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  • spektrespektre Posts: 80
    As far as I can tell, that is correct. The GTI specs .pdf only indicates Summer performance tires in 18" - no mention of all-season 18"s as an option.
  • gogogodzillagogogodzilla VirginiaPosts: 707
    There is no 18" wheels w/ All-season tires package from VW. Although, it's quite possible that the dealer will simply remove the summer tires and install 18" (insert name brand here) all-season's.
  • spektrespektre Posts: 80
    Which seems like a really generous thing to do... and probably won't happen. I could only find one all-season in that tire size on tire rack, and it wasn't cheap. So unless the salesman is paying that out of pocket... not! Or maybe I'm just cynical, and this is very caring and concerned VW dealership who likes to go the extra mile for its customers! ;)
  • dhanleydhanley Posts: 1,531
    Not if he replaces them with cheaper rubber. I don't expect he's going to throw the tires away. He's going to sell them to someone else and make a few bucks on it.
  • So basically I'm giving expensive summer tires up for cheaper all-seasons.
  • I am in the market for a new GTI, and couldnt find anywhere information that it contained a LSD.

    According to the VW website it listed something called "Electronic Differential Lock" under traction control.

    I figure its better to have an LSD than no LSD, but is it something I will realistically miss?

    I have never owned a VW before, and had a question regarding the warranty. The website said its 4yr/50k miles, but said "Wear and Tear items and adjustments excluded after 1yr/12k miles". What exactly does this mean? Knowing that I drive 16k/yr and VWs reliability ranking (even though this is made in Germany as opposed to Mexico like the other VWs) will this "Wear and Tear" disclaimer really affect me?
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,798
    We'll see. Too many "done overseas first" cars stumble once they get here. The german-built first year A3 is already having some trans and electrical issues.

    The GTI and A3 have great potential. I hope they'll prove VW is on the mend and serious about offering reliability as well as "euro-performance-luxury".

    My first car was a VW, btw.
  • Should I go for the all-seasons or stick w/ the summer performance and just not drive in the snow? I live in NYC
  • gogogodzillagogogodzilla VirginiaPosts: 707
    I'd stay with the 17" all-season's and save the money. In my view, the rims look better on the 17 inchers.

  • dl7265dl7265 Posts: 1,381
    Well, thats the thing. I don't see the MSRP dropping after removing the maintence. Otherwise your just paying interest on the "maintence loan" and I agree just pay when needed. I don't belive MB lowered the MSRP when they dropped the maintence. Id rather have the long powertrain warranty they used to have, especially with the blown motor....

  • waiwai Posts: 327
    Consider the fact that you like better handling and steering response, you should keep the 18" rim with summer performance tire. The GTI suspension will suit this 18" wheel/tire combination better. Also you can't upgrade your brake if this is a 17" wheel (no enough clearance) and you give up so much more fun only for the sake of a short snowy winter drive. And I am sure they will only give you a touring A/S instead of high performance A/S. You will lose money if you choose 17". BTW, with the help of ESP, you can still drive with the 18" cautiously if this is a light snow.
  • dhanleydhanley Posts: 1,531
    "Should I go for the all-seasons or stick w/ the summer performance and just not drive in the snow? I live in NYC"

    Buy a set of winter tires on rims and switch them come snow season. It won't cost you anything in the long run because your expensive rummer tires will last twice as long.

  • spektrespektre Posts: 80
    Agree with this one - your beautiful, expensive rims and tires will last longer not being eaten by salt, etc. A decent set of winter tires with a narrower aspect (17" or even 16") will be much, much better in the snow than 18" all-seasons.

    And you absolutely do not want to be driving summer only high performance 18" tires on even the lightest snow - you will have zero traction - ESP will not help with this, that's not why it's on the car. Been there, done that!
  • byronwalterbyronwalter Posts: 220
    I suspect that Audi is just fighting to keep the price from spiralling up too fast, German manufacturiing costs and such. Ditto on the powertrain.

  • What about driving in rain?
  • spektrespektre Posts: 80
    I'll presume you're asking about driving the summer high performance 18's in the rain: No problem at all - different animal entirely than snow - the summers will be just fine in the rain (as long as they're a decent tire)
  • Thanks for all the help.
    My dealer is working on finding the exact GTI I want (black/black, package 2/sirius, and Navi). He's not sure if he'll get 17 or 18" wheels. I think I'll take whichever he gets first and then go from there.
    If I get 17" wheels, I will get new rims. If I get 18" wheels, I'll buy winter tires.
  • spektrespektre Posts: 80
    Keep us posted on your search! :)

    I've yet to see one on the ground or in online inventory with Navi - has anyone? :confuse:
  • spektre and shulman,

    i test drove a black-on-black GTI MKV yesterday.
    pkg. 2
    18" huff's

    sounds exactly like what you are looking for.

    Smith VW-Wilmington, DE
    I want a red one, so contact them and ask for Blair Givens......tell him Charlie E. from Newark, DE sent you.
  • Nice. With Navi? Sirius or XM?
  • Not sure is this is the correct board or not, but I just leased the new GTI w/ Sirius radio (pkg 1) and it seems when I turn the radio volume up it tends to lower itself a little. If I lower the volume slightly, its gets as loud as it was, then lowers itself again. Gonna contact the dealer tomorrow, but was wondering if anyone else had the same problem.
  • yes---it had navi and sat---sirius, i think
  • this seems to be a common problem over on the boards. seems that the radio has s speed compensating feature that causes these fluctuations in volume.......also a protection feature designed so you don't blow out your speakers/amp. i don't like it....i can handle my own volume changes
  • gogogodzillagogogodzilla VirginiaPosts: 707
    Wow, I didn't know that. I've found that it will occur when I listen to the radio, but when I switch to the CD, the problem disappears.

    I was under the impression that the volume problem was due to a loss of signal strength. Where if, on an analogy radio, you'd hear static... the VW digital radio translated that to a loss of volume.

    I learn something every day...

  • waiwai Posts: 327
    Can you let me know what bran & model of summer performance tire is on your 18" wheel GTI?
  • Thanks for the info. My dealer ended up locating the car and I should have it by the weekend or early next week. I'm very excited!!!

    Does anyone know if the IPod adapter is available for the GTI?
  • raleighraleigh Posts: 98
    I like the new GTI a lot. But can anyone tell me why it weighs more than the Jetta by 100 lbs or so -- at least according to the specs published by Edmunds (3,300+ vs 3200+). This just doesn't seem logical. Many thanks.
  • raleighraleigh Posts: 98
    Re. bringing back the R32, I asked the same question of the VW reps at the DC auto show in January. They said definitely yes -- it may even be an R36! Supposedly due this September.
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,798
    Will be interesting to hear more about how new R32 (36 ???) compares to the '07 Audi A3 3.2 S.
  • ejaleelejaleel Posts: 1
    I love the looks of the 18" rims on the new GTI, yet I am worried about ride quality over time. Any advice?
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