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Old 08-04-2005, 02:25 AM   #1
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Default Continental ContiExtreme tires comments?

Thinking about getting these.
Not into that much street racing traction, but more into dirt and snow traction?
But don't want too noisey tires...

Anybody hear or tired these tires? Heard they are noise after a couple of 10K's of miles.
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Old 08-04-2005, 11:03 AM   #2
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Ehhh... They're a good $80 all-season tire. They have great traction in standing water, are good in snow, as good as anything but a dedicated tire on ice, flatspot when its cold out, squeal like little piggies when you push them, dont last more than 1.25years on my car, have low rolling resistance (soft sidewalls), dont balance all that great.
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Old 08-04-2005, 11:47 AM   #3
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I was planning to get these on my stock 16's for use 3 months a year = snow = 4,000 miles.
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Old 08-04-2005, 01:12 PM   #4
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I would do that then, they colst less than real snows, and since you are all the way down south there you wont have to worry about chewing them up on dry pavement like you would blizzaks.
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Old 08-04-2005, 02:37 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the replys...
I'm thinking I might not get these now b/c these would be on my car year round.
Back to the search then....
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Old 08-04-2005, 03:39 PM   #6
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ditto what lyve said. great traction in rain/snow, not so great in the dry. i've gone 35k miles on them, probably have another 5k and they only got noisy after the first 30k or so. before that they were silent. sidewalls are very soft though so dont expect to do much spirited driving. putting the pressure at 40psi helps slightly. if i got them again it would be as dedicated winter tires only, probably falken 512 or dunlop sp5000 for year round.
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Old 08-04-2005, 04:22 PM   #7
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The ContiExtremeContact is what I'm looking at for my next tire. For a good all-purpose tire, they seem to fit the bill. I've been wanting to try them out for about a year and a half now, but I keep buying cars with new tires on them, lol.

Another tire I'd suggest is the Firestone Indy 500. I've used these on my past two cars(same set of tires, just swapped over). I absolutely loved these tires. They're uber quiet, offer a Cadilac ride when running low psi, and stick like glue to every surface. The only down side that I don't like is that their handling is very spongy, very very spongy. Steering responsiveness will be gone. It's a side effect of the single ply sidewall, great ride <> poor responsiveness. High psi helps a bit, and you will get used to it in time, but you'll want to take them off and give them back the first time you experience them. It's that bad, some consider it dangerous even. Again, you'll get used to it...and you will fall in love. They do plenty well in the snow, but they're not the grabbiest tires on slippery surfaces, about on par/slightly better with the $99 for 4 tire cheapies on icy sufraces. It's out of place with the traction they provide on every other surface. They're awesome on gravel and are unphased by loose gravel or mud, a lot of confidence and bite on gravel. I'd buy these again if they came in the size and load rating for my Forester, and if I wasn't so darn curious about the Contis.

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-silent
-wears like iron
-luxurious ride
-uber sticky on almost everything(aspahlt, dirt, gravel, rain) short icy surfaces

Bad:
-steering handling/responsiveness is almost non-existent
-will follow grooves a little because of the straight cut tread pattern

This is just a suggestion by me given your quiet and off-road criteria. I've used them in the past and loved them.

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Old 08-04-2005, 08:46 PM   #8
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Thanks, definitely will look into that.
I like to play in the dirt and go up to mountains for the snow all the time.
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Old 08-05-2005, 06:01 PM   #9
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I've liked them. Read the reviews on Tire Rack and see if they fit what you're looking for. If you don't mind or can get used to the somewhat spongy feel of them, they are a very good tire. Also, just a quick note, I was running 215/70/R14 sized tires, so I did have a bit of sidewall on them. I was also running only 35 psi most of the time. I bumped it up to 40 for only the last month I used them, before I got my Subaru. There will be a difference between my 70s and the 205/50s you would be getting. Just realize they will not feel like you're running on rails. The single ply just doesn't transmit that kind of feel.
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Old 08-05-2005, 09:12 PM   #10
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I had a set of the ContiExtreme Contacts. Dry traction is poor and they are noisy.

I now have the Pirelli Pzero Nero M+S and am very happy with them.
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Old 08-05-2005, 10:15 PM   #11
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i've had these tires (225/45/zr17) for 2 years, 2 bad winters and 32k miles.
previously i had yokohama avs intermediates, these were SUPER sticky and was a great summer tire. i did use them year round and it was just usable in the snow.
these wore out in 20k miles and i bought the conti's...
IMO it is a GREAT all season tire. I didn't want to have the expense of 2 sets of tires and I didn't have room for storage.
Sure they're not the best dry grip, but it's a tradeoff. I've always said they handle 90% as well as the yokos in the dry. the sidewalls are softer so they roll easier under lateral loads. they are MUCH MUCH quieter than the yokos, even with 30k miles on them (which is 10 more than the yokos even lasted). THey're not silent, but they're not too noisy. They are awesome in the rain, never have I hyrdoplaned even at high speeds on highways in the rain. THey're awesome in the snow, just step on the gas and they grip, you have to really try to get the car even close to out of control.
I will buy another set once these do wear out, i think i have about 1 year left in them. They're obviously not as good as a dedicated snow tire or as a dedicated summer tire. but for those who want a decently quiet, long lasting performance all season, i give it two thumbs up
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Old 08-08-2005, 10:04 AM   #12
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Heh. I have these on my car and the only thing that I have to compare them to are my old stocker RE-92s which had to be one of the worst tires out there. Compared to those, the Contis are a dream. The difference is night and day. And they don't break the bank either. I'd buy them again in a heartbeat.
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