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Tire Review: Continental Pure Contacts


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#21 OFFLINE   keybman

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Posted 06 September 2016 - 08:26 AM

With 71,000 on my original Michelins, it is time to replace them.  Tread is still holding up well, but we're approaching the 4 year mark, and completing 4 Texas summers.  Based on recommendations here on the forum, I was planning on going with the Pure Contacts. 

 

Since this thread was started 2 years ago, I am hoping that I could get some feedback for those that have made that same choice.  What has been your experience?  How many miles?  Would you choose differently?  If so, what would be a better choice?

 

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#22 OFFLINE   smr2112

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Posted 06 September 2016 - 08:32 AM

Just to confuse things, I would also seriously consider the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus.

 

About the same price and rating and I put these on an older car and it changed it dramatically.

I would choose these now even though I have the PureContacts on my 2013 FFH and love them.

The wet handling of both of these is dramatically better than the original Goodyear LS2s - yuck!

 

Consumer Reports gave the edge to the Pirellis because of treadwear being better.

Either way you won't go wrong.


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#23 OFFLINE   keybman

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Posted 12 September 2016 - 02:32 PM

Thanks, smr. 

 

These are the 2 tires that I am considering.  Since snow is not an issue here, for me it comes down to 3 deciding factors - 1) handling rainy roads, 2) long treadwear and 3) quiet driving.  If I can get 70,000 out of my next set of tires and accomplish those 3 things, I am sold.


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Posted 13 September 2016 - 08:35 PM

I'm in the same boat, a little more than 73k on these Michelins, although I think they still have a little life on them. Everyone compares those other tires to the stock Goodyears, but I think the stock Michelins might be better. Why not go with Michelin again?

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Posted 14 September 2016 - 08:00 AM

What is the exact tire model you are referring to, I know Ford switched between Goodyear LS-2 and Michelin something.

 

The 3 tires in the CR review were Michelin Premier A/S, Continental PureContact and Pirelli P7 Cinturato Plus A/S

As I said, all did very well, similar specs and they gave the edge to the Pirelli as they actually got the rated miles

in their test.  In general, the Michelins were about $40-$50 per tire more than the other two.  Easy to price out

on TireRack.


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Posted 14 September 2016 - 09:21 AM

I'm still on the fence.

 

I have a set of the Goodyear 18 inch LS2's to replace before winter.  The Pirelli's and Contintntal's are about $75 more each than replacement LS2's.  With Gas at $2-$3 its hard for me to justify the extra expense on better MPG.  Our roads are so bad here that I don't think i'd ever get the miles on the higher priced tires one would expect.  I didn't care much for the Goodyears but at $300 savings, I might be able to like them for another 40K miles.



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Posted 14 September 2016 - 11:42 AM

I believe Ford used Michelin Energy Saver A/S for the 17" and the 18" wheels used the Goodyear LS2. Both my 2013 and 2014 cars have 17" wheels with Michelin Energy Saver A/S tires. I've been very pleased with performance and tread wear.
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Posted 26 October 2016 - 01:52 PM

Turns out that the Continentals have since been discontinued, and there's a large price difference for the Michelins, so it looks like I'm going with the Pirellis.  I'll let y'all know how that turns out. 


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Posted 31 October 2016 - 08:31 AM

1st impression - What a difference in the ride!   The Pirellis are very smooth, way quieter than the previous Michelins.  Even passengers noticed the "softer ride" as it glided over the road this weekend.  I definitely appreciate the difference.

 

MPG-wise - it is taking a definite hit.  Don't know if there is a "break-in" time for tires, but MPG hung out around 44.  This morning, my commute yielded 46mpg, where I would have normally expected 52-54mpg.

 

Not complaining about MPG in the 40s, though.  I will certainly take a smoother, quieter ride with a 70K warranty in exchange for a few MPGs. 

 

Summary - so far, so good.  :)


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Posted 29 November 2016 - 07:32 PM

I have the pure contacts also and am not thrilled with the treadwear. Reading around now this seems to be a common problem I have 23k on them and they are down to 4/32 and 6/32 already I am hoping to just now get through the winter Costco has a good deal on the Bridgestone eco plus. Had the alignment checked also at ford at last oil change and it is good. For some reason these are wearing from out to in. (4/32 on outer and 6/32 inner). Same across all 4 tires

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Posted 30 November 2016 - 07:28 PM

For some reason these are wearing from out to in. (4/32 on outer and 6/32 inner). Same across all 4 tires

I was told today by a tire guy that low tire pressures will cause that.


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Posted 01 December 2016 - 04:20 PM

I could see that..  I am pretty good at keeping them at 32PSI...   I know i corner too fast which could also explain the wear pattern and it being so even..    still pisses me off though with the wearing so fast



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Posted 31 January 2017 - 07:31 AM

I would choose Michelin. They are a little pricey but wear and grip well.


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Posted 25 March 2017 - 05:47 AM

Turns out that the Continentals have since been discontinued, and there's a large price difference for the Michelins, so it looks like I'm going with the Pirellis.  I'll let y'all know how that turns out. 

Not true about the Continentals. They are still available and current according to Continental and all of the online tire sites.

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Posted 25 March 2017 - 10:29 AM

Not true about the Continentals. They are still available and current according to Continental and all of the online tire sites.

 

Glad to hear they are back.  It is good to have options.  :)

 

I have since been told that it is common to discontinue a series of tires to let the national inventory clear out, before reintroducing an updated version.  This apparently happened to these Continentals this past fall.  Unfortunately at the time, I did not have the luxury to wait for the tire to be reintroduced, as i was not willing to push the 75K I had on the OEM tires. 

 

And as for the Pirellis?  Still love the smoother, quieter ride.  There was a definitive trade-off with the MPGs though.  Achieving low 40s now as opposed to hi 40s.


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Posted 25 March 2017 - 07:00 PM

I'm going with the Continentals. I've had such good success with my OEM tires, that I kind of think I should stick with them, but I save about $200 with the PureContacts... We'll see.

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Posted 30 March 2017 - 04:41 PM

I have recently switched from the OEM Michelins to Continental PureContacts in 17". However I immediately experienced a drop in MPG from an average of 40 to 36 now. Has anyone else had a similar outcome, is the MPG expected to improve or have I made a bad choice not getting Michelins?



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Posted 30 March 2017 - 04:44 PM

I'm going with the Continentals. I've had such good success with my OEM tires, that I kind of think I should stick with them, but I save about $200 with the PureContacts... We'll see.

 

My gas consumption has been worse by 4MPG with the Continentals. Over 60K miles at $2.5/gallon it amounts to $420 extra fuel expense. Something to think about.



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Posted 30 March 2017 - 06:21 PM

 
My gas consumption has been worse by 4MPG with the Continentals. Over 60K miles at $2.5/gallon it amounts to $420 extra fuel expense. Something to think about.

Well, I'll just have to see what happens. Tires have been bought and shipped, and installation is tomorrow morning. I'll keep y'all updated.

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 07:30 AM

Just to be clear... Are some of you guys saying the OEM Goodyear LS-2 (mine FFH Hy Titanium) actually tires did better than the Conti PureContacts?  

No you said OEM Michelins - what tire was that exactly and what model did it come on?  Were they LLR?

 

My mileage went up 3-4 mpgs with the Continentals and overall great wet grip and braking.  I inflated to 38 without issue

other than a nail once and then a sidewall bubble from a deep pothole.  Which Tirerack's warranty paid for fully - amazing.

 

Just want to make sure we are talking about the same tire.  md13ffhguy I think you'll be very happy with them.


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