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Are ContiExtremeContact tires anygood?

I am considering the ContiExtemeContact 225/60-15's because they seem like they might be pretty grippy in the rain and maybe do ok in some snow. I'm replacing the Pirelli P4000 SuperTouring 215/60-15's that are starting to scare me they're so slippery.

Does anyone know if they are any good for our cars? The TireRack survey rates them pretty high.

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Personally I am very fond of the Bridgestone Potenza RE950. I had them on my 924S and they were good tires and surprisingly good (for a 3-season tire) in the snow. I've always been a Bridgestone/Firestone fan though.

I remember having heard some good things about the Conti's too, but nothing about snow traction. I can't imagine they would be better than the RE950's in snow, and most likely they won't be as good in snow given the Conti's performance category, but I haven't had any experience with them so I cannot verify.

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That TireRack survey rates the snow perfomance pretty high - higher than the RE950's actually. But hey - it's just a survey, probably not alot of 944s responding. So who knows.
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That TireRack survey rates the snow perfomance pretty high - higher than the RE950's actually. But hey - it's just a survey, probably not alot of 944s responding. So who knows.
I hadn't looked them up, you're quite right.

That's surprising since they're one performance class higher than the RE950's, which usually means that snow performance is sacrificed slightly for dry performance. Honestly, they look like great tires.

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Yeah, they look good don't they - and $72ea. Theirry75 was considering them recently so I took a look. I was kind of hoping someone here had checked them out already - maybe I'll be the guinea pig.
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Never heard of them. I gotta agree with aaron, get Bridgestone RE950, I never had a big problem with the snow of SD. Just careful when it gets over a couple inches, the car WON'T go up a hill, but you're fine everywhere else.
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Alright, after reading the customers' reviews for the Conti's on TireRack, there seem to be a lot of problems getting these to balance, and with flat spots after sitting for only few hours. A few reviewers thought the side walls were soft. Of course many reviewers liked them, but I'm now put off.

The only thing I don't like about the RE950's is the HR speed rating for 15" rims. Are the side walls stiff enough...

Not too many options, I'm finding.
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Alright, after reading the customers' reviews for the Conti's on TireRack, there seem to be a lot of problems getting these to balance, and with flat spots after sitting for only few hours. A few reviewers thought the side walls were soft. Of course many reviewers liked them, but I'm now put off.

The only thing I don't like about the RE950's is the HR speed rating for 15" rims. Are the side walls stiff enough...

Not too many options, I'm finding.
Remember, regardless of what the tire salesman tries to tell you, speed rating is just that, speed rating. Speed rating does not rate cornering ability nor anything else aside from the maximum design speed.

Personally, I really liked the RE950's. They aren't a track tire, but they are excelent for people who push hard on public roads.

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i wouldn't go with the 225/60/15's unsigned from the rennlist forums was at my house on saturday and his car was equiped with 225's and i ate him alive on the back roads. He couldn't keep up because of the side wall flex was too much. I would stick with the 215/60/15 unless you need the additional ground clearance for snow.
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I would stick with the 215/60/15
Yeah, I was only thinking of the 225s because that's what the Contis were. 1/4" difference in the sidewall makes a big difference, though, huh?

Aaron - I don't ordinarily talk much to tire salesmen. Sidewalls are not generally stiffer for higher speed rated tires? Thought they were. Are you running the HRs (on 15s) or the VRs (on 16s)?
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Yeah, I was only thinking of the 225s because that's what the Contis were. 1/4" difference in the sidewall makes a big difference, though, huh?

Aaron - I don't ordinarily talk much to tire salesmen. Sidewalls are not generally stiffer for higher speed rated tires? Thought they were. Are you running the HRs (on 15s) or the VRs (on 16s)?
Sometimes the sidewalls are stiffer, sometimes they aren't.

It's just heat-handling ability really. Yes, higher speed rated tires tend to have stiffer sidewalls, but that's not because of speed rating, rather it's because tires with high speed ratings are pretty much exclusively high-performance, and higher performance tires have stiffer sidewalls.

My 924S was running the stock 195/65 R15 size.

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