Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus

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Vehicle: 2006 BMW 330Ci Coupe
4.0
Miles Driven on Tires: 17,000
Location: Redmond, WA
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus
Follow-Up Review: 27,000 miles on tires
December 14, 2012
When I bought these tires in 2009 I was replacing the OEM Bridgestone Potenza RE040's that came on the car. At first the Pilot Sport A/S was great: quiet, good traction, good turn-in. Over time they got a bit noisier (not too much) and wore as expected given how I drive the car and the pressures I ran them at (38fr, 38r). Where these tires really fell down is that when they hit about 20,000 miles (perhaps less), they lost most of their grip. Driving in the rain (something of a regular occurence in Seattle) became an exercise in defensive driving because I never knew if the car was going to break loose. The traction control would come on at the slightest provocation. While it's entertaining to slide around corners, I prefer to do it on purpose and not because the tires decided to let go at an inopportune moment.<br><br>I've recently replaced these tires with the Continental ExtremeContact DWS which I've been running on my wife's A4 for the past year. I much prefer the Contis to the Pilot Sport A/S. Just call them confidence inspiring.
Initial Review: 17,000 miles on tires
January 28, 2012

I put these tires on my 330ci ZHP (sport pkg) to replace the Bridgestone RE040's that came on it. The difference was striking. The RE040's were rock-hard with a tendency to tramline and wander. Anyone who has this car knows how responsive the steering is (could also be related to the staggered setup). Living in the Seattle area I wanted something that could get me through all seasons yet still be a performance tire. The Pilot Sport A/S looked like they would fit the bill.

The tires are very quiet (I could actually hear the engine and exhaust over the road noise!) and they ride smooth. Of course, the smooth ride comes at the expense of a bit of cornering. I believe the sidewalls are a bit softer than I'd like for way I drive, and the turn-in could be a bit quicker, but it's trade-off I've made for now. Driving through a dumping rain storm in the Siskiyou range last year with water sheeting down the road surface, I never felt any indication of hydroplaning. These tires do a good job of cutting through standing water. I can't speak to snow/ice traction because the car stays in the garage on snow days.

After 17000 miles they are still pretty quiet though not as quiet as when new. The treadwear is good with 6/32 and 8/32 remaining on rear and front, respectively. I'm not sure if I will buy these tires again because I'd like a slightly stiffer sidewall. I just put Conti Extreme Contact DWS on my wife's 2010 A4, and so far those seem to grip the road like crazy. I'll see how those last and may try them next if I decide to go with all-season's again.

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