Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

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Vehicle: 2007 Ford Five Hundred SEL 2WD
Miles Driven on Tires: 1,200
Location: Delhi, IA
Driving Condition: Mostly Highway
Driving Style: Easy Going
Continental ExtremeWinterContact
Follow-Up Review: 7,500 miles on tires
December 30, 2010
After 7,500 miles the tires have between 8.25 and 9/32's tread remaining. This puts them on schedule to be down to 5.5/32's at approximately 18k miles. I have no idea how to rate that against the other popular snows. That's 3 seasons for the mileage I drive. Acceptable.<br><br><br><br>I really like these tires. They are wearing very smoothly and evenly. I had the car aligned even though there was no sign of uneven wear and there was a noticeable improvement in how straight the car tracks- I suggest getting a 4 wheel alignment before mounting them each year and adding tire pressure if they feel too squirmy. I very much doubt that anyone put behind the wheel of my car would notice that it had snows by the way it drives or sounds.<br><br><br><br>I had to really mash the brakes tonight on wet, cold pavement and was really impressed with the traction. I'm fairly certain that any all season radial would have slid in that situation- these aren't just for snow and ice, they are really very much better in temps in the mid 30's when the pavement is wet compared with all season tires.<br><br><br><br>The only reason I would buy a different snow tire would be curiosity (or wanting a set of studded tires.) If you have never had a set of winter tires and you're unsure if they're worth the hassle and expense of faster tread wear you need to stop being ignorant and try a set of these.<br><br><br><br>The person who buys these from me when they're down to half the tread is going to think they've died and gone to heaven compared to all season rubber.
Initial Review: 1,200 miles on tires
December 29, 2009

Update: after a few road trips and some local driving in every condition except smooth ice and really deep snow I'm still very pleased. To reach the main road I climb a half-mile hill that must be near a 10% grade as it turns back and forth- too steep to climb on a bicycle unless you're an accomplished rider with the right gearing. Not one RPM of wheel slip that I can detect. No issues with noise on dry pavement. I've been driving very closely to exactly how I drive in the summer and the car hasn't slid or twitched once and every takeoff from a stop has been with fine traction. Our roads are usually clear within a few days of a storm and I really didn't want to buzz along on knobby tires most of the winter; this tire is surpassing expectations so far.

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