I have the BFGoodrich G-FORCE COMP-2 A/S on my wifes 2007 V6 Accord coupe. Just around 5000 miles and back from a trip from Houston to ST Louis and back. I picked these tires because of the feedback on the TireRack and couldn't be happier. They are quite,didn't seem to impact fuel mileage 27.5 -28.5Mpg on the freeway, great in the Houston rain and performed very well in the sleet and freezing rain in the upper midwest.
Everyone has different experiences with tires and it's sure possible that you recieved a bad tire or two. If I had the same experience as you and the seller wouldn't take them back for a replacement set I would NEVER again by from that manufacture or seller, so I undertand your decision. I've never heard a bad word about the Continental ExtremeContact DWS.
yeah, It may have been a bad set, and I am fairly sure that's what it was, NTB did work with me but that particular shop I do not know if I will go back to anymore. I had to poke and prod pretty hard to get them to do anything, they (the corporation, NTBs are corporate, not franchised) make millions upon millions a year and this guy acts like he cant afford to refund me or help me out on another set. I understand it affects the bottom line when I return a bad set of tires and want a refund, or discount on another set, but its not the end of the world. That's how he acted though. I understand the higher ups give you quotas and you HAVE to meet them at a regular basis or they will find someone else who will. I was willing to pay for the new tires and install, just wanted a discount to help since I had just bought a set and they wont balance, and you have documentation of this. Finally he got BFG on the phone and after me and him arguing with them for 45 minutes they agreed to buy back 2 tires at 100% and 2 at 50%, well that works that's in the middle of what I wanted, it wasn't that
hard man. But BFGs stipulation was I had to get another set of BFG or Michelin tires so I went with Michelin pilot sport a/s3 and they where great, as the several sets of them I had in the past where. I went with different ones that time because they where a better price, and similar warranty and the sales guy said they are the new tires from bfg and supposed to outperform the a/s3 I did not see them out performing the a/s3 even if they had not vibrated and not balanced they grip well and steering and braking response was good but the a/s3 was a notch better. the a/s3+ is supposed to be better compounds according to Michelin reps so better cold and wet grip, which it already had wet grip like no other a/s I have had. snow I did not know as texas get 1 snow storm every few years and the roads ice, so driving is almost impossible when that happens anyways
Things I learned from that experience 1: Discount tire is more willing to help when you have an issue with their tires 2: BFG hates to warranty things, but Michelin does not (dealt with warranty through Michelin before) 3: don't listen to a sales guy even if he doesn't get commission as they stand behind a counter for a living and probably know nothing about the stuff they sell in the real world, just the marketing BS the manufacturers and corporation they work for feed them.
That's why I am here with a poll this time, getting feedback from mazda 3 owners of a similar demographic to me as to which tires have worked well for how the car drives, how they drive it , and their overall experience with the tire(s) so I can glean info from people like myself and go in knowing what I want. The a/s3+ is what I am slowly leaning towards but the dws 06 looks like a fantastic tire that maybe up to or above the a/s3 tier and costs a little less then they do. but I am keeping options open right now to see what people recommend