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Old 06-30-2012, 09:16 PM   #1
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Default Continental DWS vs. Cooper RS3-A.

I recently bought a set of '04 STI BBS's. Now I need all-season tires. I checked Tire Rack and Consumer Reports, and found two tires that got good reviews/ratings: the Continental Extreme Contact DWS & the Cooper Zeon RS3-A.
The Conti's have a 50k tread wear warranty, but only a fair tread life rating. The Cooper's have no warranty, but an excellent tread life rating.
Has anyone used either one of these tires? Any thoughts, good or bad, would be much appreciated.
These tires are for my daily driver.
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:20 PM   #2
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i have seen VERY VERY little on the coopers ANYWHERE online

i DID research them not long ago

and dont go by any of the 'tread life rating'....those are idiots numbers
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:48 PM   #3
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So what do you think of either tire? Have you ever used either tire, or tire brand?
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:54 PM   #4
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I got the "tread-life" rating from Consumer Reports. Could you please tell me why their numbers are "idiot numbers"? Not trying to pick a fight, just wondering.
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:25 PM   #5
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I got the "tread-life" rating from Consumer Reports. Could you please tell me why their numbers are "idiot numbers"? Not trying to pick a fight, just wondering.

they are meaningless.....do not use them....disregard them...throw them away like the used toilet paper they are....forget they exist
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:37 PM   #6
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Ok, I'll disregard the tread-life rating. Do you have an opinion regarding the tires? Which model or brand do you trust, prefer, or know more about? Have you ever used either tire?
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Old 07-01-2012, 12:57 AM   #7
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Ok, I'll disregard the tread-life rating. Do you have an opinion regarding the tires? Which model or brand do you trust, prefer, or know more about? Have you ever used either tire?

why do you think you need an all season tire??

they are really not very good in snow....and if ya need a good tire for wet weather, there are 'summer' tires that do better in wet than as tires do

the dws are pretty soft and wont handle well...but will ride well and be quiet


and the coopers are UNKNOWN here.....i have seen NOTHING on them....and I would know if there was anything to know on them, here
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Old 07-01-2012, 04:24 AM   #8
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Maybe "need" was too strong a word. I don't need all-season tires, I'm just more comfortable with all-season tires. All-season's are also less expensive, on average, than summer tires, as a result I can't afford summer tires. I'm trying to balance performance with price, and practicality.
I've got a set of snow tires already, so I'm not as concerned with how my other tires handle in the snow. That said, I would like whatever tire I do get to at least be competent in the snow, should the need arise.
Thank you for your input and patience in answering my questions. It's always good to get a new perspective.
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Old 07-01-2012, 04:55 AM   #9
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http://www.tirerack.com/tires/survey...jsp?type=UHPAS

hope that link works....the dws are good

and get a 215/45 so ya dont end up with too tall a tire on that car...and YES it will fit just fine
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Old 07-01-2012, 01:05 PM   #11
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I'm personally a fan of Continental's, had an older set of extreme contacts. Recently I purchased a set of Continental DW for the summer and love them, I think they handle well, their quite, and just a nice driving tire. As far as tread wear, if you have winter tires too then don't worry about it, these new tires will quite a while.
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Old 07-01-2012, 01:19 PM   #12
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pirelli p zero nero love em got em on a mustang difference between my falkens were night and day
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Old 07-01-2012, 07:21 PM   #13
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I'm personally a fan of Continental's, had an older set of extreme contacts. Recently I purchased a set of Continental DW for the summer and love them, I think they handle well, their quite, and just a nice driving tire. As far as tread wear, if you have winter tires too then don't worry about it, these new tires will quite a while.

and i think the op could get by just fine with the dw....but the dw and dws are worlds apart in their character
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:42 AM   #14
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DWS is the way to go I've have them on my STI and GTO great all year around I've lived in Utah Hawaii and Washington using DWS's. They are soft and you can feel it while driving but hook up well, not super awesome grip but good. The back tires didn't last long on the GTO but it helped me get around during the winter. When I got the STI and slide on ice next day DWS'S just like its big brother. And it really showed the difference just driving out of the parking lot ice ring.
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I put the Cooper RS3-A on my wife's Scion TC back in March. They have about 5k on them so far and they are pretty decent. No complaints. I am sure they are much cheaper than the DWS too. My buddy is a Cooper dealer so I wanted to try them out plus I get them cheap.
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I have the continental DWS 235/45/17 extreme contact and they perform very well in just about any weather conditions that Connecticut has to offer.
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Bump... Anyone have any insight on these cooper zeon rs3-a tires?
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my freind has the cooper zeon and i have the dws. the dws seem to have more road noise but are lasting way longer than his. both tires perform pretty well
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:31 AM   #20
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I have dws tires on my car now i personally love them i haven't had any problems in any condition although we did have a very mild winter last year. If you check the tire rack reviews they have very solid ratings in every condition
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