Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

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Vehicle: 2006 Acura TSX
Miles Driven on Tires: 8,000
Location: Richmond Hill, ON
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Average
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Follow-Up Review: 12,000 miles on tires
July 13, 2011
Spring returned and I put these back on the car; these tires are just OK if the day is cool, wet or dry.<br><br><br><br>Then it got hot, in June & July, and dry performance has suffered, and the squealing around low-speed corners is often back. Is it time for ANOTHER alignment?. From comments, I've concluded that a 7 wide rim is NOT wide enough for a 225/50 Continental DWS. ABS often kicks in, in low-effort wet braking. I'm still playing with tire pressure, but tire performance changes so much from morning to mid-day, and lately it seems that a cold 38 psi in the morning has the car sliding around city streets in the afternoon, so I've reduced them to 33 cold. I've had hydroplaning issues, but wet braking seem defiantly worse, especially at my higher pressure setting.
Initial Review: 8,000 miles on tires
November 09, 2010

This is my second set of oversize (225/50-17) tires, but compared to the same-sized Yokohama S4 the Continental DWS has a lot less dry weather grip and sloppy corning manners. The taller sidewall really does not work; perhaps more than just the soft sidewall, judging from other reports, the OEM 215/50-17 would have been a better choice.

Wet weather performance is better, but the DWS hydroplanes - something the S4s never did until they had 25,000 miles! The change between the S4 (a tire with no wet or snow traction, according to me) was so noticeable I added a larger rear sway bar, which got rid of much of the car's new-found understeer and the low-speed cornering tire squealing. Then I had an alignment, which help a bit, with balance, but there was still no real grip. A couple of months ago I replaced the shocks and springs (A-Spec) and THAT has changed the car a lot, but there is still not a lot of dry cornering grip; severe axle tramp (on moderately-normal starts) in the wet in 2nd gear is now gone.

Originally, driving on DWS tires on dry summer roads was like driving on snow tires in summer - sloppy, mushy, with no cornering grip - but generally predictable - and tire squealing when starting and stopping. Now that it's turned cold (30-50F), however, these tires have changed: it's easy to balance the car (yes, a new suspension helps), steering response is good, turn-in is OK,...everything seems to work: is that sidewall flex or tread compound, or both? And of course, when it's wet the roads are cooler too, which seems to help this tire perform.

The tire is, however, noticeably lighter than the S4; the car accelerates better, and I find myself downshifting a lot less on the highway, when needing to move through traffic.

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