2018 G80 Sport - Not great in Northern states.
May 11, 2019
This was my second Genesis /g80,. Actually first was Hyundai Genesis. Loved loved loved it so I got a new one. Wanted something different, maybe better since I had been driving essentially the same car for 3 years.
I decided on the G80 Sport for obvious reasons. I live in Illinois mind you where we have harsh winters and many pot holes. My first G80 had no issues, handled great in I climate weather and the pot holes were just a bump in the road LOL. They somehow talked me into the tire and wheel package when I financed this car for about $1,000. I never buy those warrantys. Bought my car in October and all was great until January when I had a blow out from hitting a pot home. Thank heaven I had the warranty as the tire was about $375. Needless to say, by the end of the winter I had 4 more blow outs and 3 additional tire bubbles, all by the way were covered by the warranty.
I ended up complaining to Genesis directly as this was really bothering my that the Continental tires they chose for this car were so fragile. I California not a problem at all. By the way, the Continenlals drove amazing, just as they should on a car like this.
Genesis did an amazing thing. They understood why I was upset and easily agreed to replace all 4 tires with Michelins. I was blown away. What customer service.
Okay, so how did the Michelins do the next winter. From a perspective of blow outs, no issues at all. These tires were amazon only in that they could take almost any punishment at all. From a oerformans perspective, not so great. On a dry open road they were fine. Very comfortable as they should be. Around a corner when the pavement is a little wet, terrible. So mushy and would slide. So not what I wanted my G80 Sport experience to be. By the way, there were no other tire choices other then the Continenlals or Michelins.
Next problem, tire choice and expensive often replacement. So I have this awesome looking and cinfirtavle car and it does not perform at all like a Sport version of a luxury car should. Being a Sport version, the tires are staggered. Meaning the back tires are wider 275s and the fronts are 245s. This why we couldn't find a tire company who had both sizes I needed. So a problem. With staggered tires in any sport car mind you is that they can't be rotated only moved from side to side. What this means is that a 45,000 mile tire might only get you 21,500 miles. So for me it means replacing these expensive, terrible performing tires every 13 or 14 months. If it was a Corvette, I would know this going on and would hope I wouldn't have 8 tires replaced the first year. But I guess replacing the tires is just part of the deal when you buy a sports car or even a sport version of a luxury car. Would have been better, a lot better if the Michelins performed better.
I guess my advice is never get staggered wheels on a car without knowing that you have to replace in half the tire rating milage. When buying a car with low profile, performance tires, never buy the Continenlals. Again, the regular Continenlals may be just fine but the low profile tires, in the northern states are not a good value. So so frustrating to have an awesome car that suckered at $60k mind you (not what I paid) and have the frustration of flat tires every 3 weeks and the inconvenience of it (thank G-D I took the warranty). And then have a car that performs terribly on squishy tires that have to be replaced every 13 or 14 months.
Tobtell you how much I love this brand, I am work G with the sales manager to take what equity I have and roll it into a new G80 3.8 AWD Ultimate with matching tires. My paymwnt will be just a little higher and I would start payments over at 60 months. I am however getting 36, 000 more miles of free maintenence, fresh brakes which would be replaced in 8 - 10 more months, fresh set of 60,000 mile rated tires that can be rotated. Yes the whole ordeal cost me some money. I however learned a few valuable lessons which I wanted to share here in cars.com