Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.4
 
 

1995 BMW M3
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Wichita, KS
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2013

Amazing treadwear, after 10,000 miles, including two driving schools and two autocross days, the tires look great -- D, W, S markings all clearly visible and no chunking of tread blocks. With that wear resistance, the tires do not keep up with sticky rubber on the track, but that's not my objective. Tires are confident on wet asphalt and light snow, very predictable in all conditions.
The car is actually a BMW 318ti, with an M3 engine and front suspension, running staggered tires -- 225/45R17 front and 245/40R17 rear.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1
 
 

2004 BMW M3 Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Fargo, ND
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 21, 2013

Installed these all-season rated 225/45 fronts and 245/40 rears and the overall handling of our M3 is excellent. Had previously used Pirelli P Zero summers but wanted to extend the driving season. The RE970AS's are a great choice and highly recommended.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport M3

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport M3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.09
 
 

1998 BMW 323is
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Waukesha, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
March 06, 2013

The only reason I would possibly buy these again is because I believe the performance is worth the extra money on the Blizzaks. These tires, though, are impressive in their own right as they have worn EXTREMELY well. I have had these exact tires mounted on a '95 //M3 as well as this '98 323 for most of the use. Believe it or not, the difference in suspension setups still provided for similar commentary:
These tires are quite noisy (expected with winter tires) but corner extremely well. They ride quite harshly as compared to a more pricey Blizzak or Vatiiva, but for the extended wear I'll take it! All in all, I still have about 6/32 of tread after literally 6 seasons of use. This is with SPIRITED driving style. The tires have shown some rot along the sidewalls, so it is now time to replace. Overall I am happy with these considering the money spent. If you have some more cash to lay down, I would recommend some Blizzaks. Beware more frequent replacement however.

 

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

Monday, March 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.56
 
 

2002 BMW M3 Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Bowie, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2013

Wonderful all- season tire. Tires grip well in most conditions. It is possible to spin rear tires on wet pavement, but I expect that when at near full throttle in second gear. Tires not showing any wear, only on car 4000 miles. I am looking forward to tram time at Summit Point this summer. Tires are good value.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

2009 BMW M3 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Katy, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
March 08, 2013

This is my second set of RE-11's. After sitting, they do tremble a bit until they roll out - under five miles. They also wear like a performance tire...which they are. But their performance is excellent. They transition from linear to non-linear and back with very little "nibbling" and provide excellent feedback the entire time. Dry traction is quite good and wet performance still impresses me. They are quite comfortable for this type tire, with very little tread noise and minimal "thumping" on impact. I claim no great expertise, but these tires are very good performance street tires.....I think an excellent compromise that offers performance similar to the track tires of the not too distant past while providing completely acceptable if not comfortable day to day driving performance. Obviously I like them.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.20
 
 

2013 BMW M3 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Dresher, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
March 08, 2013

Some feedback I had heard suggesting that these tires were not the best "true" snow tires gave me pause but I am so happy I chose these. Where I live in PA, winter is typically a few moderate snow storms but most of the time, the roads are clear, often clean, but cold. These tires are actually very performance oriented and give me great confidence on clean but cold roads. Certainly not the same experience as pushing high performance summers on a warm roads from a grip or cornering stability perspective but I was very surprised at what I can do in the winter on these. That said, these are not amazing in deep snow or ice. In summary - great tire to allow you to enjoy very "spirited" driving in the winter when the roads have cleared and if you need to get around without a problem during those times when you do get a few inches of snow. If you live at the top of a mountain and get 100 inches of snow through the winter look elsewhere. For me, these are perfect.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60

Thursday, March 7, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

2004 Mercedes-Benz C230 Sport Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Waukesha, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
March 06, 2013

These tires replaced some terrible Michelin all-seasons which made the hatchback Mercedes basically a hockey puck in the ice/snow. The LM-60 tires are absolutely the best rubber I've found, hands down, for winter sport tires. This opinion is compared to Dunlop Wintersport M3, D3, Blizzak WS-60, and Nokian Vatiiva. I have used all of these other tires extensively on multiple cars with multiple driving styles, and I would now go with the Blizzak marque in general for ALL winter vehicles from here on out.
Cons- winter tires are always noisier, and the Blizzaks fit the mold. Mileage suffers a bit, and wear is accelerated with the softer rubber. Driving with an average style can prolong life and get you hopefully 4-5 seasons out of them. Start getting some G's on your turns frequently, and you may only get a couple seasons at best. These tires will not wear well on cars with suspension work / increased cambers. Beware.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie IIReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45

2012 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: APO, AE
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
February 27, 2013

Hard to believe that this tire is rated below the Dunlop Wintersport M3, which is a fine winter tire but inferior to the Sottozero II's, specially in the dry. Very happy with this tire, they also outperform the OEM Pirelli P-Zero All Seasons that came with the car, which were H-rated and very unstable at high speeds. I highly recommended this tire, it was the most affordable for the original VW GTi's 18" wheels , and as a bonus it performs great in the dry, far better than any All-season tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.5
 
 

2001 BMW M3 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Knoxville, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
February 27, 2013

I've known that the M3's were reputable for eating rear tires but I really thought I'd get at least 5000 miles out of one set. But here I am just over 4000 and they are bald. The wear is even so its not an alignment issue. This is the first set of tires I've put on this car so it may be par for the course but I was expecting a bit more. As for performance, grip in the wet and dry is great, I've pushed the car pretty hard at times but have never found the limit of grip in a corner. These tires are worthless in the snow but they aren't intended for that purpose so no worries. I'd consider buying them again but I'd like to try something new to have some kind of potential for comparison.

 

Max Performance Summer Tire Review: Continental ExtremeContact DW

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

As one of our best sellers in the Max Performance Summer category, the Continental ExtremeContact DW has been a hit with customers looking for class leading performance and a price point lower than most of its competitors. Currently, this tire is ranked in the top five in its performance category and is holding steady in that position with several million miles of consumer-driven survey data to its credit.

Although a competent tire in the dry, this tire gathers much praise for its wet weather handling ability. Featuring a good amount of tread void, the ExtremeContact DW is very appropriate for consumers looking for a well-balanced summer tire for dry and wet climates. Like all summer tires, this option isn't intended for use in below freezing conditions and should not be confused with Continental's popular Ultra High Performance All-Season tire, the ExtremeContact DWS.

The ExtremeContact DW 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 "DW" indicates this Continental tire has sufficient tread depth for dry and wet road conditions and after the "W" has worn away, the remaining "D" indicates the tire has appropriate tread depth for dry conditions only.

Our customers have enjoyed this tire for a few years and speak very highly about their experience with it:

"Great tire! The dry grip is good, but the wet grip is simply amazing for a Max Performance Summer tire. I have run two track weekends and a couple of autocross events on this set and there appears to be more than half the tread left. I have recommended this tire to several of my friends and now considering getting them on my 335is." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1999 BMW M3 Coupe

"I love these tires. These tires are a replacement to the Original Equipment on my 2005 BMW X3 3.0I Sports Package and they are the perfect replacement. Tires are very quiet at all speeds and handling is excellent. I will definitely buy them again!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2005 BMW X3 3.0I Sports Package

If you're looking for performance on a budget, you'd be hard pressed to find a tire that represents a better bang for the buck.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4

Monday, February 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73

2012 BMW M3 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Manhasset, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 09, 2013

I cannot believe there are no reviews on this tire anywhere online!

When I was searching for winter tires for my M3 I really wanted a tire that would get me through light or heavy snow, but with a strong emphasis on not sacrificing dry cold conditions.

I was tempted to go with a Blizzak LM-60, but there were a few reasons I decided not to.
1. The factory recommended tire for the M3 is a Pilot Alpin 3 (since 2008), this could be considered the newest update, so that held some weight.
2. I could not break myself away from the fact that the PA4 is V speed rated and the Blizzak H rated. Am I going to drive 150 in the snow? no I am not... but the Pilot Alpin is designed for speed, so that has to trickle down for every day driving performance.
3. I also like the Assymetrical design of the tire and the snow sipes which are angled (most likely for snow turning performance, and I feel this really helps the snow grip performance when turning.

The size I chose was 245/40 r 18 which I decided because I wanted to have the exact same size front as the summer setup. The factory recommends 235 but this has not at all been an issue.

The PA4 is wider than other 245 tires by just a few mm's according to the specs.
I mounted them square on 4 identical 9.5 inch wide wheels for rotation purposes, and there is enough side wall tire that the wheel is not sticking out.

They drive safely in ice/snow and grip well, but have a tremendous amount of grip in the cold dry, and do not at all feel like they sacrifice steering response or grip from the factory summer sport michelins. (when driving in the cold)

I chose the Michelins PA4 over the LM-60 because to me COLD dry and wet driving performance is more important and actually measurable to me. Face it, if the snow gets deep enough eventually any low car is going to get stuck, so for just a few inches of snow a few times a year, why give up all of that FUN dry grip performance?

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Thursday, February 7, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2006 BMW M3 Coupe Competition Package
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 05, 2013

While I'm sure I'll never test the limits of this tire's capability/adhesion, it's without a doubt vastly superior to the Toyo T1Rs they replaced. Nice and quiet too.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64

1998 BMW M3 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Okanagan, BC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 04, 2013

I've been using various Dunlop Wintersports for years because that's what everyone recommends for this car. When it came time to replace two I couldn't get them in my size so I bought a pair of the LM60s. Now I don't know why people recommend the Wintersports ... the LM60s are significantly better on snow and ice and at least as good dry and wet. The only unknown is treadware but so far it looks like they should be every bit as good there too. No more Wintersports for me...

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport PS2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.88

2004 BMW M3 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Cupertino, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
December 28, 2012

Tires down to the wear bar with only 8000 miles of very light driving. For similar price, would try Super Sport instead.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.83
 
 

2008 BMW M3 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 1,800
Location: Palm Springs, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,800 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2013

Better dry road tire in all respects than PS2. I never drive in cold or snow (Palm Springs), but these tires are wonderful summer tires. Very predictable and a ton of dry grip.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-SeasonReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86

1995 BMW M3
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Brentwood, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
December 31, 2012

I’ve owned this car since new and this is the first set of all-season tires I’ve had on it. I bought them specifically because of multiple magazine reviews that touted their wet handling. The Direzza Sport Z1 Star Specs which the car wears in summer are fantastic in dry warm weather but don’t work well when temperatures drop below 40 degrees and they lose a lot of grip in the wet. The Goodyear’s will allow me to drive all winter in cold and wet conditions, although I don’t intend to intentionally drive it in snow.
The magazine reviews didn’t exaggerate. These tires are fantastic. They handle wet conditions better than anything I’ve driven except my Hoosier Radial Wet track tires. They give up a little grip and aren’t quit as responsive as the Dunlap’s in dry conditions, but are far superior in the rain and cold. I don’t have a lot of miles yet, but I have high hopes that they will maintain a high level of performance as they wear.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60

Thursday, January 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.3

2005 Subaru Legacy Wagon 2.5 GT
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Westminster, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 21, 2009

I just had a chance to test the tire in winter conditions given the mid atlantic blizzard we just experienced. Traction in snow and slush is very good. Ice traction is not as good, but this is to be expected with a performance winter tire. Driving around in the worst of the conditions was not a problem, but as the snow piles up ground clearance becomes the issue. Performance in the dry and wet is average for a performance winter. My previous tires were Dunlop Wintersport M3s, and the LM 60s are comparable in performance, with a slight dry handling and steering responsiveness going to the M3s.

Overall, if the majority of your winter driving is on cold dry and cold wet roads, but you want additional traction over an all season in snow/slush, the LM 60s are a very good choice.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus R-S3

Monday, January 14, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus R-S3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

1987 BMW M3
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Miles driven on tires: 18,000
Location: Napa, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 18,000 Miles on Tires
January 11, 2013

Ive used these tires on my M3 for the past year. Lots of spirited driving, 2 autocross schools, one where it was dual driven (about 100 runs just that day.) 6 autoX events where I won class 3 times.
I did have one event that was very odd. Everyone running these tires that day (about 6 of us) all had the same issue with no grip what so ever. It was sunny and about 70 degrees yet it was like driving on ice. Myself, both drivers in a 240Z, a couple people in EVOs and I think someone in an STi all had the same issue that day finishing well down in our respective classes.

In the rain when the tires were new I couldn't break the back end of the car loose no matter what I did. It wasn't till I was autocrossing in the rain after the tires had 14K miles on them that I managed to spin the car for the first time.

Overall I'm very impressed by these tires and will buy another set.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Friday, December 28, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27

2013 BMW 335i Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Highland, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
December 25, 2012

I have used an earlier version of this tire on my previous car, the 2005 G35 coupe. I remembered the amazing winter performance of this tire so when it came time to get dedicated snow set for my new BMW I went straight for the Bridgestone WS70. On the burn in I notice them wander some on dry 40F+ road while doing 75+ mph. Below those speeds they are more than acceptable in 'warmer' conditions, I expect them to improve with burn in. Last night I had a chance to experience them in below freezing conditions with 1+ inch of snow. They are amazing. You do have to be somewhat easy on the throttle though as any moderate acceleration will spin these tires with the 300 torque the 335i has. In New York, in the summer, Ultra performance summer tires are the way to go, in the winter stud-less ice and snow are the ticket. You will sacrifice quite a lot of the dry performance BUT! you will be unstoppable in the winter conditions. I have maneuvered around countless SUVs with there AWD and all-season tires while they are struggling to keep in straight line. I have had now 10 years of blizzak winter performance use, I have used winter sports tires in the past (dunlop m3 sport) and although they are better behaved in dry conditions, they do not measure up in bad winter weather.

Bridgestone WS70 ... like a boss.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5

2005 BMW M3 Coupe Competition Package
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: APO, AE
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 03, 2012

My last set om Michelin Pilot Super Sports (255/35/19) lasted less than 2500 miles (no track days), but the grip was excellent so I opted for a wider set (and reduced my rear camber) to hopefully slide a bit less and help the tires last a bit longer. These tires in a wider size grip amazingly well - it's like the car is on rails! I live in Germany, and I love being able to confidently power through the mountain roads where I live, and these tires do not disappoint!