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Old 06-24-2019, 03:25 PM   #1
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Last week a buddy and i were looking at a container of Cooper tires being unloaded at a distributor, i took a RS3 with gusto just to realize that the RS3 line is now being made in china while the Cobras are made in Mexico. I always supported Cooper as they were THE american tire company still making tires in the US but i guess it is no longer the case; the question is whether part of the Mickey Thompson line will also be outsourced. So is it better to give our money to a foreign company making tires in the US or an american company having tires made overseas?
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Old 06-25-2019, 11:37 AM   #2
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Wave of the future.
The old boarder in me bought some classic American Van's shoes.....shipoed direct from China.
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I remember when we called Japanese products junk.
Now they are the good stuff.
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have been running cooper zeon RS3 tires for a year now with no problems.its hard to find quality stuff made in the USA at a reasonable price.
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Old 06-25-2019, 05:12 PM   #5
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I remember when we called Japanese products junk.
Now they are the good stuff.
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Old 06-25-2019, 06:29 PM   #6
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I remember when we called Japanese products junk.
Now they are the good stuff.
My issue comes from the fact that price has not changed according to labor costs, IPhones are made in China and although i personally do not purchase said phones i do agree that the quality is not poor. I am 33 and since i can remember Japanese products were regarded as higher quality than even some of our domestic products, hell the best TVs currently are made in Korea. Every tire manufacturer has an entry level line that is made affordable to be able to compete with the influx of imported tires, i however did not see Cooper changing their manufacturing of current lines overseas as running a separate line/brand would of been the more appropriate move to keep their customers as in the market THAT was the reason why some folks chose Cooper over a similar or lower priced brand. Interesting fact since someone mentioned Japan is that Toyo/Nitto tires tend to be built in Japan or US. I just wanted to let you good folks know since it may open or close options for next tire purchase. Looks like i will be going with BFG once my Nittos wear out.
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If they hold up as well as prior tires, I don't care where they are made. Sad to see more American jobs lost. But, the reality is fact....American made (regardless of quality) will cost you more. Go figure.
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Old 07-09-2019, 11:28 AM   #8
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I had cooper tires before and they were the worst. Over a period of 3 years, I constantly had to fill the tires monthly because they would leak air. I had 2 tires replaced (at a cost to me) and they continued to leak. Pepboys said it was my rims... 3 years later after dumping the tires with a different brand, same rims.. no leaks.



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Last week a buddy and i were looking at a container of Cooper tires being unloaded at a distributor, i took a RS3 with gusto just to realize that the RS3 line is now being made in china while the Cobras are made in Mexico. I always supported Cooper as they were THE american tire company still making tires in the US but i guess it is no longer the case; the question is whether part of the Mickey Thompson line will also be outsourced. So is it better to give our money to a foreign company making tires in the US or an american company having tires made overseas?
I guess there is really no more "us" and "them" being it is now a Global market.
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I guess there is really no more "us" and "them" being it is now a Global market.
Your so correct! For the past week I have been surfing the internet, visiting Stealerships and local parts stores looking for a good set of TPMS sensors. I found several AC Delco sensors, some from China, some from Mexico and a couple for some other far off nation! So mind boggling to say the least.
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