremore since my purchase but not too many.

After less than 100 miles this tire came completely apart with no warning or noise at all. Thank goodness it was on the rear and not a steering tire as I was traveling 65mph on a newly paved 4 lane hwy. I am disabled with SEVERE congestive heart failure and have a pacemaker/defibulator device in my chest. I was STUCK !!

I had my implant put in one day before the purchase of the tire. I was told NO HEAT, NO EXERTION, NO LIFTING, NO REACHING ABOVE CHEST LEVEL.

So, that is what walmart/douglas tires which I now know walmart owns the brand gave me for my money at 86.00 per tire and 12.50 mount and balance.

I wish I could take a pic but cant. I just had to throw the tire in my shed to show anyone who I knew was going to walmart to buy tires.

In my health condition walmart did NOTHING TO HELP ME. Douglas does not even offer a warranty on this tire!!!! I also found on the net from douglas tire web sight!

DO NOT USE THIS BRAND OR ANY OTHER WALMART TIRE. NOT EVEN THE MORE EXPENSIVE BRANDS OFFERED AS THE QUALITY MADE FOR WALMART IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER WELL KNOWN TIRE CENTERS.

This fact can also be easily found on the web. However, tire companies I called said they could not comment on the quality of their tires made for walmart...well figure that one out!!!! AGAIN BYE NO TIRES FROM WALMART OF ANY BRAND!!!!!!

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Health Condition
by: Anonymous

I'm sorry that you had problems with your tires. However, your making a big point of your health conditions is for what purpose? Should you get special treatment or consideration because of your health problems? I have health problems also, but would never use them to demand special treatment.

I have sold tires in retail and auto dealerships. All tire companies have problems. GM put underrated tires on a model of cars and it was so bad local authorized warranty tire stores ran out for weeks at a time.

I have no personal or professional experience with Douglas tires, but you get what you pay for, in this case, a tire that meets specifications if installed on the proper vehicle.

If anyone expects a $50 Douglas tire to perform like a $150 Goodyear, Firestone, Michelin, or other top tier tire is not being realistic.

Walmart, because of their size and buying power, can get a very good deal from a tire manufacturer. Douglas tires may be better than a similarly priced tire, but in my experience, it's poor maintenance and/or demanding a cheaper tire than one specified for your vehicle which causes most problems.

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by: Wheels Etc

Your story is compelling, however, I have several years experience in the tire industry and the only tire company stock I own is Goodyear.

I promise you that if you had presented this tire to your local Wal-Mart store and they failed to replace the tire without a written explanation as to why the warranty does not apply you are very welcome to take the case to Goodyear.

By the way, Wal Mart does not "own" Douglas brand tires. They own the right to sell tires with that name exclusively on behalf of Goodyear.

Goodyear will do everything they can do to avoid a conflict with Wal-Mart but in the very end, they will see to it you have replacement tires at little or no cost providing they can determine the cause of the tire failure.

If, for instance, you were told this tire failed due to something you did, or failed to do, something in the road that caused a sudden loss of air and you continued to drive on the tire after it failed until no one is able to examine the cause of the failure you may be simply out of luck and you should apply for relief from the insurance company you pay for comprehensive and collision insurance. Those events are clearly covered in your policy.

If the tire simply lost air and you were able to stop before destroying the tire there will be evidence in the tire that will determine the cause of the failure and it could easily be the result of poor workmanship or the material used to make the tire as you may think now anyway. If that is the case Wal Mart will replace the tire period, if they dissagree then Goodyear should be allowed to make that final decision.

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DOUGLAS Xtra Trac II (Walmart brand)

by Michael T
(Port Charlotte Fl.)

This is an update to my previous story about Wal-Mart Douglas Tires that I bought for my now sold KIA Rondo model that I just a few days ago replaced the rear tires on thinking I would keep it a while longer but was looking with my wife on a Sunday afternoon to a local Punta Gorda Fl. car dealers lot and spotted a really nice 2010 Chrysler Town and Country Mini-Van and of course has much more room in it so next day we bought it and through the usual price haggle with the salesman came to an agreement that if I bought it as it was needing a set of new tires I could knock off $500 bucks as it had the tires it came with when new as it had 39K on it now. So I needed the new tires and after trading in my KIA Rondo I went to my local Wal-Mart store to buy again some of their Douglas Brand tires and they had in stock (4) Douglas 215/65/R16 tires which I paid $80 bucks each for and did get the road hazard warranty that I didn't before on the (2) tires for the previous KIA.
Michael T...
(Oh Yes if you're curious the car dealer really wanted my KIA as gas savers now bring good trade-in prices and I did alright in my final haggle prices on the newer Van.)

Editorial comment:
Thanks for the update. While it has nothing to do with tires, I'd like to comment that in all the years this website has been up, I've never seen such a long unbroken string of words. If I had to read it out loud I would have passed out from a lack of air.

Next time you write, try using a few periods, and/or commas, in your report. They make it much easier to read.

TG

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Tire Reviews: Douglas X-Trac 215/70r15

by mgawat
(OOB< Me 04064)

The tire I'm reviewing is Walmart's Douglas X-Trac 215/70R15.
I got these tires in Sept 2010. They were installed on a 91 Lincoln Towncar. The installation was done by Walmart 50 Bouklder Way Biddeford, Me 04005

Since then I have used them mostly for daily driving with no unusual or important exceptions to my normal driving.

Until now I have put on about 2000 miles between 9/2010 and 1/2011.

The tires only lasted to Jan 2011 with Walmart refusing to warranty because they said my alignment was off. I was forced to purchase another set which lasted to 8/1/2011 when one of the side walls blew out for no reason. Once again, Walmart refused to honor the warranty.

My feeling about using these same tires again is like expecting Congress to ever get their act together.

My recommendation to anyone else thinking about buying them is DON'T. Walmart should be ashamed for a lot of reasons and this is just one more.

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Dunlop LM 703

by Juan
(Panama City, Panama)

Dunlop LM 703 on Mazda Miata

Dunlop LM 703 on Mazda Miata

The tire I'm reviewing is Dunlop LM 703 I got these tires in November 2012.They were installed on 1991 Mazda MX-5 Miata by El Llantero, Panama. Dunlop Dealers.

Since then I have used them mostly for every day use, occasional Rally. Unusual or important exceptions to my normal driving were heavy rains, and frequent flooding.

Now I have put on about 6,000 miles, I check the air pressure regularly (26psi as per owner's manual), balanced and 4 wheel aligned when I purchase the tires.

I would describe my experience with these tires as great, I have used Dunlop LM 702 before, with the same great results; they handle well at all speeds, are not noisy at all, aquaplaning is held to a minimum and...they look good.

My feeling about using these same tires again is I will keep buying them as long as they are made. Have found nothing to replace them. My recommendation to anyone else thinking about buying them is go for it.

My final thoughts and wrap up about these tires, Not many companies produce good high performance tires in small sizes any more, and I for one like the way my car looks on 14 inch tires and do not plan on moving to 16 or 17 anytime soon.

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Douglas Tire (Walmart) 205-60-R16 92H

by Mike T
(Port Charlotte Fl.)

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Bought just a set of (2) Douglas Tires for the rear axle of my 2009 Kia Rondo as the front axle tires were replaced before so just needed the rear ones.

I have just bought these tires yesterday 11/23/2012 and they seem to track OK.but of course have just put only about 50 miles on them running around Port Charlotte Fl. I am a Snowbird from Michigan so will be going back with these tires in the Spring of 2013 and will have a better idea of these tires worth. I paid only $78.00 a piece for them at the local Walmart store. The clerk told me that Goodyear Tire was the maker and that I should pay $10 dollars a tire for their road hazard warranty and said if didn't I would have no replacement from them if they went bad just a block away after they mounted them. I didn't buy the warranty but maybe should have, time will tell?

Editorial Comment:

As far as we know the Douglas brand name is owned by Goodyear and sold exclusively through Walmart. That means you are getting a tire made by an experienced and reputable tire company. There may, or may not be a manufacturer's warranty but these warranties are limited in what they cover and normally do not cover road hazards.

Road Hazards are anything that can damage a tire when it is put into use and are not normally covered by a manufacturer because they have no way of controlling or even knowing what these might be. This is why, road hazard insurance is offered, and sold apart.

What are the chances that you will run over a nail or something else will happen that will damage your tire and make it completely unusable? This is what you need to take into consideration when you decide to buy or not buy this kind of insurance.

If your luck is reasonable, and you don't have a history of driving where, or in a way that exposes you to extra risk, you might go through the full life of these tires without any problems. If not, next time, buy the insurance and learn from this situation.

TG

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Nov 25, 2012
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by: Mike T

I went back to Walmart to see if they would let me warrant my (2) Douglas tires but they said I had to invoke this at the time of sale. Guess I'm "Out to Lunch" on this tire sale but plan on future for the (2) front tire axle ones to get a warranty for sure if I have good luck with rear ones as far as wear. I did notice the Douglas tires have more weight caring specs than the original KanKook tires that came on my KIA car so that is good, I think?
I have $500 deduct on my car's insurance policy so would be hard to collect on a road hazard type claim.

Nov 25, 2012
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by: Wheels Etc

What you were offered is the very same insurance you already have on your car except the possible deductible. If you have full comprehensive and collision coverage you will not need the added road hazard insurnance offered by Wal Mart. If you have $200 or more in deductible for things like broken windshield and scratches from brush or shrubery where you drive then the chances of you getting a tire replaced when damaged is very low due to the replacement cost being less than the deductible. Look at your current vehicle insurance and compare it to what you are being offered. If you decide you should insure your tires like you do the rest of your car then it is possible Wal Mart will write that added warrantee a few days after the say once they see that the tires are still in good condition.

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Douglas Xtra Trac II

by Vincent Singer
(Lubbock, TX)

Bought a set of these about 2 weeks after I purchased a set of Goodyear Viva 2 tires for my '86 Volvo 240, all from the same Wal*Mart store in Lubbock, TX. This was in early 2009. The DOT codes show both sets to be manuactured in Goodyear plants - the Douglas tires in Lawton, OK (M6J6 JX1R 3908), and the Goodyears in Gadsden, AL (MDRV H6HR 4108). I have bought other Douglas tires before, which appeared to have been made in a Goodyear plant in Chile (since closed).

The tires were manufactured at about the same time (Oct. 2008), and have given satisfactory service considering that I only drive the car about 1000 mi./yr. However, the Douglas Extra Trac IIs exhibit moderate sidewall cracking and checking, whereas the Viva 2s are stil fine. Treadwear is about even as I write this in Jan., 2012

If you rack up a lot of miles quickly, the Douglas tires will save you some coin (20%). If you expect to put few miles on the vehicle yearly, and want to get your $$$'s worth out of your tire purchase, skip the Douglas tires.

Editorial Comment:

It is not clear if you are using the Douglas tires on a different vehicle from the Goodyear Viva's (i.e. 2 of each on one car, or one set of 4 tires on two different vehicles)

One of the major causes of sidewall cracking and checking is heat and ultraviolet radiation. Compare the exposure which the tires that are showing sidewall flaws with those which are in better shape to see if they might be exposed to more direct sunlight and UV than the others.

If there is a substantial difference then that is more likely to be the cause rather than the brand of tire.

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Feb 07, 2013
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great tire
by: Anonymous

I being an ASE auto technician, AND having a set of the Douglas Xtra-trac II tires on my car will say they are the best tires i ever had.

NOW, i will be more specific. I DO NOT trust ANY Walmart "tech" to even touch my car, plain and simple. Most of the complaints about the tires are from their so-called "techs" installing the tires.

Now granted, installing tires are very simple, but some care should be taken to install them properly, such as tire mounting lube and cleaning the rim of corrosion to get a good bead.

Also, tire pressures are key to proper tire life and traction. Not many people understand proper tire inflation pressures. Correct tire pressures for each vehicle can be found on a tire placard that is on every vehicle, and in different spots on different vehicles.

Another key for proper tire life is having a "tight" chassis, i.e., good balljoints, good tie rods, control arm bushings, etc. Walmart "techs" are not allowed to inspect the front end, and if you dont have your car inspected by a competent mechanic, you may never know you have any problems.

Last thing is have your car aligned!! You may think it goes straight, but the $15, 000 alignment machine may say different!!!...


With that being said, I have had a set of the Douglas Xtra-Trac II 195/75r14 on my 93 Subaru Legacy for about 20, 000 miles and still have at more than half life left with 6/32 tread depth (10/32 new). I keep them at 32psi and check them at LEAST once a week. They are AMAZING in snow, smooth, sorta quiet, but overall GREAT. As long as they make a size for the vehicle i own, i will continue to use the tires.

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If more people thought like you, we'd have little need for a website like this.

TG

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by: Vincent Singer

Both front tires (Douglas) showed cracking and checking - Goodyear Viva II's show no degradation either side. Car parked on street same way every night, in parking lot at work same way every day. Front and rear tires get equal sun exposure.

Feb 03, 2012
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by: Vince Singer

My bad - both sets of tires mounted on SAME car - Douglas on front, GY Viva II's in rear. Car parked where both sets of tires always receive equal UV and IR rediation front-to-back. Tires on both sides of car exhibit equal deterioration front and rear.

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douglas xtra trac2 175/70 r14

by Daniel
(Springfield OH)

bought a set of 4 in june 09 and just replaced them with same tire it is now sept 12 got about 40k out of them it gets hot here in the summer and cold in the winter very quiet smooth ride sidewalls do develope small cracks in them after 2 years but never effected them. snow and ice traction could be better but its a cheaper tire so didnt expect it from that set anyway.mostly city and highway driving

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Douglas X Trac II

by Albert Whitfield
(Grimesland, NC)

I purchased these tires from Wal-Mart and experienced a blow out at 10,000 miles. Severe damage was done to the car but luckly no one was hurt.I don't feel we will ever buy another Douglas tire.

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Douglas Tires

by dmalsbury
(Lake Tahoe, NV)

To clear the air about Douglas tires. The brand name is owned and made by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. So is Kelly-Springfield. They are NOT sold EXCLUSIVELY by Walmart. They are sold by Discount Tire, Tire Rack, and other tire installers. They are made in the USA at the Kelly-Springfield plant by American tire workers. They are good tires for the budget minded consumer. Are they Michelin Defenders or Pirelli P7s? Of course not. Will they do everything the average driver needs them to do? Of course they will. They will last at least 45,000 miles. For me that's about nine years of driving. Very inexpensive tires on a cost divided by years owned basis indeed. I have been very happy with mine on my mid-sized American 4 door sedan. I hope this helps people who are considering the Douglas brand.

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To supplement this comment, please read our report on Douglas tires.
The availability of Douglas tires outside of Walmart is something I have not been able to confirm. TireRack does not list the brand in their website, and Discount Tire features some information about the name Douglas, but when you attempt to purchase them they report that they are not available in the area where you wish to buy them.

TG

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Douglas 205/60/r16 GTH

by Bob A
(Northport Florida)

Douglas Xtra-Trak II

Douglas Xtra-Trak II

I have a 2001 and 2000 Toyota Camry and I live in Florida have tried many tires the Douglas Brand was the best tire all around I would definitely recommend them for quietness and durability.

And the best value !

I also found that the Walmart staff in Northport Florida tire department goes above and beyond what they are expected to do I am definitely impressed with their work ethics.

I used to manage a tire store many years ago so I know what I'm talking about ! was very impressed On how thorough they are at everything they do they are definitely trained well ! Safety for them and the customer are top priority on the other hand I have been to tire dealers where it's totally the opposite they want to Get you in and out as fast as possible and charge you a lot more money !

I do a lot of driving and would definitely recommend these tires and definitely buy them again hope this helps you !

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by: Ria

Thanks a lot for the review. Recently when I went to change the tires I did see this brand, but since I haven’t had any previous experience with the brand, I was reluctant to buy them. And it is cheap too compared to other brands.

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Douglas Xtra Trac II

by B. Roberts
(Raymond, Maine)

Bought 4 new Douglas Xtra Trac II 195/65 15 for my old 1999 Saturn SW2 (wagon). This car is used mostly during the Winter season, but it needed new Summer tires. This car is nearing the 175,000 mile mark. It was purchased used with 38,000 miles. Most of the miles have been put on during our Maine Winters, with no more than 20-25% of mileage accumulated during the other 3 seasons.

Previous Summer tire was a Bridgestone Turanza that we put on the car at 40,000 miles in 2001. That set of tires wore like iron and was just starting to show some checking (thin cracks) in the rubber. They wore down to the bars perfectly round, no flat spots and never needed rebalancing. Excellent summer rain tire, but were not that good in snow. I did try them out on about 2 inches of snow when they were new, and decided to take them off in favor of full snow tires

First impression of the Douglas Xtra Trac IIs is they are round. Definitely a little noisier than I expected a new tire to be, but it's the least expensive tire I could find for this car and they do have a rather open aggressive tread pattern. Have not checked the tire pressures yet. Will do that in daylight tomorrow morning. Presume that they are set to Saturn Specs of 30 psi front and 26 psi rear. Tire sidewalls must be somewhat softer than the Turanza's. Starting a curve around 45 to 50 mph, the tire seems a little resistant, compared to the Turanzas that would set up into a curve perfectly.

We are very easy on tires. I check pressures often and rotate my own. Will probably leave these on the Saturn until we start to accumulate snow sometime in December. I have a set of dedicated snow tires mounted on another set of wheels and change them out myself when snow starts to stick.

I plan to see how the Xtra Trac IIs perform in snow, just to experience how good, or bad, the "all season" tread pattern works. Have only driven them a little over 50 miles on dry roads so far, but will report more as miles pile up and tire wears down.


Editorial Comment:

We will be following your story with interest, as I'm sure many others will. I'd encourage you to submit a photo or two of your tires, as your experience progresses, especially if there is anything unusual to report.

TG

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Douglas Performance

I just bought 4 of these cheap tires at WalMart for my Nissan cube and my experience has been very good. We'll see how they last, but they are stated to be 40,000 mile tires and I only got 30,000 out of the stock Toyos (which turned to stones at about 25k miles, by the way, with seemingly plenty of tread left on them). If I get 30,000 miles out of the Douglas tires I will be very happy.

I bought a 195-60-15 size w/ an 'H' speed rating. The tires are VERY quiet and they ride very nice.

My cube isn't much of a sports car, but it is fun to drive and the Douglas tires don't hamper handling. I should note that my local WalMart was well versed in the Tire Pressure Management System (TPMS) on my cube and they installed the correct TPMS service package and reset all four sensors for only $20. Even with that charge, I was out the door, tax included for considerably less than $400!

Tires are balanced just fine and the price includes lifetime balance and tire rotations at any WalMart. That's a hard deal to beat for somebody who just needs new basic tires.

If somebody is looking for basic tires, I would recommend the Douglas 'peformance' brand tire from WalMart.

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Douglas X TRAC 11 205/55r16

by Dwight
(Germantown)

Just got them so far so good, but i have read a lot of tires issues/problems with the wal mart brand tire. Flats, blow outs busted belts, will have to see what will happen next

Editorial Comment:

There are many comments about Walmart's Douglas tires, which are manufactured by Goodyear.

Apart from the tires themselves, I would like to point out that there are a certain group of people who hit on Walmart for a great number of reasons, and in some cases, it seems just because they are Walmart … and nothing more.

If you are a habitual Walmart shopper, you may have a good or bad experience with Douglas tires but you can ensure you get the most out of them but doing your part in making sure you check the tire pressure and keep it at the correct level for your vehicle. This applies no matter whether you buy your tires at Walmart or anywhere else, and for whatever brand of tire you can name.

Also, you will want to rotate your tires about every 3 to 5000 miles and make sure the wear is even and if not to have your alignment or suspension problems corrected if the wear shows that there are problems arising. Poorly aligned tires can completely wear out a new tire in just one road trip of 500 miles or less..

TG

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douglas performance GT-H P225/50R17

by Peter
(Dover, NH)

The exact replacement for my Honda Accord. I couldn't believe this was the only tire that was in stock.

I was hesitant because of the low price and the low 40,000 mile warranty, but I was in NH and My michellins would not pass inspection (barely) so i took a chance. I really wanted a better quality tire.

This tire is terrible. When the woman showed me the tire I noticed an arrow which means they are directional tires. Now that there on the car I do not see the arrow. Must be on the inner side.

The cars steering wheel shakes at around 65 MPH actually the entire front end is vibrating. I am hoping it is because they did not balance them correctly. I did not see one weight on any of the four outer rims. Perhaps they are also on the inside. I guess you get what you pay for. Now I have to find the time and go back to the store. Will they be able to fix the problem. Personally, they should be balanced correctly the first time.

Editorial Comment:

There are several things that catch my attention from what you have written.

The first is the comment that you noticed an arrow which told you the tire was directional but that you could not see it when the tire had been installed and thought that it might be on the inside sidewall. I find this unusual because tires which are intended to rotate in only one direction should have this stamped on both sides since taking the tire off of one side of the vehicle and installing in on the other side will change the direction of rotation but will not result in a different side of the tire being outside.

Even if this were a directional tire, running them backwards usually would not be expected to create any vibration but would invalidate the design effect of the tire (usually they're done to deal with aqua-planning), and might also cause the tire to wear differently than would be expected.

It is not a normal practice to only balance wheels with weights on the inside. In rare cases a tire might require only weight on the inside of the tire, but that would be rare, especially if you noticed all 4 tires without any visible weights. Perhaps your tires simply were not balanced at all.

If you purchased these at a Walmart store garage, it should be possible to have your problem reviewed and corrected at any Walmart that has a garage which is convenient to you.

I would not be surprised if your issue is a balance problem but I would be interested to hear what finally results from this situation. I believe that if you have your vehicle properly aligned and keep the pressure at the right point, you should get reasonable service from this set of tires at least for the mileage that they are rated at.

TG

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by: Wheels Etc

Again, I have a lot of respect for Wal Mart and think you will find it easy to resolve this issue. Of course you should prepare yourself for the interaction. Be sure to look again on the sidewall to see if the direction is indicated.

Check the air pressure yourself.

I suspect you have alloy wheels and might find on closer inspection the tires were balanced using stick-on weights that might been seen by looking though to openings in the wheel.

Now I have some experience with stick-on weights and none of it good. I know plenty of dealers that think I'm crazy but not only have I not been able to teach anyone to do it correctly I myself have never been able to apply the weights, take the tire and wheel off the balancer and then put it back on and find a well balanced unit.

So think of the chances you will find a young inexperience tire mounter in any high volume shop that would be good at that. Balancing beads are slightly more expensive and a great deal more effective. I am now having great success even with motorcycle tires and those guys are really hard to please.

In the end it is possible you will find out-of-round tires on your car. Seldom more than one in a set and rarely all four. If that is the case you need to watch the tire spin on the balancer and look for noticeable variation like up and down movement.

If you are not satisfied with the answers you get in the auto section please allow the store manager an opportunity to listen to your description of the problem. Good luck.

If all else fails please call Goodyear Tire for some oversight. It is ultimately their tire and the last thing they want to happen is you to tell someone else.

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Douglas 185/65R14

by Mike
(Arkansas)

I bought 4 Douglas 185/65R14 tires from Walmart early in the year (2012) with in 4-5 months I went roughly 10,000 miles due to work. But within this time I have one tire that has uneven wear. (a patch on my tire that is down to the metal wiring) The other three have excessive wear. For a tire that has a life expectancy of 45,000 miles. I say these tires are not worth what you pay for if all you get is 10,000 miles before you need to buy a new set of tires.

Editorial Comment:

The life expectancy of any tire, regardless of the brand, is based on "average" driving conditions.

Whenever you are reviewing a tire it is helpful to describe the road and weather conditions under which it has been used and also whether there has been careful maintenance of alignment, tire balance, suspension system, etc. If these systems are not kept in good repair they can adversely affect tire life and wear. Indeed, the way tires wear is often used as a way of diagnosing if there are mechanical problems with a vehicle. This is why professional drivers are taught to inspect their tires even on a daily basis.

While I wouldn't discount the possibility that one of these tires might have had a defect, but without more details, my first suspicion is that there might be some mechanical problem which caused that one tire to wear the way it did.

TG

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Douglas tires passenger vehicle

by William B.
(York Pa. )

Bought 4 newtiresfrom Wal Mart 4month ago learned yesterday that all dot# don't match two of them are 06/15 one is 11/15 and one is 10/14 so that means in two weeks I will already lost 8months on that one tire all 4tires are the P215&Rseventy5s I feel like I got robbed So what I'm saying is when buying new tires might be a good idea to make sure that the dot numbers all match other than that I get a good ride from the tire and handling

Editorial Comment:

It seems you are over reacting to an issue which is of little importance.

Let me explain. The last four digits in the DOT code signify when a tire was manufactured. The first two of those four digits are the week number and the last the year. What this means in your case is that the four tires you purchased were produced at different times and, as you noted these were as much as 8 monts apart.

The real importance of these numbers is to fix the limit on which the manufacters will respond to a claim for defects that are a result of the manufacturing process or materials used in their making. Most major companies will respond to claims within 5 years of the DOT date.

I have never seen this to be an important issue because virtually all tires are completely worn out long before that 5 year period is ever reached and if there is a problem due to faulty materials or manufacturing, these become apparent within a very short time after the tires are mounted on a vehicle and put into use.

Unless you hardly ever use your vehicle, I'm sure you will have completely worn out your tires long before even the oldest one is beyond its warranty period. If you have any doubts about this ask the dealer where you purchased them.

If you are experiencing any issues with your new tires that could be a result of defects in their materials or manufacture, then make a claim which I am sure will be met.

On the other hand, if your problem is a product of improper installation, use or maintenance or any external issues such as road hazards or mechanical imperfections in your vehicle, you cannot expect the tire company or Walmart to respond to that unless it was caused by them.

I hope this helps put you at ease.

TG

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by: Wheels Etc

In most cases regardless of where you buy the tires the dealer issues the basic guarantee. For example if the tires are guaranteed for 4 years or 50,000 miles you get the start date of the day the tires were sold or mounted and the factories all back that up even when the tires were not sold in the first or even second year after manufacture. You can imagine the time lag for tires imported from overseas. By the way Wal Mart is the biggest in the business and well able to stand a few days on the warrantee if required.

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Douglas Touring

by Kevin
(Wasilla, Alaska, USA)

These tires came on the car, a 2000 Subaru Legacy L when I bought it a couple of years ago.

I have since put 50,000 miles on the car. Because I put on snow tires in the winter, I'd say that I put 30,000 miles on the tires. They wear incredibly well and perform well on dry, wet, or snowy Alaska roads. As a mater of fact, I was searching the web looking for a source of these tires should I ever need to replace them.

Sold by WalMart under a WalMart name? Doesn't bother me in the slightest. Even name brand tires will change their product design and specifications making a once great tire into a very bad tire or visa versa.

If they continue using reliable reputable manufacturers, then I'm OK with that. If it has "Made in China" on it, then I'd worry.

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douglas 155/80/r13

by Michele
(Port Richey, FLA)

Purchased tires from a wal-mart the last week of march 2012 today is 09/02/12 and am having to buy new tires because two of them are bulging. The best part no warrenties on their own product, must know what they manufacture is junk if scared to warrenty their own product. Will never purchase a Douglas tire again.

Editorial Comment:

I am not aware of the warranty terms which Walmart has on their Douglas tires, but I always encourage all tire buyers to read and understand their warranties each time they buy tires, because all companies have specific coverage which may or may not be convenient for you.

Buldges, even in the best of brands, might not be covered by warranties, depending on what the cause of of the defect was. There are times when defects in tires are caused by circumstances which are completely beyond the control of the manufacturer and if this happens to you, you will have to be prepared to pay the entire costs yourself unless you purchase optional extra insurance which is often called "Road Hazard Coverage" or something similar.

Of course this is an extra cost, but you have a choice as to whether or not you want to buy it. These will often replace a tire for almost anything which happens to it, but it has it's cost. I believe that Walmart does offer this option for some, if not all of the tires they sell.

TG

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by: DetroitDave

Like any manufacturer, Goodyear takes time to develop a process including materials engineering, processing, quality control and invests big money in the machines, tools and training to support production. They make millions of tires per year. Consider how disruptive it would be if the plant manager blew a whistle and yelled over the PA system "Time to make Douglas tires. Put in the bad rubber and change out the tools to the bad ones. You quality control guys can take the day off". It's preposterous.

I developed processes for another tire company based in Findlay Ohio and I know they change date stamps, and the DOT stamp. All tire companies make multiple brands. It would increase the tire cost to make a compound or tread design or section design specific to Walmart. Costs are reduced by increasing volume and amortizing fixed costs over more pieces produced.

The lower cost of the Douglas tire is due to the deal made between Walmart and Goodyear. How do I know? Because it is.


Production Costs & Selling Price:

Your story is simply a story which is based on some facts and some suppositions.

Let me give you one instance where you are mistaken. After a certain period of time a company may decide to stop selling a particular tire design to its customers. The reasons vary and are not important here, but it may be, however, that they can "squeeze" some extra profit out of the tire molds which were used in making the discontinued tire by making an agreement with some large customer to take a quantity of that old tire with a different name on it. That is often the source of "Douglas" tires and other private low-cost brands.

Contrary to what you suppose in your version, it is possible to set up a production run to produce a certain number of tires using a different mixture of components, just the same as an industrial bakery can switch ingredients to produce chocolate cakes and then later a different flavor. Granted, they're not going to make this change every day or perhaps not even once a week, but there is a certain volume that justifies making these changes and the production control people who are responsible for this do have it worked out.

There are other ways in which costs can be lowered in addition to using different raw material mixtures. One of this is in using less stringent after manufacturing testing so that instead of running a quality test on every tire, or every 10th tire, they may only inspect one in every 20 or 100 or some other number. This would mean that potentially defective tires could be missed more frequently and eventually end up being sold to a customer.

The kind of defects which might slip through doesn't necessarily mean that the defective tire is necessarily a death trap, but it may have some cosmetic failure or some minor defect that might not be fatal but would still cause a top-of-the-line premium tire to be withdrawn and sent off to the junk pile instead of getting shipped out to a customer. An example of this is that you'll find some tires in retail stores that have little "hairs" of rubber all over them while other tires are completely smooth because they actually have these little bits of rubber shaved off of them. This is an extra step and means that it will cost more to produce.

In the end just remember this: If something costs less than something else there is always some explanation that justifies the lower price. That difference might not be important to you, but unless you know what it is you can't make an informed choice. If the money you save is more important than the things which have been removed to give you a lower cost then you are making a good choice buying a lower priced product. An example of this is buying a discontinued tire design where you don't really care about the design of the tire you're using.


TG


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by: Barbara

These tires are made by GoodYear and I'm sure they are not made of substandard materials just because they use "DOUGLAS" as a brand name. These are marketed to WalMart, they buy them in bulk and you save money. Period.

If you feel the need to have GoodYear plastered on the sidewall, then pay a couple of hundred dollars more and quit complaining. I've used Bridgestone, which are horrible, Michelin, which are overpriced and no better than "Douglas".
Douglas states right on the tire, made in the USA. That pretty much sells them for me, saving American jobs and ME money.

A rose by any other name smells the same, if you are racing or off road trekking, then buy a different tread. Otherwise, shut up.


Where's the evidence?

You are emphatic about your assertions, but you have not provided any evidence.

I can assure you that any Douglas tires I have seen are made by Goodyear because the DOT Code on the side wall specifies that they were made in the USA at a plant owned by Goodyear.

Whether or not they contain the exact same materials and are subjected to all the same processes as branded Goodyear tires is something I cannot determine. I have attempted to contact Walmart and Goodyear and they both refuse to disclose any of the details of any agreement which they have between them.

It would be pure speculation to conclude that the only reason they are cheaper is because of the greater volume which is purchased. That could be, but it also could be due to other factors which are unknown to us. Some of those could include the use of older, tire molds which Goodyear no longer uses, the use of materials which are less expensive, processing the tires with less demanding quality control, and probably many other details which we don't know about.

Personally, I don't have any reason to consider the Douglas tires for any reason inferior to other brands, but there are two factors where Walmart tires could be less desirable than another brand. One is the degree of specialized service that is available at dedicated tire stores. Another is the kind of personalized service which Walmart is not designed to provide. If you read between the lines of a great many of the complaints these seem to be missing.


TG

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by: Wheels Etc

Bulging can mean different conditions in different tires however, to most tire people that says there is a seperation of the rubber from the cord internally. That would ordinarily be evident in the tread area and would have been noticed by a bumpy ride.



For you to have two tires bulging at the same time is very unusual and it more likely to have been caused by external events. For example if you have more than one bulge in each tire there is a good chance these tires were run at very low air pressure and you have damaged the tires beyond anyone's ability to detirmine what in fact caused the tires to be low on air.

As a tire dealer I have not problem with you saying you will never buy another tire from Wal Mart but for your own benefit I suggest you have a tireman look at these tires and tell you what happened. In the event it was in fact failure on the part of the tire due to workmanship or material you will be entitled to a prorated replacement at Wal Mart after making an effort to reach a higher level of managment.

If the failure is a result of something you did or did not do you will save future loss by correcting that situation.

No matter who sells you a tire you must remember tires are made out of rubber and can only take so much abuse.

Write again if you need help with Wal Mart or Goodyear who is the manufacturer of the Douglas tire.

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Douglas tires

by fred
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Goodyear transport

Goodyear transport

Goodyear transport
Walmart Exterior

Watched Douglas tires roll off a Goodyear truck at Walmart -- driver works for Goodyear.

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Douglas Trac Two

I bought 4 of these 205/70-R15. I paid $354 including all the warranty etc the whole package. I was a fool NOT to pay $30 more for the Goodyear Tire that Wal-mar sells just above the Trac Two. Why? The Trac Two is not a touring tire but is better for snow. So, if you do a lot of fast highway driving in hot temperatures you need a touring tread tire and better to buy a tire with two belts on the sidewall. Both these tires above are single side belts which is a weaker tire.

So far these Douglas Tires (Made by Kelly Springfield owned by Good year in a union plant in NC!) are ok but for not a lot more money you can get a better tire such as the Goodrich TA advantage at Sam's Club for $45 or $60 more.

Yes, rotate them every 6,000 miles and check the air pressure once a week and you will get 40,000 miles out of them. I am not saying these are bad tires but there are better out there!

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Douglas 205/60/16

by jessica
(Kissimmee fl)

Great tires for the value unfortunately a hassel to try and buy I recently went to Walmart and they refused to put the tire on my car because they said it is not the recomended brand for my Chevy impala my family has been buying that brand for years now so after 2hrs of fighting with Walmart I had the mount and balance the tire and took it home and put it on myself they just wanted me to buy a tire that cost $50 more then that.

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I find it incredible that any tire dealer will refuse to install a tire because it is not the right "brand." I am wondering if it might have been some other detail, such as size, load rating or something else that they were objecting to.

You did not specify what year and model of Impalla you own so I just did a random check for a 2005 Chevy Impalla and find that for that vehicle the OEM tire is a 225/60 R16. If that is the same tire which your vehicle recommends, I understand why they might refuse to mount it … it is possible that the wheel you have on your car is not within the recommended or permitted rim width for the 205/60 R16 tire.

If this is the case, and they did mount it on your car for you, and then you were later to suffer some damage because the tire came off while you were driving, they might be accused of being negligent since they "should" know better than to install a tire on a non-permitted wheel.

Check this out … if you are driving on a non-permitted wheel with this size of tire you are running a much higher risk of having that tire come off because the rim is not the right width.

TG

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Douglas 215/70R15

by WW
(Texas)

Douglas 215/70R15 blowouts

I bought four new tires and now only have two left one blew through the side wall at 10 mph and a month later the other exploded through the steel belt at 60 mph. The one that went at 60 I felt a serious bumping coming from the front and before I could respond I was fighting to maintain control and get the vehicle off the road.
I have read on line that the warranty has not been honored because the tires are known to have problems. I only have 5,000 miles on the set tires.


Blow outs & warranty

There's a couple of points which your post mentions that deserve comment.

First is that mileage has little to do with tire defects. Usually, if a tire is defective from the factory, this will be evident within a very short time after it is put into use. Not always, but most of the time, the longer a tire is in use, the less likely it will fail because of a defect in its making or the materials used in making it.

Next you need to be aware of what a warranty gives you and what responsibilities you have to keep the warranty valid. If a tire fails because you run into something which damages it there are some warranties that will provide you with some compensation or repair, other warranties will not. Make sure you understand what your warranty provides to ensure you are getting or not getting what you would like from it.

There are some warranties, such as Road Hazard protection which will cover many events which are out of your direct control, but very often you need to pay extra for this, and even if you do have it, there still may be situations where you are not covered. This is why you need to read and understand your warranty.

Finally, just because you have read somewhere that somebody has had a problem collecting benefits on a warranty, don't jump to the conclusion that it won't work for you until you have at least taken your tires to the place you bought them and had them inspect the damaged tires to determine if they are eligible for a claim or not


TG

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Douglas m&s all weather. 215/70R15

by Don
(Indy, Indiana, America)

Second set I bought. 1st time med size chevy. 2rd time big Ford. On chevy 3 years normal driving in all weather conditions. Result good. Drive normal and keep psi, rotate and lined up and they do the job. They will hit 40,000. Just drive normal! And safe! Not on Ford yet soooo will see.

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Douglas xtra trac 11

by James Lawsom
(Pauline, sc)

A few months ago, I bought a set of Xtra Track Douglas tires for my Town Car. Since the tires were inexpensive...I drove off with low expectations. I was wrong. These are proven to be super quiet and smooth handling tires and I really love them. In fact, today, Aug. 26, 2016, I returned to Wal Mart for another set of Douglas tires for my work truck. These are Douglas all season tires and the size is 215 70 15. The total,out the door price was $295.00

The ride home was again, a welcome delight. Time may tell a different story, but I am a Douglas tire kind of guy and I'm 56 years young and have driven on every conceivable brand imaginable.

Now, I would not put these on a late model Corvette, but for older vehicles that basically are only worth a couple of thousand dollars...these tires are the way to go.

Here are some lessons learned to ensure any tire gives good,service. Do not be a lazy car owner!

-Check tire pressure at least once per week.
-Keep the front end aligned and in good repair.
-Rotate the tires every 5 thousand miles.

If you do these things and just don't think auto maintenance is turning the key and spraying the car off at a coin car wash once a month, your car, and your tires will give you much longer service. I believe most tire problems are simply lazy owner neglect.
Save cash, get smart, buy Douglas.




Your comments about Douglas tires

I'm sure there are skeptical readers who will write off your posting as a commercial for Walmart, but I do agree 100% with your points about being a responsible vehicle owner and taking care of your tires.

I have always maintained that even the cheapest crap-tires one can find could provide decent service if the owner takes good care of them BUT even the best, and most expensive tires can be ruined in just a very short time by completely ignoring the basic points of tire care.


TG

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Douglas

by Don West
(Mexia TX)

I worked for World Tire Corporation of St Louis MO and they were the distributor for Douglas tires and owned the name until about 1983. Douglas tires were made by Goodyear or their subsidiaries. The brand Name was eventually sold to Goodyear then to Walmart.

Editorial Comment:

Here's an extract of what a search of United States Patent and Trademark Office has:

As a trademark for Tires, it was first used commercially in 1933

Word Mark DOUGLAS
Filing Date August 14, 1992
Published for Opposition January 26, 1993
Registration Date April 20, 1993
Owner (REGISTRANT) Kelly-Springfield Tire Company, The CORPORATION MARYLAND 12501 Willow Brook Road, S.E. Cumberland MARYLAND 215022599
(LAST LISTED OWNER) GOODYEAR TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY THE UNKNOWN ASSIGNEE OF 200 Innovation Way Akron OHIO 443160001

There is no record of this Trademark being sold to Walmart but it is widely recognized that these tires are sold, seemingly exclusively, at Walmart.

Tire-Information World has attempted to clarify the status of the Douglas name with both Goodyear and Walmart but neither has responded to our inquiries.

TG

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by: Wheels Etc

I told everyone last year that when investigating the problem about which a customer here had complained I contacted both Wal-Mart and Goodyear to learn the Wal-Mart actually had a problem from top management in handling tire adjustments with Douglas and insisted they owned the brand I could nothing about how they serviced their customers. Goodyear, on the other hand, insisted they gave Wal-Mart exclusive marketing rights but retained ownership of the name. They also insisted they would see to it the customer would have a place to file a complaint with them if Wal-Mart continued to put them off. They said in so many words Wal-Mart is not allowed to smear Goodyears name or the name of any of its products. They would be required to honor any industry standard product warranty which may or may not include road hazard.



Smoke and mirrors:

In essence they both have left this situation as confused as it was before. It would appear that both companies don't want the world-at-large to know, or understand what kind of relationship exists between them beyond what can be plainly seen by reading the DOT codes on the tires which show that these tires are made in a Kelly-Springfield plant, and that the government database shows a trademark registration which was transferred to GoodYear but has not been renewed for several years.

Is the registration still in Goodyear's name? Does the fact that it hasn't been renewed indicate that it might have expired? If Goodyear has ownership of the brand, have they licensed it to WalMart? What are the terms of the license?

There are so many gray areas.


TG

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Douglas All-Season Tire 225/70R16 HANDLE UP!!

by Jeff Shamrock
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I was down on my luck and needed a decent set of tires when I first saw the Douglas All-Season tire sitting at Walmart. I thought to myself "can a tire in this price range meet my driving abilities"?

Let me tell you I am thoroughly impressed with the handling abilities that these tires offer! Corners that I normally had to brake for are now a thing of the past! My friend made fun of me for taking the "cheap" route but now all he gets are rocks and dust as me and my Douglas tires leave him in the rear view mirror!

Would I recommend these tires? YES!!



Judging Tires:

It would be great if you'd come back and revisit your review after you have used them for a month, a year and perhaps through different seasons.

I'd like to point out that virtually any brand new tire will "outperform" an old, nearly bald tire of the highest quality. The depth and condition of the tread is the factor that makes the difference. In this case it seems that you're not really comparing apples with apples unless your remarks were referring to the way your car handled when the old tires were still new.

What you're not likely to find is that these tires will last as long as a higher priced tire ... they will simply wear out faster which is why they are only rated for 40,000 miles as compared to higher mileage for more expensive brands.

Also, if you drive over different types or roads and in different conditions, you are likely to find some differences between high-performance tires and the more economical brands. If you do not subject your tires to great challenges it could be that you'll get as much satisfaction from them as you would if you had paid for a top-tier tire.


TG

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So far so good
by: Anonymous

I recently bought 4 each of the Douglas tires from Walmart. I have an older car with lots of miles and couldn't see spending 350 and up for a set for an old car I likely will be parting with in the next few months. Rides good, quiet, no known issues. Will post more later when I have more miles on them...

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Tire Review: Douglas Xtra Trac

by David V.
(El Dorado Springs, MO USA)

Douglas Xtra Trac Tires are excellent for someone on a budget Because tires nowadays are so expensive it hardly seems Appropriate for those On a fixed Income to shell out over $300 On a full set of 4 Kumho Solus KR16 Tires.

Wal mart may own that brand Name and Yes GoodYear Kelly Plant still to date manufactures the tires This coming directly from Goodyear Tire Corporation Spokesman.

I have always used Xtra Trac because they last longer then regular tires Mine were replaced after 250,000 Miles of Use when they were replaced they still Had over 75,000 Miles of tread Left On them.

I live In missouri where we get Snow and they grip the road Like glue even on snow and Ice.

Badmouthing the name is fine But For the price and the warranty that backs them I wont ever use another brand tire

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I suspect you got a bit carried away with the zeros on the mileage and tread life figures above. It would seem more logical, and reasonable if you were to change those figures to 25,000 and 7,500 respectively. If anyone ever came out with a tire that got 250,000 miles use NOBODY would be bad-mouthing them even if they cost triple what other tires did!

TG

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Great tire for little money. 01/13/2011
by: MrRoy

I bought 4 Douglas Xtrac 175-70-13 tires at the Blue Angel Walmart in Pensacola almost a year ago. I drive as much as 400 miles a week (when my car is not in the shop for some other reason). I drive a 95 Civic DX 22miles a day to/from work and 300miles r/t home on most weekends. I only had one nail in one tire and Walmart repaired it at no cost because I purchased the road hazard plan. So far I am very pleased with the tires'
performance. I will admit that I do drive like a Pawpaw but that's just me. I paid $47 per tire in 2011. I will post again if I have any updates.

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