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Old 26th February 2015, 09:08   #1861
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What tyres would be recommended for an upgrade keeping the stock 205/55 R16 for the Jetta. Im looking for a balance between durability, comfort & grip. I drive on average roads with some horrible patches, lots of small stones(sharp) at times.

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There's a new tyre from Continental called Conti Max contact 5 MC5.

Continental say it's made in India with some india specific features for our roads.

It's recently launched but it's worth a try.
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Old 26th February 2015, 10:34   #1862
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There's a new tyre from Continental called Conti Max contact 5 MC5.

Continental say it's made in India with some india specific features for our roads.

It's recently launched but it's worth a try.
You're right. Seems like its unavailable though. Also isn't this a soft compound tyre? 20k km with spirited driving I'm guessing
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There's a new tyre from Continental called Conti Max contact 5 MC5.

Continental say it's made in India with some india specific features for our roads.

It's recently launched but it's worth a try.
Sorry for the double post but this is what I was offered

Goodyear buyback - 6k each
Michelin Primacy LC - 9.8k each
Continental MC5 - 9.3k each

For 50% rough roads - 50% average roads, which one is a more recommended tyre. Price difference seems negligible
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Sorry for the double post but this is what I was offered

Goodyear buyback - 6k each
Michelin Primacy LC - 9.8k each
Continental MC5 - 9.3k each

For 50% rough roads - 50% average roads, which one is a more recommended tyre. Price difference seems negligible
That's a real low price you have been offered.
I have checked for Goodyear, Yoko and Michelin here in Bangalore for 205/60/16 and was told 5.1k, 8k and 9.3k for new tyres. ( with exchange you should further reduced prices).
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That's a real low price you have been offered.
I have checked for Goodyear, Yoko and Michelin here in Bangalore for 205/60/16 and was told 5.1k, 8k and 9.3k for new tyres. ( with exchange you should further reduced prices).
You mean the buyback for Goodyear that I'm being offered is good right? I thought so too. Overall, whichever tyre I choose, I will pay between 3.3-3.8 extra per tyre

Question is which one is really better for bad-to-average roads in terms of durability, grip and ride.
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The Michelins are the best of the lot. For the Jetta however try and get the P3ST instead of the LC. Going by the prices quoted, it seems the shop is indeed quoting the P3ST but offering the LC.

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Old 27th February 2015, 20:03   #1867
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The Michelins are the best of the lot. For the Jetta however try and get the P3ST instead of the LC. Going by the prices quoted, it seems the shop is indeed quoting the P3ST but offering the LC.
Yep that's what I'm settling on. Heard very good things about the p3sts. Thanks man
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Sorry for the double post but this is what I was offered

Goodyear buyback - 6k each
Michelin Primacy LC - 9.8k each
Continental MC5 - 9.3k each

For 50% rough roads - 50% average roads, which one is a more recommended tyre. Price difference seems negligible
That is a very good deal you got on the exchange . When I changed to Michelin P3ST, I got a buyback price of 4K for the Goodyears and 10K price for the Michelins. Had to pay a difference of 24K!

My experience with the P3STs has been fantastic so far - touchwood - about 13.5k kms. They are very silent, and sometimes I feel the car is gliding. And they are very grippy and confident inspiring through fast corners.
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What psi are you guys running at. At 30-31 I feel the steering is very heavy.
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That is a very good deal you got on the exchange . When I changed to Michelin P3ST, I got a buyback price of 4K for the Goodyears and 10K price for the Michelins. Had to pay a difference of 24K!

My experience with the P3STs has been fantastic so far - touchwood - about 13.5k kms. They are very silent, and sometimes I feel the car is gliding. And they are very grippy and confident inspiring through fast corners.
Thanks for the feedback. I got my car delivered yesterday and the few kms I drove on the ncts were noisy. Getting the p3sts installed tomorrow morning itself
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What psi are you guys running at. At 30-31 I feel the steering is very heavy.
Mostly, I run all the wheels at 33psi for regular runs with my wife and two kids. When I have full load like 5 adult passengers, I run them at 34 or 35. With this pressure, I have felt the steering to be very light while stationery and low speeds, and it of course gets heavy at high speeds.
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Made in Germany Varta battery down in 1.5 years it seems with my neighbor's Jetta. The engine coughed and refused to chug along while trying to start and the MID threw a 'Error:Stabilization Control (ESC)'. It has been jump started from the VW guys here and they say the battery is to be replaced.
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I had the same problem with my battery after the same period , Vw dealer b u bhandari conducted 2 days of battery testing , proved to me that the battery was okay despite the engine not cranking and me having to call roadside assistance team to jump start it, customer care at the dealer promised that if it fails again they will replace it. So far its working past 2 months . let's see. In my case it was a steady deterioration staring with random esp faults and eventually the engine unable to crank, but replacement was not done.
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Made in Germany Varta battery down in 1.5 years it seems with my neighbor's Jetta. The engine coughed and refused to chug along while trying to start and the MID threw a 'Error:Stabilization Control (ESC)'. It has been jump started from the VW guys here and they say the battery is to be replaced.
The Varta battery on my Passat is as old as the car (3 Years + 3 Months and counting). Haven't had to change the battery since I bought the car. Though I did have some problems last year with the car starting (needed about 3 - 5 attempts to get it started). Strangely these problems disappeared on their own.

The guys at the authorised VW workshop told me to change the battery. But I had the battery checked out at an independent shop and was told it was working just fine.

As for the MID error message you described in your post (ESC), this cropped up on my car due to a failed sensor. Had to have the discussed sensor replaced 3 - 4 times (I have actually lost count!) under warranty. Though I believe such errors may pop up due to the battery being low on charge as well.
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In my case the dealer checked the car and told me that the esp faults were due to low battery charge it was a progressive deterioration over a 2 week period
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