Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

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Vehicle: 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-Door STI
Miles Driven on Tires: 1,500
Location: Milwaukee, Wi
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Follow-Up Review: 17,500 miles on tires
April 23, 2014
Well after 17500 miles on my STI these tires are completely shot. still great dry/wet traction but where i needed them most (winter) their down-right scary. Deep snow traction is almost non-existent, i saw almost because if it wasnt for my AWD i never wouldve got anywhere. <br>Noise Level is so bad at this point i mistakenly thought a wheel bearing on the right front was going because of all the noise these tires are making. yes they have been rotated at proper intervals and yes they still make a TON of noise. Even after hard driving to maybe wear them down a bit doesnt help.<br>I rated treadwear low because for my car they dont last, that being said if you have a FWD or RWD car you may get full life out of them but AWD just chews these things to shreds.<br>Contradictory to my first review I know, sorry to those it swayed, and I'll be biting my own foot here but its time for me to cough up the extra money every few years for a good snow tire. All-seasons may be okay if you have a summer set to keep them fresh but I'm a little let down on these great priced tires.
Initial Review: 1,500 miles on tires
January 15, 2011

I've seen a decent amount of snow in milwaukee this year and these tires are just outstanding. With the power of the STI I have broken them loose but they were still gripping the entire time, and the wheel spin was due to the amount of salt the city is dumping this year. I thought they might be a little squishy in a hard cornering situation but wow was I wrong, stiff and responsive through hard braking and acceleration. Deep snow traction is well above average for a long lasting all-season tire like these, if your not sure if this is the tire for you in a snowy type environment then go buy snow tires and waste your money every winter replacing them. I do plan on taking these to the track in spring, will update on that when the time comes. The big thing about these tires are the price, for $600 I'll gladly buy these again considering what was on the car when I bought it from the dealership...245/40R18 Dunlop SP Sport 600 which run about $220 a piece if I'm not mistaken and only last for 20000 miles.

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