Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

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Vehicle: 1998 Volvo V70 AWD
Miles Driven on Tires: 30,000
Location: Middlebury, Vt
Driving Condition: Mostly Highway
Driving Style: Spirited
Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D
Follow-Up Review: 30,001 miles on tires
January 06, 2014
just re-jiggering my rating of these in light of the (textually scathing) review i just did of the Michelin X-ICE Xi3s. Somehow the Michelins managed to post a higher score than the Dunlops (which are my all time favorite winter tire as of this writing.) I do tend to be VERY critical of tires, but i wanted to make sure I had consistency between my ratings and my rantings...
Initial Review: 30,000 miles on tires
June 09, 2010

I bought a set of these on sale at $78ea, I have to say the Dunlops proved to be ecellent tres overall, with their weakest ponts being treadwear and wet traction, both of whch were still quite good for a soft compound performance-oriented winter tire. At the time of purchace I lived on a diet back road on a mountain and worked at a ski resort, which required some highway driving to reach as well. The dunlops perforned admirably in foul weather, offering confident grip on both light snow and icy roads, and with the ability to churn through 8+ inch deep snow successfully, the AWD didn't hurt them in this capacity, but it was, none theless an excellent performance. Dry road performance was more than adequite, offering low-noise, decent grip and a compliant ride. Driving mountain roads every day I did notice that turn-in, especially on my heavy volvo could have been better, and the sidewalls did feel a little squishy in aggressive conering, but the performance was good enough for me to leave them on for the summer, which is what killed them. Don't run these tires as an all season. I ran them well past reasonable treadwear, and they resisted hydroplaning quite well, but at the end it wasnt the tire's fault they were just worn beyond their useful life. If you driive winter highways and secondary roads the So Wintersport 3D is agreat choice, offering excellent foul weather performance and a real step-up in dry-road performance versus other extreme duty rated snow tires I've owned. Take them off in the summer and they should give you plenty of excellent winter performance. -i replaced them with a used pair of Wintersport IV's, which were a genuinely aggressive dry road tire, and still managed excellent snow performance, perhaps not quite as good as the 3Ds, but they were even gummier, and already partly worn when I got them, which made for exceptionaly short tread lfe, less than 15,000 miles.

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