Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, November 13, 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 DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36

2007 Saturn Sky
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Miles driven on tires: 70,000
Location: Wichita, KS
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 70,000 Miles on Tires
November 11, 2012

I drive 35K+ per year, 365/24/7. I have had these for just over 2 years, shy of 3 full winters and they are by far the best tire I have ever had on the car (RWD, 1 1/2-ton roadster). They are so good in wintry conditions that I am half-tempted to de-sandbag the rear axle in snow/ice, were I only not so totally petrified of death/dismemberment...

Here's a thing:
These tires actually track better in wet conditions than they do in dry. On dry roads -- specifically, when doing a 'moderate' takeoff from a left/right signal light -- they tend to break loose the tiniest little bit; not enough to be dangerous, but enough to make your heart skip a beat. A lot of that has to do with the car, too; you can find a lot of video of Skys pulling an unintentional doughnut on a right or left turning takeoff; the center of gravity is right below the driver's seat. But, when you get this tire into wet conditions, it seems to get tackier and the grip is very nearly unbreakable, within the confines of any *reasonable* driving technique.

I highly recommend this tire for its longevity, price, and superior winter- and wet-handling (which is when you really need the best performance, imho). I bought these from Tire Rack and was very pleased with the prompt service and best pricing I received. It's just a shame I won't be able to buy from them this time, as they are out of stock (and listed as 'New' item?) and I am in fairly immediate need. Thank you, Winter Storm Brutus.

When I do find some of these in stock somewhere, I intend to mount the four new ones on my stock rims and keep the outgoing pair on their current non-OEM rims, and then ride the old ones for another spring-autumn season. If you can find these, buy them!

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