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Toyota Sienna, Tires, Wheels, Van
Apr 26, 2011 (11:00 am)
Not sure if this is a record, but our 2006 Sienna XLE has 52K miles and we are on our sixth (6th) set of run-flat tires (excluding the original set). To be fair, the Toyota dealership (Palo Alto) has replaced seven of the 24 tires because of installation issues (i.e. they screwed-up) and these tires didn't last a week. In contrast, our 2003 Subaru Outback (157K miles) is on it's second (2nd) set of tires.
#277 of 354 Re: can anyone beat this? [my_last_toyota]
Apr 26, 2011 (7:10 pm)
I'm not certain about what to say about the run-flat tires. I'm still on the originals with just under 50,000 miles on them. I rotate them at every 5000 mile oil change interval. My Toyota service manager says that they should last 50,000 miles, but may even go beyond that. I have read the other horror stories about run-flats wearing out prematurely.
I am an automotive engineer with some experience in axle and suspension designs. Aside from the quality of the materials in the tires and the tire production processes, there are several factors in the adjustments of the suspension system and wheel alignments that can cause tires to fail prematurely. What does your dealer say about your suspension and wheel alignments?
#278 of 354 Re: can anyone beat this? [dkwarren]
Apr 29, 2011 (9:52 am)
dk - not sure what to say myself, other than this has been a very disappointing experience
#279 of 354 Re: can anyone beat this? [dkwarren]
May 07, 2011 (8:48 pm)
Run-flat tire runners beware! My 2005 Sienna AWD dealer replaced original Dunlap run-flats with free new set of Dunlaps run-flats at 17,500 mi due to class action against premature ware, so Toyota does stand behind their vehicles. At 27,000 more miles a bubble the size of a grapefruit developed the morning after an 80 miles night run on high speed freeways. Tire shop said the run-flat layers had separated with no sign of curb or other impacts visible. Since I do this trip often, I purchased a new set of standard tires and found a much smoother/quieter ride, and hopefully much better tire life. Now to find a spare tire for the roof rack for trips far from a tire repair shop if I pick up a nail.....
#280 of 354 Re: can anyone beat this? [fdemetz]
Jun 01, 2011 (1:54 pm)
I wouldn't waste the money on a spare tire that you'll carry on your roof rack and never use. Get a plug kit and small compressor or a roadside assistance/towing membership that will tow up to 50 miles in case a tire is shredded.
Does anyone have any feedback on the tire wear for the 2011 AWD Sienna? Did they make any changes to improve the premature wear?
#281 of 354 Re: can anyone beat this? [bmwk75s]
Jun 01, 2011 (2:22 pm)
I had to change 3 times in 5 years and last year, i changed to normal tires with spare tire to the boot / baggage space for the car.. there is no problem with the tire but the weight of the vehicle is adding lot of stress to the tires and worn faster because of reinforcement built.. Overall its Toyota Sienna AWD Limited edition is a disgrace to toyota with many issues. to me, engine,transmission and all other components that go into this AWD couldnt cope up with the heavy built vehicle with AWD ..
Jun 03, 2011 (8:53 am)
If you are disappointed in your run-flat tires and/or wish that your car had a spare tire, please email predmunds.com no later than Wednesday, June 15, 2011 and be sure to include your city/state of residence and a few comments on the subject.
#283 of 354 Re: Press request [KarenS]
Jun 03, 2011 (10:55 am)
What a coincidence......I just added a set of standard 60,000mi Cooper tires to my 2005 Sienna and had to purchase from Toyota Parts a space saver spare wheel and tire to put in my luggage compartment. This was because of my very bad luck with the Run Flats which came with my Sienna XLE. Due to class action suit Toyota gave me a new set of Dunlap Run Flats at about 22,000 miles from new. At 27,000 on the new set I developed a very slow leak in one of the new tires which was so slow we couldn't find and repair it. Then a few weeks later I felt a bump-bump-bump and found a grapefruit size bubble had developed on another of the 27,000 mile Run Flats. Toyota would offer no further adjustments on the second set so I went to my friendly independent tire dealer and bought a set of standard tires. Surprisingly, the Sienna runs much quieter on the standard tires, probably due to the very stiff sidewalls on the original Run Flats. For those interested in purchasing a Toyota Parts space saver spare: Wheel Part #42611-AE050 was $121.26 + tax; Space Saver Tire size T155/80R17, Part # DT001-26829-BS was $282.90+tax. In fairness to Toyota they have voluntarily provided free warranty repairs on rear hatch gas-filled struts, seat belt attachment, the new set of Run Flats, and replaced a bad Laser Cruise Control Sensor. All-in-all this Sienna is the most trouble-free car I've ever had. Interestingly, the friendly Toyota Salesman tells me that all new XLE Sienna's no long use Run Flats, and have a Space Saver Spare instead!
Fred in California
#284 of 354 Re: Press request [KarenS]
Jun 15, 2011 (9:35 am)
Coincidental that I just saw your message....
We are getting ready to get our 2004 Sienna XLE Limited AWD its 4th set of tires (~82,000 miles). I just dropped you an email.
#285 of 354 Re: Press request [KarenS]
Jul 10, 2011 (5:34 am)
Have worn out 3rd set of Bridgestone 380 RFT at just over 80k miles, of course that doesn't include the pair on the rear, which are newer. Was left stranded with shredded rear tire, towed to Toyota dealership, only to find they did not keep the tire in stock. Had to be in next city that night, so bought a tire for one day and then got a pair of full price 380's in next city. If they are going to sell the car, they should stock the tire. RFT's would be ok, though expensive, if you weren't still at risk of being left stranded at the side of the road. Am currently considering buying non-RFT tires and carrying a spare when traveling out of town. Will never buy another vehicle with out a spare. As it is, we put the extra, unmounted tire in the car on trips, so why not get regular tires?