I'm also considering 18" winter tyres - my car is leased through work and since the lease company wont cover cost under the terms I'll be buying them myself (atleast I should get 3 winters out of a set). I was thinking about something 'mid range' and was considering Toyo S953.Has anybody fitted there gqv with 18" winter tyres?
Never tried winter tyres before
The goodyears ultra grip and Dunlop winter sport 5 seem to have good reviews
Only interested in 18" winter tyres as going to fit on same rims on my gqv
Yep done that! bought a set of old 17s & a set of new winter tyres for £100 for the wheels plus 280 for the tyres. These fit over the brembos & because they have more sidewall (so are more flexible) are a bit better in the ice/snow. Plus I am a little less worried about the salt/grit/ potholes knowing my proper alloys are hibernating & wont get damaged (unless my mother runs over them!!)calculate the cost of 18" winter tyres with 6 times mounting and balancing, vs 17" wheels + tyres (or 16" if you don't have brembo brakes).
a spare wheel + tyre set is probably cheaper, and easier to sell later on....
I agree that a set of 17" wheels would make more sense but I have to keep within my employer and lease company rules / guidelines on changes that can be made to the car. I'm even keeping quiet about looking into changing the tyres!
I had 18" Turbines on my G Veloce, went for mid price tyre. Avon Ice Touring ST 225/40 R18 92V XL, ran these for two winters & it only snowed once In that period !!.
Yep. We have to fit winter tyres here in Germany. The Giulietta is my first Alfa. I fitted 18'' in October. We were in Bavaria at the weekend. The snow and ice were no problem. I say just go ahead.