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Old 04-01-2004, 02:08 PM   #34
merlot
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Member#: 16935
Join Date: Mar 2002
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: Woolwich Township, NJ
Vehicle:
2012 Volvo S60 T5
2013 VW CC R-Line

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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Continental ContiExtreme Contacts 205/55/16

#2.) what is your geographic location
South Jersey

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
AutoX

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
80%+ highway

#5.) your review and personal comments
Below 65mph, these tires are fine and handle the wet well. I've only autox'd once on them, but I'm a newb so I have nothing to compare it too. The hold well enough for an all-season tire.

At highway speeds of 70mph+ they start to vibrate a bit. This seems to be a common problem. I've had them balanced 2 times after the intial balance and it hasn't helped. It's a very slight vibration, but it's there. Also, at highway speeds, the front end feels much too light and there is zero steering effort and no feedback.

Going to use these for winter if I get summer only tread on new wheels. As it is, I wouldn't buy these again, but time will tell.


*******************[UPDATE]***********************

A few days after making this post, the tires stopped vibrating and the floaty feeling at higher speeds went away. Maybe they needed a bit more breakin? I also added a few more psi, which could have helped.

I did 2 autox's on them. One was on a cold, rainy day and they worked really well as I finished 5th overall (my 1st autox). This past Sunday they didn't perform as well in the dry, but that's to be expected of an all-season tire. I finished in the top half this time.

Overall I'm much more happy with them, and would buy them again!
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Last edited by merlot; 04-27-2004 at 10:31 AM.
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