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#397 of 788 2008 Highlander Sport Tires
Oct 24, 2009 (6:20 pm)
Just bought the Toyo H/T's. Very nice cost $1074 out the door for all 4 tires. Bought them at Les Schawb in Sacramento, CA. They were able to order these tires and gave me a bit of a discount due to the headache I ve been going through in getting new tires for this car. Only got 27,000 miles out of the Toyo A20's, not to bad since the tire is rated at 300, but not happy that Toyota put such crappy tires on a $$$ car. Love my HL though and the new tires. Les Schawb gives a milage warrenty and rotates them evey 5000 miles for free. If the tires ware out sooner then they will credit me back the difference. Not happy to have to buy more Toyo's but at least Les Schwab gave me a milage warrenty for up to 60,000 miles. That is better service then I got from Toyota and Toyo, at least there are still some good guys out there!
#398 of 788 Re: 2008 Highlander Sport Tires [christyp1]
Oct 26, 2009 (11:37 am)
This is a little off topic but might be useful for those looking for replacement tires. Yesterday one of my relatives left his vehicle with me for the week. It's a 2008 Mercedes ML 350. It is very close to my 2009 Highlander sport in its dimensions, including the wheels and tires. That's right, another vehicle that comes with 19 inch wheels! I took a look at the tires(which are the originals) and here is the information:
Continental 4x4 Contact M&S 255/50 R19 360 AA 107H. The wear rating is a little lower than the Bridgestones that I have, but the temperature, traction and speed ratings are all better. I have no idea about the cost or availability of these tires but I will ask my relative when he returns about his winter driving experience. I don't know how my Bridgestones will be in the winter since I got my Highlander in April, but I guess I'll find out in a month or so.
#399 of 788 Re: 2008 Highlander Sport Tires [kharris]
Oct 26, 2009 (11:53 am)
In response to Christy, a couple of points: A surprise to me was that while there are quite a few different tire options available from various companies (Michelin, Pirelli, Continental, etc.) for 19 inch tires that are CLOSE TO, BUT NOT EXACT SIZE to the 245-55-R19's used on current Highlanders----it's still not exact. If you look back on the recent exchanges on this site there is a TON of discussion about people who felt that maybe they could move up a size (which would be into the 255 size you're generally referring to here) but then there is uncertainty regarding what Toyota's warranty clamp down might be if there was some transmission/other drive train problems.
I've gotten quite a few responses directed to me about people feeling that FOR NOW---and UNTIL MICHELIN OR OTHERS GET ONTO THE 245-55-R19 bandwagon---that the best available solution is the TOYO H/T in this correct size.
Various folks mentioned "good luck" in ever finding the Toyo H/T in this size----but then several others have responded suggesting they just bought a set in the last week or two. So, the Toyo H/T's seem to be available somewhere---even though I admit to not finding them on the little bit of looking via major online tire suppliers.
My thoughts---so I'm now starting to look for Toyo H/T's. (Actually my brother is---as we both have 2008 Highlanders but his has about 25K miles on his worn out A20's and mine was bought as a 2008 carryover so only has a few thousand miles on my A20's---but except the same universally reported poor wear on the Toyo A20's).
Steve in Minnesota
#400 of 788 Re: Toyo tires [doubles3]
Oct 26, 2009 (6:08 pm)
After weeks of research. I finally settled for Hankook Ventus AS RH07. Those tires are best fit my '08 HH. The tires are quiet, economical & rated fairly good among other tires. Take my advice, keep your money in your pocket. Look no further!
#401 of 788 Re: Toyo tires [gabel]
Oct 26, 2009 (10:27 pm)
I'm probably about 10,000 mi away from needing to replace my tires on my '08 HL LTD 4x4, and the Hankook Ventus AS RH07s are on my short list, even in the larger 255/55R19 size. I don't know if you're in an area where you can evaluate them in the snow, but I would be curious as to your opinion if you can. It's key for me since I'm in the Chicago area.
#402 of 788 2008+ Toyota Highlander Wheel Issues
Oct 28, 2009 (2:24 pm)
Like many of you Toyota Highlander owners I have searched and searched for a suitable replacement tire for the stock 245/55R19 Bridgestones. These were terrible tires from day one, especially in snow of any depth. I have 30K miles on them and will not go another winter slipping and sliding through the snow. My dad always told me the cheapest insurance you can buy for your car is a good set of tires and unfortunately there are currently none available in this tire size.
I decided to bite the bullet and take the 19" wheels off my Highlander. Toyota puts 245/65R17's on the base model Highlander and every tire company makes good tires in this size. I ordered OEM original factory 17"x7.5" Toyota rims on-line for about $150 each. I put Goodyear Fortera Triple-tread's on and the difference was noticeable immediately. No more sliding and jumping around on the road. I even got to test them in about 3" of snow. Man, what a difference!
Toyota should offer this size tire as an option on the Sport and Limited models.
#403 of 788 Not good news
Oct 30, 2009 (6:02 pm)
Just received a follow up to my note from Michelin on the 245/55/R19's...
"....Based on the information we have received, there are currently no plans to manufacturer this size at this time due to supply and demand. We are truly sorry we could not meet your request at this time.
This has been brought to the attention of marketing department. We really wish we could have accommodated especially since you have been a long time Michelin consumer."
#404 of 788 Re: Not good news [bob259]
Oct 31, 2009 (11:19 am)
Sorry you have heard same news from Michelin. Same news I was given by CSR at Michelin about one month ago when I discussed issue with them regarding Highlander LTD tires.
I wish I had been as lucky as past posting's regarding the TOYO tires (the H/T model) versus the A20. Appears some owners on East Coast and one on West Coast found the H/T TOYO tires at various tire shops in their respective areas. Not me in Michigan. Had to settle for the A20 version again now that WINTER is fast approaching and OEM tires were in BAD shape. Did not wish to change rims, go down a size, etc. as other readers indicated. Too much hassle, too many "potential" warranty issues, and who knows "what-else" besides an extra outlay of CASH. Good luck in your search.
#405 of 788 It just got worse
Oct 31, 2009 (1:00 pm)
Well, I am one of the lucky ones who got the H/T month or so ago ...
Few days ago in the middle of 700+ mile trip, I got a flat. Local (middle of MN)
shop told me the hole is too large to fix and I had to put a spare on - which is A20.
I am driving back in few days with H/T on one side rear and A20 on the other, without a spare. Hope all goes well. If somone knows where to get one H/T tire in 245/55, please let me know. Otherwise, I will be stuck with A20 on the rear and H/T on the front....
#406 of 788 Re: Toyo HTs in 245/55 R19 at Les Schwab [jdavy]
Nov 01, 2009 (12:00 pm)
I got my toyo open country ht's at treaddepot.com. They were by far the cheapest. I had to change out my Bridgestone duelers at 24,000 miles. The ht's are supposed to do 60,000. Just a slight change in handling and road noise was noticed, but at least I'm not hydroplaning. I have a highlander hybrid and am beginning to wonder if it really is the tires after all. My previous highlander was fantastic in all conditions. It was real time 4wheel drive. The hybrid is on other forums being mentioned as front wheel drive and only engages when in slip mode. I had it in the snow for 5 mins and had to turn around. I was terrified.My other highlander was a tank. So is it just the tires? I will never buy another one if they don't do something for winter traction and the damned 19" tire size. I have a set of Bridgestone Blizzaks ordered because they are the only snows available. More money. This is ridiculous.