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Audi A3, Tires, Wheels, Sedan, Wagon
#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.
#21 of 55 Re: A3 excessive tire wear issues, 2006,2007,2008 [callmecrazy]
Mar 18, 2009 (10:20 am)
Important news: Millennium Protection Group filed for bankruptcy!
I was told about needing new tires every 5k miles so I signed up for, at the insistence of the Audi sales person, their "tires for life" program offered by Millennium Protection Group. I was going to take my car in today for it's rotation and balance when Audi service called me to tell me they were filing for bankruptcy and I would have to pay for it.
Has anybody else heard this? I cannot seem to get a hold of Millennium on the phone and I have emailed them too. Now Audi, who sold this to me, won't help me out and are shoving me off on Millennium. Any ideas??
#22 of 55 Re: A3 excessive tire wear issues, 2006,2007,2008 [a44me]
Mar 18, 2009 (12:02 pm)
You should know that any add-ons not sold by Audi of America are usually terrible deals.
Just say no to all the extra fees and costs they try to sell you at the dealer level. If it isn't backed by Audi of America, then it probably isn't worth buying at an Audi dealer.
Haven't you read CR that tells you all those add on warranties and programs are a complete and utter waste of money? Why pay now to some company that may or may not pay you back later?
#23 of 55 16" snows on an A3 + TPMS
Apr 01, 2009 (6:26 am)
Just wanted to document this so that others can find it.
The Mrs got a left-over 2008 Audi A3 this past summer and in the fall, we went through the routine of putting dedicated snow tires on it.
Two interesting items came to light:
Car came with its OEM default 17" wheels, but for snows, smaller is better and we had a set of existing 16" Audi rims from our prior 2000 A4.
To put them on the car, there were two basic questions:
1) would they fit?
2) how to refit for the Audi TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System)?
For the first, my online research had found that the UK version of the A3 comes standard with 16" wheels, so I suspected that the 16's would fit. In asking our local (USA) dealer, they claimed that 16's would NOT fit. So I had my local independent (and knowledgable) speed shop/garage try. They fit just fine.
Next up was the TPMS, as we would need to add a set of sensors onto these "old" rims. Long story short: Audi and VW don't use the same idential TPMS system ... and the A3 doesn't use the Audi TPMS, but instead, uses the VW TPMS.
So in conclusion, if you're looking to put snows on a 2008 A3, expect that 16" rims will fit and that for the TPMS, you'll need to pick up the VW version, not the Audi version.
#24 of 55 Re: 16" snows on an A3 + TPMS [huntzinger]
Apr 01, 2009 (8:16 am)
Interesting about the snow tires. How did you find the performance of the car in the snow, and do you have front wheel drive or quattro?
I love the car, also a Summer 2008 model 2.0 T fwd manual trans. My only complaint is tire noise on any kind of rough pavement. Dealer says its normal for this car, I don't like it but overall the car is great.
#25 of 55 Re: A3 excessive tire wear issues, 2006,2007,2008 [a44me]
Apr 21, 2009 (2:06 pm)
You should go after Audi. They sold the warranty to you so they are on the hook no matter what they try to tell you. I have been contacted by several people who want to pursue a claim against the dealership.