I just leased a 2012 Jetta GLI "Autobahn" on 11/19/11 and now on March 3, 2012, with 2075 miles on the car, I am replacing the right front tire for the SECOND time.
The first time was on 2/10/12 - 3 weeks previous!!!The OEM tires and rims are low profile. I was very hesitant to lease the car equipped with these wheels and tires but the salesman said, "just buy the tire and wheel hazard insurance," which I did for $759. The service dept. has been great about this, but I am very wary of the "insurance" company.
I suspect that the next time a sidewall bubbles and/or ruptures, the 3rd party "insurance" company will decline to pay up; and, although they should honor the obligation, I can't say I could blame them if they don't. The blame here lies with the car salesman and VW of America. The car should simply not be sold with rims and tires like this. The only reason I leased this model was to get independent suspension and a decent motor.
All Jettas used to come with independent suspension, but the 2.5L motor was always a loser. BTW, VW of America puts literature in its dealerships advertising that when you buy VW-recommended replacement tires, they come with their 24-month road hazard coverage. VW customer care denies that any such coverage exists. Since I purchased the first and second replacement tire at a VW dealership, you would think that the second replacement would be covered, right?
Well, think again. The tires are $230/copy. Let's see what happens when I email them a copy of their own literature.
The last place I would take my GLI "autobahn" is the Autobahn!!!! Anybody who would like a pdf of the VW literature text me at 516-316-8738 with your email address.
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