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Yes I have done a search.

I am planning on getting winter tires with steel wheels from tirerack. I have an '07 with the TPMS. I have searched this and other boards and haven't found an answer.

From what I understand I have 3 options:

1) buy the tire/wheel combo, and deal with my Fast telling me all winter that the TMPS is missing
2) put winter tires on the stock rims (don't really want to because I like the rims and want to keep them pretty)
3) buy the tire/wheel combo, and then go and buy another set of TPMS and have them installed once I get everything (the most expensive option, i heard a set of sensors will run you over $300)

I have the summer perf. tires and will be seeing snow. What is the best option? I heard mixed things about the TPMS that the dealer can deactivate it/the dealer can't or won't deactivate it, you can get someone to VAGCOM it/ i can't VAGCOM it, etc.

What should I do?
 

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Dude,

I'm in the same boat. I've got an e-mail into the Tirerack to get an ETA on the TPMS sensors (apparentaly they're not available for our model yet). If I buy a wheel/tire combo they'll install the sensors for free.

I've been trying to find someone who's selling their wheels with the TPMS in them, no luck yet.

Will the TPMS warning just be a quick flash on the MFD and a constant dashboard light (like a CEL), or will the MFD constantly scream at me that my death is eminent. I can live with option #1, but #2 would suck.

Good luck.
 

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I was able to find some more info on another forum and ordered the steel wheels with dunlop M3s. For anyone who is in the same predicament this is what I concluded: the best thing to do is to just get a winter package without TPMS and put a little piece of electrical tape over the dummy light on the dashboard. If you get a separate set of sensors you have to program your car to read the new sensors then program it back in the spring. Or, you can just VAGCOM the warning out but then you have to put it back in the spring so unless you have a VAGCOM it is a hassle. Most dealers won't do it because of the liability. For those of us who see enough snow and salt to make this an issue go with steel wheels and ignore your dashboard for the winter. So far that is the bast way to go.
 

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Get the Dunlop M3s. I put them on a few weeks ago and no prob with the tire pressure monitor. Just get the same size tire as stock. The light did actually stay on for about five minutes after I had them installed, then the monitor I guess "re adjusted itself".
 

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Not having them wont hurt anything and yes they will reajust them selves after reinstalling the stock rims. The tmps sensors pretty much just tells you when your tire is low and losses large amount of pressure before a blow out. They run 200 a peice if u want them installed on the winter tires but i wouldnt bother.
 
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