Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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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 Continental ExtremeContact DW

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2007 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 3,500
Location: Dallas, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,500 Miles on Tires
March 18, 2014

Tire is a good match for mini cooper S handling and ride is very good much better than the original run flats. Tire seams to have very little wear at 3500 miles Tires handle the curves very well.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.44
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Tiguan
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Snoqualmie, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
March 18, 2014

I am ridiculously happy with these tires. They have been on the car for nearly 2.5 years and 35K miles. The DWS in the tread is still all visible; S is supposed to disappear first, indicating that snow use is not advised. Our WA freeways are pretty rough, so they are a little noisy, but on a smooth surface they are still very quiet. I have more issue with the wind noise from the ski box then with tire noise. I have only driven in light (2") and packed snow and I felt very confident. The Tiguan is kind of a GTI-inspired SUV, and the handling is crisp and responsive and the Contis enhance the driving experience. I like these so much I put them on the wife's G37x Infiniti in January. The OEM-supplied Dunlops tramlined severly; these have greatly reduced that symptom. Not enough time or miles yet to make additional comment.

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

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

1998 Lincoln Navigator
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Shippensburg, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

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

It's true that these tires can suffer from being out of round. When I first had these mounted and balanced, I got the dreaded hobble. BUT I took them back to my installer and they road forced them, dismounted them, turned them on the wheel, rebalanced them, and they're about as perfect as you can get now. I saw the numbers on the balancer myself because my local shop lets me stand there and watch and talk to them since I've been going there for years as has my entire family.

As long as they hold up I'll be tickled pink. My huge SUV now knows what a straight line is, corners well, grips well, and can almost be driven like a car. These tires are also very quiet, especially for being in the Low Rolling Resistance category. I also picked up a couple highway MPGs over my old All-Terrains, which are still in the shed for winter and fun.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

2008 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
March 18, 2014

These are a great tire for the price and are a major upgrade from the OEM Bridgestones the car came with. These tires are smoother, quieter and more fuel efficient than my previous tires. It's been a tough snowy winter and these tires never failed to get me where I needed to go. Dry traction is good with excellent wet traction. Treadwear is even but a little to early to judge tread life. Based on my experience to date I would buy these tires again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2007 BMW X3 3.0si
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Portland, TX
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
March 17, 2014

Great manufacturer; excellent tire. I had these PureContact tires on my BMW 328is. My X3 performs just as amazing as my 328 did with these tires! Great response, predictable steering, smooth & quiet ride and top rated in my book! Look no further for an all season sporty tire for your BMW!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2011 BMW 335i xDrive Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
March 16, 2014

We Replaced the Original Horrid Michelin Pilots on that came from the factory. These are an amazing difference. They're Quiet and have amazing grip. Now with my car and the AWD and the stability/traction control I can't say that the car itself wasnt the cause for my thoughts on these tires....but Ill say they just really impressed me. Now in deep snow and in a BMW Sports coupe I wasnt able to test the DEEP snow traction, the car turned into a snow plow before that. As the tires wore down I will say the stickyness of the tires wore down with it. They were not bald and still had grip in the snow and wetness but in hard Cornering you could feel the car wanting to break-away and then with a little bit more body roll then I was comfortable with. All-in-All a great tire. I am buying a set now for my 550i

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H428

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H428 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.36
 
 

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Buffalo, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
March 14, 2014

There are so many better tires for a cheaper price than these. I would not recommend these to anyone. I blew 2 in a year, and now know to get another brand. Even looking at tread patterns from the Continental or General Tire's you can see they would be better for cheaper.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6
 
 

2008 Nissan Altima Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: West Chester, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
March 09, 2014

I've only driven 2,500 miles on these tires so far, but wanted to enter a review early and then revisit towards the end of tread life. During these 2,500 miles I've driven in several 2-3" snow events as well as a good foot of the white stuff. Absolutely amazing traction. The Michelin Harmony's these replaced (which had plenty of tread left) had me fearing for my life with any snow at all. I couldn't even climb the smallest of hills with them. The Continentals, however, have me feeling like my Altima is 4X4 Jeep.
I've also had the pleasure of driving in an absolute deluge of rainfall, and did not hydroplane or skid at all. Again, huge improvement from the Harmony's.
Cornering on dry pavement is awesome. Great grip, no squealing or skidding.

Finally, the ride comfort is unreal. They are neither stiff nor spongy. And I can't hear the tires at all at any speed, interstate or back road. Car feels brand new again.
I highly recommend these tires!

Introducing Continental's New Track Tire, the ContiForceContact

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Ben Rooney

Continental has brought their Streetable Track & Competition tire, the ContiForceContact, over from Europe. Developed at the world famous Nürburgring circuit, the ContiForceContact is built to deliver extremely high levels of dry traction along with precise steering response and predictable cornering behavior. It is designed to allow driving on the street, though caution should be taken when driving in heavy rain. While it is built to resist hydroplaning, the tire is not recommended for high-speed driving on extremely wet roads/tracks with standing water where there is the risk of hydroplaning.

The ContiForceContact competes with other Streetable Track & Competition tires such as the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup and Pirelli P Zero Corsa System. It offers exceptional performance at the track while allowing drivers to drive to and from the track without changing their wheels and tires. With a treadwear rating of 80, the ContiForceContact isn't intended for long service on the road. The tire would work best on a set of wheels used for track days and performance driving events, or on a second car that is driven primarily for fun. 

ContiForceContact tires are molded with approximately 6/32" of tread depth in their grooves and are left unshaved for use on damp tracks. While the tires do not require shaving for dry track use, their durability and lap time performance will improve if shaved to approximately 4/32" deep tread to begin competitive road racing/track use in dry conditions, however this will sacrifice treadlife.

To learn more about tire shaving as an effective means of permitting more of a tire's performance capability, read "Shaving Tires for Autocross / Track Use / Competition."

Choosing Between Performance Winter / Snow Tires and Studless Ice & Snow Tires

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Gary Stanley

As a moderator of several forums, I have received many questions on snow tires this winter. Recently, a customer had a question about choosing between Studless Ice & Snow tires and Performance Winter / Snow tires:

I’m getting ready to order winter tires and wheels. My concern is that here in Denver, we can have big changes in temperatures. It’s not uncommon to be able to wear short sleeves during February and March, while the ski resorts are getting pounded less than 80 miles away. Given the temperature range, are there any brands I should stay away from that get squirmy when it gets warmer? 95% of my driving is in the Denver area. I only have two clients in the foothills just west of town.

Here was my response to his question:

Most of the tires in the Studless Ice & Snow category like the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Continental ExtremeWinterContact and Michelin X-Ice Xi3 will have slower steering response in warmer temperatures, and thus, feel a little squirmy. Of these choices, the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 feels the least squirmy, but would still give you outstanding snow and ice traction for the times you have to drive on snow-covered roads. 

If you move to a Performance Winter / Snow tire like the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32 or Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D, you'll find that these tires have more responsive handling even in warmer temperatures. Unfortunately, there's a noticeable step down in snow and ice traction when compared to Studless Ice & Snow tires.

Are you trying to make a similar decision? You may want to lean towards one of the more aggressive snow tires like those listed above if one or more of the following are true :

  • Your geographical area gets heavy snowfall and/or lake-effect snow.
  • You are often driving on packed snow and ice.
  • You are willing to give up some dry grip and steering response for maximum winter traction.
  • You are a newer driver or want more confidence when driving in winter conditions. 

Choosing between these two performance categories may be difficult and is mostly a personal preference choice for the trade-off between snow traction and dry road handling. When making your decision, keep in mind what are the worst conditions you'll experience. This is the time when you will need traction the most!  You can read about my experience with winter tires by reading, "My Story on Winter Tires."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, March 13, 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 DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.8
 
 

2007 Pontiac Solstice
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Miles driven on tires: 90,000
Location: Raspeburg, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 90,000 Miles on Tires
March 12, 2014

This was the best purchase of tire that I've ever made since I've owned my 2007 Pontiac Solstice! No noise, comfortable and smooth ride. The car feels like it just came off of the showroom floor!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

2003 Mercedes-Benz E320 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: San Jose, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

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

You can pay more, but you can't get more----Outstanding tire if you do not drive in snow.

What Causes Tire Bubbles?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

After this year's harsh winter, the roads are worse than ever. I've not only seen many stranded motorists parked next to potholes they've hit, but single replacement tire requests have been more frequent lately. While a bubble can be caused by a handful of scenarios, the most common is impact damage such as hitting a pothole.  

Tires are made of specialized rubber compounds reinforced by plies of fabric cords and wires. The underlying fabric cords and wires actually define the tire's shape by limiting stretching. In order to bond these dissimilar materials, the cords and wires are coated with adhesives and/or rubber before the other components are bonded to them during curing. This bond can be compromised by contamination during assembly, damage by underinflation or being overloaded and finally by blunt force trauma or impact from potholes, curbs or other road hazards. Any one of these scenarios can cause a sidewall bubble.

Typically, incomplete bonding caused by contamination during assembly will appear within the first six months of service. These types of bubbles are small in size and usually appear before the tire's strength is significantly compromised. However, since typical tires roll about 800 times every mile and the air pressure inside the tire is greater than outside, tire separations/bubbles that are unseen or ignored will continue to grow in size and further reduce strength, while generating noise and vibration. This ultimately leads to tire failure as the tire stretches under load. If a sidewall bubble appears six months after service, prolonged driving on overloaded/underinflated tires or a road hazard impact are the most likely causes. It can sometimes take weeks or even months after an impact for a separation or bubble to appear. The varieties of possible causes make it necessary to inspect the tire while mounted on the wheel, as well as dismounting it to inspect the inner liner for damage.

While taller profile tires can be damaged by more severe impacts with deeper potholes and sharper curbs, low profile tires mounted on large diameter wheels are the most susceptible to this type of damage. The driver of vehicles equipped with low profile tires should make special efforts to avoid potholes, curbs or other road hazards.

If you do experience a road hazard, be prepared with a Continental ContiComfortKit and Accutire Excursion Road Kit.  

iON Air Pro Camera or $70 Rebate With Purchase of Continental Tires

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Lately it seems that Continental has been on a roll when it comes to manufacturing class-leading tires. The company is known for producing tires with a moderate price point with excellent characteristics. While often there are faster times recorded on other brands in the dry, many Continental tires seem to excel in the wet and light snow (all-season tires).

A few of Continental's most popular models for passenger cars include the ExtremeContact DW, ExtremeContact DWS and the new PureContact with EcoPlus Technology with its 70,000-mile treadlife warranty. If you own a crossover, SUV or light truck, you will want to take a look at the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. The tire is designed to enhance driving pleasure, save fuel and maintain grip when braking on wet surfaces while providing long wear and all-season traction, even in light snow.

With the purchase of a set of four Continental brand passenger or light truck/SUV tires for a total value of $440 or more through April 4, 2014, you can receive a free iON Air Pro™ Wi-Fi Lite HD Camera or a $70 Visa® Prepaid Card.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.7
 
 

2009 Volvo XC70
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Williamsburg, VA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
March 06, 2014

My car came with a set of the equivalent Continentals when I got my 2009 Volvo XC70 T6. The Pirellis are superior in every respect. First off, the Continentals only lasted 25,000 miles. I now have the same mileage on the Pirellis and have MUCH tread left on them. The Pirellis are also MUCH, MUCH better than the Continentals on light snow, slush, and ice. PLUS, the Pirellis are quieter and ride better.

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

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2013 Audi A4 2.0T FrontTrak
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: San Francisco, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 06, 2014

This is a fantastic tire and I got an opportunity to test it in a controlled environment on an Audi A4. I was able to compare it against other competing tires (Continental, Goodyear, and others). The difference was amazing. These tires performed beautifully on the test track and provided a level of grip I had not experienced every before. After an entire da of controlled testing and comparison, they held up beautifully with little or no sidewall deterioration. At least one set of the competing tires had horrible sidewall damage. These tires are well worth the money and help make a regular drive an exciting adventure on the road. They are fantastic tires and I will be putting them on my car soon.

Looking for the Best Wet Traction from an All-Season Tire?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Driving in the rain can be a nerve-racking experience on its own, but factor in having a tire that's bad in wet conditions and you can have a recipe for disaster. We have the ability to test tires on our track when it's dry, as well as wet. This is important because there can be a very significant difference when it comes to wet traction between competing tires.

When it comes to choosing a tire with great wet traction and hydroplaning resistance, Tire Rack has a long list of tests we've performed ourselves. In these tests, we highlight important factors such as wet braking, wet steering response and wet cornering g-Force. Also, view customer surveys as they are very helpful when trying to identify which tires provide the best wet traction.

 General Altimax RT43
General AltiMAX
RT43
 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
Michelin Pilot Sport
A/S 3
 Continental Pure Contact with EcoPlus Technology
Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology


If you're looking for an all-season tire with great wet traction and hydroplaning resistance, take a look at the General AltiMAX RT43, Michelin Pilot A/S 3 and Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology. All three choices have tested very well during our in-house tests and are continually rated highly by customers for their wet traction capabilities.

To learn more about the importance of having a tire that can handle wet conditions, read "Hydroplaning: The Role Tires Play."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.7
 
 

2009 Audi A4 2.0 Quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Ambler, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
March 02, 2014

It is a decent tire with predictable traction and supple ride however its traction ability goes down quite a bit as the temperature drops below 30. My tires maybe about half worn now and during this crazy winter we are having in the Northeast of the US the tires on my normally very well behaved car would slide a bit in turns when it got cold + snow/icy.

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

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45
 
 

2003 Chevrolet Tahoe 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 14,000
Location: Lords Valley, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 14,000 Miles on Tires
March 02, 2014

First time using Continental tires. Will not be the last time though.
Surprisingly good tire but I did not see an increase in gas mileage although it is a gas guzzling truck.