Last post on Oct 20, 2012 at 9:08 AM
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Lexus RX 400h, Tires, Wheels, Hybrid Cars, SUV
#49 of 53 Re: Winter Snow Tires for 2007 Lexus RX400H [2007rx400h]
Nov 20, 2011 (9:15 am)
I'm just to the south of you and my F/awd '01 RX300 remains shod with nice comfortably riding, QUIET riding, summer use only tires througout the year.
Summer tires have more roadbed contact surface area so the majority of time those often better traction than ANY wintertime specialty tire. For those occassions of need I always have a set of tire chains on board, 2 sets during the winter, rears go on first, fronts only in the extreme,..... NEVER happened.
Wheel spacers all around so rear suspension clearance doesn't interfer with chains.
#50 of 53 Re: State of the Lexus 400h tire saga [jaybee2u]
Nov 20, 2011 (9:15 am)
You asked for a rational explanation and that's what I gave you. In order to keep your hybrid battery charged to the level that would result in "steller" 0-60 times regenerative braking MUST be used whenever possible. Since regen braking is only available for the front wheels, absent F/awd, your brake pads there might last for 100,000 miles, to the detriment of tire ife however.
Just disappointed, VERY, that Lexus chose to outfit the RXh for "boy-racer" type mentalities instead of going for FE.
And I'm still waiting for a Venza/h with that new 4 banger up graded to DFI and the Venza's "new" electromechanical clutch system for implementing F/awd. The clutch could be engaged anytime the brakes are applied, absent VSC activation, thereby more evenly distributing the front vs rear tire wear.
#51 of 53 Re: Winter Snow Tires for 2007 Lexus RX400H [wwest]
Nov 20, 2011 (1:15 pm)
Oh dear. I've just ordered a set of 4 Dunlop Grandtrek S6 to be installed this week. (Wonder if these would serve as well as the Goodyear Eagle RS-A during the summer?)
I was concerned about driving to Whistler during the winter months with just summer tires.
Thank you for your timely response!
#52 of 53 2007 lexus rx 400
Jan 25, 2012 (1:48 pm)
I put bridgestone alera s on my car when the micelins gave out . I have 54, 000 miles on them and am still going. That being said. I have been unhappy with increased road noise since I changed. Also, on cold mornings there is a thump as if the tires are square! until they warm up.
weird I know...feminine perspective.
#53 of 53 Last lexus
Oct 20, 2012 (9:08 am)
finally discovered this forum. totally agree that lexus is failing our loyalty. I will buy one more set of tires then dump this problem. Too bad for future owner. My fault, I should have done my homework. Not normally a person to sue to solve my problems howerer, I will happily join a class action if initiated.