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Old 03-17-2012, 09:01 PM   #1
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My Ride: '05 330i ZHP
Ride quality: Conty DW vs DWS vs Potenza RE040

I've been reading up on tires for my '05 ZHP 330i (225/40/18 & 255/35/18) and have not found much on ride quality (softness) comparisons. I've always replaced my tires with the OEM Potenzas and have come to the determination that there are much better tires out there. I'm trying to determine the differences between the DW and DWS compared to the Potenzas. I'm in San Diego so there is limited rain and I don't take this car to the snow. Here's what I would like:

1. Good cornering but no track/serious speeding driving requirements.
2. Improvement on tramlining.
3. Softer ride than the potenzas.
4. Don't care too much about tread life if it rides the way I want.
5. EDIT: Sorry, forgot to post that I want them to look good too.

I have read reviews, searched here and other sites but have not found info on softness or sidewall ratings. I know that All Weather tires typically have softer sidewalls. Am I correct in thinking that the Continental DW's will have a softer sidewall (better ride) than the Potenzas but obviously stiffer than the DWS's? I understand the ZHP is a stiffer ride anyway so I don't expect it to ride like a dream. A good happy medium is what I'm striving for.

Any suggestions are appreciated.

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Old 03-22-2012, 08:58 AM   #2
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I just got the Continental DW, it was a tossup for me for performance vs treadlife with the DW vs. DWS, but I went with the DW in the end and I couldn't be happier. I had Yokohama's on the car from when I purchased it and immediately with the DW on the car it was night and day. The Continental DW has great cornering, smooth ride, and extremely quiet. I absolutely love these tires.
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:44 PM   #3
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You live not too far up the coast from me. With the weather we get in SoCal, there really isn't much of a reason to consider the DWS. I've heard good and bad things about the DW, more often than not its positive feedback.

With your location in mind and summer on the way why not consider a more performance oriented tire?
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Old 05-23-2012, 01:59 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input guys. I may be selling the car soon so I have decided to stick with the performance oriented tire as I'm sure the new owner will appreciate it. Possibly the DW or Michelin Pilot Super Sports.
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Thanks for the input guys. I may be selling the car soon so I have decided to stick with the performance oriented tire as I'm sure the new owner will appreciate it. Possibly the DW or Michelin Pilot Super Sports.
Both are solid choices, plenty of customers have gone with Michelin Pilot Super Sports and have been VERY pleased with their choice.
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:32 PM   #6
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I posted a review of the DW's on my ZHP not long ago. I'm quite happy. The soft sidewalls do mean there is some sacrifice in steering response compared to a much stiffer sidewall tire like my old dunlop star specs, but the tramlining is finally almost non-existant with the DW's.
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