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Old 03-07-2012, 09:57 AM   #31
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The Conti's aren't very good if you want to do anything other than commute down the freeway during warmer months. They will suit probably 95% of Focus owners just fine and last long enough to make those owners happy enough.

For anyone who drives a bit more spiritedly they are pretty terrible and during the winter they are even worse. But then again anyone who does drive their car in any other way than just a typically commuter, usually puts dedicated summer tires on their cars with winter tires if needed. I plan on swapping my tires pretty soon, I just couldn't justify scraping brand new tires no matter how much I didn't like them.
I drive very spiritedly, and I find them to be just as good in the winter as my old BFGs for turning, and my old Potenzas as well. If you are pushing the Conti's past their level of adhesion, you are driving too fast or agressively for the street, period.
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:02 AM   #32
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LOL contis... I love my Michelin Pilot Sport 3's! Probably not going to love them as much when it's time to replace them, but since I'm switching between summer and winter wheels, the PS3s should last me a few years. Now I just can't wait to put them back on, winter tires are mushy...
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:08 AM   #33
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Just so its clear, its not the brand your unhappy with? its the particular tire right? as has been stated, continentals are used on many high performance cars, which the focus is not, yet...
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OK when's someone gonna put these bad boys on???

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All crap aside, it still seems very implausible man...not trying to call you a liar, but 11-14000 miles? The old tube tires of the fiftiesand before lasted longer...
Agreed. The stock Contis on my wife's Taurus had plenty of tread left at 41,000 miles. Those I think were ContiTouringContact instead of ContiProContact, but very similar tires and I expect the Focus's contis to last to at least 40k.

There's another thread I started on "Who's Got the Most Miles" and IIRC a couple folks posted about reasonable Conti wear at 20k+ miles.

If your's are done at 10-15k miles, look to your driving style as the primary culprit.

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The all weather 17" Conti's hydroplane very easily.
All model Conti's? I run DWS on my Saabaru and they are awesome in wet.
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16" Continental ContiProContacts here. Less then 7,500 miles on the fronts and they're almost to the wear bar, rears are about 3/4ths there. Haven't had any hydroplane issues, but it's almost not worth it to bother with getting them swapped out with the tire warranty if it just needs to be done again in less then 6 months. Heavy stop-go traffic, and I tend to be a bit quick in the corners... but that's a lot of wear over a little time.

Tempted to just buy some Falken ZE-512s (do hydroplane like hell when you have 1/4th tread left). Lasted about 14K on my Cobalt, but they had great grip, and didn't feel so... squirrely.
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What? You must drive like an absolute insane (completely unsafe) maniac and don't rotate your tires. I have the same tires, drive and corner hard, and my tires easily have another 25,000 miles left in them. I've also autocrossed/daily driven on low tread wear rated tires and never got less than 15,000 miles out of them. So you're either talking out your a-- or shouldn't have the privilege to drive.

I'm happy with the tires for daily driving and spirited driving.
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All model Conti's? I run DWS on my Saabaru and they are awesome in wet.
do you find the dws tires noiser than the contis?
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do you find the dws tires noiser than the contis?
That was a trick question, right?
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I choose tires based on grip (wet/dry), predictable handling, wear, and noise.

I'm not sure why you would want to buy a tire based on the tread design.

If I did need to replace the stock tires, I would go with the Conti ExtremeContact DW.
I have these in 205/45r17 on my BMW and love them! I would highly recommend this tire to anyone who lives outside of snow areas.
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