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Hey everyone. I have a 2013 Cruze LT. When my stock tires hit about 35k, I needed to buy new so I did my research and ended up purchasing a set of Continental True Contact tires. Have they been good - yes and no. I used to live north of Chicago and I was purchasing these for a specific reason - grip. But even after I first had them installed, they still did not grip like I had hoped - even with just a little bit of rain. I do have heavy foot but even the stock tires seem to grip better than these. On the cars I've owned, I've had Bridgestone, Michelin, Toyo, Kumho and now these Contientals. Toyo was the best I had on my 97 Accord Special Edition. They were awesome. When I buy, I buy a high mileage warranty and I watch several comparison videos, read the reviews, etc but I just don't know what it is about this set of tires. I've also never owned a set of tires where all four tires fluctuated so much with air pressure. I know they expand and contract when cold and then when they are warm. I'm not stupid - LOL. I bought them through Tire Rack and had them installed by the dealer.

Another note.... these are a 90k mile tire! I bought them when I was between 35k and 40k on my car - I'm only at 83k now! So the tread life on these is not what they say it is. I do highway driving from time to time but it's not all the time. I'm just confused as to why I'm looking at having to purchase new tires soon.

With all of that said - I am looking at the Michelin Premier All Season tires but they are going to be $700+ for a set for my car. I like that they have the siping already. I used to have that done to my tires when I lived in Jacksonville FL. Discount Tires used to offer that service. I live in Lexington, KY now and I'm needing to purchase a new set soon but that $700 price for 4 tires on a passenger car is a big ole OUCH to my pocket! Any recommendations???
 

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I'd be more inclined to get Michelin Defenders over the Premier. The Premier only has about 8.5 /32nds of tread brand new. I think I would either go with the Defenders or the new Yokohama Avid Ascend GT tires. Also, I'm basing this off the 215/60R16 size. The General Altimax RT43 is also a good tire. It's pretty affordable too.
 

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I have the same car/s(2013 and 2014 LT) and went thru the same thing. I bought the Continental True Contacts for my 2013LT/RS. I am looking at @25K on mine and living in Cincinnati wonder about the traction also as I find myself doing water burnouts and don't know how they will be with snow. I put General RT43s on my 2014 LT and I am thinking that was a better choice.
 

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Im not a tire guy per se but bar none the MICHELIN PREMIER A/S 215/60R16 tires I put on my 2015 LT were the best rain handling tires Ive ever experienced. Unfort our Cruze got totaled, but I was looking forward to seeing how well they did in winter condition's.

The Premiers A/S went through puddles like it was dry pavement - they were that good for me.
 

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I've had these tires since 30k miles on my 14 1LT. I now have 60k miles and this is the tread life left. Dont have a tread depth to give you but it's not time to replace yet. Dont think they are going to last the mileage they claim either... I'll see how far I can stretch them... the tire pressure does fluctuate with the winter, it's normal, but they have been fluctuating the same. I don't have any complaints on the grip...I'm not a fast driver around turns and haven't had any panic braking in dry or rain since the purchase.. I drive around puddles the best I can lol

Overall I can't complain, the ride is smooth as butter.... keep them 35 psi cold. I purchased them online thru discount tire who also gives lifetime rotate and balance for the life of the tire and tire warranty if they are defected or get punctured.

Also, I've noticed carrying load in the rear and driveability. I might need new rear springs or this just might be a cruze but if you keep your trunk heavy, the vehicle drives differently, rougher.... the front end sits up higher, causes more nose dive during braking and you feel the road more in your seat. You also feel like your front tires aren't as planted as they should be.

I cleared my trunk out which improved handling and smoothness... the car sits properly now. It felt brand new again after I took all the weight out of my trunk.


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Took some fresh pics with a penny. Still no idea the actual tread depth. These tires have 30k miles on them.


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I have these... starts at 10/32 tread depth... rated 70k miles... 30k miles and have about half tread left.. not bad considering my hilly curvy country roads


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Took some fresh pics with a penny. Still no idea the actual tread depth. These tires have 30k miles on them.


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I had the Purecontacts on my Cruze and got 10k out of them. They were all 4/32nds. It's funny how things change between the variables.
 

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I had the Purecontacts on my Cruze and got 10k out of them. They were all 4/32nds. It's funny how things change between the variables.
Hmm keep the ride height in the rear to maintain camber and prevent uneven wear or tire cupping. Dont keep heavy things in the back seat or trunk and most importantly.... rotate rotate rotate... every 5k or oil changes... this car will eat front tires if not rotated and the suspension is off.

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I had the Purecontacts on my Cruze and got 10k out of them. They were all 4/32nds. It's funny how things change between the variables.
Not even sure how all 4 tires were 4/32nds in 10k miles too much fun with traction/stabil turned off?

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Not even sure how all 4 tires were 4/32nds in 10k miles too much fun with traction/stabil turned off?

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I'm not really sure either. I got more miles out of my last set of winter tires. Granted, I drive mostly city. I can't say I've ever turned off the traction control except one time in deep snow. I rotated them a couple times. The only thing I can figure is that all the Pittsburgh hills and bends, along with starting out with a stick caused a lot of wear.

When I called to claim the warranty, the tire guy didn't seem surprised as he said the PureContacts are a softer tire. They must have had some issues with them, as they released the newer PureContact LS.
 

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Took some fresh pics with a penny. Still no idea the actual tread depth. These tires have 30k miles on them.
Looks like you still have a ways to go before Continental considers them too worn for snow. (the S in DWS is still well defined)
 
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