Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Milwaukee, Wi
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 15, 2011

I've seen a decent amount of snow in milwaukee this year and these tires are just outstanding. With the power of the STI I have broken them loose but they were still gripping the entire time, and the wheel spin was due to the amount of salt the city is dumping this year. I thought they might be a little squishy in a hard cornering situation but wow was I wrong, stiff and responsive through hard braking and acceleration. Deep snow traction is well above average for a long lasting all-season tire like these, if your not sure if this is the tire for you in a snowy type environment then go buy snow tires and waste your money every winter replacing them. I do plan on taking these to the track in spring, will update on that when the time comes. The big thing about these tires are the price, for $600 I'll gladly buy these again considering what was on the car when I bought it from the dealership...245/40R18 Dunlop SP Sport 600 which run about $220 a piece if I'm not mistaken and only last for 20000 miles.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.18
 
 

2010 Ford Fusion
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
May 26, 2014

These tires have been outstanding in all conditions. Snow traction has been phenomenal especially after one of the worst winters in 10 years. Wet traction very good. Tires were quiet but have gotten louder lately due to some uneven wear. Regardless of the other reviewers ill-guided opinions, I don't blame this on the tires, it was due to my car's alignment.

Don't let the fact that some drivers don't care for their cars and/or strike fixed objects reflect poorly on the tires they purchased.

I am purchasing a set for the wife's new Focus and I will be getting a new set for my car before the winter.

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 Continental ContiProContact

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiProContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2012 Volkswagen Passat 2.5L
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Miles driven on tires: 19,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 19,000 Miles on Tires
May 21, 2014

This tire came as OEM on my 2012 VW Passat. I have driven this car in the city and on the highway in both Chicago and Dallas, TX and found the tires to be far superior to most other tires, especially the Hankook OEM tire used by VW on the Passat. My advice is this... if you are buying a Passat make sure it has the Continentals and NOT the Hankooks!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.57
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Golf TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Dallas, TX
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
May 19, 2014

Firstly I want to say that this tires "some" things right...but more wrong! I bought these after reading all of the glowing reviews about the comfort and noise levels being very good with these tires. I have to say they are good..."up to about 50mph", then all -------- breaks loose! Noise, tramlining, rough, and squirmy?!? I had to slow to 70mph because the car would vibrate so much. Lot's of hopping at highway speed...which I hear can happen on a Golf VI on 18's unless the tires are right. These tires were put on after a factory VW alignment and a Hunter road force balance so I know it wasn't that. I really wish these tires had the highway manners that they had at low speed because they were awesome cruising around city streets. Anyway, I ordered some Michelin AS/3's so we will see what happens when these go on.

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: 9.78
 
 

2008 Subaru Legacy
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Winston Salem, NC
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
May 17, 2014

Bought these tires and am extremely pleased with the responsiveness. I was thinking my car need suspension work but once these tires were installed, I felt as if I had a brand new car. My ride was oh so comfortable. We had an interesting winter in NC, so I have gotten to try out these tires in the rain, snow and a few ice storms. Now granted my Subaru is excellent with it's all wheel drive, but in the last ice storm, I was driving with no problem and passed up the snow plow AND the police car!, I only have 5k on them and hoping they last as long as stated but so far they are Excellent. Am so happy I went with the Purecontact.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.78
 
 

1985 Porsche 944
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Pittsboro, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
May 17, 2014

Replaced a set of Yokohama AVS. I have noticed improved braking, ride, wet traction, and noise levels....truly improved the overall handling of an already excellent handling old car. I enjoyed the same kind of improvements when I installed the same tires in my 2001 Lexus IS300. I highly recommend These tires. I will try them on my 2009 Lexus RX350 next.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2008 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 9,000
Location: East Brunswick, NJ
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 9,000 Miles on Tires
May 08, 2014

Replaced the OEM Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 tires that came with my car as their treadlife wore down to unusable levels in snow and hydroplaned through every puddle.
These Conti PureContact's are definitely a step up from the Michelin's in every category. Good dry & wet traction. Light snow traction is Good. Deep snow and ice traction is OK.

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: 8.82
 
 

2004 Porsche Cayenne S
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Sisters, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
May 08, 2014

THIS IS WITHOUT A DOUBT THE BEST TIRE THAT I HAVE EVER OWNED. THEY ARE QUIET, SMOOTH, AND COMFORTABLE. BUT, BEST OF ALL THEY GIVE ME A FEELING OF COMPLETE ASSURANCE IN MOST EVERY CONDITION. I DO USE A STUDLESS SNOW TIRE IN THE WINTER FOR THE SNOW AND ICE WE HAVE HERE IN CENTRAL OREGON. BUT FOR DRIVING THE I-5 CORRIDOR IN DRY AND RAIN AND DRIVING OVER MOUNTAIN PASSES WHERE WE ENCOUNTER RAIN, SLUSH AND LIGHT SNOW, THESE TIRES ARE PERFECT. I RECOMMEND THEM TO ANYONE, IN ANY TYPE OF VEHICLE - PASSENGER CARS AND SUV'S. IF THERE IS A BETTER TIRE OUT THERE, I HAVEN'T FOUND IT. AND THE WEAR INDICATORS THAT TELL YOU WHEN THEY ARE NO LONGER GOOD FOR LIGHT SNOW AND ONLY WET AND DRY, AND THEN ONLY DRY ARE INNOVATIVE AND WELCOME! IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THE BEST, THIS IS IT.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45
 
 

2010 Audi A3 2.0 TDI Base Model
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Newport, KY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 25, 2014

This tire has been great so far. It is much better than the cheap Milestars that came on the car when I bought it used. I've driven through snow deeper than the bottom of my car with not problems. It just pushes the snow along. For being an ecco tire they have much better wet, snow and ice traction than the LRR Bridgstone tires I had on a previous car. I would definitely recomend them. They aren't a real popular tire for the A3 but as of right now that's what my next set will be, hopefully you can get them still in 6 years when they wear out.

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
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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 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 Continental ExtremeContact DW

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29
 
 

2005 Cadillac STS V8
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Miles driven on tires: 500
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 16, 2014

I've only had these tires for a week, but wow what a difference! I got this car with the OE Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 and was shocked by it's poor performance. With traction control on in the rain, it was normal to have the car hesitate as the rear tires fought for traction. With TC turned off, well, it was a wild ride indeed. Lots of fun but very dangerous for the inexperienced. Snap oversteer ruled the day. In the dry the Michelins were a little better but still very overwhelmed by the Northstar's torque. I've been itching to try a good set of Extreme Performance or Max Performance tires on this car since I got it but waited until the Michelins were used up. I can say that these DWs have transformed the car. It's rained several times in the past week so I've had several opportunities to try out the wet traction. Where normally with TC off (that's how I drive) I would get severe oversteer with normal throttle application (meaning no aggression whatsoever) on turns with very slick asphault, these Contis just bite like crazy. I have to get very aggressive to induce some slip, and when I let off, they come back into line beautifully.

On the highway, at speeds approaching 70 - 80 mph, there is a little vibration in the steering wheel, especially as the tire comes up to temp. They are noticably more noisy than the Michelins but that's to be expected. Ride comfort is good but the stiffer sidewalls are definitely felt. Not a bad thing in my opinion but conservative buyers should be aware. I read a recent review from a Jetta owner giving these tires a bad review stating that turn-in is poor and that he can feel the sidewalls squirming and the only thing I can think of is that his width is way off compared to his wheel width. There is no reason why the experience he describes would happen with properly matched tire widths.

I'll update later as I get more miles on these tires but so far so great!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.89
 
 

2001 Lexus IS300
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Pittsboro, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
May 17, 2014

I run a dedicated winter tire on this car, so deep snow rating is not applicable. These tires replaced a set of Bridgestone Potenzas, And I was impressed enough with the performance to install a set on my 1985 Porsche 944. They will also be the next set of tires on my 2009 Lexus RX350. Tread wear has been FANTASTIC. After 15,000 miles D W ans S wear indicators are all still clearly visible. I highly recommend these tires!

Track Day Magic with Continental's ContiForceContact

Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Ben Rooney

Recently, our tire testers got the opportunity to drive on Continental's ContiForceContact, a new entry into the Streetable Track & Competition performance category. While this option isn't quite a racing slick, it's definitely built with the track in mind. This class of tire allows an enthusiast to drive his or her car to the track and then compete in the event on the same set of tires.

The ContiForceContact was matched up against some stiff competition in the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup and Toyo Proxes R888. It displayed impressive levels of grip and handling, and unusually good wet weather traction for the category. Progressive breakaway and neutral handling balance made this tire very driver-friendly. This tire can thrill you during hot laps with its precise handling and confidence-inspiring demeanor, while still being able to get you to and from the track, rain or shine.

While Streetable Track & Competition tires aren't for everyone, they are for drivers who want to get more from their car at the track than even the most capable road tire can delivery. Developed at the world famous Nurburgring circuit, the Continental ContiForceContact brings together Continental's racing and passenger car tire technologies.

Current size selection is limited, so we're hoping to see more sizes in the future. If your size is not currently available, check out other Streetable Track & Competition options.

For a complete recap of our test, read "Continental ContiForceContact: Track Day Magic."

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

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.43
 
 

2008 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: East Amherst, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
December 12, 2013

Previous tire is continental DWS. This tire is much better in terms of road feeling, response to steering, road noise, ride comfort, and light snow traction. It is especially good for people who enjoys driving (sport car).

I was planning to put a Michelin primacy MXM on my car. After putting a set of Pirelli tire (not p7) to my Lexus RX350 I decided to put this tire to my TL. Although the speed rate is one level lower than the original tire on TL.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact ContiSeal

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiProContact ContiSeal Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2013 Volkswagen CC Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 17,500
Location: Madison, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 17,500 Miles on Tires
May 12, 2014

Had these OE tires rotated on my new '13 VV CC at the first service interval at 10,000 miles Tires rotated front to back and they started making noise. Thought maybe they would settle in after a bit. Switched to my dedicated snow set up for the winter about a month after having them rotated and forgot about it during the long winter we had in NE Ohio. Just switched them back last month as spring is here and temps are up and whomp whomp whop, most terrible at 25-30 mph. Rotated back to front and it was worse. Car has 17,500 miles on it and two winters I ran the dedicated snow set up. So the tires maybe have 10K on them?? VW and Conti would not provide any warranty or good faith credit but dealership is helping me out on the mount and balance of new set. The ruling was that it is not the fault of the car or the tire but a combination of both because of the sport suspension. With a treadwear of 500 I would think 30K miles would be reasonable with my spirited driving but I didn't get even half taht. I got more tread life out of my 911 rears and I frequented the track with it! The first 10K before rotation the tires were OK for an all season, I can't say good or bad they were adequate. The forums say to rotate these tires much earlier than the first service interval of 10K, pehaps that would have gotten me to 30K if I rotated at 5,000. I've got about a year left on my lease so I'm putting some BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2's on the CC. At $100 per corner I feel they will be much better than the OE tires and hopefully they last until I turn them in at lease end and the price was great.

Added Sense of Security with Continental's ContiComfortKit

Friday, May 2, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Many owners of new vehicles are often surprised to find that their car, truck or SUV purchased in the last few years lacks a spare tire. In an effort to reduce weight and increase usable cargo space, many automakers are now relying on supplying roadside assistance in place of a temporary or full-size spare tire.

While nothing can take the place of a spare tire in the event of an emergency, there are steps you can take to make sure you're not left stranded. One step includes the purchase of the ContiComfortKit from Continental.

Continental's ContiComfortKit is capable of comfortably sealing typical tire punctures making it possible for you to complete the drive home, to work, an important appointment or a tire repair facility. The ContiComfortKit combines a powerful, high-volume, 12-volt air compressor, integral pressure gauge and a latex liquid tire sealant packaged in a compact, lightweight unit that's easy to store in the vehicle.

Features:

  • Braided air hose
  • Threaded hose end (more secure than push-on, thumb-lock inflation head)
  • 15-foot power cord
  • Lighted pressure gauge
  • Low-intensity L.E.D. supplemental work light

ContiComfortKits can also be used as a stand-alone compressor without the sealant activated. When drivers use the kit in this mode, the ContiComfortKit can be used for periodic tire maintenance to compensate for tire pressure losses over time or due to changes in ambient temperature. And in the case of a very slow leak, the ContiComfortKit can restore sufficient pressure without requiring the use of sealant to drive the vehicle to a nearby shop.

The Continental ContiComfortKit is a great solution for assistance with a roadside emergency and is available with free shipping.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2014 BMW 535i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
March 28, 2014

This is an initial review. Like all initial reviews, the first impression tends to be a comparison to the previous set of tires. At 4,000 miles, I replaced BMW's utterly incompetent choice of OEM all seasons: Goodyear LS 2 that were bastardized into a run-flat tire with a BMW spec tread compound. Turning a bottom-rated touring tire into a run flat tire yields exactly what you'd expect: a noisy, harsh ride, poor hydroplaning resistance, poor on-center stability, unresponsive steering, limited grip, numb road feel, and an expensive $400 tire.

These ExtremeContacts (245/40ZR19 XL) yielded an immediate improvement in all the areas where the Goodyears were lacking. This may be the perfect tire for a BMW five series because it provides very good performance without compromising luxury sedan comfort. I notice none of the "squishiness" reported by others from soft sidewalls. These are XL rated and that might have helped firm up the ride. They are very quiet, with a soft whir or hum at highway speeds that is entirely acceptable for an high performance tire and they are quieter than some touring tires that I've used, including the Goodyear run flats. Cornering and stability in dry and wet conditions are very good so far, but I haven't had to try them in snow or ice yet. The only place where they fall short is that they're not run flats, but I'm not losing any sleep about that.

I shouldn't have to pay for new tires on a new car (thanks for that, BMW), but I'm glad I made the decision and selected these Continentals. The fact that they were the least expensive option in that tire class didn't hurt either.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContactReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.63

2001 Saab 9-5 2.3T Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: La Crescent, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 17, 2010

Impressed with Winter Contact. Only had tires for several months but snow and ice storms hit very suddenly and early in Southern Minnesota this December. Prior to install noted very impressive heavy sidewall. Thick and beefy which is why tire may corner and handle so well. Extremely comfortable tire. After owing many Blizzacks and other snow tires on various cars I was tired of “floaty” feel and wanted good snow and ice traction without giving up sporty road feel when driving in dry or wet. Switched from Nokian WR G2 this time which had been quite good but was very curious to test highly rated ContiExtreme Winter Contact on wagon this time. This is also my first Conti in a long time. Tire is surprisingly smooth, quiet and outstanding in dry. Confidence inspiring in wet and demonstrates great overall handling. Conti has obviously worked hard to keep a performance feel built into this tire. We believe a winter tire should be reliable and inspiring over ice and snow, but also once the roads are clear, give you back your sporty, comfortable near silent ride. There are tradeoffs in this regard I understand -- yet Conti seems to have done well in expanding the envelope. First few snows dumped two feet in the past ten days with -10 below zero Fahrenheit temps and the tire has not skipped a beat. We drive with caution yet when safe and permissible wife and I drive very aggressively. Hard cornering over ice and snow is more than adequate for a modern snow tire. The only slight concern may be if under very hard acceleration from stop if heading up a very steep grade with heavy icy slush you may see some minor traction control system intervention. This was solved instantly by reducing throttle. Hoping Tirerack gets the tests going for snow--not just ice-- between the Conti, Bridgestone and Michelins. A lot more winter to come so we will report back on further tests and reviews from MN & WI. Will buy again for my BMW 5 Series next. Thanks again for good service TireRack!