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  • avatar zaken1 09/06/10 1:51 am PST

    If you go to www.tirerack.com, they have an online wizard that will guide you to the best selection of tires for your car model, driving style and budget. I also feel that this is the preferred place to buy tires; and they have approved installation shops in many major metropolitan areas. But considering the number and complexity of options, I did the research for you; and found that I totally agree with your conclusion that it comes down to either Michelin or Continental. I then searched all the models from those two manufacturers, and found that there is only one model from each of those companies which meets my standards for both performance and tread life. In Michelin; it is the Pilot Sport A/S Plus. In Continental; it is the Extreme Contact DWS. I then ran a comparison of the specifications of those two tires, and read a fair number of reviews from people who purchased each of them. What I found is that this particular Continental model is rated slightly higher overall than the Michelin, and costs less. The only area where the Michelin received higher ratings was in cornering at illegally high speeds. But even that was more than offset (in my opinion) by the number of complaints about the Michelins being noisy (which the Michelins on my car also are on certain types of road surfaces), and that they ride more stiffly than the Continentals. The Continental also has a longer tread life rating, and is rated as having better traction on wet roads. Only if you are an extremely aggressive driver would there be a chance that the Michelin is a better choice. To order from Tire Rack; you'll need to know in advance what size tires are on your car (there are two options) and whether you have metal or rubber valve stems.

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  • zaken1 09/06/10 1:51 am PST

    If you go to www.tirerack.com, they have an online wizard that will guide you to the best selection of tires for your car model, driving style and budget. I also feel that this is the preferred place to buy tires; and they have approved installation shops in many major metropolitan areas. But considering the number and complexity of options, I did the research for you; and found that I totally agree with your conclusion that it comes down to either Michelin or Continental. I then searched all the models from those two manufacturers, and found that there is only one model from each of those companies which meets my standards for both performance and tread life. In Michelin; it is the Pilot Sport A/S Plus. In Continental; it is the Extreme Contact DWS. I then ran a comparison of the specifications of those two tires, and read a fair number of reviews from people who purchased each of them. What I found is that this particular Continental model is rated slightly higher overall than the Michelin, and costs less. The only area where the Michelin received higher ratings was in cornering at illegally high speeds. But even that was more than offset (in my opinion) by the number of complaints about the Michelins being noisy (which the Michelins on my car also are on certain types of road surfaces), and that they ride more stiffly than the Continentals. The Continental also has a longer tread life rating, and is rated as having better traction on wet roads. Only if you are an extremely aggressive driver would there be a chance that the Michelin is a better choice. To order from Tire Rack; you'll need to know in advance what size tires are on your car (there are two options) and whether you have metal or rubber valve stems.

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