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Toyota Highlander Tires and Wheels

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  • This is awesome news. I've ALWAYS been a MICHELIN fan. I wonder what the availability will be. I only hope I can last until March. I made it thru last winter, but I have many more miles on my Bridgestones. And I'm slipping & sliding all over the place this winter. We had a ton more snow last winter, but this winter is worse. Must be the wear.
    Does anyone know if there a tire trade show like most other industries have?
  • darloxdarlox Posts: 3
    >The OEM Bridgestones (Dueler H/L Alenzas) are just as bad as the Toyo A20s....maybe worse.

    Just a quick correction here...

    The OEM Bridgestones are the Dueler H/L 400s. The Dueler H/L Alenzas are not available in 245/55 R19 size.

    Not precisely sure what the technical difference between the 400 and Alenza models are, but there is a WORLD of difference in practical terms. I ended up putting 255/55 R19 Alenzas on my '08 HiHy, and they're excellent. They're also rated in the Top 5 of tires in that category, as opposed to the bottom 5 like the 400s.

    I'll also confirm, independently, that I was told by two different dealers in my area that warranty is not an issue going to a 255/55 R19. It's not a "certified tire" by Toyota for that vehicle, but it's well within safety tolerances, and they see plenty of '08+ vehicles coming in with them. They, at least, had never denied a warranty claim as a result.

    There's another thread HERE talking about this (towards the end) in greater technical detail, including details of my own research and experiences here.
  • When I read your response, I immediately E-Mailed Customer Support at Michelin with that same question. Their answer I received just today is noted below:

    "According to your email you are searching for replacement tires for your 2010 Toyota Highlander size P245/55r19, we do apologize at the present time we do not build a tire in this size and have no indication as to when we may introduce that tire size in the replacement market. Please check back with us at a later date for any yupdates."

    So, I would not count on Michelin coming through any time soon.
    I just purchased my 2010 Limited on 12-23-09 with the Bridgestone Dueler 400 tires. Hopefully, they are building those tires better now. But, if not, I have more time than some of you guys for someone to step up & build a replacement tire in that size.
  • I wouldn't let one hopefully uninformed CS rep dampen the party. Maybe the person used to work the phones for the IRS and learned to just pick answers out of thin air.

    John
  • gnowakgnowak Posts: 2
    I spoke to two representatives from Michelin and they do not have new tires coming out in march and no 245/55/19 size. I was hoping you were right
  • mdhuttonmdhutton Posts: 195
    Thank you for correcting this. My OEM tires are indeed the 400's, and they're certainly just as dangerous in the snow.
  • mdhuttonmdhutton Posts: 195
    Then why would one rep seem to have some pretty specific information about this size and an availability date? Maybe I'm more of an optomist, but I'd take the word of one rep saying "yes" over two who said "no." In a company the size of Michelin's, can you honestly expect what are sure to be hundreds of entry-level phone reps to all get it?
  • berriberri Posts: 4,141
    I think the Highlander tire size is vehicle specific and unique, so there isn't really all that much volume to amortize start up costs, so I'm doubting we'll see a Michelin tire unless other models go to that size tire.
  • db68db68 Posts: 3
    OEM tires which of course are something that is made to put on the car to sell it- If they were 60,000 to 100,000 mile tires who would need replacements right..Then of course there wouldnt be a need for tire stores..I only received 20k on my A20's which as a consumer didnt seem right since the car cost so much - so getting out of a 300 tread wear tire and into a tire with more tread wear - like my new Toyo Ht's (which by the way are not OE tires installed on a new vehicle, as some people feel they are the same as the A20's) which have a 640 tread wear are perfect. Guess thats why car manufacturers are in the business of selling cars and not tires. But thankfully there are tire companies who make their own line of tires...and our tire dealers who help sell them.....economy - right!!! Go for the HT's great lasting tires!!! :)
  • wl12wl12 Posts: 4
    From what I hear Toyo HTs are indeed much better tires than Toyo A20. I had Toyos, which were OE on my old Maxima 15 years ago and they lasted well over 100k km (62k miles), so not all Toyo products are bad.

    But it is hard to agree with your statement that "If they were 60,000 to 100,000 mile tires who would need replacements right..Then of course there wouldnt be a need for tire stores."

    If this were true new cars should come with crappy radios, lousy paint job, substandard windshields, bulbs, break pads, mufflers, etc. After all, there are stores out there, which sell this stuff. And they all need to make a leaving. Right?

    I would rather have a choice before committing to a new car. Do I want normal, reliable tires, or perhaps a set, which is only good enough to get me out of the dealership.

    My problem is that I was 100% sure I bought a reliable car and reliable everything, what came with it. This thinking nearly got me killed a few of days ago on a snow covered highway.

    Also, this tires fiasco on my Highlander makes me wonder what else in the car is there just for looks? What other corners were cut to save a buck that I will only find out when it is nearly too late?

    And yes, car manufacturers are in the business of selling cars, and a lot of them also sell tires.
  • mdhuttonmdhutton Posts: 195
    So far, I believe you're correct in that the 245/55R19 is unique to the HL. However, I'll argue that a company of Michelin's size can absorb whatever production adjustements (i.e. costs) are necessary to produce this tire.
  • 400e400e Posts: 41
    Actually, the Toyota Venza uses this size as well.

    I suspect there are at least a few other models out there using this size.
  • mdhuttonmdhutton Posts: 195
    OK thanks. More reason for Michelin (and others) to get with the program.
  • db68db68 Posts: 3
    Yes, you are right - What I meant was - If I walk into a tire store I have MY choice of picking a tire. With that includes tread wear (performance/touring/AT/HT/MT..etc..) and with different types of tires you receive a "warranty" based off of how the tire was made, right? So if I had the chance to choose my tire would I 1) choose a performance tire which is softer and as we know the softer the compound the quicker it will wear as it heats up or 2) a highway tire with a compound that is double and usually is provided with a mileage warranty as it was built and tested and guaranteed ?? Well I would take the later with my HL but, if I had a sports car I would choose the performance tire. So I guess the best scenerio is until car manufactures choose to think of the type of consumer and locations their selling too - we will have to deal with the fact that possibly the OE tires might or might not last!!!
  • jhornjhorn Posts: 18
    We made a trip from Connecticut to Toronto on the New Year day. I was surprised that my Highlander Hybrid performed so well because I had read many posts about bad A20 tires. We encountered several drifting snow falls and icy roads between Syracuse and Buffalo during the trip. There were times the panel indicated traction control "on"; however, the car was never lost control.

    On the way back, we had similar conditions. No problems, except for a warning message saying the pressure monitor system failed. It needed to be checked (all tire pressure was above 35 psi). After a few minutes, the message disappeared. It appeared again after a few hours. I took the car to a Toyota dealer and described the problem/message to them. The checked but could not find the issue. Nothing was seen from the computer. They said that sometime this would happened because of the cold weather. I was upset because the car was sold in New England and would not function properly in the cold weather. They said that there was nothing they could do at that point. I will bring it back if the message appears again. This will help if the sytem do fail for good in the future.

    John
  • Hello,

    I've just installed new snow tires on (General Altimax Arctic) my 2004 Highlander. The grip is far better than the OEM (integrity) on slippery surfaces. The tires appear to be correctly installed and inflated. However, when my speed exceeds 45mph the tire pressure, VSC, Brake, ABS and other lights come on. They all turn off when I slow down or restart.

    I'm looking for some help in figuring out (i) how to prevent these lights from coming on and (ii) whether these tires are doing anything bad to my highlander.

    With thanks for your advice
  • Sounds like you need to get an analyzer on it. Stop by a Autozone store and they'll it for free. If I had to guess maybe on the install one of the wheel speed sensor connectors got knock lose or broke. For the ABS each wheel had a sensor which is nothing more than a magnetic coil that sits near the rotor that has like a gear set of teeth. As the wheel spins a pulse is generated and read by the computer. If one is not sending anything I guess all those alarms go off. I do not know for sure but maybe the ABS only engages or some other alarm when the speed gets above 45. I'd go back to the tire dealer and have them check it.
  • HEre is the reply I got from Michelin:

    Thank you for your email. We welcome the opportunity to serve you.

    We apologize that we do not produce a tire for your Toyota Highlander.

    Michelin has not announced that we will be producing the P245/55R19 size at
    this time. You might check back at a later date to see if this size has
    been added to our lineup.

    Thank you for considering Michelin tires.
  • berriberri Posts: 4,141
    So far, I believe you're correct in that the 245/55R19 is unique to the HL. However, I'll argue that a company of Michelin's size can absorb whatever production adjustements (i.e. costs) are necessary to produce this tire.

    Its not just Michelin, its the supply chain of wholesalers and retailers as well. There has to be enough demand for the tire to justify stocking it and paying interest carrying costs on the unsold inventory. I don't think 19 inch Highlander and Venza wheeled vehicles can attain that alone without an OEM pull. You're best bet is if Toyota starts using Michelin tires as OEM, but given their recent apparent propensity for "cheap" rubber, I don't see it happening unfortunately.
  • mdhuttonmdhutton Posts: 195
    Thank you mama2ally and berri for researching this issue a bit further. Seems like you each were hell bent on being right, and you were! Congrats.
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