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    RS3 Winter Tyres

    Just had an email from my local dealer today. One of those generic all customer emails sent to look like it is personalised to each individual client. In it they say... Is your car prepared for the winter months? As the weather begins to turn, you'll find the roads become more challenging and your tyres may need increased grip. By fitting your car with Audi Winter tyres, you'll experience better handling and shorter stopping distances, & not just in the snow. We offer two different types of tyre options for Audi drivers during the cold months: It goes on to say winter tyres to fit over your current alloys from only £540, or a full set of winter tyres and alloy wheels from £875.
    You can also take advantage of our Tyre Hotel; a safe& convenient way to store your tyres when not in use. Whether storing Summer or Einter tyres, the Audi Tyre Hotel is designed to keep them in top condition & within easy reach, from just £120 for 12 months.

    Now is this just a cunning plan to get customers to buy tyres who don't need them. Do they think they have expensive cars so they can afford to change the tyres/wheels every six months?
    I was planning on ringing my local Audi about my break squeal problem but was wanting to be prepared in case they try to pursade me to buy something I do not need considering I bought my car at the end of January this year, & we did have some snow & ice around that time. Surely if I needed them my RS3 should have had them delivered, in fact anyone buying a car in winter should have winter tyres.
    I know there are similar threads in other groups but I didn't read these as the RS3 tyre is a one size fit, & so I wanted to see if anyone else hash planned to fit winter tyres or do we start a poll for this?

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    i have contemplated getting a second set of rims with winter tyres

    its a bit of gamble in the UK, 2010 we had mental snow, last year almost nothing

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    I put on winter tyres on my S3, the difference is huge, in snow etc. especially breaking in sheet ice, but even in the dry I have no issues, they do not wear that fast, and quite happy leaving them on till you know the cold weather has gone. I don't bother with different rims though.

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    I am a committed cold weather/winter tyre user.

    Last November I fitted my RS3 with a set of original 5-spoke RS3 wheels and had VREDESTEIN Wintrac xtreme tyres fitted: 235 x 35 x 19 91W XL (Front and Rear). Brilliant traction and braking during ALL cold weather/winter type road conditions (including many miles at -10º C on a wet M6); no problems at all last winter.

    For those of you who think this an expensive exercise, I've just sold my 6-year old winter wheels and tyre combos (ex-Audi S3 and Audi A2) for almost 2006 cost; so maximum tyre-to-road winter grip at a very low expense.

    As of now, I've just purchased a set of Audi rims for my recently purchased 2011 TT; these rims again will be fitted with VREDESTEIN Wintrac xtreme tyres (£510 for 4 x 225/50 R17 98V XL with rim protection ridge).

    An added advantage, of course, is that you can keep you precious original Audi wheels free of potential winter (salt, kerbing in snow and ice, etc.) damage.

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    I would say getting winter tyres is a very good idea. I'd prefer to have a set of winter rims/tyres so its just an easy change over.

    I think it is also very good of audi to store your wheels/tyres. They do this in germany and must now be offering the same thing here.

    The prices you have been offered seem very good. £875 for 4x wheels & tyres is a bit of a bargain considering how expensive the tyres are excluding the wheels.

    It is something to consider for everyone.



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