Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2007 Subaru WRX STI
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Davie, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
March 18, 2014

I put this tire through -------- (auto-X's, high speed runs, hard braking, pot holes, etc) and it's lasted well. Traction is excellent but after 17k miles the noise level has been difficult to tolerate. I have some tread left after 20k miles but will be selling my car. Overall I'd recommend the tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.92
 
 

2009 Lexus GX470
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Groveland, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
February 16, 2014

Car came with Dunlop tires. I cannot believe Lexus put those tires on this car. I got rid of them at 25K. I have a 2000 LX 470 and have always been happy with the LTX M/S. These tires are even better. There is nothing bad about this tire. Bought at Tire Rack. Had dealer mount 'em. Better everything: handling, ride, traction and even gas mileage. I hunt, so in addition to city/highway, I do cornfields, creeks and every other type of off-road driving that can be found in the Midwest. The only thing that keeps me from buying a Range Rover Sport is that I cannot find these tires for that truck. I still have my LX 470 and still use the LTX M/S on that truck (it has 287K). I'm not necessarily a Michelin freak. My wife has a Lexus RX and I'm putting Continentals on that. But for the larger SUVs, the LTX M/S is fantastic tire. I like the M/S 2 better than the M/S, but they don't make it for the '00 LX470. When my friends are stuck in their Range Rovers, I'm going strong, mainly because of the traction these tires afford. On the highway, rain, snow, and sun, the tires handle well and are quiet. I'm 63 and have driven a car/truck farther in reverse than most have driven in forward. These tires are simply the best. If they make 'em to fit your vehicle, buy them. You will thank me. I promise. And I don't work for Michelin or anybody else in any auto related industry.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

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 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 Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, October 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6
 
 

2010 Dodge Challenger
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Miles driven on tires: 20
Location: St. Louis, MO
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 20 Miles on Tires
October 09, 2012

my car came with 245/45/20 goodyears with about 13,000 on the clock. had been driven--most likely--by auto exec's wife who wasn't too careful about hitting curbs, etc., so they had leakage problems and several applications of "flat fixer." i wanted something wider that wouldn't break the bank, and these really fit the bill. must say i was extremely pleased with Tire Rack's service: tires arrived via ups the day after my order, and when i ordered, a rep called to be sure the size would fit, since they were non-standard.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.00
 
 

2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Coupe with 5 Lug Wheels
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Port Orchard, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
September 22, 2012

For what its worth some thoughts on my 4th set of tires for the Cobalt SS/tc the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All Seasons:

Cornering wet or dry it infinitely better than the Continental Extreme Contact DWS

Similar dry launching compared the immediately outgoing ContiSportContact2 when they were new and slightly better than the Eagle GT memory in this cold of conditions

Much nicer, smoother break of traction taking off wet, shorter loss with similar throttle input vs any of the aforementioned and very sweet resync with the road. Understersteers less with more throttle input or fast through a corner wet or dry very smooth, predictable, and responsive action.

Measured by car accelerometer and on the phone's it's holding similar lateral g level wet and dry through very commonly driven corners for me to the CSC dry and superior to everything else wet.

Very relaxed feel in comparison to the Eagle GT and CSC2 at low speed, similar to the ExtremeCOntactDWS but with much better precision at low speed, at higher speeds (60+ and only took it to 90 twice today) this tire retains the granularity of steering input control of the CSC2 at every point of its life (one of many reasons why I love it and recommend it to anyone not regularly autoXing or "tracking" it) with the relaxed personality of the DWS. The Eagle GT falls somewhere in the middle in this regard

does not bump steer nearly as bad as the conti's and superior to the Eagle GT. Best tires I have had yet on this car in that sense.

That sums up what I gathered in 50 miles. Haven't even worn off the mold break compound.... I think I am gonna love the next 45K all season miles

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2009 Audi TTS 2.0T Quattro Roadster
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Laguna Niguel, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2012

Great tire - I have a long commute and was looking for a tire that had high performance characteristics but with a bit more mileage since I tend to accumulate miles quickly on this car.. Nice compromise. Handling sharpness and steering response is a step down from the oem conti sport contact 3's that came on this car when new. However, these are super quiet, smooth, handle rain very well, and have barely worn 10000 miles in.. I probably wouldn't like these if i auto crossed this car - but for a fun commuter, these are perfect..

 

Wheels for Your New Elantra

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Do you remember the Hyundai Excel? It was Hyundai's first serious push into U.S. market. Well, if you can conjure up an image or recollection of the vehicle, you can appreciate how far Hyundai has come with the new Elantra.
 

The 2011-2012 Elantra GLS is a nice-looking car at a reasonable price. If you feel like adding a little sportiness to your car, you can easily do so without spending a lot of money.
 

From 15" to 20" sizing, there are over 100 different wheel options available. With new wheel styles being introduced and some classic wheels on clearance, there are plenty of ways to add flavor on any budget. For example, the Sport Tuning 15" wheels are currently marked down to $49-$55* per wheel.

15x6.5 42mm offset Machined With Black Accent Sport Tuning T5 $55*
Sport Tuning T5 $55*
15x6.5 42mm offset Machined With Black Accent $49*
Sport Tuning T6 $49*
15x6.5 42mm offset Machined With Black Accent Sport Tuning T10 $55*
Sport Tuning T10 $55*


Your Elantra GLS either came with 15" wheels on the 195/65-15 Hankook Optimo H426 or optional 16" wheels running on the 205/55-16 Continental ContiProContact or 205/55-16 Hankook Optimo H426. Regardless if you have the 15" or 16" set-up, or even want larger wheels, be sure to find a Recommended Installer near your home or office for easy installation.
 

Are you wondering how a two-toned wheel will work with Elantra's overall styling? You can get a pretty good idea by taking a look at this wheel style on the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe which debuted at the Chicago Auto Show:

2011-2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS FAQ:

  1. Will the Sport Tuning Wheels accept my original Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) sensors? Yes, your installer can move your existing TPMS sensor to these wheels.
     
  2. I also want to get new tires. Can Tire Rack mount, balance and deliver the tires and wheels so they're ready to be installed? Yes, if you decide to purchase tires, we offer free mounting and balancing. I would consider the Yokohama AVID ENVigor as a good choice to improve overall performance and wet grip. The total for this Tire & Wheel Package with the Sport Tuning T6 is $668.***

*Limited stock, prices subject to change

***Including TPMS sensors, excluding shipping

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.86
 
 

2006 Infiniti M35 Sport Package
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Miles driven on tires: 22000
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 22000 Miles on Tires
January 17, 2012

I installed a set of these the day before I moved from Miami to Boston (2 years ago). The drive up was spectacular. A 1400 mile road test through varying terrain, weather and pavement conditions. After living in Boston for a year I moved back down to Miami and Drove part of the way back (opting for the AutoTrain for most of the trip). However, I did drive it in Boston (no snow) and have driven it since I moved back. I have to say that I am extremely satisfied with these tires. They are by no means the sportiest nor the quietest, but they wear incredibly well and have excellent traction (especially during South Florida's rainy season). It took me so long to write a review because I've never had to think about them since I installed them. That should be the best testimonial. They are still good on traction, but I'm starting to look at buying another set. I am not an agressive driver and I will admit that I have driven less than the yearly average, but I've still managed to put just over 22k miles on them and they still have at least 60% tread. I highly recommend these...you can't go wrong with the price, performance or durability.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Thursday, December 8, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Continental ExtremeContact DWReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.14

2011 Ford Mustang Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 6200
Location: Hobe Sound, Fl
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6200 Miles on Tires
December 04, 2011

Living in South Florida we get our fair share of rain and these are the best wet weather tire I have ever owned. The wet handling characteristics are excellent, my traction control system would kick in on spirited starts with the stock tires now with the Continental Extreme Contact DW's the traction control system has not kick in at all. I've used the tires in two auto-crosses (F-stock class) and one track day, so far, and while they are probably not the best tire out there for these purposes they did do a fairly good job, better for track days than auto-crosses (but tire pressure might not have been right for the AX). Since I don't have two sets of rims I wanted a tire that I could use on the track but still have a good ride and wear on the street. So far I think I got what I wanted and I am extremely pleased with these tires. The wear rating is a little higher than most other tires in this class and the price was less so I think this was a good all around choice of tire for what I use them for. I definitely will buy another set when the time comes.

General AltiMAX Arctic vs. Firestone Winterforce

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 by Cy Chowattukunnel
Are you still researching winter / snow tires? Well, Thanksgiving has just passed us by and it's time to pare down your list and decide what tires are right for your vehicle. And to help you with your decision, take a look at two options available in the Studdable Winter/Snow category: the Firestone Winterforce and General AltiMAX Arctic.

Firestone Winterforce
Firestone Winterforce
General AltiMAX Arctic
General AltiMAX Arctic

While a set of these Firestone auto tires and General winter tires can be studded ($15 per tire), most drivers are better off running them unstudded. Our testing found that driving without studs gives most drivers a better balance of snow traction, dry and wet road performance and ice grip.

Both tires are good choices but the General AltiMAX Arctic outperforms the Winterforce in many areas. The Firestone and General tires are comparable in moderate and deep snow, however the AltiMAX Arctic performs better in dry road handling, packed snow, ice and wet grip. Although all winter tires have tread noise, the AltiMAX Arctic has the added bonus of being significantly quieter. Customers agree with our test results as well, as this winter / snow tire is currently the top-rated tire in our Tire Survey Results.

General is owned by German tire manufacturer Continental, who supplies Original Equipment tires to many automobile manufacturers including Audi, BMW, Porsche and Volkswagen. So it's really no surprise that the AltiMAX Arctic is engineered so well to be a set of General truck tires for light duty applications, as well as a set of winter / snow tires for your SUV, coupe, sedan, minivan or crossover.

And whether you decide to purchase a new set of General AltiMAX Arctic tires or are looking for a set of Firestone tires for sale, use our Upgrade Garage to help you make an informed decision.

Buy Continental Tires When Looking for a Great All-Season Tire in Light Snow

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 by Doc Horvath
If you live in an area where all-season tires can handle winter conditions and you don't need strong snow traction tires (dedicated winter / snow tires), take a look the Continental ExtremeContact DWS. Based on our internal tests and customer feedback, owners of performance-oriented coupes and sedans (BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz) love the performance of the ExtremeContact DWS. 

During winter testing, the DWS provided great light snow traction. And, customers have enjoyed a set of these Continental auto tires for a few years as the tire is currently rated number one in our Tire Survey Results. The winter tire ratings for the DWS show the tire to be exceptional in light snow traction and capable on ice.

In snow, traction is key, and the following chart shows how the DWS distanced itself from the competition:

Traction test

If dedicated winter / snow tires are not an option, then read our Continental reviews on the DWS to see what other customers are saying about their experience with this tire. Then shop by vehicle to find the tire that works best for your vehicle. 

Finding the Quietest Tires for Your Vehicle

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 by Hunter Leffel
Do you find yourself increasing the radio volume because your tires are making too much noise? If so, take a look at some of the quietest tires available in ascending order by performance category. The lower down the list you go the more noise you are likely to hear. However, you will notice an increase in traction levels (wet and dry) as well as hydroplaning resistance.

Michelin Energy Saver A/S Passenger All-Season

Michelin Energy Saver A/S
- In addition to being rated the quietest, we also found it to be the most economical on fuel.

Hankook Optimo H727Standard Touring All-Season

Hankook Optimo H727 - Developed for drivers of coupes, sedans, minivans and crossover vehicles, this tire has been a favorite since it was introduced because of its long wear and quiet ride. Offering good comfort, low noise and all-season traction, even in light snow, the Optimo H727 delivers a premium appearance with enhanced traction and tread life.

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred TouringGrand Touring All-Season

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring - Designed for mid-range and upscale coupes, sedans and minivans, the Assurance ComforTred Touring offers all-season traction, even in light snow. The internal construction includes a shock absorbent Comfort Layer of rubber that provides on average, 20% more cushion than standard auto tires.

Yokohama AVID ENVigorHigh Performance All-Season

Yokohama AVID ENVigor - I have this tire installed on one of my vehicles. With this set, I have been satisfied with the performance and the fact the tires keep road noise to a minimum. Combining comfort and treadlife with year-round traction, even on light snow-covered roads, the AVID ENVigor meets the driving needs of sports car, coupe sedan and crossover drivers.

Continental Tire ExtremeContact DWSUltra High Performance All-Season

Continental ExtremeContact DWS - Currently the number one rated tire in its category, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS receives high ratings in the ride comfort, noise comfort, treadwear and hydroplaning resistance categories. With over 7 million miles of testing reported, customers have enjoyed this tire for quite some time. Take a look at the Consumer Reviews to view what other drivers are saying about their experience with this Ultra High Performance All-Season tire from Continental.

Are you having trouble finding the performance category that suits your driving needs? View all performance categories and shop by vehicle to find the tires that work best for your vehicle.

Mazda Miata Wheels

Saturday, July 24, 2010 by Jim Holloman
You have a Miata that you are tracking or auto crossing and you want to go faster. The right wheels and tires will help get you there. Use what the pros use! Take a look at the Enkei Racing Series RPF1. The 17x7.5 wheel only weighs 15.2 lbs. By increasing thewheel size and reducing unsprung weight, your car will be quicker in acceleration, stop faster and the suspension does not have to work as hard.
 
Freedom Autosport is running these wheels on their Grand Am Continental Tire Challenge cars. In the street tuning class they ended up 4th in points last year overall.  At a recent Mid-Ohio race I attended, the Miatas from Freedom Autosport ended up in 12th and 24th in the street tuning class.

If you want to run what a pro racing team uses, see which Enkei Racing Series wheels are available for your street car.





Maintain Mobility in the Event a Tire is Punctured

Friday, June 25, 2010 by Jonas Paeplow

Auto manufacturers have eliminated the spare tire in many of their new models, opting instead for the use of run-flat tires or a portable tire repair kit. So far the trend has been most prevalent with higher-end vehicles, however General Motors recently introduced its new compact car, the Chevrolet Cruze sans spare tire.

Car makers today believe that the mandated implementation of tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) over the past several years has significantly reduced the likelihood that a flat tire will leave you stranded. In addition, eliminating the spare, including the jack and tools can reduce the car's weight by over 25 lbs. Decreased weight is one of the ways new car engineers are able to improve fuel economy.

Run-flat tires can allow you to continue to drive safely for 50 miles at up to 50 mph in most cases with 0 air pressure in the tire. Unfortunately, run-flat tires are more expensive than their non run-flat counterparts plus ride comfort and in some cases tread life can be less than stellar.

So if you don't have a spare but you don't like the idea of putting run-flat tires back on your car...what do you do?

Continental Tire North America, Inc. has introduced the ContiComfortKit (CCK) to the NorthContiComfortKit American replacement market. This system is designed to temporarily seal a tire puncture and provide extended mobility up to 125 miles.

The ContiComfortKit comfortably restores mobility in a few easy steps. The kit is simply plugged into a 12v power outlet; a flexible hose at the other end is connected to the valve of the flat tire. Once the sealant tank is flipped up, a twelve volt compressor re-inflates the tire at the push of a button and simultaneously fills the tire with a latex based, liquid sealant, which seals the puncture. As a result, the tire can be used at a maximum speed of 50 mph for up to 125 miles. Drivers can get to the nearest tire shop and do not rely on road side assistance. A built-in light allows for easy use even at night.

The CCK is only 9.5" long, 7" wide and 4" high. It weighs only 5.5 pounds and does not require permanent installation. It is simple to use and provides mobility in minutes. It can be easily stored in the trunk of the vehicle. The kit can also be used as a compressor to check and monitor tire pressure through a built-in compressor and tire gauge.

The CCK has already been a success with car manufacturers. Since its introduction, it has obtained original equipment approvals for BMW, Ford and Volvo to name a few.

  • If your new car has no spare and no room to store an extra tire/wheel...
  • If you don't like the stiff ride or the expense of run-flat tires...

To learn more about the ContiComfortKit, watch How to Use the ContiComfortKit.


Got wheels for those GTI tires?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
When you buy your GTI tires, consider purchasing a set of aftermarket wheels at the same time. We know, it sounds expensive, but when you purchase them together the benefits far outweigh the price tag.

A Tire & Wheel Package from Tire Rack is a smart way to get high-quality, vehicle-specific...in other words, exact...fitments for new tires and wheels. They come premounted, which means you can install them yourself. So if you switch out to winter / snow or racing tires, you'll save yourself some money. And time, since you won't be working around someone else's schedule.

Take a look at the Volkswagen GTI at left. To complete a Tire & Wheel Package, we chose Continental auto tires and O.Z wheels. The ContiSportContact is Continental's Ultra High Performance Summer tire, which complements the sporty look and performance level of the Supertourismo GT wheels.

If you drive a GTI, this package might work for you, too. To be sure, search by vehicle.




Buy Continental Auto Tires at Tire Rack

Monday, October 26, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
 
Whether you've had them before or are interested in trying something different, Tire Rack is a Continental tire dealer that can help you buy an ideal set of Continental tires. Start by selecting your vehicle's make, model and year or contact us directly. We are a team of specialists, and we're ready to give you fit and performance advice.

A few Continental tires we might recommend depending on your vehicle: 

                         
  CrossContact LX        ContiProContact       ExtremeContact DWS