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#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.
#407 of 788 Re: It just got worse [doubles3]
Nov 01, 2009 (12:03 pm)
Try treaddepot.com. Got mine in Sep. They may still have them.
#408 of 788 Re: It just got worse [doubles3]
Nov 01, 2009 (5:55 pm)
I was ready to buy a highlander limited, but have been reading these posts about tire size and difficulty driving in the snow. I wonder how many highlander owners think that this issue is more trouble then the vehicle is worth. Would you buy a highlander again if you knew about the tire hassles?
#409 of 788 Re: It just got worse [ebroaded]
Nov 01, 2009 (6:51 pm)
Yes, Yes, Yes..... Love the HIghlander and sooner or later there will be more tire choices available.
#411 of 788 New Toyo H/T's
Nov 03, 2009 (12:34 pm)
Just had new tires installed, got the toyo H/T's for $912.00 OTD w/alignment. The only place here in Connecticut that had them was Town Fair Tire. I ordered them thru their web site, and they beat Tread Depots price for 154.00 ea. When I went to have them installed, the service guy told me that he had gotten three calls from his other branches wanting the four tires he had so it was a good thing I got them when I did. Anyway, the toyo a20's I replaced only had 14,700 miles and were shot. I haven't driven the vehicle that much since due to it being the wifes vehicle, but when I have, it sounds and drives pretty much the same as before. I'm curious to see how it handles in the snow now. The tread looks a lot more aggressive than the a20's so I'm expecting much improved traction. I'll keep you posted.