Last post on Jan 22, 2011 at 5:33 PM
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Toyota Sienna, Tires, Wheels, Van
#310 of 351 Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Eco
Apr 14, 2012 (7:45 am)
Is anyone running this tire? I am buying a new 2012 XLE FWD that comes with OE Firestone FR710s and I'm thinking about replacing them with the tire above which is Bridgestone's top option now for FWD Siennas. It is rated 2-3 grades higher in nearly every category. Of course, it also costs about 50% more but, good tires (as we see by this thread) mean a lot.
#311 of 351 Re: Hi - anyone looked at 2011 [inspectoring]
May 01, 2012 (8:49 pm)
Hi, I have a 2011 Toyota Sienna for almost 2 years and 30K miles. The tires are terrible- poor handling and completely worm with tier belt comming thru: Rotates every 6 yo 7K, Kept High air PSI at about 39 all around. Could se the insode and outside edge wear at 20K. This will my last Toyota. I am replacing with A 660 Treadwear rating, 100V. I believe the tires and the suspension are way over loaded for the vehicle's weight. Based on the forum I wouldn't trust the RFT for any didstance. I will try to get some dounut spare rigged up or a cheaper steel rim and tire that I can carry for long distances. If enough people don't buy the car maybe they will change the very poor design - especially if oth auto Mfg's start offering an AWD with real tires.
#312 of 351 Why don't people think?
May 02, 2012 (6:38 am)
We test drove AWD vs FWD and noticed the difference in ride and handling immediately. You'd have to be numb not to notice. Then, if you do your homework, you will discover that for $2300 Toyota gives you a low tech FWD biased AWD system, 230 extra pounds to drive around every day, which results in a loss of 2 mpg each and every drive. A little more homework would reveal that RFTs cost $300 each--twice a decent grand Touring tire--and most importantly, weigh 25% more. In the Sienna's case, that's 7 additional pounds of unsprung weight hung on each corner which (as we see) makes a very noticeable difference in ride and handling. Ever wonder why no one else offers an AWD minivan?
If you are concerned about winter traction, the vast majority of drivers will be much better served by a FWD van with a second set of wheels and Blizzaks for half the price of AWD. It is not Toyota's fault that they offered this design compromise and ill-informed buyers don't understand what they are trading away to get AWD. So, blame yourself.
OK, so you made a poor decision. Now what? Go to your local Firestone Complete Auto Care Center and have them rotate your Bridgestone RFTs for no charge. Then, have them check the alignment for no charge. If the alignment needs adjustment, pay them 2x for lifetime alignment an get it checked every time you rotate your tires. Check air pressure at least monthly and fill to the recommended pressure, which is 35 on my van. If you switch to non-RFTs, you must carry a spare somehow. Do not compound your mistake by subjecting your family to a vehicle that can get stranded. BTW-The Bridgestone Tire Advisor currently recommends the new Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia as its top-of-the-line for FWD Sienna. This new tire incorporates the latest LRR technology into their premium SUV/light truck tire and looks like a fantastic choice for Sienna. Just do not drive without a spare, please.
#313 of 351 Re: Why don't people think? [indydriver]
May 02, 2012 (10:09 am)
Good advice - I got a flat tire in Bridgeville, DE, right in the middle of a 2.5 hour trip. I was more than an hour from home/beach condo. It was late at night with 2 kids sleeping in the back.
Thankfully the (full-sized) spare was good. I check pressures even on the spare.
Would have been a total nightmare without it.
My Miata has no spare, a can of fix-a-flat instead, and I refuse to drive out of town with that car.
#314 of 351 Toyota sienna 2012 tires
Jul 24, 2012 (5:19 am)
#315 of 351 Tires on Toyota Sienna 2012
Jul 23, 2012 (9:37 am)
What kind of tire do you have on your 2012 Toyota Sienna.
On my 2012 Sienna XLE FWD I have Firestone FR710 tires.
I saw another 2012 Sienna XLE at a Gas station and it had some michellin tires. I asked the owner if he replaced it, he told me it just came with it. He had exactly same car as mines (no AWD)
I would like to know why tires are different.
#316 of 351 Re: Tires on Toyota Sienna 2012 [dhabud]
Jul 24, 2012 (5:19 am)
It is unusual for vehicle manufacturers to source different brands of tires for a vehicle - except where different sizing is involved.
However, Toyota seems to be the exception. They frequently multiple source tires. I suspect it is a fear of losing a supply of tires that match the specs.
#317 of 351 2011 Sienna tires & struts at 40K miles?
Sep 17, 2012 (1:03 pm)
#318 of 351 2011 Sienna tires & struts at 40K miles?
Oct 27, 2011 (6:34 pm)
I have a 2011 Sienna LE that I drove across country several times this spring and summer. I had all the regular maintance done and noe I am told that I need to replace all my tires and rear struts after just 42K miles. I am not an off roader and 90% of the miles on this car are freeway miles.
This just doesn't seem right that these parts would wear out so soon (michelin tires).
#319 of 351 Re: 2011 Sienna tires & struts at 40K miles? [teriannlv]
Oct 28, 2011 (5:01 am)
Determining whether you need tires is pretty much a no-brainer for any adult to determine. You can use the 'top of Lincoln's head on a penny' to determine whether you are down to 2/32", or better yet hit an auto parts store and for less than $10 buy a real gauge so that you can monitor wear patterns with real accuracy. Seriously, if you cannot tell for your self whether you need tires or not, you really need to ask someone to show you how!!
Determining the need for shocks & struts is certainly more difficult, and I strongly suggest that you get more info on why from your dealer, or better yet get a second opinion. Are they leaking? Do you have unusual tire wear patterns that suggest poor wheel damping control? Does the van continue to bounce? Either way, I agree - a year old van with under 50k should not need replacements unless you do really poor roads, carry excessive loads or tow.