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Re: cheap tires?

> From quattro-owner@swiss.ans.net Fri Aug 26 16:38:55 1994
> Date: Fri, 26 Aug 1994 12:42:14 -0500 (CDT)
> From: Maurits Larson <Mel_Larson@mbnet.mb.ca>
> > last much longer.  Also, I keep hearing a 'kathump, kathump' noise at
> > low speed I hope are bad tires and not bearings.
> > 
> > are they?  I hated my P500s I had on the Jetta.
> One of my P500's is out of round. It makes a similar noise from 35 mph on.
> Has anyone installed "touring" tires? Their treadwear index is higher
> (320 vs 250 for sport tires) but how adversly will the handling be
> compromised by getting a little more tire life?

I have Goodyear Eagle GAs on my 100CS and am extremely happy with
them.  Other than quietness and ride, they probably do not excel in any
one category, but are excellent all-round performers.  Wet/dry/snow
traction is excellent, turn-in is sharp, with no tendency to
wander--basically they're point-and-shoot tires.  Steering feel is very

They seem to be good for at least 40K miles, possibly more with
primarily highway driving.  They're also relatively inexpensive.
Definitely one of the best "compromise" tires I've sampled.  They also
seem to be very good in terms of roundness and balance, as well as
resistance to flat-spotting.  The only thing nasty about them is that
their inflation pressure varies wildly with temperature, so I have to
check and adjust it frequently.

John Greenstreet, Senior Engineer           (jgreenst@motown.ge.com)
Martin Marietta Government Electronic Systems    Moorestown NJ 08057
WPI Class of '75, Temple Class of '94

My new car history:
1972     1975       1978      1982       1986        1989      1992
 VW  ->   VW    ->  Audi  ->  Audi  -> Mercedes -> Mercedes -> Audi
SBug   Scirocco   Fox GTI     4000S    190E 2.3    190E 2.6    100CS

POSSLQ's* new car history:
         1978       1981       1985      1988        1990      1993
       Triumph ->  Toyota ->  Toyota  ->  VW    ->   Audi   -> Audi
       Spitfire    Tercel     Corolla   Jetta GL      80       90S

*POSSLQ = Person of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters
Note: All Audis and Mercedes above were sold to friends or family.