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#11 of 55 Re: A3 excessive tire wear issues, 2006,2007,2008 [aphrodite74]
Dec 07, 2008 (7:45 pm)
I can not believe I finally came across someone with the identical problem as mine. I thought I was crazy. The little A3 is an awesome car but it needs new tires every 5,000-7,000 miles. You certainly could get 25-30,000 miles out of them if you can handle excesive vibration and ear shattering humming. Its like driving your car with Mickey Thompson super swampers. My A3 currently has 34,000 miles on it and I replaced my OEM Pirrelli P6's at 29,000 miles. The first 5,000 on the car were alot of fun and I really enjoyed them. Not much longer after I began to hear a strange humming noise in the car and I just ruled it out as road noise. As the miles rolled on it continued to get worse and worse. At approx 12-15,000 miles I could not take it anymore and took it into the dealership. The techs told me my tires were "cupping" really bad and I should call Pirrelli to have a rep come out to pro rate them since they found nothing wrong with the car. Let me tell you, dealing with Audi and Pirrelli was no easy task. It just turned out to be a blame game. So the easiest thing to do was to ride the tires out as long as I could. I got about 29,000 miles on them before I replaced them. It was replace them or drive the car into a ditch somewhere. I replaced them with Goodyear Assurance tread. I picked them specifically for a good blend of performance and road noise. When I drove away from the tire station I was sure all my troubles were behind me and I would be able to hear the stereo again. I was so happy. 5,500 miles later I am ready to drive my car into the window of the nearest Audi dealership and demand they give me a $1,000.00 a year allowance toward tires or a good pair of ear plugs.
There is obviously an issue with the suspension system and I hope that Audi figures it out soon or better yet at least responds to my e-mails sent to Audi Customer Care. I do believe that they are getting enough complaints about this issue now since the car is in its third year. Who wants to spend $700.00 every 7,500miles or so on tires.............anyone?
#12 of 55 Re: A3 excessive tire wear issues, 2006,2007,2008 [aphrodite74]
Jan 21, 2009 (7:53 am)
You are not the only one!! In November 2008, with 13,500 miles, I had two front tires that worn down to the cable. I noticed that when I would accelerate my tires were slipping. I am a woman, so tire issues on a new and low mileage, expensive car did not just jump out to me. When I went in for my service, they called me about the tires and how dangerous they were. No one said anything about how that should not be happening. Thank goodness, an old boyfriend got hold of them and said something is wrong here. He did not press hard enought to get them to pay for any of the price of the two new tires, but made them note it in my file. And he made them note that my tires had been rotated at 5K check up and then I had a service issue in between where no one mentioned my wearing front tires. Back tires are not a problem. This is a lease car. This issue should be dealt with by Audi. The car is fabulous, but come on..................
#13 of 55 Report Tires to Audi.
Jan 21, 2009 (8:18 am)
go to www.Audi.com and get the contact information.
Report the tire issue if you have not done so already.
#14 of 55 Re: Report Tires to Audi. [Tali77]
Feb 11, 2009 (12:49 am)
I called the Audi headquarter and went crazy telling about this very same issue that many of us have. One of the guy from NTB told me that Nissan 350Z had similar issue that eventually got Nissan to call for recall.
We got to act to claim our right.. (what am I?)
So please call the audi from Audi.com
#15 of 55 Re: A3 excessive tire wear issues, 2006,2007,2008 [callmecrazy]
Feb 11, 2009 (12:51 am)
Did you (or anybody) find any solution to this tire problem?
#16 of 55 Re: A3 excessive tire wear issues, 2006,2007,2008 [callmecrazy]
Mar 01, 2009 (5:56 pm)
I've had the same issues with my 2006, after a few thousand miles and now with 24k it's became insane, I want to drive it thru an Audi dealer's window too! I'm ready to get rid of a perfectly good car because of unbearable road noise, I've been in $10k chevy's that are more quiet. I tried dealing with Audi directly last year and got nowhere, and 2 dealers. Maybe time to go to the BBB. Not to mention the car has burned/leaked nearly a quart every 2K/3mo.
#17 of 55 Re: A3 excessive tire wear issues, 2006,2007,2008 [larbar2]
Mar 03, 2009 (5:14 pm)
I've got 30,000 plus miles on my 2007 A3, premium with DSG. Tires are Continental and original. No tire noise and by the thread wear, good for another 10 to 15 K.
#18 of 55 It's not Audi's Fault
Mar 04, 2009 (3:18 pm)
Pirelli's just suck, plain and simple, read the reviews on websites like tirerack and America's/Discount Tires.
#19 of 55 No responsibilty!
Mar 04, 2009 (3:23 pm)
But they are doing nothing to rectify it or assist longterm VW Audi customers that are ready to jump ship because of this issue.
#20 of 55 Re: No responsibilty! [larbar2]
Mar 04, 2009 (3:42 pm)
True, Audi should be ashamed for choosing such lame All-Seasons for some of their A3's. I opted for the sports package which got me nice high performance summer tires from Dunlop (most have Continental I think).
But tires are such a small part of a car purchase, and replaceable, and a wear a tear item..... however, having to get them more often than every 20K miles either means your racing a lot or you have a problem in my book.