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Summary:The Cooper Zeon RS3-A has a 40,000 mile tread wear warranty in our tested size, 225/40ZR18. This tire is suitable for many coupes, sedans and sport cars.
The Cooper Zeon RS3-A is part of the tire
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, ultra high performance all season tire
models like the Zeon RS3-A are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Dry braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
Dry handling includes how well the tires gripped in an avoidance maneuver involving a swerve into the left lane and back into the right lane; dry cornering grip on our skidpad; and subjective steering feel.
Wet braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
About This Brand
One of the few independent tire manufacturers in the U.S. with origins going back to the early 20th Century, Cooper is among the world's top-10 tire makers. Based in Findlay, Ohio, Cooper Tires offers a full array of tires, including the Avon, Mastercraft, and Starfire brands. Cooper tires are most often sold by independent dealers, though they can be found online. In the past, Cooper has been a standout among light-truck tires.
Features & Specs - Cooper Zeon RS3-A
Treadwear warranty Commonly used by tire manufacturers to market tires, the warranty describes the typical tread life of the tire. Consumers should view the warranty an indicator of tread life only. Actual mileage will vary with vehicle type, driving style, road, and weather conditions, just to name a few variables. Nearly all treadwear warranties are based on pro-rated amount based on the usable tread worn off the tire.
Speed rating Speed rating. This letter denotes the maximum sustainable speed and is found directly after the load index. For S-speed-rated tires, it's 112 mph; for T, 118 mph. Speed ratings for other tires include Q, 99 mph; H, 130 mph; V, 149 mph; and Z, 150 mph plus. While such speeds may seem wildly impractical, tires with higher speed ratings tend to provide better handling at legal speed limits. Choose tires that have a speed rating at least as high as the one specified on your vehicle's placard.
UTQG treadwear UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG treadwear, an index developed by the government, compares a tire's tread life with that of a reference tire graded at 100. A tire with a grade of 300 is predicted to last three times as long as one graded at 100. Treadwear grades are just one indicator of tread life, but actual tire life will vary due to a number of factors including road conditions, driving habits, vehicle, and maintenance
UTQG traction UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG traction indicates the tire's ability to stop on a wet surface with Government grades of AA, A, B, C, from best to worst.
UTQG temperature UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG temperature indicates the tire's ability to resist heat build-up under test conditions with Government grades of A, B, C, from best to worst.
I commute 70 miles a day and car is an 06 mustang. Bought a set of factory 17 pony wheels to replace the stock 16s and researched hi-performance all season tires. I settled on 245/45R17s. The tires were replaced after 45,000 miles and performed great. Stability in wet weather was much better than the oem tires. I've been driving mustangs year round for many years and spend quality time in my car so I compared tires carefully before buying the Coopers. I was going to buy a second set when I fell into a deal for a set of factory 18 wheels with brand new tires. I'm not happy with the current tire and will be replacing them with a new set of Zeon RS3-As when its time for new tires again.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Scott Crandell
from Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Looks and Rides nice but 4 only 16000 MILES
We had the Cooper Cs4's that went 44,000 miles<br />We were on our way to West Chester and coming over a bridge we hit an extremely<br />large pot hole. The tire went completely flat imediately. <br />We called for a tow and the only place that was open was a Pep Boys in Exton Pa.<br />They told me they didn't have the CS4's but had this Zeon RS3-A. It sounded comparable but were much cheaper than the CS4's. <br />That was in March 2014. <br />In September 2014 we put two others on because i like to keep the same tires on all four. <br />Today I rotated them and was not surprised the wear bars are at the top of the ones i bought a year and a half ago. <br />My biggest surprise was we had only driven less than 16000 miles. <br />I will replace them Monday for a better tire. <br />This is an extremely poor value. With the CS4's doing so well I would feel embarrassed to call this Zeon a COOPER.<br />The issue for me is my wife barely drives this car 10,000 miles @ year. I get 45,000 miles on my truck tires. Do not buy this Cooper tire unless you like to buy new tires frequently.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Middlesboro, KY
Great for the $...weak in tread life.
Love the tires perfomance but after $15,000 miles the back tires are about shot (which means the drifting probably hurt the llife...not the tires fault.)