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Hopfully i cant get some replies to this thread.... My "15" malibu 1lt is needing tires and I was wondering what you guy like for a good durable all season tire? Michelin? Goodyear assurance? Kellies? or?
 

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I have nearly 40k on a set of Continental TrueContacts. My wife drove the car for the first 30k and didn't complain, now that I'm driving it I'd say they're perfectly adequate for anyone who's not aggressive. They're soft enough to give you traction when you need it, but still last a long time. They were on track to last 70k if my wife continued to drive the car, but I tend to push the limits of the tires on twisty roads so I'm looking at 55k. I got them through discount tire direct with $200 of mail in rebates.
 
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Wow thats pretty good! Those seem like a somewhat common tire. I will check them out a little more!
 

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I have had good luck with General's Altimax and Coopers on past Malibu's.
I do not buy Goodyear tires, never had any good luck with them,
Currently having good results with Bridgestone's on my SUV's.
 
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I have less than 10K miles on a set of Continental Extreme Contact DW06 tires on my 2011 with the V6.

They ride as well as any other, they handle well enough for the price, and they were affordable. I bought them in April 2020, right after the lock-down started, and drove less than 3ooo miles for about half a year! They're better than the Kelly Edge HP tires before them.

I've been leaning toward performance-oriented tires, but will consider the True Contacts if I ever get another set. My car has 151,ooo miles, and if these last 50,ooo, it'll put this little grocery-getter up past 200,ooo. I don't wanna retire it, but my hand may be forced. I'll cross that bridge when I burn it.
 

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Interesting comment as the DWS-06s are a performance oriented albeit all season tire unless you mean a purely performance tire...there is a set of these on the GF's 2013 3LT 2.0T and they are so much better than the OEM Goodyear Eagle LS2s were...

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Interesting comment as the DWS-06s are a performance oriented albeit all season tire unless you mean a purely performance tire...there is a set of these on the GF's 2013 3LT 2.0T and they are so much better than the OEM Goodyear Eagle LS2s were...

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I'll never have LS2 tires again! The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 2 tires were heads and shoulders better in just about all respects, except that they cost so much for only 30,ooo miles and were a lot stiffer than any other tires I've had. Otherwise, I agree that the Conti's are a great choice.
 

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Yea I would also like some what of a performance tire not crazy low pro just a little tougher tire, You guys are giving me some good options thanks!
 

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Yea I would also like some what of a performance tire not crazy low pro just a little tougher tire, You guys are giving me some good options thanks!
If you're leaning towards performance I'd go for the DWS-06 or similar. The TrueContacts are very good for emergency braking/maneuvering when cold, but they overheat and feel greasy after 3-4 corners of pushing the car at 7/10ths. They aren't slide off the road greasy, and they return to normal grip shortly afterwards, but I expect a HP or UHP all-season to sacrifice some longevity to provide better grip and resist overheating.
 
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Ok Great i have kelly edge a/s and they give that 'greasy' feeling that I dont like!
 

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I am going to go with Michelins on my cars from now on. I have Pilot Sport All Seasons on my GTO and after trying many tires over its 17 year life, these are the best. I have BFG Advantage TA Sport on my Malibu and they are good and they have lasted 40k miles so far and look to last another 20k+. The OEM continental contipro contact (I think they were called) lasted 70K. I never slid around in either sets of these tires, so they are great for normal grip, but when accelerating, I can burn the tires too easily I feel like.

If this malibu lasts to the point that I have to replace these BFGs, I will go with Michelins. Probably their Cross Climates, which combine a winter compound with an all season tread and are very highly reviewed on tire rack.
 

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I have Michelin Pilot A/S 3+ on my SS and I have never been so impressed with an all-season tire. The performance feels like summer tires, but they do great in winter temps and bad weather. My last tires were Continental DWS 06 and they were fine, but when your car is built for 1g cornering like mine, you really feel the soft sidewall of the Continentals on turn-in. The A/S 3+ just digs in and grips like crazy.

My wife has Michelin Premier A/S on her Cruze hatchback. She bought them for her previous Cobalt as well and loved them enough to fork out the cash again. They are smooth, quiet, and excellent in all weather conditions with long tread life, if performance is not on your priority list, they are the best all season money can buy in our opinion.

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Michelin Pilot A/S 3+
Performance - 5/5
Weather - 5/5
Ride/Noise - 3/5

Continental DWS 06
Performance - 4/5
Weather - 4/5
Ride/Noise - 4/5

Michelin Premier A/S
Performance - 3/5
Weather - 5/5
Ride/Noise - 5/5
 

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Hopfully i cant get some replies to this thread.... My "15" malibu 1lt is needing tires and I was wondering what you guy like for a good durable all season tire? Michelin? Goodyear assurance? Kellies? or?
I have Michelin Defenders on my '14 Malibu. They've been excellent. Great braking and can handle Montana roads in the winter. I have about 52K miles on them and there's still more tread left.
 

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From What I see so far is the Michelin Pilot A/S 3+ are going to be what I want!
 

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I have to agree with the above reviews of both the Conti DWS-06 and the Michelin A/S3+...the sidewalls feel stiffer and I have a bit more road feel with the Michelins on my Cadillac CTS4 Sport Wagon than I did with the Conti's on my Chevy SS but I should add that the Conti's on the GF's Malibu 3LT 2.0T ride just fine as well (still not to the level of the Michelins though)...

with either (or any) just be sure you are fine with the level of performance you get with the tire when installed on your vehicle...some vehicle suspensions cannot take full advantage of the sportier tires but I sure have felt the let down when going with a tire that has less sporting intentions with a suspension that can take advantage of the sportier sidewall and tread...

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I finally am going to pick my tires up after a lot of indesicion...... I went with these....
NOKIAN TIRE ENCOMPASS AW01 215 /60 R16 95V SL BSW They seem to be a sport/ all season/ winter tire so we will see! ( I couldnt afford the michelins.......)
 

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Thanks! They have a little softer sidewalls than I wanted but they are better than the Kelly A/S they also have 12/32 tread depth (which seems like a lot for a car) We will see!
 
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