Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

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Vehicle: 2000 Saab 9-3 Viggen Coupe
Miles Driven on Tires: 23,000
Location: Keene, NH
Driving Condition: Combined Off Road/Highway
Driving Style: Spirited
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Initial Review: 23,000 miles on tires
June 21, 2012

Best all round tires I have ever owned... replacing at 32k due to a slight increase in hydroplaning. In DWS mode these tires have snow tire like tenacity in light to heavy snows, even after the front spoiler began to plow (6in of snow) and excellent grip on icy roads. On cold dry roads they can handle aggressive cornering and are quick to get to temperature due to the more aggressive tread pattern in DWS or DW mode. On gravel they are smooth and the lug side of the pattern migrates mud almost as good as an all terrain truck tire in DWS mode and still very well in DW mode. On hot dry roads they have a very sticky compound in all modes. By far the best feature of these tires though, is how they handle the rain. In DWS and DW mode you can chuck your car through corners or blast down the highway without a second thought, the hashmark lug side of the tires does an excellent job of mitigating water pressure in corners and the deep rain grooves make highway speeds in pouring rain easy. In D mode they begin to have difficulty mitigating water pressure at highway speeds, but this only began to happen in the last 3k miles of a 23k lifespan, which speaks for itself. I have recommended these tires to everyone I can get a hold of, if your car takes them and you are looking for an all season performance tire, this is the one to pick, especially for performance vehicles. I did have to replace one tire right after installation due to a major, major pothole causing a sidewall breach, but even then, Continental warranty covered it, best warranty service I've received.

I will not be buying these tires this time round only because I will be trying the DW summer version and the winter version on my car this time round.

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