Tire Reviews: Nexen

Nexen tires

by frank
(california)

Nexxen N-5000

Nexxen N-5000




Are these tires any good? I just had 4 Nexen tires installed but I don't know to much about this brand.


Editorial Comment: 
Most people who've used Nexen Tires have found them satisfactory, and seem to be happy with a lower price.

The key to ANY tire is to care for it, and if you have any doubts about the quality, then pay extra attention to the basics of checking pressure regularly, rotation and balancing.

See Safety Check and Cheap Tires for more details.

TG

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Tire Review: NEXEN TIRE 17 Inch

by Steve
(Syracuse, NY)

I hit a pothole while driving using Konig after- market 17 inch rims with Nexen tires. The right front tire blew. (Nissan Sentra 2.0L Model S).

Fortunately the Nissan Dealer had some insurance on the tire. So limping in with the spare on on a Friday afternoon I had the front tire replaced.

That following Sunday I took my car to the manual car wash with to clean off my tire and goop that was left on and noticed that the letters on the sidewall started to separate.

I immediately went in to the Nissan Dealer where I bought my car and he insisted that I must have hit something. I told him I was home all weekend working on my car and only drove it from the dealer to my home and the to the car wash.

What was weird was that the lettering on the sidewall was separating in 2 different directions. In addition I pointed out there were no scrape marks on the side walls which would indicate that I endured a case of curb rash.

I had to pay Nissan who said the dealer would refund them and Nissan would refund me if it was a manufacturing fault. Which I believe it was.

I will not buy this brand again.


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Tire Review: nexen winguard 321

by karma
(victoria BC canada)

I bought Nexen Winguard 321 tires because they seemed like good value for the money.

I drive a 1995 Volvo 850 turbo wagon. My allseasons are Michelin Pilots and they are excellent tires.

The Nexen Winguard 321 are absolute garbage. My car feels dangerous on the road with these tires.

They don't track well at all going around bends at highway speeds. It feels like the rear end is almost a separate entity.

It so bad I'm taking my car to the shop this week to have the whole suspension system looked at.

Is there anyway that I can return these tires and get my money back?




Editorial Comment:

It's hard to make an assessment from the information provided, but the fact that this driver is taking his car to the shop to have his suspension checked, makes it appear that there may be a mechanical problem underlying all this, and the tires are being blamed.

If there is a mechanical problem in the equation, this is likely the cause, and it may have even damaged the tires. In all my years in the business and after seeing thousands of different situations I cannot recall any case where defective new tires have produced a mechanical fault.

TG

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Tire Review: NEXEN ROADIAN 542

by Loic T
(Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Here we go. First, comments and personnal opinions always depend on personal driving attitude and environmental situation.

In my case, I would say I'm an average "+" type of driver meaning :son of Ex-Pro Rally pilot - I know how to get the hell out of a car but I'm also father of a 3 years old kid so have to drive safely and be confident about tires I use especially in emergency situation.

Moreover, I live in Dubai - United Arab Emirates where temperature are above 35 degrees celsius 50% of the time with peak at 50 degrees celsius during summer time and road flooded when winter rains come. So tires can be in tough environmental conditions.

2 years ago I've purchased a Kia Mohave (also called Kia Borrego in some part of the world). This korean car is the biggest SUV from Kia coming with 3.8l V6 for 275HP and more that 2 tons of weight.

Korean cars come with Korean tires, in my case some NEXEN ROADIAN 542 in 265/60 R18. Driven: 70.000km - Mostly highway (any road is a highway here with 2 x 7 lines max)

Confort: **** The road noise at low speed or 120km/h is minimal and I can even whisper in the car passengers will hear me (even after 70,000km). No need to put the radio at the top level - allways keep it at 5/6 outta 30. Driving confort is hard to estimate since the car is build on a truck platform with tough suspension.

Tread Life:**** Well quite good with regards to car's weight and actual mileage. I still have room to make another 10,000km. So 80,000km (50,000 miles).

Dry Road:**** Roads here are most of the time dry, really dry. Grip is good. Braking Distance has never been a problem even in emergency situation.

Wet Road: *** Cannot really comment but the few time we had rain in Dubai, road were totally flooded with sometime 50cm of water. Depending on which line you driving I was still able to drive a 100km/h with not a single sign of hydroplaning.

Extreme situations: It doesn't make sense to live in Dubai and not going offroad when you have a 4wd. Well I did, I went for some dune bashing in the desert and did not get stuck when some other where driving Patrol Safari and got stuck. I went offroad in the rocky mountains of Hatta close to Oman and not a single problem even crossing a wadi (river). These tires are not offroad tires, not even All Terrain tires however they went everywhere with no problem.

In fact, I'm so pleased with these tires that I've purchased 4 Roadian HP for my other car Volvo XC90 in 255/55 R18 for 115$ each. I'll let you know how it goes.

Cheers.

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Tire Review: Nexen Roadian HT

by Will
(Radford, VA US )

I put Nexen Roadian HT on my 2007 Hyundai Veracruz.

I had Hankook Dynapro that wore out completely at 35,000 and they were horrible in the snow. I've had these Nexen tires for 5,000 miles and some of the worst snow storms we have had in Virginia in years. These tires were awesome, they got me anywhere and everywhere.

They may be a little noiser than the original tires, but they are wearing well and have awesome grip!

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Tire Review: Nexen - P351

by jim
(schenectady,ny)

The worst tires I ever purchased in my life!

I bought these Nexen tires(235/60R17), new, and I had them for 14 months, 21,000 miles, had them rotated EVERY oil change, and sadly, these garbage tires are left with 2/32 of tread on them. I do not recommend these tires to ANYONE!

These tires were on a 2007 Hyundai Entourage, NOT a sports car. This company must use the cheapest materials, maybe recycled garbage.

I called the company about this, and they could care less. BUYER BEWARE!

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Tire Review: Nexen 5000

by Ayam
(Singapore)

Nexen N 5000

Nexen N 5000

I compare this Nexen 5000 185/60/R14 to my other tire set Goodyear Eagle F1 195/50/R15. I am surprised that the Nexen tire performance in wet and dry is quite near, while still providing extra comfort at much lower price.

Aquaplaning.
Driving on highway at around 70km/h in rain and see stream of water running across the road. The passing has not affected the steering direction. And there is little slow down from water resistance.

Turning.
While turning in to carpark on dry road at 30 to 40km/h, the initial turning in is softer than my Goodyear F1 R15, but is linear and progressive. There is some body roll from the tire, but turning path is predictable.


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Nexen N3000

by ERIC
(ORLANDO,FL.)

I bought a set of Nexen 3000 tires about 3 months ago.

Two days ago I noticed a bubble on inside of one of my tires. So I took it to the dealer and they told me it's not covered on warranty "due to impact of a pot hole or etc".

Then I called CORP. they told me the same thing, so I told him this is the first and last set, I'm going back to YOKOHAMA's!

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Nexen N-5000

by Tony
(Rockville, MD)

I have had this tire and have found they are not a good tire for vehicles which require a V rating, despite the fact these tires are V rated.

I have replaced all four tires twice due to bumps appearing in the sidewalls. The first time occurred on the the two rear tires. A month after replacing the front two tires had the same sidewall bumps. I chalked this up initially to a bad batch. This changed when two months later the bumps appeared on the two tires on the right side of the vehicle. Then a third bump appeared on the left front tire on the way to the tire shop.

I asked all four be replaced instead of waiting to come back for the fourth one. Now, another three months later I have another bump on the front left tire. I am going back to the Michelin Primacy tires on my Mazda 6 Wagon.

I do a lot of highway driving as a commuter, I do not race the car or hit a lot of potholes to blame the driver in this case.

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Tire Reviews: Nexen 3000

by Tom
(Micco Fla)

Have 14,000 miles on my Nexen tires and had to have the front replaced.

WHAT??

Yes! Never had them aligned. Shame on me!

You always need the full story.

I think the tires are great if you do the right thing!

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Nexen 5000 vs Kuhmo K16

by RichB
(Rochester, NY)

When it came time to replace the worn-out Kumho KH16's on my car, my tire guy (in his infinite tire wisdom) recommended the Nexen 5000 as an excellent replacement. I hadn't heard a lot about Nexen tires, but I've had Kumho KH16's on my car for at least the past five years and they are simply an incredible tire.

In a word, unbelievable! I could push them right up to their absolute limit on cornering and traction, but they never, EVER lost their grip or stability. Not once. Not even on their worst day.

Wet grip was always dependable, but their dry grip was like they were made out of Velcro. As hard as I tried (and believe me, I tried), I was never able to break the rear end loose with the Kumhos on the car, even during SCCA Solo runs. I always knew exactly where I stood when I had Kumhos on my car. That's the reason I always stuck with them when I needed new tires.

I'll admit, the mileage isn't all that great from them (35K), but traction and grip is outstanding! I trust them with my life.

So my tire guy didn't have the Kumhos in stock at the time, and I really needed to get some fresh rubber on the wheels, so I went with his recommendation and bought the Nexen 5000's. Up to this point, my worn-out KH16's with only 1/16" tread left on them still stuck the rear-end to the road like crazy glue. I never had a concern about losing the rear-end, even with 1/16" tread.

That all changed after he put the Nexens went on my car. The difference was like night and day. The car immediately felt like the rear end was going to break loose even during moderate cornering. After that, every time I pushed the rear-end even slightly, I always got the distinct feedback that I was going to lose the rear end.

Even after several thousand miles, there wasn't any noticeable improvement with grip, traction, or control. The Nexens never gave me any confidence at all right from the very start. The only way to describe the Nexen 5000 tire is "scary".

When you go from having complete confidence in your tires to having no confidence in your tires, that's a very scary thing. In fact, out of all the countless tire brands that I've had on my cars over the years (and I've had just about all of them), I've never had a tire on my car that's as scary to drive as Nexen. So I contacted Nexen TWICE and voiced my concerns about the lack of traction and drivability and I waited. And waited. And waited. But I never received even a single response from them. So I drove the Nexens and I waited.

When it finally came time to replace the Nexen tires, I told my tire guy that the only tire I was going to replace them with was the Kumho KH16. When he told me that he didn't stock the Kumhos and quoted me some outrageous price($100+) to order them, I left there and called other shops until I found a shop that not only stocked them, but gave me a good price (less than $80/ea). Eighty dollars for a tire that I have complete confidence in is priceless.

The happy ending is that I finally got those Nexen tires the hell off my car and I'll never put them on my car again. Meanwhile, the new Kumhos are once again giving me traction, performance, and confidence that the Nexens will never, ever be able to produce even on their best day. I'd rather drive on bare rims than drive on Nexen tires.

I am thrilled to have the Kumhos back. And once again, driving is pure pleasure thanks to the Kumhos. Thanks for taking the time to read my review. I hope my experience has been of use to you. Good luck with your tires.



Editorial Comment:

This was originally submitted as a review of Nexen 5000 tires, but is almost as much a review of Kuhmo K16 tires as it is of the Nexens.

A couple of comments about the handling issues experienced.

First is that a tire with little or no tread (like the 1/16th you mention) under dry road conditions will have as much OR MORE grip on the road because you have more rubber in contact with the surface.

Next, contrary to what some people may try to tell you, a tire's compound mix should not change substantially over time, so that the grip you experience on a new tire should not be changing as the tire gets used.

Your Kumhos were a performance tire and using a softer, stickier compound you give up on tire life in exchange for greater control.

I think we'd agree that you are not an average driver.

Possibly if you were an average driver who didn't demand as much from your tire the Nexens might have been reasonable. It is not clear from what you've written whether the dealer who recommended them knew of the kind of driving you do and demands which you have.

Since I don't know what you discussed with your dealer before making that purchase it's hard to conclude whether he was just trying to sell you on what he had or might have made an assumption about what you needed, but in general, if you are not an average driver, you should make a special point of making sure your dealer knows what your expectations are and the kinds of roads and conditions where you will be driving so that they can help you make a good choice.

Sometimes you may have to search around to find a dealer who specializes in the special needs you have, but when you do find one who understands you and your needs, you'll be glad you did.

TG

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Tire Review: Nexen Roadian HT 225/70R15

by Glenn
(Mobile, AL)

Nexen Roadian HT

Nexen Roadian HT

I installed Nexen Roadian HT 225/70/15 on my 2007 Ranger.

It's just 5000 miles into this new-to-me tire which I bought from a very established local retailer.

The guy I bought them from really knows tires, and they are not the type of folks to sell junk.

I reach 5 years before I wear a tire out and these saved me about a hundred dollars over Goodrich or Firestone. They balanced with little weight, and are quiet and smooth so far.

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