Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

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Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-5 2.3T Wagon
Miles Driven on Tires: 1,000
Location: La Crescent, MN
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Continental ExtremeWinterContact
Follow-Up Review: 2,500 miles on tires
January 25, 2011
Update: If it's performance on snow bound roads you seek this tire works well -- has really got us through this harsh winter. Been pushing tire to limits in moderate to very deep snow. The feedback is marvelous. In many different types of snow it's really just a joy to drive. Extremely predictable. We only have front wheel drive on Saab but we are flying by all the 4x4's and all wheel drive vehicles - and with confidence too. Numerous longer trips recently gave us fantastic comfort -- and wife continues to comment how she likes them. Dry/wet performance still very good and in hard cornering with speed it really does feel like a Ultra High Performance tire. That's been a interesting surprise. Got to keep reminding myself they are my winter units! Stability is just amazing. Very fun. The more it's snows the more the tires just want to go. Conti has a real winner here-in every category. Now when It snows the wife wants to go driving! Come up with an excuse to head out. Who knew? Try them - You'll like em too.
Initial Review: 1,000 miles on tires
December 17, 2010

Impressed with Winter Contact. Only had tires for several months but snow and ice storms hit very suddenly and early in Southern Minnesota this December. Prior to install noted very impressive heavy sidewall. Thick and beefy which is why tire may corner and handle so well. Extremely comfortable tire. After owing many Blizzacks and other snow tires on various cars I was tired of "floaty" feel and wanted good snow and ice traction without giving up sporty road feel when driving in dry or wet. Switched from Nokian WR G2 this time which had been quite good but was very curious to test highly rated ContiExtreme Winter Contact on wagon this time. This is also my first Conti in a long time. Tire is surprisingly smooth, quiet and outstanding in dry. Confidence inspiring in wet and demonstrates great overall handling. Conti has obviously worked hard to keep a performance feel built into this tire. We believe a winter tire should be reliable and inspiring over ice and snow, but also once the roads are clear, give you back your sporty, comfortable near silent ride. There are tradeoffs in this regard I understand -- yet Conti seems to have done well in expanding the envelope. First few snows dumped two feet in the past ten days with -10 below zero Fahrenheit temps and the tire has not skipped a beat. We drive with caution yet when safe and permissible wife and I drive very aggressively. Hard cornering over ice and snow is more than adequate for a modern snow tire. The only slight concern may be if under very hard acceleration from stop if heading up a very steep grade with heavy icy slush you may see some minor traction control system intervention. This was solved instantly by reducing throttle. Hoping Tirerack gets the tests going for snow--not just ice-- between the Conti, Bridgestone and Michelins. A lot more winter to come so we will report back on further tests and reviews from MN & WI. Will buy again for my BMW 5 Series next. Thanks again for good service TireRack!

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