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All car drivers are aware that they are black, round and keep their expensive alloy wheels off the ground but not many appreciate the benefits of choosing the right tyres for their car and style of driving.Michelin has interviewed some of the team's drivers and race engineers to find out why they choose to fit Michelin tyres and why they feel fitting the correct tyres is important from a racing and road car point of view. And no, it's not because the tyres are supplied free of charge as race teams pay like anyone else.Unlike Formula 1, endurance racing tyres are closely linked, in terms of size and performance characteristics, to those used on high performance road cars. Endurance racing calls for tyres that will last as long as possible while offering high levels of grip in various conditions from their first lap to their last. As a result, in last year's Le Mans 24 hour race, the No.2 Audi R18 TDI managed to race for 750kms on one set of tyres, and at speeds of up to 330km/h with three Peugeots in hot pursuit.In 2012 Audi will field two R18 e-tron quattro's and two R18 ultra prototypes at Le Mans ""“ all shod with Michelin tyres. The two hybrid cars will be driven by last year's Le Mans winning trio of Marcel FÃssler, André Lotterer, and Benoît Tréluyer with Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen, and Allan McNish in the other car. The R18 Ultra will see Loïc Duval joined by Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas with the other R18 Ultra driven by Marco Bonanomi, Oliver Jarvis and Mike Rockenfeller.In the video, drivers Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen, and race engineer Howden Haynes share their views and experiences of tyres and talk about how innovation in motorsport benefits drivers with better cars and tyres.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82W_ROmr1JAhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-9OuXwR3Oo
 

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M4trundler said:
Some good tyres, shame Audi's are a pile of unreliable crap!



Nearly 60k fault free miles in my current 2002 A4, did 95k miles in my old 1997 A4 with nothing more than a failed fuel pump......
 

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Boz, it's the modern ones that are the problem. Audi used to be good, but now I see so many of them broken down you wouldn't believe it.
 

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big_boz said:
M4trundler said:
Some good tyres, shame Audi's are a pile of unreliable crap!

 

Nearly 60k fault free miles in my current 2002 A4, did 95k miles in my old 1997 A4 with nothing more than a failed fuel pump......
The same pump that went on my passat, and the A6 and the golf and.....I could go on. Bet the cost to repair it came out your own pocket??? My A6 in 5yrs cost over £4000 to keep on the road and for a "premium" brand....they can stick it!

To keep on the subject of tires though...no tire is perfect for a car, just better suited. If it was the other way round car makers would start with the tire...then design the suspension ala F1Edited by: RichieD76
 

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RichieD76 said:
big_boz said:
M4trundler said:
Some good tyres, shame Audi's are a pile of unreliable crap!


Nearly 60k fault free miles in my current 2002 A4, did 95k miles in my old 1997 A4 with nothing more than a failed fuel pump......
The same pump that went on my passat, and the A6 and the golf and.....I could go on. Bet the cost to repair it came out your own pocket??? My A6 in 5yrs cost over £4000 to keep on the road and for a "premium" brand....they can stick it!

To keep on the subject of tires though...no tire is perfect for a car, just better suited. If it was the other way round car makers would start with the tire...then design the suspension ala F1

Crikey, if you consider a £200 fuel pump being the only thing to go wrong in nearly 100k miles bad, i would assume you have never bought aFrench/Italian/Spanish/American or basically any car not made by theGermansor the Japanese!

My Old Alfa 156 (which was £24k)basicallywent wrong on an hourly basis!
 

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My 2005 A3 which I'm just getting rid of with 150k on the clock is a heap of junk.


And the parts to repair it aren't cheap at all!



£700+ for a new instrument cluster of all things...



£600+ for a new wheel bearing...



£350+ for a new radiator....



£600+ for the timing belt/water pump change parts alone...



£800+ for a new Haldex ECU...
 

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Jonay said:
My 2005 A3 which I'm just getting rid of with 150k on the clock is a heap of junk.
 

And the parts to repair it aren't cheap at all!

 

£700+ for a new instrument cluster of all things...

 

£600+ for a new wheel bearing...

 

£350+ for a new radiator....

 

£600+ for the timing belt/water pump change parts alone...

 

£800+ for a new Haldex ECU...

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Actually, you have pretty much been stitched up on all of those prices.

Instrument cluster is about 100 from a scrapper and takes about an hour to fit, although parts of the cluster are weak, if you had an older one with the TT dis module these are notorious.

Cambelt kit is 100-150 from German and Swedish for parts. Labour is about 3.5 hrs. It's 350 to have a specialist do an Audi cambelt, I have had an a3 and 2 a4's done by a reknowned specialist in bradford.

Wheel bearings are 40 to buy and fit youself, 100 to have done by the specialist I use unless u have an RS which I assume you don't.

Radiators do not cost 350 I'm afraid unless they are made of gold!

No-one on any of the Audi forums goes to a main dealer for a haldex ecu! They are 800.......or less than 200 secondhand, in fact u can get a fully reconditioned rear diff with haldex included for 450! I know as I did one on my old a4 quattro.

Sorry to hear that you had a troublesome car, but you have clearly fallen foul of some suspect pricing!
 

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Actually, you have pretty much been stitched up on all of those prices.

Instrument cluster is about 100 from a scrapper and takes about an hour to fit, although parts of the cluster are weak, if you had an older one with the TT dis module these are notorious.

Cambelt kit is 100-150 from German and Swedish for parts. Labour is about 3.5 hrs. It's 350 to have a specialist do an Audi cambelt, I have had an a3 and 2 a4's done by a reknowned specialist in bradford.

Wheel bearings are 40 to buy and fit youself, 100 to have done by the specialist I use unless u have an RS which I assume you don't.

Radiators do not cost 350 I'm afraid unless they are made of gold!

No-one on any of the Audi forums goes to a main dealer for a haldex ecu! They are 800.......or less than 200 secondhand, in fact u can get a fully reconditioned rear diff with haldex included for 450! I know as I did one on my old a4 quattro.

Sorry to hear that you had a troublesome car, but you have clearly fallen foul of some suspect pricing!
Prices I've quoted were from Aberdeen Audi - I got my parts from TPS/German&Swedish Parts.

It's redic to think that they can charge those kind of prices.

As for the instrument cluster - it's not a straight swap as it's programmed to work with the car - with Audi need to do or you find someone willing to do a homer.

The wheel bearing was quite expensive - as it's a quattro model I have so the bearing doesn't come out itself - it's the whole hub that needs replacing.

The ECU i got off eBay

The radiator is still ongoing - It's leaking when it decides but magically repairs itself the next day. The alloy (not stainless steel) material is what makes it so expensive - I'm told

Anyway .. Hopefully getting rid in the next month or so - just praying she stays alive for the delivery of my KX3 so that I don't have to cough up an extra £3k cash to cover the cost of the trade-in.
 
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