Product Reviews (12)
Yokohama YK520-Big Disappointment
Strengths: Don't know
Weakness: Wear out too quickly.
Bought these at Discount Tire and was told of pro-rated warranty. Paid nearly $400 for two tires with the assurance that, if the tires wore out too quickly, that Discount tire would pro-rate and put the new tires on. When one of the tires wore out at 35,000 miles down to the tread bar and the other one was almost there, Discount Tire informed me that the pro-rated cost with mounting and balancing, would cost me $350! Seriously?I decided to get another brand and looked at the Michelin Primacy MKV4. Discount Tire wanted $206/tire. My local Hyundai dealer quoted $125 for the same tire with $15/tire mounting and balancing. I am gpoing with the dealer tires. Discount has lost my business. So has Yokohama.
By anonymous; - Jan 2, 2012
Low tread life
Weakness: Wear quickly, noisy, handle poorly, low fuel economy
VM Passat TDI Sedan, mostly in city driving. Was a 60k warranty tire, at 23k these tires are completely worn to the treat marks. These are made for and sold exclusively for Discount Tire. Discount will honor the tread wear warranty (pro-rated), but this doesn't refund any of the cost of mounting, rotating, etc. Basically, these tires are poor tires that I feel Discount Tire sells to reap the reward of premature, repeat business when the tires must be replaced. You are held "hostage" to getting the replacements for these from Discount Tire, because other tire vendors do not sell these, and therefore, can not honor the tread wear warranty. The tires handle poorly when compared with Michellin MXM4. On concrete pavement, the car will "shimmy" left and right. Fuel economy dropped from an average of 36MPG (Diesel) to 32MPG with these tires installed. These tires have had to be patched, twice, for road hazard (nail/screw). They seem more susceptible to puncture than other tires; I never had to patch more than 1 tire during the lifespan of the set before I installed these. I suspect these are the tires the old lady throws though the Discount Tire window in their commercials.
By BonYogi - Nov 12, 2011
Bad casings on all four tires
Strengths: Good Mileage so far
Weakness: At 18000 miles the casing are bad
Dealer will only warranty the tread life. Seems to me that if the casings are failing at 18,000 wouldn't that make the tires defective. I would not recommend this tire if your looking for quality and safety.
By email@example.com_446229303 - Feb 20, 2012
YOKAHAMA TIRES..........THE VERY WORST!!!!!
Strengths: None that I am aware of................
Weakness: Excessive tire wear..........ply seperation...........noise
The OEM tires on my Lexus GS were Yokahama run flat tires, 245/40R18 93Y.
The tires were completely worn out at 12,400 miles from uneven wear and cupping.....especially on the inside edges. NO...it is not an alignment issue. NO.....it is not a tire rotation or tire pressure issue. To purchase a premium vehicle with such an inadequate and underperforming tire is disappointing to say the very least. The tires were rotated every 4,000 or miles (or less). Two four wheel alignments have been performed. Regardless of the extra care given to these tires........they wore out at 12,400 miles. In fact strips of rubber were coming off the edges of the tire. UNSAFE TIRES>>>>>>>>>>
By anonymous; - Nov 11, 2010
GREAT TIRE AT A GREAT PRICE
Strengths: Great traction on wet or dry surface and as quiet or quieter than the factory installed Michelins at a much lower price.
Weakness: No local dealers carry this tire for warranty proration. Discount Tire Direct is apparently the only supplier.
I did a lot of research before I selected these tires, including many owner comments. They sounded like just what I was looking for. An "A,A" rating, H speed rating and 520 on the 'wear meter'. The closest thing I could find locally was a Yokohama a notch or two down the food chain at more than $100 a piece plus $29 per tire mounting, balance and stems...plus tax and state 'disposal fee. I got a set of four delivered to the door for $312 and paid Walmart less than $40 to mount, balance and 'stem me up'. These tires are attractive, quiet, grip the road and have a great wear rating. They are also "Made in the USA" despite the Japanese name.
A word to the wise. Go directly to the merchants web site. The 'links' do not show the correct in-stock status of the tire.
By SOOTHSEEKER - Nov 15, 2007
Yokohama YK520 Tire
Strengths: Price, durability, traction, and ride
Weakness: Only available thru America's Tire
These tires are made for America's Tire by Yokohama (made in USA) They make it difficult to shop for them anywhere else so don't even try. I have a sport coupe Lexus (SC400) and it is a heavy car. These tires handle very well, but I was more concerned with the wearability. My car does wear out tires. And the size that I have to use makes them even more expensive. So when I chose these tires there had to be a balance between price and wear. I am very happy so far with these tires. I have had these for 10 months and they are wearing great. I have to purchase 2 more for the rear of the car because my Les Schwab specials (Federal tires) are ready to go. They lasted well for the money, however from the day that I got the YK520 installed I could tell the difference. That is why I made the change from the Continental tires I had before. Feel the difference yourself. Safe buy
By preferred45 - May 16, 2008
Strengths: Appearance, comfortable ride, relatively quiet, and traction.
I've owned these tires for a couple of days now and they are great! I had the Falken 512's and they wore out too quick. I drive moderately and do not drive alot either. I noticed right away that these tires were quieter and the sidewalls were stiffer, giving the car better control. Wet and dry traction has been great. I have not experienced these tires in the snow yet but I can imagine them doing great. The all season Falkens I had were good but if you want something with stiffer sidewalls for better control on turns, then I would recommend these as performance has been great so far. These do cost a little more but they are worth the price.
By maxnmore - Mar 5, 2008
Strengths: Quiet & Smooth
Weakness: Wear too fast
I bought these tires in March of 2010 from Discount Tire. In April 2011, after 28000 miles, I noticed that both of my rear tires were showing the tread bars, however the front tires were still fine. Now, two months later, and 5000 more miles, both rear tires are bald and I am down to the front tread bars. Knowing I put a lot of miles on my tires, I regularly have them rotated and balanced.
By Brittainy - Jun 24, 2011
Strengths: GOOD PRICE, GOOD PERFORMANCE
Weakness: WEAR OUT TOO SOON
Bought these tires from discount tire in mid 08. always maintain pressue and rotate tires. got 21K miles on tires and they need to be replaced, that is less than half of the milage claim from the mfg. tires performed fine, just didn't last. i am sure discount tire will do the right thing on replacements
By ww5 - Feb 1, 2010
Decent tire, but expect to buy often
Strengths: Traction, quiet, smooth
With 3 sets under my family's belt, I have some level of comfort describing these tires. I have the 235/45/17 and I first picked these up because they were rated at 60,000 mile and a great price compared to the OEM Continentals. However, the first set went for only 12,000 miles with even treadwear. Discount pro-rated them, but talked me into trying them again. However, I noticed as I was signing the paperwork that the milage rating had dropped to 40,000. I will be pleasantly surprised if I get that.
The other set we have are on a Mazda 6 sportwagon and is the 225/40/18. These have worn better, but at 30k miles, we just had our second blowout with the first occurring approximately 7k miles earlier.
So right now, the tread wear and blowout issue has me concerned and I cannot rate this tire better than satisfactory.
By mtnhack - Mar 16, 2010
I concur with other Low-Rated reviews
Purchase date 6/2010. Rotated, balanced every other oil change (4x/yr), aligned 1x/yr---still wore out and failed inspection 6/2013. Mostly city driving in north Texas, but did do some highway trips 2-3/yr. Averaged under 10k/yr miles on vehicle (2006 Nissan Murano S). Discount Tire sold to me w/o warranty, as I was led to believe I had 60k. (At least, they would not honor it and I lost paperwork) Not returning to Yokohama & perhaps no more DT, either. Very unhappy.
By firstname.lastname@example.org - Jul 9, 2013
Strengths: Nice looking tire, smooth and quiet, great on wet and dry
Weakness: Wore out even w/ regular rotate and balance @ local Discount Tire Store
Gave me a new set w/ a discount of $330.00 for early wear, not sure bout getting the same tire but they did well while they lasted, have YokohamaGeolanders on my and my sons Dakotas, so far so good though I expect about the same mileage even though rated @60,000. Shouldn't happen, did, they pretty well took care of it @ Redding, CA. America's Tire, ok.
By anonymous; - May 28, 2011