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Does anyone have experience with Falken Ziex ZE001 A/S tires? These appear to be Subaru’s choice for the 2019 Forester with 18” wheels. I have a 2016 Forester Touring with the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400 tires at about 30,000 miles, and I’m considering alternatives for when the time comes to replace them. So far it looks like the Michelin Premier A/S, the Goodyear Assurance Weatherready, the Vredestein Quatrac 5, and the Pirelli Cinturato P7 are the best of the choices available. Unfortunately I’ve found little information about the Falken Ziex tires for comparison.
 

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Sorry for the late reply, I've been searching for info on these tires as well because they came from the factory on our new Forester. Anybody out there have experience with these?
 

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Check out the Michelin Cross Climate plus....they are rated higher and more consistently across the board in all categories according to Consumer Report. We are replacing the stock Yokohama Geolanders with these as we need something that handles well in the wet traction category. Currently Tire Rack has them with a $100 rebate....so far I have not been impressed with any of the stock tires on Subarus.
 

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Thanks Ruffian, I wasn't able to find these in our size, only available in 45 series for 18" wheels and I don't want to go with any less sidewall that the 55 series that it came with.
 

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Our tires are 225/60r/17 and I have some concern with the XL but according to both the dealership and SOA, it should not be a problem but am somewhat concerned with the weight....23 lbs
 

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Winter is now here, local mountains have some snow, we're thinking about taking a trip in our new Forester Has anybody had any experiences with these in the snow yet that they can share? I would prefer to have some sort of AT tires, but I'd like to get our money out of these first. We don't live in a snow climate, but a trip or two a year would be more enjoyable if I knew these tires were up to it.
 

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I am generally wary of OEM tires and have changed out tires as soon as winter approached. I got rid of the Goodyear LS2s and Bridgestone Rugged Trails on my Legacy and Tacoma, respectively as they were simply awful in bad weather. That being said, the Falkens came as OEM on my Touring which I have had for about 2 months. It has been a fairly easy winter here in NH (so far) and I only have 2 experiences with snowy roads. The Falkens were better than "OK" and performed reasonably well. They are certainly not as good in bad weather as the tires I would buy, but they have proved to be adequate so far and as winter is 1/2 over I will probably keep until at least next fall. I don't use dedicated winter tires as I believe that the benefit is really small as modern all weather tires handle 90% of snow issues. I don't "need" to be out in 12+ inches of snow so I stay home if that occurs. Here in NH the roads are cleared within 24 hours so big snows are not an issue beyond the initial accumulation.
 

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Thank you for the feedback vtdog. I've always felt the same way about factory tires, they're usually nothing to write home about! I have KO2's on my F150 4x4 that replaced factory Pirelli Scorpions, but I put a few miles on them before I replaced them. Our Forester hasn't even hit 2k miles yet, & I really don't want to spend the money for something that's only going to see snow 1 or 2 times a year.

That being said, are you using cable chains or anything else to add traction living in NH?
 

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My '19 Forester Limited came with the Falken Ziex ZE001 and I would not get them again. Had to be replaced at 32k.
 

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I have them on my 2019 Touring and my wife has them on her 2018 Crosstrek. Honestly I like Michelins, but the OEM tires have been very good, good milage, quiet ride. At 45k she needed tires, the local Subaru dealer was running a special on the Falkens, the Michelin's at costco were $150 more in total, we got the Falken's.
 

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I have no complaints with the stock Falkens on my 2019 Limited, but I doubt I'll buy them when I eventually need new all seasons. There are better tires available for around the same money, my pick would be the Quatrac Pros.
Bought a separate set of winter wheels and tires, so can't comment on winter traction.
 
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