Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

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Vehicle: 2009 Honda Civic Coupe
Miles Driven on Tires: 5,000
Location: WEST BEND, WI
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position
Initial Review: 5,000 miles on tires
February 27, 2013

I have had the all season Pole Positions on three different cars now (95 BMW 325i (three sets), 04 VW Golf, 09 Honda Civic SI) Bridgestone made a change to the tread design and possibly the rubber compound, thus dropping the price. I used to swear by this tire, however, I am very dissapointed in the performance on this vehicle. It might be that the Civic is a little lighter, but the stickers show a difference of only a couple hundred pounds. This car hydroplanes on even the lightest of rainfalls, and slush or snow, forget it. I'll leave it at home. I've now had the opportunity to drive under pretty much all conditions, (sleet, ice, slush, packed snow, fresh powder, pouring rain and light rain), hey, I live in Wisconsin, and if the roads are anything but dry, this car stays parked. As I mentioned before, it could be the car, but it has ASC and a front LSD so with one of the best rated all season tires, I don't think it should handle as bad as it does.

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