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Model 3 19" Wheel All Season Tyre Suggestions

drewpost

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New Model 3 RWD owner here. I've never had a RWD car before and I'm a bit paranoid about the winter. I live down in Surrey so not talking constant snow but we do get cold and we also do get the occasional accumulation. I'd like to get a good pair of all-season tyres (instead of dedicated winter wheels and tyres).

My car has the 19" Premium wheels on it which, whilst they look lovely, are compatible with jack squat when it comes to tyres here in the UK. 235/40/R19 is the size. I'd love to get the CrossClimates but they aren't available in that size. Nor would it seem any other all season tyres. Does anyone have any suggestions? Anyone else in the same boat?
 

pdk42

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Best to buy some 18" rims and put winter tyres on them. Large rims and low profile tyres are not really sensible for winter use. 235/45 18 will be equivalent in terms of rolling radius.
 

drewpost

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When I say winter use - we've literally had 3 days of snow accumulation the last 4 winters here so it's more about ice/cold. My understanding of why 19" rims aren't suitable is the fear of sitting hidden keys or potholes, is there more to it I'm missing?

I've also emailed Heathrow to see how much the winter tyre aero wheel package is here in the UK too. I just wish I could put another size tyres on my existing 19" wheels so I could put the CrossClimates on year round and be happy!
 

drewpost

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Has anyone had experience with the Vredestein brand? It's Dutch, apparently. They seem to make an all season tyre that fits the 19" Tesla rims. The Quatrac 5 is the one - Trying to find if anyone has used them on Tesla's before.
 

pdk42

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When I last looked into all season tyres the articles I read were basically saying that they were closer to winter tyres than summer ones. Net net, they don't make very good performance tyres for the good weather.
 

spon88

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Has anyone had experience with the Vredestein brand? It's Dutch, apparently. They seem to make an all season tyre that fits the 19" Tesla rims. The Quatrac 5 is the one - Trying to find if anyone has used them on Tesla's before.
I'm about to put those on my M3P ready for winter. Very good reviews winter and summer driving. I have a set of 19s for those but I'll probably stick the 20s back on in the summer months if the potholes don't get me. About £150 per corner if you shop around.
 
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VanillaAir_UK

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Has anyone had experience with the Vredestein brand?

I inherited a set on a car many many years ago so hardly representative. Whilst they didn't wear, they didn't grip either. Very hard tyres. Owned them long enough to pick up a couple of punctures otherwise they would have lasted forever I think. Didn't have resources like internet in those days, so I just assumed they were a budget brand at the time. Don't know where they stand in the pecking order these days. I changed my rims/profile and width when I replaced them so not a like for like comparison, but new setup transformed the car for the better. I always buy premium brand tyres if replacing now, typically the OEM ones.
 

VanillaAir_UK

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Also worth mentioning that we are in Surrey too and like on a steep road and steep drive. Over last 10 years, we have only not been able to get home twice (VW Passat), at least one of those was ground clearance (snow ruts up into tramlines then turns to ice) so probably could not have done that no matter what Model 3 we were in. We are not out in the sticks, so have left car at end of the road or at a friends house and walked home. I've owned RWD/FWD (and AWD) and tbh, its just slightly different rather than lack of capabilities when driving in the snow. I've driven up the steep hill at end of my road in bad conditions no issues when most others made it only part way off - hint, turn off stability control (this will prevent car from reducing power to point of being useless on a hill when right foot can modulate the power better) or in case of Tesla, hope that its winter handling are as good as many say it is.

Never had winters (probably will now with the AWD as it will allow us to attempt driving in conditions that previously we would not have bothered) before, but I did question putting winter on with a specialist tyre fitter and mentioned that we didn't seem to struggle as much as most in the conditions and he put it down to the Continentals that we using. His comment was that a decent summer tyre (which he said we had) is better than a bad winter tyre in those conditions. He also said that it was too early to judge on cross climate tyres. This was 2 or 3 years back.
 
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spon88

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Are you concerned the Vredistens have a C efficiency and C wet performance rating?
Tend to trust my local tyre guys and also a friend who has them on his BMW M3. For sure they will be better than the 20" OEM for winter and if I lag over onto the first few months of spring before switching over, then hopefully no problem. Quality is up there so no worries about that really.

I'm not going to be blazing around too much, particularly over winter - too old :)
 

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