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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 10-14-2013, 02:12 PM
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Continental ExtremeContact DW tires?

I need a new set of tires for my 2000 540. I'm thinking of picking up the Continental ExtremeContact DW Max Performance Summer tires from tire rack. I like quiet tires that also provide some degree of performance but I don't track my car at all or drive it hard at all, just push it a bit on the highway ramps, so no biggie. Don't want them tramlining on the highway, this one is a biggie for me. I hate that.

Thoughts on these tires?
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:45 PM
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If you search the forum, you'll find they are very well respected and reviewed tires by fellow members... along with the highly rated DWS-all seasons.
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Old 10-15-2013, 09:13 AM
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The DW will hydroplane if pushed hard in a downpour but is still an excellent (and quiet) summer tire for the price. The DWS makes a bit more noise on the highway but comes closer to a true 4 season tire.
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Old 10-15-2013, 09:23 AM
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I have had 3yr/30K on DWS tires, very good tire.
I like DWS.
Not sure they still make DWS, might have been re-named "Ecoplus" or something like that.
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Old 10-15-2013, 09:33 AM
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Put a set of these on my 128i last month, and took my car on a long road trip (DC area to Chicago, then the same distance northwest to Winnipeg Canada). 4000 miles so far on these tires.
My last set of Ultra High performance tires (similar speed rating and price) were Hankook Ventus V4 (all season).

Remarks:
-The Conti DW are quiet on the highway. Almost silent.
-Extremely good ride/handling in dry and wet (as advertised). In fact, they handle rain so well in normal/moderately spirited driving, they make the road feel as if it were dry.
-These are non-directional, meaning you can rotate them as required (a huge plus over a lot of similar tires).
-Vastly improved handling (though I'm comparing these to RFTs that came with my BMW).
-Minimal tramlining. My Hankook V4s tramlined much more.

Note that you NEED a set of dedicated winter tires if you go with these. Like most summer performance tires, they are not safe at temps below 40F and cannot be used in any snow at all.

All in all, I'm extremely satisfied.
For the money, these are an excellent choice.

I did exhaustive research before making this purchase, and I couldn't be happier.
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Old 10-15-2013, 09:50 AM
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I wonder if there are more threads on people's thoughts about the Continental tires than on Mobil 1 0W40 oil ...

Running a quick survey ...

116 threads with "DWS" in the title.
85 with "Mobil 1" in the title.

So, threads on Continental DWS are even more numerous than Mobil 1 oil threads.

Go figure.
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Old 10-15-2013, 10:32 AM
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I wonder if there are more threads on people's thoughts about the Continental tires than on Mobil 1 0W40 oil ... Running a quick survey ...
  • 116 threads with "DWS" in the title.
  • 85 with "Mobil 1" in the title.

So, threads on Continental DWS are even more numerous than Mobil 1 oil threads.

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Old 10-15-2013, 10:44 AM
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I hate continental, but these are tires I would buy again in a heartbeat.. They are an amazing tire, had them on my 740i for years.
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Old 10-15-2013, 11:40 AM
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DW is a very good tire. The only two draw backs I noticed was loss in steering precision, (soft side walls?) and relatively quick wear...particularly on the rear tires. Otherwise, they are quiet, excellent comfort/ride and perform well, wet or dry. (wet performance is important here in rainy Seattle).

Unfortunately the odd steering behavior (just seemed a bit disconnected) and speedy wear, moved me to something else...
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Old 10-15-2013, 12:26 PM
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...So, threads on Continental DWS are even more numerous than Mobil 1 oil threads.

Go figure.
Oil is boring.
Tire is more fun, you got it right bluebee lol!
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Old 10-15-2013, 12:42 PM
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DW is a very good tire. The only two draw backs I noticed was loss in steering precision, (soft side walls?) and relatively quick wear...particularly on the rear tires. Otherwise, they are quiet, excellent comfort/ride and perform well, wet or dry. (wet performance is important here in rainy Seattle).

Unfortunately the odd steering behavior (just seemed a bit disconnected) and speedy wear, moved me to something else...
ditto. Loss of steering precision is more noticeable on our E39 than on the E46 wagon. I put Michelin PSS on the rear of the E46 wagon when the DWs wore out. That's my go-to brand and model tire at the moment.
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Old 10-15-2013, 01:38 PM
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Got the DW's. We'll see how they perform. Thanks for all the input.

BTW price was excellent at tire rack. Just $144 per tire in 245/40ZR18.
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Old 07-15-2014, 12:20 PM
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Tried the DW Conti 275 30r 19s at back of the 09 550 Bimmer. After 600 miles they seem load. Hear Road noise? Have others found this as well? Thanks. If so I am going to change up.
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Old 07-15-2014, 12:54 PM
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Old 07-15-2014, 05:56 PM
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Tires, like oil, transmission fluids, and gas, are religious items:
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:39 PM
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Tires, like oil, transmission fluids, and gas, are religious items:
I have to slightly disagree. With a different tire, even a layman like me can feel the difference in ride quality, noise, and handling. There are some really bad tires out there.
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Old 07-16-2014, 02:27 AM
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DW is a very good tire. The only two draw backs I noticed was loss in steering precision, (soft side walls?) and relatively quick wear...particularly on the rear tires. Otherwise, they are quiet, excellent comfort/ride and perform well, wet or dry. (wet performance is important here in rainy Seattle).

Unfortunately the odd steering behavior (just seemed a bit disconnected) and speedy wear, moved me to something else...
Same here, I went from Goodyear Eagle Gt's that had awesome steering response and precision. and they didnt hydroplane for ****. All though they tramlined on any little imperfection on the road and didnt have that extra grip that summer tires have.

The Conti DW do have TONS of traction in the dry and the wet but they dont like deep puddles.

If i didn't have a dedicated winter set i would stick with the goodyears eagle gt all season. They got me through the NY snow no problem the first 2 years, after they wore in they sucked in the snow.

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Old 07-16-2014, 05:58 AM
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Tried the DW Conti 275 30r 19s at back of the 09 550 Bimmer. After 600 miles they seem load. Hear Road noise? Have others found this as well? Thanks. If so I am going to change up.
Yes. After two summers, the DWs got noisy on my 525i. I moved them over to my son's 530i and got Michelin PSS this Spring. Very happy so far.
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