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Old 04-18-2013, 01:11 PM   #1
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17" Replacement Tires

I know this has been talked about, but I am looking for opinions on replacement tires for my Focus. I have the 215/50/17 Conti's from the factory that will be worn out in a month or two. I have 2 requirements that are at odds with each other; I would like better handling and greater longevity (tread wear). I want to know if anyone has found a good compromise. I live in MI, so weather handling is important as well. I put alot of miles on, so I'd like something that can go over 50K, so I'm not replacing every 18 months. Thanks!

P.S. For the record, the Conti's should make it to 50K, but I'm not that impressed with handling or wet/snow performance.


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Old 04-18-2013, 01:15 PM   #2
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If you can go with two sets of tires (winter and summer) I think you'll be happier all around.

Otherwise go with something like the Continental DWS if you need an all season.

At the end of the day, an all season tire with good characteristics in all seasons (especially Michigan seasons), and good tread wear doesn't exactly exist.
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Old 04-18-2013, 01:23 PM   #3
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If you can go with two sets of tires (winter and summer) I think you'll be happier all around.

Otherwise go with something like the Continental DWS if you need an all season.

At the end of the day, an all season tire with good characteristics in all seasons (especially Michigan seasons), and good tread wear doesn't exactly exist.
Although i live in the snow belt i was loathe to buy a separate set of winter tires for my car (i've always had winter tires on other cars i've owned) as i rarely need to drive in the snow any longer. So,, i went w/ contis DWS and am very pleased.. better feel and handling than the oem contis, great wet traction and for the tiny bit of snow i've encountered so far very good in that.
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I have a set of nokian hakkapeliitta tires on my cobalt with 60 000 miles on them. They are less than half worn. They are low rolling resistance winter tires. I ran them 9 months out of the year switching for the really warm months. I have a set for my focus and they are great
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Old 04-18-2013, 01:47 PM   #5
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I second the opinion for having a separate winter set of tires, especially if you plan on owning the car for awhile. You really get the best performance no matter what the season. I wasn't a believer in snow tires before this past winter (I'm in the same area as you, so I know what's up), and always went with all seasons on my cars. My snow tires really gave me confidence on the road and definitely kept me grounded in circumstances that I would be slipping around without them. Especially this year, when we had nearly 6 months of wintry weather.

I just put on my summer tires back on last week, and it's good to be zipping around again (I have the Titanium performance package too) and making tight turns on the back roads.

You won't lose any money in the long run either, since the tires will last twice as long as you switch them during the year. If you have the means, and I understand money can be tight, definitely go with 2 sets of tires. Get yourself a decent pair of summer tires now, and you still have 6 months to put aside the money for a winter set later on in the year.
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I have replaced my tires with tires that I have used on several of my vehicles, why, because in my opinion, the tires work well in all conditions. I put a set of Goodyear Triple Tred tires on the car. In the 17 inch variety they have a 70,000 mile warranty and are the best tires I have ever used on wet roads. Being from North Dakota, they also need to work well on ice and snow and in fact they do. Can't speak for anyone else but I am very pleased with these tires. I have ran them on a Lincoln Navigator, a Lincoln Aviator and a Lincoln MKX. The OEM continentals, in my opinion, were probably the worst tires I have ever had on a vehicle. Just my opinion.
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general altimax hp. I had them on 2 or 3 cars now. They're unidirectional grand touring tires. I didn't have problems in the snow, but they are a bit more performance oriented.
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:41 PM   #9
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Thanks for the replies. I know what I want doesn't exactly exist. I have been looking at the Conti DWS' s and the General Altimax, so I appreciate the reviews. I've owned the TripleTred´s and I agree about water control, but I didn't think they handled that well. I'm a bit gun shy of the Conti' s because of the OEM' s and another set I owned, neither of which performed well, so thanks again for the helpful review. Anyone try the Bridgestone Potenza' s or the Hankook Ventus?

As far as a second set I agree with you guys, but it's not in the budget for this ride. I have a '66 Fairlane Pro Street that needs attention, and every dollar I spend on the daily driver delays me getting back to the drag strip. That's why I was looking for the best of both worlds, or maybe the best handling long wear tire I can find. Snow is not a huge issue as I drive mostly highway in southeastern Michigan, but something all weather is a compromise I have to make.

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OK, these Conti's don't want to die! 56K miles, but with winter approaching I can't wait much longer. I am considering the Conti DWS, and the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2. Looking for opinions, especially if anyone has tried the Hankook's, as they would be a killer deal at about $88/tire. Thanks!

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