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#6 of 24 Re: Tire wearout 2005 Scion tc [madhani]
Apr 06, 2006 (8:01 am)
Before you go and spend more money on tires that are NOT lasting that long, sounds like you have a defect in the suspension. Should get that checked out and fixed. Otherwise you'll just keep putting tires on the car. Sure, the tires are low profile, but they don't need replacing every 6 months! that is extreme, sorry to say but it is. Better get your car's suspension checked out, and refer to that service bulletin about the replacement of the steering rack..
#7 of 24 Re: Tire wearout 2005 Scion tc [mark19]
Apr 22, 2006 (12:51 pm)
first things first get your alighnemnt checked. also with low profile tires you are never going to get 80 thousand miles out of a set of tires. myself being a mechanic i know that our options for tires are limited. we dont have a ton of options and what we do have for options are not all that great or cheap. but i also need to point out that tire wear rating are useless. you need to understand there is no basis for tire wear ratings. these rating are made up from brand to brand, there is not a universal standard fro wear ratings. each brand has there own system for there brand of tire. so it means nothing to base a good tire from a bad tire. i can say that goodyear is basically one of the best. i would by Goodyear Assurance if they made them min my size. they are about the best tire on the market right now.
#8 of 24 Need tires?
May 10, 2006 (7:06 pm)
Check out the Kumho ECSTA ASX - Discount Tire sells them - depending on the size they may need to special order them - but it only takes 2 days.
I just put a set on a Mazda3 - the Goodyear RS-A that came stock on the car were HORRIBLE - loud - harsh - very poor wet traction. The ASX is a big improvement. Discount wanted $770 for a set of Goodyear RS-A, the ASX were less that $400 - installed tax included. The have a wear rating of 420 traction AA temp A - I have about 1,500 miles on them and they are great.
#9 of 24 Re: Need tires? [z71bill]
May 11, 2006 (2:36 am)
um.. goodyear rs-a tires do NOT come on the tc stock at all.. it's either Bridgestone re92 or yokohama 32a tires.
and glad that the kumho's are working for you.. but most of us like the Toyo Proxes4 or Pirelli Pzero Nero m+s.. for me I'd go with the Toyo Proxes4.. Most of the tC owners who have tried the kumho just say they are way too mushy, and not that great of a tire at any price.. Might be different on a Mazda3 but not on a tC
#10 of 24 Re: Need tires? [z71bill]
May 12, 2006 (7:30 am)
what about the Avon Tech M550's? they are $20 more/tire than the Kumho's at Tirerack but how do they compare?
#11 of 24 Re: Need tires? [markg4]
May 13, 2006 (6:45 am)
well a lot of tc owners like the Avon Tech M550's.. but from the reviews i've seen a lot of them were out of round and not balanceable (you can read about it at the tirerack).. and since the tirerack is the only place that sells them in the US you'd have to go back to them to get a replacement (kind of a hassle).. I think that the Avon's are probably better than Kumho's..
not to push you into something but why don't you look at the Toyo Proxes4?? Great handling, smooth ride, comfortable, great handling.. and one tire didn't even take weight when balancing it was that good!
#12 of 24 Real-World Tire Life
Jan 14, 2007 (7:02 am)
I am currently considering buying a 2007 tC and am starting to reconsider after reading the tire forum. Does anyone know about how often the tires will have to be replaced? The tC seems like a great value- but if I have to buy it new tires every year or two, I may have to consider other vehicles.
I am a gentle driver, and would be using the car to drive approximately 30 miles per day... and sometimes on long road trips.
#13 of 24 Re: Real-World Tire Life [jdmcmah]
Jul 02, 2007 (6:03 pm)
It's always easier to complain about something that's broken than praise something that works right. With that said...45,000 miles. That's how long the stock Bridgestone Potenzas lasted me.
I have an '05 tC (first model year, she turned 3 years old yesterday - 52K miles later, literally one of the first ones on the road). I have done my maintanence regularly according to the manual. I am by no means a tame driver - I do a lot of city and interstate driving, high mileage, high speed - have lived in MD/DC/VA, FL, and TX with this car. I got my car with 1 itty-bitty mile on it (she was a custom order), and have loved every last mile, and look forward to many more. My $0.02.
#14 of 24 And that after all the whining
Jul 04, 2007 (11:32 am)
on other Scion tC boards about the "crappy" Potenza's. I always wondered how lame that complaint about the Bridgestone Potenza's may have been. Now I know it was not rooted in sense, I wonder how badly these early tC drivers were as far as how they treated their rigs, ya know?
I still think Scion has done a great job with this tC and don't miss the outgoing Celica much at all. A lot of whining about the Celica being replaced by the tC but I never understood all the whining.
lvlghlv...was your tC involved in any repair work for the sunroof...the breaking glass issue at freeway speeds? Also, does yours have the rattles in the hatch area some have had?
#15 of 24 Re: And that after all the whining [iluvmysephia1]
Jul 05, 2007 (10:37 am)
Sunroof: ah hmmm...those who read their manual know that it says you should close the thing at speeds above 60mph...let's think about this - sheet of glass 80mph wind, you do the math. Ironically, though, before I read that tid-bit even I was guilty of sunroof open in up-there speeds. For those how have to have it open: just tilt it... Also, on the sunroof, I did get a little mailer saying take it in for inspection - it was a rubber seal inspection, nothing to do with glass flying off.
Hatchback rattles: Didn't know that was an issue...so, no, no rattles.
Tires: I just switched onto Continental ContiExtremes - HATE them. Absolute crap - they keep losing air pressure, tire wall blew out after 5k miles (was luckily covered under roadside warrant, but...) ... I haven't even put 10K miles on them, but am getting ready to bite the bullet and just put Potenzas back on. Anyone else considering ContiExtremes: you may have a different experience, but they have been zero joy for me.
(Ironically, it's back to seeing if I can't get Continental to cover what I've got under their roadside program, too...)