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So I traded a local Ford dealer 4 used Toyo Winter tires from my Mercedes, and the 4 (also used) original Dunlop summer tires from my Rav-4, for four NEW winter tires. Mounted, balanced and on my vehicle.... with winterizing of my fluids for "free"..... straight trade for my used tires. Two of the Mercedes' winter tires were at about 80%, the other two at about 50%, and the four summer Dunlops were all at about 80%.

He gave me a set of Cooper Discoverer M&S , a tire I am completely unfamilliar with, but which he says is supposed to be an excellent winter tire. I searched a bit on the net and seemed to only find good things said about them....... but I was wondering if anyone here knows first hand what they're like? They look like a really solid tire, real deep tread design and dual slush troughs..... but it still hasn't snowed yet and I haven't had a chance to try them out yet!

Anyone here ever had these tires?? Thanks for any input!
 

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That's what I have! They are the best winter tire that I have ever purchased and I have purchased many over the years. Check out the pictures in my Album, I use them in the mud too and they work awesome. Very deep tread combined with the "sipes" for icy traction make them an unstopable (so far) tire in my oppinion. Great tire! You'll have a good winter for sure with these on your vehicle.

Factoid: Did you know that Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. is one of the top producers of tires and among the top in quality, performance and reliability? Anyway. Later. M. :D
 

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I drive by one of their big distribution hubs every day on the way to work.

They've got this huge lighted sign that blinds like the morning sun on the interstate at night. I'm sure a good portion of their revenue go into the energy bill for that monstrosity. :shock:

Locals are big on them as a matter of local pride. My only experience with Cooper tires was some 'Cobras'(one of their performance tires) that were on my Celica when I bought it. Frankly, I thought they were horrible, horrible tires. I replaced them a few months later even though they had plenty of tread left.
 

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My tire shop promotes this brand to me when I was shopping for my winter tires. I didn’t pick them because I am not familiar with the brand. The tire specialist said they are the most affordable and with not-bad snow and ice performance.
 

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I did plenty of research on Winters but could not get consumer reviews or any legitamit private or Government test on Coopers so I did not even consider them.
2 months later I went with the Toyo Observe G-03 and the research paid off.
Aside from good reviews in 101 tires there was a private test done in Canada and they where one of the top 2. Great handling/ traction/ dispersion/ and wear rate.
For Ice Traction aside from the sipes (multiple edges) it actually has crushed Walnut shells in the rubber.
They could have given me the Walnuts with the tires :lol:
I wish I had purchased there summer tire. 2 friends had them and they have exellent handling.
Unfortunatly from what I read here in RAV4World the OEM ones don’t last long but that’s what I think
Toyota wants. :wink:

Walt
 

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I have the Cooper Discoverer M+S for winter use and the Cooper Discoverer H/T for summer use. I think they are both good tires, maybe not number one, but they are a great value for the price, and very durable. I have had Cooper snow tires in the past, and I have been pretty happy with them. They are certainly better than the stock tires that came with my Rav4.

The reason I have Cooper tires is that they are sold by a local shop I know that does good work, and they have great treadlife for a reasonable price. As for the M+S tires specifically, I have never had other snow tires on my Rav, but compared to snow tires other cars, they perform well. Another reason I went with the Coopers is that My dad had the Discoverers on his GMC Yukon and they lasted 60K+ miles. The way I figure it, I could have shelled out $100+ per tire for a supposedly good tire, and I would have had a 50% of getting a good tire. But with the Coopers, I knew I was getting a good tire for a lot less than Goodyears or Michelins. They may not be the highest performance of the bunch, but they make up for it in price, treadwear, and all-around versatility.
 
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