Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, December 10, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88
 
 

2006 Infiniti G35 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Knoxville, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
November 10, 2012

the 2006 infinity was traded in shortly after putting on the tires. I liked the quite ride, and the tracktion was almopst as good as the summer high performance original equipment tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position

Thursday, November 8, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole PositionReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73

2010 Infiniti G37x Sedan Anniversary Edition
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Miles driven on tires: 31,000
Location: Media, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 31,000 Miles on Tires
October 30, 2012

Switched out OEM Dunlops for these on my 2010 G37xS. So far they have 31K miles, mostly highway but a fair amount of city, too; mostly dry and wet conditions, rare but heavy snow falls, ice, slush, etc. On my previous G35S, drove with Bridgestone RE050s for 12K, Goodyear Eagle F1s for 15K, Kumho Ecsta LX Platinums for 35K, after having driven Michelin Pilot Exaltos on a 1990 Maxima for years. The Kumho Ecsta LX Platinums are the quietest, most comfortable tire I've ever driven, period--amazing. The Goodyear Eagle F1s were complete trash--wandering all over concrete, loud like a helicopter after 10K, horrible wet traction, but I think GY may have updated the tire. The Bridgestone RE960AS now have 31K--they barely just passed state inspection and I was planning on replacing them very soon, when hurricane Sandy just hit. For the past two days, I drove through 50 mph wind gusts and torrential rains at speeds up to 90 mph ON TREAD THAT'S ALMOST GONE--WOW! I only risked the speeds because there was no one in sight on I95 south of Philly--wanted to see what the hydroplane threshold would be. These things are incredible. Every other tire I've ever driven, with this little tread, would never have been safe beyond 75mph in heavy rain. These things just plowed through, handled lateral acceleration fairly well up to 65mph, got me home safely with minimal triggering of AWD. From the standpoint of a father and husband, these are the tires I want on my wife's car when she's driving my daughter in the rain.

From the beginning, their dry traction has been incredible--steering response, turn in, feel, and high speed stability hardly second to RE050 max performance summers at 130mph. Only dedicated snow tires get anything higher than a 6 out of 10 for winter performance, but I did drive these through the horrendous east coast snow storms of 2010--they easily held their own. I'm upgrading to RE970AS today, but these were well worth the money.

Winter / Snow Tires for BMW M3 Competition Package

Thursday, November 8, 2012 by Ben Rooney

The Competition Package (ZCP) for the BMW M3 includes 19" wheels that are a half-inch wider than the standard options. We commonly recommend 235/35R19 on the front and 255/35R19 on the rear for a typical M3 Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, but those sizes will give a stretched look on the ZCP wheels. While the 9" and 10" wide wheels are technically within the recommended range for these tire sizes, winter tires tend to run slightly narrow, and the net result is a tire that looks like it's stretched to fit the wheel. 

A better solution when using ZCP wheels for winter driving is the combination of 255/35R19 front and 275/35R19 rear tires. While the wider sizes are generally not preferred for deep snow use, they're the better choice for this particular wheel application. Bridgestone's Blizzak LM-60 is offered in these size configurations for the 2012-13 winter season. If you need narrower tires for more severe snow and ice conditions, an 18" Winter Tire & Wheel Package would be the recommended size.

See what customers are saying about their experience with the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 to help you in your search for a winter tire:

"Totally impressed with the ice and snow traction from these Blizzaks. Being a rear-wheel drive car, they really hook up and get me going. Deep snow or ice-covered roads are no problem for these. Good job, Bridgestone!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS500

"I have had these tires for about two months and I can say that they perform very well in winter conditions. Being a powerful car (2002 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe), these tires have never come close to slipping when starting and stopping on ice. I fully endorse and recommend these tires to anybody with a smaller, AWD sports car." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe

"This is the premier winter tire, and for good reason. Never again will I go another Wisconsin winter without a set of these. It's literally a night and day difference when driving on this tire in the snow, slush and ice. We recently experienced one of the worst snow storms here in Southeast Wisconsin - part of my area got hit with more than 20" of snow in less than a day. Even in the unplowed driveways and side streets, I was able to get to work the next day with no problems!' -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2007 Volkswagen GTI

"These tires shined in the Chicago Blizzard in early 2011. When most people were sitting and spinning, I was confidently driving forward." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 Infiniti G35 Coupe Performance Wheel Package

Create a Winter/ Snow Tire & Wheel Package that's right for your application.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V4 ES H105

Thursday, October 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V4 ES H105Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.27

2006 Infiniti G35X Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Bellevue, NE
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
September 27, 2012

After 30,000 miles I am still pleased with these tires. The all-around performance is very good. These are all-season tires, and as such they have to try and do all things well. They manage great in wet weather, very good on dry pavement and acceptable in the snow. They've worn very well, I think I have probably 15-20K miles left on them. I like to drive the Infiniti as it was meant to be driven from time-to-time, and these tires don't disappoint.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity PlusReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62

2007 Infiniti G35X Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Boston, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
July 30, 2012

Best Tires I have ever driven on. I have used Michelin Primacy MXV4 and Michelin Primacy MXM4 on other cars and I feel that these tires are definitely better. They have really good treadlife warranty (75k miles.) I replaced my Goodyear Eagle GT's at around 3-4/32" with these and I am very pleased with the performance upgrade. The tire noise is significantly less, and I feel safer on the road when it is raining and slick.

The first day I got my tires, it was starting to rain very hard and I was able to feel extremely safe on the roads while I watched other cars hydroplane and get into accidents. With my old tires, I could feel them hydroplaning at times and it would keep me nervous.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25

2004 Infiniti G35 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: SACRAMENTO, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
August 14, 2012

Really good all season tire..heard a lot of good things about this tire..so far its quiet and the tread is stil good.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38

2006 Infiniti G35 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Tacoma, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
July 10, 2012

While most of the miles are driving to and from the track and on the track they have been great. Best tire for dry conditions without going to an R compound. Wet traction could be better. This is my second set, I run a 275/305 staggered set up and got 15000 out of the first set that included 5 track days and 32 auto-x events and some other Sunday drive. This car is not my daily driver.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole PositionReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.33

2004 Infiniti G35 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 3,500
Location: Flemington, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,500 Miles on Tires
May 31, 2012

I replaced the OEM Michelin Pilot Sports with these tires. Although they are not Summer Performance tires, they seem to be a great compromise for the convenience of not having to change out the tires each season.
The handling suffers slightly compared to the Pilot Sports. The Michelin tire gave you that "on rails" feeling when cornering, and felt quite stable in all conditions.
The Bridgestones really shouldn't be compared to a summer performance tire anyways. The ride comfort and noise level compared to the Michelins is day and night. I can actually hear my radio at normal levels now!
Only time will tell if these will live up to the reviews I read prior to purchasing the tires. Tire Rack was as usual superb with their fast shipping and professional attitude.
I believe I made a perfect choice for a replacement tire....Now have the best of both worlds, and still some cash in my pocket.....Hope they perform well this winter.

Our Customers Think the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Postion is the Best.

Monday, June 4, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

There's a new top dog in the Ultra High Performance All-Season category, and the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position is it! This newest model replaces Bridgestone's highly successful Potenza RE960AS Pole Position. As Bridgestone's flagship Ultra High Performance All-Season tire, it combines high speed capability with all-season traction for customers looking to replace tires on their sporty sedans and coupes, including the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C- and E-Class. 
 

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After I had the opportunity to drive our test vehicle equipped with a set of these tires, I purchased the tire for my vehicle. Owning a Lexus IS250 AWD, I wanted a tire that could perform well in all seasons, while also maintaining a respectable amount of ride comfort and road noise. So far the tire has exceeded my expectations, especially the wet traction and hydroplaning resistance. I drive mostly on the highway at 70 mph and have never driven a tire that's as stable and sure footed in the rain as this one.

The directional tread and continuous center rib provide responsive steering input but are also highly predicable at high speed and panic braking situations. Not only have I been impressed with Bridgestone's newest Ultra High Performance All-Season tire, so have many of our customers:

"The Potenza RE970AS Pole Position tire is simply amazing. Dry acceleration and adhesion during cornering and braking is outstanding. These tires stick to the road like glue. Wet road handling is virtually the same as dry road performance! No hydroplaning at highway speeds and no tire spin under hard, wet road acceleration. They simply grab the road under all conditions."  -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2009 Chevrolet Malibu

"I have to say that the traction attained with these tires (especially in the rain) has been extraordinary. The dry traction and handling is very comparable to that of the Ultra High Performance Summer tires I'm accustomed to buying. I think I found a real winner with these." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2007 Infiniti G35 Coupe

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXM4Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5

2008 Infiniti G35 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: MEMPHIS, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
May 13, 2012

Not much experience with this tire yet, but am a little disappointed with the performance. Handles wet conditions exceptionally and is a nice riding tire, but was led expect a little more performance wise. Just not as good as the Bridgestone Turanzas.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position

Thursday, May 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole PositionReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.5

2006 Infiniti G35 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Calgary, AB
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
May 13, 2012

I did a detailed search of tires for this car on Tire Rack as this car has stagger wheel fit. I read the reviews and studied the ratings. The information was not wrong on the Bridgestone Pole 960's. Tire Rack is a credit to the tire industy!!

This is a very good tire that I would recommend. It wears well as I have 25,000 miles with 50% wear left. I rotate the tires side to side and balance them every 5000 miles. This has made aa huge difference with cupping and camber wear. At 25,000 miles they are quiet with smooth performance up to 100 mph.

They are on the front of the car and do Ok on snow and ice so long as I am careful. I run Blizzaks on the rear in the winter and they are very good on the coup in snow. This is a very dangerous car on ice - to much power!! No tire will help manage this car on ice.

I will purchase the Poles 970 next time.

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

Thursday, May 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.88

2005 Infiniti G35 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: The Woodlands, TX
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
May 23, 2012

Am a bit surprised that I'll get a maximum of 35 miles on these teires as they are routinely rotated with tire pressure, alignment and balance checked frequently. Thought I'd get 40-50K. Is this an unreasonable mileage expectation for the Yokohamas?

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-2

Friday, May 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2005 Infiniti G35 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: San Diego, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
July 09, 2009

Just installed a set of 4 Goodyear Eagle F1 GS2's on my '05 G35 Sedan with sport-tuned suspension. Size 245/45 18. Until now, the car has had a slight pull to the right since the day I drove it off the lot which was improved but never cured by rotating tires. Alignment has always been fine. These Goodyears are the first tire to track straight as a laser after 2 previous sets and 40k miles.



Initial impression is the ride is firm and steering tight. Not too firm, but firm enough that you know the tires are going to last more than 10k miles, lol. Had a previous set of Dunlop SP Sport MAXX that rode/handlded great but only went 19k. OEMs went 22k. Hoping I can get at least 20-25k out of these.



From the initial road tracking, noise, and handling, first impression of these tires is awesome. Will provide another update after I've driven on them for a while...

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

Friday, May 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88

2004 Infiniti G35 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Cumming, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
April 29, 2012

Great tire for the G35 and other sport sedans at an excellent price. Tire grip is high in all conditions plus the feel and turn-in is crisp. The tire can be noisy on some concrete expressways but generally quiet. Considering a set for a XC90 Sport.

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

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.25

2004 Infiniti G35 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Suffolk, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2012

This is my first set of all-season tires (past 3 sets have been summer), and these are noisier than all the others, equivalent or worse than a fully worn-out set even when they were brand new. They are even noisier than the tires I've had on my last 2 trucks. Durability and performance-wise they are fine, but I will not buy them again because of the tire noise. My last set was General Exclaim UHP summer tires, so I'm not knocking the brand, it's just the tire model. These have better wet traction and better hydroplaning resistance, but that seems to be the only thing going for them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Monday, April 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H727Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62

2008 Infiniti G35 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2012

This is an excellent all season tire and would purchase for an SUV or family sedan. However, I purchased this for my Infiniti G35 which was a mistake since I made tire wear a priority over performance. The drive quality of the Infiniti has deteriorated as these, as expected, do not handle "spiritied" driving as well, and I lose confidence around curves. I should have purchased high performance tires since the "fun" factor is now gone from the Infiniti.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H418

Monday, April 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H418Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8

2004 Infiniti G35 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
April 23, 2012

Have >40K miles on tires and still have 30% tread on rears and 90% on fronts (car is rear wheel drive). Ride is smooth, comfortable, and quiet on wet, dry, ice and snow. Tires absorb road imperfections well. Good snow and ice traction in PA weather. The price is excellent for the tire I got.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Friday, April 20, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWReviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2005 Infiniti G35 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: BELLFLOWER, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2012

Had these tires on the rear of my 05' G35 sedan with sports package for a year, and only 2,000 miles on them, since I live close to work, I dont drive alot. But when I do drive I am very spirited driver and look for the corners, handles great, and good for a summer tire. Even during the heavy downpours we had with rain for a few days, these tires didnt skip a beat. Love them. When my tire installer saw the them after a year being installed, he said they still look new. I have never driven in snow, so now rating there.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Advantage T/A

Friday, April 13, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Advantage T/AReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73

2004 Infiniti G35 4-door wtih sport package
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Miles driven on tires: 81,000
Location: Pleasanton, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 81,000 Miles on Tires
April 12, 2012

Well the spirited driver just does not have enough to describe it. These tire are great!! would not put anything else on the car. Car came with factory tires, gone in 15k, put the same on and gone in 24k. Do the math, we now at 39k put these on and up'd the size to get a little more clearance over those parking lot bumps. This also proved a major bonus in ride and to help my back. This move provided a little more cushion and comfort for the potholes. While the cornering roll was immediately noticed, driving style adjusted to compensate as these tire stuck good, not as great at the low profile, but hey I'm a family man. I don't know how BFG makes any money when we get this many miles. Just hit 120k and think that I've got max 3k left, but that would be pushing it, they're gone as we've got the mile/money out of them; looking for new and thought to add my .02. Maybe I'll have a little (more) fun with these.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2007 Infiniti G35 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Burlington, VT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
March 20, 2012

While I typically purchase high performance Summer tires, I decided to try these as I wanted something that would extend the time I had before having to switch over to my dedicated snow tires.

I have to say that the the the traction attained with these tires(especially in the rain) has been extraordinary. The dry traction and handling is very comparable to that of the ultra high performance summer tires I'm accustomed to buying, So much so that I'd be hard pressed to distinguish between the two without knowing what was on the car. As the milage ratings are considerably higher to that of the dedicated summer tire, I think I've found a real winner with these.