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What tyres

consilio Oct 2, 2012

  1. consilio

    consilio Up the owls!

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    Getting ready for some new tryes, and looking at the tyres the car came with (Dunlops) they are one of those daft "AO" audi only codes that instantly add 20% to the price. Have been quoted £168 a tyre on those!

    So, any suggestions on alternatives or should I stick with the suggested tyre?
     
  2. Pyeman

    Pyeman Member VCDS Map User quattro Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group TDi

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    That a good price!!

    Continentals 3's are on mine and I will stick with them as the have been a very good Tyre on the car and lasted well. They are over £200 a piece too!!
     
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  4. johnnythepie

    johnnythepie Well-Known Member

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    Hmmmnnn.Hardly an indepth assessment.And compared to what? Unfortunately Consilio all the road tests including autocar etc give differing results.Only flaw is that the driven tests are in a differant car and are not driven by you!!.Ive tried a stack of tyres on my a4 2.0 tdi sline and each are differant.The constant that i have is that they are on my car and im driving!.I found that the bridgestone s001' to be the best all rounder...it has a nice stiff sidewall that prevents roll.Could be better in the wet though.The goodyears and contis (esp the 5p) grip like sh to a blanket wet or dry, but have a soft sidewall and boy do they wallow like a 2cv.Dunlops i wouldnt put on a wheelchair, and i havent tried michelin yet (spent too much trying the conti bridgestones and goodyears).As i said i like the bridgestones but some people think that they are craap.Welcome to the minefield.As for the AO markings, i have yet to find out exactly what differance it makes.Except as you say the price.Just because your car came with dunlops, doesnt mean that they are a standard/recommended fit.Its a case of whoever audi can get the best deal/supply from.Ive had bridgestones and contis on my two, but ive seen dunlop, avon and goodyears on some new cars.On your S4, i would go with conti 5p.But Id get recommendations/thoughts from other S4 owners.Its not a cheap decision.
     
  5. Grant

    Grant Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Audi RS3

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    Michelin Pilot Sport 3.

    Next month Costco will be having a deal where is you buy 4 tyres, you'll get 20% off.
     
  6. longp2

    longp2 Active Member

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    I've got contis on mine but may try vredesteins next time. I had Goodyear assymetrics on my B7 and they were great but didn't last long.
     
  7. tinka

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    I need some for mine soon, if I keep the 18"s or not I'll be getting some Goodyear eagle F1 assymetric 2's, they seem to be rated very well on tyre reviews.
     
  8. Av4nt

    Av4nt Well-Known Member Team V10 Team Sprint quattro Audi S6 s tronic saloon

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    Well depends what u use car for. I only commute to work and back so I use cheap ****!! If I was racing or tracking id use Pilot Sport 3's.
     
  9. longp2

    longp2 Active Member

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    Good tyres don't have to expensive but I would never put "cheap ****" on any car especially if I was using it to commute to work, I bought an Octavia vrs from a dealer and the front tyres were some Chinese garbage and the car was ok in a straight line but try a corner and it was a death trap.
     
  10. ScottishA4B9

    ScottishA4B9 Well-Known Member Team Daytona Audi A4 S-line owners group TDi saloon

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  11. Zafi

    Zafi Well-Known Member

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    Last pair I bought were £50 for a pair of 5mm deep part worns off Ebay.........
     
  12. johnnythepie

    johnnythepie Well-Known Member

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    As in most things in life, you get what you pay for
     
  13. johnnythepie

    johnnythepie Well-Known Member

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    Is the sidewall soft or hard? need to know please as i quite fancy trying them next
     
  14. johnnythepie

    johnnythepie Well-Known Member

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    I wouldnt boast about that! Do you know the history of the tyres ie have they been kerbed etc suffered internal damage?
     
  15. Av4nt

    Av4nt Well-Known Member Team V10 Team Sprint quattro Audi S6 s tronic saloon

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    All well and good but on a budget I can't really warrant £800 for tyres on low profile 19" rims
     
  16. AshA4

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    About the best tyre your gonna get for around the £100 mark is Falken 452s they are a great tyre and perform about the same as Vredesteins, I have had both makes several times over the last 6 years and my old ST Tdci ate front tyres for fun.
    Have a look on blackcircles.com
     
  17. longp2

    longp2 Active Member

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    Yes they get good reviews, Avon ZZ3s are also very good, I got a set fitted to my Skoda for £110 each (18s)
     
  18. consilio

    consilio Up the owls!

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    Thanks for the varied comments. Have got it booked in for some Pirelli PZero Rosso's 245/40/18, fitted for £164 a corner, which I am happy with as I always felt that the Dunlops were noisy
     
  19. Grant

    Grant Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Audi RS3

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    You asked for tyre advice and went for a make of tyre that nobody recommended! :think:

    Why did you choice Pirelli in the end?
     
  20. toastyhamster

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    I replaced my front Dunlops like for like, but bloody hell I wish I'd got them for £168, my 19s were £230+ (etyres). Got over 20k from them and although I've favoured michelins in the past I was only replacing the front two this time round so felt happier having a matching set. Never had any grip or issues with them.
     
  21. consilio

    consilio Up the owls!

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    Actually ScottishS3's comments led me to them. I looked at the Michelins which I had in the past but were much more expensive at my local garage. Although I could have bought them myself and had my garage fit them, it still worked out more expensive. The Pirelli's (also had these before) were a bit cheaper and my local garage can supply them, so that seemed the easiest option with a tyre i am happy with
     
  22. longp2

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    Never had pirellis but they're a premium tyre so they should be good, be sure to let us know what you think of them.
     
  23. ScottishA4B9

    ScottishA4B9 Well-Known Member Team Daytona Audi A4 S-line owners group TDi saloon

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    To be honest, I'm not sure but the fronts lasted for 25k miles and the rears which have done 25k are like new!!!! They grip like nobody's business!I had my Michelin Pilot Sport 3's DELIVERED NEXT DAY for £303 from Camskill!!!!!!I was quoted £400-500 for both from every other online or local Tyre Place!
     
  24. johnnythepie

    johnnythepie Well-Known Member

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    Could you give them a prod ( ooeer) for me please?....and at that price i take it you have 18" on?
     
  25. Zafi

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    No, but with the state of UK roads I recon everyone is driving about on tyres that have seen a fair amount of grief.

    I have used part worns for the last 10 years without any issues. I would not use one that has had a major repair or shows any signs of running flat. Most are take offs from Germany where is is illegal to replace just one tyre on an axle, so if they get a puncture the good tyre on the other side is taken off and exported.

    As for AO tyres, Audi dealers dont bother fitting AO tyres to used cars on the forecourt so why should we?
     
  26. AshA4

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    My car currently has the Avon ZZ3s on the front and Pirrelli PZero Rossi on the back. Both seem very good but the Pirrelli (according to service printout) were fitted about 15000 miles ago and look like new!
    I may put the same Pirrelli's on the front when due if I can get them for the right money, if not it will be Vreds for me :)
     
  27. ScottishA4B9

    ScottishA4B9 Well-Known Member Team Daytona Audi A4 S-line owners group TDi saloon

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    Ok will do mate. Yes I have 18".
     
  28. johnnythepie

    johnnythepie Well-Known Member

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    Thanks.!9" are all very well till you need new tyres!!
     
  29. ScottishA4B9

    ScottishA4B9 Well-Known Member Team Daytona Audi A4 S-line owners group TDi saloon

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    Yeah the price difference on 19" put me off. They are on average at least £100 more each than 18"
     
  30. johnnythepie

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    Tell me about it.What with my buggering about trying differant brands has cost me a bomb.Should have had 18's and dropped the car. Hey Ho, too late now.
     
  31. ScottishA4B9

    ScottishA4B9 Well-Known Member Team Daytona Audi A4 S-line owners group TDi saloon

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    Just checked and the sidewall is hard on the Michelin Pilot Sport 3's.
     
  32. johnnythepie

    johnnythepie Well-Known Member

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    ta
     
  33. AshA4

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    Mistake the Avons on my car are the ZZ5s, very good value for around £150 a pop :)
     
  34. shariain

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    Just put some Bridgestone s001's on mine they seem ok just need to wait and see how they hold up.
     
  35. johnnythepie

    johnnythepie Well-Known Member

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    I like my s001's as they have a good hard sidewall and no roll.
     
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  36. Mcdubber1

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    I find the p zero's a bit slidey in the wet. They grip quite well in the dry but I feel they squirm about a bit in cornering. Goodyear f1's on the rear seem really good though!
     
  37. ScottishA4B9

    ScottishA4B9 Well-Known Member Team Daytona Audi A4 S-line owners group TDi saloon

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    My missus reckons the Michelin Pilot Sport 3's grip more in the wet.
     
  38. Mcdubber1

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    More than what?
     
  39. johnnythepie

    johnnythepie Well-Known Member

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    my fingers :undwech:
     
  40. ScottishA4B9

    ScottishA4B9 Well-Known Member Team Daytona Audi A4 S-line owners group TDi saloon

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    Than in the dry! But she knows sod all about cars!
     

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