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Old 08-20-2012, 01:20 PM   #1
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Tire Advice-Continental DWS

Hello, Im Pretty new to the forums

Anyway, i have a 2003 330xi with fuzions on it. I am stationed in alaska and the tires did fine, like all of us I like to think im an above average driver so I really had no problem accelerating or stopping. Stopping was the biggest challenge and i never had a scare....Have any of you used "Continental DWS" and driven them in all 3 seasons?

Please tell me what you think of them or reccomend another all-season tire
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:29 PM   #2
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Just got mine this spring. I like them so far.
No snow yet, and unfortunately not much rain either.
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:35 PM   #3
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Hello, Im Pretty new to the forums

Anyway, i have a 2003 330xi with fuzions on it. I am stationed in alaska and the tires did fine, like all of us I like to think im an above average driver so I really had no problem accelerating or stopping. Stopping was the biggest challenge and i never had a scare....Have any of you used "Continental DWS" and driven them in all 3 seasons?

Please tell me what you think of them or reccomend another all-season tire
winter, summer, whats the 3rd season? i 4got, such a dummy...
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:10 PM   #4
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I have them on my wife's 2000 beetle, they are good for that car. Although, not particularly good for snow. I would never put them on my 325. If you want real performance on a performance oriented car, go with dedicated summer and winter tires. All season tires of any make don't do anything very well.
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:20 PM   #5
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Kumho Ecsta 4X

I have the same vehicle, but I went with Kumho Ecsta 4X, this is the second set of Kumho tires I have had since I have owned the car and the 4X are very sticky on the road even after having them on my car for almost a year. They did very good in the winter when I had snow to drive on. The price listed on TireRack is about what I paid for my last set.

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Old 08-20-2012, 02:22 PM   #6
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winter, summer, whats the 3rd season? i 4got, such a dummy...
Wtf? There are four seasons people.

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Old 08-20-2012, 02:23 PM   #7
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I like my Contis. There not going to win any auto-x's or be stellar on a track day but as a all around tire they do fine.
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:25 PM   #8
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I agree with Silver...

I have never had an a/s tire that I thought was good enough in the snow for a BMW. I have the Conti DWS now, and they are not snow tires. I got Michelin Ice2 snows, and thank dog each winter.
But then, I never shy from snow driving. If you keep it to a minimum, in easy snow conditions, then maybe the DWS will work for you.

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Old 08-20-2012, 02:29 PM   #9
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I've driven my DWS's in snow and was surprised at how well they did. Granted it was a winter in Georgia. Love them. Great all around tires.
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:43 PM   #10
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The grip is good but I have found the steering response is not nearly as good as the OE ContiSport Contact 2. It's actually kind of unsettling at first but you get used to it.
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Old 08-20-2012, 04:50 PM   #11
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FWIW, I use Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus, as good 3 season stick and being an excellent rain tire. For Winter I switch over to General Altimax Arctic's, which are very good snow tires, but not as great performance tires (which is OK in the winter). This is my second set of Michelins, which are wearing well. I'll buy them again at the next replacement.
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