Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Follow-Up Review: 50,000 miles on tires
As a disclaimer in this follow-up review, I will say that I'm a very spirited driver and spend an abnormal amount of time on pot-hole ridden Tulsa, OK roads. <br><br>When these tires were new, they were great, couldn't say anything bad about them at all. They look great, are priced reasonably, come with free road hazard protection through Continental, and perform great as well. <br><br>However, after 20-25k miles, they lost a lot of their luster. I actually went through two sets of tires over the 50,000 miles, although the second set had enough tread to get through a summer but not a winter. I will say however that I don't think it would be possible to make it to the advertised warranty limit on one set safely and without altering one's driving style.<br><br>Once these tires wore through to the S marking (leaving the D and W, meaning the tires are still safe for dry and wet weather), they started slipping on wet pavement at low speeds (starting at rest in a manual transmission car). In addition, when cold, these tires make it sound like you have a flat, which makes it difficult to listen for a tire with very low tire pressure.<br><br>Traction in all categories was above average for the first 15-20,00 miles, after that it will vary on your conditions and driving style. The major negatives were the road noise (especially at colder temps), and lackluster tread life. Another negative would be poor rim protection, something not talked about too often.
Initial Review: 3,000 miles on tires
Just went through an unexpected blizzard within the last month and I must say these tires performed quite admirably! I purchased these tires mid-December knowing the Ling Long's that came on the vehicle wouldn't be able to handle any snow since there were the absolute worst tires I have ever had on a vehicle and could barely handle dry pavement. The Ling Long's had a very decent looking tread pattern, but that is the only good thing I can say about them. Anyways, about the DWSs, I had narrowed my search down to these and a set of Sumitomo's HTR A/S P01. The only real reason I chose the Continentals over the Sumitomos was due to availability. I have yet to find anything wrong with the DWSs. They handle great on dry pavement, haven't really noticed much hydroplaning (though it has been a dry winter in OK) and are, as stated before, great on snow and ice. These tires also greatly improved the horrid torque steer that was abundantly apparent with the Ling Long's. I also noticed a marked improvement in road noise and comfort. I would HIGHLY recommend these tires to anyone, especially anyone with an Acura TL with a 6-speed manual transmission, GREAT TIRES!!!!