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Sorry if this has been posted to death, but I didn't know what I could search for to find valid results...
I want some opinions. I'm having trouble finding any all-seasons in 215/45/17 for less than $160/tire. My question for everyone is - Compared to the stock ContiSports, will a good all-season tire even compare to a summer tread tire in dry conditions? I basically need something that can handle snow, but preferably offer dry performance at least on par with the stock SVT tires.
 

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Choice #1: Sumitomo HTR+ see at:


http://www.tirerack.com/a.jsp?a=DG2&url=/tires/sumitomo/sumitomo.jsp

Choice#2: Continental Extreme Contacts see at:


http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Continental&tireModel=ContiExtremeContact&

HTR+ has slightly crisper steering response but isn't known for great wear . . . 30-35K reasonable expectation with proper maintenance.

Extreme Contact offers better hydroplaning resistance and probably more wear


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I'd look at some snowtires- 205 55 16 per SVT supplement, find some 16" wheels used online or buy some.

Seriously, if you think you will be driving in the snow, invest in some good tires. The Extreme Contact Conti's look good and are probably better than the Sport Contacts in snow, but I'd opt for snowtires outright. The stock conti tires are HORRIBLE in anything but light rain and dry pavement. They are not a bad tire though, just completely 100% worthless on snow and ice, not to mention very very dangerous in these conditions.

I run studded snowtires out here in Montana, they are the best because we do not use road salt and we have a lot of temperature inversions, causing ice. For studless try Nokian or Michelin Artic Alpin snow tires, I've used the Michelins on another car, you may take my word for it, they are a great tire, you won't have white knuckle moments and when the car does slip and slide, you'll have extra reaction time to correct it- much more controlled. Also, consider that a set of 4 snows is far cheaper than most insurance deductibles and being without a car you like to drive for a few days.

Good luck with the SVT in winter, just please change the stock tires, they are lethal. While it is not the cheapest solution, I do not think you'll regret my advice.
 
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