My experience with the Goodyear Viva 2 Tires from Wal-Mart

One thing we all find is that when searching for anything on the Internet there are many diverse opinions, regardless of the subject.

I recently bought a car that has mixed brands of tires on it. I want all my tires to be the same brand so I began searching to find which brand of tires I would buy. I've used the Goodyear Viva 2 tires from Wal-Mart since the year 2000 so now was the time to change brands if I wanted to.  

After hours of searching over several days and finding so many disagreements for whatever brand I considered, I decided to use my own tire history and buy the same tires that I've been using since 2000 on three vehicles. 

This is not a suggestion that you should buy the tires that I buy; your experience might be totally different than mine. I also know that the next tires I buy of the same brand might not give me the service that previous tires of that brand gave me. No matter what we buy; a car, appliance, clothing, food, or whatever, there is no absolute assurance that the product will hold up the same as the previous product of the same brand. Bad stuff can happen to any brand of any thing.   

1992 Nissan Sentra tires.
Pair #1.    04/21//2001. I  Bought two Goodyear Viva 2 from Wal-Mart. Placed on front.
Pair #2.    12/02/2002. I bought two Goodyear Viva 2 from Wal-Mart. Placed on front, moved front tires to rear.
Pair #3.    10/04/2005. I bought two Goodyear Viva 2 from Wal-Mart. Placed on front, moved front tires to rear.

Pair #1.  Replaced after 49,560 miles and 4 & 1/2 years. These two tires were not worn out. My wife had to drive
  a 200 mile trip twice each week plus her daily city driving to work for 6 months. I wanted new tires on her car.
Pair #2   Still In use on rear; have 41,798 miles and 9 years in Dec. 2011.
Pair #3.  Still in use on front; have 18,990 miles and 6 years in Sept. 2011.

All three pairs: never a flat, Pressure checked often, No leaking of air, never a problem.

1984 G-20 Chevy Conversion Sport Van. We bought it in 2001, sold it in 2009.
This was a heavy van and loaded with extras. It was used for vacations, camping, and living in for several
months while I remodeled a house. It was always parked outside on the dirt or pavement and sat in one spot
for long periods (months) which was not good on tires but had to be done. Sorry but I don't remember the
tire size and the papers were given to the new owner.

When I first bought the van, I bought four Goodyear Viva 2 tires from Wal-Mart. I kept the van (same tires) for over 8.5 years and drove it over 12,000 miles over various terrain and all weather conditions. I never had a tire problem -- no flats, no frequent loss of air pressure (I adjusted the pressure with the change of seasons), had them rotated once, had them balanced several times. When I sold the van, the tires looked as good as when I bought them. I told the new owner all information about the tires: age, miles, and care.  

1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera S. Bought in July of 2009.
My wife and I love this Olds. It had 117,000 miles on it when bought. We get 26 to 28 miles per gallon in combination city--highway driving. The tires were mixed brands with good treads but I wanted the same brand tires on both axles. Soon after buying the car, we had trouble with front end vibration at over 40 miles per hour. I let a mechanic work on the front end and it didn't help. I let another garage work on the front end and that took the lower speed shimmy out but it still was prone to shimmy sporadically and violently on the driver's side front wheel at over 65 miles per hour. People blamed the old front tires. So I bought two new tires.  

I bought two Goodyear Viva 2, P195/75R 14 tires for the front (that size is original and the existing rear tires are the same size). But new tires didn't stop the infrequent sporadic violent left front wheel shimmy at speeds over 65 miles per hour. So I knew that it wasn't tires causing the shimmy; it happened with the old tires and the new tires. I took the car to a front-end specialist and he replaced several parts. The shimmy stopped. So, if I had bought my Viva 2 tires in the beginning, I would have blamed my new tires for the front-end problem when the problem was purely mechanical. 

We now have 4,352 miles on the front Viva 2 tires in a little over 2 years. Next week I plan to purchase two more Viva 2 tires to complete the set of four.

Later: I got my two new Viva 2 tires at Wal-Mart. The DOT date code shows they were made 2 months ago.

Notice this: If I had not been willing to spend several dollars having my front-end repaired I would be looking for another brand of tires and blasting Goodyear Viva 2 tires and Wal-Mart on the Internet Forums.       

Who knows? Maybe my next pair of Goodyear Viva 2 tires will be a disappointment and maybe some of the
bad remarks I've read on the Internet will prove correct but I've also read some good comments in support
of the Goodyear Viva 2 and Wal-Mart and to this day my eleven years use of that brand from that place has
been all good. In addition to my good experiences, no matter what town or what state I've traveled to, there is
a Wal-Mart nearby to serve my needs. And let me assure you that my wife or I have never had any affiliation whatsoever with Wal-Mart, Goodyear, or any other such business, not at the present or in the past.   
My Goodyear Viva 2 Tires on three vehicles during the past 11 years.
Thank you for visiting,
Doug Dickens
August 5, 2011
Pressure Testing:  I use the same dial type pressure gauge for testing tire pressures. I do my testing in the mornings before the vehicle has been driven and I test once per month or more frequently if there are drastic ambient temperature changes. I use two pounds of pressure above the vehicle manufacturer's suggestion. If it calls for 32 pounds, I use 34 pounds. 
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