Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

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Vehicle: 1985 BMW 535i
Miles Driven on Tires: 1,200
Location: Oxford, OH
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Continental ExtremeContact DW
Follow-Up Review: 5,000 miles on tires
August 30, 2012
This tire does most everything well, but if you are looking for snappy steering response, look elsewhere. These have sidewalls that feel like snow tires! In other words, really soft. They also lack flange protection. This might not be an issue on 40 series and lower tires, but in the 50 series I purchased, the steering accuracy was hopeless. I installed a set of Michelin Exalto PE2 tires from Tire rack in the same size and I got my steering response back!
Initial Review: 1,200 miles on tires
July 07, 2012

I must say I am disappointed with these tires. They are not very uniform with noticeable runout. Even though they were installed at my BMW dealer to BMW specs, there is still vibration, though balanced down to 1 gram. Of course, when this sort of thing happens, it really highlights one of the biggest problems buying tires online: it's much harder to have this kind of thing handled without paying a significant amount to have the bad tire(s) dismounted and shipped back, and then there's the wait while new ones arrive. I never had uniformity/ride issues with Michelin. I have learned my lesson. I'll be looking for someplace local to buy my next set. The relatively small amount of money saved isn't worth the hassle.

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