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Old 07-05-2017, 03:19 PM   #1
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Continental Extreme Contact or Michelin Pilot Sport?

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Which is the better tire for my 2002 BMW 325i? Anyone experienced with Continental Extreme Contact or Michelin Pilot Sport. I am thinking about changing my tires from my current staggered set up
Front - Yokohama S Drive 225/45/17ZR 91Y
Rear - Yokohama S Drive 245/40/17ZR 91Y
to Continental Extreme Contact or Michelin Pilot Sport. I'm looking for better handling and traction. I would appreciate and open to any suggestions.
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Old 07-05-2017, 03:23 PM   #2
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What's up E46FANATICS!
Which is the better tire for my 2002 BMW 325i? Anyone experienced with Continental Extreme Contact or Michelin Pilot Sport. I am thinking about changing my tires from my current staggered set up
Front - Yokohama S Drive 225/45/17ZR 91Y
Rear - Yokohama S Drive 245/40/17ZR 91Y
to Continental Extreme Contact or Michelin Pilot Sport. I'm looking for better handling and traction. I would appreciate and open to any suggestions.
They're both excellent tires -- I prefer the PSS, but I certainly wouldn't be upset if my car had the Contis.
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Old 07-05-2017, 03:30 PM   #3
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Thanks Sicily 1918 for your response.
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Old 07-05-2017, 03:52 PM   #4
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Convert to a square setup, then buy the tires that give you the best deal, both are great.
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Old 07-05-2017, 04:03 PM   #5
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Both good, but if you can swing the extra cost, if any, i would go with PSS.
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Old 07-05-2017, 04:11 PM   #6
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I have the Continentals and they're great. I did see some people were having sidewall issues saying they were bubbling early in the tire's life but mine have been fine for about 7k miles so far! Both are excellent
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Old 07-05-2017, 05:22 PM   #7
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i have the conti dw on the 330 and mazda3 sport ,love em , bout $25 cheaper than the mich and a few have told me the mich crack like crazy


don't get the dws, that's an all season
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Old 07-05-2017, 05:25 PM   #8
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This should help with the decision making process:

http://www.motoiq.com/MagazineArticl...act-Sport.aspx

The owner of the site is a friend I've known for almost 20 years now. He's an automotive engineer and a no BS kind of guy. He used to work for Nissan (OEM engineer), TRD on their GTP engine program, was an editor for the old Sport Compact Car (he and Dave Coleman gave that mag a solid reputation), has consulted with countless aftermarket performance companies, designing and engineering and developing parts and processes. MotoIQ is a solid, no BS source.
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Old 07-05-2017, 05:46 PM   #9
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I have the DWS 06s, similar but an all season and I quite enjoy them. I'd go with the contis cause with our cars I just don't feel unless you're racing it or bringing it to a track you wont get the full benefit of the PSS.
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Old 07-05-2017, 05:57 PM   #10
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I went with the Conti DW's for their wet performance. It gets a little moist up here in the PNW, so that extra bit of wet perf makes me feel safe and fuzzy. Also lets me keep the miles off the Winter tires since I can run them longer into Autumn.
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Old 07-05-2017, 06:07 PM   #11
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I have the DWS 06s, similar but an all season and I quite enjoy them. I'd go with the contis cause with our cars I just don't feel unless you're racing it or bringing it to a track you wont get the full benefit of the PSS.
For me, the PSS was the longest lasting (by far) tire ever put on a BMW. And to top it off, it had the best perf. No compromise tire. Really high tech.
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Old 07-05-2017, 06:14 PM   #12
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Old 07-05-2017, 06:28 PM   #13
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For me, the PSS was the longest lasting (by far) tire ever put on a BMW. And to top it off, it had the best perf. No compromise tire. Really high tech.
That's all well and good. But I need an all season tire where I live, it doesn't get cold enough or snow enough to need winter tires and our summers are too short and spring is too rainy for summer tires.
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Old 07-05-2017, 07:10 PM   #14
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Both are excellent tires. I use the Conti DWS because of its all weather capability and love it. In the Tire Rack ratings, the PSS comes out ahead.

Either way, you can't lose with either of these tires.
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Old 07-05-2017, 07:23 PM   #15
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I've got the Conti DWS on my e36 and the wet traction is amazing, I run them on the front year round with Blizzaks on the rear in the winter and nothing has stopped me yet.
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Old 07-05-2017, 07:23 PM   #16
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Old 07-05-2017, 07:31 PM   #17
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Both good, but if you can swing the extra cost, if any, i would go with PSS.
Agreed. I have the Contis DWS 06 on my X5 with 20" wheels as they a little cheaper but if I had an unlimited budget, I would go with Michelin Pilot Sports.
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Old 07-05-2017, 08:18 PM   #18
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For me, the PSS was the longest lasting (by far) tire ever put on a BMW. And to top it off, it had the best perf. No compromise tire. Really high tech.
I've got the Conti DWs on both my Roadie and my touring, but from the things I've read, including longevity, I'm serious considering the Professional PSS.

Seriously considering them. The MotoIQ article seems to bring them closer, but everything I've read by those who've used the PSS, they are universally considered not only the best, but also worth it on a bang for buck basis.

Just to confuse matters.
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Old 07-05-2017, 08:20 PM   #19
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