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Old 12-01-2011, 01:10 PM   #71
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Are the stock 17" continentals decent in the snow?

Im not buying snow tires. Even though we had a "huge" snow storm last year in our region, we thought about it and there were literally only 2 days where we actually had any trouble getting around. They are good about plowing and salting the hell out of the roads here.

And I had some crap all season tires on 2 of our cars, one of which is lowered, and made it 45 miles home in the middle of the "worst" storm last season (only took 4 hours!) and didnt get stuck until I hit the unplowed streets of our neighborhood and was plowing snow uphill with my bumper.
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This is what I'm wondering too. I hope to have some time this weekend to head up to the mountains and play around in the sno-park.
Well the stocker conti's are all season tires so you will have more grip than a summer performance tire (virtualy no grip on ice, very poor grip on snow) BUT since they are not a winter tire they will get harder below 6-7c and cause quite a loss in grip even on dry roads compared to the same tire in warmer weather. In the cold on snow or ice you will see even more of a reduction in traction so leave much more distance to cars in front of you and start braking much sooner.
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:36 PM   #72
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The stock 17 conti's are poor in cold rain and snow. The clutch causes the tires to break free frequently on take off and the stopping distance is poor coming from Michelin ltx on an explorer where the warm and cold rain was very similar. The abs keeps the car straight no problems there. The trac control will keep both front tires going but it also causes the nose to shift around and torque steer a bit and it makes a lot of clunky and hoppy noises. The throttle regulator only kicks in at high rpm maybe over 4000. Overall the car moves well but the tires are poor. I would give these tires a 5/10 for all seasons in cold rain or snow.
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Old 12-01-2011, 02:42 PM   #73
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Well the stocker conti's are all season tires so you will have more grip than a summer performance tire (virtualy no grip on ice, very poor grip on snow) BUT since they are not a winter tire they will get harder below 6-7c and cause quite a loss in grip even on dry roads compared to the same tire in warmer weather. In the cold on snow or ice you will see even more of a reduction in traction so leave much more distance to cars in front of you and start braking much sooner.
I am well aware of the differences between all-season tires and winter tires. My question is whether these particular all-seasons are any good in winter driving conditions. Some all-season tires are very good in snow and cold, some are very poor. I'm curious as to how the Continentals perform along that spectrum. No all-season will be as good as a dedicated winter tire in winter conditions, but many are perfectly acceptable for the occasional snow flurry.

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The stock 17 conti's are poor in cold rain and snow. The clutch causes the tires to break free frequently on take off and the stopping distance is poor coming from Michelin ltx on an explorer where the warm and cold rain was very similar. The abs keeps the car straight no problems there. The trac control will keep both front tires going but it also causes the nose to shift around and torque steer a bit and it makes a lot of clunky and hoppy noises. The throttle regulator only kicks in at high rpm maybe over 4000. Overall the car moves well but the tires are poor. I would give these tires a 5/10 for all seasons in cold rain or snow.
Thank you, this is very helpful
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:30 PM   #74
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Are the stock 17" continentals decent in the snow?
I did a lot of research and reading reviews before I purchased my winter tires. Every review I read from northern climates stated the Conti Pro Contacts were good the first winter, but were horrible after that.
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:06 PM   #75
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I suppose they can't possibly as bad as the oem kumho kh16 on my Hyundai. Awful tire.

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I did a lot of research and reading reviews before I purchased my winter tires. Every review I read from northern climates stated the Conti Pro Contacts were good the first winter, but were horrible after that.
The Conti Pro with full tread should be good for the first winter. I didn't have any problems with it even with heavy snow fall. I wasn't going to change to winter tires, but I had already purchased mine and they offered free installation so why not.

I did drive very carefully though. Didn't wanna hurt my car when it's not even a year old :P
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I've got Nokian Hakkapeliitta R tires- I bought them because I've only heard good things. I haven't driven in any actual snow, yet. No worries; I'll keep you guys updated.
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:17 AM   #78
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I highly recommend four snow tires. I purchased four 205/50/16 Michelin x-ice xi2
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last fall, and mounted them on the stock ST rims. They replaced, for winter, the 17" Continental Contact DWS all season tires I used the prior winter. What a huge improvement in every regard! Snow traction, ice traction, braking, wet and dry traction and braking as well.
The Michelins are not inexpensive, but, what is your insurance deductible, and what is your peace of mind worth, when your spouse is out in a snow/ice storm??
Matt @ TireRack.com can help you find the best tires for you. But do get them. Good luck.
I've driven many vehicles with all season tires in sonw, and I know there was room for improvement, however I have never bought snow tires... NOW THOUGH, my WIFE is on the road all day, and I think we may finally get on board with snow tires here (ALSO MICHIGAN!)
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I took advantage of some slippery snowy-icy-slushy road opportunities tonight. The braking and acceleration with my Blizzaks was far better than I had hoped for. I dare say that this setup is better than my Toyota Sienna w/ studless technology Dunlop Grandtrek SJ6 tires.

Now all I need is a good storm to settle in to really see what my Blizzak'd Nugget can do.


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I can't believe how well my Focus handled with the Blizzaks installed, also far better than I hoped for. I made a point to drive on residential streets that were hard packed and crunchy snow with ice at the stop signs and slushy connector streets and it handled great on both. As much as I don't want it, I can't wait for a major snowfall to see how the do.
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