Hi - I just bought my first car, a 1999 Toyota Camry V6. It needs new tires at 36k miles, and I'm totally confused about what type to buy. I was quoted a couple of prices but I feel as though I'm being directed to high-end prices ($600+ for 4 new tires and installation) because I'm a woman. What is does brand of reasonably priced tires (not cheap, but good reliable tires)go for. What type do you suggest?
I've done research and I see that Dunlops and Michelin are good. I'd like to spend about $300-400.
Right now my tires are Goodyear P205/65 R15. I love the way these ride, would it be easier just to replace them with the exact same type of tires?
The Michelin X-Ones have the best ride and warranty in the business. The warranty is for 80,000 miles and the tires were recently rated by Consumer Reports as the best premium all season radial you can buy.
Verify the right size tires for your car (as specified in the glovebox/o-manual/doorjamb).
Yes, Tirerack is a good source for basic info on specs and consumer feedback. If you have (significant) snowfall, some add a second set of snow tires.
Don't forget about tradeoffs. What you may gain in Treadwear you may lose in Traction, as what you may gain in Traction you may lose in Treadwear. Tires are car-shoes, and are not perfect in ALL situations. If you have 4-seasons, all-season tires are the middle ground if you're using a one-set setup.
Pirelli P400 Touring
Goodyear Regatta 2
BFGoodrich Control T/A M80 or M65
Toyo 800 Ultra
Yokohama Avid Touring
Cooper Lifeliner SLE
It is important to be specific about tires brand and model as there can be big differences in design and performance.
I'm curious as to exactly what tire costs $150 each and what that dealer was including in that price.
There are not too many independent tire reviews available. Tire Rack solicits ratings and comments from website visitors but you've got to take that with a grain of salt - it's mostly anecdotal commentary.
The Nov 2001 issue of Consumer Reports has a big tire review in it. I think the issue is still on newsstands.
I've owned three V6 Camrys (same size tires you have) since 1992 and I don't remember ever paying more than $400 for a set of tires installed. 40K miles was pretty normal if you stay with the same type of tires (h-rated all-seasons) although some advertise more I never made it that far. I had several sets of Brigestone Potenza RE92's that did everything pretty well. They didn't handle as well as some other more aggresive tires I tried, but they wore well, rode nice, were quiet, and handled the snow/wet very well. You should be able to get a set for $350-$375 installed. Those were original equipment on two of my Camrys and seemed to be a nice combination especially for the money.
I burned a set of Dunlop D60A2's within 20K miles and they were terrible in the snow. Heard good things about them too, but 4 tires wearing out (evenly) that quick kinda makes me wonder. Michelins are good tires too, but I never bought them for my Camrys because there are too many options that are better bang for the buck IMHO.
#6 of 20 Experience qwith my 92 Camry SE V6
Nov 09, 2001 (5:05 am)
Bridgestones have been terrible, two sets and both stunk, especially mileage. Also, you can step down a grade in speed rating and get a higher tread wear indicator if you wish. Ie: from AA to AB will get you indicators well over 400 for mileage. If you have speed rated tires the best you may be able to do is in the 300-400 rating range.
My best luck so far for mileage and handling have been Michelin and now a set of Goodyear Eagle GT??? I believe. Great handling and getting great mileage so far. Should be well over 50,000 miles
I highly recommned Tire rack, saves a bundle even with shipping and mounting/balancing. Plus, the variety and database is exceptional.
I'm not sure what you mean by stepping down from AA to AB speed ratings. Speed ratings are H, S, T, Z, etc. AA, AB, etc. are temperature and traction ratings. As far as treadwear ratings, those are independant of manufacturers, so a 400 rating from one, could be the same as a 300 from another.
The Camry V6's are supposed to have an H-rated tire and those typically don't wear as well as a normal S-rated tire (like the 4 banger Camrys have). I once put Z-rated Pirellis on my 94 V6 coupe and they were terrific for handling, but burned the tread in about 20K miles which is what I expected. I've had S-rated tires on V6 Camrys also, and they last forever but handling is bad and the steering feels vague.
My wife had the good luck with the Bridgestones. They seem to do pretty good driving conservative (her). They seem to burn if you drive aggresive. Strgrl didn't sound like an aggresive driver (mentioning she liked the ride, but nothing about the handling) which is why I recommended them.
I meant that you can step down a grade on the speed rating if you wish and get a higher mileage tire and probably never notice any handling difference. Also, if you step down a rating the Temp/traction usually changes from AA to AB. Sorry about the confusion in my previous post. Although the tread wear numbers are manufacturer specific I found that they are indicators of sort. Remember Bridgestones are Firestones.
Plus, all season tires do not handle as well as touring and of course different from performance tires I have also had great luck with Yokohamas.
Bad luck with Dunlops and Bridgestones. The Goodyear LS on my Buick truly suck but again the Goodyear Eagles GS on my Camry are great.
#9 of 20 Bridgestones are not Firestones
Nov 09, 2001 (10:15 am)
Bridgestone owns Firestone, along with Dayton. But that does not mean they are all the same with different names.
While there is some technology crossover between brands, like Bridgestone's UNI-T, that does not mean everything else is the same. Each brand does most of its own design, development, and mfr'ing.
The primary reason Bridgestone bought Firestone was to have access to Firestone's extensive U.S. distribution.