Last post on Oct 24, 2012 at 11:20 AM
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Scion tC, Coupe
#16 of 24 Looking for alternative wheels
Feb 17, 2008 (4:27 pm)
I have a 2005 Scion, with the Yokohama tires. The problem is, in addition to lousy tread life, the wheels/rims are getting dented from all of the crappy roads up here in MA. I'm sure that because they are the low profile tires it worsens the effect of pot holes. Will the Bridgestones be better, and when you buy the tires does that include the rims, and if not, are there any cheep alternatives to the $495.00/each that I have now?
#17 of 24 Re: Looking for alternative wheels [cryptoron]
Feb 18, 2008 (11:58 am)
Check for tires and rims at tirerack.com. It's super easy to use and you can price tires and rims both separately and as a package. There is a shipping cost and you'll have to get them mounted at a local shop but it may be much cheaper than the dealer. Also check Firestone auto shops, Sears, Pep Boys, etc. for tires and rims. Their prices are usually much lower than the dealer. Good luck.
Mar 04, 2009 (5:04 pm)
I am currently driving a Mazdaspeed6 and by no means do these tires last. I drive A LOT, about 100 miles a day, at least four times a week... and a lot of the roads are worn or under construction/interstate/highway speeds. The tires on my mazda blow all the time and constantly need to be repaired, and are NEVER in stock.
I am currently considering getting a tC but are the tires going to have the same problems as the 6??
I currently have Pirelli low profile tires... and reallllyy want to stay away from them at all costs. What are the tires that come on the Scion and are they low profile?
#19 of 24 Re: Tire Life for tC [courtney_08]
Mar 27, 2009 (2:59 am)
Yes to profile question! 215/45Z-17 is the usual tire size unless your car's choice is 18s.
My stock tires were Yokohamas. They were terrible in snow. Then I bought Hankook all seasons. They were much better BUT I ran over nasty pothole and blew two of them. At this moment, I'm driving on my winter tires. Vredstein Wintrac Xtreme. Not ALOT of people know about this company. They are European tire maker who specializes in "Run Flats." The higher end makers like Audi, Benz, and BMW usually has this maker on stock but only on those famous $60k+ models.
I have driven over hand full of potholes this winter already. They are STILL going strong! I have put on 12k miles so far on these tires and I'll have enough tread to last me until Winter of 2012!
Just a warning...these tires were $160.00 bucks per tire!
But if you want to make tread longer, just switch out tires for the seasons. Put on Winter for Winter then put on All Seasons or Summers for Spring, Summer, and fall. Go to well known tire shop, they will do those switches for you.
#20 of 24 Re: Tire Life for tC [Thul17]
Dec 12, 2009 (3:50 am)
I brought some Yokohamas tire from sears and the tire didn't even last more then 6 month because the housing had a big lump in it. I had to pay again to get it replace. I still have my stock bridgestone and I have 67k on my 2006 TC which I bought in 2005. I decide to go with the falken tire and they seem to be working pretty good.
#21 of 24 Re: Tire Life for tC [bitantay]
Jan 04, 2010 (3:15 pm)
I bought my tc new in 2006. I had to replace the stock bridgestone tires (which run almost $200.00 a piece on a $17,000 car...go figure.) 17 months after purchasing the car. I replaced them with coopers which 22 months later need to be replaced. Personally I am getting friggen sick of replacing tires at $600.00+ without getting more than 25,000 miles on them (I have 42,000 miles on my car.) Additionally, this car really really stinks in the snow. I have problems regardless of whether it's a dusting or a storm and when I'm on call for work, I am in a constant state of anxiety if there's snow predicted because I spend the entire day and night shoveling my driveway to keep it down to pavement. I'm thinking of spending the big bucks on michelins but don't know if it's worth it.
#22 of 24 Re: Tire Life for tC [laurag64]
Jan 07, 2010 (11:34 am)
Time for a set of snow tires.16" should be good for TC.
#23 of 24 Snow Tire Recommendations and then some
Jul 28, 2010 (5:05 pm)
I drive and love my 2006 Scion tC. I have just over 40,000 miles on it and the dealership has been tracking my tread wear and I am getting close to having to replace them because they will be legally bald soon. Should I put the stock back on- Bridgestone Protenza or something else? It looks like I have gotten good life out of the ones I have based on other reviews. I am a mostly city driver maybe putting on 10 miles a day in school season.
Any recommendations for snow tires? I live in Cleveland and fishtail a lot in the winter. I had a pair of Blizzacks for a Dodge Stratus and loved them. Would they work for my Scion? Could I get away with just outfitting the front two like I did with my Stratus or do I have to do the four?
Potholes are killer around here too any suggestions to soften the blow when I can't avoid them or didn't see them?
Thanks for the time!
#24 of 24 Re: Tire Life for tC [laurag64]
Oct 24, 2012 (11:20 am)
I just got back from a stay in Germany where I had my 07 Scion TC. First off... I love that car. It did great on the Autobahn and all that. Part of that was the tires though. I'm from Texas, so the whole winter and summer tires thing was a new experience. I found that the Dunlop Winters were awesome. Granted, I drive a manual, which is a bit better, if you know how to drive them, in the more harsh conditions. 3 winters with the Dunlops and no problems. The traction was incredible even with the hills and such that I had to travel each day. Even at 120-130 MPH they did real well.
To clarify something right quick too... In Germany, you have to have the winters on from October-Easter. So... I wasn't just driving them in the snow, but a lot of rain as well.