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Old 05-07-2007, 12:05 PM   #1
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Nexen n3000 vs Falken ZE512

For a low budget performance tire, what would you choose? Both are the same price. The Nexen is a lot nicer looking, it's an actual summer performance tire and i've read many great reviews about them on other forums.
I don't believe the Falkens are an actual summer tire, it's more of an all season performance tire (not recommended for winter use). I've read many bad reviews about the tires, some good ones. Some reviews stated that the tires don't last very long and the sidewalls give out early...
I just called a friend and he stated that the falkens will last longer b/c of the softer compound, is this true?

I'm really having a hard time deciding on which tire to grab. I just want a nice summer low profile street tire, nothing for racing or whatever.

Any thoughts?

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Old 05-07-2007, 04:49 PM   #2
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Searched online, read a lot of good reviews on the Nexen, everyone seems to think it beats the Falken you're referring to.

Heard some things about the Nexen's hydroplaning on the highway at high speeds though. Overall, for the money, the Nexens are better.

I'm gettin my Nexens put on tomrorow evening,.
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Old 05-08-2007, 09:44 AM   #3
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just to confuse you more I have the falkens. I like them. I was told the opisite info from my tire shop. The nexen are hard, wear fast and hydroplain easy. The falkens are better design for wet weather and last longer. That being said I like the tread pattern on the nexens.
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Old 05-08-2007, 11:29 AM   #4
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I have the nexens, very good handling in dry, not sure if this was hydroplaning, but kinda lost control for a little bit when accelerating hard from a stop one time after it rained.
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Old 05-08-2007, 10:09 PM   #5
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Thanks alot for the replies! i'm now looking into a set of Fierce by goodyear
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Old 05-09-2007, 03:41 PM   #6
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I have Nexen 3000s as my summers....no complaints! quiet, nice handling, seems like a soft tire, and I usually dont push the car in rain so I cant pitch in on hydroplaining, but hit a puddle on a highway at buck-30 in Falkens and tell me you might not hydroplane
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Old 05-20-2007, 08:14 PM   #7
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I love my Nexan N3000's awesome tires for the money. I haven't experienced any hydroplaining issues with these tires...

I have experienced some hydroplaining with the Michlen Pilot Sports I had before though!

Apparantly Nexan N3000's in 18" size are on back order now, or they are discontinuing them possibly.
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Old 05-21-2007, 10:10 PM   #8
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Nexen 3000's are great for the money.. but DON'T get caught in heavy rain.. they ARE horrible for hydroplaning.. I have first hand experience in this driving all the way home from Florida in the rain.. otherwise great tire
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Old 06-12-2007, 11:31 PM   #9
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The Falkens are okay if your just goofing around in the city with all the bumps and stuff. Good ride, soft, by terrible feeling if your used to, or prefer a 'performance' tire. I can't comment on their tread life although its told that they wear out fairly quickish.

If you want a sportier feeling tire, by far get the Nexens. Much harder sidewall, more direct feel to the road. I think they grip roughly the same, the Nexens maybe a touch more. I would estimate though that they have about the same lifespan as I torched a set of Nexens in a little over a year.
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Old 06-13-2007, 12:18 AM   #10
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well, as it is nearly impossible now to get NExen N3000's at this time, since apparantly they are all sold out for this year, I was forced to choose the Falken Ze 512. a little more expensive ($220 installed/each tire 255/35/18) but apparantly they are a better tire than the Nexen N3000's. We will see once i have them on the car.

I think I prefer a stiffer sidewall for cornering, so I'm worried I might be dissapointed.
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Old 06-19-2007, 12:20 PM   #11
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I've heard great reviews of the Falken 452's. I ordered a set of 235/35/18's for the front, i'll let you guys know what they're like when i have them.
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Old 06-19-2007, 06:54 PM   #12
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I've heard great reviews of the Falken 452's. I ordered a set of 235/35/18's for the front, i'll let you guys know what they're like when i have them.
Great tires.

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Old 06-19-2007, 10:46 PM   #13
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I've heard great reviews of the Falken 452's. I ordered a set of 235/35/18's for the front, i'll let you guys know what they're like when i have them.
Just slapped a set on my car this week.
great tire considering the price I paid
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Old 06-20-2007, 01:22 AM   #14
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^^how much did you pay for yours?

I paid 314$ USD for 2X 225/35/18 (235 earlier was typo).

That's delivered to new york though, so i'll pay some duties on them when they arrive.
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Old 06-20-2007, 10:54 AM   #15
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The Nexxan n3000's are far better than the ZE 512's...

I'm getting the FK 452's now on my car, and hopefully they should be far better than the Nexan's!
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