Marathon Automotive

Marathon Automotive

Get an Estimate

Click here and fill out some general information. We will follow up within 24 hours with a quote.

Request an Appointment

shuttle service available»

231.929.4777 Facebook Twitter

"We've been using Marathon Automotive for 26+ years and have always received superior service for all of our vehicles, both personal and company..."Sue Kitchen"I feel as though Marathon Automotive is the best place to take your vehicle. From the moment you walk in, everyone is friendly, professional, and great to deal with. Did these guys get trained by the Ritz Carlton? Their prices are in line with others, and yet they give you so much more value..."Sebastian Garbsch"Always friendly and courteous, take the time to explain needed service and offer options, and most importantly, they stand behind their work. Not the least expensive in town, but worth every penny for the quality work. Tire pricing is competitive, and the honest tire advice is priceless."Timothy Burke"Knowing that everyone at Marathon is taking care of both of our vehicles... gives peace of mind that will always make it home safely on the snowiest of nights and the hottest of summer days... We love Marathon..."Leslie and Russ Knopp"Absolutely spectacular service! I am impressed every visit with the team's ability to not only recognize you, but remember things that were going on the last time you were in."Whitney Fisher Miller"I have been using Marathon Automotive for all my car (Subaru) servicing needs for the past 25 years. I always find the staff to be very accommodating when scheduling appointments, especially in emergencies..."Pat Buron"Done correctly. Done economically. Done on time."Dave Warren"It is always a pleasure to do business with Marathon Automotive. A customer can rely on top-quality work in a thoroughly professional environment... When service is performed, it will be done by highly trained technicians..."Eb and Mary Frixen"With equally excellent people skills and automotive skills, the folks at Marathon Automotive provide the best car maintenance ever - anywhere! They're the Click and Clack of the Grand Traverse Region."Amy Tyler"If you are looking for an automotive service center that is locally owned and operated by people that excel at service, accurate estimates, and timely completion dates, stop in at Marathon Automotive. "Ed and Carole Trahan"I can always count on Marathon Automotive to deliver thoughtful, quality service and a good price. I have been going there for decades and they are great to work with."James D. and Christina MacInnes"They are excellent at diagnosing the problem and fixing it quickly. They charge fairly and will do the extra things that make it convenient for you. I consider the staff my friends..."Larry Fatt"The staff at Marathon Automotive have the 'attention to detail' that allows my family to travel with the confidence that they will arrive at their destination."Bill White"I have been working with the staff at Marathon for over 15 years. On occasion I have tried other companies for car service, but always return to Marathon because of the courtesy of the staff as well as their knowledge of vehicles... "Donna Valdmanis"It has been my pleasure to have worked with everyone at Marathon Automotive over the years. I have enjoyed your honesty and integrity and feel that you always show a sincere concern for the care of your customers... "Kathy Jabara"My husband is a do-it-yourselfer who trusts nothing to anyone. This is the ONLY place he will "let me" take my Subaru for the few things he doesn't have time for. (And he checks things over when I get home ... )"Patty Marden"I highly recommend Marathon Automotive for the following reasons: Friendly and courteous service. Scheduled repairs completed on time. Quality results. Fair and competitive pricing. Dependable shuttle..."Ted Fistler"...I have had no complaints and no problems with the work that they have performed on my SUV. They are very courteous and make me feel welcome every time I walk through their door. They will always be my preferred choice."Debbie Greensky"Marathon Automotive is my favorite place to go for my auto maintenance and repairs. They are honest, friendly, and very accommodating... I like their commitment to use the highest quality and most eco-friendly parts. "Lisa Danto"I am a long-time customer because of friendliness, trust and good work."Dan Tholen"Everyone is always so helpful at Marathon Automotive. Dave has given me many tips when purchasing a travel trailer, or new car, beyond what is expected. I have used Marathon for ten years for all of my auto repair service..."Sara Cockrell"My wife and I both use Marathon. We have always been impressed with the sincerity of the staff, quality of service and feeling part of the Marathon family. Marathon sees the value of us... and we see the value of their service."Chip Petty"We are so glad we found Marathon Automotive! From tires to service and repairs, they have always been professional, honest and knowledgeable. We wouldn't take our Honda's anywhere else."Beth M."We always know at Marathon things will be done right and if something should be done it is so. And if something doesn't need to be done Marathon will say so. "Harry Janis"...I felt my car was treated with respect long since forgotten by my dealer. BTW the coffee is great while I wait and I like to walk to the surrounding shops and restaurants while I wait on bigger jobs. Keep it up Marathon! A+++++"James D."...I found everyone that I dealt with at Marathon to be honest, educated, and communicated well both over the phone and in person. I'm thankful that they didn't try to take advantage of me being out of state and during a time of need..."Jerel D. "I’ve been using Marathon Automotive services since 1994. If I had to sum up my relationship with them I would say, 'I can trust them.' "Keli MacIntosh

Find the right tire for your "BIG GUYon the road...

Call with questions or for pricing: 231-929-4777 

 or request a quote here.


 Our Picks:


#1 Nokian WRG2 SUV
There is a reason this is our bestselling tire--this is the safest all season tire for any vehicle that sees winter--period. Winter, our seemingly longest, most demanding season is when the WRG2 shines the brightest. The WRG2 offers excellent control and handling on all driving surfaces, wet, dry, snow-covered and clear. It's roots are traced back to a high performance winter tire designed for the high speed roads of Europe. After several revisions this tire made it to the USA as a four season tire. Don’t be fooled by its all season moniker, the WRG2's tread compound and design help it outperform almost all of the world’s best snow tires.



#2 Hankook Dynapro RH12
The RH12 is one of our top choices for SUV’s. The Nokian WRG2 is better in winter but costs more and will not last as long as the Hankook RH12. (Expect the RH12 to outlast the WRG3 by about 10,000 miles) The RH12 places 6th out of 23 tires in Consumers Reports 2013 All Season truck tire reviews and tops the ratings for winter performance and quietness. If you are not looking for the ultimate winter traction of the Nokian WRG3 this should be on your short list.





#3 Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus
This tire placed 3rd in Consumers Reports latest test, just behind 2 much more expensive Michelin tires. We give Michelin “the edge” in tread wear, outlasting the Conti LX20 by an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 miles, but the softer tread compounds of the LX20 help it perform better in winter conditions. This and the Hankook RH12 are the quietest SUV tires on the market. The 75,000 Mile T-rating or 65,000 Mile H-rating Limited Treadwear Warranty puts it near the top of all SUV tires.



#4 Hankook Dynapro RF10
If you are not familiar with Hankook, they are the 8th largest tire manufacturer in the world.  This South Korean company is following in the footsteps of Samsung and Hyundai providing great products for less money. The Hankook Optimo H727, DynaPro RF12 and DynaPro RF10 are some of the best built tires we have seen. The RF10 is our top choice in an upper midgrade All Terrain light truck tire but is slightly too aggressive tread for car based SUVs.   For SUV’s our choice would be the Hankook Dynapro RF12, Conti LX20 or Nokian WRG3.




#5 General Grabber HTS
The HTS is one of the great values in SUV tires. This tire price-wise sits solidly between tires like the Hankook RF12 and economy/house brand tires of the chain tire stores. This tire is usually only a few dollars per tire more than the house brand tires and a MUCH better value. Consumer Reports rated this tire in the upper third of ALL Season Light Truck and SUV tires beating out many name brand tires such as  Cooper, Goodyear, Firestone, and many more to earn our seal of approval as one of the best SUV tire values out there. We may lean toward the Hankook Dynapro RH12 and the Nokian WRG3, but there is a lot to like in this tire.



#6 Michelin LTX M/S2
Michelin builds some of the best tires in the world and the LTX M/S2 is no exception. If you are looking for a smooth, quiet and long lasting premium tire for your SUV you won’t be disappointed. The only downside is the winter performance is about average. This tire, like most Michelins top the ratings of most every test. It was the #1 rated all season truck tire in the latest Consumer Reports test.






#7 Michelin LTX A/T2
The A/T2 like its sister the M/S2 is a premium tire. The slightly more aggressive tread of A/T2 make it more suitable for pickups, vans and vehicles that are more likely to see some off road use.  Although we like this for pickups and vans, ¾ and 1 ton vehicles (especially the ones that tow large trailers) will be better served with a commercial duty tire like the Firestone Transforce AT. This tire, like most Michelins top the ratings of most every test. It was the #2 rated all terrain truck tire in the latest Consumer Reports test.





#8 Firestone Transforce AT
If you’re driving a ¾ or 1 ton truck or van look no further.  This is the ONLY tire we recommend for those vehicles.  We have seen oilfield trucks (you know the one with pipes for bumpers and a big vise mounted on the rear of the truck); get 80,000 miles out of a set of Transforce.  Nobody is harder on tires than those guys. This tire is exceptionally long wearing, great in the winter and quiet. This is a serious commercial duty tire at a very reasonable price.





#9 Firestone Destination A/T
Firestone is still rocking it old school with this tire design. This tire was great 15 years ago but it has simply been outclassed and out valued by many newer tires, such as the Hankook RF10. The Destination A/T is well built but there are many other good choices and no good reason to make this your first choice. Staying in the same family we prefer the more expensive Bridgestone Revo A/T 2.





#10 Bridgestone Dueler AT Revo 2
This tire sits at the top of the Bridgestone / Firestone line of light truck tires. The advanced construction of this tire makes it second to none. Dual Layer Tread (available in P-Metric sizes) helps minimize the effect of wear on wet and winter tire performance by exposing a new layer of high grip rubber as the tire wears. If this tire has an equal it would be the Michelin LTX AT2, the Michelin will last longer but the Revo has better winter traction.





#11 BF Goodrich All Terrain TA KO
It is hard to believe a tire that has been around so long can still perform nearly as well as the new designs.  This tire excels in winter and is pretty quiet considering how aggressive the tread pattern is.  BFG is part of the Michelin family and the price reflects this relationship, but so does the build quality.  The soft tread compounds that make this tire perform well in the winter, and off road, lead to shorter tire life.   Because this tire is a “cult classic” most people know that they want this tire before they talk to us.



Marathon Automotive