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      10-27-2011, 11:24 AM   #1
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Winter Tire recommendations for Audi Quattro

My other car is a 99 1.8tq. I need some winter tires for it. OEM 16in wheels. I always went with Blizzak's but they are just too expensive now. I want something cheap but good. Any suggestions?
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General Altimax Arctic
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      10-27-2011, 12:39 PM   #3
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Cool. Thanks CirriuSR22. Do you have any personal experience with these? I like the price on these. Exactly where I want to be.
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How bad are the winters north of Boston/how much driving do you typically do and where? I spent some years in Boston and with quattro I would think you would be able to get by with some good all season snows (I'd recommend Extreme Contact DWS).

Had a TT for sometime and was able to get by on whatever the factory tires were. Mind you the TT doesn't even have legit quattro (haldex shared with the R32) and I was perfectly fine.. Driving cautiously obviously. I would also look into any used tire options.. Big fan of Nokians myself.. If you can find a set of used Nokian winter tires I'm sure you will be very pleased.
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Even the least inexpensive studless winter tire will give you far superior grip over all season tires.

General makes a good winter tire.
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This car used to be mine. I gave it to my 20 year old last winter. It had snow tires on it and he still cracked up the front bumper and fogs. I need snows, definitely. He doesn't do much highway. I have another set of 18's for the summer so these are dedicated winter wheels.
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This car used to be mine. I gave it to my 20 year old last winter. It had snow tires on it and he still cracked up the front bumper and fogs. I need snows, definitely. He doesn't do much highway. I have another set of 18's for the summer so these are dedicated winter wheels.
The Generals get extremely good ratings by ADAC - the German version of AAA
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I have not used the General Altimax Arctics, but I've read a lot of really great reviews. They are supposed to be WAY better than what used to be the inexpensive choice, the Firestone Winterforce.

The Generals are actually a rebranded Gislaved Nord-Frost 3. Gislaved is a Swedish tire company ( now owned by Continental, just like General) that can be compared with Nokian.
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+1... had them on my MKV Jetta, and have them now on my Subaru winter beater. love them - solid winter tire.
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Even the least inexpensive studless winter tire will give you far superior grip over all season tires.

General makes a good winter tire.
I agree. Assuming the OP is using size 205/55R16 this is the best value oriented winter tire in this size. Some guys here run them and like them as well.

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