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Discussion in '1st Generation: 2002–06 R50, R53 & 2004–08 R52' started by bcgreen, Sep 28, 2019.
do you guys recommend for longevity, ride quality and low noise? I don't track.
I put a set of Conti DWS 06 tires on my GTI. Great tires low noise & the wet weather performance is great. Also a good tire in the dry for spirited driving. I don't drive them in the snow, but my guess would be they'd be just OK. When it snows I take my wife's MINI that wears real snow tires.
As far as wear mine are wearing well. I rotate them every 5,000 miles. If you don't rotate & keep proper air pressure any tire will get loud.
Hope this helps.....
Over the years I have had about 4 sets of Contis' on my MINIs, I like the quiet, wet traction and longevity, I managed some track days on mine, which took a few miles off them, but I can get in the 30K range easy. If you buy from Discount or Americans Tire, they will prorate cost into your next set, which is always nice.
At least in Colorado Discount gives me a tire allowance, even though they know I like track time.
Conti’s are great tires and you should have no issues with them.
There are so many Conti's. is the general consensus to go with the DWS06?
Yup, DWS is perfect for your car if it may see a little snow.
Otherwise you can get the DW’s if you never see snow.
We have snow today, but we use the Macan with snow tires and let the Mini hibernate. So I can wait for spring or bite the bullet and purchase now.
If there is a Discount Tire or America's Tire near you buy from them. Since you are waiting until spring those store usually have a pretty good sales then. I saved over $200 when I bought mine.
One thing about summer tires, they are great, but if you drive in cold weather they turn hard like hockey pucks & won't stick well at all. For the right conditions they are the bomb.
I used to like Discount but I have had bad experiences with them in Idaho and Arizona. Both wanted to sell me new tires when the punctured tire was repairable. So now I use the little guys who didn't give it a second thought to repair. The Arizona discount even stripped the threads when putting the lug nuts back on when I refused to purchase a new tire. And this happened on my Porsche.
That's not to say I won't buy from Discount, but I will consider Costco and the little independent guy as well.
That's a shame about Discount Tire. I've been going to them for the last 15 years or so & have never had a problem with them. No way I'd let the monkeys at COSTCO touch my car.
My rule is I watch whoever has my car like a hawk. If I see something I don't like I say something.
That's only good if you can even get in "to watch whoever has my car like a hawk". Most places will not let you that close for "insurance reasons".
Maybe I'm a bit more assertive, but it hasn't been a problem for me at all. I threat these people with respect as I would want to be treated & it's worked well for me. As they say your mileage may vary.