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 .
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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2
 
 

2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Ballston Spa, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
December 29, 2013

Wanted to wait a little to review these, so far, about 1,500 miles on them. Love them. Was running the Conti DWS's. I really wanna say these have a stiffer sidewall, they corner A LOT better, and the ride is a lot quieter. Plowed down a 4ft snowbank during the last snowstorm NY saw, helped get a Hyundia out of that snowbank. Had no problem driving in a foot-foot and half of snow. Awesome tire. Looking forward to trying them out during AutoX this summer.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73
 
 

2007 Chrysler Pacifica
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: West Des Moines, IA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
December 10, 2013

I have this tire on all family vehicles and three vehicles of my adult children on wheels using from December through March in Iowa. Your surveys indicate it is either tied for superior to any and all other winter tires you sell and I would strongly agree with those surveys. I have used this tire for so many years the it used to be named Winterfire. I have referred this tire to many others, to many to cound after allowing them to drive my car when I have them mounted. Every single one of them eventually purchase this tire for their autos. My wife's 1999 Dodge Intrepid FWD has them and it surpasses performance of most 4WD vehoicles under any winter condition it Iowa. Anyone and everyone who lives in a area with winter conditions should consider this tire or at a minimum another winter tire from your seletion.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2
 
 

2007 Lexus LS460
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Miles driven on tires: 150
Location: Austin, TX
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 150 Miles on Tires
January 16, 2014

Just installed these yesterday so this is an initial review. I'm recently retired from the tire and auto service business so you can bet I'm pretty picky about tires. These Primacy MXM4's replaced a set of HX MXM4's that had given good service. I found a great installer through Tire Rack that had a Hunter road force balancer and a clean, modern shop. The new tires all had the same manufacturing date of the 49th week of 2013 from a US plant. Fresh tires indeed!

I was pleasantly surprised by how well these tires balanced out. Road force variation was extremely low. One of them took no balance weight at all, the others only needed minimal weight ( 15, 25 and 35 grams total). This speaks well of the tire quality and the quality of the original equipment Lexus wheels.

The new tires drove perfectly. Absolutely zero vibration, shimmy or directional pulling. That is real important to me. I was the go-to guy for ride and alignment complaints at work. Sure glad I don't have to deal with it on these tires. I replace my own tires at about 5/32" so the old HX MXM4's were in their dry road handling prime. The new Primacy's at full tread depth don't feel quite as grippy or responsive but they are so quiet on textured surfaces and so smooth over surface imperfections that the trade-off is well worth it. I'm sure grip and responsiveness will improve with a bit of wear and scrubbing in. Overall this is an outstanding tire for this car.

 

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

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.83
 
 

2008 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
November 14, 2013

Tires were purchased to maintain the handling potential of the car. The tires are not smooth, that said, the suspension of the car contributes to the roughness of the ride. I am perfectly satisfied with the ride and expect such a ride with the car and the superior handling tires. I purchased the tires after they were discounted after a newer model was introduced. I did not need state of the art performance tires and the discounted price allowed me to purchase what I consider a high end performance tire. I would buy these tires again (for the discounted price). I no longer autocross but expect my car to be auto cross capable and these Bridgestone's provide the capability.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2
 
 

2001 Lexus GS430
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
April 16, 2013

These tires will make you think you bought a new car! Difficult to compare to other tires...these tires are in a class all by themselves! They are so quiet as to be almost unbelievable! You will hear your cell phone now easily even at highway speeds. It has very good ratings too for dry AND wet traction. No...it is not a serious competitor for auto-cross competition as the sidewalls are not that stiff, but the ride is ever so sweet, and low rolling friction to boot! Yes it is definitely stable at highway speeds, requiring almost no steering corrections..it knows how to go down the road effortlessly!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

1995 Chevrolet Corvette
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Suwanee, GA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 14, 2013

Review is for front (255/45ZR17 Continental ExtremeContact DW) and rear (285/40ZR17 Continental ExtremeContact DW) This is one of those cases where I immediately noticed a huge difference in ride, sound, responsiveness.... everything. Granted, the tires I had on the car before were passed their prime and weren't that great to begin with, but it felt like I was driving a brand new car. They are considerably quieter. I've only driven once or twice in rainy conditions, since having them installed, but it seemed to me that these tires are very good in the water. Cornering is like being on rails. Steering is much more responsive, and the wheel is much lighter in my hands. They don't look bad either.
TireRack - I ordered the tires on Monday and they were delivered to the shop on Tuesday. No issues whatsoever. I think that could be because there may be a distribution center south of Atlanta. The shop (Wayne's Auto) I go to has done business with Tirerack before and they were surprised how quickly they arrived too.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2

Thursday, May 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.67
 
 

2007 Saturn Ion Redline
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Miles driven on tires: 18,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 18,000 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2013

I've had the BF's on my ION Redline for about 5 yeas now. They handle my FWD cars 250hp 240 ft-lb pretty easily. The tires are not dry rotting and have only given up a little bit of dry traction off the line over the years. Just took them Auto crossing last weekend and the tires still have a ton of grip and handle the abuse. Great tire!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.09
 
 

2007 Ford Crown Victoria
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Bryson City, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 07, 2013

I have always prefered a Michelin tire, and have had great service from them over the years. The prices are high, and I have wondered if part of that is paying for the name? A few years ago, we purchased a new truck with General tires on it, and the tires performed flawlessly. In fact those 11 year-old Generals were are currently on a farm trailer, and show no signs of dry rot, or other problems. After much thought, I decided to give these Generals a try. These tires are very quiet and smooth. They have great resistance to hydroplaning, which is a feature that I like a lot. The tires are not great in the snow, but than a V-8 powered RWD car is not so great in the snow either. I have a designated AWD winter vehicle, so winter traction does not matter to me. We live in the mountains with lots of winding roads, and tires get punished around here. I have the car set up with a stiff aftermarket suspension, so it rides harsh and corners like a sports car. The car no longer handles like a traditional Crown Victoria. Infact this car has seen an AutoCross track more then once... The OE tires where very soft and the car had a tendency to oversteer with them on it. These tires take the curves very well. So far they have passed the test. I plan to purchase three more sets, one for my wife's Crown Vic, and two sets for our two vintage Pontiac Trans AM show cars. For the price, nothing else compares. General seems to have hit the mark!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force R1

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force R1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2
 
 

2003 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: West Sacramento, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
April 23, 2013

From being sideways all last year on Toyo Proxes 888, I took Top Time of the Day my first event this season on these tires. They make a world of difference in auto-x.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza ZII Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

1993 Chevrolet Corvette
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Miles driven on tires: 250
Location: Shelocta, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 250 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2013

I just got back today from using these for auto-x on my 93 Corvette with Z07 suspension and aggressive alignment. These tires just plain work, even on a heavy car in cold/wet/dry conditions. It was actually snowing and later got up around 45 or a little less. I kept pace (within a couple tenths or so) with near FTD C5Z06 (Hoosiers, not good at all in those conditions). I was impressed, dry grip is excellent. Breaks away predictably and smoothly. Tires do perform in cold/wet/dry conditions, with due caution exercised.

Quick warm up on tires, only 3 runs and they were warm. Grip got better as I went.

Excellent tire and works well on my Corvette.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6
 
 

1985 Porsche 944
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Stamford, CT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
April 06, 2013

I have a 85.5 Porsche 944 NA and have only had these tires on for a few hundred miles and so far...WOW, they feel planted in the turns, keep in mind I have not broken them in yet and it has not been above 50 degrees so I have not pushed them really hard yet but Auto Cross next weekend, will up date them

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2006 Mazda MazdaSpeed6
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
January 27, 2013

Switched from a high performance summer tire, to the DWS and almost could not tell the difference in the dry, the grip is that good! So far, they have been through an inch accumulation of snow, and displayed excellent grip in that condition as well. The grip in light snow only broke loose when I intentionally did so to test the limits. You really can not realistically push the limit if these tires on the street, would be curious how they fare on track/auto-x, but I won't be doing that with these. An excellent tire for the road, and really the best you can get, short of specific application tires (snow/ice, or comp/race tires). The hype is real, get them, you won't be disappointed!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4 ZP

Thursday, January 31, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXM4 ZPReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2008 BMW 328xi Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Denver, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
January 04, 2013

Just got these on my 2008 328xi to replace the stock Continentals. Honestly wish I would have done this sooner. The Conti's are very hard and rough in comparison. Since the car has sport suspension I know I'll still feel every bump in the road, but at least now on the big potholes jar your teeth lose. And as anyone in Denver will attest there are plenty of potholes to test this out on. The ride is also a lot quieter now as well. I'll update again once I get more miles on it, but for now they seem great. Hats off to Southeast Auto for the great install job!

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

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero All SeasonReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62

2001 BMW 325i Sport Package
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Miles driven on tires: 47,000
Location: Santa Clara, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 47,000 Miles on Tires
January 20, 2013

I originally tried the P Zero because of a Tire Rack special and a significant price differential to the comparable Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 A/S. These are great tires! Very quiet with a comfortable ride and (in my opinion) better than average dry grip. I even took these to a car control clinic and one auto-cross event and they managed pretty well. These are definitely worth a try if you're looking for a high-performance all-season tire with good wear characteristics.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Thursday, January 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.82
 
 

2000 Chrysler Cirrus
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Miles driven on tires: 55,000
Location: Solon, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 55,000 Miles on Tires
December 26, 2012

By far the Best set of tires I have owned. Both sets of four tires have excellent wear, great handling on dry, wet and snowy roads. I feel completely safe driving in any weather conditions with these tires on my autos

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour

Thursday, January 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Latitude TourReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.36

2012 GMC Terrain
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Miles driven on tires: 13,000
Location: Janesville, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 13,000 Miles on Tires
December 27, 2012

First, I keep my tire pressure front at 38-40psi and rear 36-38psi year round and rotate every 10,000 when I make synthetic oil change at dealer. Been that way for years. Also, our Terrain is AWD and recently put in three 50lb salt bags in the rear to weigh it down for our snow season. This is a premature evaluation, but wanted to write what have discovered about this tire thus far: Interstate speed in heavy rain - Rated a 7. Dry Conditions - Rated a 7. Recent 4" snow - Rated a 6. Noise - Rated a 7. Ice Traction - Rated a 3. Everybody knows this is an ALL Season Rated Tire. You want snow traction, buy a set of Blizzak's. In Snow conditions, I suggest 38-40 PSI in the fronts for FWD to get more bite and possibly better wear.

My Mustang, w Auto, has 4 winter Blizzak's and keep 38-40 psi on all 4 with 120 lbs in the trunk, for 6 years. I blow by everybody with such stability.

I plan to report again when I have 30,000 on these OEM Latitudes.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2011 Chevrolet Camaro LT
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Miles driven on tires: 39,750
Location: Florence, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 39,750 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2013

After 39750 miles on the OEM Pirelli P-0 that came on my Camaro when I bought it. My son said,"Dad stick with what you know,great tread life,handling,ride". Because after reading reviews of other tires and brands,some newer, some cheaper, Pirelli is what I came back to. Quiet! Most of the reviews of other tires said they were noisey. Not These! I would also like to tell you about my Wonderfully easy experience with buying tires from Tirerack.com and having them installed at my local SEARS Auto Center in Burlington New Jersey. Ordered on Thursday night,they got to SEARS Monday morning, I stopped by, they had me bring the car right in. One hour later, BAM, new tires, installed for $14 each. EASY!! That's what I say about Tirerack.com and SEARS!!!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus R-S3

Monday, January 14, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus R-S3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

1987 BMW M3
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Miles driven on tires: 18,000
Location: Napa, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 18,000 Miles on Tires
January 11, 2013

Ive used these tires on my M3 for the past year. Lots of spirited driving, 2 autocross schools, one where it was dual driven (about 100 runs just that day.) 6 autoX events where I won class 3 times.
I did have one event that was very odd. Everyone running these tires that day (about 6 of us) all had the same issue with no grip what so ever. It was sunny and about 70 degrees yet it was like driving on ice. Myself, both drivers in a 240Z, a couple people in EVOs and I think someone in an STi all had the same issue that day finishing well down in our respective classes.

In the rain when the tires were new I couldn't break the back end of the car loose no matter what I did. It wasn't till I was autocrossing in the rain after the tires had 14K miles on them that I managed to spin the car for the first time.

Overall I'm very impressed by these tires and will buy another set.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Solus KR21

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Solus KR21Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
July 08, 2010

Had the KR21s on a year. Bought these on price and the treadwear number. The wife put 42K on our new '08 Santa Fe in the first year and the factory Brigestones were junk (little tread remaining, max noise and no traction) by then. The KR 21s were a world apart! Smooth quiet ride, very good wet & dry traction, suprising winter traction too. Had NO PROBLEM handling the big snow storm in Dec '09 that hit the Interstate(s) 64, 81, 66 area in Virginia & West Virginia. Seemed like everyone pulled off the road... we kept going right through it and even crossed WV on US 50. It looked like we were the only 2wd I saw moving all day. But I don't credit just the tires; some was my experience and some credit goes to Hyundai.

At 30k on the KR21s started to get a little vibration above 70mph. Rebalanced on the next rotation and NO MORE vibration! 35K Right now and the KR21s are measuring 50% tread from when my UPS guy dropped them at my door. I [faithfully] rotate every 5k and measure tread deapth across all tread grooves in two (2) places on every tire. I use those masurement results to adjust the air pressure as needed to ensure even wear across the tire. I don't go to tire shops--I mounted them, balanced them and do all my own work since the nearby military base has a fully equipped auto hobby shop that I can use.

I've (wife and I) have worn out lots of tires (all brands) over the last 30+ years and these KR21s are now starting to look better than any we've ever owned. The paperwork that came with them said they were rated at 85K for mileage. I doubt we get that because I don't run tires down to 2/32nds (the wear bars.) I start shopping 'bout 5/32s and buy around 4/32s. I'll get 60K and be a very happy camper!

It's a shame an American company can't produce someting like this--at this price point. Unless they pull a rabbit out of their hat(s)... I'll likely hit-up TR for another set of KR21s next summer... or sooner if the wife doesn't let-up on the mileage.