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Toyota Prius, Tires, Wheels, Hatchback, Sedan
Jan 21, 2007 (5:04 pm)
My car is a 2002 prius. I had one rear wheel blow out, then I had another set go bad. I have bought firestone RE 92 Potenzas. They said top of the line. I rotated once in 5,000 miles, then I went 10,000 between rotations. I got to buy 2 more tires. Outer tire, they were almost worn through. Since I did not rotate in the 5 k mile limit, they were not covered. This time I am going to watch those miles like a maniac and keep them aired up to 40 lbs, even though they said that 35 lbs is better. I am really getting scared about this tire crap. I am not one of these upper management people who want to try an experiment, I spent a good portion of my income and gambled that I would save gas in the long run. I also had a computer and a fuel pump replaced, thank god it was covered. But I had to argue like a b.... Should I just bail out now and get a toyota corolla? I think I made a big mistake buying this. Has anybody else here bailed out and went back to the old fashioned cars?
#16 of 163 Re: OUTER TIRE WEAR [urbandude42]
Jan 21, 2007 (5:17 pm)
No, don't bail out. Bridgestone Potenza RE 92s are known for wearing out fast. I don't have a Prius, but my '05 Camry came with them. I now have about 19K miles, and even with regular rotations, including the full-service spare, I can see they're not going to last more than about 30K miles.
Others have reported much faster wear. Check out the Tire Rack here for recommendations -- including user reviews. You can mail-order the tires from them, at typically much lower prices than your local tire store, and they have a network of installers nationwide.
#17 of 163 Re: OUTER TIRE WEAR [210delray]
Jan 22, 2007 (4:56 pm)
please send me any more info to my email at kwhite42sbcglobal.net
This damn web site does not even let me sign in half the time. This technology stuff is way overrated.
#18 of 163 New Tires on 04
Feb 06, 2007 (4:13 am)
I recently replaced my OEM Goodyears after 28,000 miles with four Michelin HydroEdge tires. The results were disappointing as far as traction on the snow in Central New York State.The Prius with it's quirky traction control,which protects the electric motor, is still a DANGEROUS vehicle on snow and ice. Loved the car though but I finally gave up on it. I traded it in on a 2007 RAV4 4 banger.I will really miss the 48.6 mpg 3 year average, but I will not get "T-boned" trying to exit a parking lot as the Prius just sits there. It has been fun! But it's over!
#19 of 163 Re: New Tires on 04 [texvegas]
Feb 07, 2007 (12:04 pm)
"I traded it in on a 2007 RAV4 4 banger.I will really miss the 48.6 mpg 3 year average, but I will not get "T-boned" trying to exit a parking lot as the Prius just sits there. It has been fun! But it's over!"
I believe that newer Prius models will allow the Traction Control to be turned off, or they modified the computer to allow more wheel slippage in icy conditions. Not sure which one was done, but the newer models are apparently better than 2005 and before.
#20 of 163 finding good replacement tires
Apr 04, 2007 (9:02 am)
Need immediate help with suggestion for replacement tires and tire chain.
Just over 41K miles on '05 Prius and two tires need replacing despite dealer rotation(or so they claim) every 5K, along with every other servicing recommended. After an earlier servicing, I had pressures checked a mile from dealer and it ranged from 25-32psi among the four tires, which also had not been rotated. Went back of course and dealer assured it would not happen again.
On Monday's servicing this week, service rep at dealership wanted in excess of $560 for a set of ?didn't say what brand? including installation and balancing. I have to think that there is a better price and value out there through a tire dealer, and would appreciate a suggestion on that too.
Since the remaining two tires are not in great shape tread-wise either, I will be going for 4 new ones.
Service rep said it was "due to cornering"--hello, 75% of driving done on daily freeway commute between Pasadena to Santa Monica-- one is lucky to travel at speeds as much as 30mph for even a small portion of the distance!
Car came with Goodyear P185/65/R15. Bought pkg. #4 for VSC(Toyota patented Anti-skid Control System (www.freepatentsonline.com/4912641.html).
Live in southern CA.
Please do not recommend I buy another size tires as I just went through an EXHAUSTING process to buy required (by Highway Patrol)tire cables, non-refundable even though not used, when I had a scheduled meeting in Yosemite Valley in early March.
Love the Prius. Thanks for reading through.
#21 of 163 Re: finding good replacement tires [sunny9]
Apr 04, 2007 (9:26 am)
Check tire rack to order the tires. 41K miles isn't bad, and if you had no complaints, just get the same brand (Goodyear Integrity). Also if you don't have a tire gauge, you should get one and check the tires at least once a month -- don't wait for the dealer's tire rotations.
Tire Rack has a list of recommended installers -- I'm sure there are many in your area.
#22 of 163 Not related to tires
Apr 04, 2007 (8:26 pm)
Prius nightmare is over. Had 2002 prius. New computer, new fuel pump/ gas tank. Oh hell yeesss, they are all one piece on prius! Then the "hybrid" part all went bad within the past year. This was all covered. But I'm done. Got a corolla no problems since.
#24 of 163 new tires, lower mpg
May 16, 2007 (2:32 pm)
Our '05 Prius with 37,000 miles just got a new set of plain-jane all weather tires. The tire shop filled them with nitrogen. We ran them at spec pressure on a cross-state trip, then upped the psi in all four tires by 2 psi. Either way, we got significantly lower mpg with the new tires. Driving was on interstate highways in eastern oregon and so. Idaho. We drove very conservatively at had to really be careful to break into the sub-40 mpg range. On similar trips we've averaged 51-53. Could it be the nitrogen, or the newness of the treads? The Toyota dealership couldn't find anything wrong. But somethings wrong. Any ideas?