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On my 2011 3S I tried Goodyear Tripletred didn't like them switched to Michelin AS-3 225/45/17 very pleased with them. My wife runs 205/55r16 and liked the Continental Pure Contact after 60k switched to Michelin Defender now at 15k she said either one are good choices if you a high milage hwy driver. Current good choices for All season the New Continental DSW06 or BF Goodrich g-force 2. A/S Check TireRack reviews.
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continental extreme contact dw, not the dws , that's an all season , and frankly , all season are a joke

the dw costs less than the michelin pilot super sport and pretty comparable


general arctic altimax in the winter , same mold as the now defunct Gislaved Nordfrost 3


you will be happy with both, and i drive like a nut

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Drive a 2011 Mazda 3 sedan. Just around 66,000 miles driven, it's about time I start looking for new tires.

I do a good amount of highway and city driving. Anyone have a tire that they absolutely love or strongly swear by?

Running on 205/55R16
I just ordered 90,000 mile Pirelli P4s in that size, came to $68 a pop after rebates from discount tire direct. They had some cooper CS5s which I've always had good luck with for a bit less.
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continental extreme contact dw, not the dws , that's an all season , and frankly , all season are a joke

the dw costs less than the michelin pilot super sport and pretty comparable


general arctic altimax in the winter , same mold as the now defunct Gislaved Nordfrost 3


you will be happy with both, and i drive like a nut
I guess you like to burn your spare money if "all season [sic] are a joke". The fact is, All-Season tires have better warm weather grip than Summer tires from just a few years ago, have far superior grip during the middle seasons, and have serviceable grip when snow and ice are covering the roads. Then there is the whole tread life argument; nothing beats All Season tires for longevity.

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I guess you like to burn your spare money if "all season [sic] are a joke". The fact is, All-Season tires have better warm weather grip than Summer tires from just a few years ago, have far superior grip during the middle seasons, and have serviceable grip when snow and ice are covering the roads. Then there is the whole tread life argument; nothing beats All Season tires for longevity.
I agree with everything except for the "warm weather grip"part, that is what summer tire are designed for.
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I agree with everything except for the "warm weather grip"part, that is what summer tire are designed for.
I think the point you missed was I was comparing current high-end all-season tires to summer rubber from say the early 2000s. Case in point, the Michelin Pilot Primacy tires which came on my 2002 530i SP, dedicated summer rubber to be sure, have less grip than say, the current Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ all-season tires.


Given how good high end all-season rubber is these days, unless I'm tracking a car, I wouldn't bother buying a set of dedicated summer tires.

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1. You can't easily or cheaply correct the excessive negative rear camber, but you can set the rear toe to zero, with the car loaded like you normally drive it. This makes a big difference in the cupping problem that destroys rear tires, and does not result in evil handling. But do not allow any toe out.

2. I really liked the Conti DWS, but the BFG Comp-2 A/S I'm using now are if anything even better, and for considerably less money. Best all-season I've ever used, very crisp turn in and impressive grip in any weather, even light snow, while remaining acceptably quiet and cushy. If they came in a 15" size, I'd put them on my Miata to replace the mediocre DZ102 summer tires on it now.

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If you want to learn a little about tires, Tire Rack does have a lot of good information about what all of those number and letters mean.
http://www.tirerack.com/content/tire.../homepage.html
I would not buy tires from tire rack as I have found them to be more expensive, so shop around.

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I guess you like to burn your spare money if "all season [sic] are a joke". The fact is, All-Season tires have better warm weather grip than Summer tires from just a few years ago, have far superior grip during the middle seasons, and have serviceable grip when snow and ice are covering the roads. Then there is the whole tread life argument; nothing beats All Season tires for longevity.
lol,...................................LOL


you obviously know nothing about compounds let alone the relation of compounds to tread design , so not even worth a debate , i'll simply leave something that maybe you can grasp, maybe

For one, low-friction surfaces demand respect. Our stopping distances in the wet range 30-40 percent longer than those recorded on dry pavement. Meanwhile, stops on snow consume at least three times the distance as they do on dry asphalt, even with the use of best-case tires in each situation.

no single tire type excels on all surfaces, and the differences between each are sometimes striking. These differences are so massive, in fact, that we feel that certain generalizations can be extrapolated from our small trio of carefully selected test tires.

To the surprise of exactly no one, our winter tires dominate in snow and the summer tires dominate in the dry. The eye-opener here relates to wet performance, where a well-developed summer tire embarrasses an all-season tire made for the same car by the same folks. Anyone who never sees or visits snow would be very well served by summer tires for year-round use.

Another key take-away from this exercise is the utter worthlessness of those same summer tires on snow. Anyone who uses snow tires in winter and summer tires the rest of the year — a good strategy to maximize performance and control all year — needs to time the switch-over carefully to avoid getting caught out by the first rogue snow accumulation of the season.

And the lameness of summer tires on snow makes it easy to see why the California Highway Patrol and other local authorities can have a hair-trigger when it comes to requiring snow chains. It also explains why so many car makers spend a lot of energy on all-season tires; they don't know where you live or where you'll drive, so they want to make sure you've got passable winter rubber.

But in delivering this capability, all-season tires sacrifice a noticeable bit of dry and wet performance. Meanwhile, snow and summer tires provide clear benefits to those who can use them. In this particular test, at least, all-season tires live up to the old figure of speech our old dad used to trot out on occasion: "jack of all trades, master of none."

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@wasp9166 ; clearly you didn't read what I wrote or failed to digest the content of my words. I stand by everything I wrote, including virtually everything which you contradicted. Oh, and as for me not knowing what I'm talking about, yeah, about that; I'm an engineer and have consulted to three different automobile manufacturers over the years.
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