Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position

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Vehicle: 2007 Volvo S60 R
Miles Driven on Tires: 46,000
Location: Charlotte, NC
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position
Initial Review: 46,000 miles on tires
August 31, 2012

These handled almost as good as the OEM Pirellis (summer track tires) that were rated for 1/2 the life and cost considerably more. The good is the handling. At 46,000 miles, the tire has a ton of tread left. I also drove these a lot (when close to new) in a significant snow storm, and they gave me all the assurance I needed when others were all over the place, something the OEM tires probably would not have done. Some of it is my AWD, but even disabling the traction control, it's really difficult to break loose with these in normal driving conditions. So all around more practical than the OEMs.

But I still may be ditching them because, they have picked up some crazy road noise at about 35,000 miles, and more recently have started plane-ing (following every groove in the road). All in all, I can't complain as they're only warrantied to 40,000, but it does seem a shame to throw away a tire with half the tread left. Maybe they could have used a slightly softer rubber, or maybe I'm too conservative of a driver, which I doubt.

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