After I asked about new cars to replace one of our cars a few years ago, we ended up keeping our Passat. It’s been reliable and the repair costs have been substantially lower than a new car.
But now I need new tires. I have Continental ProContact Ecopluses on the car right now and I got good life (72k) out of them. I put them on the car in 2005 – seriously – and we just don’t put a lot of mileage on either of our cars because of short commutes. So now my car has 112k on it and it’s likely to become increasingly expensive. I assume that by the time we wear these out, we’ll be in the market for a new car.
I have liked the Continentals a lot, and it appears that NTB still carries the ProContacts. We have a Goodyear, an NTB, and a Merchants nearby right now. NTB/Merchants is running a buy 3, get 1 right now, so I’d prefer to work with them. So now I’m trying to decide if the Continentals are the best choice.
For my car the following are available at NTB/Merchants, listed in order of expense.
Provato Radial NST S6065
Aspen Touring A/S
Sumitomo HTR A/S P01
Continental Pro Contact
What I’m looking for:
Appropriate for the highs and lows of DC metro weather, including the occasional Snowmageddon and ice storm
I don’t think I’m picky and I am not road racing this car. Just the occasional drive to the beach and a 7 mile commute to work on back roads.