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Default Purchsed new Continental ExtremeContact DWS

I made some searching around and finally it was between the blizzaks lm-60 and continental extremecontact dws. I chose the DWS because I can run them during he heavy snow and dry conditions without having the "hummmmm" sound with winter tires. I just got home from the shop and I am so happy i picked them. They do what they say and perform so good in the snow.

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I have them as well (I went with 225/40-18 though). Their wet grip is insane, and I just had the opportunity to use them in the snow today... Impressive.

I hope they don't discontinue this tire anytime soon.
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Hey man do they last long tho? I wanted 225-40-18 but I felt like I was gunna have a less comfortable ride and went with oem.
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I purchased them in 215-45-18 because 225-45-18s are sold out everywhere... Got them mounted wednesday night, thursday I wake up and its snowing. Yay, get to test them out (after spending like 6hrs online researching all seasons that will do great in snow) With alignment and all it came to be around 800 for me.... Anyway I drove on snow, on iced parking lots last night and on snowy roads with ice underneath - Rock Solid performing tires. Ordered a set on tirerack today for my 08 camry se 5spd (the tires on there are almost bold)

Btw, went out in the camry to compare, and while it was ok in the snow, it couldnt get a second of traction on iced roads covered with snow.

Last year, after I bought my ms6 I was sliding sideways at every turn no matter how slow I went until i turned traction control off and then it was fine. Right now, There is no sliding at all no matter what. I did circles in an iced out wegmans parking lot yesterday to see if the car would slide, and nothing!!!!

These tires are excellent and not all that expensive... BTW If you look at tire rack test videos, they beat goodyear eagles, michelin pilot as all seasons, and yokohama w&s

Im very very happy... Also these tires seem to be on nationwide back order in a lot of places I went to and called.
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best tire out there anyone with that buy will be very please.. even in the snow they have grip but car still blows in the snow haha
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I don't know if I agree with that statement/

My MS6 is pure win in the snow now.
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yeah you have a 6, he has a 3. Awd will beat fwd anyday in the snow
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Hey man do they last long tho? I wanted 225-40-18 but I felt like I was gunna have a less comfortable ride and went with oem.
I'm not sure of life just yet. Have only put about 1500mi on them.

As for ride comfort, they ride much less harsh than the OEM Potenzas... And, while they do have a softer sidewall (Which was expected given that they're not HP Summer), Turn in is good and they feel solid at speed.

Just a great tire all around.
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Live in ca so it's hard to justify a good rain tire.. But would love a winter set for trips and the mountains..
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Yea I just put 500 miles on them so far. They feel great man I'm glad I spent the $670 and purchased them. And I know I seen that video on tire rack and was impressed. Glad I didn't get the blizzaks cuz it's sounds like these tires are cheaper and perform excellent if not better then blizzaks. Did u notice an increase in Mpg? Cuz I recently got 36.1 on a 400+ mile trip then calculated it atthe pump n got 32mpg. Idk if that's my ms3 or the tires.
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Heres a shot or two

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im getting ready to get a set myself... great to hear that they really are good tires for the MS3...

how are they in the dry ... steering response/sidewall squishyness?
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last winter i was sliding sideways at every turn, you cant get any worse than that in the snow. Awd is not a magic fix for snow, if you got awd and less than decent tires than that setup will screw you over more than any fwd ever will.



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idk about dry handling. I bought the car a week ago with summer tires and felt very bumpy and stiff then bought these 3-4 days ago and love them. I heard someone say they suck in dry cuz the sidewall is too squishy but I can't compare them to anything cuz I had the car for such a short time. For my driving style, they perform excellent.
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im getting ready to get a set myself... great to hear that they really are good tires for the MS3...

how are they in the dry ... steering response/sidewall squishyness?

They perform very well dry. As for squishyness, they're not UHP Summer tires so they will be softer. They don't feel like pillows if that's what you mean.

I've been messing around with my pressure, and it seems (On 225/40) that 40 front 35 rear is the sweet spot.
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what u think pressure for my 215-45-18? the place put all four at 35
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They perform very well dry. As for squishyness, they're not UHP Summer tires so they will be softer. They don't feel like pillows if that's what you mean.

I've been messing around with my pressure, and it seems (On 225/40) that 40 front 35 rear is the sweet spot.
for the ms3 or ms6?

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what u think pressure for my 215-45-18? the place put all four at 35
My door jam says 38psi cold. I have an ms6 though.
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I have a set on my car now. Have had them since August. 235-45-17 ( I have the RH off the MSP)

Dry performance is good. I took my car down to the Tail of the Dragon on these tires. They handled it very well. I was impressed. Not summer tires, but very good nonetheless.

Wet performance is amazing! I can't believe how well they handle in the rain.

Snow performance is very good. No problem getting up to speed in the snow. Braking and cornering is very good. Don't know how well in deep snow, but I have driven in 3-4 in with no problem.

This is my second set of Continental All-Seasons. The Extreme Contacts I had before lasted over 30k miles. For the price and performance they are great all-around tires.
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30k is pretty good. I'm regretting it now I should have got steelies with tires for $600 mounted and balanced shipped from tire rack
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Not trying to bump a year old thread, but I am lol. Just made an appoitment at Discount Tire for Saturday to get Continental Extremecontact DWS - 225/45-18s - put on my refinished RX8 wheels. We're moving to Nashville in January so I'm excited to see if there's any snow to play in once we get there. Plus driving across the country with new tires will make me feel a lot better than the stock Bridgestons that are on their last leg at the moment.
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I'm looking at getting a new set of tires in the next week as well, I'm pretty set on trying these out.

Were you able to get Discount to give any kind of deal on the set?
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I'm looking at getting a new set of tires in the next week as well, I'm pretty set on trying these out.

Were you able to get Discount to give any kind of deal on the set?
I got them from Discount and was able to get a deal by bringing in some internet ad showing them cheaper. Such as tirerack, Discount will make sure to beat any price you show them. If you can get the DW I would go that route for living in AZ. They were sold out when I was looking. Better for the dry, but i can't complain of the DWS. Great tire for the price.
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Originally Posted by SJP0tato View Post
I'm looking at getting a new set of tires in the next week as well, I'm pretty set on trying these out.

Were you able to get Discount to give any kind of deal on the set?
Not really any great deal, pretty much exactly the same price I got when I priced it out on the website, but I might try what ^ was suggested above. I think Tire Rack might have been a tiny bit cheaper per tire but I don't know if DT will argue shipping costs or not. Worth a shot I guess!
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If you need an all season tire, the DWS' are the way to go. Great all weather performance.

But, if you want to retain steering response and sharp turn in, you need to stick with summer tires. The sidewalls on the DWS' are like gummy bears compared to summer tires.

I actually exchanged my DWS' for Hankook V12's, because I don't drive in snow and i lost too much steering response. I hated it. The car felt washy and unstable at higher speeds. I also had about 4 degrees of slop in the steering wheel. Summer tires fixed it all.

Don't get me wrong, if you need all seasons, I highly recommend the DWS'.
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One thing that I would like to add to the above is that the DWS's are very prone to bubbles from any impact., or worse. I should know, across both of my cars since getting 8 new dws tires last december, I'm already down three.

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Originally Posted by SuperTrooper169 View Post
Not trying to bump a year old thread, but I am lol. Just made an appoitment at Discount Tire for Saturday to get Continental Extremecontact DWS - 225/45-18s - put on my refinished RX8 wheels. We're moving to Nashville in January so I'm excited to see if there's any snow to play in once we get there. Plus driving across the country with new tires will make me feel a lot better than the stock Bridgestons that are on their last leg at the moment.
good luck finding much snow in nashville. i lived abour 20 min from nashville for 18years and we dont get that much snow. im picking up some DWSs tomorrow. 3 slightly used for 200$ sounds like a deal to me!
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To simply answer people's questions of whether or not they should get these tires...

Stay away from these if you never drive in snow.

If you will face snow and you don't want 2 different sets of wheels for summer/winter, buy these.

It's as simple as that.
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Pretty much what ^ said. I am now at 15k miles on these DWS tires that I installed almost a year ago and they still have 60-70% tread left. Great tires but next I wanna get the summer performance continentals
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Great tire for the money for sure. Yes we at DTC will beat any price. I hope you like them. I had the opportunity to test them when they first came out down at Uvalde TX( Continental Proving grounds) They actually are almost identical to the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus. Aside fact from the handling. But IF YOU OWN AN MS6, be sure to rotate them. Heavy AWD pigs will destroy tires. Good luck to everyone looking to buy them.
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I bought these about 3-4 weeks ago. Performance is definitely "softer" than my last set of General Exclaim UHP.

The ride is a bit quieter and softer too, so if you do a lot of highway miles these would be good tires to get.
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The progressive sidewall has a lot to do with the ride. The shoulder caps are stiffer. in a sense, the tire will allow the more aggressive side of the tire come out while the softer part of the sidewall(near the bead area) will allow a softer ride. Compared handling of the General/Continental. Same company and all, The DWS just has more technology targeted for more daily drivers. But in all reality even with the lower UTQG the DWS is a way better handling tire. Hands down.
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Same company and all, The DWS just has more technology targeted for more daily drivers. But in all reality even with the lower UTQG the DWS is a way better handling tire. Hands down.
That's possible. I never really pushed my car to 10/10ths limits or anything, just spirited daily driving at most.

The main difference I noticed was turn-in didn't feel quite as crisp compared to the UHP's. Sort of like if you let 5psi out of the old tires, how they'd feel; not huge, but noticeable

Also, probably just a typo, but the DWS have a higher UTQG rating than the UHP (540 vs 380). That was one of the main contributors to my decision to purchase them, since it is my daily.
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That's possible. I never really pushed my car to 10/10ths limits or anything, just spirited daily driving at most.

The main difference I noticed was turn-in didn't feel quite as crisp compared to the UHP's. Sort of like if you let 5psi out of the old tires, how they'd feel; not huge, but noticeable

Also, probably just a typo, but the DWS have a higher UTQG rating than the UHP (540 vs 380). That was one of the main contributors to my decision to purchase them, since it is my daily.
It was a typo lol. Meant for the General UHP have a lower UTQG. Sad to think I work with tires and I messed that up. Oh man good times
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alright guys, ive been driving on the DWS tires for a few days now. i love them. buy them. be happy.
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