Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

I bought these tires to replace the run-flats on my MINI JCW, and had excellent results. So, I recently decided to do the same with my 335xi. The difference that the Pilot Sport A/S 3's made in ride quality, road noise, responsiveness, and overall drivaility is pretty amazing...even my wife notices how much smoother and more stable the car feels with the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus

Running on run flat tires was the worst tire experience I have ever had within my 40 years of driving.The stiff sidewalks transmit noise. No more bang from pot holes and my X5 is now quiet at high speeds. I purchased one of the last discontinued X5 factory spares kits, but a tow service membership is a great all-around protection whether with or without a...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

I did a fair amount of research on mini forums and other internet data and most everyone was very happy with the Continental Extreme Contact DW tires. I was AMAZED at the quiet ride. I purchased the car with @35000 miles and the original run-flats had already been replaced. The tires that were on it seemed pretty good on dry roads and cornering was never a...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II

I have owned two sets of these Pirelli's. The first was on a company Subaru Outback. I was so impressed I ordered a set for my 2014 JCW Coupe. I took delivery of my car just before Christmas 2013 so I had them put on immediately before picking up the car from the dealer. We get a lot of snow and a lot of snow types from 7-11 slushy to deep packed here in...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Tire is a good match for mini cooper S handling and ride is very good much better than the original run flats. Tire seams to have very little wear at 3500 miles Tires handle the curves very well.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

I have used three brands of snows, Pirelli, Blizzaks and these Michelins. I have these on a corporate Malibu. I drive a LOT of city and through the Colorado Rockies and across prairie. I need a tire that will handle in most every temperature and condition and give me good stopping and handling in the city. These tires get worked very hard, especially in the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Great tire that just works. I only use them 7-8 months/year (have separate winter tires). They are responsive, secure in the wet, perform well in dry and have great longevity. Enough tread left after 31K miles that the S is still visible. Should easily go 50K+. Will get a set for our other car (MINI) now.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Excellent summer tire. I bought these tires to replace the runflats that come with the Mini. Excellent tires for summer driving. However, don't try them in the snow - you get virtually no traction.   Read More

Hard-to-Find Tires for the Toyota Highlander, GMC Acadia, Dodge Journey and MINI Cooper

Many new SUVs and CUVs are coming equipped with hard-to-find tire sizes. Therefore, when the time comes for replacements, there are often few options to choose from. In almost every case, we work hard to stock these unique Original Equipment sizes (like the 19" and 20" options for the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave). If you're looking for alternative tires,...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Was convinced by Preston at the Tire Rack to try these tires. The last 2 winters in Central Indiana have had a lot of snow and I have never had an issue trying to get anywhere in my Mini. There are issues in deep snow, but this is due more to the ride height of the car than the traction of the tires. The Blizzak's have been superb in getting me around in the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

I bought my used 2005 Mini Cooper S Convertible in January 2014 from a local car dealership here in southwest Ohio. It came with Firestone Firehawk GTA-2 195/55R16 tires that had about 75% of the tread wear remaining. There was light snow on the ground when I drove my new purchase home. With just a couple inches of snow/ice on my driveway, I literally got...  Read More

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

The General G-Max AS-03 is a High speed, high performance tire. This tire is far superior to the run-flat tires that come stock on the Mini Cooper. The tire is very responsive at high speeds and resist rolling over in the turns. This is a soft rubber tire providing very good traction in snow and on ice. The Mini is to low to go in deep snow, has nothing to...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II

I have had these tires twice, once on a Subaru and now I put them on a JCW Mini Coupe. The dealer ordered them from Tire Rack for me and put them on before I picked up my new car. It was December in Colorado.I absolutely love these tires. I have used the Blizzaks and Michelins on other vehicles and this is my favorite. The primary thing I like is that the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Tread wear life is very short. Rotated tires every 5,000 miles and by 18,000 noticed indicator getting closer to tread. Recycled rubber garbage. Better options to buy. They are on my mini van which isn't driven hard. Need new tires after a year and a half. Avoid!   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza EL400 RFT

Original equipment tires. Started getting noisy after 5000 miles. Mostly long distance highway driving, with camping gear. NO, off-road driving. Even with rotating every 4000 miles, air pressure checked monthly and alignment twice a year, they started wearing on both inner and outside front tire edges faster than center tread and rotating just made all look...  Read More

Need Tires for a Classic MINI?

With the trend for larger wheel diameters, it can be hard to find tires for some of the classic vehicles that used small-diameter wheels. The legendary MINI is a victim of this trend, with virtually no tires available in its usual 10" wheel diameter. However, there is still at least one excellent option for enthusiast owners: the Yokohama A008. This sticky,...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

I bought these for my wife's mini-van and I'm very happy. The overall traction is great but the snow traction is fantastic! In the northeast this year we have had SNOW, and I can say without a doubt that these are the best all season tires I've driven in the snow! Last year I had the stock tires on this van and I could not make it up my driveway even with...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

I have now driven the Grabbers through all the eliments. Compared with the OEM tires these are in a different league. There is no weak characteristic. I measured treadwear at 7500 miles and it was about 1/32. At that rate they should go well beyond 80k miles. With low initial cost I can't see any reason to spend the extra money for Michelin or Goodyear. The...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Just drove blizzard conditions in Colorado over Loveland Pass and then Eisenhower Tunnel. Our MINI made it both ways without a slip when many other FWD cars and 4WD's were spinning and sliding and multiple chained Semi's got stuck .   Read More

Proper Storage Techniques for Your Tires and Wheels

It's not uncommon these days to have two seasonal sets of wheels and tires. Some drivers even have a third and fourth set for track use. Most sets are used seasonally which means the unused sets need to be stored properly. Below are some tips for storing your off-season tires, as well as storage solutions.  Keep the tires out of direct sunlight whenever...  Read More