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Old 03-01-2004, 09:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,
Question:

I have a 2002 BMW 330i Sport and Premium. I have the M68 style wheels that came with Continental ContiSportContacts.

I believe that they are ContiSportContact(1) not the newer ContiSportContact2's.

According to the TireRack website and Continental's website, the CSC1's had a treadware rating of 160. The CSC2's had a treadware rating of 280.

My tires have treadware rating of 280 imprinted on the sidewall, but the tread looks like the CSC1's and the writing on the sidewall says ContiSportContact with no numeral after it.

So what is the deal with the different treadware rating? Did Continental used to make CSC1's with a treadware rating of 280? used

Thanks for any input.

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Old 03-01-2004, 10:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i think the higher the rating the longer the tires will last. however im not sure. you should talk to extech hes the tire expert.
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not what hes asking...your so insesntive to other peoples feelings furious
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The contisportcontact 2's are 280 and the contisportcontacts are 160. The 2's are maximum performance summer tire. The others are ultra high performance.
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ExTech,
I agree with you on the treadware ratings. 280 for the CSC2 and 160 for the CSC1.

But, what I am saying is that the tread on my tires looks like the CSC1. Also the sidewalls don't say ContiSportContact2 on them. But I am not sure if the CSC2 do have a 2 on the sidewall.

I wrote to Continental to see what they had to say.

Maybe they are CSC2's but they don't look like it.

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ok here is a pic of the contisportconact 1's. This should be what you have. This is what the factory used.


This is a pic of the contisportcontact 2's.



which ones do you have??
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not what hes asking...your so insesntive to other peoples feelings furious
hey i do what i can to bump the posts that no one wants to answer back to the top so many ,, just maybe someone might know.
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Gentleman,
My apologies for my delay in responding, I have been out of town for a few days. And thank you for your research and input.

I also did some more of my own and have some interesting input from the Continental Customer Service people.

First of all, I recognize those pictures, and my tires most definitely look the CSC1's. They absolutely do not look like the CSC2's.

However, the treadware rating on all 5 of my tires says 280.

I wrote Continental and they told me that their website was incorrect and that the actual treadware rating of CSC1's is 280.

I wrote them back to get absolute confirmation on this, but that is what they said.

The wierd thing is that this goes against everything I have ever read about the treadware rating b/t CSC1's and CSC2's.

Is there anyone who has CSC1's with a 160 treadware rating?

Will let you know after final confirmation from Continental.

Again, thank you for your assistance and research.

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CSC OEM are 280 AA. They are the best value out there which is why they are OEM. TireRack just has it wrong on their site.
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I was just about to say, wrong info on their site!
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Hi all,
OK. Here is the latest email from the Continental folks. This is their explanation.


Dear Joe,
The Continental ContiSportContacts(1) were indeed made with treadwear
ratings of 160 and 280. However, BMW specifications for their 3Series
are 280. So the ContiSportContacts(1)that are equipped on your BMW should
have the 280 treadwear rating.If you would like to be completely
certain that the tires on your vehicle are the ContiSportContact(1)please
visit our website to locate an authorized Continental tire dealer that can
inspect the sidewall of your tire for verification.

Thank you



So I guess the lesson here is make sure if you order the CSC(1) that you specify the BMW OEM so that you get the 280 rating.

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