Alltrack Tire Replacement Size and Cost

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Alltrack Tires

VW Alltracks with the 17-inch wheels come from the factory with a fairly rare tire size. I’ll put it simply: Alltrack tires are hard to find because of the size.

I chose a favorite tire — Continental ExtremeContact DWS — over the “correct” factory tire specs because I value something I know over getting the specs right. I did research first to find out if 225/50/17 would rub, and that research said they wouldn’t rub. And they don’t. So my gamble paid off.

Why Discount Tire?

Discount Tire meets any challenger’s advertised price, like Tire Rack, but in this case they didn’t have to. The two prices are a penny apart.

Why 225/50/17?

These Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 don’t come in the 17-inch Alltrack’s size, so I got a slightly wider size.

Original tire size:


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Alltrack’s tire size is a pretty rare size, so as this VW model comes in for its first round of tire replacement, there will be a little bit of Googling, hair-pulling and general head-scratching while owners look to source 205-55-17 tires.

I Just Ordered a Set of ExtremeContact DWS 06 for my Alltrack – Size 225/50/17

My 225-50-17 choice is an almost exact circumference match, so there is no gearing difference or speedometer/odometer difference. Also, the tires cause no rubbing on the fender liners.

Why Continental?

This is my third set of ExtremeContact DWS tires… so to say I love them is pretty obvious! The first two sets were on Volvos, which I’ve written about here. That car (Volvo V70 R) was, like our Alltracks, an AWD turbo wagon.

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I ❤️ExtremeContact DWS

I Bought a 2017 Golf Alltrack S

This post is my first regarding my new 2017 Golf Alltrack S. I’ll will update this site frequently with posts on my new VW.

The Day I Bought a 2017 VW Golf Alltrack

After 17 years driving a durable, comfortable 1997 Volvo 850 T5, the day came. I’d been looking at a GTI, but in the end I fell toward  utility and AWD. On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, I bought a new Golf Alltrack S.

It checks all my boxes:

  • wagon
  • manual transmission
  • turbo (for future tuning)
  • AWD for taking my son camping and skiing
  • in my price range

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Oddly, now that I’m writing about this big decision, safety didn’t enter into my thinking when selecting this model. I (perhaps dangerously) assume all new cars are safe these days.

Compare/Contrast 1997 Volvo 850 vs. 2017 Alltrack

The Volvo seat is better, more comfortable, with better thigh support. That’s all the Volvo was better at. Everything else is far in favor of the Alltrack. Ride, composure, NVH, conveniences, fun-to-drive, looks…

I love the MQB architecture that is the “bones” of the Golf line. It’s very solid feeling.

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Things That Nag Me on My Alltrack

I’m looking for a comfortable seating position. Being 6′-3″ means no cars fit me great. Currently I’ve got the seat back almost all the way, medium height on the seat bottom, steering wheel toward me max,steering wheel tilt down max. The #1 problem I have with seating position in the Alltrack is thigh support — the seat bottom adjustment frustratingly raises and lowers the rearward part of the seat but doesn’t help with the front of the seat bottom.

VW Extended Warranty

I bought a 10-year/100k extended warranty on Friday. It was my last day to decide, and with VW’s mediocre (but improving) reliability, it was a no-brainer. A 7/70k was $2100 and change, and this was $2900 and change. They can roll it into your monthly payments when you buy it at time of purchase, so it doesn’t hurt as bad. Tyson, the finance manager at Emich VW, threw in the first three scheduled maintenances. Nice.

I’ll be updating this spot frequently with thoughts on my new VW. Check back.