Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Monday, December 17, 2012 by
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Miles Driven on Tires: 500
Location: Williamsport, MD
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Follow-Up Review: 30,000 miles on tires
Tires have been wearing very well. At 30,000 miles they are at 5-6/32. They are excellent in rain and snow. Over the miles they have gotten increasingly louder with impact noise which creates a loud plunk when hitting bridge joints and grooves in the road. I have access to a Hunter RoadForce balancer at work and have RoadForce balanced them several times to try and fix a balance issue with no luck. Everytime I drive them in mornings or after the car sits awhile I have a vibration almost like they are flat spotted. It usually goes away after a few miles but is also annoying. Overall though I am fairly pleased with them due to their excellent wet and snow traction. I will probably replace them next year with the new Michelin Primacy MXM4.
Initial Review: 500 miles on tires
I work at a Honda dealership and I see all kinds of tires. When I first thought about getting the Continentals I was a tad bit hesitant because the Continental 4x4 Contact that come on the CR-V last maybe about 30-35k miles. However a few other guys at the shop have had the ExtremeContact and the ExtremeContactDWS and reassured me that these were much greater (traction and wear) than the ones on the CR-V. They were correct to say the least!!! These tires are quiet! Much quieter than the junk Michelin HxMxM4 that I removed. The Continentals should have come on the car to begin with, outperforming the Michelin in every aspect except for dry handling and responsiveness which may be just because my Michelins were at 5/32 upon removal and Continentals being at 10/32 there is a great more rubber. I purchased the Continentals after I was out driving in a half inch of snow with the Michelins and was helpless. DWS is a great tire from Continental and I would not hesitate one bit to trust the reviews from TireRack to choose the best tire. Second purchase from TireRack and definitely won't be the last. Super fast shipping and excellent customer service. I got these tires in less than 24 hours from purchase with just basic shipping!