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Old 01-21-2014, 02:46 PM   #1
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Hello all

I need rear tires bad, AWD isnt very good without good tires lookin for an all season

Ive had Nexens on my car for over 4 years, went through many pairs but ready to change to something new

Local tires shop recommends Toyo Proxy 4's

I was considering continental proconti's

ANY recommendations?
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Old 01-21-2014, 03:00 PM   #2
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I don't know much about all season tires since I think season dedicated tires are better. Take a look at the survey results at Tire Racks website to see what tires people like.
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Nexens are considered a pretty poor tire by those in the business. Personally, I run summer tires - Dunlop sport max gt and for winter currently run nokian non studded.
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I just purchased some Continental ExtremeContact DWS tires for my A6 & have been very impressed with them-especially in the snow.
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I don't know much about all season tires since I think season dedicated tires are better. Take a look at the survey results at Tire Racks website to see what tires people like.
2nd that. Give Quattro a dedicated set of winter tires. You won't regret it. Get yourself some new wheels for the summer and get a summer tire. If that isn't in the cards and you like Continental I would also recommend the DWS. A friend of mine has a set on his 06 E55 AMG and they grabbed pretty damn well in the winter considering all the power it's putting down. I run 245/40/18 Pirelli Sottozero 240s in the winter & 265/30/20 Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 for the summer. If budget is an issue check out http://atlantistire.com. They sell really nice used tires.You'll be impressed with the prices. If cheaper brands like Nexen and others are better for you don't let the fear of quality or performance dissuade you. Most major tire manufacturers have an economy brand they own. Ever notice how some cheap no name tires have the same tread pattern? It's either the economy brand or it's pattern is manufactured under permission. Most of us aren't going to push our cars to the limits of our tires on public roads anyway. Track cars are a different story. That's when you'll want a big investment.

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I've run Conti DWS on my S6 and then switched to the new Proxes 4Plus. Both great tires.. This is my first winter with the Toyos and it's hard to tell but the Conti's may have had slightly more snow traction.
However, the Conti's also felt too soft (soft sidewalls) so the Toyo's may be better for overall handling.
You can't go wrong with either one...just make sure the Conti's are always inflated well if you go with them.
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Old 01-22-2014, 04:00 PM   #7
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I have the Continental DWS on my car and I plan to put them on all of my cars when the time comes. They have great traction in all conditions, especially snow.
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Respectfully, for those of you who are driving the DWS in the snow and think they are great...

Go find a similar model quattro with properly sized real winter tires, and try it in the snow. You will change your opinion of the DWS immediately.

I run the DWS on two quattros, a C5 and aC6, as three season tires. Frankly, they suck in the snow compared to the Nokians I run in the winter. Great three season, okay for a couple of flakes in an emergency, but lousy as a winter tire.
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Respectfully, for those of you who are driving the DWS in the snow and think they are great...

Go find a similar model quattro with properly sized real winter tires, and try it in the snow. You will change your opinion of the DWS immediately.

I run the DWS on two quattros, a C5 and aC6, as three season tires. Frankly, they suck in the snow compared to the Nokians I run in the winter. Great three season, okay for a couple of flakes in an emergency, but lousy as a winter tire.
Could not agree more...you can't beat dedicated snow tires. I've run Blizzak, Nokians, and possibly looking at Yokahama's next. For those who don't feel there's much of a difference, here's some empirical data

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Respectfully, for those of you who are driving the DWS in the snow and think they are great...

Go find a similar model quattro with properly sized real winter tires, and try it in the snow. You will change your opinion of the DWS immediately.

I run the DWS on two quattros, a C5 and aC6, as three season tires. Frankly, they suck in the snow compared to the Nokians I run in the winter. Great three season, okay for a couple of flakes in an emergency, but lousy as a winter tire.
I live in Wisconsin and the winters there are as bad as any other snow area. Ive had no problems driving around with my DWS on my Audi in the snow. Ive used winter tires before on other cars and thats only cause they came with them when I bought them. Ive really noticed no difference between the two. Now, trying to drive around in summer tires in the snow-thats a different story.
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I have no doubt that dedicated snow tires would be better. OP said he wanted all seasons. The DWS have performed better in the snow than any "all season" tire I've ever had.



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I have no doubt that dedicated snow tires would be better. OP said he wanted all seasons. The DWS have performed better in the snow than any "all season" tire I've ever had.
Just because he's asking for all season recommendations doesn't mean that's what we should suggest. He should get to the issue of why he goes through tires, and should know that he can't just buy rears.

If he lives in a snowy region, he really should consider dedicated winter tires. I've driven a number of quattros with both all season and winter tires, and I can tell you that the difference is night and day. See one of the many winter tire threads about proper sizing. (Narrow is better).

If you don't run Nokian or similar winters, you are truly missing out on the magic of Quattro in the winter.

I'll also put in a plug for the NAA Winter Driving School in New Hampshire. My son says that the training we received there, along with the winter tires on his Quattro, helped him to avoid multiple nasty winter incidents.
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If you don't run Nokian or similar winters, you are truly missing out on the magic of Quattro in the winter.

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I have no doubt that dedicated snow tires would be better. OP said he wanted all seasons. The DWS have performed better in the snow than any "all season" tire I've ever had.
Continental has a new all season, Pure Contact. Look at the great rating Tire Rack gave next to the competition. The best snow rating of any hi perf all season, even better than the DWS I believe.
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Attached is a video of a 2005 A6 4,2 climbing a ski jump with winter tires. If anyone would like to try it with All Season tires please do so and post .

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Continental has a new all season, Pure Contact. Look at the great rating Tire Rack gave next to the competition. The best snow rating of any hi perf all season, even better than the DWS I believe.
PureContact is a a Grand Touring all season tire, not a high performance all season tire.
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Attached is a video of a 2005 A6 4,2 climbing a ski jump with winter tires. If anyone would like to try it with All Season tires please do so and post .

Audi Quattro Ski Jump commercial 2005 - YouTube
How do we know they used winter tires and where is the video of them doing it in all season tires?
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Attached is a video of a 2005 A6 4,2 climbing a ski jump with winter tires. If anyone would like to try it with All Season tires please do so and post .

Audi Quattro Ski Jump commercial 2005 - YouTube
Looks like they used studded tires from the pics:

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There is a video floating around regarding the making of the commercial. They used winter studded tires. I don't know if anyone has been foolish enough to try it with all season tires. Maybe someone on the forum will try it on all seasons.
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Soo I cannot say thank you enough to everyone who has posted!

After alot of research, Ive decided on a all season Continental Pure Contact W/ EcoPlus Tech. (my next set will be summer/winter dedicated)

Regardless I purchased a set of Continental Pure Contact W/ EcoPlus Technology. They are great great tires. I understand they are Grand Touring tires, and lets just say it improved the quality of my ride from a C- to a B, B+. It is simply amazing. So smooth practically absorbs all road imperfections. I assume this will help out my suspension a lot (less wear on suspension parts if tires are absorbing more impact) before the new tires the ride was starting to get Harsh. Handling is great now. Good enough for daily road driving. Most people do not push their vehicle hard enough for high performance tires. Especially if you have put 155,000 Miles on your A6. Hence another reason I chose Grand Touring Tires, my car has high milage, but still near perfect condition, the older she gets the easier I drive her plane and simple. With that said, she still can get up and go and handle the corners nicely when I choose too. The Tires are great in the snow, of course not as good as a dedicated winter tire, but once again a major improvement and feels much safer. I did not choose the DWS because of the harder sidewalls and harder ride. I think i made a good chose and I highly recommend for the A6's with higher milage.

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