Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

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Vehicle: 2013 BMW 535i xDrive Sedan
Miles Driven on Tires: 100
Location: Seattle, WA
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Average
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Follow-Up Review: 1,000 miles on tires
January 26, 2013
Well, I've driven almost 1000 miles on this tire and, I have to say, my opinion has VASTLY improved in regards to its noise levels and harshness I mentioned previously.<br><br>It's really bizarre: after they broke in about 100-200 miles into it, it's almost like a different tire. The tire noise itself is totally gone. The road noise they transmit is no really worse than comparable tires on comparable roads.. in fact, I'd actually say it's a bit better. <br><br>Steering feel has gotten a tad less crisp, and ride feels softer. Some folks will like that, some won't. I'm fine with it because the result is that impacts are no longer jarring or upsetting. They're quite controlled and not an issue for me. It's a good ride all in all<br><br>Plus, I had multiple occasions to test everything from ice, to light now, to deep snow/ice combination going up into deep winter conditions in the mountains lately (temps ranging from 15-28 in all levels of precipitation and ice). They performed exceedingly well. Strapped to my AWD xDrive, driving like a sane person, I felt completely in control, so I'm totally happy with that aspect.<br><br>The ONLY thing I'm not 100% in love with is that they're very light, and feel a little skittery on even pavement at speed. But, for the price, I am now satisfied (obviously, way better outcome than my initial review would indicate).
Initial Review: 100 miles on tires
December 24, 2012

I bought these tires based off of high ratings, but am sorely disappointed. I don't have a sense yet of how these tires perform near the limits, but I can say I'm sick about the total lack of smoothness and the level of noise. I feel EACH and EVERY road imperfection, and on anything but the absolute best, smoothest asphalt, it's like someone embedded rocks onto the surface of the tire... and the noise is there to match.

Roads that I used to not consider bad I now avoid because of the roughness of these tires.

This car had Goodyear run-flat touring tires as original equipment, like a previous car I had. On that previous car, I puts Michelin Pilot Sport A/S on it, and I thought they were better (payed for it though...). Responsiveness seems fine, on par with the Michelin PSS, and the feedback is definitely more immediate than the heavy run-flats that were on the car. But these are so uncomfortably loud and rough, I highly doubt I'm going to live with them.

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