The tire was OE when purchased. I drive in mostly an arid climate in Southern California, so I cannot comment on the tire's snow capabilities. However, it has been an excellent tire on both dry and wet pavements. Further, it is comfortable and quiet. Around here the roads are horrible and I feel that the tire takes the beating well. It is certainly a tire I would buy again when the time comes, and based on my ware, it will be a while. They look the same way since purchased. Frankly, I am surprised by all the negative feedback this tire has received.