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First and foremost, thank you to all of you who post on this site. The information here is priceless.
I’ve had my 2018 G80 Sport, POLAR ICE, for 14 months now and have accumulated 32K miles. I thank all of you for allowing me to contribute my experience.
I would like to chime in on a few things that are longstanding issues here.
First and foremost,
TIRES!!!!! So, my only issue in the past 14 months is the fact that the stock Continentals are non-repairable (according to the tire shops). Under a $460. tire/wheel warranty, I have gone through 4 replacements due to road hazard. It’s a pain in the ass every time for the claim process. I thought they performed fairly well for the car,.....until today.
Today, I put on 4 new Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (PS4S). Let me tell you something guys....If you have a Sport, (active suspension), ditch the friggin Continentals!!! The performance I’ve observed in 40 miles of spirited driving, blew my mind. The traction, braking, cornering and ride control was vastly superior to the Continentals. Although the continentals have the foam insulation for sound suppression, the Michelin‘s were actually quieter. Of course the Michelin‘s are new as opposed to the Continentals with mileage, but I did notice a considerable drop in the cabin sound. I can’t wait until tomorrow to turn off the traction control and see what these bad boys can really do. I am in South Florida, so snow is not an issue for me, so I can’t report on that. Four tires with nitrogen and four wheel alignment, $1504. out the door.
Wind Noise!!! It seems quite a few people are experiencing this, but the wind noise in the cabin is excruciatingly annoying. The dealer replaced the front the door seals, as well as a complete sunroof to try to abate the wind noise. No joy. The wind is always still there and they can’t do anything else about it. (Silicone spray and di-electric grease didn’t work). It’s even more annoying because the wind on the driver’s door is near the microphone, so the Bluetooth is affected. If anyone has a suggestion to stop it, I’m all ears.
BSM in HUD!!! Holy shit, every time I go to the car wash and they move my seat, I have to reset it under the memory, otherwise the Blindspot monitoring will not show up and the heads up display. Even if I move my back rest 1 inch back on a long drive, it kicks out the BSM on the HUD. Highly annoying. Hopefully Genesis rectifies this.
That’s it for my pet peeves, on to the positives.
Why the hell would you drive anything else???!!! This car is so freaking spectacular, it’s an adventure every time getting into it. I get more stares, photos, videos, questions, remarkable comments and admiration for the car and Polar Ice than anything else I have ever experienced. BTW, I have never seen another Polar Ice besides mine.
I have an E350 which I don’t care to drive because my G80 is so much more exhilarating.
As for the Conceirge Service, wow, just spectacular.
I also have a 2012 Genesis 3.8 Tech with 115K miles and still love it.
I look forward to contributing my experience with my G80 Sport.
My 2019 has no wind noise issue although I only have ~2500 miles on the clock right now.
My ATS-V came with Michelin PS4's on it and I couldn't wait to get them off. They were the Summer Only version and they were noisy as hell. Outstanding performance if the temperature was >45 degrees. Michelin even warned against driving in cold temps with them. Now riding on the PS3 All Season tire and really satisfied with them.
So, I drove the piss out of the Michelins this morning. The grip is so spectacular, I couldn’t get them to spin out at all. Off the line, the Continentals are slightly unstable with a bit of tail sway. With the Michelins, the car is straight and tight. At 3 digit speeds it feels like the tires are daring you to give it more torque. The steering responsiveness has also improved, you feel a lot more connected to the pavement. No snow in South Florida, so that doesn’t concern me. We’ll see how it does in the rain at some point. So far, I’m loving it.
I also have a Polar Ice and it seams like all of a sudden a lot of them are selling if you check the OTD price thread. Still I have only seen 2 other Genesis in my city so far but we did just get a dealer. I kinda liked that it was rare but I will be liking the close service in the future.
If you had the "ContiSilent" tires, your dealer was handing you a line. Yes, they are repairable. In a nutshell, you must slice out a few inches of the "Silent Foam" from inside the tire. Tire can then be patched or plugged the same ad any other tire. Then the removed Silent Foam has to be glued back in place.
I. E. Yes, Continental (ContiSilent) Tires CAN be repaired.