Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

I have been stunned by this tire. Usually, you have to give up something to gain in another area. Once you get to a tire that performs at this level in the dry, it really stinks in the wet and wears out very quickly. SOMEHOW, Michellin has given us a tire that has incredible turn in, incredible dry grip, yet wears beyond belief (for a tire of this...  Read More

Bridgestone DriveGuard Run-Flat: Not Just for BMW and MINI

Traditionally, run-flat tires have been used mainly for limited vehicle types as specified by certain manufacturers for Original Equipment use. Prime examples of this is are BMW 3 Series vehicles since the mid-2000s, the new MINI Cooper and all fifth-generation and newer Chevrolet Corvettes. These vehicles once represented a small portion of the market that...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama S.drive

I got the Yokohama S. Drive in December of 2011. It is now August 2014 and they need to be replaced (which I will be doing in October. These are great if you're on a budget and/ or like to test out different tires. I drive an 04 Mini Cooper S and these tires grip amazingly well when they are warm. Most people don't get this warm concept and usually spin out...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Bought these for my daughter's car. When we bought it, it had the original type Dunlops. They were pretty rough and the reviews weren't so hot. Replaced with some Kumho Ecstas. Better than the Dunlops but.... So since the originals had worn poorly, put factory struts all around thinking this will make the ride, handling and NVH better, and it did, but.......  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

First for my fellow BMW brethren -- I made the switch to a non-run flat after a total of 11 years driven on several different RFTs on two different cars. With a compressor, TPMS-friendly Slime, and a mini-spare, I hope I'm covered. These are quieter, smoother, and take bumps better. Even though I went from a summer performance tire in the RFT, I don't feel...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone DriveGuard

I've just bought these tires as replacements for the OEM Continental run flat tires on my MINI Cooper S. I did the research and found that there were multiple independent reviews of this tire that were very complimentary. Motor Trend and Autoweek were among them. So I felt comfortable buying these tires as a suitable replacement for the OEM tires. I also...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

In winter, as long as the snow is no deeper than 8 to 10 inches, I feel like my Mini is a snowmobile. It will go anywhere I point it using these tires. After 10 inches, the car begins to high center, but that's not the tires fault. I live in Iowa and tend to only use them between November and February. They do a great job, exactly what I expected of...  Read More

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

2010 Mini Clubman; Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position 195/55/16 Run Flats (RF)5,000 miles, Interstate and city. Maybe the best tire I've had, they are billed as a ultra high performance all-season. Purchased them because they were supposed to have good comfort and handling for a RF. They feel like a regular tire. The dry and wet traction are very...  Read More

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

Brand new. Still have mold release grease on them. They need a couple of thousand miles to get at least scuffed a bit. Bought these, as their predecessor tires, Michelin Pilot Sport AS Plus XL were great. I expect these to be even better, as they're 5 years further along the engineering timeline. I just haven't had enough time to really break them in, drive...  Read More

Get Ready for Snowmaggedon 2014: Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?

Remember last winter? Will this winter be just as bad? We don't know yet. But, I do know the right snow tire makes all the difference. In order to purchase the correct winter / snow tire, you should decide which performance category works best for your driving style and the winter weather you experience. The three major categoriesare: Studless Ice & Snow,...  Read More

Light Up the Night with Hella Lights for Your Jeep Wrangler

Looking to update the look of your Jeep and light up the roads and trails? Our selection of aftermarket lighting is perfect for your vehicle! With kits available from Hella, PIAA and KC HiLiTES, you have the option to put out as much light as you want. Currently installed on my JK Rubicon are several sets of Hella Optilux lights. Before making upgrades to...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Carving

The weather in Seattle can be unpredictable and usually bad, especially in winter. The difference between the tires that came with the Mini and these Pirelli tires was dramatic. Wet weather traction was much improved and confidence inspiring. Standing water and icy roads were manageable and no longer the certain death feeling brought on by the OEM tires....  Read More

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

I just replaced the Run Flats, that were on my 04 Mini Cooper S, What an improvement in cornering,wet and dry traction,noise level and ride comfort.I only have 2k on these and they are all summer miles, so I have no idea what the snow/ice traction will be like with this set of tires,but I expect them to be better or at least as good as the Goodyear Eagles, I...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

These tires were used almost exclusively for autocross on a 2013 Mini Cooper. I got about 15 events, 150 runs, and 2-3k street miles on them before they heat cycled out. I'm at the wear bars now. They still grip okay in the dry, but at the wear bars these tires absolutely hydroplane in any amount of standing water. I don't think they wore that well and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Touring

My Mini Van is modified for my needs and is Wheel Chair accessible. Making it so, requires many modifications that effects many aspects adversely as well as driving dynamics. Traction in wet, ice & snow is a top concern for my needs and these tires performed very well for me. I live in Fayetteville AR and it's very hilly and since it does not snow a lot,...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

The PSS is a tire well worth the price. I have a modified MINI Cooper S that I took to The Dragon this year, and the tires earned their keep. Super sticky in the corners yet firm enough to prevent any hint of body roll. I was a tad hesitant when purchasing the tires last year because of the price, but they're worth every penny and proved their value on the...  Read More

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