Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.14

2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Kitsap, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
November 24, 2010

Comparing this tire to the Goodyear Eagle GT several things were readily apparent from the get go. First, this tire did not have the 200 mile break in the GT required to feel normal. Second and more importantly this tire does not have the dry or wet grip the Eagle GT has. The difference is so stark I just can't believe how the tire rack came up with its track numbers as on Seattle roads, they simply don't perform as their numbers would suggest. Not even close. The wet performance(save for hydroplaning resistance which is on par with Eagle GT)is so poor that I initially was thinking of giving these back to Conti for another set of ContiSportContact2's and writing it off as a lesson learned. Then the snow and ice hit the Monday before Thanksgiving and my selection was vindicated. Compact snow performance is stunning. Fresh snow traction is not to be believed for an all season and the ice traction puts these tires with Tina Turner and Mad Max, well beyond Thunderdome. Limited slip front differential helped a little with my Cobalt Super Sport but these tires are what allowed me to climb a 10-12% grade hill (required to get to my house) that turns into a sheet of ice whenever the weather gets like this. After climbing the hill successfully, nary a slip, I decided to go down it to go up it one more time, stopping in the middle of the grade and restarting. Meeting with success in that test of the silly I can say what these tires sacrifice in dry and wet performance handling they more than make up for in snow and ice traction. Simply put, the Eagle GTs are that much better in dry, wet, and general performance. I only had the GT's on ice once and there were competent for an all season but nothing like the ExtremeContact DWS. I will be rotating these off the car as soon as I think snow is gone for the season and putting on my summer rubber since the traction otherwise is unlivable IMHO. Quiet&comfortable ride.


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