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Old 04-19-2016, 10:04 AM   #1
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Buying New Continental Tires: DWS, DWS06, PureContact

I'm at about 50K miles on my OEM ContiProContacts with about 2/32" of tread left, so I'm looking to replace them. I see Continental has a few different models and the OEM's seem to be the worst rated/reviewed, so I've been looking at their other options. Also, I see there is a $70 prepaid Visa gift card promotion available at Discount Tire Direct and Tire Rack and $60 prepaid gift cards at Ford for a set of Continentals.

Reviews seem similar between all three. Here are the price breakdowns, all are cheaper from Tire Rack:

Continental ExtremeContact DWS06, $132.33/ea ($529.32... $459.32 w/ $70 Visa GC)
Continental*ExtremeContact DWS 06


Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology, $128.63/ea ($514.52... $444.52 w/ $70 Visa GC)
Continental*PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Continental ExtremeContact DWS, $110.20/ea ($440.80... $370.80 w/ $70 Visa GC)
Continental*ExtremeContact DWS

Any recommendations? The DWS is much cheaper I am assuming because it has been replaced by the upgraded DWS06. The DWS06 and PureContact are pretty similar, but from what I've seen, there are mixed reviews as to which is better in wet/snow conditions. The DWS06 is an ultra high performance tire whereas the PureContact is a grand touring. I do not drive at the limit of my tires, so I'm not sure the DWS06 are necessary. I am looking for comfort and good wet/snow traction as I live in the northeast and don't want to get a dedicated snow tire since the only time I am out in the snow is when I'm caught in it going to or from work.


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Old 04-19-2016, 01:02 PM   #2
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Why only Continental? I'm moving to Pirelli since they have the highest reviews
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Old 04-19-2016, 01:30 PM   #3
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Why only Continental? I'm moving to Pirelli since they have the highest reviews
lol, I was thinking the same thing. My tires have 12k miles on them and I priced out tires recently and made my decision that when I need tires I will be going with Pirelli P7's ( I think that was the model). Had the best reviews and great things to say about wet traction and noise.

Traction, noise, and estimated life of tire are what matters to me.

The gas saving tires have horrible traction, so those are on the NO list automatically.

I love the internet for many reasons, one of the main ones is that I can see reviews by hundreds of people for a product I am shopping for. Use the feed back on items to make a more educated purchase.


Nothing really wrong with my Oem continental tires other than wet traction is about the same as my corvette with summer tires on. Pretty much doesn't exist.


edit* the Pirelli Cinturato P7 costs 107.20 each for the 215/55/16's 368.80 after rebate for FOUR. For your size 215/50/17 488.80 after rebate or 137.20 each http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....omCompare1=yes


another issue I see with your tires, WHY are you looking at ZR rated tires?(2 of your 3) does your car break 160 mph? doubtful so why are you getting them. ZR rated tires will also not last as long as tires you should have.

Also do a little homework on low rolling resistance tires. I personally wouldn't sacrifice traction for 1 or 2 mpg. The p7's are in the low rolling resistance category but the reviews about traction are way better then other low rolling resistance tires.


this link is a link to the rating system for your size tire on tire rack. I like this comparison.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/survey...earDiameter=17
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I bought the DWS on closeout at tire rack in place of getting replacement Michelin PS3s, and I'm very pleased. Very quiet and smooth, decent traction and good manners.
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I have the DWS06 on my Focus. They have good road manners and handling. Wet and dry traction is great for an all season. Snow traction is ok. Didn't get stuck but it was nothing great. Far better than the Toyo's that came on my car.

As for the Pirelli P7's others have mentioned, had those on my last car, a 9C1 Impala. And I was unimpressed. Lackluster wet/dry traction. Spongy handling. And they were wearing quite fast. After 14k they'd already worn down to half tread. They'd been rotated on time and alignment was correct. Maybe I just had a bad set but I wouldn't purchase them again.
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I have the DWS06 on my Focus. They have good road manners and handling. Wet and dry traction is great for an all season. Snow traction is ok. Didn't get stuck but it was nothing great. Far better than the Toyo's that came on my car.

As for the Pirelli P7's others have mentioned, had those on my last car, a 9C1 Impala. And I was unimpressed. Lackluster wet/dry traction. Spongy handling. And they were wearing quite fast. After 14k they'd already worn down to half tread. They'd been rotated on time and alignment was correct. Maybe I just had a bad set but I wouldn't purchase them again.
there seems to be like a 50/50 split of people saying they got worn fast vs people claiming to get high mileage on them.

That's really weird.
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Old 04-19-2016, 04:39 PM   #7
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45 years of having to tell people their conti tires were worn out by 20k on the vw's. on my focus thet each have lines down the side walls showing belts breaking. would I pay for conti's no way I replace with copper's they have some great wearing tires on our sizes that wear like iron and handle great wet
 
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Thanks for the replies. I was only looking at Continentals because I saw that's what many Focus drivers had in the searches I did. Looks like the P7 are a hair higher in the ratings than the Continental EcoPlus. Although I see the P7's are 7.5" wide whereas the EcoPlus are 8". My 17" stock rims are 8" wide, so I'm not sure the P7's would fit properly?
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I put Continental DWS06's on mine last month and have nothing but pleased with the improvements. It will sound like I'm repeating what others have said, but I'm happier with the ride quality, greatly reduced road noise, and improved dry and wet handling. Combined with the handling package, makes for some really fun drives.
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there seems to be like a 50/50 split of people saying they got worn fast vs people claiming to get high mileage on them.

That's really weird.
I only got 25,000 miles out of my DWSes. So because of the 50,000 mile warranty I got a set of DWS06es for half price and I'm thinking I'll get about the same looking at them after 10,000 miles. However I'll continue to stick with them. The 06es have a slightly stiffer sidewall than the regular DWSes. You'll get similar wet traction from the 06es and PureContacts and better dry handling performance with the 06es over the PureContacts. The wet traction with the 06es is phenomenal and they do an excellent job of cutting through standing water instead of hydroplaning.
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