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Old 07-15-2019, 12:54 AM   #1
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Looking for new tires for my 2014

I'm still on my stock Continental tires after five years, and they still have a decent amount of tread on them... but they are looking a little cracked around the letters and the edge of the tread. After 55k miles and five years, I think I'm ready to replace them

I've been looking around and think these might do they trick: EXTREMECONTACT DWS 06 - SIZE: 215/55ZR16. I'm not 100% certain about how the sizes work, but I'm going to read more before I buy. Has anyone used this specific tire before, or have any complaints about Continental in general? I figured I'd stick with them since my first tires seemed pretty good over the past five years.

Once I get some new tires, I'll show if my freshly painted calipers


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Old 07-15-2019, 09:40 AM   #2
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They're probably the best all-around all-season tires you're going to get. The sidewalls are super mushy but you may not notice the soft sidewalls coming from your OEM continentals.

Traction in dry is pretty decent (again, for an all-season.) Given the soft sidewalls, you're not going to be Sienna but they hold their own in dry traction. The DWS06 will out perform a lot of other A/S tires in standing water as well.

Snow traction is where these things shine when compared to other A/S. Light snow and slush you'll be fine as long as you have adequate tread (I think the general rule is no less than 8/32" for snow among any tire category.) Their tread is very similar to the Michelin Alpin PA3s.

All-in-all, you'll find them better in all categories compared your current continentals.
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Old 07-15-2019, 12:03 PM   #3
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I've been very happy with the General AltiMAX RT43 I put on our Focus. Ended up being about $118 per tire (after MIR) out the door from Discount. It might just be in my head, but I feel like they handle better, and they're just as quiet (if not a little quieter).

I like them enough that I put the same tires on our Escape.
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I’ve gone thru 2 sets of those Conti DWS and they are fantastic! Never have had any issues. Snow traction is great for it not being a dedicated snow tire.
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I went with the true contact contis. Happy after one winter and 10k. Much better snow traction than the stock pro contacts. Not as good handling, seems to have a little more wiggle when pushed. Thought about the extreme contacts but wanted the better tread life and snow traction.
Ive become a big conti fan, usually stick with Michelins, but contis seem to last and are great tires.
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I have 06 and have for the last 20,000 miles and the sidewalls are not super mushy and actually have surprising amount of grip and control at least on my car and I drive it hard time to time. They have been predictable in the wet but much more than a little snow they aren't so great and better options if you have to see real snow.
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I'm in the Northeast around Philly - we get snow, but it's only usually a couple of inches. I end up driving in rain and the messy slushy stuff more often than packed down or deep snow. Maybe the extreme contact are a bit much? I have slid a copper of times on my current Continentals; but nothing uncontrollable.
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I've liked the TrueContacts on my wife's Compass, and almost got the Altimax RT43 for my Focus (General is part of Continental, FWIW). Found a deal on the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus and am very pleased with how well they help the car corner. According to Tire Rack's testing, all of these will do well in a climate like PA. Haven't really tested any of them in snow, since I run Blizzak WS80s up here in NH during the winter.
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Wife's passat has the Conti DWS. They are great tires
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I've been very happy with the General AltiMAX RT43 I put on our Focus. Ended up being about $118 per tire (after MIR) out the door from Discount. It might just be in my head, but I feel like they handle better, and they're just as quiet (if not a little quieter).

I like them enough that I put the same tires on our Escape.
I too use the Altimax RT43s. Great winter traction but not noisy. I have them on all four of our vehicles, three Focus and a Kia Sedona van...
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