Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

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Vehicle: 2008 BMW 328i Sedan Sport Package
Miles Driven on Tires: 1,000
Location: New York, NY
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Follow-Up Review: 15,000 miles on tires
October 14, 2012
My opinion of these tires hasn't changed in 15,000 miles of driving. They still provide a quiet, oh-so-smooth ride, incredible grip in the wet, good traction in light snow, and amazing treadlife...all on top of very good handling in the dry. Steering response could be a bit sharper...but compared to the truly awful Bridgestone RE050 RFTs they replaced, there is simple no comparison. Every new 3-series should come equipped w/ Conti DWS tires!
Initial Review: 1,000 miles on tires
October 02, 2011

I have an '08 BMW 328i w/ sport pkg and 6-speed manual. I drive this car hard. The original Bridgestone RE050A RFTs were the absolute WORST tires I have ever had: deafeningly loud, horrible tramlining, terrible in rain, and they made the car ride like a cement truck. For the first time after 3 BMWs, I began to regret getting a Bimmer. At 20,000 miles, I'd had enough of the Bridgestones. Tire Rack highly recommends the Conti DWS's for the 3-series, but I was nervous about getting them after reading reviews saying that they ruined the handling and steering response. DO NOT BELIEVE THESE REVIEWS! The Conti DWS's have simply transformed my car...bringing out the best of the 3-series. The ride is still taut...but now creamy smooth...the handling and steering response: still sharp and direct...but no more deafening noise...I can actually hear my radio now! Since dumping the RFT's, my car feels like it's 500 pounds lighter. The Conti DWS tires should be standard equipment on all 3-series. They're perfect for 99.9% of drivers, on 99.9% of roads. If you autocross your car, get Michelin Pilot PS 2's. I've only driven 1000 miles so far...so will report back at 20,000 miles to see if I still love these tires!

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