Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8

2002 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: New York, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 12, 2013

I bought these for my new-to-me WRX the day before a decent snowfall in NYC. I was replacing some quite poor NEXENs. I was amazed at the immediate improvement in tire noise, steering feel and responsiveness. Ride quality increased too. In the 6-10" snow fall we had, the car dealt with it easily, without even the slightest vagueness in steering. As a point of comparison, the NEXENs sent me sideways in merely 2-3 inches. I previously purchased the Continentals on my old Pontiac G8 GT but didn't have the opportunity to review before selling the car. Here, I anticipated many thousands of miles on my WRX and look forward to the summer.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45
 
 

2002 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
March 14, 2013

These tires were on my WRX when I bought it so I'm not sure of the mileage. The previous owner said they have 1 or 2 seasons left. They are awesome in the snow. I can start from a dead stop in the middle of a 2 foot drift with no wheel spin, stop on ice, drive right over tall snow banks. I've tried to get stuck and failed numerous times. A lot of the credit goes to Subaru but these tires are great.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45

2006 Audi A4 Avant 2.0T Quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 11,000
Location: New York, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 11,000 Miles on Tires
January 26, 2013

I put these DWS after reading the reviews. They're comparable to the Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S. Snow traction with the awd was impeccable. I just got rid of the Audi and threw these on my new Subaru WRX. They are all-around great performing tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4
 
 

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 3,500
Location: McHenry, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,500 Miles on Tires
February 07, 2013

These tires are awesome in the snow what a difference from the summer tires last year. No sliding no skidding they get traction everywhere. Nice job general for making a good affordable tire for people to buy.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2004 Subaru Forester 2.5 XT
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Lansdale, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
March 27, 2013

My Forester came to me with these tires, so, they being a known decent performer, I bought another set when the first wore out. There hasn't been enough snow to warrant comment on their snow-performance. Wet-weather performance has been quite good, as it has been on dry roads. I haven't pushed the tires hard. The Forester is a sport-utility, even with the turbo engine; it's not a WRX! Road noise and ride are not perfect but pass muster. This tire is, I think, a good choice for the Forester.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2013 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
March 19, 2013

Got these for my WRX this winter.... And I have one piece of advice for prospective buyers.. Do not buy if you plan on sliding around in un-plowed parking lots. There is actually TOO MUCH grip in snow. These tires = NO FUN IN THE SNOW.

But if your driving tendencies are a little less spirited than mine I would HIGHLY recommend these to anyone. They are by far the cheapest brand name snow tire on the market. But by NO MEANS does that mean they lack in quality.

Where you will notice the difference immediately: Forward movement. Spinning your tires trying to climb over the city snow plow wake is a thing of the past. Also getting a rolling head-start at a stoplight is no longer needed. Its as if the snow isnt even there.
Where you will notice the difference later: Turning capability in snow. These tires have the best turning traction I have seen. (short of Nokian winter tires.. which are 2-3 times the price of these Generals.)

Last thoughts: If/when you buy these fantastic snow tires. Don't forget to get a couple sizes narrower than the stock spec. Contrary to popular belief, tires the width of a pizza cutter will do EVEN better in snow.

I cant wait to put these on every car I own next winter. Highly Reccomended

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2013 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 5,500
Location: Aurora, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,500 Miles on Tires
March 20, 2013

This tire is impressive to say the least. It is our first "snow" tire and has made me a believer. I always thought all season tires were just fine but never again. After 5500 miles (in just under 3 months), we just did our first rotation and the wear is very even and minimal. We have made several ski trips with aggressive driving and a 1200 mile road trip with all different kinds of weather and temperatures and they take everything in stride except VERY slush covered roads. When the weather is warm, they tend to make some road noise at slower speeds do to their aggressive nature. If you're looking for snow tires, I would definitely recommend trying these. I thought the price was a little high but it seems to be paying off.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.83

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Amherst, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 10, 2011

What an awesome snow tire. They were not cheap by any means, but to be able to put something on the car and just drive off and be totally happy off the bat is rare and appreciated! I have no regrets with making this choice. FYI, the day i got them we had snow, and they did ok, just ok, and for a moment i thought i had spent a lot of money for nothing, but a week later we got a foot of snow and it was like night and day - they must have needed a break in period or something. Either way, now i can stop on an incline going downward with little ABS engagement, and turn around and go back up the incline with minimal effort from the AWD. Dont look at anything else, ---- it up and get these tires! :-)

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta AST

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta AST Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.14
 
 

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Richmond, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2013

These tires are great so far much better then the Dunlop's that cam on my 2011 Subaru WRX. they made a huge difference in handling with an proper alignment. I am very vigorous on checking inflation rates as well. Dry weather- Hnadles excellent steering response turn-in and driver control/confidence. Wet- Handles great in my opinion drove through plarge puddles with plenty of confidence no hydroplaning in the rain now this might be bias due to the Subaru AWD system(4wheels are always in motion)But over all I like them so far and have owned several Kumho's in the past like the Ecsta and ASX. My favorite were the ASX and I really wanted the 4X this time around but didn't have the budget. So there you go if you want an inexpinsive affordable tire with great control low noise and grip in dry weather and decent in wet weather BUY THIS. If you have the extra money get the KUMHO 4X and Im sure you will be happy.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position

Monday, March 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole PositionReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5

2004 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Newark, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2010

This is my second set of Potenza RE960as pole position tires that I have owned. The first set was for a 1999 Subaru Impreza L which I put about 30,000 miles on and they still looked new when I sold my car and I would have to say they were the best tires I have ever owned. I enjoyed these tires so much that when I purchased my new car (2004 Subaru WRX) that even though it had new tires on it I decided to buy a new set of Potenza RE960as pole position. So far what I have noticed about these tires are they are even better than my old ones, most likely because of the size difference. I would definitely recommend these tires to anyone in the market for new tires. I will update my review after I put some more miles on the tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3

Thursday, March 7, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Des Moines, IA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
March 02, 2013

I've had these tires for two winter seasons and I'm very pleased with. On the dry pavement they have amazing grip in cold wetaher but once it gets warm they lose some of it. This expected from a winter tire but I'm still amazed that I can drive the car hard and not lose grip. In the wet, that tires perform just as well and I only felt some hydroplaning once. In the snow, the tires are just perfect. The tires just plow through the snow and they give you a sence of confidence like no other. I will definetly buy these tires again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza ZIIReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4

2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Steamboat Springs, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 07, 2013

Plesantly surprised with the New Direzza II's so far, I am very happy with the new found rear end grip under heavy throttle and agressive steering input. Normally with a heavy right foot and my old Hankook RS2's the rear end easily broke loose under normal AWD settings. So far these tires have far exceeded the Hankook's and seem like they could be a match for the Bridgestone RE11's. Time will tell if they are fully on par with the RE11's. Great tire, certainly a good match for my 450hp STi so far.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI 5 Door
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Miles driven on tires: 42,000
Location: Pomona, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 42,000 Miles on Tires
February 07, 2013

superior tire
great value for the money.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.43
 
 

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Wake Forest, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
February 27, 2013

I've driven these tires on dry and wet pavement, and they handle both pretty well. No snow driving yet. There is more roll when cornering aggressively than the original Dunlops, but it's predictable. My only complaint is they make a whining noise on certain road surfaces under acceleration.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36

2012 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 6,100
Location: Dayton, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 6,100 Miles on Tires
February 18, 2013

For an All-Season, this really is a great tire. A dedicated winter tire where I live and how I drive is complete overkill, and would be chewed up by the rarely un-plowed roads (story changes 1 hour north). The Conti DWS has been nothing but predictable and pleasant to drive since November 2012. Undetectable tread-wear so far. I haven't experienced summer usage, and probably won't (have dedicated summer wheels/tires), but as 3-season tires the DWS has been excellent so far. Glad I listened to Wayne at Wagner Subaru.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Monday, February 25, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38
 
 

2009 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: N/A
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
February 24, 2013

I purchased these tires about 2 years ago with a tire and wheel package for my wrx. these tires are awesome!!!!! They handle perfectly when its dry outside(does take a little time to heat them up) whether its a straightline or the corners my wrx is built for. I track my wrx a few times a year and they hold up well for the price. I have rotated every 3000 miles and now at 30000 miles on them. i could probably squeeze another 3000-5000 miles out of them if i had to. i would definetly reccomend to someone else.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama S.drive

Monday, February 25, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama S.drive Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25
 
 

2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
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Miles driven on tires: 47,000
Location: Annapolis, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 47,000 Miles on Tires
January 07, 2013

i have purchased yokohama tires for years, and been very pleased with every set. these tires didnt disappoint. wet and dry handling are excellent, and the vehicle has never hydroplaned. treadwear has far surpassed my expectations, 47k miles now and easily another 25k more to go. i havent experienced the loudness complaint some have talked about, maybe they havent worn enough yet.
will purchase these tires again, and again

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.78
 
 

2003 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Herndon, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 14, 2013

I dig these tires a lot. I've spent $50 more per tire on michelin's pilot exalto a/s tires and the DWS tires are way better in the snow. Wet and Dry traction are solid. The only thing I can't comment on is treadwear, but if they hold up for 50k mi, I'll definitely buy another set of these for my next vehicle. I would recommend these to anyone w/ an AWD car that is looking for a great All-Season tire that will not have dedicated snow tires. Great value for sure.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Thursday, February 7, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Chesterfield, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
February 06, 2013

I used these tires for 2.5 autocross seasons and they exceeded my expectations. I initially had them installed on a 2005 Subaru WRX with no suspension modifications, and the outside shoulders paid the price. Once I started running enough negative camber and added some stiffer sway bars, the tires performed much better and held up nicely. Very predictable at the limit and excellent feedback. They can get a little greasy on really hot summer days, but most of the time they are fine. I got to run 2 events in the rain and that's where these tires really shine compared to some of the other tires in this category. Other competitors with AWD cars, who weren't running RE-11s, seemed to have less traction in the wet compared to myself. I'll be buying another set of these for the 2013 season, and with the added suspension modifications they should perform even better.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Thursday, January 31, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88
 
 

2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Burlington, VT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 27, 2013

first some background into why i love these tires! last year at watkins glen, during a COMSCC time trail/ track day i was running original equipment bridgestone re070 tires on my 06 sti, and ran a best time of 2:25 and change on the full course, over all those tires where alittle noisy when pushed hard and once hot felt like driving on grease so didnt inspire much confidence when really attacking the track.
This past sept, i attended the COMSCC event at the glen with my car now wearing michelin pilot super sports, and i must say just the 7 hour drive out was more enjoyable, quiet and noise free, then came the track time!!!
the first warm up lap with these tires and i could feel the car was more responsive, and more composed mid corner, and the normal subaru push was somewhat less than with the bridgestones, they really make you feel connected to the road almost r compound grip, after the second 25 minute session i was timed at 2:24 and change, already a full second faster than last year, with the only change being the tires.
Now came the time trail, 3 hot laps with a warmup lap, after my 3 flying laps i recorded a best lap time of 2:22, and could have gottne more but im still learning the limit of my car, so thats a full 3 seconds faster, better handling, more grip, quieter ride on the street, and great tread wear, after the two day event i only lost 2/32nds of tread, and no adverse affects on the ride home!
will deffinitly be buying more of these tires when i wear out this set, anyone whos looking for a good quality street tire that can hot lap, the michelin pilot super sport is a no brainer