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#718 of 793 Re: 2005 Toyota Highlander Limited ready for 4th set of tires!! [4rohrs]
Feb 24, 2012 (3:33 pm)
We will probably go with either the LX 20s (due primarily to their Tirerack rating and reviews) or the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia. The Ecopia don't have the best reviews but the DO have one thing no other tire has... "5 Years / Free replacement first 3 years" and based on our usage, we will be replacing them about 2.5 years and 40K miles in so that may be a way to get a free set of tires the next time
I've had Falken's before and they are OK for the pricde but wear fairly fast. The Michelin are expensive and the Latitudes don't wear NEARLY as well as the LTXs so I don't think they are worth those $s.
#719 of 793 Different Sizes for same vehicle
Mar 12, 2012 (7:33 pm)
I have 2008 Highlander Hybrid and it came with 245/55 R19 tires. When I go to FirestoneCompleteAutoCare.com and put in my year, make and model, it returns 245/65 R17s. Huh? How come? Also, my tires seem to last only two years, whether Dunlop or Bridgestone. All responses welcome.
#720 of 793 Re: Different Sizes for same vehicle [rdettwyler]
Mar 12, 2012 (8:21 pm)
19-inch wheels NEVER "came on" the Hybrid version of this vehicle. It was ALWAYS a 17-inch wheel. It sounds like your dealer might have "added" a non-stock wheel.
#721 of 793 Re: Different Sizes for same vehicle [ndabunka]
Mar 13, 2012 (2:35 am)
Beg to differ with you but 19" was STOCK on the limited and Hybrids and as an option wheel size from the factory.
#723 of 793 Yep -- stock 19 inch wheels
Mar 13, 2012 (3:53 pm)
I have Limited 2008 and it came with 19 inch wheels. Dealership could not would not put these wheels/tires on vehicle due to calibration of speedometer, etc. Furthermore, I discussed this with dealership and Toyota who both said if I were to downsize to 17 inch wheels and tires, my warranty would be void on my 2008 AWD Highlander. Did not know 19 inch tires would be so expensive and HARD to find a DECENT tire. A20's were junk. Now have TOYO Open Country HT with 28K miles on them. Not too bad of wear and I rotate every 6K or so. Might make it through this Spring/Summer in Michigan, but then I am looking for good replacement tires too. NOT TOYO this time though. When I was LOOKING to replace junk A20's, TOYO was about the only game in town offering 19 inch tires. Heard good things about Hankook tires and might give them a try if I can find good sale and/or rebate toward the Fall of 2012. Currently have 60,000 on my 2008 Limited.
#724 of 793 Re: Different Sizes for same vehicle [rdettwyler]
Mar 13, 2012 (4:02 pm)
Yes indeed. Tough to find a decent 19 inch tire. I have 2008 Limited with 6oK on vehicle and will be in market for tires in the Fall no doubt. Currently have TOYO set (again) on vehicle Open Country H/T. Same size as the A20's that were/are JUNK. Had to put another set of TOYO tires on vehicle when it had 31K on original because TOYO was about the only game in town having 19 inch tires. Have heard good results from past posters with Hankook tires. In my area in Michigan, you can find them on sale and sometimes with a mfg. rebate to help take the "sting" out of expensive 19 inch tires. Agree with past poster -- these came STOCK on 2008 LIMITED, period and Toyota and dealership STRONGLY advised against going to 17 inch tires and Toyota said the warranty would be VOID due to AWD and other aspects that were built around having the 19 inch tires and wheels in the first place... Don't mind the 19 inch tires, but darn, THEY are expensive. Had good luck with Goodyear Assurance triple tread tires on a Pontiac Bonneville I had in the past. Quiet riding tires, good in the snow and rain, and got pretty good rolling from them. I DO rotate around 6K, like a religion and getting ok wear from the TOYO tires, but not real big fan of them. Might try the Hankook tires in the Fall of 2008 if I can find good deal with a good looking REBATE. Happy Shopping.
#725 of 793 Highlander 2008 Sport
Mar 13, 2012 (4:38 pm)
Put Goodyear Fuel Max tires on at 32000.Only 9000 miles since but good ride ,quiet and handles well. Has not improved fuel mileage for me but this was only available tire in proper size (19")and at time was leaving on long round trip.
Mar 13, 2012 (7:20 pm)
I posted the following paragraph 5/9/09 - nearly 3 years ago and I still own the vehicle. I have switched between the 17 and 19 inch tires at every season change (6 changeovers so far) and I have had no problems at all. I would suspect it is easier to find the base 17 inch wheels now that that the Highlander has been out for quite a while, but the bottom, bottom line... it is fine to go with the OEM 17 inchers on a HL that came with 19's. And for what it's worth... I replaced my summer 19's with Toyo Versados and absolutely love them.
Original post: I own an 08 Sport with the 19" wheels. Although they were hard to locate for a price I was willing to pay, I finally found a set of 17" base wheels on ebay and they were delivered yesterday. I just had Michelin Latitude X-Ice mounted on them and tested them on the Highlander for fit. (I always prep for winter and for years have bought my snow times in the late spring for very low prices - I got these for 45% off). I'm pleased to say there is no problem with fit on the Sport as many have claimed. The hubs, calipers, rotors and everything else that would matter are the same part number except for the strut on the Sport so I had marginal concern. BOTTOM LINE: if you want to put OEM Highlander Base 17" wheels on a vehicle with 19" factory wheels GO FOR IT AND DON'T WORRY ABOUT A FIT PROBLEM.
Mar 20, 2012 (1:49 pm)
It looks like the most fuel efficient tires for our '06 Highlander Hybrid Limited with stock 17-inch OEM rims is going to be the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia's. These are the truck-rated version of the 422's that have had some success on the smaller hybrid cars. So far, EVERY review has pointed these to be the MOST FUEL EFFICIENT (yes, even more fuel efficient than the Conti LX20s per even Tire Rack's reviews). In addition, it also appears that these are the QUIETEST of the bunch (numerous tests). Granted, Tire rack did say that they like the performance and handling of the Conti LX20's but I also saw a LOT of "horror stories" of poor quality control on those and people having to return to the dealership for warranty work. Now, I generally LOVE Conti tires. Low profile ones are on grandma's Volvo S80 (We call her G-MA!) and I'd have the DWS's on my BMW if they had been available at the time.
But on this HiHy, we have been through tire after goodyear tire and are (honestly) just tired of being their (un-compensated) test bed for their wear issues. Now, the latest variant HAS lasted 40K miles and could (probably get another 3-4K out of them) which some might say is good but these are a 65K mile tire. GY might even be willing to give us some type of credit for the 2/3rds wear but at this point we are simply ready to PUNT.
I will come back on here and provide our opinions of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia's once we've had a chance to put them through their paces.