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#2046 of 2127 03 Rav4 AWD Tires - Replacement Suggestions?
Mar 29, 2006 (7:57 pm)
I have a 2003 Rav4 AWD (sport) with only 33,000 (wifes tender Arizona and Florida) miles that has the horrible Bridgestone Duellers. We have the 235/60R16 100H size. They are LOUD and worn worse than any tires I have ever owned. I have scowered the internet (including Tirerack.com) for input on a good replacement that is A) QUIET, B) has long tread life, and C) maybe will give us better gas mileage (at least not worse than 18 - 20 combined hwy/city. QUIET is most important as these are so loud you cant talk inside. PS... Toyota tells me to replace with Duellers and I walk away from them.
First Question: Does anyone have any suggestions on replacment tires that they have been REALLY happy with for this size on a AWD? Please give me size and speed rating you bought.
Second Question: I have read several owners that have bought the Michelin HydroEdge and have been really REALLY happy. The problem I see is that its only T speed rated and not H. Has anyone here done the T rated for at least 15,000 miles and been ok with them?
Thanks alot for the feedback!!!!
#2047 of 2127 Re: 03 Rav4 AWD Tires - Replacement Suggestions? [artcb]
Mar 30, 2006 (9:31 am)
Believe the T rating is good for 118 mph. So should be good enough and the lower speed rating will likely give better snow traction.
#2048 of 2127 Re: Satisfied. Re: 2001 RAV4 concerns [suvshopper4]
Mar 30, 2006 (9:37 am)
I agree with suvshopper4. Our '01 has been great, it did have the cowl rattle, but it was fixed under warranty with the TSB at least 4 years ago and it has been silent ever since.
#2049 of 2127 Question about RAV4 steering
Mar 31, 2006 (8:54 pm)
I have a mechanical question. We just bought a 2006 RAV4 base model, 2WD, V6 this evening. On the way home at certain freeway speeds the thing pulled from side to side every few seconds requiring constant steering correction (making it hard to concentrate on traffic). When a slight road bump was encountered the front end shimmied for a brief time. It does something else that may be related -- when stopped and slightly turning the steering wheel from side to side it "catches" at top dead center. Does anyone know if this car is broken or if this is how the RAV4 behaves normally? Needless to say I deeply regret getting it and hate myself for not test driving it several miles.
#2050 of 2127 Re: Question about RAV4 steering [billatthebeach]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Mar 31, 2006 (9:10 pm)
Check the tire pressures to rule that out. Often the dealer techs forget to air them down, and usually the tires are over-inflated so they won't flatspot while sitting around waiting to be sold.
#2051 of 2127 Re: Question about RAV4 steering [steve_]
Apr 01, 2006 (4:46 am)
The tires measured from 32.5 to 34.5 psi. I plan to take it back to the dealership, driving it slowly, and hope they find something.
#2052 of 2127 Re: Question about RAV4 steering [billatthebeach]
Apr 02, 2006 (5:54 am)
That "catch" at steering center is more than a tire pressure problem.
Something is wrong, and it sounds dangerous.
As you say, time to drive *slowly* to the dealer.
#2053 of 2127 Re: 03 Rav4 AWD Tires - Replacement Suggestions? [artcb]
Apr 02, 2006 (6:09 am)
I have AWD, and I replaced my OEM BS Dueller H/T 687 tires at 31k miles, even though they had a little tread left; after the last couple of 5-6k mile rotations, they were lub-lubbing for a few hundred miles until they smoothed out.
Tire choices in the 215/70x16 size (I got the standard steel wheels) are limited.
The tires I bought were the Yoko Geolandars H/T y816b, speed rating S (99 mph, I think). I chose them partly due to decent buyer reviews, and partly due to very reasonable pricing.
After 39k miles, they still have some tread life left, altho I am not sure about grip (I don't drive hard).
They are not overly noisy, in my estimation. Certainly we can talk ok while driving at speed.
I'm curious about Michelins too. Worth the premium price? It really is hard to compare, because most new tires would probably sound quieter than old tires, even the same exact model.
#2054 of 2127 Re: Question about RAV4 steering [suvshopper4]
Apr 02, 2006 (6:50 am)
Thanks both for the responses. I took it to the dealer and traded it for a Camry. They can fix the problem at their own pace. I'm sad because the RAV4, if functioning correctly, would have been lots of fun, but I just plain don't have the time to deal with the issue. It was worse when I drove it back to the dealer, especially on curves requiring quite a battle with the steering wheel oscillation to keep it going where it was supposed to go. I hope they fix it instead of just reselling it to someone whose safety would be at risk. So at least from my point of view, although now without the car of my dreams, "case closed."
#2055 of 2127 Rear spoiler
Apr 15, 2006 (9:34 am)
I have a question. The rear spoiler that comes on the 2001 L trim level, is it easily removable? Or is it bolted on and stuff?