Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

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Vehicle: 2007 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T MkV
4.0
Miles Driven on Tires: 400
Location: Seattle, WA
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Follow-Up Review: 4,000 miles on tires
March 31, 2010
After 4000 miles i am very happy with these tires. No snow at all this entire winter in seattle so i still don't know how they are in the snow, but plenty of rain. These tires are awesome in the rain, during a couple of down pours with 0.5 to 1 inch of standing water on the freeway they sliced right through. never felt the slightest bit of hydroplanning. The only thing that makes me sad is that i don't have them tires on my audi allroad. It just doesn't make sense how these 40 series tires ride with more comfort than my 55 series. I know why, the stupid cheapskate that outfitted the audi put Kuhmo ASX's on and they ----. back to these tires, as many have said the sidewalls are bit soft and can get kind of scary of pushed really hard, but these are the best all season tires i have ever own.
Initial Review: 400 miles on tires
October 21, 2009

Having moved from San Diego to Seattle the ContiSportContact2 that came on my wife's GTI just wasn't cutting it in the wet PNW. After doing a ton of research it came down the ExtremeContact DWS or the Dunlop PZeroNero All Season. I've had 3 sets of the Nero M&S on my BMW and was really happy with them, but in the end I thought I would go for the Conti's. I've only put on about 400 miles, but can give those considering these tires some stuff to think help. I'd say I'm a spirted driver, Seattle folks might call me aggressive, but come on the left lane is for passing and not for you to try and make us all obey the speed limit. Sorry I digress. The reviews I've read are right on, but moving from a summer tire to these All Seasons I've definitely noticed some performance loss. Mainly with a softer sidewall the tires flexes more than the previous tires. Not to bad, but noticeable. Wet is really where this tire shines, you feel completely planted like there isn't any rain or that the ground is even wet. I've only pushed it a little, but it gives you great confidence. Snow, last winter the summer tires couldn't even get through 3 inches of snow so I'm hoping for a big improvement. I also noticed the numb spot the test results were talking about and it happens most driving at freeway speeds, but I only really noticed it for a couple of days and I you get use to it. Bottom line, great tires for price and tread life is awesome. Btw, the ride is much smoother with the DWS and now a conversation can be heard without yelling on Seattle freeways. For those who have not been to Seattle, the freeways are horrible from people putting on studded tires. I'm sure they are the same drivers that won't get over to the right, the LEFT LANE IS FOR PASSING.

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