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 DW

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2008 Audi S5
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Amherst, NH
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 15, 2014

This is a great tire but to be honest, you're unlikely to go wrong with any of the top "max performance summer tire" competitors (thinking Michelin, Continental, Bridgestone, Dunlop, Goodyear, Pirelli). If you read the reviews, you'll notice the Conti Extreme DW is supposed to do better in the wet than the Michelin PSS's but also to have a bit less grip at the limit and a bit less feedback. In my experience with both tires on the same car, that seems fair but the difference is so slight you would only notice it if you had driven on the Michelins earlier in the day (which I did) or if you do autocross (which I do not but I'm sure the times can reveal even the slightest differences). Even then, the Michelins were at the end of their lives so they shallower tread might have been the difference I was feeling and not a "real" difference in performance. The fact is, even close to triple the on-ramp speed limit, it is hard to notice much difference. However, the Conti's definitely wear longer than the Michelins or the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT tires that are OE on the S5. With so litle difference in performance, you're left going on more pedestrian concerns like treadwear. My Dunlops were shot at about 15k miles and the Michelins didn't only made it to about 20k (admitedly with an aggressive driver at the wheel). I'll update if things change but it looks like I'm going to easily clear 20k miles on the Contis. Of course, when you're driving the sort of car these tires go on, the price of the tire or miles of use really shouldn't make much difference. I only mention it because changing tires every 15k miles can get to be a bit of an inconvenience.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Premier A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.86
 
 

2014 Mazda Mazda6
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Miles driven on tires: 800
Location: Madison, CT
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 800 Miles on Tires
May 19, 2014

Replaced the 19 inch dunlop low profile (5000 sport) that came with car with 17 inch allow wheels and the new michelin premeier. Could not take the road noise and harsh ride from the oem dunlop sport 5000. Ride is much better, quieter and far smoother. Road noise is lowered and the harsh, bone jarring ride, on highways with potholes or all types, is vastly improved. Interesting to note that the steering response is somewhat firmer, with more resistance, and that is also improved over the stock tires, because it is more natural, with better road feel. All in all a great choice for highway cruisers like me.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.22
 
 

2013 Nissan Altima Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,300
Location: Newport News, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,300 Miles on Tires
March 17, 2014

These tires are OEM, so I have nothing to compare to. So far the worst performance was in the light snow and ice we've had this winter, where I'm driving about 10-15 mph and the car going virtually straight ahead when I turn the wheel. Keep in mind this car has stability control, ABS and is FWD. I can't say I've been impressed with that. Nevertheless they've performed well in dry and wet conditions so far. I feel they've handled well given the cars handling ability. It would be easier to provide a better review if I had other tires on the car to compare to, so some of my ratings are guesses. If I can I will update this review after a while.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza DZ102

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza DZ102 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2
 
 

2009 Acura TSX
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Rochester, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 29, 2014

I bought the DZ 102's because they were priced well and I really needed summer tires. I only have driven on these for a few weeks but must say these tires rock! The dry grip is much better than the factory Michelin's. They have a stiffer sidewall so the my cornering and handling has really improved. And the sound/road noise is a drastic improvement over the factory tires. I have not driven on these tires in the rain yet. I would buy these again from what I have experienced so far. My only complaint so far is that they look less aggressive when mounted on my car then I expected. They are a very nice looking tire off the car and from the side view but, the view of the tread from behind my car is less aggressive than I expected.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2009 Honda Fit Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Easton, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 15, 2012

I am a Michelin Hydroedge fan. I drive diesel VWs so I purchase tires that are comfortable at higher inflations (40+psi) and great handling tires so that I can maintain momentum through turns. This is critical to my high MPG driving style. The Hydroegde is about as good as it gets in that department since they are low rolling resistance tires (LRR), the ride is still comfortable over 40 psi and they offer handling performance of a high performance tire even though they are listed as a passenger tire. Unfortunately they are not available for my Honda Fit. I was faced with only 5 choices for my car, and the brand new Dunlop 7000 tires that came with the car felt like bricks. Wet weather performance is terrible on the Dunlops. So, the Yokohama Avid Ascend was it. They intrigued me with the Orange Oil, LRR, Made in the USA and Blue earth advertizing. But the proof is where the rubber meets the road. The tires are scary... at first. At recommended inflations (30-32 psi)the new tires are very inconsistent and sidewalls are soft. They have grip in dry and wet, they are comfortable and quiet on the road, but until they wear in, the first few miles of driving are scary. The back of the car felt loose until the tire grabbed which is unsettling. I felt this in the Goodyear Triple tread also when they were new so I gave it a couple of days and after a couple of heat cycles these too felt better. The installer set them at 30 psi. Once the tires settled in I experimented with pressures and found 41 in the front and 36 in the back provides neutral handling through turns. 40 front and back made the car very tail happy as the outer and inner inch of tread of the rear tire was not touching the road. At 35 the sidewall was too soft moved a lot. Once they are set properly I find them to be comfortable, quiet and grippy tires- very good in the rain. Definitely feel like LRR tires compared to the Dunlops, the car feels more stable and sporty- but they are no hydroedges.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza DZ102

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza DZ102 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.17
 
 

2000 Acura Integra LS
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Bloomington, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
May 01, 2014

I've had these for about 2000 miles now, with a very evenly combined city / highway mixture, having just completed a 1000 mile road trip. I was initially very attracted to the price of the DZ102, but was slightly concerned about how they would perform in wet conditions, especially after reading several reviews regarding the performance of the DZ101. These tires absolutely love warm conditions, and stick very well to dry pavement, with fantastic feedback at highway speeds, and in city driving as well. Under wet conditions, the tires didn't flinch. They have great feedback, and allow only the slightest amount of give when they're pushed hard, but have a very linear feel to them that gives you plenty of notice when they're on the edge. They're very quiet on the highway, with minimal road noise; it's not imperceptible, but still remarkably quiet. These made the car feel very planted, and I didn't notice any 'tracking' or 'squirming', although I made sure to get an alignment immediately afterwards.

So far, great tire for the price. I'll update my review after I've covered some more miles.

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: 8.5
 
 

2004 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Mill Creek, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
June 07, 2014

Overall for a performance tire at this price it is excellent with a catch. The ride characteristics are great for this category of tire in normal driving conditions, very smooth even on chewed up roads and relatively quite. Tons of traction particularly while corning, more then the Dunlop SP9090s and Goodyear F1 Asymmetrics I've had on the same car. Unlike both those this tire has very soft side walls. This is partly why the grip in the corners is so good as it holds on where the others would start to slide, however this also leads to a lot of side wall deflection - not a big deal in normal driving but if you are doing hard cornering with quick directional change it will be. In such cases there is a fair amount of 'lag' as the tires unload from one side then reload on the other - during this time car has very disconnected feel - steering wheel is turned but you aren't turning yet - depending on the severity of the situation once the tires re-engage it can unsettle the car and in extreme instances has caused the stability control on my car to engage where other tires in the same situation this didn't happen. Upping the PSI above recommended settings mitigate this some at the cost of ride/noise comfort and tread wear.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza ZIIReviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: APO, AE
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
May 30, 2014

Wow!! These tires far exceeded my expectations. Second weekend I had them on I went and did a open track day at a famous F1 track, Spa-Francorchamps Circuit in Belgium, and man did these tires perform! I have driven with them thru light and heavy rain already and have had no feeling of loss of control on the highway. Driving around the city and its wet outside on some turns I can feel my car under steer even though my it's AWD. Another thing I have noticed is when I get to 60 MPH I can hear a little tire noise but it's not bad. Over all a pretty quite tire, sticky when the tires get warm and its not raining and the price is outstanding for what you get. I fully recommend these to anyone that wants excellent summer tires with out spending $1600 on tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Friday, May 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.36
 
 

2012 Volkswagen Passat 2.5L
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Whitney Point, NY
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2014

I decided to buy winter tires just before the first forecast snow storm in my area. I live in upstate NY. The in-stock selection was low, the service manager suggested I try the Winter Maxx. I've never previously owned a set of Dunlop's, but with the only alternative available to me being the "house brand" I told the manager I'd take the Dunlops. I have not regretted that decision for a moment.

First off, the ride is very good for a snow tire with aggressive tread. Any decent snow tire is going to have some more noise and be bit rougher than all-seasons, but in the case of the Winter Maxx the drop-off in ride quality was very slight. If I was told I had to ride these all year I could handle it. Steering responsiveness takes the biggest hit, but is still within acceptable limits.

My usual commute to work takes me across two valleys before I get to the highway that takes me into town. That means I have to climb out of two valleys. Both of the hills I climb get brief sunlight so they are often snow covered for days following a storm. This is my first season without four wheel drive in many years. I was a little nervous that my VW Passat would not get me up the hills that I needed to climb in order to get to work. I'm happy to report that neither the Passat, nor the tires let me down. Not once during the winter did I fail to make the climb up the two hills, and for those who may not know, we had a very rough winter in upstate NY relative to recent years. Traction was very good and the car tracked extremely well. I would also mention that the second hill that I climb is particularly challenging as there is a sharp curve just prior to the steepest part which limits the approach speed. Braking performance was also very good as I have to go down the same hills in the evening that must climb in the morning.

Tread wear has been minimal so far. Tires were rotated twice during the winter and I'm fanatical about tire pressure. Worth every penny, would buy again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, May 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2014 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 6,711
Location: State College, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,711 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2014

This is a great tire, but not great for this car and my driving style. I sized this -1 (factory OEM is 17"), and in doing so created the majority of my "gripes" I have with this tire. The size I bought it in has been discontinued.

I have been using snows for the past 20 years, and I've tried Blizzaks, Generals, Firestones, Goodyears, Dunlops. I average around 7K a year driving in the winter on snows.

Good: The tire is an exceptional snow tire. Period. Snow to this tire is a traction additive. Deep snow, slush, light snow - not a problem. The tire hangs on very well when set on a singular course in the dry. Reasonably quiet. Stable under braking.

Bad: If you're a normal driver (commuter), *obey* the speed limit, etc. 95% of the bad won't apply to you. Because it is an exceptional snow tire, it leaves a lot to be desired in the dry. This tire is heavily siped so the tread-blocks are squishy. Full throttle acceleration isn't advised.

The web is full of comments of people complaining about the soft sidewalls, which I didn't heed. The sidewalls are *soft* and as a result I feel the tire compress over bumps before the car does. Somewhat unsettling if your car is stiffly sprung like the WRX is as you feel it "pogo" over transitions. Should you need to do a quick transition at highway speeds it is a sphincter clinching event. Just plan on hitting whatever you're trying to avoid if you're doing anything over 40 - the tires are easily overwhelmed.

Conclusion:

- A GREAT SNOW TIRE
- Very soft sidewalls - not intended for "sportier" or "firmly damped" cars.
- Surprisingly good tread wear - I wore off less than 2/32nds in 6711 miles of driving.
- These are not Blizzaks - on ice you're pretty much on your own unless you get studs. Given the price, I wasn't expecting them to match a Blizzak's performance.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050 DSST

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050 DSST Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.4
 
 

2014 Infiniti Q50S 3.7
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Shingle Springs, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 19, 2014

These are horrible. Loud, stiff, unresponsive junk. They are a Run Flat tire so that's got a lot to do with it. I replaced them in 1000 miles with a set of Bridgestone SP-04s: what a HUGE difference that made in the car! These go into the cellar for the end of lease return.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza ZII Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

1991 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 65
Location: Westport, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 65 Miles on Tires
April 21, 2014

Fantastic tire. Very, very sticky in the dry. If your temps are near 40F, they're just blocks of rubber; but you already knew that if you're researching summer tires. An astonishing amount of grip in aggressive off & on ramp and back roads carving. Haven't taken the car to auto-x yet with the tires, but I'm looking forwards to it since the street driving hasn't been anything but rewarding so far. Looking forwards to seeing how quickly I can find their limit on the course.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza DZ102

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza DZ102 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

2013 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 500
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2014

I've had these tires on my 2013 WRX Hatch for the last 500 miles and they've already seen all 4 seasons being that I live in New York. Although they're meant to be summer tires they've exceeded my expectations in the cold and wet. Not once have I felt like I'm not in control of the car wet or dry. I mostly use my car to commute approx. 40 miles highway round-trip and the road noise is minimal. On the weekends I definitely do some spirited driving around the local twisties and these tires keep me confident in the corners.

Overall, great traction in wet, dry, cold conditions, almost no road noise, and the steering response is pretty spot on. I'd definitely recommend these tires.

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 Michelin LTX M/S2

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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

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

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

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

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2005 Volkswagen Jetta 2005.5 (New Jetta MKV)
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Altamont, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
March 10, 2014

I can't express how impressed I am with these Dunlop tires. As a former Nokian Hakkapeliitta buyer, these Dunlop WinterMaxx tires perform at least as well in snow and ice, and they're priced much better than the "premium" winter tires out there. They handle well in wet or dry, and have been exceptional on snow & ice where my car would go when others were stuck during this tough winter. I have only 3 months so far on the tires all winter 2013-2014, so long-term wear (not usually a strong point of winter tires) isn't fully known though no excessive wear is evident at this point. I can confidently recommend these winter tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.18
 
 

2010 Infiniti EX35 AWD Journey
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Little Rock, AR
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
March 04, 2014

It came as OE for my infiniti which is AWD. I am researching tires for my other car as unfortunately I sold my infiniti, over this last snow storm my new car slipped and ran into curb causing lots of damage. Any case I used to drive on these tires in snow and quater inch ice. Actually I was the designated driver for my co workers as they usually got stuck at home due to ice. I live up a hill and had no major trouble getting in and out with significant ice on the road and no one else on the street even trying to attempt the drive.
The reason I chose to write this review was most infiniti EX owners are unhappy with this tire. I had a very different experience with them.
The road noice was better then average. They seemed to absorb pot holes well. Dry and wet traction was above average ( never really could slip them despite quite aggressive driving ) ---- near close to Bridgestone potenza pole one my BMW 535i ( which is the highest rated tire for that car), another comparison I can do is for the duler sport AS which are again OE on Infiniti JX AWD (highly rated on tire rack surveys ) again these Dunlop beat them hands down in snow and ice traction. I suspect duler sport AS might be some better in summer/ dry conditions.
I suspect some folks expect too much from their all season cross over tires. They are not summer performance tires. My suspicion is that owners of small cross overs with powerful engines think that their cars should perform like sports cars they really are not , the chassis is too soft (for compliant ride) center of gravity is too high. Infiniti EX will never perform like a BMW 335i or 535i all of these have v6 motors and about 300 horses to spare. That is one reason I swapped EX with a S5 which is sitting at a body shop.
I usually don't write reviews but reading these mixed reviews about dunlops I felt like I needed to share my thoughts/experience.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45
 
 

2002 BMW 525i Sport Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: La Crescent, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 27, 2014

Like how PA4 communicates to driver in ice or snow conditions. First winter on the PA4 but has proved grippy and secure. Can tell when tire will break away on fresh or packed snow and what it takes to bring it back. More sophisticated than an average snow tire. In times past used Nokian, Blizzack, Dunlop, and many standard or high performance snow tires on various vehicles. Thus high expectations, even though there are few reviews of PA4. Interesting that Porsche had been involved with development too. We usually have traction control devices engaged in cars --on mode– when entering harsh weather. Recently, however, have been turning off DSC in Bimmer sport-wagon, as control and performance of vehicle seems even better with PA4's. Car handled better without using DSC. Added control with such throttle response has been fun and added new dynamic. Generally enhanced winter driving experience in the 5 Series wagon with sports suspension. Rear wheel drive BMW has been easier to drive fast in snow and ice latley, yet with more control. Car more predicable now. Cornering to date has been superb in dry/wet conditions and the sidewall feels firm while offering quiet, comfortable ride. Have not pushed tires too hard yet, as want to give belts and rubber break in period. Yet already feels like an Ultra High Performance tire with intriguing winter capability. Have not yet finished testing and haven’t been in really deep, heavy snow, but if these are first indications of what to expect then we're excited. For higher performance, lower clearance vehicles this should be a serious candidate for winter consideration. Looking forward to also trying the Michelin Xi-3 on other cars, as we are also big fans of the Conti Extreme Winter Contact which was very impressive on a Saab we own. That and the PA4 seem like the real leaders currently. Shall report back as we find out more about PA4 on BMW. Thus far does seem like a game changer in winter segment. Thanks Tirerack.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Bloomfield Hills, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 07, 2014

I have always believed that Blizzaks are the best winter tires you can get. My car feels planted and surefooted with these tires. There is no excessive ABS and traction interventions when I am driving. I am very impressed as how smooth the tires are on the highways and on the back roads. It is comfortable and still provides excellent steering feel unlike the older Bridgestone Blizzaks. It handles better then my all season Michelins. The road noise is average for winter tire. The traction in light snow is fantastic! Even in deep snow, my car can claw through the pack snow plus ice without getting stuck. Compared to Dunlop Wintersport 3D and Michelin Pilot Alpin Pa4 which are also performance oriented tires, the Blizzaks have better handling with better snow capabilities unlike the former two tires. I highly recommend these tires.