Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.43
 
 

2012 Audi A4 2.0T quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
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Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 04, 2014

First week on the tires, they ride very well and are very quiet. Sidewalls are very soft, so the car doesn't take a set right away on off ramps, but overall grip level is good.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

2001 Audi A4 Avant 1.8T Quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 450
Location: Troy, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 450 Miles on Tires
June 21, 2014

Not many miles on them but so far, these tires are very responsive. In addition, you just don't hear them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.77
 
 

2002 Dodge Dakota Club Cab 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 14,000
Location: Eaton, OH
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 14,000 Miles on Tires
May 05, 2014

I haven't had these tires for too awfully long, and they are do for a rotation-- however, no one could tell by looking at them. They still look great, and are wearing evenly (my truck is properly aligned). We had a harsh winter in Ohio last year, and these tires handled it well on my 2wd truck. Throw some sand in the bed and get moving... these were like winter tires compared to my Goodyear Eagles that came with the truck. They are about perfect for a 4x2 truck that doesn't see much off road action, and are nice and smooth on the highway. I have hit some potholes and haven't noticed any bubbles, or anything that has effected the tires. The only thing I've noticed is that they seem to pick up a lot of fine gravel that gets stuck in the siping. Otherwise, these are great, inexpensive tires that seem like they will last for a long time.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Marinette, WI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
June 14, 2014

My Jetta Sportwagen came standard with 17" Conti ProContact tires. They were well used up by 50,000 miles. I liked the Conti tires due to good responsiveness and cornering/braking. The Contis were always quite poor in snow, but since I also have a 4x4 available, not a big issue.

The first thing I noticed with the Pirellis is the sudden quiet on the highway! It is difficult to quantify how much quieter the P7s are than those Contis, but the difference is almost shocking. The P7s are great on wet and dry roads and they still provide good feedback in corners. The P7s are obviously better in snow than my worn out tires, but better than the ProContacts ever were in snow. The P7s are NOT great in snow however, so don't think of that as a ringing endorsement. It's more of a "they don't absolutely ----." If you need snow tires, get snow tires people.

I love these P7s because of the quiet, smooth ride, great handling and feedback and somewhat improved snow performance. The P7s are just a better tire in every category in my mind. I thought the Contis were great until I got the P7s.

Trailer Tires Offered at Tire Rack

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Now is the time of year to get our campers, RVs and utility trailers out of storage and ready for summer trips. Before hitting the road, you need to look at the tires' wear and age. You'll also need to see if there are any bubbles, tread separations or cracks.

Our experience has been that when properly stored and cared for, most street tires have a useful life in service of between six to ten years. Unfortunately, no one is absolutely sure of how long tires will last because of many variables. Heavily loaded tires equipped on vehicles stored outdoors in sunny, hot climates and only driven occasionally face some of the most severe service conditions and potentially have the shortest calendar lifespan. In contrast, lightly loaded tires on vehicles parked in garages and driven daily in moderate climates experience some of the least severe service conditions and potentially have the longest lifespan.

If you need to replace tires on your camper, RV or utility trailer, take a look at the Power King Towmax STR, Goodyear Marathon Radial and Kumho Radial 857.

 Power King Towmax STR
Power King Towmax STR
 Goodyear Marathon Radial
Goodyear Marathon Radial
 Kuhmo Radial 857
Kumho Radial 857


Towmax STR tires feature a symmetric tread design with a solid center rib to provide constant rubber-to-road contact to enhance highway stability, traction and wear. The tire’s internal structure features twin steel belts (15” and 16” sizes are reinforced with a nylon cap ply that further stabilizes the tread to increase durability). The Towmax STR’s rounded profile and polyester cord body are designed to help smooth out the trailer's ride.

Marathon Radial tires feature a rounded profile to enhance ride quality and a symmetric tread design with a solid center rib to provide constant rubber-to-road contact that delivers dependable highway stability, traction and long-lasting wear. Internally, the Marathon Radial features twin steel belts (with select sizes reinforced with nylon cap plies) that stabilize the tread to increase traction and durability.

The Radial 857 features a 4-rib design to provide dependable highway stability, traction and durability. It also has twin steel belts that stabilize the tread to increase traction, while a 2-ply, polyester cord body helps even out the trailer's ride.

If your camper, RV or utility trailer is due for a tire upgrade, be sure to shop by size and compare the trailer tires available for your application.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

2012 Audi A4 2.0T quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 4,500
Location: Littleton, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,500 Miles on Tires
June 05, 2014

These are a great 3 season tire. If you live in areas of frequent and prolonged snow/ice and I would pair these with snow tires.

I was down to getting either this tire, the Continental Extremecontact DWS or the Michelin Pilot A/S 3. At the time of purchase the Michelin had a lot or reports of a harsher ride and increased noise. The Continental had reports on the audizine forum of a weak side wall and multiple members experiencing a blown side wall. The biggest complaint on the Bridgestone was poor performance in the winter.

I have a separate winter tire for use from November to April here in Colorado. However, I did not want to use a summer only tire due to our occasional late spring snow storms and the occasional summer snow storm in the mountains. I also wanted a tire that would have better tread wear then a summer only tire.

I am very happy with this tire. The steering response is very crisp. Road noise is minimal or at least not beyond a normal level the degrades from your drive. Cornering is great when I am aggressive in the corners, off/on ramps or around the roundabouts. I have never felt more connected to the road in wet weather then I do with with this tire.

I only have two bad comments on this tire.
1) yes the winter/snow/ice ability is poor to average on this tire. If you are cautious you will do fine, but coming from snow tires and using these in one of our recent spring snowstorms and I was reminded quickly that you can't be aggressive in the snow with these.
2) I get flat spots on these when I park overnight. Its less evident when the weather is above 80 degrees F. It takes about 1 mile till the tires round out again.

Overall a great tire that I would buy again. I took off a set of Pirelli P6 all seasons with only 10,000 miles on them because they were so loud and harsh. These tires are so much better.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2004 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Mill Creek, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
June 07, 2014

Overall for a performance tire at this price it is excellent with a catch. The ride characteristics are great for this category of tire in normal driving conditions, very smooth even on chewed up roads and relatively quite. Tons of traction particularly while corning, more then the Dunlop SP9090s and Goodyear F1 Asymmetrics I've had on the same car. Unlike both those this tire has very soft side walls. This is partly why the grip in the corners is so good as it holds on where the others would start to slide, however this also leads to a lot of side wall deflection - not a big deal in normal driving but if you are doing hard cornering with quick directional change it will be. In such cases there is a fair amount of 'lag' as the tires unload from one side then reload on the other - during this time car has very disconnected feel - steering wheel is turned but you aren't turning yet - depending on the severity of the situation once the tires re-engage it can unsettle the car and in extreme instances has caused the stability control on my car to engage where other tires in the same situation this didn't happen. Upping the PSI above recommended settings mitigate this some at the cost of ride/noise comfort and tread wear.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5

1996 Audi A4 2.8L
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: New Hartford, CT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
March 30, 2011

So far these are very good in all catagories. I recommend them for any sedan. They just do the job.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38
 
 

2008 Audi A4 2.0T quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Dublin, CA
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
October 18, 2011

This is my second-set of these tires, and they are outstanding for day-to-day use. But, they are pretty-good on spirited drives through winding mountain roads around the San Francisco Bay Area. I take them off in the summer, bout sometimes I only get them off in August through the end-of-October in order to wear my Michelin 19"-ers. My wet-month tires are the 18"ers. Since I rotate from 18-to-19's, I am not totally sure about the mileage, and I rotate tires religously-- but they seam to wear forever. I have tried Pirelli, Dunlop, and the Yok's. But these are by far the best tires I have ever had

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.64
 
 

2007 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Lorton, VA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
March 14, 2014

This is a good tire and have to this date had no problem with it.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2009 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 21,747
Location: Sault Ste Marie, ON
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 21,747 Miles on Tires
March 23, 2014

No question a must in winter, I have owned other makes of winter tires, admittedly different vehicle, and there no comparison. Most folks think if you have a 4 X 4 you don't need winter tires, trust me huge difference and I drive throughout Northern Ontario. Tires perform great on fresh deep and light snow and on hard pack snow and ice, on cold dry days tires are not loud and corner well and seem to wearing great so far. Put a set on my wife's vehicle she could not believe the difference.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2008 Audi A4 Avant 3.2 quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 31,000
Location: Nashua, NH
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 31,000 Miles on Tires
March 23, 2014

Great tire that just works. I only use them 7-8 months/year (have separate winter tires). They are responsive, secure in the wet, perform well in dry and have great longevity. Enough tread left after 31K miles that the "S" is still visible. Should easily go 50K+. Will get a set for our other car (MINI) now.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.18
 
 

2010 Audi A4 2.0 Quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: San Francisco, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
March 22, 2014

I use my car to visit customers about ~2 days a week, during those highway trips, I put on about ~200 miles total. The remainder, I have a short commute to the office or work from home. This is an AWD car with a 60/40 rear/front torque split so I kept a careful eye on rear tire wear. Tires were rotated every 10k. After the initial break-in and first 10k, I thought the Conti sidewalls were a little soft comparing to my Pirelli OEM's, but all in all, I determined the tire had a good all around rating.

I live in the Bay Area and when my friends don't feel like driving to Lake Tahoe, I volunteer, though my Audi can only hold 1~2 other schlorks including gear (hee hee hee)... Light/heavy snow performance is a 6~7 out of 10, but that's also due to poor ground clearance (and insufficient space in the wheel wells when they fill with snow). But hey, that's what you get with a good looking sedan with 18" wheels...

Last 10k miles, tire noise has increased slightly. I had a good experience with these and am now in the market for another set. Tire Rack will continue to see all my new tire business. Checking out Michelin PS3's, RE970AS's, and Eagle F1's. Will probably go with the PS3's to try something new and because they are relatively all in the same price range. Thank you Tire Rack.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2014 Volkswagen Jetta
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Miles driven on tires: 3,300
Location: South Bend, IN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,300 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2014

We went from a 4wd Jeep to a 2wd Jetta the day before we got our first big snowfall of the season. Blizzak WS70 tires on my Jetta took me places in snow I would go to only in my Jeep. It gave my wife a level of confidence of driving I have never seen in her before in her 15 years of winter driving. There is a lot of talk about the tire being loud, which I don't find it to be a loud tire. Regardless, if it was or gets loud, it would be the trade off of having superior traction in harsh environments. The tires handle the wet and standing water very well. The steering response is good, but not great. Another trade off for having superior traction when you need it. -you don't buy winter tires for steering response, you buy them for traction in the worst environments. Amazing tire.