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: 8.64
 
 

2003 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: New Albany, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 11, 2013

Just purchased before winter because I needed a better set tire for wet/snowy conditions. Dry handling on the back roads was precise and predictable, evens at its limits. With the onslaught of an early winter this year, I got to test their winter capabilities way too soon. Rain traction is excellent, even when pushed to the limits. Ice/snowy conditions are now a pleasure to drive on. They do a great job trudging through 3” of snow and are completely controllable and calculable on ice covered roads.
If you’re not going to invest in a set of dedicated winter tires, these Conti’s seem to be a safe compromise.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole PositionReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38

2010 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 33,000
Location: Houston, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 33,000 Miles on Tires
February 15, 2013

great tire after 33,000 miles. Don't drive crazy too terribly often but when I do these tires give me great grip wet or dry. Don't have any snow or ice to have to deal with so that is no issue here in SE Texas. In the wet I hardly have to change my driving style at all.
Hoping to get about about 10,000 more miles out of this set and seriously considering getting the new 970 model. I have considered summer tires but cannot bear the idea of replacing them again in 12-18 months after spending the money it takes to buy good tires - they are far too important to go cheap on after all!

Is Narrower Always Better When it Comes to Winter / Snow Tires?

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Recently, I received a call from a longtime Tire Rack customer who was looking for a new set of winter / snow tires for his hybrid SUV. He was surprised to see our Preferred Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package didn't feature a narrower tire size. Many drivers benefit from a narrow tires ability to cut through deeper snow, but every driver needs to weigh both the advantages and disadvantages of a narrower size. Below you will find what you need to consider when you assess whether or not to go narrow.

Across the snowbelt, there's a wide variance in the intensity and frequency of deep snow blizzards. If you're not residing in the darkest blue areas in the map above, you have to weigh how much grip you’ll lose with a narrower tire on dry roads. All snow tires, especially those in the Studless Ice & Snow category, will sacrifice dry grip and the narrower footprint will exacerbate this loss.

The weight of your car also will play a role in your selection. Does it have all-wheel drive to power through snow? Narrower snow tires are particularly helpful on lightweight cars like the MINI Cooper because you end up with more weight per square inch of contact patch; and more weight equals more grip. Your narrower snow tires will let you cut through deep snow. With a heavier car like the Toyota FJ Cruiser, you can run a moderate size and still be fine. 

For additional help in choosing the right winter tire, read "Size Selection of Winter / Snow Tires."

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 BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

Thursday, May 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.12
 
 

2006 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Brandon, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
April 23, 2013

Replaced the OEM runflats with these and am plenty happy. The runflats were stiffer (obviously) but a softer sidewall isn't bad here. Driving in rain or dry yeilds confidence b/c the tires are good about letting you know where the limit is. In this little FWD tire burner, the runflats would struggle in the dry at 4.5k to redline; these will keep gripping to 6k. I will update when I get more miles on these.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR Z II

Monday, May 13, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR Z II Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.88
 
 

2007 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: League City, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 15, 2013

I bought these as a budget-level replacement for a set of Yokohama S-drives. They look aggressive, but have much less dry traction than the s-drives. If you just want a tire for looks and want to save some money they are ok, but I would not consider them a high performance tire. They do seem to work well in the rain.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, April 29, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2005 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Portland, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
April 08, 2013

The first summer tire I had on my car was the Conti DW, and I was blown away. They were a bit noisy, but wet or dry, they stuck like glue. Then I decided to go with an A/S tire, the Bridgestone 970 AS Pole Position; after 2100 miles they came off. Great tire, really, but not the tire for my car, not enough grip.

So while I contemplated going for the DW again, I thought I'd splurge and try the PSS. First thoughts, WOW. Quiet, quiet quiet. Shortly after having them installed, took them on a really twisty road or two north of Portland, up hwy 30 a bit. It was raining out a bit, so I thought the perfect time to try them out.

Wet grip? Outstanding. Very predictable, great on-center feel. They feel heavier than the AS tires, but I think that's just the increased level of grip and being so quiet. Dry grip? Got a chance to try that this weekend a bit. Again, outstanding. Did I mention they're quiet? Yeah, my MINI has never had it this good. Dry grip was great, I'd say this compares very well with the DW, but the PSS is quieter by far.

I plan on rotating every 2K to make sure I get the most out of them that I can as I tend to drive pretty aggressively when I do drive =)

Updates to come.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Thursday, April 25, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2009 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Torrance, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 17, 2013

Absolutely awesome!

The Michelin Pilot Super Sport tire transformed my car:

1) Increased ride comfort
2) Reduced road noise
3) Increased responsiveness

I highly recommend these tires! :)




 

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza ZII Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2009 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Powder Springs, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 10, 2013

Amazingly good wet traction for a tire of this type. Quick turn-in. Only one autocross so far on a cold day. Despite the temperature, the tires had impressive grip, but didn't provide a lot of feedback as to when they were going to let loose. I expect even better performance when the weather warms up. Noisey at low speed, but tolerable.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.67
 
 

2007 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Middletown, CT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
April 02, 2013

Went from 205/45/17 run flats which are horrible tires. you feel every crack on the pavement and the ride is terribly noisy. i wanted to address the ride comfort first and foremost and put a bit more beef in the side wall by going to a 205/50/17. No exageration but the ride is like that of a Town Car. And very quiet. The steering feels softer but that should be expected. No rubbing on the wheel wells by going from a 45 to 50 profile. Can't wait to try it on rain and snow. If you hate the ride of your Mini Cooper S get these tires you wont regret it.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Thursday, April 4, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2008 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 9,000
Location: Burlington, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 9,000 Miles on Tires
March 21, 2013

I have 9,000 miles on these tires and they have just started to show a little wear. I think they will last me at least another two seasons. Best snow tire I have ever used, at least on the Mini Cooper S. The traction was incredible in the snow overall. Once the tires got moving, I rarely lost traction, and most of the time I was trying to lose traction to see how they handled. Acceleration in light snow was the only "little" complaint. It usually took a second or two to get going. All other acceleration was great. When the temp is under 30F, the tires handle great for a snow tire. I took it onto a dry track at 15F, and even at high speed it was extremely stable. Even cornered well. Once the temp gets above freezing, the tires get soft at around 75mph. Overall the best winter tire I have used because you will tell a difference. Highly recommended.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4

Monday, April 1, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.75
 
 

2010 Mini Cooper
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Boynton Beach, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
March 28, 2013

expected 40000 miles, not 25000 wear needing replacement

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.67

2010 Mini Cooper S Clubman
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Miles driven on tires: 1,600
Location: Batavia, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,600 Miles on Tires
January 11, 2013

Replaced OEM runflats with these tires. Ride comfort and wet traction improved significantly. Tires are fantastic in rain and light snow. Haven't driven in heavy snow yet.

As other reviewers have warned, the steering response of these tires is much slower than runflats. Entry into turns has lost a lot of precision. This does take some of the "go kart handling" fun out of the Mini. I considered returning them, but the improved ride comfort has been worth the trade off.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Rival Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.6
 
 

2011 Mini Cooper
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Pearland, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
March 04, 2013

I'm comparing these to the 225/45-15 RS3's I normally run. They are a bit sketchy at the limit and required a big setup change to get the balance back on the car, but once we did that the performance was very good. They drive differently than the RS3 so don't be shocked when it feels different. As far as time difference on a 60 sec course they seem to be a few tenths faster at most than the RS3...but we'll see in 2 weeks when I get to do a back to back test.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

2009 Toyota Matrix
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 23, 2013

I bought the Kumho tires 5 weeks ago to replace original equipment Bridgestones. The difference in road noise and ride comfort was like evolving from primative Flinstone stone tires to a modern Jetson smooth ride. Handling characteristics on dry and wet roads are excellent. Sorry, I can not comment on ice and snow as I live in SW Florida. I will so definately buy these tires again, in fact I will be ordering the same type tires next week for my MINI Cooper S.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38
 
 

2011 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Germantown, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2013


Best riding runflat I have ever owned. Quiet,smooth, excellent wet and dry traction in a performance all season tire. Much superior to the Continentals that came on the car.

The tire rack review was accurate. You can not tell these are runflats

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38

2011 Mini Cooper S JCW Package
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Miles driven on tires: 19,000
Location: Fruit Cove, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 19,000 Miles on Tires
February 12, 2013

They replaced Continental Extreme DW that were not a bad tire, but without a doubt, these are the best tires I have ever owned.
With one exception, I cannot say enough positive about these. That one exception is treadlife.
Tires are rotated and balanced every 5000 mikes and treadwear is even across the surface of the tire and among the tires. There is no excessive or odd wear patterns and the shoulders are holding up well; however, the tires are done. The tires were at the indicator bar with approximately 17500 miles on them.
I don’t consider the tires to have been abused: No SOLO events, and only one trip to the Tail of the Dragon.
Even with the prorated mileage warranty, owning these tires is an expensive proposition.
Guess you really do have to pay to play.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Monday, February 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2005 Mini Cooper Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Sparta, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 04, 2013

Huge difference comapred to the Ecsta ASX I was driving on before. Bought these totalyy off of the ratings I saw, as I was not happy with the previous set of Ecstas I had. Put these on my MINI andthe total driving experience is better that with the original tires that came with the car over 100,000 miles ago. Waiting to see how well they wear, but a big thumbs up for these.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.25
 
 

2011 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 22,000
Location: Kissimmee, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 22,000 Miles on Tires
February 04, 2013

I bought these because it was original equipment, I should have known when I bought the car it had 18,000 miles on it and it needed tires. But I did it anyway and only got 22,000 miles and almost paid double that of a non run flat tire and Im sure I would have gotten double the miles if I had bought the regular tire at half the price

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V4 ES H105

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V4 ES H105Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.00

2006 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Oak Lawn, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
January 26, 2013

These tires were installed on my car when I bought it at 27k miles in Feb 2011. I'm now at 67k miles, almost Feb 2013 so I average 20k miles per year.

To start off, when the tires were new I was pleased with them. Plenty of dry and wet traction and low noise. Car tracked good as alignment was performed when tires were installed. Over the course of 40k miles I would have expected the tires to be shot and pretty worn. Granted I have a lightweight vehicle but I've still got 6/32 tread on center. Edges however are more like 3/32. I know edge wear is due to the MINI's aggressive suspension, however the tire noise is now quite loud. Not as bad as goodyear eagles with similar mileage but loud none the less.

Last winter was quite mild and I never had the chance to test out the MINI in the snow. Finally got the chance to drive in a snowstorm last week and let me say- Mark these tires down as NOT all-seasons. More like 3-season tires. With 6/32 tread life over 80-90% of the tire I expected much more in snow. Braking in snow is awful- slight tap on the brakes caused me to fishtail across multiple lanes on the interstate in less than an inch of snow on the roads (traveling about 55mph and going straight initially). Starting from a stop is a joke, grandmas pass me in their Buicks. Cornering in snow is, lets say breath taking, and not in a good way. Again, this is all on less than an inch of snow. Nowhere close to "deep snow" and not slush or ice.

I am now investing in new tires. Again, these Hankooks are not "worn out", more like 50% tread left. These tires would be great for someone who lived in warm climates that may get cold but stay above freezing. However for a norther climate driver, I would pass on these.