Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.3
 
 

2010 Jeep Compass
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Slinger, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 27, 2013

SO I live in Wisconsin and I self admit I am a terrible winter driver in my own opinion. The problem is that I have a 55 mile drive one way to work each day so 110 mile trek. In the past Ive gone no snow tires and its been scary many nights on the drive hom.

Now I have a Jeep Compass with 4WD and with the stock tires last year they didn't do too bad, but there was still some scary days. So this season I decided to grab a pair of these Altimax Arctics after much research on here and online in general.

COULD NOT GO WRONG with a purchase of these tires. First, things I were afraid of is the talk of control on dry pavement, road noise because they are snow tires, cornering etc. Now I wouldn't say im a tire enthusiast, and I am not super picky, but these tires are great here. Noise was quieter than the stock all season by FAR, and control and cornering were better as well which suprises me for a snow tire.

Now to control. Its snowed where i am about 18 days of the 27 so far in December. These things are beasts! We've had some light super slippery powder snow and these did not miss. Sure there a few times was a little slip from a stand still, but its remarkable how they dig through. I put them through the paces, pushing hard, sharp turning in 3-4 inches and light powder etc, very good extreme traction. We had some ice days, shockingly though I drove conservative, no issues. So the other night, we had more slipper powder, I found the sharpest grade hill in our city...pretty steep, decided to try it, about a quarter mile stretch...NO ISSUES! Couldn't believe it.

All the above all our other vehicles struggle big time with and tires spin. But not these. At my kids school, parents were getting stuck in parking, not these.

If you have a 4WD vehicle, matched with these, its a snow bobcat now. WIth my conservative driving and these, I feel a lot less stressed.

Purchase from tire rack was smooth and great and got free install based on deal!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

1999 Audi A4 1.8T
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Auburn, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
February 01, 2014

Great tires, had these on my A4 with upgraded turbo and brakes. With everything working together these tires held up fine. They are still going strong. Their wear rate is unbelievable. I drove these tires year round in new england. I had a choice of buying winters or just saying screw it, so I just used these in the winters also. They were not the best in heavy snow, but I did manage through 3 inches of snow fine. During highway snow storms and city. **Also just because I said I drove it in snow does not mean you should.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.09
 
 

2010 Honda Accord Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: North Plainfield, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 18, 2013

The winters in Jersey are hit or miss. And usually I have to commute to work before the plows are out.

These tires have completely removed all anxiety from driving in the snow. A lot of the time I gotta check myself from driving too fast because these tires make you feel invincible. The difference between the Generals and my "all season" tires is night and day.

Nothing better than passing a 4wd SUV or truck spinning their tires, going nowhere.
The only issue I noticed is a lot of road noise when its dry out. But for the few months out of the year they are on the car its really a non-issue.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 2
 
 

2013 Honda Accord Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
January 21, 2014

Owned the WS60 on a honda accord 2000 and I felt like I was driving a 4X4. I would drive the accord over the suv I owned. Now I have upgraded to a Honda accord 2013 and the WS70 tire is horrible. One of biggest mistakes I have made. This tire is useless in light snow or snow in general. I am an average driver and care more about getting to my destination safely then speeding and wiping out. However this tire leaves me feeling like my car is ice skating on light snow. Drove it in deep snow and thought I would need a tow truck to get up a small hill. All the great things you have heard about Blizzak have gone out the window with these new tires. DO NOT BUY or even think twice about buying these tires unless you want to total your car. Then by all means buy them and start car shopping. I bought these tires for this season and am ready to throw them out.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.45
 
 

2007 Volkswagen Passat Wagon 2.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Rego Park, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
December 17, 2013

Bought those to replace factory's Continental's.
Pros: about $100 of savings for a 4-set, good ride quality, noise is acceptable, good handling and responsiveness.
Cons: terrible on light slow or ice relative to competitors, wears off quickly (30K miles for me, though I'm a spirited driver).
After those I bought a set of Michelin Primacy MXV4 which was $150 more but with snow / ice performance dramatically improved and lasted 45K miles instead of 30K - the Micheline turned to be cheaper per mile plus additional winter safety.
Now I ordered Pirelli Cinturato P7 - will see if those are any better.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2002 Audi A4 3.0 Quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Marysville, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2014

Excellent winter tire. Provides great confidence while driving in poor winter conditions. They have great response and low road noise. I cannot comment on the wear yet because I've only drive a few thousand miles on them. Will definitely buy another set.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

2011 Audi A4 2.0T quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Woodbridge, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
February 06, 2014

I've had these tires for a bit over 15K miles and am nothing but pleased with them. They do everything I expected them to do, and do it very well. The biggest surprise/bonus has been the wet weather performance. I drove them through so VERY heavy rain storms over the summer, and I never once hydroplaned or felt unstable. And the grip in the wet was great. In the dry they also perform very well. I save the aggressive driving for the track (dedicated track car), but "having fun" on some on/off ramps and some back roads really shows how well these tires grip in the dry. The only downside I've had was that they were pretty loud when new. Louder than I expected, but quieted down after about 1K miles. They're still slightly on the loud side, but nothing extreme or bothersome. Overall, a great tire for the price and would definitely recommend and buy again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.18
 
 

2011 Audi A4 2.0T quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Ferndale, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 02, 2014

The Continental PureContact replaced the OEM Pirelli P6 4Seasons. The Pirellis were very much at the end of their useful life as the first snow of the season demonstrated. I have had Continental ProContacts in the past and liked them. My first significant trip with them was a week after I got them on a 400 mile round trip with mostly highway miles. The good: The PureContacts are good in the snow and wet. Handling is good and the ride is better than the Pirellis. The not so good: They are fairly noisy around town and the noise increases significantly at freeway speeds. At 80mph+ there is a vibration and a howl. The vibration and howl get worse as speed increases. I have had the tires rebalanced since and it has not improved the noise, vibration or howl. Maybe an alignment will improve all three of these issues, but there was no vibration or howling with the Pirellis just prior to their replacement. Maybe the road noise, vibration and howling will get better as the ambient temperature increases, but I am doubtful.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2
 
 

2011 Audi A4 2.0T quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Avon Lake, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
February 05, 2014

Have been a Tire Rack customer for almost 20 years. Have purchased about 200 tires in that time! These P Zero Nero's are the first Pirellis....don't know why. I drive fast and I don't care much about tire wear because I buy speed rated tires and change them out by 30,000 miles. Live in Ohio so I buy High-Performance All Season tires. This winter has delivered approximately 5' of snow and it's only February!! Had to write a review...these tires are simply the best tires I have owned for snow and wet!! Can say for sure they beat Pole Positions(and they are properly rated higher)in bad weather. I have them at 7 or better in snow/wet. I am confident you would find them dead quiet and smooth at....let's just say around twice the legal limit. Can't wait to put them on '13 Tiguan AWD and '11 328ix!! Thanks Tire Rack! I'll be back!!!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.18
 
 

2005 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Allegan, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 11, 2014

Since I have put these tires on the weather in Michigan has been BRUTAL . extreme cold , deep snow , ice .. everything you can think of . Now back to wet right around freezy temp . I am blown away by the performance of these tires & I have had them on various vehicles for 10 + years . Maybe 4 + sets on trucks , SUV's etc . Yes the Audi has AWD but it is not true AWD it is Torsen . Anyway I have a slight slope on my drive maybe 20* . Tonight I stop on the max slope on a frozen patch Complete ice ) to see what happens driving up hill . Zip ... no problem right into the garage .. not even traction control comes on . Then early this week we get 18 " in 2 days . Plow guy truck breaks , I back right out turn around & gone , no lie . Get em they are worth every penny & fairly quiet also . I am an engineer in auto for 30 years & completely without bias .
TXS G

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler AT/S

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler AT/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.6
 
 

2007 Dodge Ram 2500 MegaCab 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Port Saint Lucie, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
January 04, 2014

Good looking tire when new but on a 4x4 they wear very fast on dry pavement. At 22000
they are gone, unsafe to use. I have gone thru 2 sets worth of stump pulling and off roading with these but it's time to step up to a better quality tire.
On wet pavement I can overpower them easily and with ABS in use they keep your attention glued to the windshield. Don't even attempt to stop short with these!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Caribou, ME
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
January 31, 2014

After going off the road twice this winter, I decided to ditch the all season tires in favor of dedicated winter tires. I purchased the recommended wheel/tire package from Tire Rack and couldn't be more pleased. The difference in braking, handling, acceleration and traction was immediately noticeable and dramatic. We have severe winters herein Northern Maine and the roads often remain icy or with hard packed snow for weeks. Temperatures can reach -40F. Do yourself a favor. All season tires don't work in Northern climates even if you have a 4 wheel drive or all wheel drive vehicle. Service from Tire Rack was 1st rate. The wheels arrived in 3 days all mounted and balanced. I couldn't be more pleased.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.1
 
 

2011 Audi A4 2.0T quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Andover NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
January 31, 2014

The noise level of these tires is not much higher than the Pirelli's I have for the summer. I can feel a slight differance in stability but the ride is not bad at all. Get into the nasty stuff and they are simply amazing on the Audi. I have a Nissan Titan 4x4 with new Firestone destination tires also. The Audi with the Blizzaks puts it to shame in the snow and ice. Great winter tires!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

1998 Ford Mustang GT
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Flint, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
January 15, 2014

Best money I ever spent. I used to have to park my mustang (v8 stick shift posi rwd) in the winters and bum rides. I literally feel more secure in snow in my mustang with these tires than in my girlfriends 4x4 envoy with all seasons. I live in michigan winters are brutal. When there is a good amount of snow I feel confident driving aggressively. The best part is braking, no more sliding in the snow when trying to stop. I didn't add weight to my at either cuz I heard it could make a spin out worse. Never ever buying any other winter tire paying more for michelin is worth it. I honestly look forward to snow now, and enjoy the crazy looks I get when people see me driving like its summer, they have no idea I'm in complete control. Love them love them love them. I couldn't imagine how it woul feel to have these on a 4x4 wow that's be something. Thank you michelin for making me able to enjoy my mustang year round

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HPReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.29

2009 Honda Accord Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,100
Location: Philipsburg, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,100 Miles on Tires
November 14, 2011

Last month (October) I ordered 4 GENERAL ALTIMAX HP tires for our 2009 Accord. These are the first tires I have ordered from Tire Rack that I am disappointed with. Every morning when I get in my car to go to work, the tires rumble and ride rough for the first 5-7 miles (asphalt highway driving at 55-60mph). Eventually, the bad rumble goes away, but even after that they still don't seem to ride smooth. I had a 4-weel alignment done when the tires were mounted, at the shop we use. The rough ride was noticeable from the beginning. I checked air pressure, and it was exactly what was spec'd on the tires. Tried a different PSI– using the specs recommended on the car – made no difference. At 300 miles nothing had changed, so I had them re-balanced. No change. I found some info on TR's site about tires having a break-in period up to 1000 miles, so decided to let it go for awhile longer and see if they smoothed out. It's now been around 1100 miles, and no change. It feels like the tires get a flat spot when sitting overnight, especially if it's cold, and even worse if we go away for a weekend in our other vehicle and the Accord sits for 2 days in the garage. Monday when I get back in the Accord and head out for the first time, the ride is horrible. So noisy and rumbley it sounds like the air turbulence you get when a rear window is open. Lousy tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.67
 
 

2004 Jeep Liberty Sport 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 66,000
Location: Swanton, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 66,000 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2014

I drive a 4 inch lifted Jeep Liberty with aftermarket bumpers etc, so lots of extra weight. The Duratracs have been an excellent all around tire. They are fantastic in snow, do everything well except deep mud, but then they are not a mud tire. Wear has been great, installed at 129,000 miles now have 195,000 miles. As long as you keep the air pressure checked and rotated every 4,000 miles they wear really well. I would and do recommend these to everyone.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Snowcontrol Serie 3

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Snowcontrol Serie 3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2012 Fiat 500
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 25, 2014

have a 2012 fiat sport equipped it with this tire now. Really impressed with the tires. Pittsburgh driving and its been below freezing with a few inches and have had total satisfaction.
Grew up in NY and have never had a 4x4 for snow, all you need is good tires.
Spend the $$ and make yourself safe.
Additional note: all I see here is Subaru's in ditches with all-season tires on them.
The tires make the car!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LEReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88

2002 Ford Escape 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 13,000
Location: Baltimore, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 13,000 Miles on Tires
June 20, 2010

I bought this tire to replace the OEM Generals which rotted out after 6 years. I cannot say enough positive things about this tire. They hold the road really well in dry and wet weather. They are quiet and smooth riding. This past winter, we had over 52 inches of snow within a week. Once the roads were somewhat plowed down to about 6 inches, I ventured out and never once did I get stuck or lost traction. My front wheel drive Escape drove like a 4X4. These tires hold air really well and after 13,000 miles of driving, still look new without much wear. If you own a Ford Escape, you cannot go wrong with this tire. I know I will easily get 50,000 miles out of them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx A1-A A/S

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Maxx A1-A A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.64
 
 

2013 Infiniti G37x Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 9,000
Location: Wayne, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 9,000 Miles on Tires
November 28, 2013

I personally not just like, I love these tires. These are OEM (SP Sport Maxx A1-A A/S) on my G37 and I had ridden them in dry, wet, snow and ice. They grip really well in all conditions, not to say dry and snow traction are the same, of course, can't be. Consider this, one time my wife made it up a hill road covered in snow where 3 other vehicles in front of her couldn't, one of which was a 4x4 SUV spinning front and rear not being able to move forward. These tires are quiet and phenomenal at cornering. Hydroplaned only once at 70mph on a highway going over a strip of running water, but which tire wouldn't in such condition? I do rotate them regularly and check pressure at least once a month, or sooner if outside temperature changes noticeably.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.86
 
 

2002 Mercedes-Benz ML320
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Newton Center, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
January 07, 2014

While this is certainly a very early review, these tires have transformed my ML320. I have had Toyo Proxes tires on for about 63000 miles any while they were always comfortable and decent in dry conditions, they were poor in wet weather and simply lousy in snow. They do have an all season rating, but looking at the tread design should have pushed me to buy something else at the time. Well, I saved about $25 each tire at the time vs the Continental 4x4 tires that served my family well for 55000 miles. Unlike so many others, my experience with the Continentals was outstanding. I figured that I would wait until the Toyos to wear out and then change them. They won't wear out. My patience finally did.

I bought the Bridgestone Alenzas from the tire rack and had them mounted and road force balanced by a reputable family owned tire business here in Massachusetts. I also had them do a 4 wheel alignment. All I can say at this point is that I am amazed. The ride is supple and yet still firm, but never harsh. The ML tracks straight and true and the handling is supurb. I haven't heard a sound from the ABS system and they don't make a sound in tight, fast corners. Literally, it is like driving a new car. My family has owned this car since new and it has never driven quite like this. I'm estatic. I have about 127,800 miles on the ML320.

I'll report back after the winter when I have experienced more miles, road, and weather conditions.