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Toyota Highlander, Tires, SUV
#657 of 793 Re: Need advice on worn out Toyota Highlander 2009 TIRES AT 22,000 Miles [mdhutton]
Mar 03, 2011 (9:11 am)
Don't mean to be "rude" to you post regarding different tire sizes you noted in your post and warranty issues. Give a call to Toyota and ask to speak with technical advisors on the matter. Also, I got straight story from reputable Toyota guys in two different States on the matter. For the most part, it depends on your "relationship" with Toyota dealership and how far they are willing to go to bat for you in event of transmission failure, AWD issues, or other matters. For the most part, you must follow warranty to the letter of the law and be sure to read FINE print in your warranty book. If you only plan on driving vehicle another year or so, it is mute point. However, down the road if you develop warranty issues and do not have "actual" sized tires on vehicle as specifications dictate, you are out of luck. Not my story, but story summarized by technical advisors and Toyota head mechanics at (2) dealerships. My Toyo tires (OEM) wore out at 24,000 and got on phone with Toyo. Received good credit from Toyo as others did in this thread. Have the H/T tires on vehicle now for about 1.3 years. They are ok.. NOT great, but ok. Will NOT buy another set and hope Michelin or Goodyear have right size tires out when next purchase comes my way. They handle OK in snow and rain, but still not the best tires I have ever owned. Yes, in "olden" days you could mix and match oversize tires on cars when you were 16 and had "race" tires on your car. But now, every manufacturer is out to cover their own "butt" and will stick it to the owner of the vehicle any chance they can.. UNLESS you have good Toyota dealer and head mechanic that can work some "magic" with Toyota warranty departments. Should not be an issue because it is a "Toyota after all"... But if you have issues down the road with any front end or tranny problems all I can say is "beware"...
#658 of 793 Re: Need advice on worn out Toyota Highlander 2009 TIRES AT 22,000 Miles [georgeb10]
Mar 03, 2011 (8:15 pm)
I had the bridgestones and they were only sightly better than the Toyos. Check with Toyo...I heard of a tire recall recently, but didn't pay much attention since I don't own them. I switched to a Hankook and have been pleasantly surprised (considering I'm a huge Michellin fan). Good luck.
#659 of 793 Re: Need advice on worn out Toyota Highlander 2009 TIRES AT 22,000 Miles [damifinomike]
Mar 03, 2011 (8:18 pm)
I switched sizes, but I'm no longer under any warranty except maybe powertrain. My 2008 has over 60,000 mi.
#660 of 793 Re: Need advice on worn out Toyota Highlander 2009 TIRES AT 22,000 Miles [damifinomike]
Mar 05, 2011 (2:46 am)
Appreciate your thoughts, but I spoke directly to Toyota USA HQ in California and have been told warranty won't be an issue. Also have an excellent working relationship with local dealer. Only time will tell if and when I have any issues, I guess.
#661 of 793 Re: Need advice on worn out Toyota Highlander 2009 TIRES AT 22,000 Miles [georgeb10]
Mar 07, 2011 (3:39 pm)
Thanks to everyone who responded. I have decided to go with the TOYO H/T and went to the dealer and ordered a pair last week. The wear was due to a an alignment issue and did not qualify for any credit. The back tires are in good shape. And I was told it was going to cost me $304 per tire. I agreed assuming it is TOYO H/T tires. Today, I got it replaced at the dealership. To my surprise, they put TOYO A20 tires. When I complained about the price, after argument, gave me a credit for $35 on each tire. So, I still paid, $269 per tire for TOYO A20. Looks like I wasted about $120! Planning to complain to the dealershipo management. What else a poor customer can do?
#662 of 793 Re: Need advice on worn out Toyota Highlander 2009 TIRES AT 22,000 Miles [georgeb10]
Mar 07, 2011 (5:23 pm)
Plus now you've got tires that are so dangerous they should be illegal. Go to dealership management, zone management, Toyota USA management, and then Tokyo until you're satisfied. If I'm you, I don't stop until they get you the H/Ts. Period.
Be their worst nightmare !!!!
#663 of 793 US Manufactured Bridgestone vs Japanese Made Tires
Mar 09, 2011 (4:39 am)
Here's a question I haven't seen discussed:
Is there any substantial difference in actual wear and traction between Japanese manufactured 19" Bridgestone OEM tires on the Highlander and US made tires?
I traded my 2008 Highlander Limited in December that had Japanese made Bridgestones with 23,000 miles on it. Tires had around 4/32" of tread left. My new 2011, which is assembled in the US, has US manufactured Bridgestones. Only have 2,100 miles so far, and don't have a handle on how they will do over the long haul.
#664 of 793 2005 Highlander SE Tires - Second Set
Mar 13, 2011 (1:18 pm)
Yesterday I took my car to the Toyota dealer for regular service. They told me that I needed 4 new tires. Two years ago they replaced the original tires after 50K miles and 4 years . Now two years and about 28K miles later they need replacing. They showed me the front two tires that has some some bald tread. Because all 4 tires are affected, it is not an alignment issue. I've been bringing my car regularly for service which includes tire inspection and rotating. Not once were the tires brought to my attention. They're recommending the top Yokohama tires and will give me one free with the purchase of 3. Not knowing alot about tires, I'm wondering if the replacements they put on two years ago were old. Very disappointed here.
#665 of 793 Re: 2005 Highlander SE Tires - Second Set [crvdc]
Mar 13, 2011 (1:39 pm)
Your comment on the alignment issue may not be as straightforward as it seems. The Highlander requires a four wheel wheel alignment on an infrequent basis to maximise tyre life.
I had a bad experience with the original Toyo tyres and switched to Yokohamas after 45,000km (abour 28,000 miles) the Yokohmas gave 90,000 km of god service and wore evenly with regular alignment. MY tyre shoip suggets a check every 10,000km but this seems excessive so I have them done at about 20,000 to 30,000km (say 12,000-20,000 miles). The cost of alignment is small compared to the saving in tyre replacment costs and handling is much improved.
As to the Yokohamas, I'd say that they are definitely worthwhile. Very good handling, braking and wear performance.
#666 of 793 Re: Need advice on worn out Toyota Highlander 2009 TIRES AT 22,000 Miles [georgeb10]
Mar 16, 2011 (1:04 pm)
I also had excessive wear on my stock highlander hybrid 245/55/19 tires. They needed replacement at 13,700 miles. I brought my Highlander
every 3000 miles for oil changes/ tire rotations and do not race teenagers. There are no skid marks down my driveway!
I discussed with with the manager at my toyota service and they agreed to replace my tires for free with the Toyo HT tires as Toyota (the company,not the dealer) agreed to cover the cost. I had to pay $80 for the installation and $60 for the alignment.
I think you can get more satisfaction from your dealership than Toyo, assuming you have a good relationship with your service center.
I sense this is a common problem and perhaps Toyota is stepping up to the plate on this issue- they need some good PR!