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Toyota Camry Tires and Wheels

I have a 2003 SOLARA SLEv6 with 44k miles.

 

It has the original tires, which are 205/60/R16.

 

ANY RECOMMENDATIONS on tires?

 

Cost is NOT a factor. SAFETY and HANDLING are my primary issues. Of course, I'm not looking to spend $200/tire, but I don't want to spend $50/tire either.

 

I've started looking at the MICHELIN MXV4s, but I'm also confused by how MANY they have.

 

I realize there is the "H" rating and the "V" rating, etc, but I have a feeling that the "H" rating should be sufficient. Right ?

 

I DO put on mainly HIGHWAY miles, and I tend to drive FAST (i.e. 60-75 if possible).

 

I live in the New Joisy and so we have a mixture of weather throughout the year.

 

Any input would be appreciated.
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  • Hi, I have a '99 Solara and love it. It has almost 60,000 miles on it and my RPM is having this strange problem. In the morning when the engine is almost at the median temperature, the RPM will (at idle) raise up to above 1000 and drop back down to 300 or 400 or so and will keep doing that until I give it a little gas. I was told that it is the TPS system, but I must wait for the problem to get more severe to fix....Can some explain to me what exactly is going on with the car? I haven't been able to get a straight answer from the mechanics. Thanks bunches!!!
  • akasrpakasrp Posts: 170
    Anybody care to recommend a good alloy wheel for my Black V6 97 Camry. Getting tired of looking at these dinged-up plastic wheelcovers...
    Not looking for anything too fancy - just a clean 5 or 6 spoke design - something like that.
    Just in Sears replacing my battery and was overwhelmed by the Wall of Rims...
    Running Michelin Pilot XGT H4 (205/65/R15).

    thanks,
    srp
  • cam2003cam2003 Posts: 131
    I just replaced my old wheels (15") to 17" wheels.
    Make a lot improvements in handling, braking, cornering compared to stock wheels. I would recommend to replace stock tires to better tires.
    I got 17" alloy rims from IS300 and they fit perfectly on Camry with tire size of 215/50R/17. The diameter of new wheel has 0.1% difference compared to old tire, so I can still use spare tire.
  • slov98slov98 Posts: 112
    I was thinking of the same upgrade on my 2003, the is300 rims are nice. Are you going to drop the car now? (because of the wheel gap) I think I will just upgrade to 16 inches, I think 17s are bit too much for me for regular driving.
  • manamalmanamal Posts: 434
    I have an 02 LE with stock (steel wheels) and OEM 15" tires. I am thinking of going to 16 or 17" rims and grippier tires to improve handling. I will keep the old rims, and put winter tires on them. My question is: how much of an improvement in handling will I get between the 15" and the 16" or 17" wheels? And is the 17" worth the cost difference (about $50/tire)?

    By the way, 16" wouldbe fitted with r16's 205/16R16 Yohohama Avids, and the 17" would be fitted with 225/50R17's with tires to be determined.

    I figure the tires are cheaper than a new car. I do not car about straint line performance, but would like to get some more feel in the corners. I am leaning to the 17" with either Continental ContiTouringContact CV95 or Bridgestone Turanza LS-V tires. (all from tirerack).

    Any thoughts/suggestions?
  • cam2003cam2003 Posts: 131
    "17" would be fitted with 225/50R17's with tires to be determined"

    225/50R17 would rub against the shock for rear wheels!
  • About a month ago I purchased Goodyear Tripletred's for my 2003 Camry LE. They're the highest rated passenger all season tires at tirerack.com. They're fairly quiet, and handle well. My '97 and '03 Camry's both seemed to plow when turning. These tires helped reduce the plowing. Reviewers comment it's due to the Tripletred's relatively stiff sidewalls. I almost went for Goodyear's Comfortred tire, but I read where the Tripletred was designed with sport coupes in mind whereas the Comfortred was designed with larger luxury cars in mind. The Comfortred got some negative reviews regarding reduced gas mileage probably due to the extra cushion layer of rubber which gives that tire a very pillowy ride. Some folks also didnt'like the lack of road feel they gave. The Tripletreds are an 80,000 mile tire with a high treadware rating.
  • Take a look at Tirerack.com. I recently bought a Camry and thought the tires were a little noisy. One of the websites I frequent mentioned tirerack as a great source of information. Think of an Edmunds built strictly around tires...that also sells tires. Not to worry though. It's free and I don't think I even had to register to check the recommended tires for my vehicle.

     

    You can choose the decision guide, and it will give suggestions based on your answers. It also has a forum so you can review other users comments about the tires and maybe add your own.
  • rutger3rutger3 Posts: 361
    What is the best way to obtain 15" alloys for an 05 LE, the dealer, tirerack, etc. Any difference between Toyotas or other mfgs?
  • cemotocemoto Posts: 1
    Hello,

    I own a 2003 and a 1999 Camry and would like to put the 15" wheels (stock) from the newer year on the 1999.

    Anyone done this?

    The body style for the 2001w/ 15" looks the same, so I'm figureing it will work.

    Any thoughts?.

    Thank you.
  • akasrpakasrp Posts: 170
    Have a 97 Camry LE V6 - Michelin Pilots getting thin. Live in the Mojave desert. Stick w/ Mich? Bridgestone? Just want a quiet, reliable tire with good wear - not into 'performance'. Appreciate any recommmends.
  • loucapriloucapri Posts: 214
    go to COSTCO. they carry Michelin and Bridgestone. And every once a while they take $40-$60 off for the whole set.

    I think Michelin is quieter compare to Bridgestone (that's what I found out from the Internet)
  • We recently bought a new 2005 Camry LE but wanted to immediately replace the Goodyear Integrity tires that came with the car. We bought the car for its safety features and then read about all of the hydroplaning complaints with this tire and decided to immediately go with something safer. I read all kinds of reviews on TireRack.com. So many people loved the inexpensive Kumho 716s that we decided to give them a try. They are very quiet and comfortable and rated way above the Michelins and all but the high-end Bridgestone Turanzas. We've now had the tires for about a month. They're very quiet and grip well in the heavy rains we get here in Florida. So, you might want to check 'em out.
  • philiphili Posts: 19
    I also want to replace the GY Integrity's on my Camry LE. I've been looking at GY
    TripleTred. Someone mentioned that the "speed ratings" are different from Integrity to TripleTred. Does that make a difference?
  • camry01camry01 Posts: 1
    We are looking to replace a wheel for a 2001 Camry. The wheel is a 15 inch wheel and the symbol on the center cap does not look like any Toyota center cap I have ever seen. The wheel has five spokes with what looks like a figure eight or infinity symbol on the center cap. In addition, the rim has a MC insignia in script. Does anybody recognize these wheels? Can you point us in the right direction for a manufacturer or reseller?
  • jmoothjmooth Posts: 12
    Hi, I have an '02 LE with factory alloy wheels. Am thinking about upgrading them, with the primary objective being to fill the wheel wells a little better. What wheel/tire sizes have proven effective for this? Any pictures to share?

    Thanks,
    Jerry
  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,756
    Be careful about "filling the wheel wells." You may get interference when turning or using up all the wheel travel. Better check clearances at steering lock and with the suspension fully compressed.
  • cam2003cam2003 Posts: 131
    Look better with 17" wheels, 215 50R 17 which I have them on my LE.
    The OEM wheels (15") are too small for big body Camry, not proportional to the car.
    I can post the picture, but how I post it in here ?
  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,756
    http://home.comcast.net/~lmacmil/images/CamrySE.JPG

    The overall diameter is probably not significantly different than the smaller wheels but there's more wheel and less tire.
  • jmoothjmooth Posts: 12
    Perhaps "filling wheel wells" wasn't the best way to describe what I'm after. You did a better job in your later post when you noted that the stock tires/wheels are out of proportion with the car. That is what I'm looking to correct, rather than transforming my car into a racer-boy delight. ;)

    I've seen a handful of Camry's with custom tires/wheels that look really nice, and suspect that, as you also pointed out, the hasn't changed, but there is less tire/more wheel along with a wider tire. The ones I've seen are typically in motion, so I can't check the tire size. :(
  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,756
    Go the tirerack.com and you can see what the available wheels will look like on your car. There are 119 styles for the Camry!!!
  • joescarjoescar Posts: 30
    I had Walmart Douglas tires on my Mercury Villager and they performed very well. I'm almost due for tires for my 2004 Camry and am interested in hearing from anyone who has used these tires on their Camrys. Are they quiet? How about balance/vibration problems? Did they last as long as advertised?
  • clockerclocker Posts: 8
    Around Thanksgiving I purchased 4 Douglas Touring tires at Wal-Mart for my 2003 Camry LE. They were noisier than the original tires, and I noticed a slight vibration in one of the front tires. I had them take them back, and I purchased Goodyear Assurance TripleTreds based upon the ratings on TireRack.com. I really like Tripletreds since they're rather quiet and they handle well. Furthermore, they reduced "plowing" effect in the steering when cornering which is something that's had always bugged me with my '97 and my '03 Camrys.
  • kopcamrykopcamry Posts: 1
    Just got my 2006 convertible this week. In reply to my comment about excessive wheelwell space, the sales manager mentioned to me that "Toyota Racing" has replacement springs that bring the suspension down by an inch or two. Apparently this lessens the gap and improves cornering but makes the ride a bit stiffer - is that bad?! I've been quoted $700-800 (Canadian) plus tax for parts and installation. I am seriously contemplating it.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    If you're willing to pay the price, I'd go with the Toyota original equipment replacements (Toyota Racing Development, or TRD). This way, your warranty remains fully in effect, and your airbags will still deploy properly.

    You have to decide if a stiffer ride is worth the tradeoff for better handling. Maybe the dealer has a car equipped with the TRD springs so you could go for a test drive?
  • ektaekta Posts: 2
    Hi,
    what is the optimum tyre air pressure for toyota camry? i'm very new to cars and their maintenance, so I'm clueless.

    thx
    Ekta :)
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    The pressure recommneded by Toyota in the USA, for the 1997 Camry was 30 psi. The '96 Camry most likely uses the same pressure, although in my opinion, it is used mainly for comfort. I routinely went with 34-35 psi on my former '97 Camry and didn't experience uneven tire wear. (You should find a label giving the tire pressure recommendations on the driver door frame.)

    If you look in the fine print in the owner's manual, it even recommends 35 psi when traveling above 75 mph. To me, that's further evidence that 30 psi is for comfort, as opposed to handling/safety/high-speed temperature resistance. It'll provide better fuel economy also.

    If your really clueless about cars and maintenance, you should read your owner's and maintenance manuals from cover to cover. Don't have them? Try eBay.
  • toyotakentoyotaken Posts: 897
    Personal recommendation, follow the instructions for the tire given by the tire manufacturer. Often the car manufacturer recomends lower pressures than what the tire manufacturer does. All tires give you a minimum and maximum tire pressure listing. Most manufacturers edge toward the low end of those numbers for ride comfort. Some go lower than that (read that Ford with their Explorers).

    Just a suggestion though.

    Ken
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Only problem is by following the instructions by the tire manufacturer, the only readily available source is the molded label on the tire itself giving maximum pressure. Many if not most passenger car tires today have a maximum allowable pressures of 44 psi. That is too high for the Camry.

    Regarding the Firestone/Explorer fiasco, it was only during the extensive publicity that Firestone's original recommendation of 30 psi for the Explorer came to light. Ford went with 26 psi, because of rollover concerns with higher pressures, overriding Firestone's recommendation.
  • typesixtypesix Posts: 314
    Air pressure is usually stated near driver's door and can be seen when the door is open.
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