Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.43
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
May 05, 2014

Purchased these tires to replace the OE Bridgestone Turanza EL 400-2 marginally worn tires, because of their poor wet handling performance in standing water at highway speeds. In my first 2500 miles with the Continental Pure Contacts, they performed flawlessly in heavy downpours at 70 MPH, and in dry conditions are smoother and quieter-riding than the OE Bridgestones, confirming what others had reported in spite of an agressive tread pattern. Fuel economy so far appears slightly better as well based on a 2500 mile road trip for which I kept detailed records. I was also considering the Pirelli Cinturato P7 A/S Plus, but was concerned that the treadpattern didn't appear to have as significant lateral grooves to evacuate water as the Continentals. I find they are notably more responsive than the OE tires, and would recommend them to anyone who appreciates a quiet, smooth riding tire that also has a high performance capability. My performance reference is based on many years of driving BMWs with high performance tires, and while the Passat does not have the balance and suspension of a BMW, these tires make it a much better car.
I cannot comment on treadware or winter driving characteristics at this point. I have snow tires on dedicated rims, but the "shoulder" seasons give us early or late snow events that are a reality where we live, and I have interrupted a return home trip, stopping overnight at a hotel when an early Fall snowstorm of only 2" made continuing with the OE Turanzas, a hazardous undertaking. From other reviewers' comments respecting snow performance of the Continental Pure Contacts, I would likely have been able to safely continue in a moderate to light snowfall. Extremely pleased so far.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.83
 
 

2011 Hyundai Azera
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Location: Govans, MD
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
April 14, 2014

After reading the last review I feel I need to add my opinion (I generally don't take the time until now). I have a 2011 Hyundai Azera Limited that I purchased in the summer of 2010. The car came with Michelin MVX4 Symmetry tires with a DOT date 3907. For those of you that don't pay attention to DOT dates perhaps you should. Basically after 3 years and 40K miles my OEM tires were hot due to dry rot. However, my Michelins were an extremely quite, smooth riding tire that were quite responsive and held up well in all kinds of weather. So, naturally when I realized (per-maturely as it was) I needed to replace my tires I went to my number one source for advise - Tire Rack.

After much research I purchased four tires Bridgestone Serenity Plus and contrary to the last few opinions I am EXTREMLY satisfied with my purchase. As soon as I drove off the lot I noticed how quiet my ride was. Road noise was reduced significantly - almost non existent and the comfort of these tires have been quite impressive. They grip the road well and handle smoothly on dry roads highway and city. Can't offer an opinion for wet/snow conditions. Just bought them. One of my main reasons for purchasing these tires is that they cost much less than Michelins and from other reviews the overwhelming consensus was positive. I can't understand why the last reviewer had such a poor experience. Perhaps the installer didn't install correctly.

I will report back later when I've had a chance to experience wet conditions as hydro planing is one thing my Serenity Plus tires were rated high in ad well. I do thank all that have taken their time to offer their opinions as I always find this very helpful when making decisions.

SK
Baltimore, MD

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2009 Acura RDX
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Location: Woodbury, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
May 08, 2014

I only have about 1,000 miles on these tires so far, but I can say without a doubt that, of the three sets I've had on my car, these are the best. I'm coming off of a set of Yokohama Parada Spec-X that had good dry traction but were noisy, bad at cushioning impacts, and hydroplaned like crazy in the slightest bit of wet weather.

I wanted to wait until the winter to post a review, but I've actually experienced every condition so far except for deep snow since I put these tires on. I live in the New York City Metro area and commute heavily, so traffic and weather conditions can be as insane as they come.

On the whole, these tires are a pleasure to drive. Dry traction is excellent, wet traction is responsive and sturdy, and it handles light snow with no problems whatsoever. Road noise is pretty quiet (compared to the other tires I've had on this car, at least), and impacts are cushioned very nicely. Emergency responsiveness is very good as well. Don't have enough miles on them to rate treadwear, though.

Now, as far as the tire's claim of improved fuel consumption - I was more than a little skeptical that a tire could have any sort of impact on gas mileage, and I was right to have my doubts (in fact, I've actually seen my fuel efficiency go DOWN a little, if anything). 90% of my total driving is highways. Before these tires, I was averaging about 325 miles to the tank with predominantly highway driving and about 275 miles with mixed city/highway. Now my highway average is closer to 300 while my mixed average has remained unchanged.

All things considered, these tires are perfect for my needs. They're quiet, responsive, and stick to the road in all conditions. However, if you're buying them for improved fuel economy, you'll be disappointed (but really, that should be the last thing you concern yourself with when purchasing new tires). Would definitely purchase again and highly recommend.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.71
 
 

2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 14, 2014

After 2 weeks of driving and one autocross, my reservations about this tire have receded. I read the reviews and felt comfortable enough to purchase them, mainly because they were the only tires that worked for autoX that were in my size. My concern stemmed from most reviews were on light cars and Mustang is much heavier. After an my last autocross, I am very happy with them. The weather changed from sunny and warm to cloudy and overcast and I felt very little change in the grip and feel of the tire. The OEM Pirellis were much more sensitive to weather changes and did not provide the same grip. Needless to say I am very happy with my choice.

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

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2005 Mercury Grand Marquis
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
April 23, 2014

I purchased these for my '05 Grand Marquis which has been tweaked a bit and is a bit of a sleeper. It's not your grandpa's Grand Marquis. I've always owned full sized, rear wheel drive, V8 cars because I drive about 30K-50K a year in S. Florida about 75% of it up and down the turnpike and I-95 usually at 80-90mph and so I favor highway cars. Biggest weather concern is rain and lots of it all of a sudden in the summer so I look for tires that can scavage the water out of the tread efficiently and hold the road. And on dry roads I want handling, cornering and stopping traction. Quiet is nice, too. I've had Michelins, Goodyear Eagle RS but generally favored BFGoodrich TAs over the years for their wide squared off footprint and deep 4-row tread. I was wary of Pirellis because I once drove a car with loud, hard as concrete Pirellis and developed a bias.

After reading the reviews here I took a chance on these. I'm very glad I did. They are without a doubt the best in all categories I've ever owned. They seem to roll with almost no resistance, corner and handle well, stop on a dime, keep a firm grip in the rain and are blessedly quiet. Once my car is up to speed it just rolls with these tires and I doubt she's over 1900rpms at 80mph. I can take the 270° exit ramps at 70mph. I love them and would definitely buy them again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2004 Acura TSX
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Clearwater, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
May 07, 2014

I purchased these tires for daily driving that includes a good mix of highway and city driving. After making a wrong turn, I found myself taking a few laps at Road Atlanta :) While it was never my intention to track the car, the tires held up well. Not as good as RE-11's but pretty close. Overall, I'm very impressed for the price. I'll report back when I'm closer to 20,000 miles.

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

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2009 BMW 335i xDrive Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: North Syracuse, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
May 24, 2014

I purchased these tires mid winter in central NY where we get a lot of snow. I was NOT happy with the OEM run flat tires that came on the car. The side walls are extra heavy and compromise the ride TOO much for my taste. These Pirelli's are a perfect fit for me. The ride quality and comfort are excellent. Wet traction and snow traction great, even in 4 plus inches of unplowed snow ; )). They handle well although not at the level of the OEM Pro_Conti's but I'm okay with that. They still hold the sharp corners I occasionally encounter and grip well from a stop when you want a HARD acceleration. The pricing here was the best I could find and tech support 5 stars. I hope they last the 70K but if I get 50k I'd be happy.

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

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2009 Honda Fit Sport
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Location: Easton, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 15, 2012

I am a Michelin Hydroedge fan. I drive diesel VWs so I purchase tires that are comfortable at higher inflations (40+psi) and great handling tires so that I can maintain momentum through turns. This is critical to my high MPG driving style. The Hydroegde is about as good as it gets in that department since they are low rolling resistance tires (LRR), the ride is still comfortable over 40 psi and they offer handling performance of a high performance tire even though they are listed as a passenger tire. Unfortunately they are not available for my Honda Fit. I was faced with only 5 choices for my car, and the brand new Dunlop 7000 tires that came with the car felt like bricks. Wet weather performance is terrible on the Dunlops. So, the Yokohama Avid Ascend was it. They intrigued me with the Orange Oil, LRR, Made in the USA and Blue earth advertizing. But the proof is where the rubber meets the road. The tires are scary... at first. At recommended inflations (30-32 psi)the new tires are very inconsistent and sidewalls are soft. They have grip in dry and wet, they are comfortable and quiet on the road, but until they wear in, the first few miles of driving are scary. The back of the car felt loose until the tire grabbed which is unsettling. I felt this in the Goodyear Triple tread also when they were new so I gave it a couple of days and after a couple of heat cycles these too felt better. The installer set them at 30 psi. Once the tires settled in I experimented with pressures and found 41 in the front and 36 in the back provides neutral handling through turns. 40 front and back made the car very tail happy as the outer and inner inch of tread of the rear tire was not touching the road. At 35 the sidewall was too soft moved a lot. Once they are set properly I find them to be comfortable, quiet and grippy tires- very good in the rain. Definitely feel like LRR tires compared to the Dunlops, the car feels more stable and sporty- but they are no hydroedges.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.43
 
 

2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Coupe with 5 Lug Wheels
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Randolph, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
April 18, 2014

This is a great tire and gives great handling on my car. It is not a good as the Pzero rossi that came stock with the car as those are the best tires I have ever used but they came at a price. Tread life was short. I am hoping these highly rated S 04 pole position tires will last a bit longer. I like the ride and they are responsive. I am happy with the purchase.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88
 
 

2008 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: New Bedford, MA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
May 08, 2014

This is the second time I have purchased these tires for one of my Corvettes. I switched from the OEM Supercar tires and the ride comfort is now fantastic. It was like switching from heavy stiff work boots to soft cushioned sneakers. These are much quieter than the run flats. I bought an emergency tire repair kit for piece of mind. These tire have an attractive tread pattern for a performance car. The best thing was that they cost half the price of the OEM tires!

Added Sense of Security with Continental's ContiComfortKit

Friday, May 2, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Many owners of new vehicles are often surprised to find that their car, truck or SUV purchased in the last few years lacks a spare tire. In an effort to reduce weight and increase usable cargo space, many automakers are now relying on supplying roadside assistance in place of a temporary or full-size spare tire.

While nothing can take the place of a spare tire in the event of an emergency, there are steps you can take to make sure you're not left stranded. One step includes the purchase of the ContiComfortKit from Continental.

Continental's ContiComfortKit is capable of comfortably sealing typical tire punctures making it possible for you to complete the drive home, to work, an important appointment or a tire repair facility. The ContiComfortKit combines a powerful, high-volume, 12-volt air compressor, integral pressure gauge and a latex liquid tire sealant packaged in a compact, lightweight unit that's easy to store in the vehicle.

Features:

  • Braided air hose
  • Threaded hose end (more secure than push-on, thumb-lock inflation head)
  • 15-foot power cord
  • Lighted pressure gauge
  • Low-intensity L.E.D. supplemental work light

ContiComfortKits can also be used as a stand-alone compressor without the sealant activated. When drivers use the kit in this mode, the ContiComfortKit can be used for periodic tire maintenance to compensate for tire pressure losses over time or due to changes in ambient temperature. And in the case of a very slow leak, the ContiComfortKit can restore sufficient pressure without requiring the use of sealant to drive the vehicle to a nearby shop.

The Continental ContiComfortKit is a great solution for assistance with a roadside emergency and is available with free shipping.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.6
 
 

2003 Honda Accord Sedan EX 4cyl
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Norwalk, CT
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2014

I purchased these tires despite being concerned with some of the reviews about the possibility of flat spots and the ride comfort not being up to par. Well I have found that these two issues are not a problem for me. In fact, in the middle of winter, I had parked my car for two weeks without moving it in sub freezing temperatures and yet had no flat spots on the tires! My Accord rides better than it ever has on these tires, it feels near new again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle RS-A

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle RS-A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6
 
 

2008 Ford Crown Victoria
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Eugene, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
November 14, 2013

Purchased a used Sheriff's department Police Interceptor with these tires, and have approx. 1,000 of my own miles on them during October and November during the beginning of our legendary rainy season.

Grip, road feel, and steering response are pretty good in the dry. Hard acceleration from a standing start the (rear) wheels spin despite factory limited slip, but that could be the weight distribution of the car.

I have already experienced some wet cornering traction issues, which is a problem in Oregon. The amount of rain is approx. 50" per year, and I suspect that much sustained rain means that most of the road oil is pretty cleaned up by it already. Thus, I think that wet cornering is pretty poor and a car without traction or stability control could be a handful to the uninitiated.

In addition, depending on the quality of the road surface, the tires can be either quiet or pretty noisy, and the 260 treadwear rating means that it won't live long.

They'd work in Southern California, but here, not so much. Great in the dry though.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.62
 
 

2003 Audi RS6
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Miles driven on tires: 7,500
Location: Eugene, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 7,500 Miles on Tires
June 05, 2013

Purchased for all season wet use. Very easy break-in with multiple rebalances as tires settled in. Tires hold balancing quite well, however.
Biggest complaint is the poor ride quality- tried various tire pressures from 35PSI to 43PSI (OE spec is 36psi to 49PSI). Went with 35 series instead of 30's but can only surmise it helped any. Wanted the higher load index (100) to hopefully prevent flat spotting- no such luck. Takes a couple miles to "warm" up. The RE962's were even worse (different size).
The Audi is heavy and powerful (4260lbs; 515hp/500tq) and generally naws thru tires rather quickly, especially on the front. The 275 width on 9.5" wheels doesn't seem to have helped much, if at all, since the circumfrential grooves just get bigger, reducing the foot print. Had Michelin Pilot's (old) that bubbled, so got the B-stones. Immediately noticed the stearing vagueness, but hoped once the tires wore down a bit, steering response would return. No such luck. Alignment is perfect, done at a european race shop.
The dry limit seems a bit low to me, even when setting the car up long as possible to load the tires. Transient response is numb and a bit mushy (even at higher PSI), but are consisently predictable, at least it's safe.
These tires are rated 2nd on TR, but would say it's a d-i-s-t-a-n-t 2nd place. Overall, I should have anted up for the Michelins, or Conti's if I wanted to "save". Friend of mine has the same car with the new Michelin Pilot Sports-- loves them.
-----Even called B-stone, but there's no tread warranty and customer service was impersonal with people seemingly flipping pages to figure out the answer. I'm a serious car "guy" and expect and hope someone on the other end can hold a reasonable technical dialogue and know basic info off the cuff. Think I'd rather deal with the French for serious performance tires. The S-04's are a good choice for someone that has low-ish high performance aspirations. 3rd and last set of B-stones....

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4XReviewer's Overall Rating: 5.4

2002 BMW 325iT Wagon Sprt Pkg
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Location: Northern Virginia, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
May 13, 2012

NOISY, NOISY TIRES! HORRIBLE, STIFF RIDE. These tires cause my BMW 325i to feel like a barn wagon and to have a loud humming noise that sounds like a prop airplane engine. This car WAS fun to drive BEFORE I put these tires on it, but now with these tires, I have to blast the radio to compete with the noise from these tires on the highway. Please note that I only replaced my rear tires, so there are only two of these tires on my car and the ride comfort has plummeted dramatically. I can only imagine how unbearable it would be to have all four of the tires as the Kumho Ecsta 4X. I am very disappointed because most of the reviewers had reported that these were quiet tires, but that is not the case for my car. Now my car feels like a very low end vehicle on its last legs. Awful. Don't buy these tires. Or wear earplugs while driving that you would wear at a rock concert.

Despite my displeasure with the tires, I must say is that the service from TireRack has been excellent. The tires arrived when promised and the installer honored the prices agreed upon. I would definitely purchase tires from this website again, but they would be a different brand and model.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grid

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grid Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.64
 
 

2011 Toyota Camry
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Blakeslee, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
September 20, 2013

Okay, I am not into the rogue specifics of tires as I am not a mechanic nor car expert, just a commuting, high-mileage, everyday driver. I purchased these as a part of a closeout deal and the Turanzas I wanted were not in stock. Before purchasing, I read reviews online and found more good comments than bad - I simply should've listened. I drive an everage of 45k miles annually; therefore, I get considerable use out of my tires. These tires are extremely and uncomfortably loud (I did not recognize what a loud tire was until I had these). I am not impressed with their performance on wet roads and definitely not in the snow. I've had them for about 8 months and they are already cupping and showing signs of uneven wear. My car shimmies when braking from high speed. I was told I needed new struts (although they are not leaking), but I believe it is these horrible tires contributing to their own wear. They have been rotated at least 3 times since purchase. I see now why they were discontinued..Pure garbage! Now I have to purchase new tires and these will barely be a year old.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

1989 Ford Taurus SHO
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Ooltewah, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
November 17, 2013

I purchased this tire based upon test results. Tire Rack has always provided great tests, no other tire store that I know of provides this service. They really liked this tire because it gripped like a Summer tire, but was an all-season tire.
Well, the grip is really good. But the tire has two big faults.
1. Tire squeal! This tire squeals loudly way before it starts to lose traction. I can be well under control and people around will look to see who is about to have an accident. The tire grips very well, but complains loudly while doing it. I cannot get anywhere near the limit of this tire without drawing huge amounts of attention to myself.
2. This tire is one of the worst tires I have had with regards to steering responsiveness. This tire is so slow to respond that the car feels like I'm driving a boat. I will admit that I have just come off some of the best tires I have ever had (Bridgestone RE01, this tire was the most responsive tire I have ever had on my SHO. The Bridgestone made my car handle like a Porsche). These Kumos have such a soft sidewall. The response from the sidewall is almost 1/2 second late. Breaking is fantastic, and the tire is hard to spin on takeoff, but turn in is slower than my grandmother! I am having to buy a new tire because I miss judged the response time of this tire and hit a curb and cut a gash into the sidewall. I have been traveling this road for 12 years and this is the first time I have ever hit that curb! Not a happy camper!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Touring

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Precision Touring Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4
 
 

1995 Subaru Impreza L Sedan 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 3,200
Location: Exton, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,200 Miles on Tires
March 26, 2014

Purchased four of these tires for an old 1995 Subaru Impreza L AWD daily driver. My main concerns for new tires was superior snow/ice handling, acceptable/above average wet handling, and above average dry traction with a great tread-life while keeping prices low. After I did extensive research and comparison charts I purchased the Firestone Precision Touring tires right as winter was in full force.

*In the snow/ice, the tires handle extremely well. I was driving around plow trucks with ease and mated with the AWD, was truly unstoppable this winter. Once the snow hit a few inches, the tires still gripped and when they did give way to sliding, were extremely predictable, allowing me to counter-steer with ease.
*Wet handling is acceptable, though not the greatest, but is not a reason to dismiss the tire, as it is still very predictable in those hazards.
*Dry traction and responsiveness are perfect with the only downside to cornering stability, which I believe is the weakest point of the tires. It can feel as if the tire would give way or takes a second to find the road when cornering. Despite this harsh review; it is actually on par with other tires for dry cornering in this price range.
*As to tread-wear, I cannot speak as to the performance of the category since I have not had the tires long enough.
*The comfort level is great. The tires take harsh bumps without any real complaints; in fact, I believe that I could have potentially bent a rim in lieu of popping a tire, of course due to the enormous potholes that plagued PA and DE (the Northeast Snow Belt area) this winter.
*Price - $77.00 a tire, which didn't break the bank for an old car but was well worth it.

Overall, I was looking for some affordable tires that would give me the best points of all-season tires, with increased winter time performance. The Firestone's came through and I will definitely purchase again, pending the outcome of the tread-wear. I would highly recommend them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2003 Honda Element EX
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Detroit Lakes, MN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 04, 2014

Boy O Boy this is a great tire! Just Replaced some worn out Yokohama Geolanders and my Element is a totally different car. Smooth, very quiet, handles well, and I can now carry on a conversation driving down the road. I purchased them based on Tire Rack reviews and they were spot on. Highly recommend this tire!

Do I have to Put Run-Flat Tires on My BMW?

Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

When it comes to tires for a BMW, many aren't pleased with the harsh ride and short treadlife of the Original Equipment run-flat tires. However, many owners are unsure if they're able to make the switch to a standard tire. The answer is not as difficult as you might think.

BMWs can make the switch to non-run-flat tires, the same is true when switching to dedicated winter tires. It's important to note that in most cases, the vehicle did not come with a spare tire. If you decide to make the switch to non-run-flat tires, a road hazard would leave you stranded on the side of the road without a spare to put on the car.

A solution to this issue is to purchase the Continental ContiComfortKit. The kit is capable of comfortably sealing typical tire punctures, making it possible for you to complete the drive home, to work or to a tire repair facility. It combines a powerful, high-volume, 12-volt air compressor, integral pressure gauge and a latex liquid tire sealant packaged in a compact, lightweight unit that's easy to store in a vehicle.

Another option worth considering is buying a full-size matching spare tire and wheel. Going this route essentially creates a set of five tires that will last longer than just four. The spare should be integrated into the vehicle's tire rotation from the beginning, as this will wear out the spare tire before it becomes too old.

The choice to switch to non-run-flat tires boils down to your comfort level. If having a tire failure and being on the side of the road until roadside service arrives or changing a spare on a busy highway are things you could never cope with, then staying with run-flats is probably best for you. If you're confident changing a spare tire in only a matter of minutes or waiting for roadside service is not a big deal, then you may be someone who could easily make the switch to a non-run-flat tire.

To view available non-run-flat tire options for your BMW, shop by vehicle.