Last post on Sep 09, 2011 at 1:51 PM
You are in the Audi A3 Maintenance & Repair
What is this discussion about?
Audi A3, Tires, Wheels, Sedan, Wagon
#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.
#26 of 55 Re: A3 excessive tire wear issues, 2006,2007,2008 [a44me]
Apr 27, 2009 (6:21 am)
In respoinse to Important news: Millennium Protection Group filed for bankruptcy!
You are not crazy. They have filed for bankruptcy and I am also very mad. Audi, who also sold this to me, won't help at all. Now I am out $$ for a program that I purchase in 2006!!!
Does anybody know if a class action lawsuit has been filed against Millennium yet? I would be interested in participating. I know in fact they have filed for bankruptcy because I got a letter from the lawyer handling their case.
#27 of 55 Re: A3 excessive tire wear issues, 2006,2007,2008 [larbar2]
May 01, 2009 (11:46 am)
I have a 2006 A3 2.0T with DSG transmission. The original Pirelli tires started making noise from cupping at about 20,000 miles. By the time I got to 30,000 miles it was driving me crazy. I solved the problem by getting all four tires shaved to eliminate the cupping. That completely eliminated the noise and I just replaced these original tires at 51,500 miles. They never started to make noise again. It cost me $25 per tire to get them shaved at Major Tire in Stratford, CT. They are at 80 Century Drive, Stratford, CT 06615. Telephone is 203-367-7223 or 203-543-0334. It is run by Dave Mihalov and his son. Their primary business is retreading small post office truck tires, but he was more than happy to do this. If you are in the area, I would recommend them highly. I did have to dig the stones out of the tread of each tire while there so his blade wouldn't get damaged. I replaced the tires with Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus 225/45ZR17 all season because they have a high treadwear garantee (45,000 miles) and are rated very high in wet & dry traction. I think they are much better than the original Pirellis. If you are not in the Connecticut area I would suggest you contact a tire retreader to find out if they will shave your tires, or talk to racers who regularly shave their tires due to the racing rules. Hope this helps.
#28 of 55 Re: A3 excessive tire wear issues, 2006,2007,2008 [a44me]
Aug 03, 2009 (12:26 pm)
Im in the same boat, I purchased the Millenium package in Jan 2009. If anyone has any information about class action lawsuits, etc please let me know.
#29 of 55 relief...temporary?
Aug 03, 2009 (1:07 pm)
After suffering for 25 out of 30K miles with what sounds like snow tires. I have replaced my cupped and beaten out Pirreli's with OEM Bridgestone's. I really wish they could figure this thing out, I was told to rotate every 4K, fine if that fixes it, and Audi was not going out of their way to rotate my tires when I brought it in for scheduled maintenance, I had to request it and they said they were doing me a favor!
#30 of 55 Rotation of Tires
Aug 04, 2009 (1:38 pm)
My dealer said rotations were not covered in the free maintenance program, and only the first one is (at 5K). They say it's $20 extra per rotation, so that is a good deal for a dealership.
Aug 06, 2009 (10:33 am)
First off, I really like this car a lot. My only beef was with excessive tire noise. Excessive like an 18 wheeler driving next to me at all times.
The first trip to the dealer resulted in them blaming the factory Pirelli P6's saying that it just happens around 20k miles. It seems a lot of people get this reaction. They did offer to pay for one of the new tires offered (Continentals) at a charge to me of approx $600. I declined. I wasn't impressed with their factory tire, why would I take their suggestion now? I got a full set elsewhere for $450. This did not help. It only got louder and louder.
I brought it back to the dealer yesterday and the tech questioned the quality of the new tires. After I then questioned the quality of the factory tire (P6), he replied "fair enough." Turns out it was the left rear wheel bearing. I thought for sure it was the suspension or weight dispersement due to the sound but that was it. Too bad that wasn't the diagnosis the first time around. I could have saved $450. The P6's still had plenty of life too, they said they were feathered.
At least I can hear myself think now.
#32 of 55 Change those stock tires!
Aug 07, 2009 (4:51 am)
my 08' A3 had the same issue here in Atlanta. I was for certain it was the bad roads, till I actually looked at the treads. Bubbling, Cupping, Feathering, you name it. The outer tread and wall were perfect, but the middle was seriously gone. My wonderful whisper rocket after 24k sounded like an 18 wheeler going down the runway at Hartsfield-Jackson.
Got a great deal last month on Tire Rack-Michelin Pilots under a 100 a piece! Awesome sound deadening, excellent traction.
Change out the stock Pirelli's and you will be enjoying our A3 in a whole different way.