Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

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Vehicle: 2009 BMW 335i xDrive Sedan
Miles Driven on Tires: 5,000
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Initial Review: 5,000 miles on tires
March 26, 2013

I've been a long time skeptic of all season tires. Having spent a decade switching between dedicated summer and snow/winter wheel sets, I decided to give the DWS a try. My previous set of A/S tires, RE960 AS's were a huge disappointment. The dry weather in early January gave ample opportunities to test traction and stability and although the DWS' are a little less responsive than say the SportContacts it's certainly enough for a small AWD sedan. The snow storms in February/March however have made me a believer. Braking on snow is as expected. Ice performance is as well (since nothing is great on ice, OK performance is acceptable. The light/heavy snow traction though is what impressed me. This does have something to do with the fact that I drive an AWD with a manual transmission, but the tires rocked the snowy roads. I actually found myself detouring down unplowed streets just to keep the smile on my face!

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