General Tire is known for making some very good performance tires, and the G-Max AS-03 continues down that same
path. Designed for sport coupes and sedans, this tire is developed for year round all-season driving, including
Naturally, drivers of this type of tire are looking for high performance handling and it does not disappoint.
Dry grip and traction is enhanced through intermediate tread blocks and more stable shoulders. A continuous center
rib adds more stability and response as well. Interlocking 3-D tread blocks also help improve handling and give the
tire a better overall tread life.
An area that we found this tire to excel in would be driving on wet roads. The higher void-to-tread ratio and
the added lateral and longitudinal grooves provide amazing traction on wet surfaces. Hydroplane resistance is
excellent on this model. Another advantage of the 3-D siping in the tread is that it adds more biting edges for
driving in the snow, something that you will find this tire does quite well.
General has added a couple of unique tread and alignment indicators to the G-Max AS-03 that you may find
helpful. The Replacement Tire Monitor (RTM) lets you visually see when the tire needs to be replaced. The indicator
will show “replace tire” on the tread. It's a quick and easy way to know when your tires have reached the point of
needing to be replaced.
The Visual Alignment Indicator (VAI) lets you know when your vehicle is misaligned. There are short sipes along
the shoulders of the tire, and when one wears off before the other one opposite to it, you quickly know there is an
Inside the tire you'll find two steel belts that are spirally wrapped with a jointless polyamide on polyester
plies that make the tire more stable at higher speeds. It also provides added durability for a longer tread life,
which General backs up with a 40,000 mile warranty.
Cornering grip and higher speed handling is impressive
Wet and snow traction is among the best in all-season tires
Treadwear is good for a high performance tire
Very comfortable ride
Would like to see just a little better steering response
A bit more road noise than other top tires in this class
We really like this General AS-03 tire when it comes time to drive on wet covered road surfaces. The tire
doesn't let you down and the confidence it inspires is a good feeling to say the least. Dry grip in the corners is
equally impressive. Riding comfort is better than you might expect from a high performance tire.
The only noticeable area that could use improvement in our opinion is road noise. It's not an issue that would
prevent us from running this tire, but it's a little higher than other top tires in this class. That said, General
has made a good tire in the G-Max and we have no problems in recommending it.
The G-Max AS is backed by a 6-year or 40,000 mile treadlife guarantee. Tire uniformity is covered for one-year
or the first 2/32 inch of tread wear.
Materials and workmanship are covered for 6-years and include free first year replacement. General prorates out
the amount for the remaining time period or until tread depth reaches its final 2/32 inch.
A 45-day customer satisfaction trial guarantee is also included. It allows you to exchange the tire for another
General tire model if you are not completely satisfied.
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Last year, I purchased G-Max AS-03 tires, for the my 2010 Camaro SS. I have never owned a tire with such poor handling. They wander on straightaways, requiring almost constant correction. They wander terribly across bumps. They roll to the outside in corners. At 40MPH, on a posted 40MPH offramp, with NO warning, and a clean dry road, the back tires started to break away, causing Stabilitrac to react to keep the car under control. That was not a fun feeling. I had less than 500 miles on them, and will NOT use them anymore. In my opinion, these tires are unsafe. General offered to swap them out under warranty for another tire from Continental (same company). I declined, not wanting to gamble again.
I sold the tires for $50 each and replaced them with the OEM Pirellis.
This is being posted here to warn other Camaro owners about this tire. While it might be good enough for an Escort or Honda, it is NOT a performance tire.
TERRIBLE cornering, and TERRIBLE traction, even on a dry road.
It pays to do your research. I ignored a few bad reports about this tire, and it cost me money. Don't make the same mistake.
Posted at 2:47:pm 07/07/13
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