Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Monday, March 3, 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.

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2011 Volkswagen Tiguan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 12, 2014

I made 3000 miles with this tire. My wife drives this car, but I use it when we go to ski together. I went from 235/50 R18 which is OEM for SEL model to 215/65 R16 for winter. It was good decision. I went with this tire, because I wanted hardcore winter tire for this car. My VW CC is equipped with Bridgestone LM-60 (and they perform extremely well).
Anyway, on Tiguan, due to the AWD, these tires are just going forward with gusto. So far no issues, driving on snow packed roads, went through 3ft of snow: no issue!
If you need tire to go to ski, for lot of snow, ice, slush: this is tire for you.
Be aware: This tire is extremely soft, which is good for ice, snow. However, if you live in states where there is no much snow, but have black ice, maybe Michelin X Ice 3 would be better, since it has better dry capabilities. WS 70 is good tire, but on dry you can feel all that softness.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55
 
 

2009 BMW M3 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Atlanta, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 09, 2014

I bought the Conti DWS after much deliberation and comparison research. I am glad to say these tires still exceed my expectations for most performances even after 10,000 miles – especially considering their price. They do tend to flat spot a little after being parked with hot brakes, but their blend of comfort and street type handling is very good. The steering has a small amount of on center delay, but the rate of steering response off center is actually quite quick, linear and appropriate for a Z rated tire. I am also impressed with the relatively long tread wear life available. DWS traction levels in wet or dry conditions are quite high, but slightly down from the highest priced summer tire levels available, but that’s to be expected from an all-season tire. In other words, the traction levels and long tread wear life available are really pretty darn good. If you want sticky summer tires for the track then look elsewhere. If you want well over twice the wear life of the best Z rated UHP summer tires with better comfort, decent steering, and fairly high traction levels (which should please most folks unless your are heading to the track) then this tire is for you. I have had no problems with irregular tread wear nor hydroplaning, but I did notice some low volume, mild tread pattern noise (hum) when the tires were new. Snow traction is good though be careful not to think your driving on winter tires. I found I still had to feather the throttle at red lights. Keep in mind the DWS is not a winter tire, but is a true all-season tire - rather than a three-season tire (like the other guys sell and yet still call them all-season tires). Based on the tire rack survey ratings, it appears other reviewers have noticed the good level of snow traction available from the DWS. Be advised the DWS uses a single ply body casing to help it achieve ride compliance. After 5000 miles the tires needed to be rebalanced. Best balanced, Z rated, all-season, UHP tire on the market today.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.45
 
 

1999 BMW 528i Wagon Sport Pkg
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Miles driven on tires: 99,999
Location: Portland, OR
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 99,999 Miles on Tires
February 09, 2014

I've had these on my 99 BMW Wagon for three years now and have done more than 100,000 miles on three sets of them. Or maybe it's been four sets, I can't remember. Anyway, they're good solid performers, great in wet, pretty quiet and good in snow. I will say though that they definitely don't last up to their 50,000 mile rating, not even close. I usually get about 25,000 out of them before they are toast. The wagons are generally regarded as being hard on tires so with other vehicles these may do better but I haven't been super happy with the mileage I'm getting out of them.

 

Dunlop Direzza ZII Coming Into Stock for the 2014 Season

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

It seems hard to believe, but sooner or later the cold that has gripped most of the country this winter will soon lift and the snow will clear. When this occurs, competition events will be in full swing.

One of last year's hottest and best-selling performers, the Dunlop Direzza ZII, is filtering back into stock, and in many sizes is ready for shipment. This Extreme Performance Summer tire was one of our favorites in an internal test and has achieved much popularity within the ranks of our consumer surveys.

Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experience with the Dunlop Direzza ZII.

"The tires have well exceeded what I expected. I am more confident with these tires than I was with the Original Equipment. The wet traction is something Dunlop should be proud of. I will purchase them again!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-Door STI Limited

"I am a hardcore amateur racer and I've used the ZIIs on my Cayman and they are incredible. In my opinion, this is the best street tire there is." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 Porsche Cayman

The Direzza ZII features a treadwear rating of 200, making it legal for most classes of SCCA and NASA competition. With 26 sizes offered, the ZII offers good market coverage of many popular sizes.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

2011 Audi A4 2.0T quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Woodbridge, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
February 06, 2014

I've had these tires for a bit over 15K miles and am nothing but pleased with them. They do everything I expected them to do, and do it very well. The biggest surprise/bonus has been the wet weather performance. I drove them through so VERY heavy rain storms over the summer, and I never once hydroplaned or felt unstable. And the grip in the wet was great. In the dry they also perform very well. I save the aggressive driving for the track (dedicated track car), but "having fun" on some on/off ramps and some back roads really shows how well these tires grip in the dry. The only downside I've had was that they were pretty loud when new. Louder than I expected, but quieted down after about 1K miles. They're still slightly on the loud side, but nothing extreme or bothersome. Overall, a great tire for the price and would definitely recommend and buy again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.78
 
 

2012 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Bolton, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
February 06, 2014

This is my third set of DWSs. I had them on my Subaru, and recently changed the tires on my GTI from Pirelli PZero Nero to these because The Pirellis were awful in the snow. We got a foot of snow yesterday and the Contis handled it admirably! For a high performance tire the snow traction is outstanding. This is the only all-season tire I've used that could truly handle all seasons. The dry handling isn't as razor-sharp as a high performance summer tire, but it's a minor trade off. I'd rather drive safely all winter and be able to corner at 8/10ths in the summer than skate around all winter just to be able to run at 9/10ths in the summer. I believe this is the best possible tire choice for year round high performance. The only thing better would be having a dedicated set of summer and winter wheels, but I am completely satisfied with the DWS under all conditions. Ride comfort improved, too.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4
 
 

2012 Ford Flex Titanium
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Clarkston, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2014

First reaction to these tires was, why is my car so much quieter? Apparently the OE Goodyear tires contributed more noise than I realized. Ride conform was also noticeably improved. If this were the only reason I purchased these tires, then this would be enough. But I was even more impressed with winter driving experience as I drove immediately to northern Michigan for the Sno*Drift rally which lead me down many snow and ice covered two track roads, which it handled with ease. Temps were in the low single digits and below zero and traction in snow or on pavement was excellent. The return trip south on expressway, I was able to use the snow covered left lane with confidence. At this early stage of ownership, very happy. Looking forward to judge performance on dry roads in warmer weather.

 

Which Type of Winter / Snow Tire Is Right for Me?

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Doc Horvath

Like anything else that relates to your car, tires are available in a variety of models that can be fine tuned to best match what you need. Selecting the best tire starts with narrowing your search to one of our Performance Categories, which Tire Rack has developed by using our own test results, customer survey results and manufacturer recommendations. These Performance Categories help focus your search by comparing tires with similar characteristics, allowing you to choose the best tire for how and where you drive. For dedicated winter / snow tires, there are three categories to choose from.

Studless Ice and Snow

In this category, tires use aggressive tread patterns and the latest high-tech rubber compounds to provide ice and snow traction similar to traditional studded snow tires. Customers that focus on this category are looking to get the best snow and ice traction possible, with the understanding that when the roads are clear, your high speed handling will be a little less responsive than a traditional all-season tire. A few options to consider in the category, include the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Michelin X-Ice Xi3, Dunlop Winter Maxx and Continental ExtremeWinterContact.

Performance Winter / Snow

Options from the Performance Winter / Snow category feature tires with tread patterns and rubber compounds that are tuned to improve dry and wet traction, along with high speed handling. Drivers that aren't expecting to see heavy or persistent accumulations of snow and want a tire that will handle and perform more like the performance tires the vehicle most likely came with when new will benefit from a Performance Winter / Snow tire. If this sounds like your style of driving, then take a look at the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32, Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 and Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D.

Studdable Winter / Snow

Studdable Winter / Snow tires are designed to allow the installation of optional metal studs to enhance ice and snow traction. Customers that focus on this category are looking for a low cost winter tire option and are willing to allow for more road noise and less comfort than Original Equipment tires. Studded tires are often subject to state laws that dictate when (or if) they can be used, so always check local laws before selecting a tire from this category. Tires in this category include the Firestone WinterForce UV, General AltiMAX Arctic and Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter.

Take a look at our Winter Tire Decision Guide to help you choose the best tire for handling winter conditions. 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

1998 Toyota Sienna XLE
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 27, 2014

I tried getting through the winter on Continental's ExtremeContact DWS, but too often the minivan was sliding around. The ExtremeWinterContacts have a bunch more grip on snow covered roads. I ordered a set of 5 to use the fifth as a full-size spare, and the asymmetric tread pattern allows a full 5 tire rotation. I could probably have gone with the smaller base model Sienna 205/70R15 size, but the 215/65R15s handle quite well. Even the dry road handling is much better than the junky all-seasons that came with the van. This is the third winter season on them and there is still good traction. I ran them last weekend at an ice trial on a frozen lake, and they performed quite decently on the ice. They do seem to be wearing a bit quicker than other winter tires I've had, but some of that may be do to the Sienna being a larger vehicle.

 

Non-Run-Flat All-Season Tire Option for BMW X5 (20" Wheels)

Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

One of the most difficult vehicles to outfit with all-season tires is the BMW X5 and X6 with staggered 20" wheels. Unfortunately, with the 275/40R20 front and 315/35R20 rear tire sizes, there aren't any run-flat options up to the task of performing in snowy conditions.

Luckily, for drivers willing to step away from a run-flat tire, Continental offers a fantastic choice. Their ExtremeContact DWS (DWS for Dry, Wet and Snow) has been one of our highest rated Ultra High Performance All-Season tires for quite some time and is available for the X5 and X6. While some tires in the category don't perform well in cold temperatures, the DWS has the highest ratings in the category for light snow and deep snow traction.

The ExtremeContact DWS features Tuned Performance Indicators -- visible letters molded into the second rib from the outboard shoulder to alert drivers of the tire's performance levels. A visible "DWS" indicates the tire has sufficient tread depth for dry conditions as well as wet roads and light snow. After the "S" has worn away, the remaining "DW" indicates the tire is only suitable for dry and most wet road conditions. And after the "W" and "S" have both worn away, the remaining "D" indicates the tire has appropriate tread depth for dry conditions only.

To view all tire options for your BMW, shop by vehicle.

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 Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7

2007 BMW 550i Sedan Sport Package
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
December 26, 2009

I decided to use my OEM wheels to mount these tires. I was somewhat skeptical prior to purchasing them and did a ton of homework. Chicago winters are extremely harsh. Having a sport sedan, I wanted to keep the sporty look during the winter months while maintaining some level of performance. I have driven in ice, (heavy) snow, rain and extreme cold. I felt extremely confident (handling and performance) with these tires. I don't know how other tires perform but I'm sold on these for the long haul.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2007 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Fulton, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 17, 2014

Fantastic tire. Extremely smooth and quite with excellent grip and amazing tread life. I have had these tires for over 10,000 miles and still over 70% tread depth remaining. This tire has all the characteristics of a solid performance tire while also providing a smooth ride and excellent, long, tread life. I wouldn't be surprised if I got 30,000 miles on this tire, which is unheard of for a performance tire with this level of traction.

 

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: 8.22
 
 

2012 Buick Regal GS
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: La Porte, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2014

I have to say, I never thought I would like a snow tire as much as I liked my Blizzak's, but these tires have been amazing. Here in northern Indiana, we have seen every type of winter condition--slush to ice. The tires never failed to perform. They have a bit of a sing to them on wet pavement but are otherwise a very quiet tire. So far, I am extremely happy and would recommend this tire!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2013 Chrysler Town and Country
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: SILVER SPRING, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 25, 2014

I live in MD and we don't get much snow around here so a winter tire is overkill, unless like me you go looking for snow to get your skiing fix. Purchased these Conti's two weeks ago and already took a trip up to Vermont over MLK holiday. I'm very impressed by this tire. I read all the reviews about winter tires and road noise in dry conditions but I didn't notice any difference between these and my OEM Yokohama's. It could be the weight of the car that makes things better, noise wise, as compared to what other reviewers noticed. The stability is a bit off but I'm driving a minivan so I was not expecting much. On our recent trip to VT (with a return detour through the Poconos PA) we hit snow, slush, ice and windy roads. The tires performed admirably again and again. Up moderately steep mountain roads covered with 4in of fresh snow and hard packed snow under... no problem (but I had to use the manual shifter to keep it steady traction in 3rd gear and engine brake going down), slush on the highways... no problem, ice on some of the byways... well, abs engaged when stopping a few times but I think that's how it's suppose to work. I was originally worried about the unique pattern of the Conti's and was going to go with the Michelin's (used them and lowed them when I lived in the snowy part of Europe) but the price difference was a big factor for me given that I would be using these tires max 3 mo out of the year. Tirerack delivery was great. Got my tires in two days.

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

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

1998 Volvo V70 AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Middlebury, VT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
June 09, 2010

I bought a set of these on sale at $78ea, I have to say the Dunlops proved to be ecellent tres overall, with their weakest ponts being treadwear and wet traction, both of whch were still quite good for a soft compound performance-oriented winter tire. At the time of purchace I lived on a diet back road on a mountain and worked at a ski resort, which required some highway driving to reach as well. The dunlops perforned admirably in foul weather, offering confident grip on both light snow and icy roads, and with the ability to churn through 8+ inch deep snow successfully, the AWD didn't hurt them in this capacity, but it was, none theless an excellent performance. Dry road performance was more than adequite, offering low-noise, decent grip and a compliant ride. Driving mountain roads every day I did notice that turn-in, especially on my heavy volvo could have been better, and the sidewalls did feel a little squishy in aggressive conering, but the performance was good enough for me to leave them on for the summer, which is what killed them. Don't run these tires as an all season. I ran them well past reasonable treadwear, and they resisted hydroplaning quite well, but at the end it wasnt the tire's fault they were just worn beyond their useful life. If you driive winter highways and secondary roads the So Wintersport 3D is agreat choice, offering excellent foul weather performance and a real step-up in dry-road performance versus other extreme duty rated snow tires I've owned. Take them off in the summer and they should give you plenty of excellent winter performance. -i replaced them with a used pair of Wintersport IV's, which were a genuinely aggressive dry road tire, and still managed excellent snow performance, perhaps not quite as good as the 3Ds, but they were even gummier, and already partly worn when I got them, which made for exceptionaly short tread lfe, less than 15,000 miles.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38

2004 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Tulsa, OK
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2011

Just went through an unexpected blizzard within the last month and I must say these tires performed quite admirably! I purchased these tires mid-December knowing the Ling Long's that came on the vehicle wouldn't be able to handle any snow since there were the absolute worst tires I have ever had on a vehicle and could barely handle dry pavement. The Ling Long's had a very decent looking tread pattern, but that is the only good thing I can say about them. Anyways, about the DWSs, I had narrowed my search down to these and a set of Sumitomo's HTR A/S P01. The only real reason I chose the Continentals over the Sumitomos was due to availability. I have yet to find anything wrong with the DWSs. They handle great on dry pavement, haven't really noticed much hydroplaning (though it has been a dry winter in OK) and are, as stated before, great on snow and ice. These tires also greatly improved the horrid torque steer that was abundantly apparent with the Ling Long's. I also noticed a marked improvement in road noise and comfort. I would HIGHLY recommend these tires to anyone, especially anyone with an Acura TL with a 6-speed manual transmission, GREAT TIRES!!!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.18
 
 

2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
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Miles driven on tires: 1,300
Location: Glen Burnie, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,300 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2014

I purchased this car with OEM Bridgestone summer hi-per tires that were worn out, it was very noisy inside, rough/hard ride, and it tramlined on pavement changes. The seller warned me not to begin winter on these tires. I researched Tire Rack and this new design had the properties I was looking for. I was a little worried as I read some owner feedback about sluggish turn-in and don't expect a summer UHP tire's performance. After putting a set of 4 on the STI, I couldn't be happier! My car was transformed, dramatic lowering of cabin noise, my wife now wants to go in the STI now, vs "it's too loud to talk" from before. Just the quiet cabin would have been plenty, but now the comfort level is also much improved. The car no longer transmits every pebble, bump, imperfection to the driver, now it smooths over the small things, and lessens the pothole impacts. I no longer increase grip pressure on the steering wheel when I encounter a seam in the road, the tires don't tramline and sail over joint in the road without diverting their line. The Hankook's have been great in rain, slush, and 4" of snow, traction and stopping are first rate. They aren't much help on ice, but only a studded tire will help on ice? I am extremely satisfied with the Ventus S1 Noble 2 tires, they have made my STI a joy to drive in everyday use.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle RS-A

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle RS-A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5
 
 

2010 Nissan Maxima 3.5
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Miles driven on tires: 59,000
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 59,000 Miles on Tires
August 19, 2013

RSA tires are a dichotomy (extreme good/bad). I am writing to warn that GY must have changed design, manufacturing process/location or materials for the RSA for the worst. Our 2010 Nissan Maxima SV-Sport originally came with the GY RSA tire & we loved it for what it was (all-season performance style tire for family 4-door sports car). It was smooth comfortable relatively-quite cruising tire, and yet handled at 8/10ths of a hard core tire on this 4-door sports car (Note I own a 2008 Corvette Z06, so I know what hard-core cornering cars can do). The RSAs had excellent dry/wet traction with a confidence-inspiring heavy rain stability. It lasted 59,000 miles with even wear!! I only changed them then, as my wife began to notice stability issues in torrential downpours. Tire Rack had 4 different RSAs available in the size listed for our car. As an engineer, my wife has accused me of "modifying" her cars in the past. Normally, I found GY performance tires to be inferior over 20 years, but the RSAs were so good, that I paid extra to get the exact same tire. The new RSAs remained smooth and balanced, but suddenly the car would just not track straight down the road. At speed above 50 mph, driving became exhausting (constantly correcting for wandering). At slower speeds in parallel traffic on uneven roads, it wandered/veered so bad, that I was afraid I would sideswipe cars. It did not pull to one side, so was not 1 tire. Tire pressures correct & I paid for an alignment, although prior tire wear was perfect. Tried rotating tires. Still wandered. If these new RSAs had come with the Maxima, I NEVER WOULD HAVE BOUGHT IT. THAT BAD! Then I read the TR reviews. Early reviews (Maxima model came out in 2009) were great on RSAs, but I noted a # of complaints after mid-2010. I felt sick about having to live with the RSAs, that I would go crazy. Tire Rack took them back for a full refund thru GY. TR sent Michelin Pilot Super Sports & problem immediately gone! MPSS=outstanding!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution RS
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Hamilton, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
November 22, 2013

This is the best street tire out there if your looking for the fastest lap times. Dry grip is amazing, steering feel is sharp and super fast, wet grip is even very good at 100+mph felt no loss of traction with wet track conditions and pouring rain, I was impressed. They never overheated on the road course with 30min sessions. Braking grip is very good too.
Very stiff sidewalls and these tires do run very wide. I've done 6 trackdays and the tires still look great! So treadwear is lasting longer than i expected. And I drive to and from the track.
Overall performed excellent in every way, except price...it is very expensive compared to other extreme performance tires but I think its still worth it.
Buy this tire you won't be disappointed! And now they have the updated AD08-R version?
So even better??