So I am in the market for new tires to replace my OEM 245/40R18 Pirelli P6's. Living in central PA, I want an all season tire that can handle the short summer months, cold winter months, and some light snow (as I don't have the $$$ right now for a dedicated set of summer and winter wheels/tires). My car is a daily driver, and I have a 10-mile spirited drive to and from work (with about 7 miles of twisty 40 mph roads that I like to drive 60 mph on). I am looking for a high-perforamance AS tire that handles well in dry/wet, candle handle some light snow, and is quiet on the highway!
Based on reviews from Consumer Reports, Tire Rack, and Google, and based on price (otherwise I would consider the Bridgestone RE970AS Pole Positions or Michelins), I have narrowed it down to these two tires: Continental ExtremeContact DWS and Pirelli PZero Nero AS. I will say I had the Conti DWS's on my 2007 A4 for about 15k miles and I was not all that impressed with their dry handling performance (although I was coming from Kumho SPT summer tires), and the DWS's got a bit noisy at the end. I will say they were great in the rain and in the snow. The General G-Max AS-03 and Kumho Ecsta 4X are in the right price range, but they are a bit too new for me to consider (unless someone has some real experience with these).
Reviews for the PZero Neros are very mixed, but I have contacted several forum members through PM to get their unbiased opinions, and I have read the expert reviews in the UHP AS category by Consumer Reports (who rated it #1 recently) and Tire Rack (who rated it #1 in 2009 and 2010 and #2 in 2011). Although the majority of reviews are typically when the tire is brand new, so long term is always a factor and a big question mark.
Since I am still a bit undecided, I thought I would post here and read other folks thoughts and experiences are with these tires. Plus I was hoping Doc@TireRack would comment. Thanks!