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Hi,
The factory Goodyear tires on the '01 Jetta wagon are toast after 33k miles. I spent some time reading reviews on the Tire Rack web site and opinions vary. What tires for stock 15" wheels would you recommend? The car is driven city and highway with some some each year.
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Re: tire for 2001 jetta wagon (jondoski)

I was really happy with the Dunlop Sport 5000s on my '90 GLI. The Dunlop SP Sport A2 is less money if you are on a budget.
 

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Do you want to get sportier handling and braking, a quiet and comfortable ride, good fuel economy, and/or longer tread life?
Be aware that a4 VWs with 15" wheels specify tires with a 91 load rating, instead of the more common 89 load rating available in the 195/65R15 size. Also be sure that the maximum pressure for the tire is at least as high as the pressure listed inside the fuel door (the common 35psi maximum is probably too low for the car).
 

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Thanks for pointing out the load and PSI requirements for my 15" rims! After looking over choices at tire rack appears that the Bridgestone Turanza LS-H meets the spec for speed, psi, and load. It not the cheapest tire but has seems to rate well. Another choice might be the Continental ContiTouringContact CH95 which meets specs but and is cheaper but does not rate as well. The Michelin Energy MXV4-A Plus meets specs but is almost $20 a tire more than the top rated Bridgestone.
I checked the rating on the Dunlap tires the other fellow mentions and they do not meet the specs.
What do you think:?
 

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Re: tire for 2001 jetta wagon (tjl)

Quote, originally posted by tjl »
...Be aware that a4 VWs with 15" wheels specify tires with a 91 load rating, instead of the more common 89 load rating available in the 195/65R15 size. Also be sure that the maximum pressure for the tire is at least as high as the pressure listed inside the fuel door (the common 35psi maximum is probably too low for the car).

Short Answer: No a 91 load index is not required for your VW.
Long Explanation: In reference to P metric tires, the maximum load carrying capacity is achieved at 35 psi [exception - XL (xtra load rated), tire]. Additional air pressure put into the tire, does not give additional load carrying capacity.
The Service description on a tire has the Load index and the speed rating together. If we know that we have a tire with a 91 load index then @ 35psi the tires carrying capacity is, 1356 lbs of carrying capacity. Does anyone have a VW with a placard on the vehicle that stipulates 35 psi as the recommended tire pressure for their vehicle? Ok, before some smarty pants responds, I'm excluding W8, Eurovan & Touareg.
The R32 is AWD thus a "bit" heavier. They run on 88 load index tires.
Service description, load index and just about anything that you want to know about a particular tire is listed for that particular tire at The Tire Rack

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Eric,
That opens up the door for lots of tires. What do you receomend for someone who wants to stay with stock sized tires for a 2001 Jetta Wagon.
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<Eric wrote>"
Short Answer: No a 91 load index is not required for your VW"
 

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Does anyone have a VW with a placard on the vehicle that
stipulates 35 psi as the recommended tire pressure for their vehicle?

2001 Golfs have a placard inside the fuel door that lists 30psi front, 38psi rear. For light loads you can go down to 26psi front and rear, but then you have to pump up the tires when 3-4 of your friends get in your car with you. Other postings have noted pressure recommendations for a4 cars up to 42psi. Higher than 35psi pressure recommendations may exist for reasons other than load rating as well (I've seen a BMW 3-series placard specify 48psi).
And the owner's manual says 195/65R15 91H is the recommended tire (I don't think there is a P in front of it).
 

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Quote, originally posted by tjl »
And the owner's manual says 195/65R15 91H is the recommended tire (I don't think there is a P in front of it).

Mine doesn't say that. It only says:
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A knowledge of the tire designations makes it easier to choose the correct tires. Radial ply tires have the following designations: e.g. 195 / 65 R 15 91 H...

I just take that as an example - not a recommendation.



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