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Old 01-25-2011, 10:19 AM   #1
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Tires opinions

So I'm in the market for a set of new tires for my 330ci. I would like to get a extra set of rims and have summer and winter tires, but money is tight so I have to settle for a set of all season tires. I have about a 5/32 thread left on my Goodyear Eagle F1s (that the tires the car came with) and I am looking into getting Continental Extreme Contact DWS. They have been getting good reviews on tire rack and I am wondering if I can get some feedback form you guys.

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Old 01-25-2011, 11:03 AM   #2
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I've had them on for about 2 months now and Ive made many trips up to PA in the snow and I have had no problems and they are really grippy when I am cruisin around the dry streets of Raleigh. I would recommend them
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:06 AM   #3
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:08 AM   #4
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This is a thread. Spools of yarn have thread. Tires have tread.

I really like my OE Continental Contisport Contact 2 (I think thats the full name) summer tires. The tires you are looking at appear to be directional. That will limit your ability to easily rotate tires, even more so if you are running a staggered tire setup.
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:42 AM   #5
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I have the dws and they are great. Goodyears F1 are too noisy compared to this ones. The sidewalls are a little soft on the dws but depending on the wheel size it may not be a problem for you. I have 18"s and i have no complains.
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:47 AM   #6
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I just put a set of Continental Extreme Contact DWS on my 325i and I really like them. I was in the same boat as you. I really would like to have a spare set of rims with snow tires but that is just not in the budget for me. And in Minnesota you need tires that can get you through the snow.
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Old 01-25-2011, 12:46 PM   #7
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I just got a set of Goodyear Eagle GT and they are amazing.
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:09 PM   #8
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i just put michilen pilot sport avs plus on my car and there reall descent in the snow they really shine on dry or wet roads too. i was going to get the conti dws but they were not available at the time of my purchase im more than happy with the michelins though
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:44 PM   #9
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Falken 912's. All season, bi-directional (although there is an inside/outside orientation; irrelevant to rotation), and quiet. I've had them on for 15k miles and still quiet, wearing evenly and ample grip for the occasional fast sweepers that I take. Reading I did before my purchase also indicated adequate performance in snow. Caveat : Do your own reading as everyone's definition of adequate (or snow, for that matter) is different.

For comparison, I had the Yokohama S-Drive's as my last set. Those were uni-directional, noisy from the start, started to feather on the inside at around 13k miles, and had a harder ride. Not necessarily an apples-to-apples comparison as the S-drives are "Ultra High Performance Summer". As far as an alignment, I never got one between my original Michelins, the Yokohamas, then the Falkens. Only the Yokohamas wore unevenly. I wore the Michelins evenly to the end.

Another thing worth noting, at least with the Yokohama S-Drive's and the Falken 912's is that for the same 225 width, the Yokohamas were significantly wider. The Falkens were slightly narrower, almost exposing the rim when looked at from the side, but had the same profile as the Michelins that originally came with the car.

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Why would you ever want a set of all season tires?

They are boring and usually good for nothing.
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Old 01-25-2011, 02:57 PM   #11
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^ So you use summer tires in rain, snow, etc?
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Old 01-25-2011, 03:16 PM   #12
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Why would you ever want a set of NO season tires?

They are boring and usually good for nothing.
Fixed.

I use Conti ExtremeContact DW for the summer and General Altimax for the snow.
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Old 01-25-2011, 03:30 PM   #13
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Old 01-25-2011, 03:51 PM   #14
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^ So you use summer tires in rain, snow, etc?
No I use summer tires from April-November, and winter tires November-April.

That's why they call them summer tires- because you use them when it's summer.

It's like how people wear sandals to the beach and dress shoes to work . . . instead of buying a pair of Ugg boots and wearing them everyday.
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Old 01-25-2011, 03:58 PM   #15
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Goodyear Eagle Gt's are Pretty good I heard.
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:08 PM   #16
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Falkens have a reputation for random blow outs, and the DWS is the worst tire I have ever owned. It can make the best handling car a feeble minded mess on back roads. Do not get it if you put any value on your own happiness. I'd try and find a used set of snows/wheels if you are tight on money.

Tire resumé includes: Michelin PS2, Star Spec Z1, Pirelli P Zero Nero A/S, Sumitomo HTR ZIII, Michelin Pilot Sport A/S, Dunlop Wintersport 3D

and on the crappier side: Sumitomo HTR+ A/S

The DWS is the worst dry handling tire of this bunch. The Wintersport is a snow tire, the DWS is also worse handling than the Firestone Winterforce tires my dad has on his E30 (old school snows), stay away from the DWS.
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Old 01-25-2011, 06:45 PM   #17
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I've had bridgestone, Goodyear , Michelin and continetal tires and I just bought a set Yokohama s drive for the summer and they are fantastic. But I have separate sets of tires for summer and winter. The Yokohama summers won't even move in the snow. When you get the money definitely buy specific tires for summer and winter, but for all seasons I would go with Michelin or continentals, Goodyear hydroplanes all over the place.
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:57 PM   #18
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I'd recommend spreading out the cost and buying 2 sets. In the short term it costs more, but over 3 years the tire cost evens out and if you buy the winter wheels used they don't go down in much in value when it comes time to sell.
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:18 PM   #19
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Continental DSW gets my vote
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:29 AM   #20
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Experience with DWS?

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I have the dws and they are great. Goodyears F1 are too noisy compared to this ones. The sidewalls are a little soft on the dws but depending on the wheel size it may not be a problem for you. I have 18"s and i have no complains.

How are the DWS treating you now, especially with respect to ride quality and noise? I have a similar setup - '02 330Ci, 225/40R18 and 255/35R18, and want an all-season tire for year-round use that rides a little softer than my summer Michelin PS2s. I just keep hearing that the DWS get loud with age and wonder what you think.
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