OK, it is my first tire review so bear with me. We have four cars and live in NE Ohio. I have a very steep driveway and during the winter always found myself parking at the bottom of the driveway and walking up. I used all season perfromance tires and winter driving was fair, but I was always sliding and white knuckling it. I did not know any better. Then I got an all wheel drive BMW. I gave the Grand Prix to my daughter and last year I got all season passenger tires for the car. The winter handling was markedly improved but still could not get up the driveway in the Grand Prix. This year we were supposed to have a bad winter so I bought her a set of the dunlop graspic ds-3's. I got the 16 inch tire and wheel package with steel rims and hub caps and just swapped out the tires.
Best $700 I ever spent.
She said the winter driving was much better.
Then this weekend happened. It was a blizzard. I had to pick my son up and decided to see how the tires performed compared to my all wheel drive BMW with performance all season tires.
Here is where the review begins. These are awesome. It did better in the snow than my all wheel drivey car. Stable on the back roads (where my wife was sliding in her all wheel drive Audi), stable on the highway, and most important - it made it up the driveway with no traction control assist.
I drive the Grand Prix for 4 years and can say for certain without the snow tires would never have made it up. The BMW uses the traction control and all wheel drive to get up.
If I had know this before I would never have gotten an all wheel drive car. The front wheel drive Grand Prix with the Dunlop's is much better than the all wheel drive BMW with all seaon high performance tires. Really it is. In all conditions - up hill, down hill, around corners, on ice, and in snow.
Now the bad. The ride is significantly softer. Car leans into corners much more than before. And there is more road noise.
I would highly recommend these tires