Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

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Vehicle: 2006 Volkswagen Beetle Coupe Tdi
Miles Driven on Tires: 17,000
Location: Fargo, ND
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Initial Review: 17,000 miles on tires
July 30, 2012

While on vacation, I unexpectedly bought these last summer to replace a set of Fuzion ZRi (they were on the car when I bought it). I was extremely limited in options because of the size and stock of all-season tires, and the Fuzions did not last nearly as long as I was hoping. With my first choice being Michelin, Toyo, or Bridgestone, I was hesitant to try (what I expected to be) an economy tire.

Initially, I was very impressed with how quiet they are, and how well they handle wet roads. When winter arrived, I was very pleased with how good traction was in the snow, while braking on uneven snow/ice-covered roads, and the cornering response in inclement conditions.

I wouldn't say that my driving is spirited, but I don't like to waste fuel by slowing down more than absolutely necessary for corners and curves, which means that I do go much faster than most. In wet, cold, and snow, these tires are great, I am very pleased with them. The only place where I have noticed a lack of awesome is on highway curves, or corners in higher temperatures; it feels like the sidewalls buckle a little too much.

My driving has been about 2/3 highway, and 1/3 city, but a job change will cause the mileage to be transposed for the next few years, so it will be interesting to see if these last nearly as long as the tread-life warranty suggests. I rotate my tires every 4k-6k miles, and keep my suspension tuned properly.

I will probably buy them again, depending on what is available when I buy, and how long these last.

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