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: 9.43
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
May 05, 2014

Purchased these tires to replace the OE Bridgestone Turanza EL 400-2 marginally worn tires, because of their poor wet handling performance in standing water at highway speeds. In my first 2500 miles with the Continental Pure Contacts, they performed flawlessly in heavy downpours at 70 MPH, and in dry conditions are smoother and quieter-riding than the OE Bridgestones, confirming what others had reported in spite of an agressive tread pattern. Fuel economy so far appears slightly better as well based on a 2500 mile road trip for which I kept detailed records. I was also considering the Pirelli Cinturato P7 A/S Plus, but was concerned that the treadpattern didn't appear to have as significant lateral grooves to evacuate water as the Continentals. I find they are notably more responsive than the OE tires, and would recommend them to anyone who appreciates a quiet, smooth riding tire that also has a high performance capability. My performance reference is based on many years of driving BMWs with high performance tires, and while the Passat does not have the balance and suspension of a BMW, these tires make it a much better car.
I cannot comment on treadware or winter driving characteristics at this point. I have snow tires on dedicated rims, but the "shoulder" seasons give us early or late snow events that are a reality where we live, and I have interrupted a return home trip, stopping overnight at a hotel when an early Fall snowstorm of only 2" made continuing with the OE Turanzas, a hazardous undertaking. From other reviewers' comments respecting snow performance of the Continental Pure Contacts, I would likely have been able to safely continue in a moderate to light snowfall. Extremely pleased so far.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

1997 BMW 328ic
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Hermosa Beach, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
April 28, 2014

Excellent handling and traction characteristics. Going on 30,000+ miles and plenty of treadwear left. Only downside is highway road noise.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.67
 
 

2011 BMW 328i Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Penfield, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

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

I replaced the factory install bridgestone run flats with the A/S 3's about 1500 miles ago. Bridgestone's were ok but the Michilins transformed the car. Very smooth and quite with great handling. Liked them so much we put them on my wifes 2003 bmw 325iT.Great tires for both models

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

2011 BMW 335i xDrive Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Chesterfield, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
May 20, 2014

Huge improvement over factory run flats, not as glued to the road as a Pilot Sport but for the price a great performance value, comfortable in rain and surprisingly capable in snow, pulls about 70% as hard off the line as a snow tire and lets the car move around a bit but you feel like you'll never get stuck. I have not had these on a track but based on the wear showing at 15K and my aggressive driving style I think they'd hold up well. I can buy 3 sets of these or two sets, a spare and jack for the price of the garbage run flats that BMW put on at the factory.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2003 BMW 330i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
May 10, 2014

I now have 138,000 on my BMW and have gone through a few sets of tires. This car is picky on the kind of tires you put on it and these match up great. Most of the tires I have tried result in a lot of road noise and these are quiet and have stayed quiet. They take a little getting use to because the turning response is a bit slower...you get a little more roll from the side walls. For me, it was not enough to change my mind about the tire, because everything else is great. Too many tires handle really well but soon become incredibly loud. These do not, so it is a very good balance to get a quiet, very good handling tire.

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

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

1998 BMW 528i
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Oceanside, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
May 14, 2014

98 BMW 528i w/factory sport package - 16" wheels, tire: 225/55/16
Previously had the earlier version of this BFG tire on my smaller 15" wheels and they proved all-round very good. The "Comp 2's" are being removed after 2,500 miles. These tires stick like glue and have a very stiff sidewall - from a performance standpoint they're excellent - however, there ride quality is quite harsh - considerably more so that will work for daily driving and frequent roadtrips. Noise is prevalant but as the rires a basically new it's not an issue...but I bet as they wear they'd get LOUD. Conclusion: good value for a true performance tire but think hard on this tire if your car has a sport/firm suspension as you'll definitely feel every pebble you come across, just too connected to the pavment for my liking.

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

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2011 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Sport Package
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Olivette, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
May 13, 2014

Did considerable research about replacements for the OEM Bridgestone RE050 runflats which had poor treadlife, hard ride quality and concern with four season performance. Considered runflat and nonrunflat. Read very good reviews from TireRack testing and other owners and chose the RE960A/S RFT. Ride quality was a huge improvement. They don't tramline like the RE050's, and like the safety of having RFT. I'm not tracking the car but enjoy sporty driving and the handling has been great.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2010 BMW X5 xDrive35d
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Miles driven on tires: 20
Location: Freeport, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 20 Miles on Tires
April 30, 2014

These tires are absolutely awesome! I cannot comment on the treadwear, but the performance is outstanding. My X5’s inner Beemer has been released! Great steering, cornering and ride. Had to turn the radio off so I could listen to and enjoy the quiet. Don’t know why they put run flats on a performance vehicle. Feel like I have a new car. Have separate snow tires.

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

Friday, July 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

1998 BMW 540i 6-Speed
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Miles driven on tires: 16,000
Location: Dayton, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 16,000 Miles on Tires
June 08, 2014

I bought these tires Sept 2013 and have been very happy with them. I used to buy Vredesteins, but they just got too expensive for me($275 each!) These are wearing well, and I love both the wet and dry traction. Snow traction is OK, better than some others I have had, but I have to say if there is a lot of snow I park it. I love this car, but it is not a snow car. This tire is a great combination. I think the ride comfort is great, but I like a firmer ride where i can feel the road. I would highly reccommend this tire!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2010 BMW X5 xDrive35d
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Elk Grove, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
May 17, 2014

Running on run flat tires was the worst tire experience I have ever had within my 40 years of driving.The stiff sidewalks transmit noise. No more bang from pot holes and my X5 is now quiet at high speeds. I purchased one of the last discontinued X5 factory spares kits, but a tow service membership is a great all-around protection whether with or without a spare. My old run flat tires lasted for 30 thousand painful miles and the lower cost of the new non run flat tires equates to 20 thousand miles to break even. This SUV is now set up to run on the highway and is not going to see much off-road adventure that would justify stronger sidewalls. This is my summer tire and so far so good. Just completed my 500 mile trip from the Sacramento Valley to the Central Oregon Coast up the I 5 corridor. The diesel motor loved the added grip and mini vans faded away thru the mountains.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

1999 BMW M3 Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Greenville, SC
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
May 24, 2014

I bought these for the M3 and the 540. Both are manuals. I really like that tire a lot. Can't compare them to the pilots, though. I like driving my tires on low air pressure to get more traction and road feel (28 lbs front/rear). I only have good things to say about these tires, but the tread life. The rears on the M3 convertible are done. Overall, these tires are very, very good, and you can't beat the price.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2008 BMW 328i Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Saint Stephen, MN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 11, 2014

These are the best tire I have ever bought. Period! They are far superior to the Bridgestone RTFs and the --- awful Yokohama S-Drives. I felt I was driving a semi with the Yoko's. They were so loud and rode terrible. The PS2's grip in the dry and wet like nobodies business. They ride very nice and are amazingly quiet. I'll get these from now on.

Continental ExtremeContact DW vs. Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Two of the most popular Max Performance Summer tires being discussed on automotive forums lately are the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Continental ExtremeContact DW. Both options are highly rated and outstanding tires. In our survey results, the Pilot Super Sport is currently ranked first, while the ExtremeContact DW is fourth.

How do the two tires compare? The Michelin Pilot Super Sport offers better handling, steering response and more desirable dry and wet grip. Continental's ExtremeContact DW provides a slightly softer ride than the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and a slower steering response as a result.

Some BMW forum members state that the ExtremeContact DW has a softer sidewall compared to other tires in the category. This can be viewed either as a positive feature or a downside depending on what you're looking for in your tire. Softer sidewalls (and slower steering response) result in improved ride quality and less harshness from sharp impacts like rough roads or expansion joints on the highway. 

Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Continental Extreme Contact DW
Continental ExtremeContact DW


When it comes time to make a purchase, what tire is best for you? Think about your driving style and preferences for ride quality. If you want immediate response when quickly moving the steering wheel from side to side and desire the best dry and wet traction, go with the Michelin Pilot Super Sport. Are you willing to give up a little steering response for a softer ride? If so, the Continental ExtremeContact DW would be the way to go. Are you still having trouble deciding? For additional help choosing the best tire for your vehicle, visit our Tire Decision Guide.

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

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2009 BMW 335i xDrive Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: North Syracuse, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
May 24, 2014

I purchased these tires mid winter in central NY where we get a lot of snow. I was NOT happy with the OEM run flat tires that came on the car. The side walls are extra heavy and compromise the ride TOO much for my taste. These Pirelli's are a perfect fit for me. The ride quality and comfort are excellent. Wet traction and snow traction great, even in 4 plus inches of unplowed snow ; )). They handle well although not at the level of the OEM Pro_Conti's but I'm okay with that. They still hold the sharp corners I occasionally encounter and grip well from a stop when you want a HARD acceleration. The pricing here was the best I could find and tech support 5 stars. I hope they last the 70K but if I get 50k I'd be happy.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2008 BMW 535i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Boulder, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
May 30, 2014

Yes, yes, yes! Thats all that needs to be said, but I'll explain my love for these tires. I've driven ~30,000 miles on the PSS in my 535i and I absolutely love them! I purchased a 2007 335i a few weeks ago and its sitting on Hankook Ventus V12 Evo's, which don't even compare.
Due to the sport package on each car the tires can't be rotated. My first set of PSS's lasted ~15k miles in the rear. I have 15k on my 2nd set of rears and they still have at least 35% tread left. I'm at 30k on the fronts and they're down to ~20% tread but the grip is still unbelievable.
Even with the worn down fronts the Michelin PSS tires have better turn-in, stability, and both wet/dry traction than the Hankook Ventus V12s. They're also quieter and more comfortable. My 535i out-handles the 335i despite its heavier weight all because of the Super Sports.
I can't wait for these trashy Hankook's to wear down - which should be quickly due to poor tread wear - so I can put Michelin PSS tires on my 335i too! Michelin really blew the competition to pieces on this one as no other Max Performance tires have this much grip & composure.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Signature

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Signature Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.78
 
 

2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i Base Model
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Miles driven on tires: 32,000
Location: Huntsville, AL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
June 01, 2014

HUGE improvement over the OEM Michelin run-flats. With the run-flats, it was like trying to run a 100 yard dash while wearing galoshes. The Dunlops restore the ability to enjoy the spirited performance native to BMW's (yes, even a 6,000 pound X5 SAV).

Treadwear has been a pleasant surprise -- now at 32,000 miles, and have probably 10,000 more to go before prudent replacement. (The OEM Michelins were at the wear bars at 25,000 miles.) Only negative - we got some snow this winter, and they were not great in anything over an inch or two. But in northern Alabama, that is such a rare occurrence as to be insignificant. Up north, where I used to live, I'd probably swap these out in the winter for some dedicated snow tires.

Bottom line -- if you have OEM run-flats on your BMW, UPGRADE to these Dunlops, and get superior performance for less than half the price. Highly recommended!!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2003 BMW 330i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 14,000
Location: W Hartford, CT
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 14,000 Miles on Tires
May 28, 2014

Have these on my 2003 BMW 330i with 18's (staggered 225/255)

great ride. plenty of traction in the dry and even better in the rain.

very quiet and smooth on the highway.

a little noisey on cold days but once they warm up they are quiet.

i feel confident in corners with these tires even more when its wet out. rivals pilot super sports imo

price is great for the performance you get

wear seems very respectable after about 14,000

sidewalls look great and even have a curb protector for your rims.

overall im happy and i would buy again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2005 BMW 525i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Ile-Bizard, QC
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
May 03, 2014

To be a little more precise, this review is for a 525i wagon but the vehicle dynamics are much the same as the sedan.
Negative reviews about this or any other "all season" tire should be taken with a grain of salt if they've been written about their performance in winter conditions. Why tire companies just don't call their so called "all season" tires THREE season tires instead, is beyond me. "All" seasons are CLEARLY inferior in winter to purpose built winter tires which have rubber compounds that don't harden in cold weather and treads that better deal with ice and snow conditions. The minute the weather/pavement goes to freezing, your tires' adhesion factor is severely compromised to the point of danger with summer or all season tires. So whenever reviewing an all season tire, I suggest going back to comments written in the summer, spring and fall for a perhaps more balanced outlook. In the meantime, these MXM4's are beyond all expectations for quiet, smooth and safe running in the wet and dry and look like they'll last a long time because at 10,000 kms, they don't appear to have worn AT All! Highly recommended. For better longer lasting wear for ANY tire you choose, I'd strongly suggest a wheel alignement IMMEDIATELY after purchase. I find the Tire Rack tests/comparisons very helpful for gaining a true, balanced and fair professional opinion. Hopefully you'll find a Tire Rack test for a tire you are considering. Sure, they sell tires and you might think that they'd have a vested interest in writing glowing reviews for every tire they sell but if you study their tests, you'll see that that is not the case.

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

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2006 BMW 330i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Oro Valley, AZ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
May 09, 2014

I drive about 30,000 miles a year mostly on rural roads in Arizona at 70 mph or so. Over the years I have tried many tires as generally a set lasts about 9-10 months tops. I have found these tires to be an excellent value with excellent performance. They are about 2-5% less great than Michelin PS2s but of course they are far cheaper. I recommend them without question.

Kumho Ecsta PA31: All-Season Traction at a Great Price

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The Ecsta PA31 is Kumho's newest introduction to the High Performance All-Season performance category. It's also currently ranked number one in our survey results. Ecsta PA31 tires are typically at a price-point that's a little lower when compared to similar options. These tires would be a great choice for drivers of mid-level sports cars, sporty coupes and high-performance sedans, such as BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and others.

Designed to provide high performance handling in wet and dry conditions, the tire also delivers Kumho’s unparalleled combination of ride comfort, low noise and all-season traction, even in light snow.

 Kuhmo Ecsta PA31
Kuhmo Ecsta PA31
 Kuhmo Ecsta PA31
Kuhmo Ecsta PA31


Ecsta PA31 tires feature an advanced technology tread compound that blends high performance handling and all-season traction with long treadwear. Its compound is molded into a mildly directional tread design that promotes even wear, responsive steering, cornering stability and braking traction in all-season conditions. The directional tread design’s four circumferential and multiple cross grooves help expel water quickly to resist hydroplaning and improve wet weather traction.

If your drive demands a tire with a performance edge, quiet ride and all-season traction, and you're looking to get the most performance for your dollar, take a look at the Kumho Ecsta PA31!