Best Brake Pads for 2014? It Could Be Brembo's New Offering

Monday, March 31, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

All brake pads produce dust as they wear. However, there are some pad materials that create a less noticeable dust and don't make your wheels look like they're covered in tar. A newer form of friction material, called ceramic composite, creates a light-colored dust that's much less noticeable and is less likely to stick to your wheels. Ceramic pads are quieter and easier on brake rotors. These pads can also extend brake life beyond a semi-metallic pad.

New this year are the Ceramic Brake Pads from Brembo. The pads are available to fit most popular sporty sedans and coupes like BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Designed and engineered to enhance braking power, Brembo Ceramic Brake Pads minimize braking distances while offering a quiet and safe braking experience on a variety of road conditions. Original Equipment Direct Moulding Pressing Process provides a proper and accurate fit. The positive molding process uses extreme pressure to compress friction materials and provide balanced bonding to the backing plate. Each pad is then thermal scorched following Brembo's O.E. specifications to lessen running-in and fading.

Brembo's multi-layer ESE (Elastomer - Steel - Elastomer) red shim, clearly identifying the pads as Brembo pads, dampens noise and minimizes vibrations. Additional noise dampening is handled by the backing plate which also acts as a heat shield to reduce heat transfer to the caliper.

If you're looking to change the pads on your vehicle and want an alternative to black brake dust, take a look at the Brembo Ceramic Brake Pads. When changing brake pads, it's a good time to change brake wear sensors and maybe time to consider changing your brake fluid. Don't forget you'll get free shipping on all brakes, suspension and other parts and accessories on your order over $50.

All-Season Tires for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG

Friday, March 7, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

With sophisticated all-wheel drive, traction control and weighing 5,622 pounds, you'd expect the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG to dominate in the snow. Surprisingly, this isn't the case because there are no all-season or winter tire choices made in the vehicle's 275/50R20 Original Equipment size. 

Do you own one of these amazing SUVs, but a few inches of snow have you sliding? It's time to get creative with your next tire purchase. 285/50R20 is about 1/2" wider, 3/10" larger in overall diameter, and meets the G63's Load Carrying capacity requirements and fits on the Original Equipment AMG rims. Going with the 285/50R20 size provides you with many dedicated winter / snow and all-season tire options. Snowbelt drivers who want their G63 to excel in the snow should install a set of snow tires.

Even those who reside in a warmer climate, such as Atlanta, should consider all-season tires for their Mercedes-Benz. For a great combination of wet grip, decent light snow traction and good overall handling, the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology is hard to beat. Another great option to consider is the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus.

Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Continental CrossContact LX20 $168*
Continental CrossContact LX20
with EcoPlus Technology
Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus $233*
Bridgestone Dueler H/L
Alenza Plus


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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

2010 Mercedes-Benz E550 Sedan
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 17,000 Miles on Tires
February 14, 2014

I got these Michelin Super Sports when I put on my aftermarket 19" Brabus wheels. They are solid performers and have a nice quiet ride, which compliments the car. Road noise is minimal, even when the tires are worn down. Driving style is moderately spirited, the car is a daily driver to and from the office, with a mix of street and hwy in Orange County, CA.
My issue is the tread life. I used to get 20,000 miles+ from the Michelin PS2 tire and the Goodyear Eagle F1. On these Super Sports, I only got 17,000 miles, and the tread is showing on both of the rears (E550 is a rear-wheel drive car). I'm going with another brand this time, most likely the Continental Extreme Contact DW.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.86
 
 

2002 Mercedes-Benz ML320
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Newton Center, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
January 07, 2014

While this is certainly a very early review, these tires have transformed my ML320. I have had Toyo Proxes tires on for about 63000 miles any while they were always comfortable and decent in dry conditions, they were poor in wet weather and simply lousy in snow. They do have an all season rating, but looking at the tread design should have pushed me to buy something else at the time. Well, I saved about $25 each tire at the time vs the Continental 4x4 tires that served my family well for 55000 miles. Unlike so many others, my experience with the Continentals was outstanding. I figured that I would wait until the Toyos to wear out and then change them. They won't wear out. My patience finally did.

I bought the Bridgestone Alenzas from the tire rack and had them mounted and road force balanced by a reputable family owned tire business here in Massachusetts. I also had them do a 4 wheel alignment. All I can say at this point is that I am amazed. The ride is supple and yet still firm, but never harsh. The ML tracks straight and true and the handling is supurb. I haven't heard a sound from the ABS system and they don't make a sound in tight, fast corners. Literally, it is like driving a new car. My family has owned this car since new and it has never driven quite like this. I'm estatic. I have about 127,800 miles on the ML320.

I'll report back after the winter when I have experienced more miles, road, and weather conditions.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.56
 
 

2007 Mercedes-Benz E350 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Weldon Spring, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
November 18, 2013

This tire rides extremely hard on my Mercedes E350. Has been very difficult to balance. You feel every irregularity in the road surface in the steering wheel or the seat of your pants. Seems like the sidewalls have zero flex. It was sold as a comfort tire, not a sports tire. Would not recommend it or every buy again. Should have known better than to buy anything with the word "eco" in the name.l

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS60Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45

2006 Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Portage, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 12, 2013

I purchased a rear wheel drive Mercedes Benz E320 CDI this fall and was concerned with handling this winter. Living in Michigan we see all types of winter driving conditions.
I went online to the Tire Rack website and researched tires for winter driving and with their customer service support selected the Bridgstone Blizzak 225/55R16 WS60 tires. I am extremely satisfied with my purchase and would recommend them to anyone. The ride is excellent and quiet. The traction on snow and ice surpasses my expectations.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS60 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2006 Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Portage, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2013

I own a rear wheel drive 2006 Mercedes E320 CDI and I purchased the Blizzak tires for winter driving in Michigan. I have been very satisfied with their performace on snow and slippery roads. I would not hesitate to purchase them again. The Tire Rack team was very helpful in my purchase. Thanks

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS60 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.82
 
 

2006 Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Portage, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
March 14, 2013

Living in Michigan I was concerned about winter tires for my rear wheel drive car. I have been very satisfied with the tires, they have performed above and beyond my expectations. I discussed my situation and concerns with the customer service folks at Tire Rack and they gave me excellent advice. Thanks RCF in Portage, MI

 

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

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS550
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Kemptville, ON
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
April 01, 2013

I just went through a winter that delivered record snowfalls and the tires performed as I had hoped they would - excellent. I drive in deep snow all the time and despite driving a high performance rear-wheel drive car, I had no problems driving on ice and deep snow on a regular basis. I put them to the test while driving through the Adirondacks in a blizzard after a day of skiing Whiteface...the tires got me through 6-8 inches of snow on the icy roads without a problem...even the step hills and sharp turns...outstanding winter tire fit for my car. I know winter and I love winter driving..great recommendation Tire Rack

 

Dunlop Sport Maxx Race: DOT-Legal Track Tire Expands Size Lineup

Monday, March 25, 2013 by Ben Rooney

The Dunlop Sport Maxx Race is a racing tire that is street legal. Unlike some other race tires that are DOT-legal but not intended for road use, the Sport Maxx Race is able to be driven to and from the track. This tire performs excellently on dry roads and was introduced as the stock tire for the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series. Dunlop has recently expanded their offerings for the widths ranging from 235mm to 325mm.

These tires are a class up from Extreme Performance Summer tires that offer a balance of street longevity and track performance. The Dunlops are more track focused and have less longevity on the street. While we haven't had the opportunity to test the Sport Maxx Race yet, we have received some very positive customer feedback. In a recent review, one owner writes:

"Though it is soft and wears quickly, it is actually quite comfortable and not very loud at all. I have two sets of wheels/tires; one for the street and another for track. Other than the price and how quickly they wear, I can't find a single fault with this tire. It is designed for the track, and is only DOT-certified so that you can drive your car to the track, instead of trailering it there. The Sport Maxx is the best tire of its kind, in my experience."

While it's definitely not a tire for everyone based on price and limited treadlife, it could be just the ticket for a dedicated enthusiast. View available sizes to see if the Dunlop Sport Maxx Race is an option for your vehicle.

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

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2000 Mercedes-Benz C230 Special Edition
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Portland, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2013

It rarely snows in Portland, but some life changes required that we drive over the Cascades to Central Oregon in winter. This is the first set of dedicated winter tires for this car, and I'm very happy with them. I had zero traction issues with my RWD car, even when climbing fairly steep hills with 2-4" of packed snow. No issues descending, either. Sure, I could slide the tail under power if I chose to; but that's not unexpected. At near highway speeds (45-50) in the mountains, I encountered patchy ice with a lot of embedded gravel and chain rutting interspersed with wet pavement at temperatures at or just below freezing. The car tracked beautifully; on occasion I could feel it squirm just a bit but that wasn't even enough motion to light up the ESP warning light...so the car wasn't alarmed by the level of traction. The tires do "sing" more on dry surfaces than my Pilot Sport Al-Seasons, but the level of grip in true winter conditions is far, far superior. I'll only put this set of wheels on when snow threatens or when we need to go over the mountains, so they won't be worn all winter. At this rate I'll get many years of service out of them.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.91
 
 

2008 Mercedes-Benz E550 4matic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Mount Prospect, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 24, 2013

These tires most assuredly saved me from an accident. While driving at about 40mph at an intersection, a drunk driver ran his stop light and T-Boned the car immediately in front of me. Had I hit the brakes I know I would have hit the offending driver. I turned the wheel hard right and although the tires were screeching and screaming their protest, I made the 90° turn at 40mph as if my Mercedes were on a rail track. Finest tire I have ever had on a Mercedes!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK320
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Marshfield, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2013

After a few disappointing Goodyear purchases, I changed my brand to Yokohamas. It has proven to be a great choice. This set of tires went on a car with approximately 160,000mi on it. I wasn't sure which would last longer- the car or the tires. Now, almost 40,000mi later, it looks like the tires are going to win. With proper rotation, these tires work great on rainy roads and super hot summer highways. We haven't had as much snow as usual the last few winters but what we have had has not been any trouble for the AVIDs on a rear wheel drive coupe. I really notice a difference in the breaking distance, too. I feel confident in traffic and sudden stops. That was something I gave up on with my last set of Goodyears. When driving "spiritedly" the Yokos have kept to the road instead of any lose feeling I've gotten with a previous brand. The tread life has been incredible. I expect I'll get very close to 50,000mi out of them- a distance I haven't had from tires in at least my last two tire purchases over 6yrs. I would definitely recommend Yokohama AVID Envigors to any small car owner. I'm thinking of replacing my Benz with a newer Volvo S40 and will definitely put the Yokos on that car when its time.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.36

2005 Mercedes-Benz E320 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: New Windsor, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
January 03, 2013

on the survey reviews for this category Ultra Performance All Season, this ranked #2 with over 2million reviews. Bridgestone was actually higher with 900K reviews. but having had poor experience with Bridgestones on Infiniti SUV & on Pathfinder, based on the excellent customer reviews for the Continentals, decided to give them a try. & it didn't hurt that the cost was much lower than the B's.
Overall, am very very happy & satisfied I had chosen these tires for my wife's car. Have to admit, in a rear wheel drive car this performed excellent in 2 very recent snow storms & 2 very strong rainstorms with driving wind, we felt so safe & confident vs. driving our Pathfinder (even tho I have my favorite General Grabbers AT2's on them, which btw are better performers on my Durango than the PF) - that says a lot about these Continentals! They were purchased with the express purpose of winter driving. I highly recommend these tires for overall top performance, traction & no noise smooth rides.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, January 7, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2005 Mercedes-Benz C230 Sport Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 1,200
Location: Effort, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,200 Miles on Tires
December 30, 2012

I got this tires 3 weeks ago. Last week we had a blizzard on east coast. I cant say enough how great this tires are on snow. Not everybody knows that my car is rear wheel drive. This tires performed flawlessly. I read somewhere that these tires are designed for heavier cars. Needles to say I’ll never buy different tires for this car ever

Winter / Snow Tires for BMW M3 Competition Package

Thursday, November 8, 2012 by Ben Rooney

The Competition Package (ZCP) for the BMW M3 includes 19" wheels that are a half-inch wider than the standard options. We commonly recommend 235/35R19 on the front and 255/35R19 on the rear for a typical M3 Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, but those sizes will give a stretched look on the ZCP wheels. While the 9" and 10" wide wheels are technically within the recommended range for these tire sizes, winter tires tend to run slightly narrow, and the net result is a tire that looks like it's stretched to fit the wheel. 

A better solution when using ZCP wheels for winter driving is the combination of 255/35R19 front and 275/35R19 rear tires. While the wider sizes are generally not preferred for deep snow use, they're the better choice for this particular wheel application. Bridgestone's Blizzak LM-60 is offered in these size configurations for the 2012-13 winter season. If you need narrower tires for more severe snow and ice conditions, an 18" Winter Tire & Wheel Package would be the recommended size.

See what customers are saying about their experience with the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 to help you in your search for a winter tire:

"Totally impressed with the ice and snow traction from these Blizzaks. Being a rear-wheel drive car, they really hook up and get me going. Deep snow or ice-covered roads are no problem for these. Good job, Bridgestone!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS500

"I have had these tires for about two months and I can say that they perform very well in winter conditions. Being a powerful car (2002 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe), these tires have never come close to slipping when starting and stopping on ice. I fully endorse and recommend these tires to anybody with a smaller, AWD sports car." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe

"This is the premier winter tire, and for good reason. Never again will I go another Wisconsin winter without a set of these. It's literally a night and day difference when driving on this tire in the snow, slush and ice. We recently experienced one of the worst snow storms here in Southeast Wisconsin - part of my area got hit with more than 20" of snow in less than a day. Even in the unplowed driveways and side streets, I was able to get to work the next day with no problems!' -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2007 Volkswagen GTI

"These tires shined in the Chicago Blizzard in early 2011. When most people were sitting and spinning, I was confidently driving forward." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 Infiniti G35 Coupe Performance Wheel Package

Create a Winter/ Snow Tire & Wheel Package that's right for your application.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Sport Maxx Race

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Sport Maxx RaceReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.88

2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Bay Area, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
October 18, 2012

I have driven this tire on two C63 AMG Black Series Coupes. The first was on the Nordschleife during an AMG Driving Academy event. With this tire, the C63BS could quickly catch the SLS AMG in the twisty bits. I was quite stunned by this, as my cornering speeds were so high that I had to brake aggressively to keep from rear-ending the SLS.

I followed this experience with several track days driving my own C63 Black Series, which came with this tire. Though it is soft and wears quickly, it is actually quite comfortable and not very loud at all. I have two sets of wheels/tires; one for street and another for track. Other than the price and how quickly they wear, I can't find a single fault with this tire. It is designed for the track, and is only DOT-certified so that you can drive your car to the track, instead of trailering it there. The SportMaxx is the best tire of it's kind, in my experience. I have tried the Pirelli Corsa and the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, in an attempt to find something better. Though the Corsa is good, it's no match for the SportMaxx. The Michelin PSS is not even close, IMHO -- the SportMaxx blows it away when the going gets fast.

This is NOT the tire for you if you want something you can keep on your car all the time. This is NOT the tire to take on the road -- or track, for that matter -- when it's chilly and wet. It needs temperature to operate well. Once it gets up to temp, it is the best tire of its kind that I've ever tried. Highly recommended!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Friday, October 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.57

2002 Mercedes-Benz SLK32
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Richmond, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
October 03, 2012

I raced open wheel formula cars for years and the the AMG I have I plan on retiring in 2 years. The Hankooks were about $400 cheaper than the tires I had with the rebate. I had Michelin Pilots on it and they were responsive but horrible in rain and even a 1/4" of snow. I think I got 22,000 miles out of them so we could say they were well shaved as a comparison.

Even those these are new tires, I detected very little of the squirminess that some suggested, but they obviously weren't as quick as my well worn Michelins.

However, today, these tires saved me on a damp downtown road when a scooter ran a stop sign. I had to throw the car into a spin to miss him. 160 degrees one way, then I overshot the correction to about 180 degrees and was able to come to a stop without hitting the guy or the cars parked on the street. I would have slid like I was on ice in the Michelins and the scooter guy would have been in a world of hurt. As it was, I got a quick shot of adrenaline and the scooter guy just needed to clean his shorts.

The tires kept me out of what would have been a sure accident. I'll take that any day.
The Hankooks are quieter and smoother (maybe because of the thicker tread?.) When I give it the the gas at a busy intersection, the wheels don't spin like the aged Michelins. It was almost a struggle with the Pilots to keep them from spinning (349 HP in the SLK. The Hankooks bite the asphalt and I have yet to accidentally make them spin.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

1999 Mercedes-Benz CLK320
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Waldorf, MD
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
September 09, 2012

Don't get me started talking about how amazing these tires are. I tell people to go to Tirerack and read the reviews for themselves. It is the most amazing and important transformation I've ever made to a vehicle. I was about to buy a cheap super old Jeep Cherokee off Craigslist just to drive in winter. My rear wheel drive Mercedes with the then 18 inch summer tires got me stuck at work once. I sat and watched as others in Civics drove up the garage ramp with ease. That was the day I learned the downside to my car. That was then.

After reading reviews I was inspired to go out in a snow storm, so I went to Burger King and filmed a new Mustang running stop signs and losing traction in the intersection. I wished I could tell him about these tires. My co-worker abandoned her stuck Nissan in the middle of the road and walked home at midnight. In the DC area you see so many abandoned cars covered in roof deep dirty snow that was pushed there by snow plows. I saw a couple of Mercedes Benzes (sad sad SLK too). I just wish I could tell them about these tires, I don't get stuck anymore. If they weren't on my car I won't believe any of this. They are so nice/comfortable to ride on compared to my 19s, that I actually have them on the car now. Bad thing to do I know but I love the ride. I no longer fear hitting infamous DC potholes so much. I bought the tires and wheels here on Tirerack. Mounted and balanced. I was blown away by the tread. I call my 2 door Mercedes - The Truck.

Don't miss work. Amaze your friends. Amaze your Jeep driving spouse. He has big dirt tires that ruled in the 24 inches of snow we had in recent years, but in light snow his tires have no traction, left me spinning at a light for awhile. He now wants these Generals, he loves the wet traction on them. Look at owner videos on YouTube to see how unstoppable they are. I feel like I wanna buy extra sets in case they stop making them. Who needs AWD or 4matic when you have these tires?

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.88

2006 Mercedes-Benz C280 4matic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Erie, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
September 09, 2012

I use these as spring/summer/fall tires (I use all-season because we often get freak snow in Oct/Nov & Apr/May). In two years, I've put a little under 30k miles, almost 80% hwy miles, and they are down to 2/32 tread. If I was truly using these as all-seasons, then they would have needed to be replaced long ago.

When they were new, I loved them for the first summer (May thru Nov) -- quiet, great wet road/dry road balance and good responsiveness. When I put them on this spring, I quickly fell out of love about 2 mths into the summer as they did not have the same wet performance and grew louder.

The only reason they're still on the car is that we have had an exceptionally dry summer and I was hoping they would last until the winter wheels went back on, but after driving them in the rain yesterday, I know that's not going to happen and I need to replace them immediately.

Hopefully I can find something that will last a little longer this time...