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Jun 18, 2007 (5:35 am)
The Goodyear Integrity has been, unfortunately, the only OEM tire on the Prius since the current car was introduced in the 2004 model year. As I said, this is a poor choice by Toyota, but they're not alone - this tire shows up all over the new-car world [Honda, Chrysler, Toyota] - it's got low rolling resistance at the expense of really lousy grip.
In any case, it's not a reason to sell the car - there are lots of superior alternatives in sizes that work for the current Prius. Someone was just giving bad advice, which happens all the time in the tire business. I constantly encounter "professionals" at tire stores and car dealers that perpetuate various myths and old-wives' tales, as if they know little or nothing of what's going on in their own business.
#7180 of 7508 Re: Nope... [jrct9454]
Jun 18, 2007 (5:44 am)
What would you suggest as a replacement. My original set is due to be replaced within 3,000 miles.
#7181 of 7508 Re: Nope... [stevegold]
Jun 18, 2007 (2:19 pm)
I prefer Michelin, because your chances of finding 4 tires that are round and straight are greater with them than anyone else. That said, there are at least a dozen alternatives in the OEM 185/65x15 size.
If you go to Tire Rack's website, you can search by size and tire type, and read what others have to say about each tire, in addition to subjective numeric ratings on a number of attributes.
My personal favorite right now is the tire we just put on our '06 Prius, the Michelin Primacy MXV4, which is a brand new design that works on a lot of the shortcomings of the previous MXV4s [which were perceived to be noisier than necessary, and poor in snow]. So far, I am very pleased.
Because the car has a top speed of only 100 mph, you can safely use any S, T, or H-rated tire...no reason to pay for more speed capability than an H. Again, if this is Greek to you, the Tire Rack website does a good job tutoring first-timers on the basics of tire shopping.
We got ours at the local America's Tire outlet, and paid less than $400 including taxes for a set of four. I used them instead of Costco, which would have met that same price, because America's has a road force balancer, and Costco [at least our local one] doesn't. Again, for most people, this is not an important distinction, but the RF machine allows more precise mounting and balancing to minimize vibrations - the Prius is a sensitive chassis, and I'm a sensitive driver - many [most?] people aren't.
#7182 of 7508 Re: Prius Tires [kneisl1]
Jun 18, 2007 (4:37 pm)
The original ones on the first Gen Prius were 'special' LRR tires and they weren't very good. The current model just uses the same ones on most Corolla'a and Civics. These Goodyear Integrity's are very very very generic and middle of the road. Most swap out of them to something better at first opportunity.
#7183 of 7508 Re: Nope... [stevegold]
Jun 18, 2007 (4:40 pm)
I've got 46000 on mine and they will need to be changed in 5-10K mi. On Tire Rack the Goodyear Assurance seems to receive high marks as do the Michelins but I understand the Michelins ride harsher.
I'm leaning to the better Goodyears.
#7184 of 7508 Re: Nope... [stevegold]
Jun 18, 2007 (7:18 pm)
Mine are new (car is new), but this fall I'm getting a full set of Nokian WR on the car. We have a 6 month winter here. The Nokian WR is an all season tire that has the "snowflake" symbol so you don't get stopped on the highway and forced to get chains. It also wears well in summer.
Jun 26, 2007 (10:23 am)
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#7186 of 7508 Energy Monitor Failing
Jun 26, 2007 (4:30 pm)
I have an 04' Prius and my energy monitor is failing. What I mean is that the dash controls do not change when you press the climate or info buttons. When you press the touch screen buttons, there is a long delay (15sec) before the screen changes. I can only change radio or climate features using the steering wheel buttons. I just picked up my car for a diagnostic at a local Toyota dealership (where I purchased it) and was told the unit needs to be replaced. $525.00 uggg...Has anyone experienced a failed monitor and if so I feel picking up such a replacement part maybe hard to come by at a local auto parts store. Thanks - Paul
#7187 of 7508 Re: Energy Monitor Failing [pleblond]
Jun 27, 2007 (9:28 am)
There have been numerous reports in this forum of the monitor failing. My 2004 failed entirely but it was under warranty and replaced without charge. That experience led me to purchase a 4 year, 64,000 mile extension to the original warranty from a Toyota dealer for under $1000.