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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old February 5th, 2001, 07:50   #1
mikeyworks
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Hey, I noticed my OEM tires (the two that are left after the massive blowout) are getting ready to go to the shredder.
(Only after 40K miles too. It is not a pressure problem because the whole tire is worn and I don't peel wheels either.)
What are the best tires I can put on my Y2K Jetta TDI while at the same time, not break the bank. I am looking at maybe $120/tire at the most.
Any help is great.

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Old February 5th, 2001, 09:18   #2
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http://www.nokiantires.com/

I dont know the prices, but there is the NRH2, NRV, NRW. Click on Dealer to know the nearest one to your place. Nokian tires are just awsome.

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Old February 5th, 2001, 09:54   #3
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I'd give my high recommendation to Bridgestone RE730s for all around everything best that I really like. There are other good tires but for me this has been the absolute best value in all areas.
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Old February 5th, 2001, 11:46   #4
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I don't see those available (at least not at TireRack.com) in 195/65-15. Are those only available in wider sizes?

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Old February 6th, 2001, 02:00   #5
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I have found that Michelin X-Ones are a very good all-season tire-I am very happy with the four I have on my car. They provide adequate dry and wet traction, are predictable when they start to break away, and they wear like they are made of steel. As for snow traction, like most other all-season tires, they provide some snow traction, but, of course, ddedicated snow tires are vastly superior. When and if these wear ou and my car seems to have some life left in it, I will go for sets
of individual snow and summer tires-all season tires are really a big compromise.
Nokian tires look interesting-I have seen them, but have no driving experience with them.

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Old February 6th, 2001, 06:11   #6
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I put over 40,000 miles on my $29.75 Roadmaster Rampage G/Ts without incident.
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Old February 6th, 2001, 06:54   #7
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The best tyres for outright grip are bridgestone pontnzas s02 pole positions. I run them on my car and really like the grip they give wet and dry. They last about 4,500 miles on the front and 10,000 on the back. Yes thats short but I have lots of power and drive hard.

I tried some harder tyres with a tread ware or 300 on the front and they lasted only just over 3,000 miles. They had lots less grip and this made thim spin all the time causing the short life.
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Old February 7th, 2001, 05:14   #8
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I have so2s on a Boxster s with 13k and they are showing no signs of wear. I had two sets on my first Boxster and got 35k on both sets.This was with mostly high speed highway driving. I do believe they are quite easy to wear out with lots of hard cornering. They are incredible for both dry and wet grip but not good in the snow or below 30F.
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Old February 7th, 2001, 10:53   #9
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Picking tires for your car is dependant on what you expect from the tires and how you drive your car.
Where you drive, what type of weather you usually drive in, high speed cornering traction or fuel economy are all variables and there is always trade offs to these benefits.
I would suggest looking at www.tirerack.com or www.dicounttiredirect.com to see what type of tire benefits your needs.
Asking "What is the best tire" is a very loaded question

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Old February 7th, 2001, 11:47   #10
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Go read Turbo Steve's Tires 101 thread.

Dunlop SP500
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Old February 7th, 2001, 15:53   #11
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Mavapa, yes I know i am hard on rubber. My tdi is in a A2 glf and it puts out about 150 bhp. As you can imagine traction out of bends is problem for me. I am fitting a LSD soon and maby this will make the front tyres last a lttle longer, but the back still ware out in about 10K. My alighnment is set Ok and is checked regurally. I also do the odd track day so that doesent help.

For reference I ware out stock VW pads at the front in 9K miles. I normaly get 15-20K miles out of a set of front discs befour the cracks worry me too much. I once ran a set of EBC green stuff pads on in under 4K! My calipers arnt stuck on.
I gess I am just hard on machinery.
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Old February 8th, 2001, 00:18   #12
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by diesel des:
[B]The best tyres for outright grip are bridgestone pontnzas s02 pole positions. I run them on my car and really like the grip they give wet and dry. They last about 4,500 miles on the front and 10,000 on the back.

Wow. Diesel Des, are you sure you aren't riding a motorcycle? That sounds like the kind of mileage I get on my BMW, except the back wears faster than the front.

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Old February 8th, 2001, 06:07   #13
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Diesel Des, how many miles on your car? The tire and pad wear indicates that it lives a harder life than most. How does it hold up? Oil consumption? Engine life?
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Old February 8th, 2001, 08:11   #14
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00 Jetta GLS TDI
I have Micheline mxv4 on the rear and Micheline Roadhandler on the front. The rear tires have 76k kilometers on them and are good for a while yet. The Roadhandlers on the front have only 15k kilometers on them so far. All these are 4 seasons tires. I live on a dirt road which is not always ploughed and have never had a problem. The Roadhandlers have a six year unlimited wearout warranty, and pull through the snow very well. The only day I couldnt get through was when a 4x4 pickup was stuck in the middle of the road and there wasnt room for me to get around it.
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Old February 8th, 2001, 17:23   #15
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I've personally had excellent luck with the Firestone sh 30's. I've got about 10k on them and haven't slipped seriously yet. I got them for their wet weather traction, but they excel in dry conditions as well. They're rated for about 45k miles and are barely work at 10k (some of the nobblies still there). BTW, Tire-rack.com has a lot of references and customer ratings to help and get opinions. Good luck, and remember that your own driving style is as important to remember when getting tires as what car you're putting them on!

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