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Old 12-18-2019, 10:38 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I just found out today that the tires on my 2016 STI need to be replaced. I wasn't expecting it b/c it seems like the tread is pretty good on the majority of each tire, but at a closer look, it seems there is some wire coming out on the inside.

Basically, I know little about tires, and am hesitant to make this purchase without doing research.

The tires I currently have are all season continentals. And the tire shop is trying to sell me more all season tires for about 1,100. But, after doing research, everyone is saying to not use all season tires.

Looking for a recommendation of tires given the time of year, the fact the I live in the PNW, and that the car is my daily driver (not a track car or anything).

Sorry for the long winded post! Thanks.
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Old 12-19-2019, 02:54 PM   #2
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Unless you live at elevation or go to the snow a lot, something like the Continental DWS are great.

Yes, a set of winter tires (studless!) and summers are best, but this isn't always an option for everyone.
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Old 12-19-2019, 06:25 PM   #3
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Hey guys, I just found out today that the tires on my 2016 STI need to be replaced. I wasn't expecting it b/c it seems like the tread is pretty good on the majority of each tire, but at a closer look, it seems there is some wire coming out on the inside.

Basically, I know little about tires, and am hesitant to make this purchase without doing research.

The tires I currently have are all season continentals. And the tire shop is trying to sell me more all season tires for about 1,100. But, after doing research, everyone is saying to not use all season tires.

Looking for a recommendation of tires given the time of year, the fact the I live in the PNW, and that the car is my daily driver (not a track car or anything).

Sorry for the long winded post! Thanks.
There is nothing wrong with using Ultra High Performance All-Season tires on your car. It all depends on one's situation and what meets their needs. Ideally speaking, it is best to have season specific tires but that isn't always possible for various reasons. Let's start by asking you a couple of questions:

1) Are you willing to switch between two sets of tires twice a year ?
2) Do you have the storage space for a set of tires or wheels/tires ?

If you answer "no" to any one of the two questions, then UHP All-seasons is your answer. Go to Tire Rack or Discount Tires websites and do some research and decide on what suits you the best.

Where in Seattle do you live? Downtown, rural, Queen Anne or Issaquah Highlands? As you know, we don't get a lot of snow during the winter and some years, zero snowfall in the lowland. Basically, if you plan on driving in the snow at all, do yourself and more importantly, your fellow motorists a favor, don't do it on summer tires.
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Old 12-20-2019, 02:45 PM   #4
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I've been using high performance all seasons in Seattle for a long time. I can't think of any reason not to.
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Old 12-21-2019, 03:02 PM   #5
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Yes high performance all seasons is the way to go. I always check the wet/standing water ratings on tire rack before making a decision on any tire. I've had a bad hydroplaning experience on a poorly designed Yokohama tire once, never again. Since then I've had a few deeper than expected puddle experiences but my control stayed good because of the tire I chose.

In the past I've always stuck with Potenza RE9xx (looks like the current successor might be the RE980AS), seems like they have been harder to find lately for some reason.

I'm currently trying Michelin Pilot Sport 2s, those have been good. I've also heard good things about the Continental DWS.
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Old 12-27-2019, 12:08 AM   #6
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High perf all seasons are NOT the way to go in the PNW. We rarely get any snow or experience freezing temps. Get Mich PS4S max performance summer tires. You can have them on year round in the greater Seattle area. I have and many others I know do as well. My stock OEM summers I had on for 5 yrs straight in the Tacoma area.Why skimp with crappy all seasons??
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Old 12-31-2019, 12:04 AM   #7
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Continental DWS 06's are extremely good tires, i roll with those all the time & the price is fair @ just $1k. Living in the GPNW A/S tires are pretty much a must, nothing wrong with rollin on them. Good luck with your decision.
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Old 01-05-2020, 03:01 PM   #8
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High perf all seasons are NOT the way to go in the PNW. We rarely get any snow or experience freezing temps. Get Mich PS4S max performance summer tires. You can have them on year round in the greater Seattle area. I have and many others I know do as well. My stock OEM summers I had on for 5 yrs straight in the Tacoma area.Why skimp with crappy all seasons??
I have the same tires on my Focus, but I also have my WRX with all-seasons. I rarely need to drive my WRX, but there have been days where I kept the Focus parked because it was on summer tires. Not sure I could recommend summer tires to someone who depends on one car to get around. On a previous car living in New York State I drove on summer tires in cold temps and snow. Safety issues aside, it absolutely destroyed the tires and they wore out much faster than they should have.
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Old 01-05-2020, 05:41 PM   #9
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I'm currently trying Michelin Pilot Sport 2s, those have been good. I've also heard good things about the Continental DWS.
I used to run the Continental DWS, but switched to the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ this year. So far, I've been much more impressed by the Michelins in grip and especially treadwear. I've got the Michelins on two cars now (225/40ZR18 on a 2005 Impreza, and 235/45ZR17 on a 2017 WRX), and will definitely stick with them in the future for my spring, summer and fall driving.

For the snow, however, I run a dedicated winter setup with studless snow tires (you will never want to use all-seasons in the snow again after trying it).
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Old 01-10-2020, 02:57 AM   #10
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I drove thru 2 pretty good snowstorms in my 12 wrx with stock summer Dunlop sp sport 01 tires. I'm talking 3-6 inches 25 miles to and from work. On my way home it was hard snow compacted over ice on the freeway. I just drove smart, not like an idiot, gradual gas etc. I was fine while people where flying by me and then in the ditch ahead of me as I slowly drove past. I then found a large parking lot and did tons of donuts
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Old 01-13-2020, 04:39 PM   #11
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I just bought ANOTHER set of the Michelins at the top of the list because they are all that. I've had them for 2 years on another car and am in love. But it's up to you and how much you want to spend and just what you'll be driving like.

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Old 01-13-2020, 04:42 PM   #12
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I used to run the Continental DWS, but switched to the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ this year. So far, I've been much more impressed by the Michelins in grip and especially treadwear. I've got the Michelins on two cars now (225/40ZR18 on a 2005 Impreza, and 235/45ZR17 on a 2017 WRX), and will definitely stick with them in the future for my spring, summer and fall driving.

For the snow, however, I run a dedicated winter setup with studless snow tires (you will never want to use all-seasons in the snow again after trying it).
Yes. I love these tires and also just bought another set for our new car. I also have a dedicated set of tires I put on for snow. The Michelins didn't do too bad around the neighborhood up and down a few hills in last year's snow.
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Old 01-27-2020, 04:03 AM   #13
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Another for the Michelin Pilot Sport AS 3+. My first set got a bit over 40k miles, pretty good for the performance.

When newer they are just fine on the snow, not studless quality, but it will get you up to the mountain a handful of times a year. I have a set of wheels that need new snows but haven't replaced them because the all seasons have been good enough.
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Old 01-27-2020, 11:51 PM   #14
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Most will be fine on UHP all-seasons, especially the AS3's... But if you can swing a good summer tire and then a performance winter? Night and day.
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