Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4

2009 Mini Cooper
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Manassas, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2013

I've only had these tires a couple weeks so I can't comment on treadwear or wet/snow performance. But I can say that the difference in ride quality is phenomenal (they replaced run flats). A MINI Cooper suspension is stiff by design; but with run flat tires, on 17" rims, in sport mode…if you hit a nickel lying in the road, you’ll spill your coffee. With the Continental Extreme DWS tires I can hit all the loose change I want. Plus, the run flats were very loud whereas the Continental’s are so quiet that I can now hear my wife telling me to slow down. I’m very happy with these tires.

Get a Great Tire and Save Money with Closeout Fuzion Tires

Friday, January 18, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

When it comes to maintaining your vehicle, everyone wants to save money without compromising safety. That's why we test tires and currently provide over 2.8 billion miles of customer feedback to help you select the right tire. With many different options to choose from, you're likely to find an option that works for you and your budget.

In addition to these services, we're also fortunate to have strong relationships with the manufacturers so we can offer you some great tires with closeout savings. At this time, take advantage of the the Ultra High Performance Summer Fuzion ZRi and On-/Off-Road All-Terrain Fuzion XTi at amazing pricing.

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Take a look at the popular 225/45R17 ZRi that's been marked down to $61*. This tire is a good choice for drivers in rainy climates, such as Florida, because of its wet grip capabilities. Developed to meet the needs of sport compact and sports car driving enthusiasts and tuners, the tire provides crisp and responsive handling in both wet and dry conditions. Fuzion ZRi tires also feature Rim Guard rubber ridges on its lower sidewalls to function as bumpers to help protect wheels from curb damage.

Other closeout ZRi sizes include:

Are you looking for some moderate off-road capability and a more rugged look for your Jeep, 1/2-ton truck or SUV? The Fuzion XTi will do the job without bombarding you with mud tire drone. Blending overall performance with aggressive styling, this tire meets enthusiasts needs without compromising comfort or affordability. Even better, you can purchase this tire at a great price! For example, the 225/70R16 option is priced at only $79*.

Other closeout XTi sizes include:

Whether you're ready for cruising the strip or about to hit some trails, take a look at what some customers are saying about their experiences with the tires:

"These tires have proved exceptional. Dry weather cornering is outstanding and very predictable. The main revelation is in the wet where the Fuzion has completely cured the unstable understeer exhibited with my previous tires. The A6 2.7T Quattro is quick, but heavy. It had an unpredictable push on the previous tires, but now it is a joy in both the wet and dry." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 Audi A6 2.7T (Fuzion ZRi)

"I really liked the look of this tire for the price. This is the best tire I have ever bought. As an outdoorsman, this tire has been off road for many hunting trips. This tire has outperformed any tire in any condition I have subjected it to. I am on your website today to purchase a new set!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4x4 Regular Cab Long Box (Fuzion XTi)

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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Monday, January 7, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2

2004 Dodge Ram 1500 QuadCab 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Sunriver, OR
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
January 05, 2013

I had 20" tires from new with all season tires while living in Star Valley, WY and they performed OK--we now live in central OR and have encountered a lot more ice. The new tires were purchased with 18 in. rims and I have been very impressed with the added traction. Also very quiet!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Signature (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Signature (W- or Y-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.29

2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
November 21, 2012

I ran Falken summer tires for years for good dry traction. I got tired of worrying about an early season snowstorm, and plus I wanted better tire life and MPG. So, I tried these.

Pros:
They are much quieter than the summer tires, and the car rides noticeably better. I'm sure the tread life is better than the summer falken's by far. The deeper tread seemed to work well in rain storms so far. They have a rim guard, which I need since I parallel park daily. They do seem like a good value. These tires track better than my summer tires, an important consideration in any Sonata. These tires are bi-directional, and can be rotated about all four wheels. That should help tread life (hopefully)

Cons:
These tires had a noticeable dropoff in cornering traction . I was expecting a max performance all season to approach the dry handling characteristics of a summer tire... but I was wrong. They are not much better than the stock OEM hankook tire, disappointing. Don't get me wrong, they're still better than your typical all season V rated tourer. MPG no better than my summer tires (seriously?) and in fact seem worse. How is that?

I never drive these tires in snow, since I use winter tires. Too early to tell about tread life.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2005 BMW 325i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Dayton, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
December 05, 2012

Very responsive tire,very quite,great cornering,so far have not had any problems.Seem to be better as i put more miles on them.Any tire needs 5000 to 7000 miles for a break in period. I've read other reviews saying they noisy, i suggest to them to have there tire dealer check to see if they have other issues like a bent rim/rims or balancing issues before slamming a tires performance.I reccomend highly. The best set of tires i've ever driven on, and i can say that because i;ve been around awhile.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax ArcticReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.09

2012 Ford Focus 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Warren, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
November 29, 2012

Had these tires installed on the steel rims and I put them on my 2012 Focus. Although here in Michigan we didn't get a lot of snow during the 2011-2012 winter, the few time we did these tires performed wonderfully. Lots of grip in slight or deep snow and very confidence inspiring. Perhaps too much! They will not disappoint. Just ordered a pair for my wife's new car.

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

Thursday, November 15, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFTReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2011 BMW 335d Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: San Francisco, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
November 09, 2012

my 2011 335d w/sports pkg shipped with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP rft summer tires, an amazing tire (my favorite rft for summer) but harsh on the ride quality in terms of impact when hitting bumps and such. it was time for new tires and i wanted an all-season tire that i could use in cold conditions (35F-60F), rain, and possibly light snow. i also needed an rft tire as my car does not have room for a spare. i got very frustrated in my search and was close to just buying non-rft tires, Continental ExtremeContact DWS to be exact, because i couldn't find any high performance all-season rfts that had a softer ride and positive reviews. the only tire i could find were the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A RFT, which i read had harsh ride quality and they were not all-season.

i hesitantly ordered these Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT tires hoping that i would not have wasted $1200. they were very new and i couldn't find any specific reviews concerning these tires on an E90 335d. boy was i pleasantly surprised when i drove away with these tires. they honestly feel/act like non-rft tires!! the ride is just perfect, not too soft, not too harsh. with the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP, every time i hit a bump, i clenched my teeth and my body would tense up because of the impact on my car...i felt like every bump was damaging my rims or suspension...i hated it.

i have driven in rain and cold ( 34F-104F wet and dry) at both city and highway speeds, and these tires have done great. i don't feel like i have compromised the awesome performance characteristics of my car, yet i get a little bit softer rft ride quality. honestly, these tires don't ride like other rfts. again, they ride like non-rft tires. i gotta hand it to Bridgestone….fantastic engineering with these tires. the only thing i have not done is drive in snow with the new tires, and i'm not sure i feel safe doing so with 425 lb of torque at the rear wheels. i highly recommend.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36

2007 Saturn Sky
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Miles driven on tires: 70,000
Location: Wichita, KS
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 70,000 Miles on Tires
November 11, 2012

I drive 35K+ per year, 365/24/7. I have had these for just over 2 years, shy of 3 full winters and they are by far the best tire I have ever had on the car (RWD, 1 1/2-ton roadster). They are so good in wintry conditions that I am half-tempted to de-sandbag the rear axle in snow/ice, were I only not so totally petrified of death/dismemberment...

Here's a thing:
These tires actually track better in wet conditions than they do in dry. On dry roads -- specifically, when doing a 'moderate' takeoff from a left/right signal light -- they tend to break loose the tiniest little bit; not enough to be dangerous, but enough to make your heart skip a beat. A lot of that has to do with the car, too; you can find a lot of video of Skys pulling an unintentional doughnut on a right or left turning takeoff; the center of gravity is right below the driver's seat. But, when you get this tire into wet conditions, it seems to get tackier and the grip is very nearly unbreakable, within the confines of any *reasonable* driving technique.

I highly recommend this tire for its longevity, price, and superior winter- and wet-handling (which is when you really need the best performance, imho). I bought these from Tire Rack and was very pleased with the prompt service and best pricing I received. It's just a shame I won't be able to buy from them this time, as they are out of stock (and listed as 'New' item?) and I am in fairly immediate need. Thank you, Winter Storm Brutus.

When I do find some of these in stock somewhere, I intend to mount the four new ones on my stock rims and keep the outgoing pair on their current non-OEM rims, and then ride the old ones for another spring-autumn season. If you can find these, buy them!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4XReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.71

2009 Pontiac Vibe GT 2.4L
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Franklin, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
November 03, 2012

These Kumhos are definitely a step up from the factory Goodyears that came with my 2009 Vibe GT. Traction and handling are at least as good as the original tires, and I've noticed a slight improvement in ride comfort, noise levels, and braking performance. Not only that, but these tires are less expensive than the originals. My only complaint is the lack of rim protectors, but the positives far outweigh that one negative.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport PS2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75

2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Arcadia, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
October 31, 2012

Although a complete set of PS2(235/35-19 & 295/30-19) costs some $300350 more than the other brands, it's totally worth it! The PS2 and Porsche are meant for each other. Whether it's dry/hot or wet/cold, these tires perform consistently and give you absolute control of your car. I bought an extra set because I wanted BBS rims on my car. There's simply no substitute for the PS2(unless Michelin comes out with a PS3)!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.6

2009 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
October 22, 2012

The first thing I should mention is that about 99% of my driving is on highways, and about 1% occasionally off-road.

I really wanted to like this tire. However it has sorely disappointed me.

There must be horrible quality control and consistency with the manufacture of this tire because some reviewers are reporting good wear, but I have been closely monitoring mine and at the current wear rate they will be bald at about 28,000 miles. Remember, Kuhmo claims a 60,000 mile warranty on these. This rapid wear rate is occurring despite the fact that my vehicle gets regular alignments to the preferred specs. and is kept at the preferred tired pressures. And it is not the very few off road miles that have caused the wear. The vehicle had only 17k miles on it when the tires were first put on and all suspension components are tight, so that is not the problem either.

Initially they balanced as smooth as glass, however upon the first rotation, an intolerable imbalance appeared that can't be cured despite repeated road force balancing on calibrated equipment. The rims are true. I simply can't wait for these to wear out, which looks like sooner than later, so I can get something different.

I have driven in various mountain snow conditions all my life and how these got the mountain snowflake symbol (thus implying something special) is a mystery to me. They are nothing special in the snow and perform about the same as the basic all-season tire they replaced.

Here is a warning to those with 4 cyl. cars. These tires have very high rolling resistance. Mine is a 4 cyl. and once I switched from the stock tires to these it felt as though 10 horse power suddenly disappeared.

I've got over $900 tied up in these, but they are behaving like 30K tires that cost a fraction of this. Frankly, IMHO these tires are either way overrated, or Kuhmo must get their act together and focus on consistancy and quality control of their product.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 155
Location: Calgary, AB
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 155 Miles on Tires
October 21, 2012

I got Lexus Dealership to put the Bridgestone DM-V1 tyres on separate rims based on research and feedback from other owners at Tirerack. I have only driven about 250km (155.342798 miles) on these winter tyres and they are First Class with top marks, with no slippping or sliding. In Calgary we have many hills like Bow Trail and Sarcee Trail and these tyres perform very well indeed. As a previous owner mentioned that they are like velcro to ice and snow. I hope to get at least 3 winter seasons out of them. Well done Bridgestone

Steel Rims vs. Alloy Wheels for Winter Use

Monday, November 5, 2012 by Gary Stanley

If you're shopping for a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, you'll notice that steel wheels are offered for many vehicles and are more economical than aluminum alloy wheels. Keep in mind that price only tells part of the story. While they may be the right choice for you, be sure to consider the advantages and disadvantages of using steel wheels versus alloy wheels.

Steel Wheels

  • Meet the basic needs of drivers who want the convenience of a winter tire package without the additional cost of an alloy wheel
  • Typically available in black or silver finish depending on the application
  • Basic styling can often be updated with wheel covers
  • Cost less than alloy wheels due to ease of manufacturing and lower material costs

Since steel wheels aren't the sportiest addition to your vehicle, wheel covers will hide the wheels while enhancing your vehicle's appearance. If a good look is especially important to you, alloy wheels may be the way to go! When creating a Winter Tire & Wheel Package, why should you consider an aftermarket alloy wheel? What are the benefits of alloy wheels over steel?

Alloy Wheels 

  • Enhance the look of your vehicle
  • Are manufactured to precise standards to meet exact fitment and performance needs
  • Weigh less than steel wheels and have often have superior strength
  • May be the preferred option for your vehicle based on fitment requirements
  • Will allow for better brake clearance (depending on wheel style and brake components installed)
  • Some may require proper maintenance as finish damage may result in the harshest winter climates where salt and sand are routinely used
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Sport Edition A7
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It's important to remember that alloy wheels may be the only option for your vehicle since steel wheels aren't made to fit every application. To learn more about the benefits of an alloy wheel, read "What is an Alloy Wheel?"

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HPReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.29

1998 BMW 328i
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: DENVER , CO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
October 13, 2012

I used to run Yokohama tires on all my BMWs. This was my first General tire based upon tirerack reviews and surveys. Highly recommended! They handle great, ride quiet and affordably priced. With only 5,000 miles to date, I can not comment on tread wear. I have Hankook winter tires on separate rims, so no info on snow or ice performance.

Tire Rack Locations and Recommended Installers

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by Gary Stanley

As you may know, Tire Rack is a mail order company, so we don't have traditional local retail locations where you can shop for our products. However, we do have a handful of distribution centers across the country where we ship our products from, and you can also pick up your order in person.

Orders can be picked up at the following distribution centers:

Note: With the exception of our South Bend, Indiana facility, our distribution centers do not offer installation. Local sales taxes do apply to any purchase that is picked up. Also, the credit card holder must be present at time of pick up along with a photo ID. 

Do you live in an area that's not near one of our distribution centers? No problem. We have a list of nationwide Recommended Installers that can provide professional and affordable installation of the tires, wheels and other products you purchase from Tire Rack. All of our Installers are carefully screened to ensure they have the right equipment and experience to satisfactorily serve our customers. In fact, to become a Recommended Installer a company must meet our uncompromising criteria:

  1. Use proper mounting and balancing equipment including touchless or rim clamp, European-style tire changers and high-speed computer spin balancers.
  2. Employ properly trained technicians capable of safely performing damage-free installations.
  3. Be an automotive business that can offer additional services to customers (alignments, complete repairs, auto detailing, etc.)
  4. Possess a positive attitude and the ability to treat Tire Rack's customers with the highest level of professional courtesy.

Only after these criteria are met is a company approved to become one of our Recommended Installers.

You can see exact quotes for installation by choosing a Price Pledge Installer while in search results. Price Pledge Plus Recommended Installers not only participate in our Price Pledge program but they are also Installers who consistently achieve a 4.5-star or above overall ranking in our survey results. Installers who participate in the Price Pledge program agree to display exact quotes for installation services based on tire aspect ratio. Additional or optional related installation fees are also displayed.

For more information on tire aspect ratios and installation, check out one of my previous posts, "Installation is Even Easier!"

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Friday, September 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Parada Spec-XReviewer's Overall Rating: 7

2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer LTZ 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Newington, CT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
September 07, 2012

I purchased these tires when upgrading my 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer to the 20" rims. I have used Yokohama in the past and am consistently happy with the price/performance factor.

These tires are wearing wonderfully, I do rotate them every 10,000 though. They are quiet, and not harsh riding, the sidewall has some give.

It's an SUV- so as you could expect, I don't corner like a corvette. But on more than one occasion, the grip has surprised me, and the tires don't protest- no squealing through corners.

I rated these low on Hydroplaning and Deep Snow. I believe the cross section has more to do with that than the tire, but on a 5000# truck, I shouldn't have hydroplaning problems, at reasonable speeds. Also I HAVE to use 4WD now in any snow over 3"- once again, I'll attribute this to the width of the tire (mostly).

Overall I'm happy, but when the snow flies, I find myself wishing for some snow tires.....

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Friday, September 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.75

2005 Subaru Legacy Sedan 2.5 GT
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Miles driven on tires: 9,800
Location: Memphis, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 9,800 Miles on Tires
September 20, 2012

Following a set of Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Specs, these tires were purchased to be more daily-driver friendly. They were definitely smoother riding, quieter, and better in the rain. They still performed acceptably in spirited driving around town. I was liking them a lot until track day (at which time they had approximately 7,000 miles on them). After five 20-minute sessions on the Memphis International Raceway (fka Memphis Motorsports Park), there was above-average wear (relative to expectations from one track day and from prior experience with different tires) and two of the tires (LF and LR) started separating (cording) on the outside edge! Tires were 37psi of nitrogen on stock rims. The vehicle is a Subaru Legacy with approx. 300 crank HP and Bilstein struts with STi springs - not far from stock and certainly not a track monster.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot HX MXM4Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5

2009 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 31,000
Location: Shorewood, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 31,000 Miles on Tires
September 14, 2012

The o.e.m. tires on the car when delivered will probably last 35,000 miles when the wear-indicators are flush with the tread. While I would consider this unacceptable for a "general use all-season radial," this is the best tire I've owned for performance driving while still getting around in rain and snow. I was so impressed with it that, now that replacement time has arrived, I re-upped for the o.e.m. tire on a set of OZ Alleggerita HLT rims (25% + lighter than Honda's Si alloy).

Steering feel, turn-in, and lateral grip are excellent. The car is used for track days and to "do" the Tail of the Dragon about twice a year (each). It gets around fine in light snow. It sees regular rain use on Interstates with no aquaplaning at above-legal speeds. I have not noticed the noise that some other reviewers complain of. it is as grippy as the Goodrich T/A's I upgraded to on my Mazda RX-7, quieter, and has a more supple ride.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot HX MXM4Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82

2009 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 29,000
Location: Joliet, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 29,000 Miles on Tires
August 13, 2012

OEM tires on my car. They will probably last 40,000 miles, but I want to upgrade wheels/tires before my next trip to Tail of the Dragon. The o.e.m.'s have done two Dragon runs and two HSAX track days. Have been shopping Tire Rack for a grippier 4-season tire based on UTCQ rating (300). Can't find one. This confirms my subjective experience: the best 4-season sporting tire I've driven. They stick and stick with excellent feedback about the slip angle.

I will re-up for these o.e.m. tires mounted on OZ 15-lb. rims from Tire Rack in September. The negative reviews astonish me. I can back through 4" of new snow in my driveway. Winter traction is average for a 4-season performance tire, a small price to pay for summer fun.

No hydroplaning problems. In fact, they track better through deep water than other high-performance tires I've owned. Superb on rainy Interstates at high speeds. Can spin 'em from a dead stop at a greasy intersection. Would be disappointed if a Civic Si couldn't!

Noise and ride harshness not a problem; no worse than other high-performance 4-season radials I've owned. But the grip is better. Seems to me that if these factors are more important to a user than dry/wet summer grip, should not be on these tires in the first place.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, August 30, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73

2004 Volvo V70 R
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
August 27, 2012

Overall, a great tire. Dry performance is fantastic! I have pushed this tires to there limits both in cornering and top speed, the tires never let me down. Wet performance, well this is why I got this tires. After replacing my Bridgestone Petenza because of wear issues and wet traction, these tires where incredible in the rain. In the snow, the performance of these tires in snow is what has sold me on these tires and why I will continue to use them on my other cars. I tried after a 6+" snowfall in Chicago to see if I could get the tires to break loose, and they would not! Not once did the traction control or stability control on my Volvo R kick on! Rock solid control and traction!

I have a couple of negatives with these tires. First is ride comfort. The ride is pretty stiff with these tires. But this is something I will live. I bent 3 rims on my old set of Bridgestones, which had much better ride comfort. So a $1000 for new rims vs. ride comfort? Ride Comfort will have to be sacrificed. These is a lot more noise from these tires as well, the fix, turn the radio up a little loader.

I had an issue with treadwear as well, but I am not really doing to blame the tires for this. I had the tires for less then a year and I had to replace them. Granted, I had nearly 30,000 miles on them, I figured I would have had a little more life out of them. Never-the-less, these are some great tires!