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#477 of 788 Warranty issues...
Jan 06, 2010 (3:22 am)
We have the factory Toyo tires on our 2008 HIghlander limited, and with 30k and a snowy winter they need to be replaced. So we ordered some 255/55/19 Dueler H/L Alenzas from the trusted tirerack salesperson who sells these tires for my identical Highlander all the time being that the 245/55/19 selection for all seasons is pretty limited (not to mention why would we want to buy the same crappy tires again).
Upon trying to get the 255/55/19s installed we learned that our dealership/Toyota would likely void our warranty if we brought the car in with ANY repair issues being that we chose to put a 255 (vs. 245) on the HIghlander even though they agree the 255 tire would work just fine. Toyota customer service confirmed that we are basically limited to the same Toyos, the 245 Dueler or Bridgestone Blizzaks for winter- that is IT. Anything else voids the warranty on the WHOLE car. Not sure if anyone has ran into this? Looking for some last minute ideas b/c while I love the car we are pretty fed up with Toyota (have had major reliability issues with the car to boot) and looking to go to get another Subaru...
#478 of 788 Re: Suspension upgrades [meeoch]
Jan 06, 2010 (5:47 am)
This isn't what you asked for, but, I think you should leave the lowering of your Highlander alone. Higher cornering speeds?? This car isn't for cornering. You might want to sell your Highlander and buy something a little closer to what you're trying to make the Highlander into. Otherwise you'll ruin a terrific vehicle and waste a bunch of money in the process.
#480 of 788 Re: Suspension upgrades [shagnat]
Jan 06, 2010 (6:44 am)
You're just getting around to responding to a post from 2006? Did you just wake up from a looooooooong nap? I suspect, just maybe, you might be a little late with your advice! He probably rolled his Highlander years ago.
#481 of 788 Re: Warranty issues... [gqh]
Jan 06, 2010 (6:50 am)
Yes indeed. There are many posts concerning using non-OEM "sized" tires on Toyota Highlander. I was in same boat in early November. Original tires are shot at 28k, needed replacements. Trusted guys at local Toyota shop told me same thing and to be careful with regard to warranty. Toyota as a Company very strict on such matters. Not that a Toyota "would" give you front end or transmission problems, but it is EASY way for them to VOID warranty if using non-standard sized OEM tires. Toyo does make another type of tire other than Open Road. At the time of my purchase, the other type (name) of Toyo tires in correct size could not be found anywhere in USA. Thus, I was stuck putting same type tire on vehicle. See prior posts. Believe most of Highlander drivers got them from tirerack.com. Even my Toyota oil change guy said the transmission is computer controlled and different sized tires will impact gas mileage. I believe there are computer hackers who can adjust-modify the computer, but do not know what that would do to the warranty. In short, IF you don't care or need to worry about the warranty issues or potential issues, then go with whatever brand and size will fit on stock rims. I heard Michelin has good tire for winter and all around driving. Probably will be MY next set of tires.
#482 of 788 Re: Warranty issues... [damifinomike]
Jan 06, 2010 (7:46 am)
...being that I am on my third computer and second converter in the car in two years, I am a little freaked. I got a lemon but moved states so have no case.
#483 of 788 Re: Warranty issues... [gqh]
Jan 06, 2010 (8:01 am)
We were in the same boat but we went with the Toyo H/T 245/55R19. A number of other people in this thread opted for the same tire and they are having very good luck with the tires. Kauffman Tires is one outlet that was selling the tires besides some indedpendant tire dealers (I went with an independent dealer). Both the independent dealer and Kauffman Tires had very good luck with the H/T tires. One option is to call Toyo customer service at 1-800-442-8696 (Calif location) and ask for dealer locations. Good Luck.
#484 of 788 Re: Warranty issues... [gqh]
Jan 06, 2010 (5:51 pm)
Unless you've purchased an extended warranty, why are you worried? You only have 6K left on your factory warranty anyway. If you really want the 255s and they work for you, go for it.
#485 of 788 Re: Warranty issues... [mdhutton]
Jan 07, 2010 (7:13 am)
Yeah we did go for the extended...
In the last couple of days we decided to cut our loses and turn the Highlander in for a Subaru Tribeca. You can't get 55 inches of snow in 10 days and mess around with a car that is bad in the snow.
Jan 08, 2010 (3:13 pm)
I am very disappointed in the performance of my '08 Highlander Ltd in the snow. I actually got STUCK in an unplowed parking lot (gravel underneath) and when I finally freed myself from that, my $38,000 SUV couldn't make it up a small hill to get me out of the parking lot. there were a lot of tracks in the lot and about 3.5'" of snow. I don't have the Toyo tires that everyone seems to be complaining about. Mine came with Bridgestone tires. I have the 19" tires. I do drive a LOT. I have 36000 miles on my Toyota.
I need a recommendation for new tires that can handle the snow. Any brand any price. I need to be able to drive comfortably in the snow. I'm in Michigan.
My last vehicle was a Honda Odyssey Van and it NEVER got stuck.