Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

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Vehicle: 2006 Volkswagen GTI MkV
Miles Driven on Tires: 1,000
Location: Asheville, NC
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Follow-Up Review: 10,000 miles on tires
August 04, 2012
After another 9000 miles of driving on this tire my opinion of it has changed dramatically. In the areas of wet traction and hydroplaning resistance this tire is still awesome. <br>However the grip in the summer heat is bad. The GTI MKV is a heavy car to start with and these tires don't cut it. They have also dulled the steering response down far enough that I feel as if the steering wheel isn't actually connected with the steering rack by any means other than elastic. <br>Worst of all is the fact that after the first 5000 miles I rotated them as per instructions. After this they no longer would balance properly. I'm not sure if it's just my car or what but there is a strong shake coming from the front of the vehicle. A return to my old 18 inch wheels with worn out Michelin PS Exaltos resulted in this shake going away, no matter what wheel was on what corner. The 17 inch wheels these tires are mounted on also do not appear to be bent in any way. <br>I was never expecting maximum grip from these tires. Nor was I expecting something that would rival the PS Exalto or another max performance summer tire. I was expecting something that would give me ride comfort and retain the car's 7/10ths handling before starting to fall off. Now my car is annoying to drive and 12 months on I'm looking at dropping more money on tires.
Initial Review: 1,000 miles on tires
October 18, 2011

1000 miles on the tire so far. I am coming from a 225/40-18 Michelin PE2 on stock 18 inch Huffs. I moved to 17 inch tires because the roads in Asheville are apocalypticlly bad. The DWS are great. So far the tire has improved the ride quality and road noise of the car immensely. We'll see how they stand up to winter driving.

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