Last post on Jan 24, 2011 at 7:07 PM
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#13 of 18 Re: Snow beasts [atalaya505]
Jan 05, 2011 (6:01 pm)
I put hose same Continentals on my '09 WRX this fall. They replaced the summer tires that came standard on the WRX.
So far I'm very pleased. They are a bit slippery when it gets cold, however. In fact, all 4 tires broke loose several weeks ago while taking one of my favorite country road corners at a rather brisk clip. I slid half way into the other lane; good thing no one was coming in the other direction. In warmer weather that same speed through that corner would have been no problem.
The day after Christmas, while visiting my daughter and her new husband, we got 14" of snow. The Continental ExtremeContact DWS tires handled it with ease (just need to remember to turn off the Traction Control when starting out in deep snow).
#14 of 18 Re: Snow beasts [atalaya505]
Jan 05, 2011 (6:13 pm)
Once you have driven a good AWD car with proper winter tires in the snow, you will never go back.
Yes, I have to admit that to be the case! I used all-seasons for seven years here in Fairbanks, Alaska (that's six months straight of snow/ice driving) - no problem. Once I decided to get a set of winter tires (commensurate with a new car), though, I would never consider settling for year-round all-seasons again.
As you say, it is not extra money spent (unless one drives very few miles annually) because it simply offsets the frequency with which any one given set of tires is replaced. I used to replace all-seasons every two-to-three years. Now it will be more like four-to-five (four for the winter tires, five for the summer).
#15 of 18 Re: Snow beasts [xwesx]
Jan 06, 2011 (7:07 pm)
DWS are good tires. I put a set on the CTS-V and drove it well into the cold this year while waiting on my STi paperwork to get squared away. I like em as an all-compromise tire. So far the Michelins Alpine 3 tires are doing well and I consider them a "3 season" tire.
#16 of 18 Re: Snow beasts [paisan]
Jan 06, 2011 (9:19 pm)
"All-compromise" is an excellent description. That is exactly what these tires are.
#17 of 18 Re: Snow beasts [atalaya505]
Jan 07, 2011 (9:05 am)
Similar to cars or any mechanical device, it cannot be good at EVERYTHING. If it has a wide range, then there will be compromises on either end of the spectrum, for me on my Subaru, a dedicated summer/race tires and dedicated snows work for me. On my SUV which doesn't need all out performance, I run AT Tires and on my CTS-V I run All Season on the street and race tires on the track.
#18 of 18 Re: legacy in snow not so great [jtny1]
Jan 24, 2011 (7:07 pm)
If you look at the tire survey on the stock tires at Tirerack.com you will find out that they are terrible in snow and a generally crappy tire. The only thing they are good for is comfort. Subaru has a history of putting lousy Bridgestones on their cars (even though Bridgestone makes some great tires.)