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So after researching some tires available through Discount Tire I settled on the Cooper Zeon RS3-A 225/40R18 for my car. For some reason my car had 2007-10 Mazda CX9 wheels on it which looks good but tire selection is more limited and expensive. Came out to around $100 per tire which was my budget and prefer DT since they offer 100% warranty on tires for a little extra. I didn't want to get a generic brand tire and I have Cooper's on my truck which have performed well. Seems everyone prefers Continental's or Michelin's on their cars but I could not afford those. I do wish they made this tire in the US but at least I'm supporting an American company, by the way what tires are made by an American company in the US? The tread, traction and temperature grades seem very good for a tire this cheap and it comes with a treadwear warranty, so hopefully the numbers translate to better characteristics than my current tires. The tires it came with when I bought it are Kumho Ecsta AST's with a good amount of tread left and although the tread looks cool, they have not inspired much confidence in traction and they are pretty noisy. Also had two punctures in one tire and the wife hit a curb on another taking out a gash out of the sidewall. They just don't seem to be the sturdiest of tires and I don't want to risk driving on them for a 1600 mile road trip next month. Will have to post an update when mounted and after the road trip on how they are.
 

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Michelin pilot sport a/s 3 is made by an American company in Michigan but they are high dollar........... cooper makes good tires I am sure they will be fine. The firestone part of firestone is still American and my firestones (came with my car used, I personally hate them) are made in America according to the sidewall. American lawmakers have ruined made in America, almost all the good manufacturing companies left, the few that are still around charge more (Michelin etc) or they lower quality to keep up with import prices. American politics is ruining our country, why can we not have high tech, steel mills, tire factories etc all together in our country? the more diverse our industry I would think the better we would be. more regulations=less money in our wallets each time we buy something and lower quality too.
 

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So after researching some tires available through Discount Tire I settled on the Cooper Zeon RS3-A 225/40R18 for my car. For some reason my car had 2007-10 Mazda CX9 wheels on it which looks good but tire selection is more limited and expensive. Came out to around $100 per tire which was my budget and prefer DT since they offer 100% warranty on tires for a little extra. I didn't want to get a generic brand tire and I have Cooper's on my truck which have performed well. Seems everyone prefers Continental's or Michelin's on their cars but I could not afford those. I do wish they made this tire in the US but at least I'm supporting an American company, by the way what tires are made by an American company in the US? The tread, traction and temperature grades seem very good for a tire this cheap and it comes with a treadwear warranty, so hopefully the numbers translate to better characteristics than my current tires. The tires it came with when I bought it are Kumho Ecsta AST's with a good amount of tread left and although the tread looks cool, they have not inspired much confidence in traction and they are pretty noisy. Also had two punctures in one tire and the wife hit a curb on another taking out a gash out of the sidewall. They just don't seem to be the sturdiest of tires and I don't want to risk driving on them for a 1600 mile road trip next month. Will have to post an update when mounted and after the road trip on how they are.
You'll be happy with the COOPER's...ran them on my gen 2, best bang for buck tire.
 

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You'll be happy with the COOPER's...ran them on my gen 2, best bang for buck tire.
I am glad to hear that too as I hate these crappy loud no grip firestones and have been tire shopping since slightly after buying the car with them on it, I may look into these cooper's a little more now.
 

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if your still looking at the coopers GET THEM I just had some installed and boy do they feel great. wet and dry grip is excellent, steering feel is nice and direct with plenty of feedback (good feedback) noise is minimal (especially compared to the firestone I had, man I hated that noise) and hey look great mounted on the car, a cosmetic, not a functional plus. I have only about 100 miles on them but they feel similar to Michelin Pilot sport a/s3s already, they just feel very very close and worth it as the Michelin cost 1.5x as much.
 

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So after researching some tires available through Discount Tire I settled on the Cooper Zeon RS3-A 225/40R18 for my car. For some reason my car had 2007-10 Mazda CX9 wheels on it which looks good but tire selection is more limited and expensive. Came out to around $100 per tire which was my budget and prefer DT since they offer 100% warranty on tires for a little extra. I didn't want to get a generic brand tire and I have Cooper's on my truck which have performed well. Seems everyone prefers Continental's or Michelin's on their cars but I could not afford those. I do wish they made this tire in the US but at least I'm supporting an American company, by the way what tires are made by an American company in the US? The tread, traction and temperature grades seem very good for a tire this cheap and it comes with a treadwear warranty, so hopefully the numbers translate to better characteristics than my current tires. The tires it came with when I bought it are Kumho Ecsta AST's with a good amount of tread left and although the tread looks cool, they have not inspired much confidence in traction and they are pretty noisy. Also had two punctures in one tire and the wife hit a curb on another taking out a gash out of the sidewall. They just don't seem to be the sturdiest of tires and I don't want to risk driving on them for a 1600 mile road trip next month. Will have to post an update when mounted and after the road trip on how they are.
Just now seeing this thread, beavis. Thank you so much for your business! The RS3-A is a solid performer and it works out well for many, I'm sure you'll be pleased with them.

As for which tires are made in the USA, that really depends on the line and specific model; sometimes even tire size. Nitto truck tires for example, are all made in the USA.

if your still looking at the coopers GET THEM I just had some installed and boy do they feel great. wet and dry grip is excellent, steering feel is nice and direct with plenty of feedback (good feedback) noise is minimal (especially compared to the firestone I had, man I hated that noise) and hey look great mounted on the car, a cosmetic, not a functional plus. I have only about 100 miles on them but they feel similar to Michelin Pilot sport a/s3s already, they just feel very very close and worth it as the Michelin cost 1.5x as much.
Awesome to hear! Which model did you go with?

I know Cooper recently released their new RS3-G1 which is their latest UHP All-Season. I haven't seen many reviews for this tire yet so I'm curious as to what your initial impressions are if you indeed purchased a set.

Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 by Size | Discount Tire Direct
 

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I know Cooper recently released their new RS3-G1 which is their latest UHP All-Season. I haven't seen many reviews for this tire yet so I'm curious as to what your initial impressions are if you indeed purchased a set.

Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 by Size | Discount Tire Direct
I might go with the Cooper RS3-G1s this spring. I read an initial review and comparison of both Cooper RS tires and from what I read, the new G1s have better wet grip and dry grip. So maybe I might get these.
 

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I might go with the Cooper RS3-G1s this spring. I read an initial review and comparison of both Cooper RS tires and from what I read, the new G1s have better wet grip and dry grip. So maybe I might get these.
If you do, keep us posted with how they perform. Let us know if we can help you with a set as well :smile2:
 

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man the rs3-a has so much grip already, how much more does the g1 have? i have about 450 miles on my rs3-a now and boy do these suckers hold the road. wet and dry (its been off and on raining since i got them) they track straight and don't follow groves in the road like many tires are prone to especially the firehawks that where on there. our factory size for 17" in the rs3-a is made in china but again whats not? as long as it is a good product i don't care where its made. and so far these are blowing m away at $590 installed with road hazard they are really blowing me away. time will tell how they last but so far they are still great a week later and are acting and feeling more and more like Michelin a/s 3 (not plus as i have not had the +) as far as initial use they are great tires and a great value if they last close to, at or longer than their 40k mile warranty (i am religious with car care so rotations get done very regularly) so i will update again in a thread labeled with the tire name and review here upon their first rotation to see how they are wearing, how they are doing still and will probably periodically update that thread so we know if they last like they are supposed to.
 

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man the rs3-a has so much grip already, how much more does the g1 have? i have about 450 miles on my rs3-a now and boy do these suckers hold the road. wet and dry (its been off and on raining since i got them) they track straight and don't follow groves in the road like many tires are prone to especially the firehawks that where on there. our factory size for 17" in the rs3-a is made in china but again whats not? as long as it is a good product i don't care where its made. and so far these are blowing m away at $590 installed with road hazard they are really blowing me away. time will tell how they last but so far they are still great a week later and are acting and feeling more and more like Michelin a/s 3 (not plus as i have not had the +) as far as initial use they are great tires and a great value if they last close to, at or longer than their 40k mile warranty (i am religious with car care so rotations get done very regularly) so i will update again in a thread labeled with the tire name and review here upon their first rotation to see how they are wearing, how they are doing still and will probably periodically update that thread so we know if they last like they are supposed to.
I haven't seen any head to head data comparing the two, but as noted above Cooper claims improvements in both wet and dry performance. The video linked below shows the G1 pulling 1 g (hence the name) through a corner. Not too shabby for a performance all-season!

Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 | YouTube.com
 

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yeah that is pretty good, but man these rs3-a are excellent tires im happy with them, as long as they last.
 

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Now I purchased these tires from NTB, but they pushed me over the edge with them after they checked and set the alignment at the same time, well I went in with no pull, steering wheel not off either way, well I leave steering wheel has to be held right to go straight and the car pulls left when I let off the steering wheel, well I went back to a different location closer to my work and they proceeded to tell me that they could not get my car in for 4 hours because of appointments 3 hours from then. well I can see into the entire shop, and they have one car on a lift, looks as if they are rotating tires, and all the other techs are standing around, alignment rack empty. so I said how do appointments that are 3 hours from now take priority over me when I am here already and you have an empty shop with techs standing around. well I guess the "store manager" (idk if he actually was or not) does not like to be wrong and caught in a bold faced lie, as their parking lot was also empty. so he then proceeded to tell me to get the f word out of his store, so I just said back ok you just lost ntb what was a loyal customer, expect your manager to hear about this, thanks bye. he said just get the f word out and don't ever come back into my store. so I went up the road a little bit and there was a firestone, googled them they had good reviews so I stop in and ask how long to get an alignment?

the really friendly guy that helped me said I can get you in and out in about 2 hours, we have 2 alignments ahead of you and are slightly short handed today but the alignment guy is good and can turn around the jobs right, and fast, so 2 hours max. I said ok go ahead and waited exactly 1.5 hours and they are backing my car off the alignment rack and I am paying, the alignment was done right and they have a new customer at that store now. so I had to pay an additional $90 to firestone to get my car aligned right because ntb does not care about their customers or how well the work they do is done.

anyways point of this rant was I had purchased road hazard (but thank god not lifetime balance and rotations upgrade) from ntb but no longer wish to ever step foot in an ntb again, so I called your discount tire store in fort worth on camp bowie blvd and spoke with one of the guys there named Jeremy, he gladly helped me at closing time and said that I can buy road hazard for my tires from you guys since I do not wish to have to ever be in an ntb again (gave them another chance after a few years back they messed up my other car, but they ruined that so never again) I knew I should have just come to discount in the first place, you guys always take care of me and my car right and deliver on your word. I had issues with a couple of tires purchased from you guys many years back now and the stores helped me get it fixed and sorted out to my liking. Discount is going to be my tire store of choice for now as the area I am in has a ton of bad places but discount seems to provide consistent good service at every store I go to.
 

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We do our best to treat our customers the way we expect to be treated; I'm glad to hear our guy, Jeremy took good care of you and that you're please with our level of service! We'll continue working hard for you!
and I am banging my head against the wall for not just ordering them from you guys first.
 

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Guess my next set of tires will be Cooper Zeon RS3-G1's and judging by Discount Tire's presence on a Mazda3 enthusiast forum I will definitely be getting it from them. They sure know how to provide customer service if they are active on a lesser known compact car forum talking about affordable all season tires.
 

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I've been a Discount Tire customer for years. Last purchase with my DT card were the BF Goodrich G-FORCE COMP-2 A/S for my wife's 2007 Accord V6 automatic coupe with 51,000 on the clock back in June; an outstanding Ultra-high performance All-seasons tire!
 
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