Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza DZ101

I read the reviews of this tire and have to laugh when people say they are weak in the dry traction area. I drive VERY spirited through tight mountain roads and they are fantastic. They out preform the Michelin, Kumho, and Continental sport tires hands down. These things stick like glue and lose traction very predictably. If you have trouble with traction or...  Read More

How Good Are Sumitomo Tires?

Often times, people associate Sumitomo as a generic tire. In reality, quite the opposite is true! Did you know that Sumitomo is the Japanese subsidiary of Dunlop and traces its beginnings back to 1909? In 1997, Sumitomo and Goodyear formed a joint venture in which they agreed to manufacture tires for each other as well. Sumitomo produces many different types of...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Grandtrek WT M3

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...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

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...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

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...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Compared to the other Dunlop, Bridgestone, Hankook and current Continental ExtremeWinterContacts I've used on various RWD sports cars, these are without a doubt the worst winter tire I've purchased in the last 15 years. They're completely adequate in snow and I don't have any complaints. I might go so far as to call them pretty darn good.The problem is that...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Use these as my street tires, in 255/35R19 front and 275/30R19 rear, mounted on a set of Volk TE37SL wheels (19x9.5 & 19x11) on my extensively modified M3. For reference, track tires are usually PS Cups, or Nitto/Hoosier R-comps.First off, these are the ONLY Street Tires I have run on this car that aren't immediately overpowered by the brakes, which...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32

I recently switched from my Kumho summer tires to my Blizzaks on my 2008 BMW M3. I could not be more impressed by the performance of these tires! It took my m3 from a helpless baby to what could be mistaken as an AWD to unknowing spectators. Takes on steep, snowy driveways like nobodies business. Thoroughly enjoy having my parking spot at the TOP of the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Grandtrek WT M3

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...  Read More

Which Winter Performance Category Is Right for You?

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...  Read More

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

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...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

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...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

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.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

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...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport M3

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...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60

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...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II

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...  Read More

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

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,...  Read More

Max Performance Summer Tire Review: Continental ExtremeContact DW

As one of our best sellers in theĀ 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...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4

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...  Read More