I bought these tires for the tread pattern and mileage. Got 50k miles over 8 yrs, they're down to 4/32 now and still going strong, only deep water bothers them. I drive the car hard and these tires have always held tough no matter how far over the speed limit I am. I do put snows on for the winter so I can't talk to snow traction from the rear, but the fronts will track well if you give them a chance. Considering that I tend to drive the T-Bird in the rain and snow, I ride a motorcycle whenever possible, these tire are good at what I ask of them, grip well in the garbage and go baby go. I got 200+ horses under the hood and these tires can be hard to break loose on a dry road unless I'm really abusing the car. Will I put these back on, very good chance, I'm eyeing up another set of Sumitomos though, so we'll see. As for the people that wore them out real fast, I can only guess how they drive and if they keep the tire pressures right.