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New wheels and tires on our VW Passat #5143643
06/25/19 11:28 AM
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Hello:

We bought the car new in December 2018. VW Passat SEL Premium. It's my wife's long distance commute car, sometimes being driven 1,000 miles per week.

It looked a bit like a taxi when we first bought it. Here is what I’ve done to it since then: 1) Window tint. 2) Suspension upgrades; Bilstein B6 Sport struts/shocks, plus H&R OE Sport lowering springs (-3/4” front, -2/3” rear). 3) BBS SX Anthracite 19”x8.5” 46mm offset wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport P4S 235/40-19 (stock was 18"x8" 48mm offset with Bridgestone RE-097 235/45-18). 4) I had the silver strip in the grill painted gloss black.

The first two pictures were when it was completely stock.

Scott

Side OEM.jpgRF OEM.jpgIMG_2459.jpegIMG_2454.jpegIMG_2465.jpegIMG_2463.jpeg

03 BMW E46 330Ci ZSP (BMW TPT 5W-30)
10 Honda Element SC (Kendall GT1 Max 5W-30)
11 BMW E90 328i M-Sport (BMW TPT 5W-30)
16 VW Passat VR6 3.6L SEL Premium (Euro Castrol 0W-40)
Re: New wheels and tires on our VW Passat [Re: SLO_Town] #5143647
06/25/19 11:33 AM
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Looks great, Scott!

How is your wife liking the car overall?


'02 530i (Edge 0W-40)
'15 Q5 3.0T (Edge 5W-40)
'18 Charger SRT (PUP 0W-40 SRT)
Re: New wheels and tires on our VW Passat [Re: SLO_Town] #5143652
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That looks so much better.


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Re: New wheels and tires on our VW Passat [Re: SLO_Town] #5143656
06/25/19 11:41 AM
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Very nice and OE-like. Great choice.


2018 KIA Sportage LX 2.4 AWD:
QSAD 5W-20, PH9688

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T:
PP 5W-30, OE
Re: New wheels and tires on our VW Passat [Re: wemay] #5143670
06/25/19 11:56 AM
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So you stiffened up the ride with performance struts / shocks and lowering springs, and, went to an even bigger wheel / lower profile, ultra high performance tire, on a long distance commuter, where comfort seems like it would be more important than handling.


Who's car is this ... ?


2011 SUBARU Impreza 5-door manual / 2016 HONDA Pilot / 2011 MAZDA 2 auto
Re: New wheels and tires on our VW Passat [Re: SLO_Town] #5143688
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nice car + although those wheels look good going to a smaller diameter is better as more sidewall = less prone to damage + a better ride IMO, leave those "rubber band" tyres for racers!

Re: New wheels and tires on our VW Passat [Re: benjy] #5143691
06/25/19 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by benjy
nice car + although those wheels look good going to a smaller diameter is better as more sidewall = less prone to damage + a better ride IMO, leave those "rubber band" tyres for racers!

Consider the OP's location. Their roads are much nicer than what we have here in midwest or north east.


'02 530i (Edge 0W-40)
'15 Q5 3.0T (Edge 5W-40)
'18 Charger SRT (PUP 0W-40 SRT)
Re: New wheels and tires on our VW Passat [Re: geeman789] #5143699
06/25/19 12:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Quattro Pete
Looks great, Scott!

How is your wife liking the car overall?

Originally Posted by bdcardinal
That looks so much better.

Originally Posted by wemay
Very nice and OE-like. Great choice.

Thanks!
Originally Posted by geeman789
So you stiffened up the ride with performance struts / shocks and lowering springs, and, went to an even bigger wheel / lower profile, ultra high performance tire, on a long distance commuter, where comfort seems like it would be more important than handling.

Who's car is this ... ?

Given that my wife's previous commuter was our 2011 BMW 328i M-Sport with Eibach Pro-Kit springs (far more aggressive than the H&R OE Sport springs) and Bilstein H8 struts/shocks, with BBS CH 19x8.5 235/35 RE-11s front and 19x9.5 255/35 RE-11s rear (those Bridgestone RE-11s have huge bite and are wickedly stiff), even after the modifications the Passat rides like a cushy cruiser in comparison. In fact, when we first bought the Passat my wife explicitly told me the front end was too softly sprung and the damping wasn't stiff enough. She knows her stuff and likes her cars on the stiff side. She has been around high performance cars and road racing her entire life.

Scott


03 BMW E46 330Ci ZSP (BMW TPT 5W-30)
10 Honda Element SC (Kendall GT1 Max 5W-30)
11 BMW E90 328i M-Sport (BMW TPT 5W-30)
16 VW Passat VR6 3.6L SEL Premium (Euro Castrol 0W-40)
Re: New wheels and tires on our VW Passat [Re: SLO_Town] #5143714
06/25/19 12:31 PM
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Wow.. Me likes


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Re: New wheels and tires on our VW Passat [Re: Quattro Pete] #5143725
06/25/19 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Quattro Pete
Looks great, Scott!

How is your wife liking the car overall?

Pete, I missed the second part of your reply.

The Passat has greatly exceeded our expectations. Long story short, we got a GREAT deal on the car. MSRP was $38.5K. We got it out the door for $26.5K. How did we do that? It was a 2016 model year that we bought brand new in December of 2018. Yeah really. It had something like 70 miles on it, probably most of those miles being moved from one side of the lot to the other. Eeeck! But being who I am, I changed the oil and filter the moment I got it home. It had about 110 miles on it. In fact I bled the brakes yesterday when I swapped wheels. I take care of my stuff.

Anyway, the Passat is super smooth and quiet, even with the changes I made. It has high quality interior pieces. It has nice looking, comfortable leather seats. We love the DSG trans, it's super quick shifting and has perfect rev matching. The back seat is HUGE, by far the most roomy back seat we've ever owned. That will come in handy some day. It has the VR6 motor, 280hp, lots of power, expensive sounding, and 31mpg combined on her road trips.

Our original plan was to keep the Passat only through her retirement, which is just 11 months away. But given how the car has so greatly exceeded our expectations, it's going to become a part of our "permanent" fleet. We have a stable of machines that should reliably last us for 5 or 6 more years. I always buy new, maintain them myself, and typically keep them for a long time.

Scott


03 BMW E46 330Ci ZSP (BMW TPT 5W-30)
10 Honda Element SC (Kendall GT1 Max 5W-30)
11 BMW E90 328i M-Sport (BMW TPT 5W-30)
16 VW Passat VR6 3.6L SEL Premium (Euro Castrol 0W-40)
Re: New wheels and tires on our VW Passat [Re: SLO_Town] #5143726
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Should have left the factory that way! Great job, as always.


"Zed's dead baby, Zed's dead."
Re: New wheels and tires on our VW Passat [Re: SLO_Town] #5143733
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Originally Posted by SLO_Town
The Passat has greatly exceeded our expectations. Long story short, we got a GREAT deal on the car. MSRP was $38.5K. We got it out the door for $26.5K.

That's a sweet deal on a really nice car. You can't even get a Jetta GLI for this much these days.


'02 530i (Edge 0W-40)
'15 Q5 3.0T (Edge 5W-40)
'18 Charger SRT (PUP 0W-40 SRT)
Re: New wheels and tires on our VW Passat [Re: rooflessVW] #5143737
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Originally Posted by rooflessVW
Should have left the factory that way! Great job, as always.


If it was a German or European market car it likely does leave the factory that way. We in the USA always get watered down VW and Audi products.

Re: New wheels and tires on our VW Passat [Re: Quattro Pete] #5143740
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Originally Posted by rooflessVW
Should have left the factory that way! Great job, as always.

Appreciate it! I'm really stoked with how it came out.
Originally Posted by Quattro Pete
Originally Posted by SLO_Town
The Passat has greatly exceeded our expectations. Long story short, we got a GREAT deal on the car. MSRP was $38.5K. We got it out the door for $26.5K.

That's a sweet deal on a really nice car. You can't even get a Jetta GLI for this much these days.

I agree it was a sweet deal, but I confess to having serious reservations before buying it, even given the bargain basement price. I would never buy that color, Reef Blue, if I had the choice. But it was the last 2016 they had on the lot. Also too, the car sat outside for two years and was short tripped to the extreme. There's nothing good about that! But, we bought it and are happy we did. It really is super nice.

Scott


03 BMW E46 330Ci ZSP (BMW TPT 5W-30)
10 Honda Element SC (Kendall GT1 Max 5W-30)
11 BMW E90 328i M-Sport (BMW TPT 5W-30)
16 VW Passat VR6 3.6L SEL Premium (Euro Castrol 0W-40)
Re: New wheels and tires on our VW Passat [Re: SLO_Town] #5143765
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My lease Jetta base is sprung like a marshmallow and needs more roll stiffness too especially out back at the twist beam

Your old wheels would look good on my Jetta smile

But alas, lease. 6MT and turbo though smile

Last edited by ARCOgraphite; 06/25/19 01:25 PM.

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