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Old 04-20-2009, 09:19 PM   #1
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I will be needing tires by winter and wondered what people are recommending
Have standard OEM 225/55/17 Allroad tires. I read good things about General Altimax amd Bridgestone Turaamza
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Old 04-21-2009, 02:33 AM   #2
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winter tire? All Season Tires?
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Round ones. Seriously, they work the best. ( 2nd paulroad's request) ;-)
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I just purchased a used '03 2.7T allroad, and immediately put Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus tires on. The car drives very smoothly and it grips the corners well.


For what my needs are in the rainy Pacific Northwest - these tires are perfect.
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Those are a superb tire for that climate.
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Old 04-21-2009, 02:30 PM   #6
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I'm assuming that you want an AS tire and don't live where you need winter tires. The General Altimax is a good inexpensive tire. I have a set on a spare car. But, I think an 05 allroad deserves better tires. The Turanza name by itself doesn't convey much info because there are several with that name. The Turanza Serenity is a good all season tire with the proper load rating.

We have an 05 allroad and recently bought the Michelin Primacy mxv4. Very smmoth riding, very quiet, nice grant touring all season tire. Probaly last a long time.

We replaced Michelin Pilot Sport AS tires that lasted a little longer than the original Pirellis, and peformed a lot better in rain and light snow, but I think they're more performance oriented than the allroad needs.
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Falken ZE 912, $126 a tire, if cost matters.
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Falken ZE 912, $126 a tire, if cost matters.
Yea or 512s if you can get them, thats if you wont encounter much snow. If snow, than Nokian WR G2's, hands down the best all season I've ever run, but overkill if no snow.
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Falken ZE 912, $126 a tire, if cost matters.
x2 and I think you can get them for less, at least you can for A6 fitment (235/45/17)
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I had the Pilot Sport A/S for the first 20K miles I owned my allroad and thought I loved them. I had issues with the car 'hopping' or 'skipping' in corners on uneven pavement, but rationalized that as the tradeoff for the air suspension. I installed Pirelli PZeroNero M&S tires last summer (I had these on my previous A4, however, they didn't make an allroad size when I bought the car) and love them. The tendency of the back end to bounce around has disappeared and I still have a blast tossing the car into corners and attacking on/off ramps. I have posted a few times about this in the past, the tires are very different, the sidewall stifness on the Michelin vs. the Pirelli is incredible and you can really feel it in the car.
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Old 04-23-2009, 08:10 PM   #11
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live in SE wisconsin, so we have winter weather, bow and rain to contend with. most driving is expressway but i do need to get around in winter. I do not drive loke a racedriver. I unfortunately can afford to keep 2 sets of tires though I can see the value there. So 1 set that sort of covers all seasons is what I would look for.

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I've had 2 sets of Michelin Pilot Sport a/s,1 set of Goodyear F1 a/s and now I have Michelin Primacy MXV4.The Goodyears where cheaper handled good but where noisy.The Pilot's handled great and where quite but I drive an average of 1000 miles a week.The Pilots would only last about 30k which got costly.The Primacy have a 60k warranty and are the quietest tires I've ever had.They handle great for the ratings and are excellent in the rain.If you haven't got them get a set of H-Sports that will help a great deal in handling.
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I put on a set of Yokohama w.Drive tires on our '03 allroad this year. Very happy with them. Handle well, quiet, severe winter rated, can be used year-round without any issues. And did I mention that I only paid $123 per tire?
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x2 and I think you can get them for less, at least you can for A6 fitment (235/45/17)
x3 - I got mine for under $100, so shop around. I'm not sure how they do in winter weather as I run dedicated snows, but I have been more than satisfied w/warm weather performance.
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Default Nokian WR. - Conti Extreme Contacts - Goodyear Triple-Tread or Super Swampers

OK, I'm kidding about the supper swampers... LOL.

The others though are excellent in terms of decent ride/handling while still providing very modest snow/ice traction - as good as you'll get from a "all season" tire.

The WR's are the best for snow/ice, the Conti and Goodyear are pretty close in terms of good snow/ice and a little better handling than the WR.

They all will be just fine. If i recall the Goodyear will last the longest? Maybe I'm wrong though.
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I always steer clear of Contis, my experience is they always have weak sidewalls and get lots of bubbles here with the NYC potholes.
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I put on a set of Yokohama w.Drive tires on our '03 allroad this year. Very happy with them. Handle well, quiet, severe winter rated, can be used year-round without any issues. And did I mention that I only paid $123 per tire?
Same here. Best overall tire value and smoothest tires I've had on the allroad. Good for all seasons even though rated for snow.
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Looks like tire selection is really a personal choice.
I was unimpressed with how the Michelin Pilot Sport tires wore on my wife's A4, and did put Falken 912's on it. I ave the Falken 512's on my Saab and wen they wore out repalced with Continental ProContact tires. The Cont's were far superior to the Falkens and wear very well.

I will keep monitoring the thread, and read some reviews.
Trouble is that many tire reviews are geared for the average vehicle and the Allroad may present some unique aspects.
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I always steer clear of Contis, my experience is they always have weak sidewalls and get lots of bubbles here with the NYC potholes.
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I just replace 4 Contis yesterday and it was long before I would have expected to replace. The inside side wall of the left rear tire cracked all around. The remaining tread of the others didn't justify getting just one tire. I replaced with the General Altimax HP but don't think 15 miles is enough to give an opinion yet.
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Lavajava,

I am also in SE Wisconsin and can share some of my experiences if it helps. I was running 245/45/18 Goodyear Eagle F1 AS tires with the intent of running them through winter; the first snow we had last year convinced me that was not an option with those specific tires in that size. I ended up putting Dunlop Winter Sport 3Ds on(225/55/17); the difference is staggering. I would not consider ever going without dedicated winter tires again. To your point about tire issues specific to the allroad, I would not recommend the F1 AS tires based upon my experiences thus far. Although they were outstanding to begin with (quiet,with great traction in the rain); the road noise has increased dramatically after 12K miles. That could of course be something unique with my specific vehicle, but certainly look for as many data points as you can before selecting a tire.
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