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Hello, I understand this is not a problem everyone here has to think about, but here it goes:

I live in Canada, and we have a lot of snow. This is why I asked my dealership where I will buy my GTI from (delivery this december) which tires I should buy / he has in stock. This is what he told me:

- Nokian4 17inch (so on original rim)(310$CAN each)
- Nokian 4 16inch (on a new rim + cap)(1230$CAN)
- Pirelli Carving 16inch (new rim +cap)(980$CAN)

This is my first vehicule I buy brand new, and the first time I have to look for winter tires.

What would you guys recommend?
 

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www.tirerack.com I just bought a set of Dunlop M3s on Alloys including shipping 800ish... That tire has the best user ranking. That site is very easy to navigate and compare tires.. I would also recomend minus sizing, mine are 16/65 or 60/205s a taller and more narrow tire. Tirerack figures all this stuff out for you making it really easy. Another thing you will in the long run save money for mounting and balancing.

Good luck
 

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radionails said:
Hello, I understand this is not a problem everyone here has to think about, but here it goes:

I live in Canada, and we have a lot of snow. This is why I asked my dealership where I will buy my GTI from (delivery this december) which tires I should buy / he has in stock. This is what he told me:

- Nokian4 17inch (so on original rim)(310$CAN each)
- Nokian 4 16inch (on a new rim + cap)(1230$CAN)
- Pirelli Carving 16inch (new rim +cap)(980$CAN)

This is my first vehicule I buy brand new, and the first time I have to look for winter tires.

What would you guys recommend?
I would say get the ones for the original rims; that way in the summer, you can upgrade your tires and wheels at the same time! :)
 

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I would say get the ones for the original rims; that way in the summer, you can upgrade your tires and wheels at the same time! :)
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Ya thats what I thought originaly but 17s in dedicated snow tires are very expensive and your not able to down size with staying with the stock rim.. In my opinion I rather have the added traction with the smaller width tire.
 

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Hey OP I would go with the snow tires and a new set of rims...it'll be a once in a lifetime purchase (life of the tires) which will only cost you the original cost.
If you get the tires for your 17 inch alloy wheels you will have to get them installed every year...
The other point that might push you towards getting a complete new set is the fact that if you do have an accident during the winter (which can happen very easily just a quick slip on some black ice for example) you will scratch up your steelies/hubcaps instead of your nicely kept 17's

When it comes time to put your stock wheel setup back on for the summer all you need to do is jack up your car.
 
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