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255/35/19 seem a bit large for that car, especially for the front.

Are you sure?

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Yes. I'm 95% sure.
And I agreed they are gigantic tires. I'd love to change the rims but now is not the time.

I've been looking some more and even in the brand names (that I know) there are 10+ different models. Bridgestone has 16 different tires and continental has 12. This seems a bit ridiculous!!
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Old 10.02.2019, 13:39
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Wow. Your site even has tires at 64F!
Done.

Be careful the Asymetric 3 are from last year. I would wait for the Asymetric 5 (new) to be produced. I don't think summer production has started yet.
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Re: Help me choose new tires, please !

According to This website, these are the big sellers:
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 (143)
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 (383)
Michelin Pilot Sport 3 PS3 (266)

and these the mid-range big sellers:
Kumho Ecsta KU31 (160)
Continental Sport Contact 3 (236)
Falken ZE912 (197)

If it were me, I'd go Michelin PS3 or Continental.
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Old 10.02.2019, 13:52
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Yes. I'm 95% sure.
Even the fronts?

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Old 10.02.2019, 14:10
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According to This website, these are the big sellers:
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 (143)
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 (383)
Michelin Pilot Sport 3 PS3 (266)

and these the mid-range big sellers:
Kumho Ecsta KU31 (160)
Continental Sport Contact 3 (236)
Falken ZE912 (197)

If it were me, I'd go Michelin PS3 or Continental.
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Even the fronts?

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They are all the same. I didn't pick them. They are original to the car. The winter ones are non Audi rims.
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According to This website, these are the big sellers:
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 (143)
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 (383)
Michelin Pilot Sport 3 PS3 (266)

and these the mid-range big sellers:
Kumho Ecsta KU31 (160)
Continental Sport Contact 3 (236)
Falken ZE912 (197)

If it were me, I'd go Michelin PS3 or Continental.
I would second that, had both on different cars and both perfectly good tyres.
If kumho or falken are significantly cheaper, they would be fine too.

However, I would echo what somebody else said here - these are very important bits of your car and not with skimping on.
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Re: Help me choose new tires, please !

Recently fitted Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres to my Audi and they are excellent. Not cheap though!
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Thank you!!!



They are all the same. I didn't pick them. They are original to the car. The winter ones are non Audi rims.



So buy the same !
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Old 10.02.2019, 17:29
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So buy the same !
The same tires? Damn. I double checked the size, which is correct. But I didn't to check the make/model.

That might not be a bad idea if they don't cost too much.
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Re: Help me choose new tires, please !

Tyres usually come in classes like "ordinary" "performance" "super performance" "ultra performance" etc. If you drive around like a grandma then "ordinary" would suffice. If you try to take each corner at the maximum speed possible then you probably want to look at the ultra performance end.


In the car handbook and also in the door jam there will probably be tyre sizes listed including the speed rating. I believe, if you really wanted to, you can fit a lower speed rating as long as you place a sticker on the dash warning not to exceed the speed limit of the tyres.



The higher speed rating tend to imply higher performace.

The other thing to take note of is "XL" or "extra load". This also tends to imply a higher performance.


For my car the list of tyres is specified on the certificate of conformity. Unusually in my case the manufacturer and model is specified but unlikely in your case.



If you want to save money you should sell the 19" rims and get some regular ones. The car will probably be nicer to drive and you'll probably get better fuel economy.



I usually google for "tyre test" and also look at tirerack's reviews. I tend to prioritise wet weather performance over anything else but you can choose what is important to you.


BTW I currently have Goodyear Eagle F1s which have been mentioned in this thread and they're ok but the car actually handles better on my winter wheels which have Continentals.


Kumho tyres have a good reputation for budget tyres but I wouldn't go any more budget than that.
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Oh, and don't forget runflats vs non-runflats!
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Old 10.02.2019, 20:40
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Oh, and don't forget runflats vs non-runflats!
They are not run flat. That's the minimum I know.


Thank you! I was overwhelmed with the sheer number of tires available that I didn't even think to look at the brand that was no the summer wheels or check the manual. you know, the obvious things!

I agree about changing the rims. I don't actually like either set. That's the next step though.
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Re: Help me choose new tires, please !

I was told I had to post here to dole out my invaluable advice. So here goes:

The last time I bought tyres was last summer, for my venerable box trailer. The guy in the workshop sifted through a mountain of discarded tyres and selected two (he did well, they look quite similar; both round and black). Then he inserted new inner tubes, wrestled with his machine to fit the tyres to the deformed steel wheels of the trailer, slapped on a layer of that sticky black stuff they use to finish tyre changes, and presented me with a bill for €18 (the cost of the inner tubes, which were new(!). No apparent charge for labour or the tyres).

Before anybody gets apoplectic, this obviously wasn't in Switzerland, and as the trailer has no registration plate, I'll never tow it in Switzerland.

Does that help?

For my cars, I like Pirelli or Michelin. They are certainly more expensive, but they offer great performance (I'm not talking just about handling, but also wear—to me, they seem to last very well—and ride comfort. In my opinion, the extra cost amortised over years of use or kilometres travelled is well worth paying.
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Re: Help me choose new tires, please !

Your summer tires have bigger diameter rims than your winter ones? Yep, we‘ve had that on other cars, so the summer ones are what i‘ve heard described as „low profile“

(Last car I had in the US was a TT. Loved it, but highly impractical with a car hating dog and guests to cart around. But soo much fun. )

@Tom, if the 19“ has a low profile it‘s pretty much the same size as an 18“ with a normal profile. I can‘t believe i‘m Saying this.
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Re: Help me choose new tires, please !

The ADAC will probably publish the 2019 summer tyre test in the next 2 weeks.
Here the link of the 2018 test: https://www.adac.de/rund-ums-fahrzeu...ifentest-2018/

This is an objective test and much more useful than comments or experience of other forum members, as they generally don't drive the same car with 20 different sets of tyres in one day.
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The ADAC will probably publish the 2019 summer tyre test in the next 2 weeks.
Here the link of the 2018 test: https://www.adac.de/rund-ums-fahrzeu...ifentest-2018/

This is an objective test and much more useful than comments or experience of other forum members, as they generally don't drive the same car with 20 different sets of tyres in one day.



And ADAC don't drive 20 different cars in 20 different tyre sizes.
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I was told I had to post here to dole out my invaluable advice. So here goes:

The last time I bought tyres was last summer, for my venerable box trailer. The guy in the workshop sifted through a mountain of discarded tyres and selected two (he did well, they look quite similar; both round and black). Then he inserted new inner tubes, wrestled with his machine to fit the tyres to the deformed steel wheels of the trailer, slapped on a layer of that sticky black stuff they use to finish tyre changes, and presented me with a bill for €18 (the cost of the inner tubes, which were new(!). No apparent charge for labour or the tyres).

Before anybody gets apoplectic, this obviously wasn't in Switzerland, and as the trailer has no registration plate, I'll never tow it in Switzerland.

Does that help?

For my cars, I like Pirelli or Michelin. They are certainly more expensive, but they offer great performance (I'm not talking just about handling, but also wear—to me, they seem to last very well—and ride comfort. In my opinion, the extra cost amortised over years of use or kilometres travelled is well worth paying.
Excellent advice as always. Can you give me the address of the pile of tires? Maybe I can dig through them and find four more or less the same.
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Your summer tires have bigger diameter rims than your winter ones? Yep, we‘ve had that on other cars, so the summer ones are what i‘ve heard described as „low profile“

(Last car I had in the US was a TT. Loved it, but highly impractical with a car hating dog and guests to cart around. But soo much fun. )

@Tom, if the 19“ has a low profile it‘s pretty much the same size as an 18“ with a normal profile. I can‘t believe i‘m Saying this.
I have no friends and my dog fits in a handbag.

Yes. The winter tires are 16.... that's not what I would choose. But, hey... it's a convertible!!!
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Excellent advice as always. Can you give me the address of the pile of tires? Maybe I can dig through them and find four more or less the same.
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Re: Help me choose new tires, please !

I just bought winter tyres for my ebike. They have metal studs in and are awesome, also on the tarmac

For the car - not really my scene, but I read the reviews, choose 2-3 of the best recomended and then look online. The problem for me is less the speed rating (but then we have a golf), but will they fit the rims. Check with the fitting garage that this is OK and order. The difference in price online between really good and cheap tires is much reduced.
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