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All-seasons for a relatively mild winter

I live in an apartment building in the middle of a busy city street with a tight parking spot in an dark underground garage. I have no locker or storage of any kind. The trip to the mechanic who will replace my tires is a painful one.

To deal with the upcoming "winterization" of my 6, I figured I'll just get all-seasons and be done with it.

I wanted to get your thoughts on this. Did anyone else opt for all-seasons and forget the whole summer/winter swap nightmare? How are they in mild winters (my condolences to the Minnesota folks :P ).

We only get one or two significant snowfalls here per winter and they usually don't last.

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You should be able to find a set of stock wheels (16" steelies or the 17" snowflakes) for ~$100-150 locally. I would put a set of winter tires on those and keep your nice soft summer tires on your current wheels.

Personally, I hate all season tires. They're 'okay' for most conditions, but not 'good' for any certain season.


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If you really feel that winter tires aren't for you, then I'd recommend a set of Continental ExtremeContact DWS. Great performance tire in dry and wet, and IMO the best all-season tire in snowy weather also.


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If you really feel that winter tires aren't for you, then I'd recommend a set of Continental ExtremeContact DWS. Great performance tire in dry and wet, and IMO the best all-season tire in snowy weather also.
This, or if you're willing to shell out a little bit more: Goodyear Eagle GTs. <-- I absolutely LOVED my GTs on my 2004 and used them as my winter tires, even up here in New England.

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You should be able to find a set of stock wheels (16" steelies or the 17" snowflakes) for ~$100-150 locally. I would put a set of winter tires on those and keep your nice soft summer tires on your current wheels.

Personally, I hate all season tires. They're 'okay' for most conditions, but not 'good' for any certain season.
The issue is not so much the cost as it is the storage, the trip for the swap, etc. I simply don't have anywhere to store them and the shop I go to doesn't have that option either.

I'm not looking for superior winter performance; if the weather gets rough, my job is automatically "work from home". I'll accept the summer performance penalty since I don't have a choice.

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This, or if you're willing to shell out a little bit more: Goodyear Eagle GTs. <-- I absolutely LOVED my GTs on my 2004 and used them as my winter tires, even up here in New England.
How's the noise level on these?

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How's the noise level on these?
I'd say moderate. Not quiet, but not annoying either.

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I've heard the Contis were very quiet, at least compared to the OEMs they slap on our car. I haven't tried them for myself, but Tirerack testers and reviewers seem to like them.


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^^ Speaking of Contis - I just ordered mine yesterday and they called me saying that the 225/55/17 are on back order right now with no estimate from Conti when they'll be getting their next shipment. I know that's a big offset for the gen1 guys but Gen2 and 3 can run those.

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Nothern MN checking in. The only snow tires I've ran were the ones that came stock on my 6 and have now been replaced with all season tires. My job is like yours, if the weather sucks, I work from home or just don't work. I have a 70 mile round trip to get to work and back and have been fine with all seasons thus far. Honestly there were some pretty crappy days last winter when I should have been driving and just had to drive slower. To each there own, but if your just driving around a city you'd likely be fine.

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