Best Tyres I have ever had.
My VW polo came with 17" Conti 2 tyres.
I have done 80,000 kms before down to wear indicators.These tyres have never lost grip in a corner, wet or dry.
Admittedly the car is light, but I have never had tyres that last this long,with the bonus of excellent performance.
So glad they came with the car,The only ones I will buy in future.
Great tyre for my VW Jetta
As I live just on the outskirts of town, I do a lot of highway travel as well as city driving. I absolutely love these tyres that came with my VW Jetta TDI. I have since replaced them twice and have over 150000 on the clock. They handle exceptionally well in the wet and dry and also on slippery roads. I do my best to keep the PSI up to 40 or 42 and that's when they perform the best and I get better fuel mileage. We have used other brands on previous sedans but this is the only tyre that I want for my Jetta. Yes, they are low-profile and it can ...come as a bit of a shock if you accidently hit a pothole, but overall, this type of tyre makes driving my Jetta more enjoyable. Shame they are not always readily available in North Qld and can be a bit expensive. But for my comfort and safety, I am very happy with them. Just be careful when they are being changed as your tyre nuts will not always be tightened or returned. Lost an expensive locking nut and another nut after driving around for a few days and then discovering the wheel nuts were not tightened and the locking nut was not put back on. Funnily enough Bob Jane couldn't find the locking nut in their big pile of 'loose nuts'.
Only brand I buy.
Vw Jetta TDI , came standard , a bit disappoint with noise when I first got it but have just replaced original
after 140,000km , yep 140,000km , 95% freeway driving and always kept pressure at 40psi
Replaced with conti premium contact , looks the same pattern but a higher profile , no more scraping stuff.
Tempe Tyres sydney import their own so much cheaper here $110 each fitted , sports contact were another $15 each but thought the higher profile would be better and no complaints after 10000km.
Its all about how you treat them , another friend bought same brand for his Lexus and only got 35,000 km around town, much heavier vehicle.
Like a new car
I drive a E91 BMW 323i "Touring" that came with Bridgestone RE50 run flats. The RE50's were horribly noisy and got worse with age. The CSC 2's (run flats) are like driving a new car again. Much quieter than the bridgstones and give the car more feeling through fast corners.
Great performance tyre
I have these on my Fiat 500 sport. Tyres have incredible grip in wet or dry and great handling characteristics. Cant fault these on performance. Downside is they are relatively soft and wear quickly. Struggling to get 35,000 kM, but then again they have been driven quite hard and performance has been excellent.
Handling and grip is excellent, cant fault performance.
Realtively short life
About to replace the front tyres on a GTI golf
I only recently started to notice a loss in performance on the CSC2 225/40/r18 that came standard on my new golf GTI. 26,000 km later, my front tread is gone. The back wheels are still perfect. As I said performance has been great up until very recently. I only found the issue when taking my care in to rotate the tyres.
Good handling until very recently, and I'm at the wear indicator. Great performance tyre.
26,000kms front types need replacing. Quite expensive.
Dangerous Low Profile Tyres- Fashion 1st - Safety last
Mercedes R350CDI comes standard with Continental Sport Contact 2 tyres. These may be ok tyres in higher profile on lighter cars. But I think the fashion of using low profile tyres on heavy vehicles is now becoming dangerous. My vehicle has 265/40 21" tyres on a 2.3ton vehicle. After 6 months driving one tyre had a side wall blow out. I paid for a new tyre and had all the other checked to be ok. I accepted it must just be my bad luck. Then 3 weeks later another tyre was about to blow out as well, it had a large bubble in the side wall. I contact...ed Mecedes, they said it will more likely end up being my fault, they 1st wanted to know if both were on same side, but they were not. Merdedes said lots of customers are having tyre failure on only the low profile tyres and all with side wall blow outs, and it is always the customers fault. They also say the warranty issue is complicated because it is not Mercedes warranty it is the tyre brands fault. The tyre brand says its not their fault. I dissagree with both of them. I been driving for 29years and never had a tyre blow out before, and now I was going to have 2 in 3 weeks. I researched this on the net and found many Mercedes customers having 4 tyre blow outs in 6 months. Because it is standard fitment, owners should not be responsible for Mercedes poor choice of tyre/wheel combinations. I did not buy the car because of its wheels and I expected Mercedes knew what they were doing with the wheel/tyre choice. I also expect Continental should make tyre side walls to last more than 6 months.The cars are being sold as an advertising tool for the maker, with each trying to out wheel size the other. I would like to hear from other owners regarding tyre side wall blow outs on low profile tyres. Dry handling is good Tyre tread pattern is not suited to wet driving it has continuous solid rubber bands with no exit channels in these bands for water to escape. This causes the car to aquaplane on front wheels and back tend to suddenly loose grip on corners and have the vehicle hop side ways. My previous Merc had 275/55 tyes which are wider than my current 265/40. I don't drive aggresively, my fuel economy combined since purchasing car is 8.1L/100km which for 2.3ton is very good.
I have had CSC2's on my Golf GTI since new. Now done about 33,000kms and beginning to look at replacing them. They are starting to get a bit slippery in both wet and dry, not quite the grip they used to have. But overall a very good tyre. Drove the Snowy Highway last summer with them. Rock solid at speed. Was going to replace them with Bridgestone Adrenalin's until I read the review of those on this website! Now may stick to Conti's or Bridgestone RE050's.
Very secure tyre with great grip especially when new.
None really but starting to lose grip as tyres approach 35,000kms. Still great when cornering but under acceleration in wet or dry not quite as good as they used to be.
9 out of 10, highly recommend it!
A friend of mine has these on his Cayman, and said there's great balance of wear and performance!
$300/tyre from Jax Brookvale is a small price to pay for such tyres (almost identical to the ContiSportContact 3, which costs $50/tyre)!!!
Great handling in dry, but more so in the wet.
I was nailing it the very day I got them fitted onto my Audi A4 B6 (Front Wheel Drive), and did the windy Spits at about 70-80km/h (until i got to the camera, and no slide at all!!!
Also, they look nice and chunky on the car.
Slightly noisy, but not enough to weigh over the handling, grip and control of the vehicle.
Great to drive on and they love long winding roads. But I have to say they are expensive.Unless you can get a discount. I saved about 22% by not taking the first price given.
Amazing handling I have done 45,000Km and they have plenty of K's left. Good handling in dry and wet conditions for a non directional tyre.
Expensive and can be noisy
This tyres give you a very good ride and they are engineered and made in Germany which I suposse it's a plus in this "global" market. They are not cheap!
Car: Jetta turbo 2006 (fitted with these brand) - Tyres have done so far 52.000 and still may have another 5/8 thousand kms. before change...not bad.
No cons...so far
Questions & Answers
I just noticed my car has sport contact 2 on it in the age marking box (4002) there are no cracks and look like new can they be this old and are they still safe?
I think the older they get the harder they are to ware out. my experience anyway when I changed mine at 140,000km.
If thats 2002 then they are well due for a replacement , might be still ok for around town but not sure I would want them on the freeway or bad weather conditions.
Presume the compound will harden which will make them last longer but would effect grip .
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