Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 RFT

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Vehicle: 2007 MINI Cooper S With Metal Valve Stem
Miles Driven on Tires: 8,000
Location: Toronto, ON
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Average
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 RFT
Initial Review: 8,000 miles on tires
April 02, 2012

Got these from The Tire Rack in January 2011 for my 2007 Cooper S R56 which had 17 OE rims. Was advised to go 16 with a reasonable price set of MSW as Winter Rims. I live north of Toronto in an area that gets hit regularly by snow squalls. I also travel to the Detroit area on a regular basis and need to be confident that I will get there and back regardless of the weather. The winter performace on this set up is great. The ride is also significantly smoother due to the 16. These tires make the car so much fun to drive in the winter. The OE Continental all seasons were really scary in the winter. I got stuck a couple of times with less than 4 of snow and white knuckle syndrome was the norm on snow and ice covered on highways. The Blizzaks give a great deal of confidence in the snow and ice with significantly improved stopping distance and cornering performance. Going around bends feels a bit squirmy on dry warm days. I would reccomend these to any MINI owner who needs winter tires. The advice to drop down to 16 is also recommended. Cannot comment on wear yet as I have just ended my second winter season and they still look like new. I'm guessing they will be good for another 3 seasons (approximately 25,000 to 30,000 winter miles)

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