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Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Tires, Wheels, SUV
#95 of 220 Re: Tires [jeffb7]
Jun 11, 2009 (5:51 am)
The OE tires (GoodYear Integrity) on my 2007 Toyota Hybrid Highlander needed replacement at 18k. Livid, I went to a GoodYear service station where I first got a lot of doubletalk about OE not covered by warranty, I didn't rotate enough, it was alignment, pot holes blah blah blah. Finally I was told to speak with my Toyota Dealership. So I drove up the road.
At my Toyota dealership the first guy I talked tried to insinuate I was a drag racer. I stood my ground and insisted it was unacceptable for tires rated to 50k to wear out so soon. He shrugged and brought out a mechanic.
This next guy was the only one who didn't say it was my fault or start spouting arcane metrics about tread wear and conditions. He said flat out, "Toyota knows it's a problem and Goodyear knows it's a problem. I've been in meetings where we told them we were seeing unusual tread wear in these tires. It's the elephant in the room no one wants to talk about."
Toyota sent me back to Goodyear. Sigh. So back I went. There I repeated that even if I did everything wrong- low pressure, misalignment, lead foot, ok maybe I might not make to 50k maybe only 40k even 35k BUT 18k????
I was polite but also wasn't going away so he called the main office. They offered me the following deal:
Two thirds off their list price of the Integrity- $142 reduced to $53. Free balancing etc. I opted to upgrade to their Assurance Fuel Max and pay the difference of $7.
I found it interesting that they made a point of refusing to say WHY they were offering me this deal.
Can anyone say "Class Action?"
#96 of 220 the story repeats...
Jun 15, 2009 (3:31 pm)
I have absolutely no complaints about my '08 Highlander Hybrid (and this is my first Toyota experience ) *except* the tire issue- it is a big issue however.
My Toyo A20's have about 17,500 miles now and need to be replaced. I have had the tires rotated at the 5k intervals and done everything by the book. I was about to get the Bridgestone Duelers when the service rep mentioned that some of the Prius owners had reported getting 5 miles per gallon less than the stock tires (Michelins) and this could occur if I got the Duelers.
That get's a guy thinking.... Add to that the fact that the neither the A20's nor the Duelers have a mileage warrantee (from a Toyota dealer at least) and a guy thinks even more. I ordered instead the Toyo HTs with 60,000 the mileage warrantee with the optional road hazard coverage from Les Schwab and take my chances. I am very disappointed at Toyota though. Do they really expect owners to toss in $1k every 18 months for new tires? Consumer Reports also has taken note of the problem even after giving the highlander a top grade.
#97 of 220 Tire sizes - other options
Jun 21, 2009 (3:38 pm)
My 2008 HiHy has 14,000 on the original Toyo A20’s. Wear bars are close. Gotta replace soon. So far, I have narrowed down my choice to 10 different tires.
I checked the Tire Rack for exact size replacements – not much choice. Original tires are 245/55R19. However, by going 1+, there are plenty more tires. Try looking for 255/55R19 or 255/50R19. Both sizes are quite close to the original size. The 255/55R19 is slightly wider on the road and slightly taller, while the 255/50R19 slightly wider and slightly lower.
Good luck, all
#98 of 220 Re: Tire sizes - other options [halgren]
Jun 22, 2009 (8:15 am)
I am going through the same right now. Has anyone actually used different size. I need to purchase immediately and would love to be able to have more options than the Toyo and Bridgestone.
#99 of 220 Re: Tire sizes - other options [halgren]
Jun 24, 2009 (3:47 am)
The 2010 lexus rx comes with michelin pilot HX MXM 4 235/55HR19.
I would love to put these on my 2009 HH ltd(2200 miles and I am starting to see signs of premature wear) ,however the toyota dealers and several tire dealers told me this is not a good idea.
A costco dealer said that if you do not use the original size that the mfgr. had put on the vehicle that you might blow out the transmission.
Jun 30, 2009 (11:04 am)
I am thinking of purchasing a set of Nokian WR (SUV) 255-55-R19 tires for my 2009 Highlander Hybrid Ltd. Does anyone have any experience with the Nokian tires that can advise me on the brand and the difference in size? The std size for the wheel set on this vehicle is 245-55-R19.
#101 of 220 Re: New tires [sgrzegorzewski]
Jun 30, 2009 (12:19 pm)
I've not seen the Nokian but am interested in your replies. I have a 2008 HH with 15,000 mi and my Toyo's on the front are toast (with obvious alignment issues) but the rear are also thin. I can only find Deuler HL 400 anywhere. Unfortunately, Tire Rack reviews are awful on this tire. Firestone suggested the Bridgestone Dueler Alenza in 255 55 19 but Pep Boys said not to change the tire size on the Hybrid for fear of messing with the Hybrid computer system. Only other choice is the same Toyo's which as, GW said, ... "well.. er.. you can't fool me twice!"
Gosh, who would have thought getting a set of tires was going to be an issue....
Jun 30, 2009 (12:35 pm)
I actually have a set of Nokian WR tires for my Camry Hybrid and love them but they also exactly match the OEM tire size. Nokian does not make one that exactly matches the size for the Highlander Hybrid.
The Nokian WR's on the Camry are very quiet, ride smoother, grip the road better (all conditions) than the stock Yokohama's that were on it originally. I did go through two sets of the Yokohama's in the course of 80k miles. (The OEM tires only lasted 20k).
#103 of 220 Worried about the Toyo 19 inch tires
Jul 08, 2009 (12:51 pm)
I just purchased a 2009 Highlander Hybrid Limited and I'm really bummed to learn the the tires typically don't last beyound 20K miles. Has anyone considered changing the rims to an 18 inch rim which would open up more tier options?
Of course my dealer said that they are not aware of any problems with the tires ....
#104 of 220 Re: Tire sizes - other options [krellu]
Jul 23, 2009 (8:18 pm)
I will say it again. I replaced the original equipment Mechelin Energy tires on my 07 HH at 94,000 miles. I know the newer models have gone to a different size tire, but I might be helpful to take a look at the Mechelin.