Falken Ziex ZE329 Review
- Dry 80% 80%
- Wet 70% 70%
- Snow 60% 60%
- Comfort 70% 70%
- Noise 60% 60%
- Treadwear 70% 70%
- Overall 75% 75%
For those of you who wish to be updated on the latest lineup of Falken all-season tires, it is only fitting to say that the Falken Ziex ZE329 was replaced by the new and much better Ziex ZE950. The new tire was updated by Falken to deliver better wet and dry performance and to address
You can read more about the new Falken Ziex ZE950 in this review.
However, if you want to find out more about the Falken Ziex ZE329, this review is right for you.
I was lucky to obtain a 2008 Mazda 3 sedan fitted with stock wheels and 15-inch Falken Ziex ZE329 tires. The owner of the Mazda 3 is thinking about upgrading to a bigger set of wheels and better tires. He told me that the Falken’s had average performance when new, but good quality of the tires soon began to fade quickly as the tires got older and more on that later.
In this Falken Ziex ZE329 review, I was able to discern while Falken saw it proper to replace this tire with the Ziex ZE950, which is many times better in all aspects while remaining in the same price range.
The Falken Ziex ZE329 is an all-season high-performance tire designed for compacts, midsize sedans, and sporty crossovers. It is available in 15” to 18” diameters and comes with a 60,000-mile limited warranty.
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Falken Ziex ZE329 review: Features
The tire is engineered with multiple lateral grooves that help improve traction and grip on wet and snowy roads. The Falken Ziex ZE329 is also equipped with a rim protector to shield the lips of your precious wheels from scratches and curb damage.
Since this tire has a symmetric non-directional tread, you can rotate the tires in multiple ways to improve the tread life and prevent uneven wear.
Falken Ziex ZE329 review: Test Drive
Traction and grip was average in my book, although I felt the tires could do better. I felt the rear of the car slide a bit when I attacked a sweeping corner at speed, and the tires seemed to hunt for traction as I accelerated hard when I exited the corner. The steering also felt funny which is uncharacteristic for a Mazda 3. You still feel in control, but it seems that the tires had a mind of their own as it grasped for dear life every time I pushed hard on the accelerator.
I am perfectly aware that it is irresponsible to speed up on a damp public highway, but I really wanted to know if the Falken Ziex ZE329 can handle wet roads with minimal fuss or drama. Sadly, that wasn’t the case.
For an all-season high-performance tire, the Falken Ziex ZE329 should perform better on wet pavement. Braking on wet roads also meant you have to say a short prayer since the tires struggled to bring the Mazda 3 to a full stop from average speed.
However, it seems the Falken Ziex ZE329 managed to turn the stiff ride into something that is a bit ponderous than the norm. There was a lot of body movement at speed. City driving was also a bit raucous since the tires would hump and thump at the slightest provocation on bad roads.
The tread wear is one of the biggest complaints about the Falken Ziex ZE329. After having tested the Falken Ziex ZE950 (which happens to be the unofficial replacement for the Ziex ZE329), I was thankful Falken addressed the issue of accelerated wear and tear on the Ziex ZE329.
However, I am thankful that Falken managed to address all bad things about this tire by releasing the Falken Ziex ZE950.