Just so you know I have a 159 ti sportwaon with the standard 19' ti wheels fitted with the factory spec pirelli tyres (new car purchased in October 2009):-
Hi, just thought I would let you all know about my experience. I didnt realise that there were any issues with the 159 front tyre wear until I got a puncture on one of my rear tyres. At the time, my car had just done about 6500 miles. I had never thought of checking the inside wear as I have never got less than about 15000 miles out of a good quality set of tyres. When the tyre fitter replced the rear tyre he asked me to come and look at the font 2... I was shocked to see that the inside edges to both tyres were completely bald, which means they would have been illegal at about 4000 miles!
At this point I would like to add that the car has been teated exceptionly well, no hard driving ,carefull steering, no wheelspins, no banging kerbs etc!
At the thought of having to shell out an extra £450 on two tyres I wasnt banking on paying for, I rang my local Alfa dealer (from where the car was purchased). I was told initially by the dealers own service department manager that there had been no problems with the 159 and the worst case he had seen was 7000 miles. He wanted to see the wear for himslef, so I drove the car up and he agreed that it wasnt right.
(When I purchased the car on lease I turned down the maintenance programme because the salesman had said I would get at least 12k out of each set of tyres, if I had known this I definately would have taken out the plan!)
The dealer gave the the number for Alfa uk who acknowledged my complaint. At this point, the dealer did back me up with a phonecall to Alfa uk to suggest that they had the tracking checked and to agree with my statement that the wear was too agressive/quick.
After various phonecalls backwards and forwards, after two weeks, the tracking has been adjusted (paid for by them) and Alfa uk has sent me vouchers for half the tyre wear (the extra I should have got) amounting to £200. Whilst they never would admit to there being a problem (to the contrary they said it was a 'characteristic' of the car) they did respond and deal with my complaint very quickly.
Whilst they tried to imply that my tyres were a rare case, the speed at which they sent out the vouchers and authorised the tracking to be done shows signs of guilt on their part that there is a general problem and it was no surprise to them.
In my case I think that the dealer was paramount in helping get my vouchers. I wrongly assumed that they would try to ignore the issue but instead I got loads of support. I owe them a big Thankyou!!!
The big question is now how much tyre wear I will get in the future. I know they have adjusted the tracking, which they tell me is now set to a proper 'ti' spec, but im not convinced I will get the wear I would really want out of A £225 tyre. I suppose only time will tell.
I will post again in the future to let people know how much difference the adjustments have made.
As I said before, the dealer seemed to be key for my case, so if you have bought new from a dealer, use their help if you can, I would like to think that all the dealerships would stick up for their trusting customers?