Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2014

Purchased a set for my GT since the stock dunlops are a piece of crap during winter.
All I can say is WOW. We have been hit with a lot of snow since last month and all I can say is that I have TOTAL CONFIDENCE in these tires and made my driving a heck of a lot easier.

Dry Traction is good. Noise level is waay quiet compared to the stock dunlops which when traveling at high speeds sound like you are being chased by an ambulance.
Wet Traction is very good.
Freezing rain/ice traction is superb. My tires are not studded (which would help traction during these conditions) but it performed waay better than I expected.

Light snow traction is outstanding.
Deep snow traction is outstanding as well. I was very lazy on shoveling my driveway so it left a very deep chunk of snow which I had no problem getting in and out of. My other car has the continental dws which got stuck entering our driveway :)

Overall, I am very happy with these tires. Save your money and buy these instead of the blizzaks!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Signature II (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Signature II (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2008 Ford Fusion
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Miles driven on tires: 17,000
Location: Farmington, NM
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 17,000 Miles on Tires
January 06, 2014

I bought these tires for my wife's car about a year ago. They made a major difference right away. Initially my wife was traveling a lot, so we put most of the miles they have on them in the first two months. They made a fairly large difference on gas mileage adding about an extra five miles per gallon. (Her driving style has changed to mostly city, so I cannot say if it's still making that much of a difference.) Overall they're fairly quiet and the traction seems good. We live in the high desert, so we only receive one or two good snow storms a year. I drove it through one last year and the car did great with these tires. They seem to be wearing evenly and look like they will last a long time. I'm looking at buying myself a new (used) car and a few I've looked at need tires. I would definitely pick up another set of these for a car I buy.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

2008 Pontiac G8
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Columbia City, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 04, 2014

Haven't really had enough miles to rate these tires fairly, so the rating is based upon the short time we've had them on the car. We have had a slight bit of adverse weather, some ice, some snow, but not really a great chance yet to check them in any kind of serious accumulation. I typically run Goodyear Eagle Ultra Grip's for the winter season, but was required to go this route due to funds. So far, my wife and I have found the Dunlops to ride comfortably and perform very well. We both love driving, and purchased our Pontiac G8 to enjoy our time on the road. We tend to push our cars just a tad harder that the average driver might, so cornering and steering response are a big deal. These tires respond very well considering what we like to ask them to do. The Dunlops are definately helping us to enjoy the winter driving experience.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.09
 
 

2009 Subaru Legacy Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Central Square, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 02, 2014

Compared to General Artic Altimax or Blizzaks we have run on previous Subarus these tires seem to loose grip much sooner in up state New York winter snow. These are far superior to stock all season tires that came on the car, but are not performing to the level I expected.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter MaxxReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55

2003 Audi RS6
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: East Fallowfield, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 02, 2014

I have had the opportunity to drive with these tires in in every type of weather condition from dry, ice packed snow, 5 inch deep snow, and everything in between. Most of my driving has been highway driving and these tires performed well. These tires are absolutely winter tires and you must keep that at the forefront of your mind. I drive a high performance car and I had a chance to race another car with these tires. The tires let me know that they are not made for racing because they were unstable at speeds over 115 mph. Hard to stop. The tires became very unstable. However, when I use them for what they are design to do I felt very confident and safe on the road in any type of weather. I was reluctant in buying these tires because there were no stats on these tires but the sales tech at Tire Rack gave them a good recommendation and my budget convinced me to give them a try. Not a bad tire. Actually they are very good.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.7
 
 

2013 Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTEC Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 750
Location: Whitby, ON
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 750 Miles on Tires
December 26, 2013

I've only had these tires on my car for a couple of weeks but in that time we had a major ice storm and several snow storms. The ice traction is excellent - no issues with stopping, starting or cornering. In snow they are very good - both deep and light snow in both wet/slushy conditions and dry powder conditions. They are not as secure in wet but are manageable. In unplowed conditions I can accelerate like I am on dry pavement and stopping and lane changes are drama free. Not quite as good as the Good Year Ultragrips I used in the past, but since they are not made in my tire sizes, the Dunlops are very good for both my 2013 S Class and my 2013 E Class.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Grandtrek ST30

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Grandtrek ST30 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.58
 
 

2013 Toyota Rav4 XLE
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Miles driven on tires: 7,100
Location: Albany, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 7,100 Miles on Tires
December 18, 2013

These tires came as OE on my 2013 Rav4. I was a little nervous going into winter after reading some of the reviews on this tire. I live in upstate NY and we get plenty of snow. We just had 2 large snow storms this past week. I have to say i am impressed with this tire. Granted the Rav has AWD but i had no issues in light and deep snow and icy conditions. My traction control never came on and the car never even slipped. I just got rid of a subaru impreza that had Michelin Primacys and the traction control always came on in snow. So at least with AWD these tires perform very well in the snow.
Wet traction in rain i also have had no issues, no hydroplaning.
The only complaint i have with the tire is noise. They are a little noisy for a tire with only 7k miles. Ride comfort could be better. So far with 7k miles treadwear is not excessive

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.4
 
 

2006 Volkswagen Passat Sedan 2.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 400
Location: Jonesville, VT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 400 Miles on Tires
December 17, 2013

The tire is hard as a rock!!! Transmits every imperfection from the pavement!!! My car has very fat tires (215/55-16) and even so I can feel every silgle imperfection on the pavement!! The tire now it’s brand new I wonder how it will be when it has 15,000 ou 20,000 on!!!! And to worse things out… they aren’t brilliant on cornering and steering response as you would expect from a rock hard tire. I’ll update later but I really don’t expect good news…

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2009 BMW 135i Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 700
Location: Oakville, ON
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 700 Miles on Tires
December 14, 2013

Purchased this tire as a replacement for my previous set of winter tires (Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3) that were five years old. Overall, the Dunlop's are a very good winter tire. While the dry traction and responsiveness isn't as good as the Michelin's, they're far superior in the snow. We had over a foot of snow today, and I was able to drive my car through unplowed roads without problem. Given how bad the conditions were, getting around with the PA3s would have been much more difficult. While the Dunlop 4Ds aren't the most sporty winter tire, they're more than adequate in dry conditions and will get you where you need to go when the weather turns horrible. I'd recommend these to anyone who needs a good all-around winter tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.8
 
 

2001 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg
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Miles driven on tires: 250
Location: Plainfield, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 250 Miles on Tires
December 12, 2013

We bought two sets of these (see comments about our '11 Jetta...literally the same experience as these). "Wolfy" has 124K on the odometer and is well maintained by my son and I. Although we'e from the Chicago metro area, this vehicle is currently residing in Brookings SD (Go Blizzard!). We had originally installed Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S tyres on the OE BBS 16"s. They're fine for 3 seasons but horrible in the winter weather. Therefore, after many years as a Blizzak fan, I thought we would try something new. So, I opted to "downsize" and bought a set of used OEM 15" alloy wheels, mounted the new Dunlop Winter MAXX tyres, set psi to 34 on them and hauled these in the trunk of our '11 "Etta" the Jetta to my son in SD.
Winter storm Cleon dumped about 7 inches of snow in Brookings a few days later. The difference was making it up the driveway or leaving the car parked in the street! Also, there are a lot of dirt roads in the area that turn into a mud-bath. The Dunlops are great in this slop too. Keep your kids safe and buy some winter tyres asap!
Thank you Tire Rack (I've been a customer for over 20yrs)...
Go #23 - Brookings Blizzard NAHL

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.11
 
 

1995 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
December 11, 2013

Compared to the other Dunlop, Bridgestone, Hankook and current Continental ExtremeWinterContacts I've used on various RWD sports cars, these are without a doubt the worst winter tire I've purchased in the last 15 years.

They're completely adequate in snow and I don't have any complaints. I might go so far as to call them pretty darn good.

The problem is that on cold (<40F), wet pavement they have no grip and are completely unpredictable. If you've driven a pure high-performance summer tire on cold wet pavement, these feel even less secure. Worse, once the car starts to slide, it really doesn't want to stop. In three weeks I've had more "OH SPIT!" moments than in my past 5 years of driving combined.

My Miata on these things makes my more-than-twice-as-powerful M3 on Continental ExtremeWinterContact tires feel like a Subaru. On wet pavement, it's gone from a car that can be tossed and caught ad infinitum to a total widow-maker that starts to squirm around even under normal driving.

In short: good in the snow, remarkably horrible in the wet. Better than an all-season, I'm sure, but there are MUCH better tires for the money.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 01

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 01 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

2014 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Rockville, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 08, 2013

These tires came with my Subaru WRX 2014. I'm an experience driver and today, it snowed in MD and I can tell you that these tires do absolutely nothing for the car. Sadly, it was only 1/4" of slush/snow on the road. You can drive around with these tires, but do not expect them to give you great braking abilities or handling in snow; engine braking is definitely needed.

Otherwise, in dry and wet conditions which the tires were made for, I'm sure they do just fine in warmer conditions. Although, if the temperature is colder, on a turn, it feels as though it is struggling with gripping the road.

I've never had good OEM tires on any cars and I would definitely find another set of tires for my vehicle.
 

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2000 Toyota Avalon XLS
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Boulder, CO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2014

This tire shocked me with its ability to handle snow, slush and ice, even while accelerating and braking up and down hills. These turned a very nice but foolish for Boulder, Colorado, Toyota Avalon into a viable year round car. (I live at the top of town, next to the mountains and few of the roads here are plowed.

My high ratings for noise and ride might be due to the car. (The Avalon is essentially a Japanese Buick, made in Kentucky.)

These are great on hot dry pavement (crossing the desert during California and Moab trips) and the tread wear, given what they can do, is not excessive in my opinion.

Incredibly, while driving very aggressively on the hills in town (when no other cars were around!) and slamming on the brakes going downhill at 15~20 mph on snow over slush resulted in the car stopping as if on bare pavement with no action from the ABS. This was an experiment to see what would happen if I had to stop suddenly. Rather than having a sobering moment, I ended up laughing out loud.

If you think these might be expensive, consider the deductible for a collision. ;-)

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.78
 
 

2003 Mazda Protege 5
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2014

As a compact, light weight car owner, safety with good snow traction was my priority of choosing tires. After stopping the entire traffic on both lanes on highway with my previous car spinning 180 degrees on snow several years ago, I have become extremely nervous and afraid of driving on snow. My car requires tire size which are not with abundance of selections, and previous sets of Kumho and Dunlop Dirrezza were absolutely disastrous. Kumho was excellent in summer, but very unstable on snow and hard to stop. Dunlop was way worse. It was basically impossible to control and stop the car on even just lightly covered snow. Just an inch of snow made Dunlop spin without going forward, and I could not stop my car at red lights several times. My husband did not believe me until he drove the car. Dunlop did poorly in rain, too. I think Kumho was much better. I determined that it would be a serious safety issue to continue driving with Dunlop tires, so I was very happy to trade-in those just 5000 mile tires to get a new set of Continental DWS. It was a big instant relief to drive with these tires I actually felt as soon as I started driving. I finally do not feel nervous driving on the snow, and they kept my compact car going when polar Vortex hit Colorado with 5 inches of snow under zero temperature. Looks on the side wall is not that impressive and it did made a slight noise at first, which soon went away. There's no snow tire available for this car as of today, and I think this is the very best I can get for winter driving. This is a new set and I am not quite sure how long it lasts, but I believe Conti offers 50k warranty. I highly recommend this tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Golf R
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Bel Air, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
December 15, 2013

Having had considerable experience with Dunlop's D3 winter radial on two previous cars, I was curious to see how the D4 would perform on my 2013 VW Golf R. In a word, the new D4 is outstanding.

I had my tires installed in early November, before serious winter weather set in here in Maryland. I noticed immediately that while they were a little less precise in their steering feel than my Michelin Pilot summer tires, they delivered excellent wet and dry traction in cold weather, with no loss of ride comfort and no increased noise level over the Michelins.

However, the acid test for these tires would have to be snowy conditions; after all, that's why I bought them. On Sunday, December 8, I drove from Long Island to my home in Maryland in a serious snowstorm. What would have been a 3 hour trip in good weather became a 7 hour challenge, mostly due to accidents on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Through it all my Golf kept going, with the Dunlops delivering superb traction and excellent steering feel on both fresh and plowed snow. When I got near my home, I went to an empty parking lot, and stopped in about 6" of fresh, moderately wet snow. I engaged first gear, let out the clutch, and punched the throttle...and without drama or excitement, the Golf simply gathered speed and moved straight ahead. I did this several times, with the traction control on and off, and the tire performed equally well. (Yes, with the TC off, I could sense a difference, and a little wheelspin, but it was insignificant.)

Numerically rating a tire like this is tricky: In the non-snow categories, I compared these Dunlops to my summer Michelins. In the winter/snow category, I compared them to my previous Dunlop D3s. In both catergories, they are outstanding, and I will definitely buy them again! :-)

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Enasave 01 A/S

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Enasave 01 A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.45
 
 

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Monroe Township, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2014

These tires are the OEM fitment for my car. My first impression of these tires was that they were quiet, had OK grip levels for normal driving and had dull response - to this day, my opinion hasn't changed. I understand Mitsubishi chose an absurd tire size in order to maximize MPG, but having seat time with a car wearing Bridgestone RE92's, the turn in is mushy, even at 40 PSI, and the tires howl a lot before losing traction.

Speaking of traction, there isn't much. Lateral bite is very strong, assuring you they'll deliver in a panic braking situation - longitudinal traction is another story. These tires aren't dangerous by any stretch of the imagination, even in 5 degree freezing cold winter nights, but for someone who has a heartbeat for racing, they'll be disappointed.

My car also has a very conservative suspension tune, designed for countries like Thailand where many roads are poorly paved, or gravel or dirt. I'll be changing my springs and sway bars soon, to see if the soft suspension settings are the bigger culprit to the car's poor quality of handling.

These tires also don't cut through deep snow very well - or my car's 1,950lb weight is to blame. But they'll get you home in one piece. If 165-65R14 is your only choice, stick with the Potenzas. You'll be happier in the long run.

 

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

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer
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Miles driven on tires: 38,000
Location: Buffalo, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 38,000 Miles on Tires
January 15, 2014

Dear concerned all-season high-performance tire buyers,
As many of you know it is not cheap to buy tires in rare sizes that can handle all weather conditions, much less give you extended tread wear life. I recently purchased my second set of these tires to trudge through my 4-season situation in Buffalo, NY. Now don't get me wrong I love my town but its weather changes everyday, it can range from slush to deep snow to a flood zone to beautifully sunny in less than 2 days. With all of that said I purchased 4 g-max tires to replace my OEM Dunlop sport tires around late 2011(which the Dunlops wore insanely fast, and couldn't handle wet roads much less snow). At the time I considered spending some extra cash and getting a set of continental extreme DWS tires, because at that time the g-max was a brand new tire with little to no reviews. I had an eclipse before the lancer with General Altimax tires on it and was very pleased, so I went the G-Max route. I couldn't have been happier with this tire for the price and its ability to handle dry, wet, and snow with still getting 38,000+ miles out of them, and only had to change them when I hit a large crater in the road we call potholes here and blew out a side wall. The wet condition handling is AMAZING. Never once have I hydro-planed even through large puddles at highway speeds. Snow handling is well above average for a high-performance tire, and dry cornering is also very good but what shines for this tire is it multi-function ability and its value. Needless to say I bought another set as I mentioned and just put them on today it feels like I'm driving a new car again, such a great feeling. And as a frequent Tire Rack customer and review reader I felt it was my time to finally give a little info back. Happy driving!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.33
 
 

2013 Mercedes-Benz E350 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Whitby, ON
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
December 14, 2013

I have only put a few hundred miles on these tires but have been through 1 heavy wet snowfall and now a larger snowfall with deep, light snow and ice. The tires have made my E Class feel solidly planted in snowy weather. The traction control has yet to kick in even with heavy throttle starts - the car just goes. Steering in snow/icy conditions is very stable and direct and stopping is effortless and the ABs doesn't activate. Dry grip is good although the tires do make the car feel a bit numb. The only time I felt a loss of traction was during heavy acceleration on wet pavement.

I have run Blizzaks (didn't like them in deep snow) and GoodYear which I loved, but since GoodYear doesn't make my tire size in UltraGrips, I decided to try these. They are so good I bought a set for my much larger S Class and cannot wait to se how they behave on the larger car.

 

What's the Best Handling Performance Snow Tire?

Thursday, January 16, 2014 by Doc Horvath

Many car enthusiasts like to use their performance vehicles all year long, but for those that live in colder climates, there's a challenge: the Original Equipment summer tires can't provide grip below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. In Europe, the standard is to have a set of performance tires for the summer and a second set of performance tires for the winter.  

One of our recent tests compared the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60, Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D, Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 and Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 to see which one would provide the best balance of performance and winter grip.

To best evaluate the tires' traction levels on ice, we headed back to a hockey rink to measure 60' acceleration times and stopping distances from 12 mph. The Bridgestone and Michelin nearly tied for the quickest times and shortest stopping distances. However, all four were able to beat the figures of any all-season tire.

Before winter arrived in the Midwest, we loaded up the tires and went to a winter test facility in Sweden. While there, we measured each tire's ability to accelerate and brake in light snow, as well as gather subjective ratings of how each tire feels while driving through several inches of groomed snow on a handling course. The Michelin and Pirelli both proved to be responsive and stable when called upon at highway speeds, with the Dunlop and Bridgestone just a little behind. Similar tests were performed on our track when ambient temperatures were in the upper 30°F range to replicate conditions found during the winter season, with both the Michelin and Pirelli tires leading the way.

When all the results were examined, the numbers proved that the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 delivers the best balance of performance in this group, driving well on the road plus providing good ice and wet traction. Pirelli's Winter Sottozero 3 and Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D both have good ice and wet traction and nearly matched the Pilot Alpin PA4's handling on the road. The Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 takes a more focused approach by also providing good ice traction, but it just doesn't have the wet road grip or clear road handling stability of the other three tires.

For a complete recap of our test, read "Testing Performance Winter / Snow Tires: Which have the Right Balance of Performance?"

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

Friday, January 10, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

2008 BMW 335i Sedan
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Location: Irvine, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
November 30, 2013

Dunlop has moved on from the Z1 to the Z2. I've had 5 sets of Z1 between two cars and it wasn't until the last two sets (purchased near the tire's end of life) did I have issues with them. So far, out of a total of 8 tires 6 have been defective in that there would be tears/cracks inside of the tire between the sidewall and the inner liner (casing?) which caused bumpy rides and excessive noise. Visually the tires would bubble out at the side wall as air filled in the cracked cavities. The problems occurred over the course of a year or so though with different mileage on the tires. It could be my fault though on two cars? One AWD subie and the other a 335. My bad for not purchasing the road hazard but i had burned through three sets and hadn't really had issues with them of this kind and the tires didn't last long enough for me to justify (in my mind) the road hazard. This is kind of too little too late but has made me somewhat weary of future purchases with Dunlop. It's somewhat not fair I understand but I had some really bad luck in this last run lol. I may try the Z2 someday but for now the Pilot Super Sports I'm using have been a greater tire for daily duties than the Z1. Maybe I lost some ultimate dry grip and the slightly softer sidewall gives me a hair less turn in response but it's not really much of a difference on the street.