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

Thursday, July 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2010 Mazda Mazda3 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: San Francisco, CA
Driving Condition: Average

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

I replaced a NEW set of Continental DWS tires as I had the feeling that they were just a bit to soft for the suspension set-up on the Mazda3 GT which for anybody out there that dosent know Mazda -this suspension is very very firm .in 2010 it was revised to be more ameniable to regular driving yet still has its roots in a performance setup .
Given that the DWS are great tires but fro the right car/ and proabably Truck/ Minivan even better . They were all-around dry-wet-snow hence DWS so I saw that Bridgestone had a new tire the S-04 and the metamorphisis was immediatly noticeable and I cringed while waiting to hit my first road imperfection or pothole because the car is unforgiving with performance tires , alas --I hit road damage and it ate it up without a jarring hit as if I had rolled over a small grenade . My pervious experience with some Yokos that were very hard gave me to blowouts from pothole hits while relatively new ......but these S-04s have been prerforming far beyond my expectations ---gripping like a cat in panic mode and forgiving enough to let you drive in urban enviroments without constant fear of that imminent pothole from -------- that leaves you wondering how much damage that did to the bushings , alignment or tires? These hold like glue and make me pine to get out and just drive even to work ---It makes the car handle like I believe it was engineered to by the Mazda techs . Many may laugh that have thier "bmws" or audis or other cars that people just assume are the best handling cars out there , but those that know Mazda know what I talking about .
I had a chase thru a nasty set of chacanes near the ocean with a Lambo G and the guy could not shake me as he clearly forced me to yield and let him pass as I did --but he never got away from me til we hit the straights where the extra 450hp made the diffirence ,,,but in the twistys he was sweating bullets in amazment or shock ? great tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated)

Friday, June 22, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25

2002 Nissan Maxima SE
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Medford, MA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
September 21, 2010

I have another Nissan Maxima that is lowered with adjustable shocks (Illuminas), Falken tires and for this reason, is completely awesome on the highway even when taking turns, rides in the city can be a little uncomfortable sometimes. I mention this for perspective- my 02 is pretty much bone stock with the exception of replacement Tokiko shocks (Blues). I needed to replace the original Michelin's (which I loved but could not justify the price) and picked these up for the Spring, Summer, Fall (I have a set of Winter tires that I use).



So far I am very satisfied with these tires, I’ve been through heavy rain and purposely gunned it to test the traction and never did I feel myself hydroplaning. I have tried to break the tires loose in dry weather and nothing; you have to get that pedal on very close to the floor to get anywhere near loose- no fan fare, the tire just grips and goes. The only thing, which is not really an issue since the perfect tire hasn’t been invented yet, is that the sidewall is a little stiff so if you're driving around the city on roads that aren’t perfect, you'll feel those imperfections. I actually had one tire replaced under warranty after I hit a large pothole in the rain at 60 about mph. Also on the highway, when making sudden lane changes, it feels a tad soft BUT this is probably because my other car drives like its on rails due to the aforementioned modifications. I’ve had no concerns about making a lane change at 75-80 mph. Put another way, I wouldn’t drive this car the way I drive the stock Avalon or Altima that’s in the family.



In summary, apart from wishing it were a tad more comfortable around the city, I COULDN’T be happier. The tire has so far met every need that I had- great dry/wet traction, good steering response. I will update the review when I get some more miles on the tires.

Which Bilstein Replacement Shock or Strut is Best for Your Vehicle?

Thursday, June 21, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

Has your vehicle become bouncy and uncomfortable? Or have you recently lifted or lowered your vehicle? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then chances are it's time to upgrade your shock or struts. Depending on your desired result, Bilstein offers a wide assortment of shocks and struts that could be a match for your application.
 

Bilstein HD Shock
Bilstein HD Shock
Bilstein Touring Class Shock
Bilstein Touring Class Shock
Bilstein Sport Shock
Bilstein Sport Shock


For full-sized sedans, SUVs and trucks that are stock ride height and looking to maintain the vehicles original ride qualities, the following options are a good match:

  • Bilstein HD Shocks, Struts or Cartridges
    • Improved handling and ride control without sacrificing comfort
    • Fade-free, high gas pressure monotube design
    • Lifetime warranty
       
  • Bilstein Touring Class Shocks, Struts or Cartridges
    • For driver who want to restore their vehicle's original ride and handling
    • Valved about 10% firmer than stock
    • Same German engineering and quality as Bilstein's monotube gas pressure shocks, but in a competitively priced, twin tube design
    • Limited lifetime warranty

For driving enthusiast and/or owners of lowered vehicles take a look at the following option:

  • Bilstein Sport Shocks, Struts, or Cartridges
    • For the enthusiast who demands superior handling
    • Bilstein's highest level of control
    • Excellent match for vehicles with lowering springs or upgraded anti-roll bars
    • Superior monotube design provides strength and heat dissipation
    • Lifetime warranty

Off-road enthusiasts with lifted vehicles or larger diameter tires should consider the following 5100 Series options:

Bilstein 5100 Series Adjustable Shock
Bilstein 5100 Series Adjustable Shock
Bilstein 5100 Series Shock
Bilstein 5100 Series Shock
  • Bilstein 5100 Series Shock
    • Self-adjusting deflecting disc valving
    • High-flow piston reduces harshness
    • Independent rebound and compression tuning
    • Larger working piston area for exact damping
    • Superior control for large diameter tires
    • Strong Monotube design
    • Lifetime warranty
       
  • Bilstein 5100 Adjustable Shock
    • Same superior design as the  Bilstein 5100 series shock but includes the option for ride height adjustment
    • Multiple snap-ring grooves on the body of the shock accommodate different spring seat positions, allowing height adjustments from 0" to 2.5" depending upon the application
    • By raising the spring seat position, the factory rake can be altered to achieve a level front to rear ride height while accommodating up to 33" tires.
    • Lifetime warranty

My Experience with H&R Coil-Overs

Thursday, June 21, 2012 by Gary Stanley

There are many ways to upgrade your vehicle's suspension. You can simply replace the existing shocks (or struts) and springs to lower your vehicle. Sway bars (sometimes called anti-roll bars) can also improve handling and reduce body roll. However, many enthusiasts feel that the pinnacle of complete suspension upgrades is to install a set of coil-overs

What is a coil-over? While many think that a coil-over is simply a shock and spring put together, there's more to it than that. A typical coil-over set-up, such as the H&R Street-Performance Coil-Over (pictured above), is specifically tuned and designed for each vehicle application. It features a threaded body so the spring perch can be adjusted up or down to change the vehicle's ride height. This kit uses progressive rate springs that assure an acceptable ride on the street while dramatically improving handling, reducing body roll and brake dive. For more information take a look at "A Look at Lowering."

For all their benefits, one would think they would be much more common. However, two main stumbling blocks come between most enthusiasts and coil-overs. The first is price. Coil-overs are more expensive than simply replacing the springs on a vehicle. The second hesitation many have is a concern about ride stiffness.

I personally used an H&R coil-over kit on my E36 BMW M3 for the last seven years I owned the car. The increase in handling and cosmetic appearance was quite dramatic. Myself and others who drove the car found that the ride wasn't as stiff as expected from a coil-over kit. In fact, the ride was comparable to a standard performance shock and lowering spring set-up. 

Shop by vehicle to see which suspension options work best for your vehicle.

 

Factory Style Shock at a Reasonable Price: KYB GR-2/Excel-G

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

Not everyone is looking for or needs a stiffly valved adjustable race shock. For those looking for comfort and a return of factory ride quality, an Original Equipment style replacement shock will do just fine. These shocks and struts feature a lower price tag due to a lack of adjustability and features, but aim to stop the bouncing associated with old, worn out or leaking factory pieces.

Of the shocks that fit this criteria, my favorite is the KYB GR-2/Excel-G.  Featuring shock valving that is typically no more than 10% stiffer than factory, these shocks add a splash of performance without over-doing it. Add in a cost-effective price point and an industry leading warranty and you have a combo that is tough to beat.

It should be noted that the KYB GR-2 is not intended for use with aftermarket lowering springs. If you have these springs installed on your vehicle and are looking for an alternative to a KONI or Bilstein product, I suggest you check out the KYB AGX Adjustable. It features more aggressive valving and 4-8 way adjustability depending on the application.

KYB products are manufactured for a wide range of light-duty passenger vehicles including cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans. Find a KYB product that's right for your vehicle.

Bilstein versus KONI Shocks

Friday, May 25, 2012 by Gary Stanley

As many sports cars have been coming out of storage and back into their summer wheel and tire set-ups, I've been getting a lot of inquiries about replacement performance shocks. Shocks play a vital role in a vehicle's handling characteristics. Replacing worn shocks with a new set of performance shocks not only will increase handling, but also improve the responsiveness and shorten braking distances.

Looking at the options offered by KONI and Bilstein is a good place to start your search. With lifetime warranties offered and decades of producing durable and rugged shocks, you'll be very excited with the performance they bring your vehicle.

While both brands produce great products, KONI's shocks have the added benefit of a product that's adjustable for rebound. Stiffer settings mean more responsive handling, while softer settings give a smoother and more comfortable ride. This allows the enthusiast to tune the shock to their personal preference in regards to this compromise.

And if new tires are also needed, take a look at all our special offers available.

If you're looking to buy shock absorbers online, be sure to shop by vehicle.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S PlusReviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2008 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 42,000
Location: Norwalk , CT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 42,000 Miles on Tires
May 20, 2012

I purchased my TL Type S new and have 66,000 miles on it. The OEM were awful. Too stiff, slippery and just plain bad.I only got 22,000 miles out of them. I couldn't wait to replace them with better set of tires. I purchase the Michelins Pilot Sport A/S for their overall better performance abilities. They are far superior than the OEM. They have a softer ride which I love due to my car already stiff suspension. I felt everything on the road before and a long distance ride was uncomfortable. These Michelins are great in the rain/ dry and light snow with a better softer ride without losing any performance capabilities.I drive very fast and aggressive, really punishing the tires and got 42,000 miles before the tires needed to be changed. I recently tried out the Bridgestone Potenzas for the Michelin replacements. They lasted 6 days before I switched back to a new set of Pilot A/S. The Potenza's were too hard, sending any bump or road roughness through my lower back. They are good, but not comfortable for my car's already tight suspension. I love the Micheline's ride , incredible handling, durability and how their aggressive look on my black TL. They look like something the Batmobile would have on it. They are more expensive than the Bridgestones, but their ride and their durability even out their cost. I was shocked they lasted almost 42,000 miles and already have 2,000 miles on the new set.
The Michelins are worth their price. I couldn't be any happier and I believe you won't either.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Monday, May 14, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88

1998 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Poplar Grove, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
April 28, 2012

This is the perfect tire if you want a comfortable ride but still want to pull some G's on the on-ramp.
The ride of this tire is very civilized considering it's grip. I was very impressed with it's wet performance also. Tire noise?? what noise?? Nuff said.

I would recommend running these on wider rim to improve responsiveness, that seems to be the only concession for the sweet ride. Am running the 245/40-18" on a 9" wheel, it gives the tire a little "stretch" which improves response. Granted, the response in not terrible... but it is noticeable slower than the 245/35-19 wheel/tire combination that it replaced. All talk about "response" goes out the door the first time you traverse a large crack across the road and it doesn't feel like shocks are about to be launched through the hood: )

I have been running these for approx. 4000 miles and they actually feel more responsive now, like they needed to be broken in a bit.
As far as wear, I can't detect any at this point.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2007 Mazda MAZDA3 s 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
April 14, 2012

Bought these to replace 3 year old (39,000) Perelli P6's that began to cup. These Conit's are impressive. I started to feel the same tell-tale shaking that I associated with the failure of the P6's. Replaced shocks and struts with some higher end Koni's. The combination of the Conti's and the new suspension has proven to be the best investment that I have made since the car was purchased new. I highly recommend these to any Mazda 3 lovers out there.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02

Monday, April 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73

2008 Chrysler Town and Country
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Miles driven on tires: 52,000
Location: Monroe, GA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 52,000 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2012

I am nearing the time to replace my OEM tires of this type and am shocked at the reviews I am seeing. Because I was so pleased with the performance of these tires, I was comparing them against others available. For the price I don't think they can be beat, however I may pay a bit more and upgrade to the Continental LX20. I will probably have 65000 miles on them when I change and up to this date without so much as a flat. Since the car was new I have averaged about 26 MPG which is at the high end of mileage but then again 90% of my driving is highway.

Suspension Shopping for my BMW 740i Part II

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 by Ben Rooney

Having already chosen the Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set for my 1997 740i, it's time to turn my attention to the the shocks and struts, known collectively as dampers. The available options include the Bilstein Touring Class, Bilstein Sport and KYB GR-2. 
 

The Touring Class and GR-2 are similar to one another in that they're both premium quality replacements for the stock dampers. They are valved about 10% firmer than the originals to account for the wear that accumulates in other suspension components over time and their goal is to provide ride and handling that equals or exceeds the Original Equipment.
 

The Bilstein Sport is a high-performance shock absorber designed for use with lowering springs. The mono-tube design, while more expensive to produce, has advantages for heat dissipation, longevity and consistent performance. 
 

Do I spend the money on the Bilstein shocks or save some cash and go back with a factory-equivalent part? The Bilstein Sports are the only replacement shock absorbers that are officially recommended to use with the Pro-Kit springs. Using the Touring Class or GR-2 with lowering springs would void their warranties. While this wouldn't be the first warranty I've ever voided when modifying a vehicle, I think that if I'm going to go through the trouble and expense of replacing them, it's worth doing it right. The Bilstein Sport was the winner and will make a great addition to my BMW 740i.

Suspension Shopping for my BMW 740i

Friday, April 6, 2012 by Ben Rooney

My 1997 BMW 740 is likely overdue for a suspension overhaul. The potholed and broken pavement that is typical of this time of year has highlighted that fact. With over 180,000 miles on the vehicle (only about 20,000 are from my driving), I have not replaced the BMW shocks or springs and do not know whether the original owner did either. The existing components could very well be the ones that came from the factory! 
 

The decline in handling from sloppy, worn-out suspension components is taking a toll on my enjoyment of the car. Therefore, it's time to start plotting my replacements. Springs are easy to replace and relatively affordable. I have narrowed my choices between the Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set and H&R Sport Spring Set. Both brands are excellent and well priced. For a car like mine that may see some fast driving but is generally a daily driver, the Pro-Kit offers an excellent combination of comfort and handling. 
 

Shocks are a little tougher choice and more expensive. Check back next week to see what option I've chosen. 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Thursday, March 29, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12

2001 Dodge Durango 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Miami, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
March 19, 2012

The General Grabber HTS was mounted on the front axle of my 2001 Durango 2WD, a set of Michelin LTX M/S2 were mounted on the rear axle. After 5000 miles, tires were rotated. 10,000 miles on both sets of tires now. Both tires started with 12/32 of tread per their Specs. Grabber HTS has about 7/32 left, M/S2 has about 9/32 left. Most of the driving is in the city of Miami. Tire Rack road test of the General Grabber HTS is relatively accurate. The main difference I notice, is that the General tire is a quicker responding tire to steering inputs, and gives a bouncier ride at the same tire pressures. The Michelin LTX M/S2 gives a more pleasant ride, but responds slower to steering inputs, which is not an altogether bad thing with the nervous and archaic suspension of my 2001 Durango! Both tires excellent in the wet, considering they are SUV tires! Durango has recently installed Bilstein shocks on front, Monroe Sensa-Tracs on rear. Generals have a built-in rim guard, and a hard plastic covering on the tire sidewall, which may protect the tire better than the Michelin's basic rubber sidewall. I notice that the new Continental LX20 is quite similar to the General, and I believe Continental owns General. In about 10,000 miles, the General Grabber HTS will probably have to be replaced. I would chose either the Continental LX20 or the Michelin LTX M/S2 at this time. I would consider the Goodyear Assurance CS Tripletread, but I am not sure it is made in my size. Hope this review was helpful.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiTrac

Thursday, March 29, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiTrac Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2006 Ford Escape XLT Sport V6 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 90,000
Location: Pensacola, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 90,000 Miles on Tires
March 23, 2012

You read it right: 90,000mi! We bought this Escape in '07 used with only 14k miles on it. It had the original tires when we bought it. It still has the original tires today. If you don't believe me, I'll be happy to email you a pic of the tires and the odometer. They have finally worn out. To spite all the negative reviews on this tire, I can't honestly give them a bad review. As a gt mustang owner, I am well aware of how fast tires wear out. I'm impressed to the point of shock. I thought I was going to have to replace these tires 3 years ago based on reviews, but they just kept holding out. I don't know if this was a fluke or not. If there wasn't so much bad noise about them, I'd tell everyone they were crazy NOT to buy these tires. I feel like the exception here.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Thursday, March 8, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5

2007 Volvo S80 3.2
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Miles driven on tires: 24,000
Location: Seattle, WA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 24,000 Miles on Tires
February 01, 2012

These came with my CPO 2007 Volvo S80 3.2 FWD when I bought it from the dealer - they were brand new (245/40/R18). After 24,000 miles there is probably at least another 8 or 9 thousand miles left in them. I was so impressed with the ride quality, grip and lack of road noise that I also purchased a set for my 2005 Mini Cooper S when it needed new tires to replace the factory run-flats.

One of the things that has bothered me from day 1 is the complete lack of protection for my 18 inch Zubra alloys because the rim protection band is either tiny or non existent. 5 days after picking up the car I rubbed a kerb while parking at very low speed, a couple of weeks later my wife did the same thing! Both wheels showed quite a lot of kerb damage. Prior to this car I have never damaged an alloy on a kerb before, ever.

Last Saturday I rubbed a kerb again (24,000 miles later), probably at less than 2 miles an hour - and the side wall of the tire bubbled. Was shocked at the result. While driving the car home I could feel the vibration. Haven't had it on the freeway since - and will be getting a new set ASAP.

So I've decided to change to a set of Yokohama S.Drives, mainly because they're meant to have better rim protection, and a stronger sidewall - hopefully I won't regret it. 30 day 'test drive' promise though, so if I really hate them I will go back to the Hankooks or try something else.

Will file a review on the S.Drives once I've had a chance to check them out.

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

Monday, March 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus TechnologyReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2004 Chevrolet Avalanche Z66 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Cave Creek, AZ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 27, 2012

What I was looking for was a responsive tire with good straight line stability. Handling and surefooted confidence was far more important than a spongy ride. The Yokohama Geolandar HT/S tires (with 15K on them) that were on the truck when purchased used at 93K were quite squirmy exhibiting a very delayed response from steering input. Before I looked for tires I replaced the shocks, Idler arm and pitman arm, and had the truck aligned. I had a very unique opportunity to test three new tires on my truck: P265/70R17 Michelin LTX MS2, LT265/70R17 Michelin LTX MS2, and the P265/70R17 Continental CrossContact LX20. The P265/70R17 Michelin LTX MS2 exhibited considerable tire squirm at both 35 and 40 psi cold, not unlike the Yokohamas. The LT load-e version of the same Michelin LTX MS2 tire felt very similar at 50 and 60 psi, although the ride was predictably firmer. The Continental CrossContact LX20s, however, were like night and day compared to the Michelins and the Yokohamas. There was more feedback from the tires with a slightly firmer ride. They were quieter (although I wouldn't consider the Michelins noisy). But the steering response was considerably better. Steering input resulted in a nearly immediate change in direction, far better than either the Michelins or the Yokohamas which both exhibited an uncomfortable lag in response. The Continentals are rated at a slightly higher load rating then the P-Metric Michelins (144 lbs. per tire more) and are three pounds lighter. If you are interested in handling response and a better driving tire, get the Continentals.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Thursday, March 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.64
 
 

2004 GMC Canyon SLE Extended Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 80,000
Location: Abingdon, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 80,000 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2012

Gmc Canyon 4x4, S-10 4x4, Honda Ridgeline, Toyota 4Runner, All 4 wear LTX M/S. My Canyon just got 3rd set of LTX's, second set got 80,000 miles. S-10 is on its 4th set, it's pushing 200,000. 4Runner is still on 2nd set at 55,000 miles, truck has 130,000. Michelin was very acommoidating to warranty replace all 4 on my Ridgeline at 35,000 miles 7/32 tread left for cracking tread and sidewall. I worked in the tire industry several years back and found through experience that Michelin makes a superior product in most of their product lines. My BMW has stock 18" PS2's and My 09 V6 Accord has 18" stock Michelins. The Max performance Michelin's I have used are unprecedented for traction & handling, 25,000 for wear is common for me. Over 30 years of personal tire buying my advice is to pay a small amount more up front and in the end you will be better served for the life of your tires. I have used Goodrich, Uniroyal, Firestone, Yokohama, Goodyear,& Bridgestone, all fall short in long range performance. Only the Yokahama and Bridgestone were close in long life ride comfort, as well as tread wear. Please take my comments seriously, I have had literally hundreds of personal and business tires and Michelin as a company has serviced me better than the other manufactures. If you regularly maintain the alignment and shocks on a vehicle & check your air pressure, The Michelin will in general wear more evenly and maintain a better ride longer, not to mention service you more mileage on most of their product line.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Thursday, February 16, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

2005 Mazda MAZDA3 s 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Olathe, KS
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
December 19, 2011

I replaced a set of Michelin Pilot All Season tires with these 4X's. While I find that the performance of the tire itself tends to be on par with the Pilot A/S, one area where it falls EXTREMELY short of is ride comfort. The performance of these tires over bumps is absolutely unacceptable. The shock of every bump is transferred to the cabin and right into the steering and seat. None of this was there with the Pilot A/S. It feels like a tire that is set at the maximum pressure allowed, then run through a suspension set up as stiffly as possible. In 500 miles it's already causing new noises inside my car and I fear it will only get worse. I cannot express enough that if ride comfort is one of your bigger requirements that you AVOID this tire.

Dry performance of the tire is right in line with the Pilot A/S which is quite the compliment considering the price of 1/3 as much. Steering response is immediate and crisp, and emergency handling is instant and with full control. I have a set of Continental DWS's on my wife's Mazda Protege and handling response is a night and day difference between it and the 4X. They blow the DWS out of the water.

Wet performance is absolutely fantastic with the 4X. I drove my 3 through some extremely heavy rain and the car never skipped a beat. I've never had more confidence in the wet than what I do with these tires.

All in all these tires are so great on so many levels, but ultimately I feel like their cheap price finally shows through on ride comfort. I’ve never owned a set of tires that handle bumps so poorly. I’m not going to replace these tires (as I’m not in the business of wasting $400), but if I could do it all over again I wouldn’t consider them even for a second. As much as I hate to say it, I’d probably sacrifice the handling performance I so desire and pick up a set of DWS’s from Continental since they do everything else so perfectly.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29
 
 

2009 Mazda Mazda5
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Miles driven on tires: 2000
Location: Tampa, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2000 Miles on Tires
February 04, 2012

I needed to replace the original Toyos on this vehicle. They were low profile and had always been very noisy. At my 25,000 mile service they were worn out, which was shocking to me! I decided I wanted the quietest tires I could get and these have not let me down. They have greatly improved the noise and ride of my vehicle. I can even take speed bumps without the jarring jolt I had with the prior set. I no longer worry about scraping the ground effects, either. Thanks to the Tirerack reviewers, you were right!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, February 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.75

2006 Acura TSX
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Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 8000
Location: Richmond Hill, ON
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 8000 Miles on Tires
November 09, 2010

This is my second set of oversize (225/50-17) tires, but compared to the same-sized Yokohama S4 the Continental DWS has a lot less dry weather grip and sloppy corning manners. The taller sidewall really does not work; perhaps more than just the "soft sidewall", judging from other reports, the OEM 215/50-17 would have been a better choice.



Wet weather performance is better, but the DWS hydroplanes - something the S4s never did until they had 25,000 miles! The change between the S4 (a tire with no wet or snow traction, according to me) was so noticeable I added a larger rear sway bar, which got rid of much of the car's new-found understeer and the low-speed cornering tire squealing. Then I had an alignment, which help a bit, with balance, but there was still no real grip. A couple of months ago I replaced the shocks and springs (A-Spec) and THAT has changed the car a lot, but there is still not a lot of dry cornering grip; severe axle tramp (on moderately-normal starts) in the wet in 2nd gear is now gone.



Originally, driving on DWS tires on dry summer roads was like driving on snow tires in summer - sloppy, mushy, with no cornering grip - but generally predictable - and tire squealing when starting and stopping. Now that it's turned cold (30-50F), however, these tires have changed: it's easy to balance the car (yes, a new suspension helps), steering response is good, turn-in is OK,...everything seems to work: is that sidewall flex or tread compound, or both? And of course, when it's wet the roads are cooler too, which seems to help this tire perform.



The tire is, however, noticeably lighter than the S4; the car accelerates better, and I find myself downshifting a lot less on the highway, when needing to move through traffic.