Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.14

2011 Toyota Camry
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 11, 2012

Unacceptable vibrations at highway speeds since new. Have had them rebalanced by two different shops and moved them to a second set of wheels and the problem persists. Do a search online and you'll find it's a common complaint about these.

Other than the vibration they are fine tires. Not as good as the Pilot Sport A/S, but cheaper.

If it wasn't for the balancing problem I'd recommend them as a good bang/buck.

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 General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.80
 
 

1993 Volvo 2 Series Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Belleville, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 20, 2014

Even with only 500 miles rolled off the tread, I can immediately tell that these tires are my new favorite. The online test result information and other reviews rate this tire far above it's price range and I concur. That is value.
We have snow, ice and rain on the ground right now and the tires did better than any Michelin I normally buy. My Volvo 240 wagon is getting old and I didn't want to spend so much for my regular tire, so I bought these after a lot of research. This is my first Tire Rack purchase as well. I am so pleased with both the merchant and the merchandise!
Now, I have been driving a Volvo 240 wagon every day for 25 years. So, I know exactly what differences the tire makes in ride, handling, acceleration, and braking. This General Altimax RT43 is as good as it gets for all-around, all-season value in a tire. Even the tread depth is a better 12/32nds.
I normally put a smaller than original tire size on my wagon due to availability issues. This time I put the largest tire that would comfortably fit. My speedometer is only off by one mph, but the benefit is a much smoother roll, higher ground clearance, and slightly better fuel economy (but at a cost of slightly reduced acceleration).
I expected this taller tire to have more front end roll from the taller sidewall and new tread, but it didn't. Another reason to love this tire.
Another review is in order after a few thousand miles, but, for first impressions, these tires did not disappoint.
Oh yeah, they look great, too.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38
 
 

2001 Lexus IS300
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Kansas City, KS
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
March 02, 2014

I bought this set after reading reviews online and was more geared towards reliability. After getting them installed, I could tell right away how much quieter, responsiveness, and clean (with a notable brand name) looking this set is. I haven't put that much time on these tires and the weather here in KS is pretty unpredictable. I will always have backup tools and stuff for crazy snow/ice days but just to make it home with these tires will boost my confidence. I will re-evaluate again after having some time behind the wheel and going to places where I can really get on them without fear of slipping on ice/snow. It's like driving a new car almost since the tread noise has made it really quiet.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.3
 
 

2010 Jeep Compass
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Slinger, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 27, 2013

SO I live in Wisconsin and I self admit I am a terrible winter driver in my own opinion. The problem is that I have a 55 mile drive one way to work each day so 110 mile trek. In the past Ive gone no snow tires and its been scary many nights on the drive hom.

Now I have a Jeep Compass with 4WD and with the stock tires last year they didn't do too bad, but there was still some scary days. So this season I decided to grab a pair of these Altimax Arctics after much research on here and online in general.

COULD NOT GO WRONG with a purchase of these tires. First, things I were afraid of is the talk of control on dry pavement, road noise because they are snow tires, cornering etc. Now I wouldn't say im a tire enthusiast, and I am not super picky, but these tires are great here. Noise was quieter than the stock all season by FAR, and control and cornering were better as well which suprises me for a snow tire.

Now to control. Its snowed where i am about 18 days of the 27 so far in December. These things are beasts! We've had some light super slippery powder snow and these did not miss. Sure there a few times was a little slip from a stand still, but its remarkable how they dig through. I put them through the paces, pushing hard, sharp turning in 3-4 inches and light powder etc, very good extreme traction. We had some ice days, shockingly though I drove conservative, no issues. So the other night, we had more slipper powder, I found the sharpest grade hill in our city...pretty steep, decided to try it, about a quarter mile stretch...NO ISSUES! Couldn't believe it.

All the above all our other vehicles struggle big time with and tires spin. But not these. At my kids school, parents were getting stuck in parking, not these.

If you have a 4WD vehicle, matched with these, its a snow bobcat now. WIth my conservative driving and these, I feel a lot less stressed.

Purchase from tire rack was smooth and great and got free install based on deal!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.67

2001 Ford Escape 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 46,000
Location: Phoenixville, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 46,000 Miles on Tires
December 26, 2013

I bought four of these tires in November 2010. At the time, I didn't know how many more times our Escape would be able to pass inspection. I'd had great results with Michelin Cross Terrains, but didn't want to spend the extra money that Michelins would cost.
The Generals worked very well for us. We drive on the "spirited" side, with a pretty even mix of interstates, back roads and city streets, and occasional gravel roads and farm fields. Traction, steering, handling, braking, noise, everything has always been excellent. The tires always responded predictably, with no significant decrease in performance as they aged.
Three years later, the Generals are almost done, but they still have some useful life left, maybe another 5,000 miles. I had them out twice recently in significant snowstorms, and felt safer and more secure with them than with the newer all-seasons on my rental car. Part of that is the nature of the two vehicles (Escape 4WD vs. Toyota Camry FWD), but even with traction control and the other 2012 technology the Camry has, the Escape (and its older tires) still felt safer.
I would probably buy another set if we were keeping the Escape. For the money, I don't know of a comparable tire that would work better for this vehicle than the Generals. If money were no object, I might consider the Michelin LTX M/S 2. I had an older generation of this tire on my pickup years ago; they were tremendous, and I understand the newer generation is even better. But they are pricey, about $180 each for the Michelins in the Escape size, vs. $100 or so for the Generals.
Tire Rack is my number one source for tire information, and my number one choice when it's time to buy. Their prices are competitive, I love their test reports, and the surveys and reviews are the most comprehensive I've ever seen. When I have questions, their representatives always come through. I don't even consider any other online tire suppliers, there's no need when Tire Rack does such a nice job.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.7
 
 

2002 Ford Windstar LX
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Rocky River, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 31, 2013

For 2 months I research online for a good winter tire and all brands seems to do the job. I have 2 kids under 5 years of age so I was very concern for them and wanted to find a tire that would do the job during the snow season. I came across these winterforce. After seeing them in person at sears I decided to go with the purchase. A week later we got hammered with a snow storm and I was able to put them to the test. THEY WORK! PERIOD!!! I like their grip during light or heavy snow, and ice. I no longer have to go to work fearing that my wife will end up doing another 360 degree on the road like she did prior with our other tires(goodyear integrety). I WILL BUY these winterforce tires AGAIN!!!!!!!!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73
 
 

2008 Honda CRV LX
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Towaco, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 23, 2014

The perfect winter tire. I replaced my all-seasons with a set of these and now I can drive with confidence in the snow. I researched snow tires to death before I decided on these and it was a great decision. When I'm buying tires I spend almost too much time researching online because of the high expense and I want the best for my money. You cant beat the price for the performance. I priced out local shops for 17" tires for my CRV and I ended up saving money by downsizing the wheel to a 16"and going with a rim/wheel combo from tire rack. So far the performance is perfect given the limits of my FWD car. Driving up steep hills with these in FWD will still spin your tires but I can at least pass people that don't obviously have winter tires. My biggest concern with snow and ice driving is cornering and BRAKING! Last week I had to brake hard at a stop light on snow and the ABS didnt even activate. The tires did their job. On the cornering, I still use great caution but I have not had any problems with these so far. If your trying to decide on which snow tire is better than the other and are stuck on a few different brands, stop wasting your time and but the Arctic's!.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 5,860
Location: Canonsburg, PA
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 5,860 Miles on Tires
November 14, 2013

Just recently purchased these tires, and had them mounted/balanced and went on a coast to coast trip to visit my parents. There tires were purchased for winter use here in Western Pennsylvania, but I used them for my long trip from PA to California. Outstanding traction in the snow and ice, and surprisingly excellent grip in rain, and dry conditions. Didn't notice any discernible wear for the almost 6000 mile round trip!

Always great selection/prices, and fast shipping from Tire Rack. Don't waste your time
with the other online vendors.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS60Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45

2006 Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Portage, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 12, 2013

I purchased a rear wheel drive Mercedes Benz E320 CDI this fall and was concerned with handling this winter. Living in Michigan we see all types of winter driving conditions.
I went online to the Tire Rack website and researched tires for winter driving and with their customer service support selected the Bridgstone Blizzak 225/55R16 WS60 tires. I am extremely satisfied with my purchase and would recommend them to anyone. The ride is excellent and quiet. The traction on snow and ice surpasses my expectations.

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

Monday, April 29, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.86
 
 

2009 Scion xD
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Puyallup, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
April 24, 2013

After reading online about another Scion XD owner getting the Pirelli P7 Plus in 215/55/16 I decided to try them out. WOW! What an incredibly smooth, and well handling tire. My little Scion no longer feels bouncy, or harsh over bad roads. I glide down the road with precision steering control. A much appreciated change in my cars handling, and ride comfort. And, I too, really like the look of the 215/55 w/Motegi wheels on my XD.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88
 
 

2009 Volvo C70 T5
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Annapolis, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
March 19, 2013

After having Pirelli's on my Volvo C70 that were horrible, I am exceedingly pleased with the MXM4's. The car rides like a new vehicle. Great control on wet roads with a crisp and comfy ride on dry. Very quiet too. My husband did not like to drive the car before because the Pirelli's were a rough ride. Now he loves my car! Cannot recommend these tires enough - 5 Stars! Complements also to Tire Rack as the service online and over the phone was superb. Second time happy customer that will be back!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Touring

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Precision TouringReviewer's Overall Rating: 8

2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 150
Location: Altoona, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 150 Miles on Tires
February 17, 2013

First of all, I ordered these on the 15th, and received them at my front door on the 16th!
Keep in mind, this was through UPS standard shipping. Completely blew my mind.
Granted, I haven't put many miles on this set, but I can say that they are a definite improvement from the stock Michelins that came on the car when we bought it new from the dealer.
Excellent traction, and extremely quiet tires.
This is my first time buying tires online, and will not be my last!
I'd strongly recommend them to anyone interested in a good quality tire at a great price point.
I shopped around town for quite some time and these exact tires ranged anywhere from 700.00-500.00, and that's without installation.
I took them to a local installation center, and for less than $50.00, they recycled my old tires, and mounted, balanced, and installed them for me.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4

Monday, February 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73

2012 BMW M3 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Manhasset, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 09, 2013

I cannot believe there are no reviews on this tire anywhere online!

When I was searching for winter tires for my M3 I really wanted a tire that would get me through light or heavy snow, but with a strong emphasis on not sacrificing dry cold conditions.

I was tempted to go with a Blizzak LM-60, but there were a few reasons I decided not to.
1. The factory recommended tire for the M3 is a Pilot Alpin 3 (since 2008), this could be considered the newest update, so that held some weight.
2. I could not break myself away from the fact that the PA4 is V speed rated and the Blizzak H rated. Am I going to drive 150 in the snow? no I am not... but the Pilot Alpin is designed for speed, so that has to trickle down for every day driving performance.
3. I also like the Assymetrical design of the tire and the snow sipes which are angled (most likely for snow turning performance, and I feel this really helps the snow grip performance when turning.

The size I chose was 245/40 r 18 which I decided because I wanted to have the exact same size front as the summer setup. The factory recommends 235 but this has not at all been an issue.

The PA4 is wider than other 245 tires by just a few mm's according to the specs.
I mounted them square on 4 identical 9.5 inch wide wheels for rotation purposes, and there is enough side wall tire that the wheel is not sticking out.

They drive safely in ice/snow and grip well, but have a tremendous amount of grip in the cold dry, and do not at all feel like they sacrifice steering response or grip from the factory summer sport michelins. (when driving in the cold)

I chose the Michelins PA4 over the LM-60 because to me COLD dry and wet driving performance is more important and actually measurable to me. Face it, if the snow gets deep enough eventually any low car is going to get stuck, so for just a few inches of snow a few times a year, why give up all of that FUN dry grip performance?

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S

Monday, December 17, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2002 Chevrolet Tahoe 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 5,500
Location: San Ramon, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,500 Miles on Tires
March 04, 2007

Michelins LTX M/S replaced the Goodyear Fortera Triple Treads that had only 8K miles on them. The Michelins are "as advertised" from reviews on the online tire review websites and tire installer website reviews. This tire is an "all around" excellent tire. Queit, handles well, basically does everything well. No snow experience to report, mainly highway. Owners with large SUVs said they are having great results from these tires even though the tire technology is aging. If it works then no reason to change it. After two sets of Goodyear TTs these tires I can live with. You wont be disappointed.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Friday, September 7, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.62

1985 BMW 535i
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Miles driven on tires: 1,200
Location: Oxford, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,200 Miles on Tires
July 07, 2012

I must say I am disappointed with these tires. They are not very uniform with noticeable runout. Even though they were installed at my BMW dealer to BMW specs, there is still vibration, though balanced down to 1 gram. Of course, when this sort of thing happens, it really highlights one of the biggest problems buying tires online: it's much harder to have this kind of thing handled without paying a significant amount to have the bad tire(s) dismounted and shipped back, and then there's the wait while new ones arrive. I never had uniformity/ride issues with Michelin. I have learned my lesson. I'll be looking for someplace local to buy my next set. The relatively small amount of money saved isn't worth the hassle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86

2006 Honda Pilot EX AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Kewaskum, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 28, 2011

Tires are great now! At first when they we installed on the 2006 Pilot had a very stiff ride, maybe this was do to very cold temperatures 0F. But after some warmer temps the ride got a lot better. This is a great tire at the cost and if you want to make it even cheaper like I did, buy them online from Wal-Mart and if your local store has a tire, lube express they get shipped to the store for free plus the tires themselves are a few dollars cheaper each. Hope this can help you out.