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Toyota Highlander Tires and Wheels

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  • bob259bob259 Posts: 280
    I second the Toyo H/T's great tire and in my opinion should have been on the vehicle in the first place.
  • I put Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max on Highlander.Have 2000 miles ,so far very good-quiet,handling/traction fine.Mileage may have improved,but not noticeably.
  • Don't mean to be "rude" to you post regarding different tire sizes you noted in your post and warranty issues. Give a call to Toyota and ask to speak with technical advisors on the matter. Also, I got straight story from reputable Toyota guys in two different States on the matter. For the most part, it depends on your "relationship" with Toyota dealership and how far they are willing to go to bat for you in event of transmission failure, AWD issues, or other matters. For the most part, you must follow warranty to the letter of the law and be sure to read FINE print in your warranty book. If you only plan on driving vehicle another year or so, it is mute point. However, down the road if you develop warranty issues and do not have "actual" sized tires on vehicle as specifications dictate, you are out of luck. Not my story, but story summarized by technical advisors and Toyota head mechanics at (2) dealerships. My Toyo tires (OEM) wore out at 24,000 and got on phone with Toyo. Received good credit from Toyo as others did in this thread. Have the H/T tires on vehicle now for about 1.3 years. They are ok.. NOT great, but ok. Will NOT buy another set and hope Michelin or Goodyear have right size tires out when next purchase comes my way. They handle OK in snow and rain, but still not the best tires I have ever owned. Yes, in "olden" days you could mix and match oversize tires on cars when you were 16 and had "race" tires on your car. But now, every manufacturer is out to cover their own "butt" and will stick it to the owner of the vehicle any chance they can.. UNLESS you have good Toyota dealer and head mechanic that can work some "magic" with Toyota warranty departments. Should not be an issue because it is a "Toyota after all"... But if you have issues down the road with any front end or tranny problems all I can say is "beware"...
  • mama2allymama2ally Posts: 23
    I had the bridgestones and they were only sightly better than the Toyos. Check with Toyo...I heard of a tire recall recently, but didn't pay much attention since I don't own them. I switched to a Hankook and have been pleasantly surprised (considering I'm a huge Michellin fan). Good luck.
  • mama2allymama2ally Posts: 23
    I switched sizes, but I'm no longer under any warranty except maybe powertrain. My 2008 has over 60,000 mi.
  • mdhuttonmdhutton Posts: 195
    Appreciate your thoughts, but I spoke directly to Toyota USA HQ in California and have been told warranty won't be an issue. Also have an excellent working relationship with local dealer. Only time will tell if and when I have any issues, I guess.
  • Thanks to everyone who responded. I have decided to go with the TOYO H/T and went to the dealer and ordered a pair last week. The wear was due to a an alignment issue and did not qualify for any credit. The back tires are in good shape. And I was told it was going to cost me $304 per tire. I agreed assuming it is TOYO H/T tires. Today, I got it replaced at the dealership. To my surprise, they put TOYO A20 tires. When I complained about the price, after argument, gave me a credit for $35 on each tire. So, I still paid, $269 per tire for TOYO A20. Looks like I wasted about $120! Planning to complain to the dealershipo management. What else a poor customer can do?
  • mdhuttonmdhutton Posts: 195
    Plus now you've got tires that are so dangerous they should be illegal. Go to dealership management, zone management, Toyota USA management, and then Tokyo until you're satisfied. If I'm you, I don't stop until they get you the H/Ts. Period.

    Be their worst nightmare !!!!
  • Here's a question I haven't seen discussed:

    Is there any substantial difference in actual wear and traction between Japanese manufactured 19" Bridgestone OEM tires on the Highlander and US made tires?

    I traded my 2008 Highlander Limited in December that had Japanese made Bridgestones with 23,000 miles on it. Tires had around 4/32" of tread left. My new 2011, which is assembled in the US, has US manufactured Bridgestones. Only have 2,100 miles so far, and don't have a handle on how they will do over the long haul.
  • crvdccrvdc Posts: 9
    Yesterday I took my car to the Toyota dealer for regular service. They told me that I needed 4 new tires. Two years ago they replaced the original tires after 50K miles and 4 years . Now two years and about 28K miles later they need replacing. They showed me the front two tires that has some some bald tread. Because all 4 tires are affected, it is not an alignment issue. I've been bringing my car regularly for service which includes tire inspection and rotating. Not once were the tires brought to my attention. They're recommending the top Yokohama tires and will give me one free with the purchase of 3. Not knowing alot about tires, I'm wondering if the replacements they put on two years ago were old. Very disappointed here.
  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,611
    G'day

    Your comment on the alignment issue may not be as straightforward as it seems. The Highlander requires a four wheel wheel alignment on an infrequent basis to maximise tyre life.

    I had a bad experience with the original Toyo tyres and switched to Yokohamas after 45,000km (abour 28,000 miles) the Yokohmas gave 90,000 km of god service and wore evenly with regular alignment. MY tyre shoip suggets a check every 10,000km but this seems excessive so I have them done at about 20,000 to 30,000km (say 12,000-20,000 miles). The cost of alignment is small compared to the saving in tyre replacment costs and handling is much improved.

    As to the Yokohamas, I'd say that they are definitely worthwhile. Very good handling, braking and wear performance.

    Cheers

    Graham
  • I also had excessive wear on my stock highlander hybrid 245/55/19 tires. They needed replacement at 13,700 miles. I brought my Highlander
    every 3000 miles for oil changes/ tire rotations and do not race teenagers. There are no skid marks down my driveway!
    I discussed with with the manager at my toyota service and they agreed to replace my tires for free with the Toyo HT tires as Toyota (the company,not the dealer) agreed to cover the cost. I had to pay $80 for the installation and $60 for the alignment.
    I think you can get more satisfaction from your dealership than Toyo, assuming you have a good relationship with your service center.
    I sense this is a common problem and perhaps Toyota is stepping up to the plate on this issue- they need some good PR!
  • My tires are worn on the 08 highlander i bought used 2 years ago. Just moved to FL from Baltimore - Are the Goodyear Fuel max's the best tire to go with? The toyo and bridgestone do not offer a warranty but it appears as the Good year does.
    Thanks for all your help
  • are you still happy with the Fuel Max's?
  • From what I have read, the Bridgestones are almost as bad as the TOYO. Mine were shot at 21,000 miles on Highlander 08 - LTD.

    At present time, I have TOYO - H/T tires as replacement because at the time, this is only brand having OEM size for my vehicle. Now, there are other brands available as you can see in this thread. I've always have had good luck with Goodyear for quiet ride, lasting ok as long as you are faithful and rotate them for good wearing ability, and offer ok rolling resistance for fuel economy.

    I've read good reviews on Hankook Ventus and others but do not have any advice because I have never had a set. Poster from Chicago area indicated they are doing ok on his vehicle in Chicago traffic and the snow. SNOW -- something you do not need to worry about any longer, you lucky devil.

    Goodyear Assurance tires are the style I've had on regular cars and if this model is anything like those for passenger cars, you will be happy. Quiet ride without the truck tire "humm" and wore really good on my car. Although, they were a bit on the expensive side, they were good performing tires all around. If you plan to "keep" the vehicle awhile, would be another deciding factor on how much to "spend" on a set of quality tires.
  • Have about 2000 miles on tires.Quiet,handle well.MPG did not increase but
    I did not buy for that.Like 65000 mile warranty and an American company.Will check MPG on our next trip ,current MPG is local suburban driving.Would buy again.
  • crvdccrvdc Posts: 9
    I recently put 4 new Mastercraft Touring tires on my 2005 Highlander. They come with a 80,000 warranty. The shop said that the Goodyear Integrity (what a name!) tires that the dealer put on 2 years ago were not good tires and definitely not as good as the ones I now have.
  • c_emptorc_emptor Posts: 2
    edited March 2011
    Here’s my May 2009 customer experience by phone with Brandy at Toyota Customer Experience, and then with Debbie at Toyo Tire, both a couple of seasoned pros in explaining how to jump in the lake -- quite the customer experience.

    Toyota’s Brandy deftly explained that her company has no responsibility for prematurely worn original-equipment Toyo tires (replaced at 17,000 miles). She was, however, very helpful in providing Toyo’s telephone number, a deft deflection by someone who’s done that before (hard to hide from Google) -- practice makes perfect.

    Debbie at Toyo Tire answered the phone. Applying her company’s corporate policy, deft Debbie was able to explain that since the tires have been replaced, and therefore being unable to gauge the tread wear, Toyo would be unable to provide any assistance. She assured me that the dealer's measurements and recommendation of tire replacement would not, of course, be acceptable. Actually a moot point, as Debbie deftly explained, since the tires were “made to Toyota’s specs,” not Toyo’s, and are therefore Toyota’s responsibility.

    Did I mention that I called Toyota?

    So there you have it, a couple of skilled reps of two major Japanese companies explaining how to take a hike.

    C_emptor ('07 Highlander)
  • mdhuttonmdhutton Posts: 195
    Toyo makes the tire, not Toyota, so Brandy was correct in advising you that Toyota would not bear any responsibility for prematurely-worn tires and referring you to the tires' manufacturer.

    Debbie at Toyo probably could have helped had you not already replaced the tires before calling her company. I can understand why they would prefer to analyze the tires in question rather than rely on a third party.

    Do I think both of these responses suck? You bet, but I can understand why they are so.
  • capriracercapriracer Somewhere in the USPosts: 797
    There's another wrinkle:

    Toyota decides what specs the tire has to meet - and then requires any tire supplier to meet those before they allow the first tire to be shipped - and those specs are rarely what the tire manufacturer would specify if left to their own deviices.

    Obviously Toyota's targets would be different than Toyo's - and in particular, Toyota would be very interested in rolling resistance (fuel economy) and handling, and not so much treadwear. But Toyota doesn't offer a warranty on tires, so they would feel no responsibility if the tires do not perform up to the customer's expectations.

    On the other hand, Toyo doesn't offer a treadwear warranty on tires supplied as Original Equipment. No tire manufacturer does. Since Toyo supplied tires to Toyota's spec, Toyo would not feel any responsibility if there was a wear problem.
  • davem18davem18 Posts: 6
    I have the Hankook Ventas tires with about 6,000 miles on my 09 Highlander. I put them on in early Jan and they have performed very well in the snow and slush. Living in Wisconsin, I have driven through 6-10 of snow with minimal slippage unlike the OEM tires (Bridgestone). They have also performed very well on wet and dry roads. Road noise is average, nothing to complain about. I would definately buy them again, and oh, they come with a 65,000 mile limited warranty.
  • As per my 10/13/10 post, I worked through Toyo for a discount on replacement tires for our '08 HH, which had 24K on the A20's, 4/32 tread left, 35% discount on new Versados. We have put about 6K on the Versados and like them very much, snow, ice, & regular driving. Very smooth ride.

    I got a call from Express Tire saying Toyo has a recall on the Versado and I need to go in so they can check the tires to see if they are part of the recall. Seems to me they'd have the serial #'s in their files.
    The reason for the recall is something about rubber content not being up to Toyo standards.
    If my tires are in the recall, he says they will replace with new tires at no cost.

    Anybody else have this experience?
    Maybe I should switch to the other Toyo tire available?
    I debated between the two at time of purchase.
  • nowlennowlen Posts: 35
    edited April 2011
    I got the Versados myself, so I was interested in this message - go to toyotires.com/recall-campaign - click the link - and sure enough - there's the recall for our 'special' Highlander size aling with the DOT serial #s of CX HH HY5 3810 and .....3910 . Going out to look now - love the tires, hope mine aren't on the list.
    UPDATE... I'm a Happy Camper - mine aren't on the list!
    If yours are on the list go to the link for instructions.
    Looks like you just need to look at the last 4 numbers. From the recall notice...

    This notice is sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Toyo Tires has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain Toyo Versado® CUV, Versado® LX II, Open Country® A/T, and Tourevo® LS II tires as specified below. Toyo is recalling approximately 4,677 of these tires in the United States, although not all such tires are defective.
    WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
    The rubber chemical mixture used in the production of some of the recalled tires does not meet Toyo’s specification for these tires. As a consequence, sections of the tread may become detached, potentially causing loss of vehicle control and a crash, which could result in death or injury.
    These tires were manufactured at the Toyo plant in Sendai, Japan during a two week period in 2010 (as indicated by the last four digits of the DOT Serial #, i.e., 3810 and 3910. The serial number can be found after the letters “DOT” on the tire sidewall. There are approximately 4,677 tires covered by this campaign, although not all of these tires are defective. Tires manufactured before and after this period are not involved.
  • cjeffriescjeffries Posts: 1
    Hello Catcin. I bought my 2005 new also and it now has 103,000 miles. My wheel bearings need to be replaced, but I have not decided whether to go to the dealer or not. Did you hear repetitive thumping coming from the tires when the problem was discovered? Did you have the bearings replaced?
  • catcincatcin Posts: 3
    cjeffries. Yes I had my mechanic replace both wheel bearings. I did not hear a thumping, it was more like a loud hum.
  • Hello All,

    I am seeing some good things on here about the Yokohama, AVID ENVigor as well as the TOYO Versado CUV tires. I have an '09 highlander which came with the TOYO tires, 36K and they are done. Well not quite cause about 5k is winter tire land and they were not on the car. Anyway... I am trying to decide, I have also seen the Falken ZIEX ZE-912 available but by the look of it the RR (rolling resistance) is likely higher but I cant find any information on it.

    The Versado's are being claimed as TOYO's most fuel efficient and the YOKO's look good as well. ANyone have anything to say about the Goodyear CS FUEL MAX or the Bridgestone DUELER H/L 422 Ecopia.... or the Hankook, Ventus AS RH07.

    Sorry for asking so much I know most can only post on their experience. I am trying to pick the best all around tire with the best RR, kind of trying to see if I can get even better fuel burn.

    Thanks
  • nowlennowlen Posts: 35
    Well I've had my 19" Toyo Versado CUV's on my 08 Highlander Sport for about 3 months and I couldn't be happier with the ride or handling. Obviously I can't vouch for the longevity, but I find most of the mileage replacement warranties to be not worth much anyway unless the tires wear out very early in life. Nor can I vouch for their ability in snow/ice since I put 17" wheels and Michelin X-Ice snow tires on for those nasty months. I highly recommend the Versados.
  • 2old2worry2old2worry Posts: 10
    edited June 2011
    Love my Hankook Ventus. Outstanding in the snow! Quiet, smooth ride, good handeling. Only 10K miles so I don't know how long they will last. Don't hesitate to look at them.
  • mdhuttonmdhutton Posts: 195
    I put the Hankook Ventus AS RH07s on my '08 HL LTD 4WD in January. They're terrific in Chicago's snow, and have been even better with traction in the rain. They seem a tad quieter than the factory Bridgestones I had. No complaints so far! They're advertised as a 65,000 mile tire, so if you keep them inflated, rotated and the vehicle aligned regularly, there's no reason not to believe they won't make it.
  • Thanks for the posts guys... after further discussion with some car sauvey people I am holding a bit before spending the money on new tires. But the research is good to know.

    I had the car in for the 35km warranty service... so what is that, about 21K in US Miles. (sorry I live in Canada) Anyway they said that my tread wear is down to the red and the tires need changing. I looked at them and I am not a total fool, I know they look a bit worn but they have about 1/4-1/8th of an inch above the wear indicator when you go in a groove (not the edge) and if I stick my finger into the groove I have to push it to make the tip touch about 1/2 a finger nail. So they dont really need changing. Apparently when I asked the "tech" behind the desk where they measure the treadwear she said that it was measured at the edge of the tires.... Not sure about the US OEM tires but the TOYO were tapered at the edges when I bought the car, they were not a full tread right to the edge of the tires... and yes at the edge they would look much more like they need replacing.

    Now some of you would say that I have not had the correct pressure in the tires but I am a bit of a geek that way, I have a digital gauge which I check against the cars PSI indication and set the tires based on the gauge, and I also set about 2psi above the car recommended 33psi. So I would think that theoretically the tires have been over inflated most of the time on the car and subsequently should have an uneven wear pattern primarily in the middle most sections.

    Either way thought I would mention it because to me it definitely looked like the dealer trying to get a tire sale out of me. (not cool)
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