Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position

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Vehicle: 2004 BMW 330i Performance Pkg
Miles Driven on Tires: 20,000
Location: Westerville, OH
Driving Condition: Mostly City
Driving Style: Spirited
Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position
Initial Review: 20,000 miles on tires
June 01, 2012

Love this tire! I mostly drive in the city (about 70/30 city/highway) and I like to drive a little on the spirited side. This tire handles fun on the street very well (its not a track tire so don't expect miracles), but as an all around tire it is extremely capable. Being that my car is RWD I try to avoid snow in general (time to bring the jeep out of hibernation) but the couple times I was out I survived, but this is not the tire for snow time driving (get some blizzaks if you need that kind of traction). Can't fully comment on tire wear as I bought the car with these tires on it but they lasted me about 20,000 which varied front to rear (this is without rotating the tires at all because my car has a staggered setup and these are directional tires so I couldn't)...
What I liked: Very smooth/quiet ride, great wet traction all around, not a summer tire but still very good dry traction, seems to be pretty good treadwear as well
What I didn't like: Snow traction (would be happy with just good light snow traction to get ya home without hassle but I know this isn't really a snow tire so again can't expect miracles but the snow traction is acceptable), little on the pricey side (fine with that as long as you get what you pay for and I definitely feel you do with these tires)
In conclusion, its an awesome tire so if you can find them buy them and if not maybe try the new 970as pole positions. I hope the 970 that is replacing this tire can live up to this tires reputation. I recently replaced my fronts with 970's and soon the rears will be 970's. The new 970's seem to measure up but they're new so waiting to form a true opinion.

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