Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2
 
 

2006 Ford Expedition XLT 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Tariffville, CT
Driving Condition: Average
 

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

Since I put few miles on the Expedition I bought tires for the "worst case scenario" which in CT is snow. These tires were way quieter than the Wranglers that came off. Also I got to drive the Expedition and a family-member-owned Explorer with OEM all seasons back to back. The Explorer couldn't slow/stop on our unplowed steep driveway, sliding out into the road. It also crab walked due to the crown of the road and lack of traction with the OEM all seasons (5-8" of snow on the road, it was plowed early on but not recently. I parked that and drove the Expedition back with the Blizzaks (I was switching cars). It was so good that I forgot to put it in 4WD until I got to the driveway. I even turned around and went back down the driveway to check the tires. It stopped halfway down the driveway. Our driveway is so steep that I have to use the ice traction things on my boots otherwise I have to walk on the snow next to it. So for the Blizzaks to stop on that tire-packed snow was really impressive.
I also experimented with a not-really-plowed bit of highway. I had an appointment I couldn't postpone so headed out in a pretty good snow storm. Traffic when I came across it was going about 45 mph. When things were really clear I tried going faster (2WD). I was going about 65 mph on 1-3" of packed and loose snow with no problems, gentle curves and such. I slowed down to more sensible speeds but the tires felt really secure.
Overall I'm super impressed. Great snow traction, super quiet, and absolutely reasonable traction in the dry.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Camp Hill, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
December 07, 2014

I purchased the Goodyear F1 Asymmetric 2 to replace the Goodyear F1 Supercar OEM tires on my 2010 Mustang GT500. I purchased my GT500 with 15K miles on the car and put another 2K miles on the stock F1's over the past year. The original tires still had 3/32 to 4/32 tread but they just did not seem to hook up at all, especially bad when supercharger enaged getting on the expressway, car skipped and lost traction even on warm days. Also what a terrible ride on the OEM's, very stiff even on hot days. At first I ordered a new set of OEM F1 supercar tires from my local Goodyear dealer. But when the tires arrived I noticed the rears had different marking's on them than the fronts. I questioned the Goodyear store manager about this, and it turns out the rear tires where 4 years old and date stamped in 2011. I know tires age over time and my GT500 is driven sparingly, I did not want to end up with 8 year old tires on my car 4 years from now, So I told the Goodyear dealer he could keep the 4 year old tires, got a refund from him and got online to the Tire Rack and ordered the Asymmtric 2's. I am so glad I did! It is a 40 degree December day in central PA, and these Asymmtric 2's tires ride like it is a warm April day. Ride is smooth and the tires grip great, steering response is excellent, as good as the OEM tires. Can't wait for summer to push these new Asymmetric 2's harder. Thanks Tire Rack for the excellent service, fair price, and accurate shipping updates, and not to mention fresh new tires manufactured and date stamped within the past 12 months. Tires are a big investment and I can trust Tire Rack. I can't say the same about my local Goodyear dealer who stated there is nothing wrong with 4 year old tires, I suppose 4 year old tires are ok, but not for a collector car used sparingly. I will use Tire Rack again and I am thinking about the F1 Asymmtric 2 All Seasons for my 2012 Lincoln MKS once the Eagle RSA's are spent. Keep up the good work Tire Rack.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.78
 
 

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Cheyenne, WY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
December 07, 2014

I have these tires installed on my 450whp EVO X for the harsh wyoming winters. I have taken these tires into some pretty extreme snow storms and I have had no problems. Driving on ice/snow is just as easy as driving on dry pavement. While everyone is sliding threw stoplights and what not I have absolutely no problems. I drive very aggressively and I fly passed lifted diesel trucks easily in the snow. My car is awd and ive never had any traction issues or even had my TC kick in.

Dry pavement is a different story. I drive pretty hard on these and I think my girlfriends 13 honda civic with all seasons has more traction in dry then my EVO. These tend to let loose pretty easily on DRY corners. These feel very soft.

Overall im satisfied. I have an incredible amount of grip on snow and ice. Which is what i bought them for. I switch these out when its nice out for BFG rivals. A dedicated dry tire and dedicated snow tire is defiantly the way to go with a sports car and I think i made the right choice with the ice xi3

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P6 Four Seasons

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P6 Four Seasons Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.43
 
 

2006 Subaru Legacy GT Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 600
Location: Woodbine, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 600 Miles on Tires
August 13, 2014

I am writing this review with merely 500 miles on the tires so they are hopefully just starting to break in. I am coming from a set of almost bald Conti DWS which is what I am comparing these to in my review. My commute is mostly below 60mph on 2 lane main roads as well as a good section of twisty back roads for about 6 miles.

First impression is that these are, without a doubt, GT tires. They are quiet and smooth rolling down the road, they also soak up the expansion joints very well with minimal jarring in the vehicle over pot holes. I know I should not really compare them to the DWS' since they are in 2 different class of tire but I did not think the difference would be as drastic as it actually is. These tires have good dry grip and only feel slightly softer in the sidewall than the DWS. You do reach the limit of the P6 a lot quicker than I am used to, with some squealing coming from them around spirited turns. The tires let you know their limit and once you get there they are controlled and easy to return to their comfort zone.

Now lets move to the wet performance, or lack of said performance. I can not say these tires inspire anything close to confidence on wet or even damp roads. My Legacy has now transformed from its easily controlled, wet handling, awd self, to an understeering nose heavy slob. The difference is truly night and day, even when the DWS were almost bald before I replaced them I never had an issue taking a turn like I do now. Maybe I just need to slow down? Possibly. It just goes to show how big of a difference the right tires make. One thing that I noticed before I purchased these was the positive reviews and high marks for wet traction from others, now I question if most people have had truly good tires before.

I have not had a chance to test these in the snow yet but with winter right around the corner I will do another follow up. Hopefully the P6 will get better with age but I am not sure at this point in time.

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

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.9
 
 

2003 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Puyallup, WA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
December 10, 2014

I drive in a lot of wet road conditions, not pouring or flooding, but a lot of wet roads in Eastern Washington. We don't get deep snow or ice (normally). The 2 inches we did get was not a problem. The tires have performed well,they do not clump or bump when cold, do not make a lot of noise, ride smoothly and hold the road well. Picked up a nail and the RFT system worked well and got me to a shop for repairs and back on the road. I purchased these tires for my driving and road conditions, average with moments of insanity and dry and wet and it has performed to all of my expectations. I'm a satisfied customer.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT DSST

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT DSST Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

2015 BMW 640i xDrive Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 4,800
Location: Brier, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,800 Miles on Tires
December 10, 2014

These are the OEM tires on my 640 iX - well, they were an option included with the 20" wheelset I added from BMW. I'm quite satisfied with them so far, definitely better for summer than the OEM 245/45 19 tires. Not enough miles yet, and no track miles yet to make a really thorough evaluation

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

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2006 Pontiac Torrent FWD
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Avon, OH
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
December 12, 2014

With having tires on only 3 months it's seen all types weather. Purchased for my son's 2006 Pontuac Torrent FWD with 60k on original tires. Can't say enough good things about them. I've tried them out in all weather with high expectations and they delivered. They're a little noisier than I'd prefer, but given the performance in rain and snow, it makes it easier to live with. Son is a newer driver, so the best tires for inclement weather was the deciding factor. No doubt I'd buy them again. So far, so good!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Premier A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88
 
 

2013 Hyundai Elantra GT
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Loveland, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
December 12, 2014

This tire is so quiet. I have seen a jump in mpg from 31mpg to 34mpg so I'm happy about that. The tires look great and looking forward to getting some snow and see how they hold up. I'm looking to get this tire for my Honda Accord soon. Great tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Insignia SE200

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Insignia SE200 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73
 
 

2006 Toyota corolla
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Miles driven on tires: 7,500
Location: Greensboro, NC
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 7,500 Miles on Tires
December 14, 2014

these are OE tire size and brand, replaced OE tires last fall with same. got about 45000 miles from OE bridgestones, 95% mileage is city driving, under 50 mph. replacement set was somewhat noisy for approx. first 6000 miles. Noise has mostly abated at 7500 miles now on replacement set. I found that to maximize wear durability and to get uniform tread wear across face of tire, tires have to be inflated to approx. 35psi cold both summer and winter. Lower pressures like what Toyota recommends results in excessive wear on shoulders of tires. 35psi is correct for max handling, wear, and mpg on Insignia SE200 for my area of central NC.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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

2006 Honda Accord Sedan, EX V6
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Miles driven on tires: 1,200
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,200 Miles on Tires
December 14, 2014

Was looking for a tire replacement on our Accord EX V6 (2006) for a while and settled on Conti Pure Contact. So pleased to have done so. We replaced Bridgestone Turanza and the ride comfort has improved tremendously, with a huge benefit of road noise decrease. Whether the fuel economy has gotten a boost is hard to say at this point.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.67
 
 

2000 Ford F250 4wd Super Duty
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: East Jordan, MI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 13, 2014

I drive a heavy diesel super duty, so I was a little leary buying this tire. I saw one other reveiw from a diesel driver that liked this tire. I agree with him that they make a little spongier drive in a heavy truck. I don't typically write reviews, but this tire was worth it. Lots of snow and ice in northern Michigan makes for some nasty roads in winter. This has been most of my driving, since I just purchased them 1000 miles ago. They are amazing! They go anywhere, in 2wd too. This hunting season, I made an incredible drive up a deep snow covered rutted out hillside to retrieve a deer. When we left, my dad scolded me for not taking the truck out of 4wd. That's when I informed him that the hubs were not even locked. If only I could post the look on his face! I will definitely be purchasing these again! Ice traction, as good as snow tires, slushy roads, awesome, snow, incredible, mud, no clogging! A+++

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.36
 
 

2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT
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Miles driven on tires: 44,000
Location: Red Lion, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 44,000 Miles on Tires
December 15, 2014

The tire is excellent except when it comes to just a little bit of snow. The vehicle operates horribly in the snow. I'll be trying the General Grabbers next. If you live in a state where it snows stay away from this tire!!!!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.36
 
 

2006 Hyundai Sonata LX
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Miles driven on tires: 55,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 55,000 Miles on Tires
December 14, 2014

I have just put the 3 set of Kumhos on the Sonata. They are great tires at a great price. Though the snow traction could be a little better, I have no complaints on the handling, traction or wear. I have gotten 70,000 miles out of one set, but seem to average 55,000 miles before I think they need replacing (3/32-4/32 of trear remaining). Handling is their strong suit. In cold weather, they will flat spot after setting for 8 hours or more. Within a few minutes that will disappear. These tires are great in the rain. I drive I-287 here in NJ daily. Those who know they road, it is rarely driven at the posted speed and the hilly terrain, I felt confident in these tires. I have also used them on my 2002 Volvo S-80 and my 2008 Toyota Avalon with great results. I put a lot of miles on my cars and greatly concerned about performance and safety. They may not live up to the 80,000 mile warrantee (55,000 mile on average) but I don't care at this great price point. Highly recommended for friends with similar feedback from them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle LS-2

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle LS-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.82
 
 

2014 GMC Sierra 1500 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Fort Myers, FL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
December 15, 2014

Good dry traction and relatively quiet. When it snow or rains the traction disappears. In a light rain I can switch to 4x4 mode and they will still spin. The rear end gets out of line on wet surfaces and I am very cautious in anything but dry conditions.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX Winter

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.89
 
 

2012 Chevrolet Express
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Boonville, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 15, 2014

Switched to these tires from the OEM Bridgestone summer tires. Absolutely cannot do the difference justice. With the OEM tires I thought it rode well for a 1-ton van, now with the Michelin's it feels like driving a big car. I will be running these year round. Body roll not enough to even mention even at rather extreme cornering forces. Braking stability under emergency conditions is rock solid. Ride is dead quiet. I think the most staggering improvement of all is a solid 2MPG improvement in both city and town fuel economy. The grip in the wet is high enough to violently launch the vehicle from a dead stop with little to no tire slip and get all 2.5 tons moviing in a hurry. I'm by no means condoning unsafe driving, just that when and where it counts these tires shine. Bottom line is this: with the OEM tires it was alarming how quickly the ABS and traction control kicked in even in dry conditions, with the Michelin's I have to really try to make the tires lose grip. Although the inclement weather performance is stellar, I would consider them perfectly suitable as an all season tire. The van rides extremely well with several thousand pounds of weight in it now where it felt rather usettled before. I should also note that I rotate tires every 5000 miles and run 80PSI in all 4 tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.33
 
 

2006 GMC Envoy Denali 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Portal, ND
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
December 18, 2014

Purchased winter tires for winter driving and so far I have been pleased with the expected performance I bought the tires for. I noticed a great improvement over the summer tires that I used to run through the winter months.

The vehicle is a pleasure to drive in the winter.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak W965

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak W965 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.18
 
 

2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 12,500
Location: Maple Grove, MN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 12,500 Miles on Tires
December 02, 2014

I have had umteen sets of Blizzaks and will keep on going to them. You can not be better equipment on snow, snow packed, or icy roads, than with these ice and snow tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

1999 Lexus GS300
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: New Brighton, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
December 03, 2014

So far I have been very impressed with this tire, minimal even wear so far, and surprisingly this tire handles the snow very well, my car Is rear wheel drive and although I use snow tires in the winter, I managed just fine for a month with these on in the snow, much better than my last all seasons, one thing that stands out is these are excellent in rain and wet conditions, tires are firmer than my old tires and feel bumpier and rougher over uneven roads, but they handle corners very well which is what I wanted. Very pleased

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 13,000
Location: Rogers City, MI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 13,000 Miles on Tires
November 24, 2014

I spin out too easily. Mud, ice, or snow. Packed, smooth snow is absolutely no traction. Lightly accelerate and I spin out. Even with a decent amount of weight in the back. My dad has a 2007 Silverado 2wd with different snow tires and more miles on them, and he still gets better traction with his tires. He goes places I can't. Too bad they don't come in my size.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle LS-2

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle LS-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25
 
 

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 81,000
Location: Hollister, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 81,000 Miles on Tires
December 01, 2014

Lose money with all you complainers. These tires have gotten the job done and then some. I'm pushing 81,000+ on my original set purchased with this truck. If that's not a good tire I don't know what is. Or maybe your all pre-madonnas.