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Old 03-03-2014, 06:20 PM   #1
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Been reading about this on the forum but never thought would happen. Never had more than 18" rims before, so in having the 20", as much as they look great, over the weekend, going 35 over a pothole I did not see, both my left set of front and rear tires got clobbered. Had to have them replaced. $1,000!! Yikes! Just food for thought when you decide on options. Luckily, the rims were not bent, and Audi service was great!
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I feel for people in the mid-west and NE this year, they were showing how bad the roads got beat up with this winter. That said if I live in an area with potentially bad roads I never would have gotten 20 inch wheels. Probably would have found some nice 18s or maybe 19s at worst.
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Yes, I learned my lesson with my previous vehicle (which only had 18" wheels but used low profile tires and had a number of blowouts) I eventually switched to 17" wheels in that car due to the blowouts and ride quality

When I looked at the A6, I calculated how much protection I would get from each tire with 18, 19 or 20 inch rims and immediately ruled out the 20" rims. The 19" (even though I did not like the Audi design and replaced them with nicer aftermarket wheels) were a good compromise and provided more protection than my old vehicle with 17" wheels

You do have to watch if you live in an area with not the best roads, especially those impacted by winter weather
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There were days in the summer that I lamented having the dealer swap the 20s off my CPO because I live in Iowa (the car came from CA). But I know I made the right decision.

Saying that, after driving my wife's minivan around on Blizzaks, I am tempted to get a set of winter rims and tires anyway.
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There were days in the summer that I lamented having the dealer swap the 20s off my CPO because I live in Iowa (the car came from CA). But I know I made the right decision.

Saying that, after driving my wife's minivan around on Blizzaks, I am tempted to get a set of winter rims and tires anyway.
Yea, I never used Blizzaks myself although I do have a winter wheel (Michelin xIce3 / tire setup on my A6). But recently sold my old AWD vehicle which my wife was using this winter, and since my daughter is using the 4WD vehicle she has used past winters, well she was left to her FWD Jetta. I ended up buying a cheap set of Blizzaks off of Craigslist and put them on her Jetta - and she just raves about the performance. No issues at all and we have a hill coming down our driveway she needs to get up to go to work before the crack of dawn. Before the Blizzaks she could not get up the hill with the Jetta unless she threw a bag of cat litter down on the snow / ice. Now, no problem at all - snow, ice do not bother her.
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I guess I really need to stop complaining about Orlando roads. Not only have I never had a flat due to a pothole but I don't think I've ever met anyone here who has. I always wonder what these potholes look like that can destroy rims and tires.
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Gatorguy - well it all depends on how fast one is going, the angle you hit them at, etc.

But these are typical potholes in this area:

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then of course sometimes you have hole roads that look like this:

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then of course sometimes you have hole roads that look like this:
"Hole roads". That's funny, inadvertent or not.
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Had to have them replaced. $1,000!! Yikes!
I understand your frustration - I had to replace a tire on my 19" A7 rims last week.

You may want to look into claiming this under your insurance if your deductible is significantly less than the $1000 it cost you to replace the tires.
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Gatorguy - well it all depends on how fast one is going, the angle you hit them at, etc.

But these are typical potholes in this area:

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then of course sometimes you have hole roads that look like this:

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Thanks for the pictures. I definitely understand why you guys hit so many potholes now. It is practically impossible to avoid them. I definitely understand about the angle and speed.
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Yes, I learned my lesson with my previous vehicle (which only had 18" wheels but used low profile tires and had a number of blowouts) I eventually switched to 17" wheels in that car due to the blowouts and ride quality

When I looked at the A6, I calculated how much protection I would get from each tire with 18, 19 or 20 inch rims and immediately ruled out the 20" rims. The 19" (even though I did not like the Audi design and replaced them with nicer aftermarket wheels) were a good compromise and provided more protection than my old vehicle with 17" wheels

You do have to watch if you live in an area with not the best roads, especially those impacted by winter weather
20" for summer, 18" winter.
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Saw an A7 with flat on RT24 last week. Guess he did not have 18" as an option but to run over the dang holes. Feel bad for you guys.
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My S8 is the first car I've owned with 20" tires. When I left the dealer in the summer the salesman tried twice to sell me "wheel and tire" insurance. I basically laughed and waved him off.

The wife has had two flats and a cracked rim this winter. He had the last laugh. I know have winter and summer rims. Expensive but necessary!
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This is the first car I've had in ages that didn't have 19's or 20's. Last 5 were 20", 20", 19", 20", 20". This time, I purposely found a car without the Sport package so I could have the 18's. Even so, I've already replaced 1 tire this winter and the roads aren't getting any better, so more may be on the way.
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Tip of the day for those of us in the wintery climes: Do NOT drive through standing pools water if at all possible. Many a deep pothole has found a nice, snug home hidden beneath those seemingly innocuous, small pools of water.
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Tip of the day for those of us in the wintery climes: Do NOT drive through standing pools water if at all possible. Many a deep pothole has found a nice, snug home hidden beneath those seemingly innocuous, small pools of water.
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When I was researching the a6 I wanted one with the sport package and 20" rims but after considering the winters and potholes up here in New England I settled for one with the 19" wheel option. I hit a puddle with a hidden crater a few weeks ago so hard I was certain I did damage to either the wheel or tire. Ended up fine though so I am happy with my decision. Would like to have the three spoke steering wheel though.
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My S8 is the first car I've owned with 20" tires. When I left the dealer in the summer the salesman tried twice to sell me "wheel and tire" insurance. I basically laughed and waved him off.

The wife has had two flats and a cracked rim this winter. He had the last laugh. I know have winter and summer rims. Expensive but necessary!
The salesman did warn me when I asked about the 20" option. He goes, "forget about 20" in NJ. I do not want to see you come here with flats and broken rim"

Guess he was right!
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I hit a puddle with a hidden crater a few weeks ago so hard I was certain I did damage to either the wheel or tire. Ended up fine though so I am happy with my decision. Would like to have the three spoke steering wheel though.
Be glad you didn't end up with a three spoke wheel from hitting the pothole.
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Greetings, new member here and still trying to learn how to use this forum. I'm considering pulling the trigger on a 2015 A6 TDI. I like the looks of the Black Optics Package however I am concerned about the ride quality as that package forces you into 20" wheels and Sport Tuned Suspension. Has anyone been able to drive both the described version and the standard suspension with 18" wheels for coparison? Also, being as Audi's do not have much of a dealer holdback, how close to invoice might one expect to purchase one of these?
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