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      11-18-2013, 08:57 PM   #1
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Consumer Reports vs Tire Rack: Conti DWS

I went to recheck that Consumer Reports still gives a great recommendation to the Continental Extreme Contact DWS, and the rating has taken a nose dive.

Consumer Reports actually calls the snow performance poor. A year ago they called it much better.

Tire rack still has a good score for the tire, especially in the snow. Did something change in the tire materials?

Can anyone chime in on this?

I have seen ratings change, and Tire Rack and CR not agree, but this is a big change.

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      11-18-2013, 09:05 PM   #2
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I never had any luck with all seasons on RWD cars in the snow. But the DWS all seasons I had were probably the least scary to drive in the snow. Other ones like General AS-03 literally had no traction in the snow.

Anyways, All seasons = summer tires to me now.

However, All seasons on FWD and AWD are perfectly fine in the snow.
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      11-18-2013, 10:24 PM   #3
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I went to recheck that Consumer Reports still gives a great recommendation to the Continental Extreme Contact DWS, and the rating has taken a nose dive.

Consumer Reports actually calls the snow performance poor. A year ago they called it much better.

Tire rack still has a good score for the tire, especially in the snow. Did something change in the tire materials?

Can anyone chime in on this?

I have seen ratings change, and Tire Rack and CR not agree, but this is a big change.

Thanks
I had a set on a 128i and they were great tires, but I never drove it in snow. So I am also curious.

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We confirmed with Continental that nothing has changed, so I'm not sure what is different with Consumer Reports testing to rate the exact same tire so differently.
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I haven't heard anything negative about the DWS in light snow, and as Gary mentioned, nothing should have changed with Continental.
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      11-21-2013, 11:24 PM   #6
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We confirmed with Continental that nothing has changed, so I'm not sure what is different with Consumer Reports testing to rate the exact same tire so differently.
Thanks for checking in with them.

After a second look, I think something changed with their rubric scoring, as their top rated tire is now 6 points lower than than their previous tire.

That still doesn't account for the outright bad rating on snow.

I'm annoyed at this inconsistency, I want clear arrows point to a good performing A/S tire in snow and slush for my mid illinois winters.

Gary, subjectively, gut feeling on how the Michelin A/S 3's will perform in light snow?
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      11-22-2013, 01:53 AM   #8
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I've run DWS in light snow and overall very stable. I ran them on a modified 335 rwd car. 8cm of snow and no issues. I have michelin a/s 3 now so let's see how they hold up. I preferred the DWS over the Michelin a/s plus.
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      11-22-2013, 08:42 AM   #9
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Consumer reports is completely useless regarding how anything automotive performs.
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      11-22-2013, 10:05 AM   #10
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I use them, and they are great tires. I have driven in light snow, and work just fine for an all season tire. Pretty good in the dry as well.

Not as good as a summer tire in the dry, and not as good as snow tire in snow, but a great all around tire.
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I'm expected to drive my 2011 Ford Crown Vic in ALL snow conditions while wearing Goodyear RSA tires...God those suck. Even then, I do well. The DWS on my 330i are light years ahead of the Goodyears. My car (lowered) will bottom out in deep snow first and render even the best snow tire useless. With the amount of snow that will fit underneath it, DWS's work great.

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      11-24-2013, 09:07 AM   #12
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I've got them on my 335xi. Came with the car (bought in April). Only driven it in light dustings so far. I'll post a review as the winter progresses. I did have to replace 2! of them due to sidewall bubbling, the 1st was at the dealer when I went to pick the car up, the second was on ownership day 2 after a drive. I've been pretty happy with the dry and wet traction, I think on a XI with stock suspension, the suspension is the limiting factor.
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