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I'm getting all my tires changed on my 2003 Rio. I ordered GoodYear tires from the dealership and then dicovered the OEM tires are actually made by Optimo. I have only taken my car to the dealership and used OEM parts for everything, even down to oil changes. Should I exchange the GoodYears for the OEM tire? What are the advantages/disadvantages for OEM and non-OEM tires?
 

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Your original tyres are probably Hankook Optimo, and these are quite a good tyre according to reports, probably better than Goodyear. I would prefer Yokohama or Michelin in your situation, bought from an independent retailer. Dealers tend to jack up the prices on things like that.

Our Cerato/Forte came with Nexen tyres (Chinese/Korean) and these are OK for the type of driving we do. I intend to upgrade to Michelin XM2 in due course. These have good wear characteristics and are "fuel saving". Yes, it works!
 

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What about the claim that OEM tires are better because they are a part of the cars original design?
 

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What about the claim that OEM tires are better because they are a part of the cars original design?
Original design can be improved very easily to say the least.

Nothing more than a claim. If that were in fact the case the oil filter industry would not be nearly as big as it is, and you see very few cars sitting along side the road from not using non OEM filters or other parts.

Non OEM parts are what started NASCAR, and many Indy engines started life as manufactured engines with non OEM parts.

These tires are the least of your worries.

Heck, I buy tires off Craigs List.
 

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Just to be clear. The claim that OEM tires fit OEM wheels better than aftermarket tires is nonsense right? There is no benefit to OEM tires. Just want to be clear. Incase you haven't noticed, I'm a complete car newb.
 

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Your original tyres are probably Hankook Optimo, and these are quite a good tyre according to reports, probably better than Goodyear. I would prefer Yokohama or Michelin in your situation, bought from an independent retailer. Dealers tend to jack up the prices on things like that.

Our Cerato/Forte came with Nexen tyres (Chinese/Korean) and these are OK for the type of driving we do. I intend to upgrade to Michelin XM2 in due course. These have good wear characteristics and are "fuel saving". Yes, it works!
My Optimo tires say H420 but I can't find any Hankook OPTIMO H420's online. If I asked the dealership to put on original Hankook Optimo tires on, would the tires have a number different thant 420 on them? Do numbers change as time goes on?
 

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Just to be clear. The claim that OEM tires fit OEM wheels better than aftermarket tires is nonsense right? There is no benefit to OEM tires. Just want to be clear. In case you haven't noticed, I'm a complete car newb.
Complete nonsense. It's common for OEM tyres on "budget" cars to be an el-cheapo brand that the manufacturer gets a good deal on.

Not suggesting that Optimo H420 are el-cheapo, but that might have been a special batch for OEM.
 

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What about the claim that OEM tires are better because they are a part of the cars original design?
On a Rio, I highly doubt this was figured in. On a high-end sports car, it can be tuned depending on what kind of traction a specific tire will have. On a car like a Rio, the car is designed, and then a tire is picked based on the load(weight) requirements of the car. It sounds the same but is actually a reverse situation. I'm not saying that a Rio isn't a refined, performance machine, but there is a clear difference.

OEM tire should have been a Hankook Optimo, which is a very good tire. If you had them on before, and you got good mileage out of them and they performed up to your needs, then by all means get them again. If you plan on going with a different tire, make sure its rating(load index, speed rating) is at least the same as the OE tires.
 

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My Optimo tires say H420 but I can't find any Hankook OPTIMO H420's online. If I asked the dealership to put on original Hankook Optimo tires on, would the tires have a number different thant 420 on them? Do numbers change as time goes on?
The H420 is an older model I believe. The other 2 Optimos that I can think of that should be available in that size should be the H418 and H426. The H418 was used as original equipment on multiple Kia models in different sizes, and still available from vendors like Pep Boys. It was actually OE on my Optima and they are a good overall tire.

The H426 is also original equipment on newer models, but seems to only be used on the smaller cars. I don't know about retail availability.
 

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The H420 is an older model I believe. The other 2 Optimos that I can think of that should be available in that size should be the H418 and H426. The H418 was used as original equipment on multiple Kia models as in different sizes, and still available from vendors like Pep Boys. It was actually OE on my Optima and I they are a good overall tire.

The H426 is also original equipment on newer models, but seems to only be used on the smaller cars. I don't know about retail availability.
That means the H420's aren't made anymore then? Would a H426 be practically the same thing though? I get amazing mileage from my 03 rio and don't want to change anything about it lol.
 

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I believe you are way to concerned about meaningless things. Take your Rio to a good tire store, tell them you wish to purchase new tires of the same size for your Rio, with a good safety rating and pay your bucks.

After all you are dealing with an '03 Rio, a car that sold for less than $10,000 new in all probablity, and now is 9 years old. Its not a Corvette!
 

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Complete nonsense. It's common for OEM tyres on "budget" cars to be an el-cheapo brand that the manufacturer gets a good deal on.

Not suggesting that Optimo H420 are el-cheapo, but that might have been a special batch for OEM.
Goodyear Integrity are the tires I ordered. Is goodyear a crappy brand?
 

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Goodyear Integrity are the tires I ordered. Is goodyear a crappy brand?
Average, I would say. I bought a pair of Goodyear for one car as a stop-gap measure, and they seemed to wear rapidly and were noisy; kept one as a spare. They aren't bad, and were a common fitment to the standard Aussie car for many years.

I've had good experiences with Michelin (XM1 and MXV8) and Yokohama (207 and A Drive).

Ask around for a reliable tyre shop. Some are dodgy. Don't let them sell you Nitrogen filling (unless it's free). Waste of money.
 

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Being as they are one of the largest tire companies here in the U.S., what do you think?

I seriously doubt they got to where they are by selling junk.

What tires should you buy? The black ones.
 
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