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Topic:Continental Contact CH95
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ReggieHas anyone had any experience with the Continental Contact CH95. I see that they are used as original equipment by several European car manufacturers.
Eric
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Originally posted by Reggie:
Has anyone had any experience with the Continental Contact CH95. I see that they are used as original equipment by several European car manufacturers.

Reggie,

The Conti's CH95 are OEM on my 2000 Volvo V70 Cross Country. For the price, these tires can't be beat.. however they tend to wear pretty quickly, especially on an all-wheel drive car. I got 22,000Kms so far on the clock and found out that 1/2 the tread is now gone.

Traction-wise, it's a blast! Whether in heavy rain, hot summer days or on the back roads (slight offroad) they hold on amazingly well for such a cheap tire (AWD helps again). Ride is soft, noise level barely audible (maybe 'caus it's a Volvo?) and steering response acceptable, yet it's not a high performance oriented tire. Cornering could be better thought, that is why I'll be replacing them with new 16" wheels (will go from 205/65R15 to 215/55R16) and high performance tires (I'm looking hardly at those Dunlop SP5000's!). I'm afraid going with lower profile on our bad Canadian roads might damage the wheels and provide a harsh ride. I haven't tested them in snow since I got a set of Gislaved (excellent btw!) mounted on seperate rims.

To conclude, the Continental's aren't bad at all for the price but there are better tires out there matching one's expectations. Remeber they are classed as "Grand Touring" tires, category I won't be looking at since I'm more performance oriented rather than being "pampered" in a car.. i'll leave that to my old days

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