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Hi Everyone!

I bought a 2014 GLI Autobahn last month and I'm having some trouble with the 18" low profiles. My two front tires have bumps on the side which I can only assume is a tire defect OR they are super sensitive and can't handle even the tiniest potholes. I haven't hit anything major, just a bump here or there so I don't get it.

I'd like to take these rims off at least for the winter but I don't really know what the options are. Can I get winter tires and smaller rims (like 16") and just toss them on this car? Anyone have a good online source for buying/shopping tires and wheels?

Thanks!
 

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those bumps are a defect, take it back to the dealer and ask for new tires (and a different brand perhaps)

You can definitly get smaller wheels and larger sidewall snow tires. just need to make sure they clear your brakes and have a good Offset for your needs.
 

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Thanks, I appreciate it. I called the dealer and they want nothing to do with it so I called the tire manufacturer. I have an appointment to confirm that it is a defect and hopefully that goes well.

I'll look into the 16" rims and make sure they clear the brakes. Thanks for the advice.
 

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The Dealer/Manufactures warranty should be upheld. They would be in the Wear and tear items¹ and adjustments excluded after initial 12 months/12,000 miles (whichever occurs first) portion of the warratny so at MIN 12 moths/12,000 miles and you take it back to the dealer, not the tire manufacture in my opinion.

Here is VWs generic policy:




Limited Warranty Coverage

Your confidence policy.


A great car deserves a great warranty. We build Volkswagen models to perform for years. So we feel confident giving every new VW owner a basic new limited warranty for three years or 36,000 miles.*

Basic limited warranty*

3 years/36,000 miles (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty. Wear and tear items¹ and adjustments excluded after initial 12 months/12,000 miles (whichever occurs first)

¹Wiper blades excluded after initial 6 months/6,000 miles (whichever occurs first)

Powertrain limited warranty* (All models except 2011 and newer Touaregs)

5 years/60,000 miles (whichever occurs first) Powertrain Limited Warranty.

Powertrain limited warranty* (2011 and newer Touaregs)

10 years/100,000 miles (whichever occurs first) Powertrain Limited Warranty.

Limited warranty against corrosion perforation*

12-year, unlimited distance limited warranty against corrosion perforation (except Routan).

*See dealer for warranty details.
 

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I called the dealership and read this right off the page to them. They claim that "wear & tear does not include tires, just brakes." Is this a manufacturer guarantee that they are unable to overturn and make their own or are they just making their own rules here?
 

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My I ask what was the tire spec and brand that was installed in the car?

I think for 1. It could be a tire defect.
2. Dealer should be responsible in replacing them as the manufacturer confirmed that it was really a defect.
 
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