Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.09
 
 

1995 BMW 540i
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 21, 2014

Never had a RWD and these tires gave me so much confidence in the Harsh Winter months, specially this year, one of the worst on record in Chgo. Would purchase again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.22
 
 

2008 Honda Odyssey
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Miles driven on tires: 400
Location: Clifton Park, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 400 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2014

The van came with the Michelin LX4's which wore out at 40k. Was very happy with the feel of the Michelins in all conditions except for the snow in which they were dreadful. I use Blizzaks in the winter on dedicated wheels. Purchased the RT43's to replace the LX4's thinking that spring was here and wouldn't you know it, we get hit with a snow/ice storm. The RT43's were quite good in the snow/ice on brand new tires although I prefer a dedicated snow tire for the van.

For regular driving the RT43's are close to the Michelins but I prefer the feel of the Michelins. However, given the price differential between a new set of LX4's (or Defenders) and the all around capability of the RT43's plus favorable reviews, these tires get high marks and were worth a try. If they last 50K for this van which has a reputation for eating up tires, it is a no brainer. If they don't last, back to the Michelins.

As far as fuel economy is concerned, I think that the Michelins are better but time will tell.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.09
 
 

2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
March 12, 2014

Great tire for the northern Indiana Winters. with the rapid change in weather from snow to night overnight I was the taxi to pick up people so we could work never got stuck. has the grip when you need it and can have fun when you want it.

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

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.9
 
 

2006 Scion xA
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Potomac, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
March 12, 2014

I bought these tires over a month ago dead winter. In snow the traction is not the best but did exceed my expectations. unlike the other reviews, the tires provide a reasonable traction for their type much better than the previous ones I had. In Dry conditions, no comment, everything is very very good. I will definitely purchase another pair when the time comes. Plus you can't beat the price...

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber AT 2

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber AT 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.83
 
 

2003 Land Rover Discovery 4.6 SE
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Warren, NJ
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
March 18, 2014

I wanted to get all-terrain tires before winter as the mud terrains I usually drive on were worn and not very good on snow covered roads, not to mention roads that are just damp. The Generals are fantastic! The ride is comfortable, quiet and the steering is accurate and "grippy". They can be trusted on wet roads as well, no drift or hydroplaning. I spent the winter in deep snow and "plowed" roads and these tires never lost grip. I think I have about 3000 miles on them with no noticeable wear. Looking forward to using these tires off-road and I will definitely buy these tires again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Olyphant, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 19, 2014

I drive on mostly highways and country roads in the mountains. My all season Continentals were getting worn down and I had a few scary episodes with them on steep mountain roads while driving on snow and ice. I decided to try dedicated winter tires for the first time ever and purchased studded General Altimax Arctics for my Jeep. I'm glad I did too, they are the best tires I ever had for winter driving. They really grip the ice and snow especially while braking. Hopefully no more scary experiences on the icy hills for me.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic LT

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic LT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

1990 GMC Rally Van
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Endicott, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
March 11, 2014

OMG, these are the most incredible snow tires I have ever owned, I run em' at 32psi, it is just right. They are not noisy, excellent traction, I shoulda' bought a pair for the front of my truck. I am in upstate NY, the winter here this year needless to say has been harsh. No problem what so ever with these tires. I would buy them again in a heartbeat.

What Causes Tire Bubbles?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

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

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

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

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

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

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2006 BMW 325i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Grandville, MI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 28, 2014

I bought these tires a couple months ago, based on the test ratings on this website. As usual, the Tire Rack ratings were dead on! I drive (on average) about 2,000 miles per week, and live in west Michigan. Due to the unpredictable nature of Michigan weather, I needed a tire that performed well in all weather conditions. These tires do everything they say they do, and at a good price.

I was concerned, having a rear-wheel drive car, that an all-season tire would not perform well enough for winter driving. Acceleration at times can be a struggle, but I've never had an issue with traction, when every other vehicle on the road didn't have the same problems. Stopping on icy, slushy, and snow covered roads is NEVER a problem. I've never had a set of tires that allows me to stop like these tires do.

In dry conditions, I don't think there is an UHP-tire available that out-perfoms these. I'm sure there are others that perform as well, but it would be a stretch to say they are better. The tires that are as good, are generally more than twice the price. The only tires that I would consider relatively equal both in performance and price, would be the Continental Extreme Contact DWS'. I think the tread wear is a little better on the Hankook tires though.

Road noise (on good roads) is all but non-existant. My car runs 40 series up front, with 35 series in the rear. I expected these tires to have a very harsh ride, but they are surprisingly comfortable. As anticipated, corner roll doesn't happen, but it shouldn't with such a low-profile tire. Heat disipation is good. I've only had them in weather up to 65 F at this point, but they have never felt surprisingly warm, even after several miles of spirited curved road driving.

The only complaint I have, is these tires "track" pretty bad on grooved roads. It may be due to the 225 front, and 255 rear widths, but I didn't notice this issue with the Goodyear tires my car came with.

Overall, Exceptional Tires

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2011 Nissan Altima Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Wheeling, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 20, 2014

2013-2014 Chicago winter! record snow fall and cold. The OEM Continental tires with 7/32
of life remaining were so bad in wet and any snow, it felt like I was on slicks.
Spent a month doing research to find the best tire.
I have to say for what these tires cost and the performance they give, you CAN"T go wrong. You get the best of all worlds, traction, handling, grip and style. Stop looking and get a set today!
I'll be ordering another set for my wife's 2007 Volvo S40 next month.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.13
 
 

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Scarborough, ON
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
February 27, 2014

The best value out there . inexpensive but truly a superior tire for the average driver like me. Don't look further, this tire will deliver much more than the average tire.
Tested in the harsh winter conditions of north Ontario.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta PA31

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta PA31 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.36
 
 

2004 Infiniti I35
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

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

Bought these to go on my girlfriend's infiniti. Replace some old Goodyears. I'm one for spirited driving and these tires hold up well for that. dry grip is solid and it takes some pushing to get these tires to their limits in a big sedan. very stable overall, but there's a very slight hesitation when doing sudden course correction (did a quick homebrew autocross when the tires were new). Most people won't notice it but i'm used to driving an Mr2.
Wet grip is great for an all season and im constantly impressed by how stable it is and its resistance to sliding. You can get it to slide if you push too hard, but i can take the same turns comfortably at 80% speed wet vs dry. wet braking is a little less impressive, as it will engage the ABS quickly if you stab it too hard, but generally good braking performance in light and heavy rain.
Snow/ice performance is average for an all season, Light snow being significantly better than deep, but i've only needed to dig myself out once this winter, so from standstills/parking it gets you going just fine.
I drive with traction control off most of the time and i have to actually try to lose the rear end on anything other than ice. very predictable when a slide begins as well.
For the record, i live in Chicago, so i've seen wet, dry, snow and ice in the same week.
Rides a little harsh and drones a bit at 70mph, but those are acceptable trade-offs for a the perforamnce/price envelope this tire gives.
four/five stars.

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

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.7
 
 

2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Freeburg, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 17, 2014

I have these on my 2011 Miata, with a 6-speed manual and LSD. While their dry pavement traction is not quite as good as the Bridgestone summer tires that came with the car, these are probably the best all seasons I've ever had on a Miata (and I've been driving Miatas since 1996). I've previously used Bridgestone, Firestone, and Toyo all-seasons. My Miata is my only car, so parking it in bad weather isn't an option. I haven't had them long enough to truly judge wear, but they seem to be ok so far. While they were fairly quiet when brand new, I agree that they are becoming somewhat noisy. The ride is much less harsh than prior tires, probably due to somewhat softer sidewalls, but I still have a great amount of grip, and feel confident during hard cornering. This winter is the worst we've had in years, but I've never had any real trouble with traction. At about 45 mph on packed snow and ice, I tried to get the car out of shape using only the steering wheel, but was unable to do so. When I did break loose using the throttle, it was very controllable. In about 7 inches of snow on an unplowed parking lot, I had no trouble moving the car at all. I have never tried winter tires, so I can't do that comparison, but as long as you don't get too rambunctious, these tires do the job. I will also say that I really like their grip on both wet and dry pavement. When reading some of the negative comments on this tire, I almost wonder if they're reviewing the same tire, unless this tire performs that much differently from car to car. All I can say is that I'm very pleased with this tire. If this winter becomes the trend, I may get a set of winter tires, but barring that, I feel these are a really good tire for those who want to stick with all-seasons for their car.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25
 
 

2007 Mercury Milan V6 Premier
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Miles driven on tires: 3,100
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,100 Miles on Tires
February 27, 2014

Too few miles to endorse completely but have been impressed so far. Very competent overall and rain performance has been awesome. Change to dedicated winter tires in November, so cannot rate winter traction.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

2004 Kia Optima 4cyl
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Miles driven on tires: 6,159
Location: Bellevue, NE
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,159 Miles on Tires
January 31, 2014

I bought these tires for my optima last year and didn't want to review it until i had them a full year to see how they did when i put them back on for winter this year. We generally have around 6+ inches of snow on the ground in winter here and the tires performed wonderfully. I never was stuck once even when the snow around a foot+ it let my little car plow right through and should no signs of slippage. My car doesn't have traction control or abs so for these tires not to spin on ice and snow means there great winter tires. Also after having them on through winter last year and removing them in April and then re installing this year for winter the tires barely show any signs of wear even with 6,000 miles on them. I bought another set for my wife's kia soul and there also working wonderful and no shes not scared when she has to drive to work in the winter.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2010 Nissan Rogue AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Constableville, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 11, 2014

I have owned 2 sets of these...first set for a Subaru WRX and now my Nissan Rogue-AWD. We live in the "Snow-belt" region of NY state above Syracuse on the Tug Hill. As a result we get much snow EVERY winter. These are the BEST snow tires I have ever owned. I have Blizzaks on my AWD car due to the fact I could not get the right size in the Altimax. The Blizzaks are good, but these are that much better. Do yourself a favor---these are less expensive than most, will wear well and will make an AWD vehicle a true "snow beast"!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

2008 BMW 328xi Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 9,250
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 9,250 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2014

Great winter tire. Really happy with them on my wife's '08 328xi (AWD). Previously had the WS60's on an older 328i (RWD).

Like the WS60's (and other winter tires in general) they are a bit soft in the corners & a bit noisy at highway speed in dry conditions. But you remember why you bought them when the snow falls!

Would definitely buy these again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.09
 
 

2006 Infiniti M35 Luxury Package
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Manalapan, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
January 28, 2014

I have 2500 miles on these tires, as this is my winter set up, went from Yokohama S4( great tire)to this as I have another set of rims and tires (20In with General G Maxx, noisy tires)so these would only be winter all season for me. they are VERY quiet, ride very nice and handle ok, the Yoko's were the better but these are ok. I also had Conti DWS Extreme that I did not like and took off the car! These tires are as good if not better than the DWS. The Hankook s really surprised me in this category. I don't think you will be disappointed. we have had 4 major snow storms, ice and frigid temps since I had these.....

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

2008 Honda Fit Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Hellam, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 05, 2014

I purchased these tires toward the end of October and mounted them on the vehicle in the beginning of November. This is my first winter season in a few years without a four wheel drive vehicle and I wanted to ensure that I could get to work and other places safely in our lovely Pennsylvania winter weather! Well, these tires did not disappoint! I have roughly 3k miles on them and I have been in a number of snow scenarios with them this year. Every storm I have felt confident in my vehicles handling thanks to these tires!

I purchased a wheel kit from TireRack that included the wheels and tires already mounted and balanced. They are perfect! I do not have any vibrations whatsoever and the tires are not very noisy on dry pavement. The Fit is an econobox, and if these tires were loud, I would definitely know it. They ride comfortably and handle OK. These tires are not performance tires by any means, but they handle well enough and do not suffer from tread wobble like others I have seen. Where these tires really shine are in snowy conditions! I have more faith in my little FWD car than I did in my AWD Explorer or 4x4 Jeep that I had previously owned. These tires will get you moving and stopped in most situations that I have encountered. The one exception to that would be ice. Even though these tires are studdable, I do not have studs in mine. If I did, I am certain even ice wouldn't be a problem. I did not want the extra road noise from studs.

If you want a good all around winter tire, look no further! I will be purchasing a set of these for my wife's Altima for next winter as well. Also keep in mind, skinny tires go better in the winter than wider tires but you will sacrafice some handling on dry pavement. I would definitely recommend these tires to anyone looking for snow tires!

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.