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What is the best tire for our STSs? I find Michelin, Continental, and several Japanese companies. I would like a good riding tire, I have the Michelin now.
 

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Tires are like oil...everyone has their preference. Personally I like the Continental ExtremeContact DWS's, but recently mounted on a set of General G-Max AS03's as I was on a tighter budget this time around. I've only had the General's on for a few days but so far I have no complaints.
 

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I was thinking about the Continentals because of the price difference but was not sure. I'll take a look at the General. Keep us informed. Thanks
 

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Input your tire size(s) on tirerack's website and check reviews for tires in your budget.

If you need an opinion, I like the Michelin energy savers on my 17" wheels. Can't comment on how they ride compared to other tires, but they're great in the snow and are quiet. They're also low rolling resistance to maximize mpg and last longer.
 

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Boat, I looked at tirerack's and the Michelins are almost $1,000 a set.
 

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Good tires cost money .................

There is no BEST tire for YOUR car - everyone's opinions and preferences are different and you'll get pro, con, and indifferent opinions on every tire made due to different locations, weather conditions, driving habits, blah, blah, blah.

Get into www.tirerack.com and compare tires in your correct performance rating (driver's door sticker) and size. Read the customer reviews on each. Make a decision. I tell you that FlapRound tires are the best thing since sliced bread, you buy them and aren't happy - I look like a fool.

P.S. - You do not need tires with a higher speed rating than the originals on the car - the door sticker. As speed ratings go to H, V, and Z/W the pricing becomes astronomical.
 

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Hows the road noise compare on the different popular tires? DW, DWS, AS03, etc, etc..
 

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Be careful with the Generals, I am a General Tire man, from WAY WAY back, My Stepdad,
drove big rigs, and he swore by Generals, So I did too.
I had Generals, on my 05 STS, and totaled it, because of loss of friction, So be careful
on WET pavement.One pair on the 05 was less than 6 months old.
I have the Michelins, Didn't want them, but hard to find, traction AA and wear 500 or more.
BUt the harder the tire, >500 usually means poorer traction. and Temp A. So AA 500 A
These Michelins Ride HARD, so next time I am NOT getting Michelins again.
But "MY" specs may preclude that. AA >500 A.
With the MRC's it may "not" give me a better ride.
So far the Michelins have been trouble free.
Road noise I think is normal. :cool::cool::cool:
Got mine at Tire Rack
Happy Motoring
 

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My wife's STS was equipped with Michelin Energy from the factory. They are good for mileage, but slick & dangerous on wet pavement with less than 20,000 miles wear. IMHO, Michelin now sacrifices too much in terms of quiet, ride & performance for durability & mileage all across their product line. I'm now a Conti fan.
 

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I love my Conti DWS's, and I think it's the first time the tire which was on the vehicle when I bought it was not changed when I bought tires, again.

I get about 45K miles out of them, and I'm not all that gentle with them.

Last time, when I was on my way to Discount (America's) Tire on the way home from work, I could not help but do this:

http://vid394.photobucket.com/albums/pp29/mckellyb/Finaluse_zps2a17796c.mp4

Next time, though, a gallon of water/bleach and at least 30 more seconds.

BTW, the V8 STS tops out @ sub-145 MPH, at least under "normal" conditions, so V-rated rubber is just fine.
 
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I put on a set of Kumho Exta 4X from Discounttiredirect because they were on sale and the reviews were decent. UTOG is 420, traction AA and W rated. So far very sticky in all weather and super quiet. I only expect to get around 30-35K out of them but hey, I only paid $100 each inc shipping.
 

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KRSTS, What size did you put on your STS ?
Initially my car came with 18's, but NOW it has 17's.
Happy Motoring :yup:
 

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I have owned both the General's and the Conti's. To me the Conti's are far superior. Quite, Sticky and long lasting. Go with the Conti's.
 

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We get snow, so my wife's RWD gets Blizzaks November-April. When snow is less likely, she runs Conti DW's. My AWD has Conti AWS.
 

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I have the DWS. Little bit harder compound and different pattern for longer life. I see your in WA. If you experience snow I would opt for the DWS. The DWS pattern will operate better in snow. If not the DW would be extra sticky but would wear out quickly.
 

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DWS has the better tire warranty. After you purchase tire, have them Road Forced Balanced, makes ALL the difference in the world. Also have the tech center the tire on the rim for the best balance. All done on the Hunter road force balanced unit.
 
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