Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT

Thursday, November 15, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFTReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2011 BMW 335d Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: San Francisco, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
November 09, 2012

my 2011 335d w/sports pkg shipped with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP rft summer tires, an amazing tire (my favorite rft for summer) but harsh on the ride quality in terms of impact when hitting bumps and such. it was time for new tires and i wanted an all-season tire that i could use in cold conditions (35F-60F), rain, and possibly light snow. i also needed an rft tire as my car does not have room for a spare. i got very frustrated in my search and was close to just buying non-rft tires, Continental ExtremeContact DWS to be exact, because i couldn't find any high performance all-season rfts that had a softer ride and positive reviews. the only tire i could find were the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A RFT, which i read had harsh ride quality and they were not all-season.

i hesitantly ordered these Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT tires hoping that i would not have wasted $1200. they were very new and i couldn't find any specific reviews concerning these tires on an E90 335d. boy was i pleasantly surprised when i drove away with these tires. they honestly feel/act like non-rft tires!! the ride is just perfect, not too soft, not too harsh. with the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP, every time i hit a bump, i clenched my teeth and my body would tense up because of the impact on my car...i felt like every bump was damaging my rims or suspension...i hated it.

i have driven in rain and cold ( 34F-104F wet and dry) at both city and highway speeds, and these tires have done great. i don't feel like i have compromised the awesome performance characteristics of my car, yet i get a little bit softer rft ride quality. honestly, these tires don't ride like other rfts. again, they ride like non-rft tires. i gotta hand it to Bridgestone….fantastic engineering with these tires. the only thing i have not done is drive in snow with the new tires, and i'm not sure i feel safe doing so with 425 lb of torque at the rear wheels. i highly recommend.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4DReviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2011 BMW 328i Sports Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Seattle, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
November 05, 2012

I recently traded a '10 335i xDrive for an '11 328i Touring (M-sport, 6MT), and needed a winter tire/wheel combo. I have the Dunlop Winter Sport 3Ds on a Saab 9-5 Aero wagon and have put 5k miles on them, the 3Ds are a fantastic compromise between dry handling and winter traction. I live in Seattle, where the temperatures at sea level don't really dictate the need for winter tires, but the surrounding mountainous terrain is usually snow-covered for most of the winter - having winter tires on my vehicles means I don't have to think about going to the mountains, it's also nice to have the security of having winter tires fitted in case the temps drop at home. On the Saab the 3Ds are brilliant, very good traction on cold and snow, better than my 335i xDrive with all-seasons - even on hills.

On the Saab I went down a size for the winter set (215/55/16), but for the e91 BMW I wanted to emulate my summer wheel/tire combo as much as possible as I love the feel of the RWD/sport suspension/manual combo. My M-sport has 225/40/18s F and 255/35/18s R, for the winter set I went with a square system of 18" O.Z. Ultraleggeras (ET35) and 225/40/18 WS 4Ds so I could rotate.

There is a bit less rear traction while cornering with the square 4Ds fitted as compared to the 255 width summer Bridgestone RE050 runflats, but the ride has improved and the car is still very well planted in high speed corners. These WS 4Ds are quieter than the Bridgestones (that have 9k on them), and I'm amazed at the steering feel and tracking ability of these winter tires. I know the size choice has something do to with that, but my reasoning was that I'd be on snow 4% of the time and needed a tire that was capable in the dry as well. I have not had a chance to see how these perform in the snow, it's supposed to snow in the passes this weekend so I'll endeavor to get up there to see how they do.

Overall, I'm very impressed by these tires in the dry, and they're a great combo for the O.Z's on a 328 w/ZSP.

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

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.67
 
 

2000 BMW 323i Sport Wagon
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Location: Alexandria, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
October 21, 2012

When new, the tire appeared to be just as described by the ratings, however once the miles piled up, the noise began to kick in. Very loud especially when rolling to a stop.You may have to inflate to just about max to cut down the noise. This car has the sport suspension, so it may require a more premium tire, next time.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91

2004 BMW X5 4.8is
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
October 18, 2012

This is a great tire, I'm on my 2nd set and having historically only run Michelin, I'm totally sold on these DWS. I'm a retired racing driver and drive my 4.8is very hard, regularly in the triple digits and weekly back road poundings. Its on HR sports over Bilstein HD, custom bars, 2.5 deg camber on all 4 corners, stoptech drilled cryo rotors with ebc redstuff pads, custom intake/exhaust, its faster than it should be and I don't feel that I need more tire than the DWS in stock spec. There is a still some understeer, but a large improvement over the stock setup air suspension, but of course its not as smooth. In the dry its hard to break it loose, totally solid in heavy rains, only hydroplaning when I'm really pushing it, and handles the worst tahoe snow storms no prob. They're wide spec, so its no snow tire, but I would have a snow setup if I thought I needed it, the DWS is enough. I get 25k mls out of a set, but there's a lot of tahoe/bay area trips in that. Add in the price, and I'm very happy with these tires. The ride quality and noise is on par with Michelin Latitude, but the DWS produces significantly more grip in all conditions. The only weakness is when you're in the last 10% of wear they're not as quiet/smooth as the Michelin.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Thursday, October 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4

2012 BMW 135i Coupe M Sport Package
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Location: San Francisco, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
September 27, 2012

After reading a lot of reviews I picked these tires for a couple of reasons, but being honest, one of the biggest was price. Here's a description of my driving: while I'm a fairly aggressive driver, the reality is that I live in San Francisco so going flat out just isn't possible. As a result, I wanted a tire that was grippy and could put the power down, resolved the woeful run-flat ride and got good wear.

I can't report on the treadwear since it's just too soon to tell. But what I can say is that on the first two fronts, the tires are a big success. They do have plenty and plenty of grip. It makes the car a lot more fun to drive since with the old stock tires, I never felt confident of what the rear was doing. Now, I know what the tires are doing and can predictably drive more aggressively.

They're also a lot more comfortable. Amazingly more comfortable. The car's suspension was really good at managed most road surfaces but anything that was too jarring (which is common around here) would really unsettle the ride. Driving around now, all the old expansion joints and pot holes I would have dove three lanes over to avoid don't break my spine. The car glides over them. As a bonus, these tires are amazingly quiet. So much so that driving on most freeways, you legitimately can't hear any road noise. Wind noise, yes, but not road and tire noise.

So would I prefer a tire with more response? Yes. They do have soft sidewalls and you can feel it if you start sawing at the wheel. The reality though is that I'm never really driving much any more for this to be a problem. I still get good initial steering response and good steering feel which to me is one of the most important aspects of a tire.

What this tire is a great, affordable GT tire. Not something to take to the track and, truthfully, calling it a "max performance tire" is pretty dishonest. It's just not what it's for. It's for sporty, comfortable driving. For the price, it's hard to beat.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.71

1999 BMW 323is
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Omaha, NE
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
September 17, 2010

Prior to this tire, I had Continental ContisportContacts. Those tires were getting to the wear indicators but I didn't notice any drop in performance. I had excellent, very crisp feel with those tires. I have Bilstein Sport shocks & struts and H&R Sport springs. The ContisportContacts are a very good tire for on Bilstein Sports.



Moving to the V12 K110's, it was immediately obvious that responsiveness was not as good. This gave the handling characteristics a "rubbery" feeling. Transitioning in turns really brings out this negative characteristic for this tire, in this size, on this suspension.



That said, the overall dry grip is very good. Wet grip is completely acceptable, but I definitely could feel some hydroplaning in heavy rain. They are more comfortable and much quieter than the Conti's (I don't recall how comfortable/quiet the Conti's were when new).



Due to the rubbery response I now have, I won't get these tires again. Other than that, the price was great, they have great traction, and they're comfortable and quiet.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXM4Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.83

2009 BMW 328i Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Missouri City, TX
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
September 16, 2012

I bought these tires and a set of wheels to replace the OEM run-flats. In case you did not know, due to the rigidity of the sidewall that allows them to stay 'up' even without air pressure, run-flats tend to ride noticeably firmer and are noisier than conventional tires. My car came from the factory with a firmer-than-standard suspension and I am unwilling to put up with the harsh ride and noise of the OEM tires on the daily commute. These Michelins have been great. The ride is more comfortable and the noise is significantly reduced, while retaining the best characteristics of my car's handling. Unless run-flat technology greatly improves in the next 2 - 3 years, I will definitely consider these tires when this set wears out.

Wider Tires on Your BMW 3 Series

Friday, July 27, 2012 by Gary Stanley

While moderating the BMW forums, one of the most common questions I answer is in regards to upgrading tires to a larger size. Using a wider size on the same wheel while maintaining the same overall diameter is known in the tire industry as "plus zero" sizing. This is typically done to get a larger contact patch and for an improved cosmetic appearance.

Here is a list of common plus zero sizes on two popular generations of BMW 3 Series vehicles:

E36 (most 1992-1998 BMW 318i, 325i, 328i, 330i models):

  • If you have factory 16" wheels with the Original Equipment size of 205/55R16, you can install 225/50R16 tires with no problem. This is a very common upgrade and fits the wheels well. The plus size maintains the correct overall diameter and load requirements. With this change, you'll gain about an inch in tire width.

Below are two Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 tires. The tire on the left is a 205/55R16 and the one the right is size 225/50R16. 

E46 (most 1999-2005 BMW 323i, 325i, 328i, 330i models):

  • With the Original Equipment size of 205/55R16, you can use the plus size of 225/50R16.
  • Owners with the O.E. size of 225/45R17 you can plus size to either 235/40R17 or 235/45R17. With the 235/45R17 size, it's a fit in a vast majority of cases and typically only rubs on a lowered vehicle or a car with worn suspension components.
  • For the Original Equipment size of 225/40R18, the plus size of 235/40R18 will work. This is also a case where the plus size fits in the vast majority of cases and typically only rubs on a lowered vehicle or a car with worn suspension components.

For more information on this topic, read "Plus Size Wheels and Tires."

 

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2004 BMW M3 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 18,000
Location: Dupont, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 18,000 Miles on Tires
July 17, 2012

I have own my car for 9 years and have gone thru 7 sets of summer tires while living abroad. When I moved back to the states, I decided to go with an all season tire because of the lower speed limits. I tried one from Goodyear and Bridgestone; however, neither stacked up to these Continentals. They are very quiet, soaks up bumps very well, even with the M3's firm suspension. I recommend for anyone that doesn't care about breaking speed limits and live where with four seasons.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8

2003 BMW 325i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Milton, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
July 17, 2012

I have about 300 miles on this tire on my daily driver 2003 BMW 325i sedan with stock suspension. So far I have been impressed with this tire - it was inexpensive, it has much better dry grip than I was expecting and the wet traction in corners is also surprisingly better than I expected. The tire is not a load that I notice, but it does tend to slightly follow irregularities occasionally. (Such as heavy highway wear grooves). I haven;t driven the tire yet in very heavy rain (hence the N/A rating for hydroplaning), but the tread pattern looks sufficient for proper water evacuation. I haven't tried autocrossing on this tire yet, but it was made clear to me that this tire in not intended to be a top-tier competitive autocross tire (which would be a 10 on grip for me), it is ideally suited for performance sports sedans on a regular basis allowing spirited driving with good feel and control and wear. I would say so far this tire has met those expectations.

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

Thursday, July 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2010 Mazda Mazda3 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: San Francisco, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
July 05, 2012

I replaced a NEW set of Continental DWS tires as I had the feeling that they were just a bit to soft for the suspension set-up on the Mazda3 GT which for anybody out there that dosent know Mazda -this suspension is very very firm .in 2010 it was revised to be more ameniable to regular driving yet still has its roots in a performance setup .
Given that the DWS are great tires but fro the right car/ and proabably Truck/ Minivan even better . They were all-around dry-wet-snow hence DWS so I saw that Bridgestone had a new tire the S-04 and the metamorphisis was immediatly noticeable and I cringed while waiting to hit my first road imperfection or pothole because the car is unforgiving with performance tires , alas --I hit road damage and it ate it up without a jarring hit as if I had rolled over a small grenade . My pervious experience with some Yokos that were very hard gave me to blowouts from pothole hits while relatively new ......but these S-04s have been prerforming far beyond my expectations ---gripping like a cat in panic mode and forgiving enough to let you drive in urban enviroments without constant fear of that imminent pothole from -------- that leaves you wondering how much damage that did to the bushings , alignment or tires? These hold like glue and make me pine to get out and just drive even to work ---It makes the car handle like I believe it was engineered to by the Mazda techs . Many may laugh that have thier "bmws" or audis or other cars that people just assume are the best handling cars out there , but those that know Mazda know what I talking about .
I had a chase thru a nasty set of chacanes near the ocean with a Lambo G and the guy could not shake me as he clearly forced me to yield and let him pass as I did --but he never got away from me til we hit the straights where the extra 450hp made the diffirence ,,,but in the twistys he was sweating bullets in amazment or shock ? great tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Friday, June 22, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88

2008 BMW 335xi Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Bethesda, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
June 11, 2012

Astounding tire. My car has a modified suspension (m3 suspension arms and bushings, kwv3 coilovers), so my car has none of the standard runflat slop that's built into the stock subframe and control arm bushings. Because of this my car is much more sensitive to tire changes than a standard 335. I got these tires put on and was immediately amazed at how they rode compared to the PS2s (still great tires) I had on it before. The ride was smoother, and bumps made less noise. I have since done 3 autocrosses and two track days along with 8,000 of the hardest street miles you could imagine and the tires have few signs of wear. Very impressive. I used to blow through a set of PS2s every summer (lots of long distance driving + autocrossing), and I think that these might have the treadwear to finally extend my tire usage into the next year. If I were to increase my amount of HDPE I would probably have gotten direzza z1 star specs, but given that I often place among people with this tire (extreme performance), I believe that the performance of this tires is closer to an extreme than a max performance tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, June 22, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.56

2002 BMW 530i Sedan Sport Pkg
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Seattle, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
June 04, 2012

Excellent tire! Greatest bang for the buck I've seen for this class tire. I have not driven them for over one year so the jury is still out on wear. So far, all three letters still show (DWS). That being said please consider my vehicle has negative camber on the rear which means the inner edges should wear before the rest of the tire.

I also appreciate the quiet ride these tires offer. My BMW has the Sport Package which means a stiff suspension. Therefore road noise and bumps take on new meaning. These tires made road noise noticeably less apparent. They also smoothed out the ride overall. I recommend DWS to everyone I know.

My Experience with H&R Coil-Overs

Thursday, June 21, 2012 by Gary Stanley

There are many ways to upgrade your vehicle's suspension. You can simply replace the existing shocks (or struts) and springs to lower your vehicle. Sway bars (sometimes called anti-roll bars) can also improve handling and reduce body roll. However, many enthusiasts feel that the pinnacle of complete suspension upgrades is to install a set of coil-overs

What is a coil-over? While many think that a coil-over is simply a shock and spring put together, there's more to it than that. A typical coil-over set-up, such as the H&R Street-Performance Coil-Over (pictured above), is specifically tuned and designed for each vehicle application. It features a threaded body so the spring perch can be adjusted up or down to change the vehicle's ride height. This kit uses progressive rate springs that assure an acceptable ride on the street while dramatically improving handling, reducing body roll and brake dive. For more information take a look at "A Look at Lowering."

For all their benefits, one would think they would be much more common. However, two main stumbling blocks come between most enthusiasts and coil-overs. The first is price. Coil-overs are more expensive than simply replacing the springs on a vehicle. The second hesitation many have is a concern about ride stiffness.

I personally used an H&R coil-over kit on my E36 BMW M3 for the last seven years I owned the car. The increase in handling and cosmetic appearance was quite dramatic. Myself and others who drove the car found that the ride wasn't as stiff as expected from a coil-over kit. In fact, the ride was comparable to a standard performance shock and lowering spring set-up. 

Shop by vehicle to see which suspension options work best for your vehicle.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2006 BMW Z4 3.0i Roadster
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Elmhurst, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
June 01, 2012

Having gone through three sets of tires, the original run flats, and two sets of Goodyear Eagle f1 all seasons, the Continental DWS have been the best all-season tires for my z4!

I average about 20k miles a year and am finally looking forward to putting those miles on these tires. The Goodyear’s were great, handled well, in dry, rain and snow, but the road noise was unbearable. With the Continentals, you can actually hold a conversation, while driving, top up or top down! Having the sport package on my Z4, I figured I was destined to live with a harsh suspension, with the Contis my Z4 rides so smooth, so quiet I am now hearing the audio capacity of my stereo! However the smoother, softer ride has made me slowdown in turns and curves that I have taken at speed with the other tires.

I have driven through four days of torrential downpours in the Midwest on two different occasions since the tires were installed and the performance was absolutely flawless, as if driving on a dry road.


I have not driven the Continentals in the snow, yet, as I just had them installed this spring, but the reviews here are placing these tires higher than the Goodyear F1s and they were pretty impressive, so I look forward to winter driving and will report on their performance then.

I will definitely buy again and highly recommend these tires. I had done research on these tires for some time and was even more convinced when the tire dealer showed me that he had them installed on his own BMW, reassuring to say the least, and he has been pleased with their performance and has purchased several sets.

 

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A RFT

Thursday, May 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE050A RFTReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.38

2008 BMW 335i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Arlington, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
May 06, 2012

Tell you what, I'm actually impressed by the wear life. I actually achieved 40,000 miles on this tire. My driving style is just like most BMW drivers, which is, well, Bavarian way. Anyway, let's talk about the tire. The traction is not bad, but so-so when it's wet. It's about average. However, the corning is fantastic because it's run-flat. The sidewall is much thicker than the conventional tires, so it has much better cornering. And this is the only good about this tire.
Cons? Well, a lot. First, the ride is so harsh! I felt like I was driving a M race car with rock suspension. The noise is also just unbelievably awful. The wear life is also pretty short even though mine actually last for 40,000 miles.
I don't really recommend this tire. If you want a good run-flat tire, just go for Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP. It has much better life spend, better ride quality, better traction, and lower noise level. And yet it is just a little bit more expensive than this one. Just don't get that BMW OE version which is like 400 bucks more. If you want a conventional high performance tire, I recommend Michelin PS2 or Continental DW. If you would like better wear life, go get the all-season performance tire - Continental DWS, which is the one i'm using right now. I will write a review about the tire later and you guys can check it out if you are interested.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

Friday, May 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86
 
 

2000 Mercedes-Benz C230 Special Edition
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Houston, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
May 08, 2012

Very good tire for the value. I used them as go-flat replacement in my BMW with sport suspension and 18" wheels and the ride was much better in terms of comfort and noise with almost no difference in handling to the original run-flats. I am using them in my MB and just bought 2 extra ones to replace front tires (rear one have 3000 miles) which are the previous General model but with 30k in them.

I recommend highly this tire. However, I must say that the General tire model they replaced (Exclaim UHP) somehow felt they had better handling. Pity General discontinued it.

 

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

Friday, May 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6

2003 BMW X5 3.0i
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Miles driven on tires: 20
Location: Folsom, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20 Miles on Tires
March 31, 2010

Just put these on my 2003 X5 3.0 Sport this morning. Took them out for adrive to get a feel for them having come off of Michelin Latitude Tour HPs. I ran the Latitude's for 42k miles which is high for this tire on the X5 (negative camber kills inside treads).



While early, the difference between the Latitude and Envigor is, the Michelin has a slightly softer sidewall giving a more supple ride whole the Envigor has a slightly stiffer feel. Turning is super easy on the Envigor and you can easily feel the tread set in a full turn while accelerating.



On bumps, again the Envigos is slightly more stout while the Latitudes has a little more cushion. Having the Sport suspension on the X5 I am okay with this difference as it does not make the ride uncomfortable or harsh.



Braking grip feel good, very similar the Latitudes. Acceleration felt normal, good grip and no squealing or slippage.



I bought the Envigor base upon what I was reading online about the tire and it abilities. For $100 less per tire than the Latitude's I believe Yokohama is delivering high value to the market with the Envigor.



Being a business person, one can assume that 30% the cost of a product is advertising expense. So with the Latitude costing around $260 per tire for my car, that means $75 per tire can be advertising which means the value proposition difference between the Latitudes and Envigors is pretty close.



Overall, with such a short ownership experience to date, I am happy with my initial impression and will report back over time. If I get another 42k miles from these Envigors I will consider my choice fabulous as I saved over $300 choosing the Yokohama Envigors over the Michelin Latitude Tour HPs.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy MXV4 S8

Monday, April 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Energy MXV4 S8Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.09

2003 Honda Accord Sedan EX V6
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Miles driven on tires: 44,790
Location: Sterling, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 44,790 Miles on Tires
April 13, 2012

Had them on my new 2003 Honda Accord EX V6. They performed well for the most part, with the exception of deep snow. The car handling is fine but the tires do not like hard cornering, they start to loose grip way before the car suspension gives in. These tires are also very quiet, unlike my last set of Dunlop on my old '93 Maxima. Granted, this car is no BMW but its handling is the best among the Japanese contemporary comparable mid size cars. Even some unsuspected underpowered bimmers and audi's will smell my exhaust in a hurry in a straight line start or on highway. I was fairly unlucky with this set as I lost two before their due dates. I lost one tire due to the ----ed pot hole on VA street that take out the tire sidewall at 4K. I had to replace a pair ($300) in 2004 to get matching traction at the front end. I lost another at 44K because some idiot dropped a large 2.5" bolt on the road and it went into my side wall, puncturing a big hole. The guy replaces my tire found the bolt inside the tire as I did not know why the tire blew out at 45mph. I think I will probably get another 5K out of this set before I had to replace it for the next winter. For V rate tires, they are not bad in terms of wear but I will probably replace them with the newer Primacy H rate. Some other reviewers actually got better than 50K mileage with these tires, I assume they only got the H rate tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Thursday, April 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7

1993 Nissan 240SX
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Raleigh, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
April 02, 2012

I have a 93 s13 hatch, with coilovers and all the suspension goodies, these tires were put on my car with 17x9 +25 wheels. I have to say I am very impressed for the price these tires are almost bald now because of back road fun after 30k miles, and they still perform very well, still hydroplane resistance is good and traction is still superb, now that being said these tires could have lasted a lot longer but because of alignment issues -1.5F/ 2.5R, they do have inner wear and a busted belt because of crappy NC roads and stiff suspension, but if anyone asked me a cheap good performing tire these would be it, road noise did become an issue after 15k but I dont drive a benz or a bmw so i could care less. The car has been on the track at VIR and they handled beyond my expectations for this price range, If your looking at this tire I'd say go for it, if you plan on driving these hard in corners in rain dont push it, but in a straight line going 80mph on the hwy in the rain theyre fine, HAPPY SHOPPING