2015 Audi A3: Replacing the Odd Man Out
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on October 20, 2015
Matt replaced the tire on his trip, but replacing a tire on a Sunday meant taking what you could get. This meant a Nitto Motivo instead of the original Continental ProContact TX that suffered the puncture. We decided to replace two tires instead of just the one odd one based on warnings in the Audi's owner's manual. Simply put, having tires with different tread depths can adversely affect the Quattro all-wheel drive system and possibly damage the car.
We ordered two new tires from Stokes Tire Service in Santa Monica on a Monday afternoon; they arrived Tuesday morning. The next day we called ahead about an hour before arrival, and 45 minutes later, our A3 had two new tires, mounted and balanced.
Total cost: $469.98
Total Days out of Service: None
Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant