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Old 09-25-2012, 09:20 AM   #91
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As stock tires go, these are decent. Reasonably quiet; dry and wet traction are both pretty good.

Can't speak about snow traction from experience but I can tell you that most people who complain about snow traction on just about any brand new tread are lousy drivers to start with, and most likely you need to slow the F down. Some people think you should be able to pop a set of $600 tires on and the car should drive like a tank, but it just doesn't work that way.

The only drastic downside is they will wear fairly quickly (I expect belts to start popping out of them by 60K).

If you truly hate them you can always get new and sell these.
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:28 AM   #92
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As stock tires go, these are decent. Reasonably quiet; dry and wet traction are both pretty good.

Can't speak about snow traction from experience but I can tell you that most people who complain about snow traction on just about any brand new tread are lousy drivers to start with, and most likely you need to slow the F down. Some people think you should be able to pop a set of $600 tires on and the car should drive like a tank, but it just doesn't work that way.

The only drastic downside is they will wear fairly quickly (I expect belts to start popping out of them by 60K).

If you truly hate them you can always get new and sell these.
I have driven OEM tires (honda, mazda) that were criminally called all-seasons. They had snow capabilities that were laughable and dangerous.

If I still lived in a place where I had to drive in the snow, I'd invest in snow tires. There doesn't exist an all-season tire that holds up to the cheapest shittiest snow tire.

And yeah, slow down people.
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:47 AM   #93
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on most cars the stock tires usually suck. Even when I bought my truck it had some crappy BFG's (Rugged Trails) and they wore out crazy fast and were NEVER very good. And those tires were damn expensive about 1200- $1400 for a replacement set.
Dang,where you buying these Rugged Trails? I can get them in a 32" size for about $750 out the door but yes,they are quite crappy.
You can get the Mud Terrains for a little under $1200 at Discount Tire but I'm partial to my GY Duratracs which went up from $170/tire to a whopping $220 which just jumped me well over $1000 when I get a new set.
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:53 PM   #94
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Just to throw in my own two cents worth, but I found the Kumho Ecsta 4x tires to be reasonably priced and handled quite well when I had a set.
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My stock ContiProContacts have about 18,000 miles on them and have been decent tires for me up until yesterday. I drove home from out of state in some fairly rainy weather ... but not super rainy. I have never had more trouble and sketchy moments hydroplaning. I am very concerned about this, do NOT want my wife to have to face the same challenge and will be having new tires installed soon. My next set will be General G-Max AS-03.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:12 PM   #96
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My stock ContiProContacts have about 18,000 miles on them and have been decent tires for me up until yesterday. I drove home from out of state in some fairly rainy weather ... but not super rainy. I have never had more trouble and sketchy moments hydroplaning. I am very concerned about this, do NOT want my wife to have to face the same challenge and will be having new tires installed soon. My next set will be General G-Max AS-03.
I can confirm this. I had/have these same tires on both my prior Mercedes, and now this car came with them. I haven't driven the Focus in the rain with them yet, but expect similar results.

Outright scary to drive in any inclimate weather. Pretty crappy on dry pavement too. A set of cheap, Chinese, no-name tires was by far an upgrade on the Mercedes.
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My stock ContiProContacts have about 18,000 miles on them and have been decent tires for me up until yesterday. I drove home from out of state in some fairly rainy weather ... but not super rainy. I have never had more trouble and sketchy moments hydroplaning. I am very concerned about this, do NOT want my wife to have to face the same challenge and will be having new tires installed soon. My next set will be General G-Max AS-03.
Out of curiousity, what was the temperature? (seeing that you're in ME).

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Out of curiousity, what was the temperature? (seeing that you're in ME).

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upper 50's to low 60's
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Tire Size Theory

Based on many comments I have read about the OE ContiProContact tires (and based on my own 2,000 miles of experience with them), I believe they work much better with lower sidewall profiles - i.e. with 17" wheels I believe they get better comments than with 16" which have a taller sidewall (for the same overall tire height).

My car came with the 16" wheels, and I am changing to winter tires next week (Nokian Hakkapeliitta R), and then upsizing to 17" wheels in the spring with 'real' tires on new alloys ; )

Since some people like them and others hate them, does anyone else think the 16" vs 17" makes a big difference in how the OE Conti tires perform? ...
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Since some people like them and others hate them, does anyone else think the 16" vs 17" makes a big difference in how the OE Conti tires perform? ...
I was wondering why people are so polarized on their opinions of these tires. Perhaps you're correct and the sidewall height is a factor. I have 10,000 miles on my 17"s and still like them as stock tires. I've had no hydroplaning or noise issues.
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