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The definitive answer to the correct tyre for my 52 Passat TDi Sport 130 with original 16" wheels is 205/55 R16 91W.
'V' RATED TYRES ARE UNSUITABLE.
It took three calls to VW Customer Service today while they in turn awaited a reply from VW Technical. I have raised with them the seriousness of the situation in that Dealers are mostly ill-informed as to the correct tyre speed-rating and are giving incorrect advice.
I have suggested that the correct info should accompany every car when sold and be both in the cars documentation and that it would be prudent to add it to the details on the fuel filler flap. They have promised to inform Marketing.
I also contacted the editor of VOLKSWAGEN DRIVER magazine who was very helpful and correctly e-mailed the speed rating following reference to the german press pack he had at the cars launch.
Would appreciate if you could post whether other car makers make it difficult to ascertain correct speed-ratings for each of their models?
It's clear we cannot rely on all VW Dealers or the specialist tyre trade to give the correct answers. In defence my tyre supplier, he has offered without quibble to replace the my tyres this week. (He had ordered 'W' rated but 'V'were supplied)
I haven't yet found out whether a lower speed-rated tyre would technically infringe an MOT or whether it would result in an insurer failing to meet a claim? I think the answer to both should be YES!
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Er... you do realise V rated tyres go up to 150mph? What does it matter if your car came with w rated tyres from the factory? VW probably got a better deal from Michelin that day. It should seem obvious that it doesnt matter when you consider that the same car with 15's has V rated tyres.
Its not an MOT fail as speed ratings do not apply to cars in the MOT test. Its on the VOSA website.
Heck, I used H rated tyres on my Megane as that was all I could get at the time. They (Continentals) were far better tyres than the nankangs i had before and I was confident that I would never exceed 130mph. Car top speed was 132mph - faster than my 130pdi passat.
It's not a matter of car manufacturers making it difficult to find the correct speed ratings. Its the top speed of the vehicle, and even then it doesn't matter a whole load.
Also, why do people read so much into speed ratings anyway? - Why not the wear ratings and the temperature ratings?
I also suspect that its all a bit of marketing in order that people spend more to get a higher speed rating.