Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity PlusReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2009 Volvo XC70
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Miles driven on tires: 185
Location: Crestwood, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 185 Miles on Tires
June 25, 2012

WOW! For the price of a new set of tires I am driving a new car. My 2009 Volvo XC70 T6 has never handled so well. Not in the 27,000 miles of the soft, non-descript "boulevard" ride with the OEM Continental 4x4 Contacts. Not in the 225 miles of the better-but-bumpy, out-of-round Continental ExtremeContact DWS tires that were returned to the dealer for replacement after just two weeks. Now, with the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus tires, I have a car that is fun to drive -- like my 2005 Subaru Outback GT of seven years ago. Who knew that the Volvo could handle so well. On the straight away the tires track true and feel rock-solid, with virtually no correction input needed. On sweeping Interstate on-ramps taken at high speed -- 70 mph+ -- the tires feel so steady, secure and "planted" that it would take a giant crowbar to break them loose. On the few runs at 85 mph I have never felt more confident. The bottom line: in the previous 27,000 miles driving the Volvo was simply something I did; now, with the new Turanza Serenity Plus tires on the car, driving is something I look forward to DOING!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiProContactReviewer's Overall Rating: 4.7

2010 Subaru Outback
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Miles driven on tires: 37,000
Location: SF, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 37,000 Miles on Tires
July 10, 2012

I have this on our 2010 Outback - the tires do not hold balance very well at all! Every rotation we had to have all 4 rebalanced and they needed sizable changes in balance weight. A sign the tires are not that great. Also by about 30,000 miles the tread left was not winter quality. Overall I think these tires are designed very soft to enhance the test drive off the dealer lot and were not designed for long term use and performance.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental 4x4 Contact

Monday, August 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental 4x4 Contact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 4MATIC
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Miles driven on tires: 32,000
Location: Melville, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
July 31, 2012

Do to limited options through my local installers, I am reluctantly putting a second set of these OE tires on my GLK. 32,000 miles is not completely unacceptable as I consider myself a hard driver, but at a premium price, this tire isn't really worth it. A 235/50 R19 is a farely odd size tire, and if I could find them I'd be going with Bridgestone Dueler H/Ls at 2/3 the price.
I can't complain about the traction or ride so far. In dry conditions, even now with wear bars close to showing, it's pretty quiet and still corners well, but it is July and that's not the true test of a tire in the Northeast. During my first winter, these tires performed exceptionally well, although it could have a lot to do with the MB's 4-matic system which i have had on 4 cars now and swear by. But like many reviewers, I did notice a sharp decline in traction during this past winter in which the tread was probably about half worn.
At 32,000 I could probably squeeze another late summer/fall out of them except for the 2 small nails and a cut in one of the treads due to the incessant road construction near my home for the past year. Since I return the car in 6 months, I'm willing to forego the lack of treadware and hope this new set performs as well as my last ones did when they were new. Then pass the headache back to the dealer that gave it to me. But based on value, they would never be my first choice.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiProContactReviewer's Overall Rating: 8

2007 Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Xenia, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
July 29, 2012

Tires are on a car that I drive on average 80-90mph on the highway every time I'm on it. The car was bought used with 44k mi and I now have 65k mi with the same tires on the car. I don't know how many miles were on the tires before I bought it so there could be more! I do know this: These are LRR grand touring tires but perform like high performance tires. I've got at least another 10k mi. before I MIGHT have to change them out. In the snow, I only slid in slush because I was testing it's performance. In the rain, I can consistantly take off ramp curves at 50mph without drama. They've only recently once acted like they wanted to hydroplane while I was doing 85mph in a downpour. Slowing down stopped that. I did have an issue with air escaping one of the tires but filling the tires with N2 solved that. I take turns consistently around 35mph in the city and I don't have a problem with grip, even when city streets are wet. This (and any tire's) performance is greatly affected by incorrect tire pressure. They were squealing when cornering for a couple of days after I left the shop and checking my tire pressure, I found the dealer pumped up my psi. Reducing it to the correct pressure eliminated that. Last week to S. Carolina, they stuck firmly to the road as I was doing 90mph through the curves of W. Virginia and when I had to swerve (not careen) around a pail rolling around in the road.


I don't understand the bad experiences that other people have with this tire. This is an excellent tire....if you take care of it! You have to rotate your tires. You have to balance your tires. You have to check your psi on all your tires. Don't mislead others just because you roll around with 20 psi in your unbalanced tires that haven't been rotated in 10,000 miles and complain about premature wear, excessive road noise, soft sidewalls, or a blowout. Thats not a poor, faulty tire. That's a poor faulty operator.


Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiSportContact 2 SSR

Monday, June 25, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiSportContact 2 SSR Reviewer's Overall Rating: 2.62
 
 

2010 BMW 328i xDrive Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Port Huron, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
June 22, 2012

On my second set (OEM) BMW 328 ix. Dealer replaced first set after only 9,000 miles, so noisey I thought I was driving a old truck. Well second set is worse, don't buy these tires, they are so bad I will be dealing my BMW since I cannot find ZP tires of quality that fit.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4

Thursday, June 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot HX MXM4Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.75

2010 Mercedes-Benz C300
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Columbia, SC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
July 08, 2011

These tires were original to my car when purchased. Had I known how bad they were with wet traction I would have asked the dealer for different tires before I bought this car. I have a hard time driving when it's wet or raining. You have to baby the throttle in this car with these tires when it's wet out. The traction control is working overtime just trying to keep you on the road unless you are going way less than the posted speed limits. It feels unsafe at normal speeds when it's wet out. When it's dry it's an average tire at best. The cornering stability is very shaky. They are unpredictable when transitioning switchbacks. If you like to actually drive your European Sports Sedan then ditch these at the earliest and get some Continental Extreme Contact DWS's.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

 

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4XReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2

2008 Honda Accord Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Hartford, CT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
May 19, 2012

I purchased these tires 2 days ago replacing a set of four Michelin Pilot MXM4. In my honest opinion, I don’t know what Honda was thinking when they decided to use that as an OE tire.

The Michelin were ok to say the least. For the price one would pay for the Michelin ($214/tire for my car), you'd expect well above par performance, ride comfort, etc.

I was originally looking to get a set of Continental ExtremeContact DWS; however, these stuck out because of their price ($120/tire) and the survey rating matched that of the continental tire and the $50 MIR.

So far, the car has been a joy to drive again. I just bought the car 6 months ago and the front tires, which were new from the dealer, went from 9/32” to 4/32” in 6 months, 12000 miles. They have restored my faith in the cars agility, grip, smooth ride, noise level and a host of other things. What I love doing is not braking when I make turns so I love making sharp turns. The tires don’t even let go of the pavement for a second.

I literally got the tires two days ago so I haven't done any extensive driving and the weathers been relatively warm. I’ll post back in a few months with as soon as the tire sees some rain and I’ll post back in the winter for the snow. But for now, these tires are absolutely great for the price and their value.

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

Monday, May 7, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2010 Hyundai Genesis Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Wilmington, NC
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
May 03, 2012

I made a mistake and bought the Continental DWS based on the reviews here. On my Genesis, the DWS's pulled hard right even after an alignment. The Genesis has no camber adjustment so whatever tires you put on it better track straight. The dealer believes that it is the tread pattern of the DWS that caused the problem. The dealer sent the DWS back and we replaced them with four of the new General G Max AS-03. The minute we put them on my Genesis, the pulling problem was solved and the car tracked straight. These tires are as quiet as the DWS and the car really feels connected to the road. These General tires are ultra high performance all season. They are not soft mushy tires. I would even consider putting these on my SL500. So far, I am really pleased with these tires. I will write another update after I put a couple of thousand miles on them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grid

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza G 019 GridReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.82

2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Saint Charles, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
April 27, 2012

I replaced the OE Continental's on my 2003 Passat GLS sedan with a set of Bridgestone Potenza G 009 Grid's and was very pleased for the first few thousand miles. But then they started to get noisy. By the time they reached 20,000 miles they weren't just noisy, they were downright loud so I went back to the Firestone dealer to discuss the issue. They admitted to having similar complaints from other customers and subsequently offered to provide me with a partial credit under warranty towards the purchase of another set of tires. By this time Bridgestone had introduced the Potenza G 019 Grid to replace the G 009, and the dealer told me the noise issues had been resolved with the new design. Instead of following my initial instinct I bought a set of the Potenza G 019 Grid's. That turned out to be a very bad decision as my experience with the G 019's has been exactly the same as their predecessor - they were fine for the first few thousand miles, but then they started to sound as if the belts were beginning to separate. With 20,000 miles they’re now so loud I can hardly stand to drive the car for anything but short distances. So it’s time for another set of tires, which is too bad because the performance of the Potenza G 019’s is very good – they’re perfectly acceptable to me in most wet and dry conditions, as well as light snow. But the noise is a total deal breaker. Sorry Bridgestone – I’m moving on.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Monday, April 30, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2007 Porsche Cayman
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Houston, TX
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
June 19, 2011

Tires are new - so this review is mainly about the aesthetics and the atmospherics. These tires do look good. I do not notice any differences from the Michelin PS2s that were replaced. Admitedly, I am still breaking in these tires and so I'm driving mildly for now. Road noise and road feel are comparable to the PS2s. I will update this review later. FWIW the buying experience with TR was superb. Mounting by the local Porsche dealer was seamless. Great way to buy tires.

How to Tell if You Have Run-Flat Tires

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by Ben Rooney

Many new cars are equipped with run-flat tires. These tires give the ability to keep driving on a tire that has lost air. Typically, self-supporting tires maintain vehicle mobility for 50 miles at speeds up to 55 mph. The exact ratings will vary by tire and vehicle. 


Car dealers often fail to mention to customers that their tires are run-flats or may mistakenly indicate that a car has run-flat tires when it does not. To find out whether your car has run-flat tires, check the sidewall. 


The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed a universal symbol for self-supporting run-flat tires, represented by a flat tire continuing down the road: 

Run Flat Tires - Tech Article

In addition, tire manufacturers have special branding to indicate run-flat capability. The following is a list of the branding used by manufacturers we carry:  

See an example of a tire with run-flat branding here (Dunlop SP Sport 600 DSST CTT - Original Equipment the Nissan GT-R). The DSST CTT branding is near the 12 o'clock position on these Dunlop car tires. The ISO pictogram is immediately to the right.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Monday, February 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole PositionReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2012 Honda Accord Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 4000
Location: Colorado springs, Co
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 4000 Miles on Tires
February 06, 2012

I bought a 2012 accord from the local dealer when it was the first one on the lot and immediately switched out the tires from the OEM MICHELIN HX Mxm4s and I have definitely not had a better tire. I had a set of continental extreme contact DWS previously and thes by far out shine them in every category especially ride comfort and noise. We had a snow storm recently and I couldnt feel more secure in the slush ice and snow. I would recommend these tires to everyone if they ask.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7

2007 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T MkV
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Miles driven on tires: 8500
Location: Charlotte, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8500 Miles on Tires
March 11, 2011

Got the tires about 8500 miles ago...immediately followed by a dealer alignment.



Initial ratings were almost perfect. I initially noticed that the steering requires larger inputs (not really a bad thing, just different) than the previous OEM ContiProContacts and my fuel economy stayed about the same with the Sumis. They grip the road much better than the Contis and my braking performance is also dramatically improved. They also grip well in the wet, but offer mediocre resistance to hydroplaning. I haven't reached the limits of the tire yet. I also like how they don't roll over on their sidewall like the Continentals. We had some minor snow in Charlotte and they seemed fine in the snow, also did alright on the icy spots.



After I rotated the tires, my steering seemed to wander a bit, so I went back to the dealer and got another alignment which they said wasn't necessary because it was still aligned. That did tone down a bit after 1000 or so miles, but then the tires started to cup on the inner and outer edge and they're very loud now. I expect them to last at least 40,000 miles, but I'm going to attempt an exchange as the tread is barely worn down (should still be under uniformity warranty). If I'm not able to get an exchange I'll just keep them as they're now only slightly louder than the OEM Contis when they were worn out (they were always loud). Also they are now pretty bad on rainy roads with hydroplaning. The tread pattern seems designed to push the water away rather than to pulverize and mist away the water. If I trade I'll try the Conti DWS tires more than likely. I would only get these again if they were priced at a give-away price, and then I wouldn't rotate them on my GTI.

Keep Cruising in Your Toyota FJ Cruiser

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel
2012 Army Green Toyota FJ Cruiser

Doesn't this FJ Cruiser look like it's ready to go anywhere? Well, with the right winter / snow tires, it can. Your FJ Cruiser will be ready to race anywhere this winter with the proper set-up.

Winter / Snow Tire Size

Unless your FJ Cruiser has the unusual 18" or 20" optional wheels, you either have an Original Equipment size of 265/70-17 (31.6" overall diameter) or 265/75-16 (31.7").

Either the 245/75-17 (31.5") size for deep snow areas like Anchorage, Alaska or the 265/70-17 for moderate snow areas such as Cincinnati, Ohio are good size choices. The narrower tire cuts through deeper snow better, while the wider tire drives more like your all-season tires for those better weather days.
 
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Toyota uses valve-stem mounted direct TPMS sensors which are $71* each. Your Toyota dealer must initialize your winter sensors as well as your summer sensors when your second set of tires is installed in the spring.

Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package with a Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice and Snow Tire

For Anchorage, Alaska, which averages over 100 inches of snow a year, the narrower 245/75-17 Blizzak DM-V1 on a 17x8 10mm offset Silver Painted Sport Edition TK6 at $1,396** would be a great selection.

245/75-17 Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
245/75-17 Bridgestone
Blizzak DM-V1
17x8 10mm offset Silver Painted Sport Edition TK6
17x8 10mm offset Silver Painted
Sport Edition TK6

Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package with a Studless Ice & Snow Tire


For Cincinnati, Ohio which averages a moderate amount of snow a year, the wider 265/70-17 Continental ExtremeWinterContact on the 17x8 10mm offset Silver Painted Sport Edition TK6 at $1,440** is a suitable combination.

265/70-17 Continental ExtremeWinterContact
265/70-17 Continental
ExtremeWinterContact
17x8 10mm offset Silver Painted Sport Edition TK6
17x8 10mm offset Silver Painted
Sport Edition TK6

Toyota FJ Cruiser FAQ:
  1. Does the Sport Edition TK6 have the same offset as my Original Equipment wheel? Both the 17x7.5" and 16x7" O.E. wheels have a 15 mm offset, therefore there is a 5mm difference when compared to the Sport Edition TK6. 

  2. I noticed that some of the 16" winter / snow tire options are Load E 10-ply rated. What's the disadvantage of using a load range E 10-ply rated snow tire? A load range E 10-ply rated tire has heavier construction that allows it to carry more weight than a standard load tire. Your FJ Cruiser doesn't need a load range E 10-ply rated radial as each standard load O.E. tire carries 2,535 lbs. The downside to this heavier construction is additional rotational weight negatively affects fuel economy. For example, the standard load O.E. 265/70-17 Bridgestone Dueler H/T D684 II weighs 39 lbs., while the 265/75-16 load range E 10-ply rated Blizzak W965 weighs 53 lbs.
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**Prices subject to change, includes TPMS sensors and excludes shipping

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera HL Edition

Monday, January 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera HL EditionReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.78

2010 Ford Explorer
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Miles driven on tires: 3000
Location: Higdon, AL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3000 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2012

These tires came factory on my Explorer and were good tires all in all. I got 39,000 miles out of the originals and probably had 8-10,00 miles left when I decided to replace due to upcoming winter. I never had any problems with these tire. Road noise was good compared to some continentals that I have owned on other vehicles. Dry traction was excellent, wet traction was very good even with them worn to the wear bars. Off road traction was average for a street tire. Light snow traction was good as well. When I decided to purchase new tires I had planned to go with Michelin LTX-MS. However after much research and talking to numerous tire dealers I decided to go with the Goodyear Fortera again. This decision came down to the fact that most dealers in my area said that the Michelin's would provide better tread wear lasting the warranted 60,000 miles or maybe a little more, but that was about the only difference. Price made my decision. The Goodyear's were less than half the price of the Michelin's. I could literally buy 8 Goodyear Fortera's for less that 4 Michelin's. As for performance I am very pleased with my decision and the extra $600 I saved.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental 4x4 Contact

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental 4x4 ContactReviewer's Overall Rating: 3

2010 Volvo XC90
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Miles driven on tires: 30000
Location: Mons, BE
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 30000 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2012

Bought my XC90 new in late 2009, saw these on the car and was instantly worried...asked why I didn't get Michelins as advertised, dealer said since it was an overseas purchase, they came with Conti's...so 30K later I am well below the wear bars, basically they are "onions"...lots of road noise and poor life, they should have been replaced at about 27K but I have nuresed them to 30K. Not impressed in the least, back to Michelins as that is what is on my second car and was on both my Durango and Jeep before I bought the Volvo.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle ResponsEdge

Thursday, December 29, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle ResponsEdgeReviewer's Overall Rating: 5.4

2008 BMW 535xi Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 25000
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 25000 Miles on Tires
November 23, 2011

These tires created tremendous noise. We took to dealer to check whether something was rubbing. They never found anything wrong. Wen we switched to Continental DWS, the car was like a quiet, luxury ride that would be expected from a 5 series.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental 4x4 Contact

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental 4x4 ContactReviewer's Overall Rating: 5.25

2010 Volkswagen Touareg 2
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Miles driven on tires: 19450
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 19450 Miles on Tires
January 18, 2011

These tires were original equipment on my 2010 Touareg TDI. Drove the car home from the dealer in a big MN winter storm and raved about the new SUV being the most stable and confidence inspiring vehicle I’ve ever driven in snow. Head and shoulders above the Subaru Outback and Honda Pilot, which were both great. Made the RWD BMW 530i I traded in seem like a bad joke (even with Dunlop performance snows). However, this second winter, the Contact 4x4s are down to 6/32 tread depth. They are now treacherous in snow or ice conditions. The advanced 4WD, weight, and traction control of the Touareg help the car launch ok and feel moderately stable underway, but there is huge understeer when turning and nearly zero braking action in anything slippery. In addition, these tires ride hard, and hammer the suspension. Tire wear is unacceptably bad as well. Looking at $1,400 to replace set of tires after less than 20,000 miles. That is 7 cents per mile, or $3.50 worth of tire to go to work and back. Fuel is only $7! Very similar in ride and handling to the Conti Contact CH95 which came standard on BMW sedans for years. Handles ok, and performs fine when new. Decent grip and turn-in in dry conditions. Very poor in snow after a few miles, and tread wear about half of what you expect from a comparable Michelin. Why did you do this to me VW? Why? Planning to go to Michelin Latitude Tour HP for round #2. Wish me luck.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli PZero Nero All Season

Friday, December 16, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli PZero Nero All SeasonReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.9

2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS
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Miles driven on tires: 600
Location: Spearfish, SD
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 600 Miles on Tires
December 09, 2011

For cold and ice i bought a set of the p zero nero all seasons in 245/50/19 on 19" DR37 wheels. Added TMPS and they fit beautifully on my 2012 45th 2ss 6A convertible. Overall diameter is within .03 of an inch of stock 20" which was important to me. Total cost was under $1450 including shipping and road hazard warranty. I live in Black hills of south Dakota (foothills and mountains) and they were tested in moderate conditions yesterday. Interstate driving northwest from rapid city to spearfish, SD, distance 50 miles elevation rising the whole 50 miles. conditions were: 9 pm, Cloudy, fog, ,dark, 27 degrees, wet roads and medium to heavy snow falling , roads were just starting to accumulate snow, by this I mean you could just start to see the tracks of the cars ahead of you. No problem at all on interstate driving 65 mph, but this was a first test in this poor of conditions so I was cautious. When I got to my exit, I pressed on the brakes HARD, but no traction light came on and no sliding though intersection has some wet snow maybe 1/4-1/2 inch. At stop light in town with 1/4 to 1/2 inch accumulation on street and 1 1/2 inches on sidewalks, no sliding. I was very excited with the performance in this situation. With the original p zeros I would have been in the ditch. Competition dealer wanted to sell me snow tires that were almost 1/2 inch taller than stock with 19 inch wheels and $550 more. Didn't want to spend $750 more for Continentals. General tires were backordered, so I bought these. I wanted these tires for this exact situation that I had last night. Driving in sub 40 degree weather, capable very light snow and wet roads if the situation arises. I don't want to go in deep snow on purpose with the camaro. I have over 500 miles on these tires already in sub 10-40 degree temperatures on wet and somewhat icy roads and so far not even the traction control has come on. I am very well pleased so far (knock on wood).