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Tyre life on an S3.

BlueS3 Feb 13, 2020

  1. BlueS3

    BlueS3 New Member

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    I've got a 2017 S3 DSG which I've owned from new and I'm getting about 12000 miles per tyre, this doesn't particularly worry me but is it typical?

    I drive the car fairly quickly but not racing, the wear is even all around and the tracking is exactly to Audi spec.

    I've also got a 2002 TT which I drive in a similar way but I get about 20,000 miles per tyre.

    The S3 has currently got Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 tyres.

    The S3 is an excellent car - very quick and fairly economical.

    Thanks.
     
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  3. JM13

    JM13 Member

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    Just FYI I managed 8500 on my last set of Pirelli P zero's. Audi reccomend changing all 4 at the same time, I had a little bit of life left on the rear but not much. I find the S3 gets through tyres faster than any other car I have had!
     
  4. Bells

    Bells Well-Known Member Team Daytona Team Ara Blue Team V6 Audi S3 Audi S5

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    I got 13,000 miles out of my Conti’s that I had on my original S3 from new, they had 2mm left. Front tyres do wear quicker than the rears as the Quattro isn’t permanent.

    I’d been told previously you’re only allowed a max of 3mm tolerance per axle but Audi do recommend changing front and rears at the same time.
     
  5. Chris4410

    Chris4410 Well-Known Member Team Glacier Team Nardo saloon Audi S3 quattro Audi A5 Black Edition Audi TT Golf GTI

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    I managed 23k out of my first set of Pirelli P zero's, the second set lasted considerably less.

    When you do change them, do all 4 at the same time. My rears didn't need changed at the same time as the fronts, but I was back two days later to get them changed as the car just didn't feel right.
     
  6. zac7654321

    zac7654321 New Member

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    rotate the tyres front to back to get even ware out of them, i do it once a year on every car i ever had.

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  7. Adam14

    Adam14 Well-Known Member Team Glacier Team V6 Audi S5 Coupe

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    I managed 23k from the original P zeroes and they had around 3mm left on the rear, fronts got changed and had done 15k miles and had around 4.5mm-5mm iirc, that was on a FL S3 Saloon

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  8. Dan_G

    Dan_G Well-Known Member SQ5 owners group Team Navarra Audi S3

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    Original Continentals lasted 19k miles. Dunlop Sport Maxx lasted me 23k miles.

    The Dunlops have been consistently over 20k miles on the last 4 or 5 audis i have had.
     
  9. s3bow

    s3bow Member

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    19k out of conti AO for me.

    Chris.
     
  10. S32B

    S32B Well-Known Member S tronic Audi A5 Coupe

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    When I had the S3 (manual) I sold it with the original tyres on @17,500 can't remember what tyres were on it.
    This A5 coupe s-tronic I changed the fronts at 2mm with 7,000 on the clock! It's running Continentals which are good for grip but bad for wear!

    It also depends on the types of journeys you do as well, long rolling ones will get you more miles than short stop/start ones.
     
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  11. Ron240

    Ron240 Breaking the stereotype S3 Saloon Team Ara Blue Gold Supporter Black Edition

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    Currently on a minimum of 5mm all round at 7200 miles from new with Pirelli P Zero.
    As said wear is all relative to car/tyre/driving style.
    I am very gentle on tyres but was shocked at the wear on my previous car(Civic Type R/Continental) which wore at the rate of 1mm per 1000 miles. :frowning:
     
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2020
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  13. eribaMotters

    eribaMotters Active Member

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    I feel ill reading this tyre life thread. Does anybody else remember when you used to get 70,000+ miles out of a Michelin ZX?

    Colin
     
  14. kc1174

    kc1174 Active Member Team Glacier VCDS Map User Audi S3

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    I’m in the US with a PFL 2016 S3 with the 235/35/R19s.
    The original P-Zeros were awful - got about 8,000 miles out of those. As soon as the temperature dropped below 40°F/5°C, they’d literally fall apart from slow speed stuff - like parking...
    Not sure if they’re available in the UK, but I went with the Continental DWS06 all seasons in the same size and over here they’re AO. I’m currently at 26,000 miles with the tread between 7/32” and 8/32” on all 4 (new is 10/32”). Just as good a tyre as the P-Zeros IMO and grippy in anything. Got a small bulge on one from a pothole, but tread wise they’re awesome compared with the stock.
     
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  15. Ron240

    Ron240 Breaking the stereotype S3 Saloon Team Ara Blue Gold Supporter Black Edition

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    Did you write that correctly?
    It's just that a brand new tyre has around 8mm of tread.
     
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  16. kc1174

    kc1174 Active Member Team Glacier VCDS Map User Audi S3

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    Sorry - the result of being a Brit living in the US now - 7/32” and 8/32”. New was 10/32”. Replace at 4/32”.
     
  17. george forbes

    george forbes Member

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    so that will be new 5/16" replace at 1/8" sorry but work in a machine shop . why don't people round down to lowest denominator.
     
  18. GSB

    GSB Well-Known Member Gold Supporter Team Navarra Audi S3 quattro Manual

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    The age old tale that Haldex “doesn’t provide power to the rear until slip is detected at the front” is a myth that hasn’t been the case since about 2006. The coupling is almost always supplying torque to the rear axle.

    More relevant to tyre wear differing between axles is the chassis set up, the fronts still do all the steering and most of the braking, and carry c.60% of the cars weight.

    My S3 hatch did 23k before I sold it. It was still on it’s original tyres, but they were definitely due for replacement. Front to rear wear was even, but I did regularly rotate the tyres to keep it even,
     
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  19. Ron240

    Ron240 Breaking the stereotype S3 Saloon Team Ara Blue Gold Supporter Black Edition

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    Nope, sorry that was gibberish. :D
    My point was how can a tyre that's covered 26000 miles have virtually the same tread remaining as a brand new tyre?
     
  20. Chris4410

    Chris4410 Well-Known Member Team Glacier Team Nardo saloon Audi S3 quattro Audi A5 Black Edition Audi TT Golf GTI

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    Quite nicely sums up about 90% of what comes out of the US:chuncky:
     
  21. The_Ironist

    The_Ironist Active Member Team Daytona S3 Saloon Audi S3

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    Can anyone confirm if it’s cited by Audi anywhere to replace all 4 tyres at the same time on a 4wd car (S3) or what the max difference in tread should be?
     
  22. Damo S

    Damo S Active Member

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    20k on my toyo proxies and still a few thousand miles left. I'd not get these tyres again though. They were great on my old 3.2 quattro but not so great on this car.
     
  23. winrya

    winrya Active Member

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    Just about to hit 20k on the original Pirelli’s. Must be my driving style but rears always wear slightly quicker on my last 3 quattros. Not much but fronts are just over 3mm, rears sat around 2.5mm
     
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