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Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Vertigo1, Dec 17, 2006.

  1. Vertigo1

    Vertigo1 Well-Known Member

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    What tyres have your cars come with from the factory and what did you think of them? I'm thinking primarily of the 225/40/18s fitted to the S-Lines here.

    I was half expecting Conti Sport Contact 2s as I'm sure I'd read a lot of them had arrived with these but mine's arrived with Pirelli P-Zero Rossos. Are all S-Lines arriving with these now? What about the S3s?

    As it's the middle of winter and the conditions are ghastly I've not really had chance to push these tyres yet plus the car only has 200 miles on it so I'm not driving like a loon (yet :) )
     
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    Mine has P-Zeros, GSD3s next for me
     
  4. vagman

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    My SB came with Conti SportContact 2s, which I was quite happy about.

    I was told that Audi fit Rossos, Conti SC2s or Michelin Pilots to their performance motors and the choice of tyre used is down to whatever they have in stock at any given moment.

    I've had all 3 fitted to my previous Audis and I have found them to be pretty similar in their qualities.
     
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    Our first s-line we refused came with CS2s and the second woth Rossos. You know what I think of the Rossos;).
     
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    I've got Rosso's on mine. Can't really tell what they are like as there's absolutely no feel whatsoever to the A3's steering - after my previous Alfa 156....

    It's like using my PC games console steering wheel - no feedback whatsoever. You just turn the wheel and the car goes where it points, but that's about as involved as it gets!

    All I can say is that the tyres seem to grip when I turn the wheel, but I've no idea how near any edge I've ever reached....

    Mind you, after falling off snake pass backwards in my 156 when that gave up on me unexpectedly, I'm not sure whether I want feel or not! It certainly didn't do me any good then.....
     
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    Amchlolor Active Member

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    Doesn't matter what tyres you fit,that's just the A3's steering,full stop.
    I too had a 156 and still drive my mate's from time to time.
    Chalk and cheese,when it comes to steering feel.

    You have two choices with the A3.
    Chuck it in and hope,or slow down.
    I had Conti sport contacts as standard,but have F1's now.
    They definitely give more grip,but no change in feel.
    You just have that bit more faith when you chuck it in and hope ! :)
     
  9. Vertigo1

    Vertigo1 Well-Known Member

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    What's the noise like with the F1s out of interest?
     
  10. Amchlolor

    Amchlolor Active Member

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    Definitely less noise than with the Conti's.
    Braking and cornering grip are tonnes better too.
    Only criticism I have is that acceleration grip in the wet is worse.
    Trying to accelerate from a standing start is a bit of a wheelspinning nightmare,which the Conti's didn't suffer from.
    Once rolling though,the F1's are definitely better.
     
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    arthurfuxake Controversial & Contradictive

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    Bowfer,
    What is the cold weather grip like? I have rossos on at the moment, and their grip in warmer weather is good, but I'm finding the grip isn't as good now that the weather is getting colder.
    Do the F1's also suffer during cold? From that tread pattern, it looks like they'll be useless if we get a sprinkling of snow, but I'm not too worried about snow as we only get it for about 2 days of the year.
     
  12. Amchlolor

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    Cold weather grip seems fine,and it's -3C up here just now.
    Can't comment on snow grip yet,as we haven't had any since I fitted them.
    Don't think they'll last as long as the Conti's did though.
    The Conti's lasted until about 13000 miles,so the F1's have done about 8000.
    I haven't measured the tread,but they look like there's only a couple of thousand left in them,tops.
    I have noticed the car getting quite sensitive to white lines and grooves in the road lately too.
    I doubt I'll go for anything different next time though.
    It'll be F1's again,for sure.

    (longevity isn't an issue for me,as the company pays for them).

    The tread pattern is ultra cool too.
    Even my 60 year old mother noticed and said "ooh,fancy tyres".

    ;-)
     
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    I've got the F1's fitted to my car. Had the rosso's from the factory.

    The rosso's managed about 12K before being as bald as an inner tube. They where good int eh dry but awful in the wet.

    The last set of F1's I had on the front managed 18K ish miles before hitting the wear indidcators.

    The F1's are a very good tyre in the wet and the dry, good price as well. Recommended.

    J.
     
  14. Tim Stuart

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    Am I missing something here? What/where do I find wear indicators?
    Apologies if you all groan, but I've never come across them before...

    Also, I have the Rossos fitted - what is the correct and recommended tyre pressure? Again, I can't find it for looking...:think:

    Thanks
     
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    Wear indicators are built into most tyres, they show a colour band through the rubber when you reach the limit
     
  16. Dandle

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    No they dont they tread just wears down to the level of the wear indicator then your tyres are at or below the legal limit.

    My car came with Rossos on it and they were dire even in the dry(wet they were ditchfinders). My T4 with skinnier 205/50 16s(F1s) would out grip our A3 by quite some margin. I swapped them for F1s at 4k miles and sold them on ebay(Mrs sped the process up after kurbing a wheel, F1s also have a better rim protector). I havent looked back since the grip is amazing on the car now compared to before. They do tend to tramline a bit and get slightly louder as the get to the end of there lives, its not that bad though.


    As for the lack of steering feel I dont find it anywhere near as bad as before now that I have turned the boost down on it to 3 from 7. I can actually feel what the wheels are doing now:). Its still not brilliant but alot better and i'm more than happy with it.
     
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    Sounds like your car is same as mine.
    Sportback 2.0tdi S-line (18" alloys)
    Tyre pressures are;

    38 psi front
    35 psi rear

    No idea what that is in bar,sorry.
    I'm old skool.
     
  18. alfiejts

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    Surely that's only fully loaded with five people, loads of luggage and for high-speed running.

    For "ordinary" driving the sticker on my fuel flap hinge says 33psi front and 30 psi rear for the 225/40-18s on my S-Line 3 door....

    (And they're already wearing in the middle rather than at the edge, so that suggests that the 34 psi I've been setting them to on the front (one for the road....) has been "over-inflated".
     
  19. RobinA3

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    I have rosso's on mine and are the tyres it had one when it left the factory
     
  20. Dandle

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    Nope my sportback is 38/35psi normally. Fully loaded is higher.
     
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    Has anyone tried Michelin Pilot Sport or Bridgestone Potenza S02/S03?

    I had very good experiences with Bridgestone Potenza in a Honda I had.

    Hope I can "find" steering feel in my new A3 as I'm driving an Alfa 156 and steering feel is good. I know people usually say Alfas are nothing special but I must say I will get another Alfa in the future, I love Alfas and mine as been reliable since day one and has 96K by now! Petrol off course! It sounds silly but Alfa Romeo, even with all the problems, has a mystic unsurpassed by other manufacturers like Renault, etc. I will miss my Alfa!

    Driving my Alfa with Dunlop SP01 Sports, good ones, wet or dry!

    Pedro
     
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    Michelin Pilot Sport 2 are reported to be very good on the A3(they are one of the best tyres out there anyway), not heard anything about the Bridgestones though.
     
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    I have my tyres at 35/38psi front/back

    i thought it was high at first so i double checked the handbook and it is correct.

    harsh ride though on 18's!!!!
     
  25. Dandle

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    Don't you mean the other way around;).
     
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    My sticker says 35 front, 32 rear, for 3 people in the car.
    (I have Contis).
     
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    The sticker on my car says 38 front/35 rear regardless of load.
    Normal wear patterns on the tyres.
    No suggestion that this is too high,front or back.
    I do notice that anything lower makes the car feel mushy,so 38/35 it is !
     
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    A lot of manufacturers have higher than expected tyre pressures to get the car through the drive by noise test
     
  29. RobinA3

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    oops.........yes i did
     
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    I've just put 4 conti sport contact 2s on my 2004 a3 sport and find them better than the michelin pilots that were on as originals.Although the michelins gave good grip wet or dry,if you went on anything other than A roads or motorways the ride became very harsh.We have a lot of rough roads in Cumbria.The contis have just as much grip but are much more pliant on poorer road surfaces and as a result you get a smoother ride.:blackrs4:
     

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