Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

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Vehicle: 2009 Volkswagen CC
Miles Driven on Tires: 470
Location: Missoula, MT
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Follow-Up Review: 2,200 miles on tires
January 11, 2013
Winter has finally settled in and the new tires are performing far better than I expected for an all season radial. I take the car skiing and have no problem negotiating the deep snow in the lots or ice. Great grip on snow and snow covered ice and have not been in a situation yet that I can't rely on the tires to get me through. I have noticed no appreciable reduction in gas milage other than what can be explained away by letting the car warm up or extended idling because of cold temps (still getting 24.2-29.8 MPG). The tire is quiet even when riding on roads where many other vehicles have rutted the road with chains. Performance wise, Its winter... but, I have noticed nothing beyond a little push in hard (hairpin) corners on a downhill incline where I'd expect it.
Initial Review: 470 miles on tires
December 10, 2012

OK, Im sure you're saying why is this guy writing a review with only 470 miles on his set of tires?, I will tell you why. Totally impressed with these tires! Yes, I have just purchased them and I may still be on my honeymoon post purchase but, thus far these tires are fantastic. I drove all the miles on the highway with almost every road condition except extreme heat and they performed like rockstars. I did notice a little more push in the corners as compared to the Continental Conti-pro-Contact tires I just replaced but not enough to warrant spending another $60-90 dollars per tire. Since my tires are wider than a normal passenger tire, the slushy junk tended to pull the car a bit but not enough to give you the feeling like I just lost control. I drove in 6 of light (powder) snow up hill at 65 MPH and had no problem over taking trucks and AWD vehicles. They performed great on the ice and hard-pack as well. They are not a winter only tire but thus far have worked almost as well as my wife's studded Bridgestone Blizzack tires in winter conditions. If you are looking for an All-Season tire like me, this is the one I'd tell you to look at. Also the purchase went smooth as silk. Ordered on a Tuesday and installed on a Thursday. Customer service was great (thanks Tucker, I think thats the name) and the price was a full $130 less than anyone would match for the same tire installed. Im a fan of Tire Rack and the tires I just got.

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