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New Tires - Conti DWS

Taking advantage of a $100 off [via a prepaid Visa card] sale, I'm having the Conti DWS installed. With the discount, $628.62 installed for 4, not bad, from my research. Folks here seem to like the DWS, and the rears on mine (245/40ZR-17 Michelins, on it when I bought it in October) are due, though the fronts have some wear left. As best I can tell, not having the receipt, the Michelins were about 3.5 years old, with between 20-25k on them. I hope for longer life from the DWS ..... I'll report my impressions later.
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Rx, I have the Conti DWS tires all around and have put just over 12,200 miles on them since 12/2/10; they still look as good as new. I paid $684.27 for mine, so you did better than I. I really like the Conti's. They are good in most weather conditions; however, when the snow gets too deep, I use the back-up auto, so I cannot speak to driving in the snow.
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I like them a lot. The blinky yellow exclamation light doesn't seem to come on nearly as much.
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I wonder how the DWS compares to the DW which I intend to have installed in the spring? We just don't drive the SLK in winter or snow. I like the CS3s we have now, but useful life is around 10K on the rears and the cost is way high.


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The DW would definitely be better for your application. They're sure to last longer than 10k.
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I've had Conti DWSs (205/225) on my car since I bought it - so that has been 4 years and 50k miles. I don't know how many miles were on the tires when I bought it, but I had put another 30k on them when a belt slipped on one, so I replaced all of them. Unfortunately for me, I had 20k on that set before I picked up an un-repairable nail puncture and found out that my MB dealer (even though they charged me more!) doesn't offer road hazard . . . . . . that set did have plenty of miles left on them.

Just to get out of that loop, I bought another complete set at Goodyear for about $725 - mounted, balances, road hazard and taxes . . . . Although the jury is still out a little about quality due to the belt slip, I expect to get 50k out of them +/-.

I can't quite understand the desire to get such little extra performance out of a tire at the risk of being stuck somewhere due to weather conditions - or forced to risk my and/or the car's safety for that little bit extra performance that I'll hardly ever use. Since it has snowed even in the deep south (Georgia, N.Florida, etc.) I feel it is best to get all seasons regardless. (Just buy better ones if you want, but the DWSs are surprisingly highly rated.)

You never know when you might have to drive north sometime, or just be caught out at the wrong time . . . . I was driving toward Cincinnati once in my Probe and got caught in a blizzard/ice/slush storm. (Took 5 hours to go the last 50 odd miles due to the traffice being brought to a stand-still.) I remember a guy in a Crossfire who literally slid down the highway's banking in a corner with his wheels spinning away. Obviously part of that was due to RWD. With the Probe's FWD, I just put it in low and motored on! (Not Conti's but all seasons on the Probe; and the ruts in the slush were several inches deep.)

Now if you are going to autocross or something, OK, buy a special set and then just swap them out. Why risk the whole car on a sudden heavy rain or a little snowfall to have the option of another .05g of cornering? (Frankly, we're in the wrong car if we really want to have a road racer without more serious modifications than the tire choice.)

My $.02 worth. The DWS seem to be pretty good tires if their carcasses will last as long as their tread will. And the tread pattern certainly looks a bit different.

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I just had DW's installed today, not much snow here in Atlanta and I'll be driving the SUV if we get any anyway. Got all 4 plus an alignment for $740.
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My local discount tire's inventory was off, they didn't initially locate the rears to mount, so mine won't go on until next week. Took advantage of the $100 discount/credit to close the deal for the $628 noted above. If I get 40k out of them, given the 'staggered' fitment/no rotation, I will be thrilled. With wet roads recently, I've noted a little slippage in the back, though nothing like that experienced with the Michelin LTX m/s on the back end of our F350 4wd diesel truck. All that torque, under little weight, makes for exciting driving on wet roads!
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I researched tires when I went with new wheels on my 2011 Lexus IS 350 F-Sport last January. The Continental DWS was highly recommended and rated. At that time there was a USA nationwide shortage. Even the Tire Rack and other big distributors were sold out with no date of availability. Needing tires then. I opted for the summer performance version, the DW. Regardless, I wouldn't drive it in the snow. Happy so far.
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I just swapped from the Conti DW to the DWS from TireRack and they were $471 including shipping to NTB. NTB charged $60 for installation, including balance, valve stems and disposal. Alignment was fine. This was on the stock 16" wheels. As Don said, the DWS has a better rating.

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Tire Rack doesn't seem to sell DWSs for the 55 (245/35-18), had to go with the DW. Hope they last longer than the CS3s (~10k) I had installed last year.
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Yeah they do. You just have to use a different size. DWS for the 55 are:

225/40ZR18 XL $147 for the front, and
255/35ZR18 $240 for the rear

I bought mine at a Firestone store because the TireRack reseller was too far away.
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Put DWS on about a year ago. about 10K on them. was told they are about wore out. I don't push the car, no jack rabbit starts etc.
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Put DWS on about a year ago. about 10K on them. was told they are about wore out. I don't push the car, no jack rabbit starts etc.
Who told you this? Have you looked at the tread? There is a DWS in the tread, and this will indicate the wear. As the letters, S_W_D, disappear, that "function" is "gone". So, if the "S" is gone, it means the tires won't be good in snow, etc(this from the TireRack site). My SLK had DWS's on it when I purchased it, and 11.5K miles later, the DWS is still visible on all 4 tires...and I drive rather hard. IF your tires ARE worn-out, you might have the alignment checked.

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FLSTF got a good price. Good tip, Galo - I hadn't notice the tread imprint. I only have a thousand or so miles on them, but have been pleased with the highway performance, dry and wet.
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