Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S

Completely changed our Mini Cooper S 2012. Ride is much easier, not loud or bone-shattering anymore, and the steering feels way more safe and responsive. Tires are loads better in the rain, not spinning as much as the continental runflats that came with the car. No one who has driven the car has been able to get the tires to chirp. Previously, the tires...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Indy 500

What a GREAT tire!! Even for the price, the performance out of these tires do not disappoint!!Owning a Mini Cooper S, I wanted a tire that had exceptional grip, retained as much comfort as possible and didnt break the bank. After much back and forth between BFG's and Firestones and 90% of the Mini owners I talked to trying to sway me towards the BFG's,...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S

Just hit 10K on these tires and they still look, feel, and perform like new. I do have a staggered setup so I can't comment on further wear; I haven't driven the car in snow either so I can't comment on that either. Steering response is fantastic, as is the fuel economy and quietness of ride.These will be replacing the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S on my...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Road test immediately following installation was a mixture of elation and disappointment. Handling definitely much improved, but with substantially increased harshness in ride comfort, and road noise.Followed break-in recommendations, driving carefully for the next 800+ km. Ride comfort improved somewhat. After 1700 km my assessment is performance-wise...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

Because a hip replacement made clutching difficult for my wife, we reluctantly replaced our E36 BMW with a 2015 4 Door Mini Cooper S with 6 sp Autotrans (remarkably good, btw - the first slush box I have not hated). Since she was about to take a month long road rip in Feb 2016 from Portland, Oregon across the Siskiyou Mountains to Cal, I wanted to make sure...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S

...I'll write another review after a few storms. I selected this tire after reading close to all of the 275 available reviews. I grew up in Vermont and moved to Colorado 20+ years ago. I have an '06 Mini Cooper S Convertible, which will serve as a back-up to a leased BMW i3 (which I didn't want to get snow tires for), so in the winter it will be my car to...  Read More

Ready or Not Winter 2017 is Coming

Last winter definitely started out slowly, but eventually January came round and winter got serious. Are you living in the snowbelt and wondering how bad the winter of 2017 is going to be? Nobody really knows, but we do know it's coming. Do you need to run winter / snow tires? If you're in a region that normally averages over a foot of snow, you should...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Run Flat

These OEM tires on my 2013 MINI Cooper S Paceman have the same grip now that they're close to 38K miles as they did when new and they remain as quite and comfortable, too. I've maintained the PSI at 36 on all tires throughout the last two and a half years. Tires are down to 3mm with a bit of life in them still. Now it is time to shop for new tires and I'm...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06

I installed 205/55R16 on my 2009 MINI Cooper Clubman S which is slightly taller and wider than the stock 195/55R16. The tires have a slight bubble tire look to them because of this but I've become used to it and still get compliments on my car. There are absolutely no rubbing issues. The tires do not react as quickly to steering inputs as the OE Continental...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce UV

Have these tires on a dedicated 17inch steel wheel. Did not notice any difference in ride from the OEM 20 inch on Goodyears. Noise is a little louder than a all season tire due to having them studded at 0-30mph. Anything over 30mph and you cant hear the studs anymore. Tires do exceptionally well in deep snow. Pulled out a mini cooper in 20inches of fresh...  Read More

New Sizes for the Streetable Track & Competition Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R

Were you hoping to find more choices in your size for the track? This December, Pirelli channeled their inner Santa Claus and released many new sizes for the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R. The Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R made a name for itself by being the tire of choice the most track-ready fifth-generation Camaros. A maniacal effort to cut weight coupled with...  Read More

Getting Ready for Winter 2016: Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?

Remember last winter?¬†Will this winter be just as bad? Predictions will be made but nobody really knows. The best course of action is to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. There is no simple rule of thumb on whether or not to run winter / snow tires. If you're in a region that normally averages over a foot of snow, you should strongly consider...  Read More

Bridgestone DriveGuard: A Year in Review

This time a year ago, little was known about the Bridgestone DriveGuard, a tire that's currently our best-selling run-flat option. Over the course of a year, this tire has proven itself in a wide array of weather conditions, has been subject to internal testing and has climbed to the very top of our consumer reviews. While perhaps having a slightly harsher...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

I have these tires on three cars, 05 Saab Aero, 97 Saab 900, 03 Mini Cooper JCW. The best all season tires I have ever used. They are very quiet even to the end of there use. The milage you get is not super great, 35 to 40k, however the positives far out weigh the milage. I have had two sets on the 05 aero and I am getting ready to order another. The 900 is...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

I replaced the OEM Pirelli Run Flat tires with these Michelin Pilots and have been very impressed with the benefits of the change.The Michelins generate less road noise and make the ride more compliant, most noticably over small ruts and bumps in the road surface. They are wearing very well, and I currently have 12,800 miles on them - they look about 30%...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

I have been stunned by this tire. Usually, you have to give up something to gain in another area. Once you get to a tire that performs at this level in the dry, it really stinks in the wet and wears out very quickly. SOMEHOW, Michellin has given us a tire that has incredible turn in, incredible dry grip, yet wears beyond belief (for a tire of this...  Read More

Bridgestone DriveGuard Run-Flat: Not Just for BMW and MINI

Traditionally, run-flat tires have been used mainly for limited vehicle types as specified by certain manufacturers for Original Equipment use. Prime examples of this is are BMW 3 Series vehicles since the mid-2000s, the new MINI Cooper and all fifth-generation and newer Chevrolet Corvettes. These vehicles once represented a small portion of the market that...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama S.drive

I got the Yokohama S. Drive in December of 2011. It is now August 2014 and they need to be replaced (which I will be doing in October. These are great if you're on a budget and/ or like to test out different tires. I drive an 04 Mini Cooper S and these tires grip amazingly well when they are warm. Most people don't get this warm concept and usually spin out...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone DriveGuard

I've just bought these tires as replacements for the OEM Continental run flat tires on my MINI Cooper S. I did the research and found that there were multiple independent reviews of this tire that were very complimentary. Motor Trend and Autoweek were among them. So I felt comfortable buying these tires as a suitable replacement for the OEM tires. I also...  Read More

Get Ready for Snowmaggedon 2014: Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?

Remember last winter? Will this winter be just as bad? We don't know yet. But, I do know the right snow tire makes all the difference. In order to purchase the correct winter / snow tire, you should decide which performance category works best for your driving style and the winter weather you experience. The three major categoriesare: Studless Ice & Snow,...  Read More