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I am looking for a new set of all season tires for an 07 Forester. I live in Northern NJ so we do get a variety of weather. I am looking for decent, not necessarily aggressive, handling and reasonable wear. Thanks.
 

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Yokohama Geolander AT-S , Bridgestone Dueler H/T D689 , BFGoodrich Rugged Trail T/A
 

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+1 for Bridgestone. I'd recommend tire rack's reviews. lots of different opinions to go off of.
 

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+++ for the reviews at Tirerack It's www dot tirerack dot com. For technical reasons, we can't actually provide a direct link here.

Asking here at our forum will get you about as many different answers as there are members. Search around the Tire and Wheel Tech forum and you'll find lots of previous discussion there.
 

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I am considering the following three all weather tires:

Continental contiextreme contact

Michelin Primacy MXV4

Goodyear comfortred

Any opinions?

Background: Live in New England and drive about 15,000 a year in all conditions. Normal speeds/ no high performance driving.

Thanks!
 

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I am considering the following three all weather tires:

Continental contiextreme contact

Michelin Primacy MXV4

Goodyear comfortred

Any opinions?

Background: Live in New England and drive about 15,000 a year in all conditions. Normal speeds/ no high performance driving.

Thanks!
I love the extremecontacts. However they may be more aggressive than you really need. They are amazing in any kind of weather, and the dry grip is very good, they're what should come stock on any sort of powerful daily driver that will see some snow. The primacy is a decent tire, however very "minivan", nothing special about them and they're a bit on the pricey side (i guess they're quiet etc, but I feel theres better tires for the money). If you're looking at the comfortred, I'd also look at the tripletred, they're a great all weather tire, my friend had them on his outback and I really liked them for a non-performance tire.

I think the falken ze912 would be decent for a daily driver as well. Not great in snow though, but ok for a normal car. I was completely underwhelmed when I pushed them, especially considering they're a UHP all season, but I could see using them on a family car or something.
 

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Continental contiextreme contact
Great in any weather, including snow (not so good on ice, but no all-season tire is), very nice thread pattern. V-rated, ultra-high-performance all-season. They might get worse on low-friction surfaces as the fine tread pattern wears out (I'd assume ~15-20K miles), but so far I love them.
 

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Thanks for the fast responses.

The Continental's are the cheapest so that would also be a consideration.
 

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Thanks for the fast responses.

The Continental's are the cheapest so that would also be a consideration.
They are VERY good tires. I'd say best tire for the money, not sure how the newest ones are, but the old contiextremecontact (before they had the DW and DWS) imo were the perfect match to a stock forester XT.
 

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Money talks, BS walks.....:icon_biggrin:

I just ordered a set of contiextreme contacts and will have them mounted on Friday, just in time for Saturday's possible snow storm. I will update how they do.
 

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The Primacy MXV4's are amazing. Took my Forester from a tall wagon to a tight car ride. Took it up to Mt. Raineer a couple weeks ago, and they performed flawlessly. They're also Consumer Report's #1 all-season performance tire. The price is worth it, go to Costco, they're $70 off the set right now.
 

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Winter AND summer

Allthough I have ran "M+S" tires for years, I can only recommend:

- Summer tires for summer
- Winter tires for winter

According to all serious tests, there is no such thing as a perfect all-rounder.
As long as all goes smooth, sure – but if you need serious braking, steering, and predictable handling in an emergency, a designated tire is your only option.

Be safe.

M
 

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just got some perillies. I think there the P4s. I love them. They are a little bit loud but they have amazing grip in the snow and rain.
 

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I really like the Nokian WR-G2 SUV tires I'm running. Great in rain and slush. Very good wet and dry snow traction. Decent ice traction and fairly quiet. They handle corners and hard braking quite well too.

The also don't get stiff and 'flat spot' on cold mornings the way a lot of all season SUV tires do. (The OE Duelers for one)
 

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My advice? Stay away from No-season tires!
If you HAVE to get No seasons, since they are not designed well for any season, at least get H rated tires with some properly stiff sidewalls to every little gust of wind doesn't make you feel tipsy like the crappy T rated tires do that came with my vehicle new. Then I'm going to pick up summer rims+summer tires, and I'll use my OEM rims for winters tires.
 

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I got the Continental Extreme Contacts. Unbelievable! They're quieter than the all-seasons that they replaced. I don't drive too much in the snow, but when I do, I want something that's going to get me to where I'm going. The Continentals deliver. Read the test that Tirerack did.

David

I am considering the following three all weather tires:

Continental contiextreme contact

Michelin Primacy MXV4

Goodyear comfortred

Any opinions?

Background: Live in New England and drive about 15,000 a year in all conditions. Normal speeds/ no high performance driving.

Thanks!
 

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Went with the Contiextreme contacts. Had them installed yesterday. Now I'm hoping for some snow to test them out!! My old tires were so unevenly worn out that they rode very rough. It's nice so far having a balanced set of new tires...much smoother ride!!
 

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My advice? Stay away from No-season tires!
If you HAVE to get No seasons, since they are not designed well for any season, at least get H rated tires with some properly stiff sidewalls to every little gust of wind doesn't make you feel tipsy like the crappy T rated tires do that came with my vehicle new. Then I'm going to pick up summer rims+summer tires, and I'll use my OEM rims for winters tires.
It depends. All season tires are actually really good in the kinds of conditions we get around here in the winter - cool to cold with wet or damp roads. We're talking from freezing up to 50 degrees or so, lots of fog and rain/drizzle (SF Bay area). In these conditions, summer tires (particularly high performance ones) may not get up to their designed operating temperatures and the grip can be much lower than drivers expect. And I've never found a good set of winter tires that does well on wet roads.

YMMV - but all tires are a set of compromises - you just have to find the ones that work best for you. For me, a set of good high performance all season tires work out very well - good enough for summer driving, and much better than summer tires the rest of the year. I haven't tried the Contis, but the Bridgestone 960 Pole Positions were great in the OEM size for my Acura TSX.

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I just did a recommendation search at TireRack and it didn't even come up with a single Continental tire, which seemed odd considering the number of people recommending them.

I've been using nothing but all-season tires ever since the Goodyear Tiempo, which did okay, but even though I've never been hard on tires, they sure didn't last long!

They were the only all-seasons I've ever had that I didn't get many miles out of, but now that I'm in the market again, I'm leaning towards the Continental Extreme Contact that so many of you seem happy with, but wondered if there are any others that would be very quiet, but also perform well in deep snow and on ice?
 
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