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VW Passat Family (NMS and B7) TDIs (2012+) Discussion area for the 2012+ Passat TDI (North American and rest of world versions versions). The North American model was previously codenamed NMS (New Midsize Sedan) and the version the rest of the world gets is sometimes referred to as B7.

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Old June 7th, 2017, 14:45   #1
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It's time for me to replace the factory Hankook Optimo tires. These HanKook tires were to noise for me.

I'm looking for a quite, smooth riding and great gas mileage tire.

I'm looking at these three:
Michelin Premier A/S
Continental Truecontact
Pirelli Cintureto P7

What all do you recommend?
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Old June 7th, 2017, 15:21   #2
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Same as my Passat, it came with crappy Hancook tires. Noisy, noisy YES !!!

These are what I'll be putting on!
http://generaltire.com/tires/passeng...n/altimax-rt43

And this is the reason why ! Read the report and what they rated the second best tire !!! I'll be going up one size to 245 - 45 -18 from factory. By doing this it will actually bring the speedometer in line with the real speed. Also where I live I have a quote for 4 tires installed, balanced and tax for Cdn $ 820.00

http://www.wheels.ca/guides/best-all...ires-for-2015/
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Old June 7th, 2017, 17:58   #3
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Pirelli P7 all the way. Seemed like a different car. Had a little trouble keeping them balanced initially bit chalked it up to getting them installed last thing before they closed on a Saturday afternoon. This exact same tire came on my Audi A4, the Tdi replacement, and are very quiet.
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Old June 7th, 2017, 19:33   #4
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I'm looking at Michelin Premier on Tire Rack, What the difference between 94H and 94V?
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Old June 7th, 2017, 21:49   #5
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Speed rating . . .
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Old June 8th, 2017, 04:54   #6
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Even more important is alignment. If your alignment is set optimally, as I did, Contis are good for 80k miles with no rounded edges. I would not ever advise anyone to upsize tire width as it can adversely affect wet performance and stopping.
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Old June 8th, 2017, 07:25   #7
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Even more important is alignment. If your alignment is set optimally, as I did, Contis are good for 80k miles with no rounded edges. I would not ever advise anyone to upsize tire width as it can adversely affect wet performance and stopping.
In all the years I had my previous 2002 Jetta TDI I had NO ADVERSE PROBLEMS in any weather conditions with a one size update. As I said, it also adjusted the speedometer to actual speed as measured with a GPS instead of reading 5% higher than actual road speed !

As a matter of fact a wider/larger tread will give you a larger surface on the road and in effect give you better road holding ability ! The larger the surface attacking the road, the better the grip on the road !

BTW: The manufacturer will install the minimum required size for the weight and load capacity of a vehicle. They always offer a larger size for additional charges.
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Old June 9th, 2017, 04:59   #8
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We have been extremely happy with Nokian enTyre 2.0s. They were very very competitively priced and shocked how low they were specially in the 18" variety, I think it was around 600 mounted balanced. They are silent, handle great for an eco tire and tread life seems great, only 30K on them and the "water wear" marks say 60%

Nokians are harder to find but there are two great local shops that have offer great prices and great service.
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Old June 9th, 2017, 05:01   #9
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In all the years I had my previous 2002 Jetta TDI I had NO ADVERSE PROBLEMS in any weather conditions with a one size update. As I said, it also adjusted the speedometer to actual speed as measured with a GPS instead of reading 5% higher than actual road speed !
Same here, had one size up on the jetta both summer and snows.

205-60-16 summer and 195-70-15 snows, snows looked great and both had no worse handling performance.
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Old June 9th, 2017, 06:16   #10
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Thanks for your input.
I am trying to decide between these two, Michelin Premiers A/S or Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus.
Looking for a smoother and quieter ride but maintain my MPG.
What do you all think?
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Old June 11th, 2017, 13:36   #11
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I was surprised and disappointed to see Hankooks mounted as OEM. They sound like rock crushers. Just about anything would be a step up.

I like Nokians a lot. But in general I like to look at user reviews on Tire Rack. See what others have to say.

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Old June 11th, 2017, 14:05   #12
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The Hankooks are terrible. We went with Michelin Primacy MXV4s (now discontinued) and got double the life out of them with significantly less noise. Running Michelin MXM4s now and they seem to be quite nice, as well.
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Old June 11th, 2017, 16:22   #13
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We are at 59K miles on our '13 Passat, 4 years old next month, and still driving (much to my amazement) on the OEM Conti Pro Contacts. They still ride smoothly and quietly, with excellent directional stability, and there's still at least as much rubber above the wear bars as from there to the bottom. Going to need another set of tires here in a few months, definitely before the snow flies. I'd like to save some money on this set, since we're turning the car in on the buyback 12/18, but these Continentals have just been so good......

NB: The Hankooks had such a bad rep four years ago that I told the salesman we would refuse delivery on the car if it was delivered with them.
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Old June 11th, 2017, 20:30   #14
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I'm at 91k on my OEM Conti Pro Contacts, inside of the rear's are smooth but no steel showing yet They still ride perfect
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I'm at 91k on my OEM Conti Pro Contacts, inside of the rear's are smooth but no steel showing yet They still ride perfect
If there's no steel belts showing, you're good for another 10K easy!
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