Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

1998 BMW M3 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
January 04, 2014

Great tire so far. I plan on putting these on my M Roadster as soon as the current tires wear out on it. I am hooked on these. Great tire for the price.

These have good dry and wet weather traction. Noise has been minimal for a high performance tire. So far I have found no down side to these.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Grandtrek WT M3

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Grandtrek WT M3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: West Fargo, ND
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 31, 2013

Just took off a set of Pirelli Ice and Snow, which I ran year round with about 40k miles on the tires.. I run snow tires year round and have had success with the Pirelli's and feel the Dunlop's should be equally successful as the Pirelli's. So far, the Dunlop's offer better ice/snow traction, ride and steering response than the Pirelli's.. However, they are louder than the Pirelli's, but with the other benefits, I wouldn't go back.. If you have a RRS and live in the "snow belt", run these Dunlop's or the Pirelli's year round.. You will be impressed.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2009 Mazda Mazda6 Sport Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 31,000
Location: Wendell, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 31,000 Miles on Tires
December 11, 2013

I love these tires so much, I'm about to purchase my 3rd set. They're a perfect match for a midsized "family" sedan and spirited driving.

They enhanced the handling, cornering, and steering response of the OEM tires but still provide an impressively smooth and quiet ride. Wet and dry tractions is terrific. On empty country back roads I can push the car aggressively around corners and the tires will hang on. Though the car's suspension plays a role, these tires won't abruptly "hop" around corners if you hit a bump mid turn. They stay planted and when they do break away, they break smoothly with plenty of warning so you can get the rear end in check. Fuel mileage has not taken a noticeable hit with these more aggressive tires. On 5 hour+ highway trips, they're quiet, smooth with no impact harshness over expansion joints and road irregularities. With 5,000 mile rotations and keeping PSI around +3PSI factory setting, they have worn perfectly evenly on all four corners.

The only downside is that I can only get about 30,000 - 35,000 miles out of them despite the 50,000 mile tread life warranty. Around 30,000 wet traction begins to decrease noticeably. While OK in a straight line on wet highways, sudden/hard turns will make the handling squirrelly. But they're still OK to drive and not bad considering 75% of the tread and the top sipes and grooves are worn. With the down pours we get here on occasion, I would rather have fresh tread so I’ll replace them soon. Fortunately they're reasonably priced and a much better value compared to similar tires. Would I put these on an M3 or Mustang? No. But a Mazda 6, Accord, Optima, Camry SE, etc... most definitely a great match.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.71
 
 

2006 BMW M3 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
November 17, 2013

After approx. 5,000 miles have noted that this tire is very good in the dry and excellent in the wet. Have driven on a lot of tires in the rain, but these are some of the best. No hydroplane and car handles nearly as we'll as in the dry. Would definitely recommend.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Grandtrek WT M3

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Grandtrek WT M3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2010 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Elmwood Park, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
November 17, 2013

I was a skeptic about snow tires, and with a Range Rover you have a "snow mode" that can be activated. However, the street truck tires proved to be dismal in 8" of snow we've had in the Northeast. Yet I remained indifferent to snow tires with the presumption that they were incapable of 60mph+ and were too noisy at highway speeds. Then whilst in Germany I rented a BMW X3 SUV fitted with Dunlop M3 snowtires in mid-summer. Wow, that changed everything. 70 mph cruises was dead silent even though the SUV was a diesel fitted with snow tires. And I easily hit 130 mph on stretches of the Autobahn whereby legally permitted, never losing confidence at all. In mountain/urban areas the SUV gripped like a sports car and I averaged 80 mph on country roads. That's when I thought I should replace street tires with snow tires... and I'm glad I did. Nothing much has changed in dynamics, and you can anticipate blizzards or even dry summer pavement. Don't be foolish like I was and invest in snow tires. They really are a quintessential component of winter safety.

 

Which Winter Performance Category Is Right for You?

Thursday, October 10, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Are you in the blue? Then it's time to find the winter / snow tire that works best for your vehicle. In order to purchase the correct snow tire, you should decide which performance category works best for your driving style and the winter weather you experience. There are three winter performance categories: Studless Ice & Snow, Studdable Winter / Snow and Performance Winter / Snow.

Studless Ice & Snow

Tires from this category give you optimum ice and packed snow grip, but are less responsive on dry roads. The tires trade a little handling for excellent ice and snow traction. On dry roads, your vehicle will not respond as crisply or quickly to steering inputs. Studless Ice & Snow tires are available in higher profile sizes and include the following:

If you go with a Studless Ice & Snow tire, you should consider going with a narrower tire as it cuts through deeper snow better. This is especially true for a lighter car like the MINI Cooper.

Studdable Winter / Snow

Studdable Winter / Snow tires can be run studded or unstudded. When studded, they'll give good ice and packed snow grip, but will be less responsive on dry roads. When unstudded, they'll perform well in moderate and deep snow. It's important to note that the use of studded tires may be prohibited or restricted in your area, be sure to check with local authorities to confirm legality. If you're looking for the traditional security of winter tire studs for enhanced traction on ice, consider the following Studdable Winter / Snow options:

The AltiMAX Arctic is slightly better on ice and packed snow and quieter than the the Winterforce. Winterforce tires will provide more effectiveness in deeper snow.

Performance Winter / Snow

These tires will exhibit the above dry road deficiencies to a much lesser degree. If your vehicle came with summer performance tires, the Performance Winter / Snow tires will be more comparable in steering response, acceleration, grip, braking and cornering grip. They will give up some ice and packed snow grip. Tires in this category will wear slightly better compared to Studless Ice & Snow tires, especially during the early and late winter days when temperatures are a little warmer. All winter / snow tires will have more tread noise and this will vary from tire to tire. Performance Winter / Snow tires do tend to be quieter than the other performance categories.

Available in lower profile sizes, the following Performance Winter / Snow tires are great options:

Is a Studless Ice & Snow, Studdable Winter / Snow or a Performance Winter / Snow tire right for your vehicle? It depends on your car, where you live, how you drive on dry roads and how you want to balance the above compromises. For example, my brother lives in Marion, Indiana, which is about an hour northeast of Indianapolis. He got the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60 Studless Ice & Snow tire in 235/40R18 on Sport Edition A7 wheels for his 2008 BMW M3. He chose this tire because central Indiana is more apt to get ice storms and there's the potential for heavier snow that wouldn't be quickly cleared from the country roads between his offices. He's willing to drive slower on dry roads.

Compare my brother's driving situation with another driver from Louisville with the same car but a heavier foot, he would be better served with the Performance Winter / Snow Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D tires in 235/40R18 front and 255/40R18 rear. Louisville's milder weather allows him to emphasize dry road performance, but still have emergency snow capability.

Let it snow.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12
 
 

2004 BMW M3 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Radcliff, KY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
April 16, 2013

Best tires I've ever put on a car. Went from Hankook rs3 to these and while the hankooks would spin when I launched the RE-11s just dig and dig. Cornering at speeds which would normally kick the rear out the RE-11s once again held. The confidence that my car would do exactly what I told it to in near limit situations was amazing. I'm actually afraid if I buy a different set of street tires other than these I will get overconfident going into a corner and wreck, they just feel that good.

 

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

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12
 
 

2012 BMW 335i Xdrive
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Entiat, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2013

My BMW was a 335i X drive but is now a Dinan 3. The HP is now about 360 and the car except for acceleration feels much the same as it did stock. The tires stick very well and the car handles extremely well. My previous car was a M3 which virtually couldn't drive in the wet or --- knows, the snow. In the snow season I have snow tires for it and it drives perfectly well.

 

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 Sumitomo HTR Z III

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR Z III Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.88
 
 

1999 BMW M3 Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
March 27, 2013

It's a nice economical tire. This is my second set for this car. The rears wear out before the fronts, but that's because of the car, not the tire. When these go I will buy them again if available.

 

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 Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

2003 BMW 330xi Sedan Sport Package
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
April 13, 2013

This is a very nice tire. I use a performance winter tire for 5 months each year so this tire is on my car about 60% of the year. It has lasted 3 seasons now and comfortably has another season remaining judging by the remaining tread depth. It is quiet and grippy at 7 tenths driving. I have full confidence in this tire at any speed and feel it is great value for the price as well as offering performance that exceeds my requirements. Is there a better tire out there for extremely aggressive driving? Well, maybe but you will likely pay more and experience quicker tread wear and less comfort. For most BMW owners this tire will not disappoint. M3 owners who need to tear up every piece of road they find themselves on? They are a fussy type of driver who might find something to complain about. This is a very under-rated tire and I would recommend it to anyone.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.43
 
 

2011 BMW M3 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Ponce Inlet, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
April 08, 2013

Compared to the OEM tires on the car (Continental Sport Contact 3), the grip is far superior both dry and wet. Huge improvement in off the line traction. Hoping the wear will be equally improved.
David, Ponce Inlet, FL

 

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.