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Lexus RX 400h, Tires, Wheels, Hybrid Cars, SUV
#14 of 53 Re: New tires @ 26K? [gog8rsz]
Nov 15, 2008 (9:07 pm)
I am curious as to what dealer and city did you deal with AS this is exactly the same story that was told to me and I documented having vibration felt through steering wheel starting a few weeks after I got the car (LS 460). It had Bridgestone's.
I rotated every 5,ooo per their suggestion and even rebalanced at 10,000 miles to no avail. Now, I have to buy 2 at their dealership and they will pay for the other 2.
They indicated that I must buy 2 or they will not buy the other 2.
I called Michelin (this is what I am putting on as replacement) and they said to first cure the problem before putting new tires on or the same problem will reoccur.
The dealer can't find the problem. He said that it tracks perfectly straight and when putting on brakes, it doesn't pull to one side. they have concluded that they can't explain why it is cupping!!1 Won't this just reoccur again soon after putting on 4 new tires ?
Any help will be appreciated. Please send response to my personal e-mail address which is: kr5fluteyahoo.com Thanks. RD
Nov 16, 2008 (4:01 am)
The dealer is in Naperville Illinois. I finally caved after a little more research with tire dealers. One interesting story I was told was that during shipment the cars can be strapped down so tightly that the wheels bow outward. Havenít a clue if anything I was told was accurate. I split the fee for 4 new tires and an alignment. Went for the Michlin brand tire. My car is now better than brand new in terms of a smooth ride. I even increased gas efficiency! However, I will not be taking my Lexus back to the dealer for any routine service and will be documenting all service and problems to CYA just in case of future issues with this or anything else.
Jul 25, 2009 (9:53 pm)
after service at 30.000km the dealer say i needed now tires in the front.oke i did so.
but now i have an vibration at 130-150 km speed.Sorry i dont know the miles, i live in HOLLAND, and sorry my bad English. The dealer does every thing but cant fixed it. my tires are bad on the inside. I also have new tires now at the back.The vibration still resist. i am sure the cannot solve my problem!!
#17 of 53 Re: Lexus 400h Tire and lousy service at Pohanka Chantilly [drsluggo]
Oct 11, 2009 (10:52 am)
I own a 2007 RX400h with 38,000 miles on it. I am on my third set of tires. At my first oil change I was warned by the dealership that I would only get about 12,000 miles out of the tires if I was lucky. I called the sales person I purchased the car from and asked the same question you did. How can a $50,000 car have such cheap tires on it? I was told the service person was wrong and my tires would last for at least 30,000 miles. That was a lie. I bought my second set at 18,000 miles, as the first ones were bald. Just put on the third set at 38,000 miles, guess I should be grateful I got 20,000 out of set #2! Both sets #2 and #3 are Michelin tires ($1200 for 4). I am selling this car as I cannot afford to put tires on it every year. The only plausible explanation is that my driving conditions include about 5 miles of curvy road daily, the rest of my commute is highway. I believe this must be a design flaw, as every other car I have owned did not have this problem.
#18 of 53 Lexus RX400h -- Excessive Tire Wear
Jan 13, 2010 (8:04 am)
We purchased a Lexus RX400h new in 2006 and are now going on our THIRD set of high quality/high performance tires.
The tire wear is very excessive having to replace them in about 1/3 of estimated mileage..
The car has its oil changed, tires rotated, checked for alignment every 3,000-5,000 miles. It appears to drive fine with no pulling, etc. The tires even seem to wear evenly, just FAST!
The original set of 60,000 mile rated tires that came with the car literally shredded (you could see the steel belts) at 20,0000 miles.
Judging from some of the comments in this Edmunds forum and others, Lexus seems to have an issue. Why so much excessive tire wear relative to miles travelled?
#19 of 53 Re: Lexus RX400h -- Excessive Tire Wear [tedesco185]
Jan 13, 2010 (8:37 am)
I have a 2007 RX 400h with factory installed Michelins with over 15,000 miles and no discernable wear. I keep 35 pounds of air in them and rotate every 3,000 miles. Alignment is done annually.
Jan 14, 2010 (7:14 am)
about my tires. The garage had a machine that did not function well.The machine that balance the tires did work wrong. That causes my tremble in the car. Now i have yoko hama tires en everythings is good.Simple simple.
#21 of 53 frequent alignments?
Jan 15, 2010 (12:12 pm)
I am considering purchasing a used RX400h and when I check the Carfax sheets I am seeing that a number of these vehicles have had 4-wheel alignments in the first
10-15K miles. Is this normal or a sign of poor alignment/tire problems? I am currently looking at this as a red flag for each vehicle....should I be?
#22 of 53 tires early demise
Feb 24, 2010 (2:06 pm)
After going through 3 sets of tires that wore out pre-maturely, I received a recall notice from Lexus regarding the electric steering box and the need to have it replaced. I took care of this recall promptly. Next I bought a new set of Michelin tires at Costco. I asked the Costco service manager to recommend a wheel alignment specialist. He did, and I had the car serviced by him. His equipment for aligning is the old fashioned kind, not a computer. The tires have 13000 miles on them and they look as good as the day I purchased them. There is no wear on the inside of any tire.
Here is the questions; 1. Did the new steering box cause this positive result? If so, how come Lexus never admitted to the premature tire wear was their fault and why did it take them 3 years to finally change the mechanism? or
2. Did the guy who did the alignment really do the first real good alignment on this car? Did this alignment result in the positive results?
Not too clear! But I still see many posts about premature tire wear on the Lexus 400H
#23 of 53 Tires, Batteries, Brakes
May 04, 2010 (1:54 pm)
Brakes--momentary "surge". "Regenerative Braking." ???
Battery. On life support because it is always dying. Had to buy a -"trickle charger."
First told I needed new tires at 15,000 miles. Took car in at 20,000 miles and was told the tires were fine. Parked with tires at an angle and my brothers told me my tires were ALL bald on the inside--that they must be out of alignment and I should not be driving the car with bald tires. Also told that tires must be leaning in to cause that "cupping." Service manager said that the Lexus 400H (2006) never needed alignment. I find that hard to believe. Taking car i tomorrow for new tires etc.
Does this sound like a $50,000 plus car with 21,585 miles on it? I am thinking of pulling its feeding tube.