Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.56
 
 

2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen SE
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 02, 2014

I have only had these tires a short time, but we got hit with about 8 inches of snow so far this storm. With OEM Continental All Season tires I was skating around in my Jetta Sportwagen in any amount of snow. After the first storm this season I ordered a set of the Altimax Arctic snow tires mounted on new rims. Boy am I glad I did, today's storm was a few inches of fresh powder that turned into hard pack during the morning rush hour. I was able to maintain grip on everything from the hard pack through the six inches of untouched snow in my driveway when I got home. I tested them out on the hill up my street and I was able to make it up without any trouble. I saw the video test for these tires here on tire rack where they put them up against 2 other brands and I am not disappointed in my choice.

I have run them for 2 weeks on cold but clear pavement and was pleased with the tire noise and feel. The road noise from the tires is no more than the OEM tires, likewise I have not had any reason to not be confident in the Altimax Arctic grip on dry surfaces. I no longer drive my cars "like I stole them" so I haven't come near finding the limits on these tires and I don't plan to. Really the only difference I feel with them is on a higher speed tighter curve, like a highway entrance/exit ramp. In that situation I can feel a slight rumble when the deep tread is under lateral stress.

If it wasn't for the holiday shipping crush, I would have had these mounted and balanced and on my doorstep the next day after ordering. The UPS driver was nice enough to disguise the stack of tires with my garbage can.

I am very happy with Tire Rack, their customer service and my new snow tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

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

These are probably the best tires I've ever owned. The snow and ice traction is phenomenal. They are definitely better than the Blizzaks we have on our Minivan - and I thought those were great until I got these. One thing that has really been great is the road noise - or lack thereof. Very quiet on dry roads, again compared to the blizzaks.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiProContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.09
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

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

I live on the prairies in Canada where the temps are averaging -25* Dec - March. We get lots of snow and lots of ice in town and on the highways. I bought the car in May and this was the first winter. I was nervous to use these tires as everyone here has winter tires due to our conditions. I was blown away by the traction and grip these tires have! I cant speak to what they would be like after, say 30000miles, but now they are great. I still most likely will purchase winter tires largely due to not wanting to ruin my good rims.

Overall I think they are great and I drive in some severe cold, snow, ice and slush 6 months of the year!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Elkhorn, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
February 08, 2014

I couldn't get up my driveway with the street tires. On goes the Blizzak's and it's like driving on dry pavement. Great snow / ice tire. The car feels a little loose on dry pavement and gas mileage has dropped off a hair but I would expect that vs. a high performance street tire. Great product. Do yourself a favor and switch to snow / ice tires if you want the comfort of feeling safe during the winter months.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55
 
 

2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5L
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
December 31, 2013

Good tires for the Lake Effect Snow Belt in Michigan. On just one driving day you might go from bare pavement to rain slick to icy to snow covered.

I will purchase again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.11
 
 

1999 Volkswagen Jetta
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
January 03, 2014

I love these tires, I would strongly reccommend!!

 

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

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4
 
 

1998 Volkswagen Jetta
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
January 04, 2014

Great all around tire for your car. It copes with light snow well enough and delviers excellent traction in the wet and dry. I am lowered about 3" on coilovers but the car uses stock alignment settings so it is not stanced and the camber and toe angles are stock. The car rides really well over light bumps and debris in the road despite being so low. My old tires were some potenzas with rock hard sidewalls that made the car undriveable due to the harshness. A switch to the G-maxes fixed all my ride issues from the second I rolled out of the shop. I think the dry grip is a touch lower than other "high performance" all seasons but it is definitely worlds above any grand touring tire. Deep snow gives this tire some issues but light snow and cold temperatures don't phase it. My car remained planted and controllable in the recent bouts of snow and ice we've gotten in the midwest.

The price can;t be beat. 50,000 miles on a tire this good is unheard of. The softer sidewalls make it a poor choice for the hardcore enthusiasts but everyone else should consider these tires for upgrading your typical boring car in the handling department. You will stop, accelerate, and turn faster than the average stock tire provided. And for those who have lowered and slammed cars like mine, they do a real good job of absorbing the bumps and whatnot that normally ruin cars on coils like mine.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.89
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Greenwich, CT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2014

I took delivery of the Sportwagen in October 2010. The OEM tires were new when they faced their first snowy season in Connecticut. I was constantly checking tire pressures because the handling in the lite snow and dry was terrible. I resigned my self thinking, "Be glad with the TDI but the Sportwagen is no handler.

This winter is above average for snowfall in Connecticut and the driving on uncleared roads is mission critical for me; getting my four year-old daughter safely back and forth to school. I decided to get dedicated snows for the winter. I've had Blizzaks, Dunlops even Firestone studded tires on other family cars. I liked what I read about the Michelin X-Ice3's and decided to try them. The Michelin X-Ice3's replaced the OEM all-season Hankooks. What a difference! I keep anticipating a slide or skid, but the X-Ice3's have raised the bar when driving in the snow.

OK, you would expect them to be way better than OEM All-Seasons in snow. But, the real surprise was that the X-Ice3's have better grip than the OEM tires did in both dry and rainy conditions. No more loss of traction when accelerating.
I've changed my mind, the Jetta TDI is a pretty good handling car. I expect the Michelins to wear longer than the Blizzaks I had. Come the spring I intend to treat the Sportwagen to a set of summer-performance tires; probably Michelin's.

 

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

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 500
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
December 14, 2013

The tire performs as good in dry/snow as the twice expensive Michelin.. rain/wet conditions have not yet been available but according to tests that is where it drops in that comparison.
Clearly better than most snow tires that are around especially when considering price.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.9
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Roselle, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
December 10, 2013

The General Altimax Arctic is by far the most disappointing tire purchase of my life. Loud doesn't even begin to describe the --- awful howling sound these things make at highway speeds. I would be willing to forgive the noise if their grip in the snow made up for it. It doesn't. I've run Dunlop WinterSport M3, Dunlop Graspic DS-3, Michelin Arctic Alpin, and Nokian Hakkapeliitta R winter tires. These Generals are comparable to the Michelin Arctic Alpin in their snow driving performance (another worthless winter tire), but at least the Michelins were quiet.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.8
 
 

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

Initial Review, 250 Miles on Tires
December 12, 2013

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

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 11,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

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

Had OEM Bridgestones Turanza 400 EL a mediocre all weather touring tire. It is unfair to compare as the Michelin is a performance tire but the Michelin is an all weather. I have to say after driving in three snow situations the Michelins were not a compromise. Not snow tires but at least as good as the OEM's.The handling performance is excellent and excellent in dry and wet conditions too. These tires eat up slalom like curves. Overall I am very happy and am enjoying my drives thanks to great tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 2.43
 
 

2014 Volkswagen Jetta
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Cooper City, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 17, 2014

Replaced the OEM tires with a set of Michelin Pilot A/S 3 after less than one month of ownership because I don't want to die. Suggest you do the same. Driving in the rain was like skating on ice. The Michelins make the Jetta ride, handle and brake like it's supposed to (I've had three Jettas, two Passats, three Golfs). Would have replaced with the EL400 with Conti DWS (my standard for years) but the reviews had me try the Michelins. Happy with the choice so far.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.22
 
 

2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 750
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 750 Miles on Tires
January 14, 2014

Got this tire to replace the Goodyear Eagle RS-As that came on the car and I am impressed by this tire over the old set. Wet and snow traction is far superior. I can have a decent conversation in the car at highway speeds as the road noise is substantially lower. Additionally, I feel it is a true LRR as I'm still able to achieve 50+ MPG on the highway at 65mph despite the increase in tread depth.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXV4

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXV4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12
 
 

2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.9 Tdi
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Miles driven on tires: 67,000
Location: Fife, WA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 67,000 Miles on Tires
January 16, 2014

These came on my 2003 Jetta TDI, with 10000 miles on them, I've put another 57000 miles on them. I rotate, not as often as I should, so i'm at 5/32 on front, and 7/32 on rear currently, with more highway, but still a very good city amount of driving. Tires have great traction, I have the diesel engine, alittle heavier than the gas, but has good braking, dry and wet. acceleration, i've never spun the tires loose since ive owned the car. Tires are not the best in snow, but if it gets to the point of chains, I dont bother going out. Ive done many hours of research for different tires this size, I have to say its in the top contender list. I'd like to find an 80k tire, as my TDI gets used 7 days a week, and plan on keeping it for along time, as she's almost paid off, and has lots of life left in her. Les Schwab has a new tire out thats 80k 900Z Ultra, I believe, that they say is very comparable, if not a little bit better, plus its a 80k not 60k, and they are only about $50 dollars extra for another 20k, and free tire rotations. But haven't settled yet on my next set. But would definate reccomend these, and i still may go with these, I've had no complaints in our crazy wet washington state weather, other than when it does snow here.. either chain up, or stay cozy warm in your house.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.27
 
 

2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Tdi Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Genoa, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
December 02, 2013

I had a set of the previous Firestone Winterfire tires on the car for 7 winters before one developed a bubble. Tread still had 50% depth. They were a non-directional "block" style tread. Noise was moderate, dry handling was like dancing with a drunk fat chick, but the snow traction was outstanding.

The current Winterforce tires I installed to replace them appeared like the dry handling would be improved with the directional tread pattern and also the noise level would be lower. Indeed, the dry handling is better (although still pretty queasy) but the snow performance is not as good and even worse, the tires howl like a set of Dick Cepek Crushers. I rotate every season and suspension/alignment are good, but even a low speeds they send a growl throughout the cabin.

I put up with the noise because they provide vital winter traction, but I won't buy them again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38
 
 

2007 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5L
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
November 18, 2013

I purchased this tires for replacement on the old Goodyear RA-S tires on June 2013 for my VW Jetta.I had them for almost 8000K it was still like new no visible worn on my Pirelli TiresI had it for about 6 months before changing car. It was a very good tires, on wet roads and dry condition, no hydroplaning experiences Great Cornering and good stopping power. I definitely will purchased one for my new VW GTI if there were available on my tire sizes. 225/40R18???

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Valrico, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
November 19, 2013

I replaced the RE960's I had on my 2010 Jetti TDI Cup Edition, with these, and was concerned because of the lower price point, thinking I must be giving up something. Every review I read said, "Quietest tires ever" etc. I am totally convinced that this is actually a BETTER tire than the 960's, and about $50 a tire less. I just don't recall my 960's being as quiet as these when new. With the 960's, I got 40,000 miles out of them, but the last 10,000 were quite noisy as they became kinda "chopped". I'll probably experience the same with these, but if they last 30,000 which I fully expect, I'll consider replacing them if they begin to get a little noisy. I just hope they're available when I go to buy them......I won't even bother considering another. Crazy good grip in dry and wet, and quiet, and reasonably priced. What more can you ask for? Also, maintain balance very well......I've had them up to 130mph, and smooth as a baby's butt.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 12,500
Location: Wyalusing, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 12,500 Miles on Tires
April 10, 2013

This was my second winter with the arctics on my tdi sportwagon. The tires performed flawlessly all winter, for the price you pay you get more for your money than other more expensive tires. If you live in the snowbelt area and do not run seperate winter wheels and tires your only kidding yourself for foul weather performance! I have been running seperate winter/ summer wheel and tire packages from the tire rack since the late 80's! Great people selling great products at reasonable prices!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86
 
 

2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 400
Location: South Portland, ME
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 400 Miles on Tires
April 14, 2013

My car came with Bridgestone EL400s, which were complete garbage. When it was time to take my winter tires off, I decided I didn't want to put the factory tires back on. After a lot of research, I decided on the P7 All Season Plus even though there wasn't much for reviews as of March 2013. These are night and day compared to the Turanzas. The Turanzas were frightening in rain and were still mildly scary even in dry. The P7 ASP tires are the exact opposite of the Turanzas, meaning that they're actually good tires that don't scare me while on my journeys in the car. Since I only have about 400 miles I have no idea what the actual treadlife will be, but so far I like them. They are also a lot less noisy than the factory tires. If I remember, I'll update my review in about a year but so far so good.