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Toyota Sienna Tires & Wheels

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  • I purchased a used 05 Sienna XLE FWD not AWD. I have a good spare under and have had to use it once. I have 55K miles and need to replace the tires. Any suggestions? Want good handling, quiet, and (of course) good milage. I have had a lot of problems keeping it aligned and the people at the tire store tell me that the Sienna is notorious for having alignment problems. Is this true or are they just trying to sell me their expensive alignment package? I have had it aligned every 8K and it seems to always end up pulling to the right after about 3K. Is this unusual or do I need to take it somewhere else? Any comments will be appreciated.
  • I have a 2011 Sienna LE that I drove across country several times this spring and summer. I had all the regular maintance done and noe I am told that I need to replace all my tires and rear struts after just 42K miles. I am not an off roader and 90% of the miles on this car are freeway miles.

    This just doesn't seem right that these parts would wear out so soon (michelin tires).
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,732
    Determining whether you need tires is pretty much a no-brainer for any adult to determine. You can use the 'top of Lincoln's head on a penny' to determine whether you are down to 2/32", or better yet hit an auto parts store and for less than $10 buy a real gauge so that you can monitor wear patterns with real accuracy. Seriously, if you cannot tell for your self whether you need tires or not, you really need to ask someone to show you how!!

    Determining the need for shocks & struts is certainly more difficult, and I strongly suggest that you get more info on why from your dealer, or better yet get a second opinion. Are they leaking? Do you have unusual tire wear patterns that suggest poor wheel damping control? Does the van continue to bounce? Either way, I agree - a year old van with under 50k should not need replacements unless you do really poor roads, carry excessive loads or tow.
  • looks like everyone has the same problem with the toyota sienna tires i have replace mine about 5 times since i bought in 2005 now has anyone considered a law suit against toyota i would like to join on that looks like a big defect on toyota my other car a 2000 toyota 4 runner has been replaced 2 times only
  • I have a 2011 Sienna SE. My dealer tells me that the tire loading notice on the door frame is subject to a recall because the vehicle loading information is wrong. Overloading of the wheels and tires could result. A new decal is being mailed to me. Does anyone know if this related to the design of the wheels or the Dunlop SP Sport 7000 tires which are 235/50-19. Only a few companies make this size and I wondered if going with Michelin Primacy MXN4 tires would have better load capacity.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Nope, just a sticker, that's all. Nothing wrong with the van.
  • kenabrkenabr Posts: 8
    My Sienna SE has 235/50-19 Dunlop SP Sport 7000 high performance-all season tires. I find the ride somewhat harsh especially on rough pavement. Has anyone upgraded to the Michelin Primacy MXV4 which is a grand touring all season ? Would they ride better or be a problem with the fact they aren't high performance.
  • rickrazzrickrazz Posts: 1
    How are your tires holding up so far? Was Toyota able to tilt your tires back in? My 2005 AWD has exactly the same problem. The outside to middle of the tires has good tread left on the non-flat tires that I put on. While rotating them, the Toyota technician noticed the inside of the tires are bald. The serviceman at Toyota doesn't seem to be aware of this being a common problem. He seems to think his experienced alignment specialist can fix whatever is happening, though I'm a bit skeptical seeing all the posts here.
  • fdemetzfdemetz Posts: 4
    Rick,
    After the replacement "free" set of run flats provided by Toyota due to class action suit also failed (tread separation and bubble on side wall) within 20,000 miles , I bought a set of standard Cooper tires, and a spare wheel and space saver tire from Toyota for the luggage area.

    They are wearing well and the ride and handling is much smoother than the run flats. The non-Toyota tire shop (GoodYear) said there was no way to set the real wheel camber to avoid the reported inside rear tire wear. I didn't check this with the Toyota dealer yet, because with 50,000 total on my 2005 AWD Sienna I haven't had that problem yet.

    All-in-all the Toyota has been the most trouble free car I've owned, and the only item (that was fortunately covered by my maintenance policy at purchase) that failed was the radar speed control sensor (which would have cost $1500), and a recalled seat belt latch. They build great minivans, they just screwed up big time with the run fats. The new Sienna's come with standard tires and a covered place for the space saver spare in the luggage area.
    Good luck,
    Fred
  • mnrep2mnrep2 Posts: 200
    My 2011 AWD Sienna still has run flat tires. In fact since these are 18 inch vs. my 2006's 17 inch diameter tires, the mini spare probably will not even sit flat in the driver side rear seat well anymore :cry:

    I still have my 2006 with a 102,000 miles and getting rid of the run flats is a GREAT idea as the van drives so much better without them. I currently have 11K on the 2011 and haven't had to replace the tires yet but will be going to standard tires when they wear out.

    Inflating the tires to around 40K and making sure the wheels are aligned will give you the most mileage on any set of tires with these cars.
  • indydriverindydriver Posts: 620
    edited April 2012
    Is anyone running this tire? I am buying a new 2012 XLE FWD that comes with OE Firestone FR710s and I'm thinking about replacing them with the tire above which is Bridgestone's top option now for FWD Siennas. It is rated 2-3 grades higher in nearly every category. Of course, it also costs about 50% more but, good tires (as we see by this thread) mean a lot.
  • mskwk48mskwk48 Posts: 1
    Hi, I have a 2011 Toyota Sienna for almost 2 years and 30K miles. The tires are terrible- poor handling and completely worm with tier belt comming thru: Rotates every 6 yo 7K, Kept High air PSI at about 39 all around. Could se the insode and outside edge wear at 20K. This will my last Toyota. I am replacing with A 660 Treadwear rating, 100V. I believe the tires and the suspension are way over loaded for the vehicle's weight. Based on the forum I wouldn't trust the RFT for any didstance. I will try to get some dounut spare rigged up or a cheaper steel rim and tire that I can carry for long distances. If enough people don't buy the car maybe they will change the very poor design - especially if oth auto Mfg's start offering an AWD with real tires.
  • indydriverindydriver Posts: 620
    edited May 2012
    We test drove AWD vs FWD and noticed the difference in ride and handling immediately. You'd have to be numb not to notice. Then, if you do your homework, you will discover that for $2300 Toyota gives you a low tech FWD biased AWD system, 230 extra pounds to drive around every day, which results in a loss of 2 mpg each and every drive. A little more homework would reveal that RFTs cost $300 each--twice a decent grand Touring tire--and most importantly, weigh 25% more. In the Sienna's case, that's 7 additional pounds of unsprung weight hung on each corner which (as we see) makes a very noticeable difference in ride and handling. Ever wonder why no one else offers an AWD minivan?

    If you are concerned about winter traction, the vast majority of drivers will be much better served by a FWD van with a second set of wheels and Blizzaks for half the price of AWD. It is not Toyota's fault that they offered this design compromise and ill-informed buyers don't understand what they are trading away to get AWD. So, blame yourself.

    OK, so you made a poor decision. Now what? Go to your local Firestone Complete Auto Care Center and have them rotate your Bridgestone RFTs for no charge. Then, have them check the alignment for no charge. If the alignment needs adjustment, pay them 2x for lifetime alignment an get it checked every time you rotate your tires. Check air pressure at least monthly and fill to the recommended pressure, which is 35 on my van. If you switch to non-RFTs, you must carry a spare somehow. Do not compound your mistake by subjecting your family to a vehicle that can get stranded. BTW-The Bridgestone Tire Advisor currently recommends the new Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia as its top-of-the-line for FWD Sienna. This new tire incorporates the latest LRR technology into their premium SUV/light truck tire and looks like a fantastic choice for Sienna. Just do not drive without a spare, please.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    edited May 2012
    Good advice - I got a flat tire in Bridgeville, DE, right in the middle of a 2.5 hour trip. I was more than an hour from home/beach condo. It was late at night with 2 kids sleeping in the back.

    Thankfully the (full-sized) spare was good. I check pressures even on the spare.

    Would have been a total nightmare without it.

    My Miata has no spare, a can of fix-a-flat instead, and I refuse to drive out of town with that car.
  • dhabuddhabud Posts: 3
    edited July 2012
    What kind of tire do you have on your 2012 Toyota Sienna.

    On my 2012 Sienna XLE FWD I have Firestone FR710 tires.

    I saw another 2012 Sienna XLE at a Gas station and it had some michellin tires. I asked the owner if he replaced it, he told me it just came with it. He had exactly same car as mines (no AWD)

    I would like to know why tires are different.
  • capriracercapriracer Somewhere in the USPosts: 793
    It is unusual for vehicle manufacturers to source different brands of tires for a vehicle - except where different sizing is involved.

    However, Toyota seems to be the exception. They frequently multiple source tires. I suspect it is a fear of losing a supply of tires that match the specs.
  • victor23victor23 Posts: 201
    I basically agree with another poster. You don't even need a Lincoln, much less anything for $10, to say if you have to replace tires, just look at them (after asking someone or googling what to look at). My tires last only about 20k on the front, but my Sienna is 2005, and our driving is mostly city/suburban with a mixture of high-speed highway. As to struts, watch for tale-telling signs, or better ask for a second opinion (but don't inform them about the first one). About half of shops' recommendations are usually bogus.

    Having said that, I had a similar diagnosis once. In reality, it appeared to be low-quality tires (not the worst, mind you, Yokohama Avid TRZ) prematurely wearing out at the rear in a patchy pattern imitating that of bad struts.
  • we have a 2010 sienna with 64 k miles on it and we are going to have to replace the tires again we put firestone fr380 in at 33k miles just went to the firestone shop and the firestone rep says the siennas all go through tires at 25 to 35 k miles i dont know about toyota reliabilty but i do know the siennas seem lousy on tires and yes i have roated and have front end aligned if i buy a van again it wont be a toyota mabe i will try the odssey,and dont let me forget to say the battery died around 30k also i have had gm suv's that went over 70k before i had to replace there battery.
  • jprocjproc Posts: 133
    The firestone guy is right.I have a 2000 with 175k and i have to get new tires every 30k miles or so.I also keep them inflated properly and rotated .
    Sienna's eat tires for some reason
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