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Tire recommendations for 2004 V8 Touareg

Had 2 sets of Continental 4x4 255 18" and need a set again that has the best tread wear and handling, with the least amount of road noise.

We tow a travel trailer in the non-winter months and want to have a good recommendation as Tirerack.com is all over the place on suggestions.

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It's tough to find the 'perfect' tire. U might want to check out the Nov 08 issue of consumer reports magazine, it has ratings on suv tires, including all season, all terrain, and winter tires.
Continental cross contact LX all season are rated good for tread life, very good for noise, or Michelin LTX MS all season are very good tread life, good for noise. They rate 20 all season tires, 14 all terrain, 4 winter. This should help, as I agree, I've purchased thru tire rack, and customer ratings are not consistent. The consumer report ratings are controlled and much more reliable.
Good luck!

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