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Old 07-09-2013, 01:36 PM
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Continental DWS vs Nokian WRG2?

Hi, am looking for an acceptible all season tire for very occasional light snow, for my 335i. I know the optimal is dedicated snow tires, however in N Arizona we only have 4 or 5 snowy days/year, and most snowfall totals are 2-3 inches. I would appreciate any advice regarding the choice of the Continentals or Nokians, listed above. Please do not advise me to buy a second set of rims/tires, that is not my question. Since I am a senior citizen, the ultimate dry weather performance is not really the issue. Thanks in advance. I have done a search but cannot find any direct comparison of these two tires. I could call tire rack, but apparently they do not carry Nokian, so doubt if they could help.
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:52 PM
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I would go with the Conti's. Never heard of Nokian.

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Old 07-09-2013, 01:52 PM
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I have DWS tires on my 335xi now. OK performance in light snow, but be VERY careful if there's ice.

I ran Nokian WR AWPs (albeit 8 years ago) on my Passat 4motion. Good tires. Good performance in snow, not too bad on ice. Stunningly short tire life. Not sure how many changes have been made between the WR and WRG2 (for example, the WR was not an asymmetric tire, while the WRG2 is).

Given that I'm on the Continentals now instead of Nokians, I think my recommendation is pretty apparent.
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:24 PM
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Thanks for the quick response. We never have ice issues here in Az. Looks like DWS it is.

Nokian review here:

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Continental DWS vs Nokian WRG2?

Continental DWS. Great tire year round - have on my Mercedes. Had Nokian snow tires on 2008 Lexus GS 350 - I noticed a distinct drone with them which bugged the crap out of me.

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Old 07-09-2013, 05:44 PM
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The Conti's are super quiet... put them on a 2010 X5d that we owned and was very pleased with the ride quality, grip and lack of noise.
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:55 PM
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I have had both Nokian WRG2 and Conti DWS on my Mercedes. I have not had the opportunity to try the Contis in the snow now that I live down here in San Antonio, but while living in Michigan the Nokians were a great tire for the ever-changing road surfaces we had in the winter.
I don't think you could go wrong on either one.
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:47 PM
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Get DW's & drive something else on snow days.

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Old 07-10-2013, 06:10 AM
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I just replaced my Nokian WRG2's with Conti DWS on my Volvo XC70. The Nokians are a great tire for crappy winter conditions, but just a fair ride on dry pavement. They definitely get a lot noisier as they wear, to the point that I was ready to replace them long before they needed it. We waited, through the loud drone, until we could feel ok about the replacement. The Conti's have been great but only have about 1000 miles on them so far, and obviously no time in winter. Given your location and reported minor time in the snow, the Conti's are a much better choice for your 335. They will provide most of the handling you are used to, the Nokians are not a performance tire and you may regret choosing them.
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:26 AM
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Get DW's & drive something else on snow days.
I already have a miata with super sticky summer tires for the 345 days of sunshine we enjoy.
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Summer Tires will have somewhat of a performance advantage over All Season Tires in warm dry weather but in the case of Ultra High Performance tires the advantage is far from "Huge". Given the rapidlly changeable climate in most areas of the US regardless of what tires you are using there are gong to be some days when you are not using tires that will give you optimum performance. In area like mine (New York City) it can be 75 one day and 35 a few days later.

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