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Re: Snow Tires
At 11:50 PM 9/29/98 PDT, Rodney Spear wrote:
>This will be my first winter with Quattro, I take delivery of my A4 in
>November :). I have lived in New England for the past 24 years, and
>normally prefer snow tires for the winter. Although, in recent years my
>94 Jetta VR6 aquitted itself reasonably well with Dunlop SP 4000 all
>season tires. Will the Quattro make up for the loss of winter traction
>that I expect with the SP8000's? My instinct is to get a set of steel
>wheels with dedicated snows for the winter. But I'm hesitating because
>I will be in North Carolina for the next few years and rationalize that
>the quattro should be sufficient. I have also considered going with a
>set of all seasons, like the stock Continentals on 15" rims for the
>winter. All thoughts and input will be greatly apreciated.
I think your best bet is to get a set of steel wheels and dedicated snows.
That's what I did. I got a set of 4 steel wheels and wheel covers from a
'98 Passat at Minuteman VW in Bedford. Total cost was $100. For tires,
I'm going to get Pirelli 210's. The real reason I'm getting these is that
I won the door prize at the NE A4 event last May, which was $250 worth of
Pirelli tires at Direct Tire.
Out of the snow tires I've used(Blizzaks, 2 types of Pirellis, Graspics and
Guardex, none of these on my '98 A4), the Pirellis have been the best.
Nokians have a good reputation also. Blizzaks absolutely suck IMO. They
wear horribly and their wet road traction is so bad as to be dangerous(lots
of wet roads in the winter). I also didn't find them to be any better in
the snow than the others.