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Lexus GS Tires and Wheels



  • I live in an area that gets snow and ice quite often and being in Central Oregon most of the tire dealers don't have equipment to service run flat tires or they don't have any run flat replacement tires. I elected to have the dealer install non run-flat tires before I picked up my new car. They installed Dunlop (which I think are about the cheapest tires they could find) and installed them. The ride and noise was really bad so I purchased Hankook studless snow tires and have about 20K on them and they're quiet handle well and I don't have to change out to studded tires in the winter. They handle well in snow and ice. I've put Michelin Xice on our Honda Pilot and have been happy with them as well. They tell me they wear out more rapidly than an all season but I don't mind as I like the ride and no noise and save at least $100 a year in changeout costs. So far I like them. I installed Yokahama on my honda pilot studless ice tires and they lasted 3 years with no issues as well. I don't like waiting in line for hours for the tire companys to change out from summer to winter tires. Just my $.02 :)
  • I would appreciate a recommendation for NEW tires. I live in Illinois with terrible winters, so it needs to be good in SNOW. Also, this car is a rear wheel drive. Thanks, KKELexusGS300
  • prema1prema1 Posts: 21
    If I lived in Illinois I would switch between summer tires and snow tires.

    However, I would recommend the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S if you want all season tires.
  • need new tires for my 2006 gs300 live in tennessee and suggestion like to get
    tires with some milage warrenty the v rated tire don't last long
  • uscfanuscfan Posts: 4
    I have a a gs 350 07. had it since it was new.. drive 30k miles a year so i have experimentd alot. Best tires are the recently introduced(august 09') Kumho LX Platinums. Thet are z rated and come with a 60,000 mile tread warranty. First of its kind. Very quiet and super smooth. Plus they are all season. I have 20k miles on them and can tell by the tread I will go another 25k easy. they are still quiet and as long as your not running a slalom course you'll be fine. They are in high demand so your local tire shop may have to order them in advance. I paid about a grand installed on them(CAlifornia price) which is extremely reasonable) good luck.
  • I have a 2008 gs460 that I had aligned about 2 months ago due to constant pulling to the right and aggressively drifts to either side when driving over uneven road. So much so that I now drive the car like an old lady because the car is so unpredictable. On a couple of occasions the car drifted so fast that I would have ended in the next lane had I not turned the wheel a 1/4 turn just to keep the car straight. One thing I've notice is that it random. Sometimes the car drives fine and other times it's completely unpredictable. I have taken it to the dealer twice and both times they focus on the aligment. Is anyone else having this problem? if so, can you offer a fix. The dealer said it's a defective front tire. They're full of crap cause I had the front tire rotated to the rear and it's still drifting.
  • chucko3chucko3 Posts: 793
    According to TSB-0174-08
    Vehicle Pulling Caused by Wheel Alignment
    Vehicle Pulling Caused by Tire Conicity

    Your dealer did the alignment twice and the problem still exists. That sounds like
    the pulling is caused by the tires.

    One test you can do.
    if the car is constantly pulling to one side, you can swap the front tires, L to R, R to L,
    and see if the car pulls to other side.

    From the TSB:
    Conicity is lateral force resulting from uneven formation of the left and right sides of the tire. The direction the lateral force is exerted depends on the hardness of the side walls and the difference in height between the left/right sides of the tire.

    ^ In the case of vehicle pulling caused by tires, the lateral force which is exerted as a result of conicity has the greatest effect. On a flat road, if the steering wheel is held without exerting steering effort for 109 yards (100 m) when traveling at 62 mph (100 km/h), the vehicle may drift as much as 5 feet (1.5 m).

    ^ When vehicle pulling is due to conicity, the amount of drift can be reduced and the direction of drift can be changed by changing the location of the tire or reversing the tire when installing it on the wheel.
  • Thank you for your response. My problem is not due to alignment, it's due to some sort of faulty steering mechanism. I have rotated the tires to the rear and it's still drifting. The drifting is not side specific cause it drifts to what ever side the road pulls it to. The drifting is the least of my concerns. My main concern is that the car will aggressively shoot into the next lane when I roll over uneven pavement. If I'm not holding the steering wheel firmly, I will end up in the lane to the left or right instantly. In some cases, I have to turn the wheel 1/4 turn against the direction that it's pulling just to keep the car going straight.
  • whoa1whoa1 Posts: 1
    I had a 400h and it was pulling to the right and it lunged over to a utility pole causing me to roll 4x5 times. Any thoughts?
  • Unfortunately I do not have any answers. I'm still trying to get Lexus to do a thorough inspection of the steering mechanism. So far they have refused citing that the car has been aligned and no problem exists. Frankly, I'm going to give it one more try and if they can't/wont fix it, I will be selling the car and never buying another Lexus.
  • chucko3chucko3 Posts: 793
    couple days ago with the same RFT.
    Got 40k miles out of them.
  • I have a 2008 GS350 with steering issues. I think it is a combination of issues that occur. First the steering is electronic and very sensitive. Second, the tires are wide and low profile. Third, when the road has uneven surface, patterns or wheel ruts (like the wagon wheel days), the GS350 can take off on its own if you are not driving the car, it will drive you. On a smooth road surface or corner, the car performs extremely well but introduce these other issues and problems can occur.
  • I bought an '08 GS 350 AWD and at a little under 24K miles over 14 months the dealer is telling me I have 3 bad tires??!!! Has anyone had issues with tires wearing out this soon?
  • juanjohnjuanjohn Posts: 5
    I have a 2008 GS 460 with 6,000 mile on the tires. They are Michelin Pilots 2 and they look like they are 50% worn. I spoke to the shop foreman at my Lexus service dept. and he confirmed that these cars go through tires faster than most. I will be looking for cheaper tires next time around. Are you having any steering issues like I am. The car seems to follow grooves on the road making me very uncomfortable to the point that my wife will not ride in the car anymore.
  • juanjohnjuanjohn Posts: 5
    My 2008 GS 460 is in the shop for the same problem. It has been aligned 3 times in the past 4 months cause the service department claims it's cause by miss alignment. If that's the case, why is it going out of alignment so quick? Now they are stating that my tires (Michelin Pilot 2) are bad. I finally took the shop foreman for a ride and he confirmed that there is something wrong with my steering along with the type of tires I have. These are Original Equipment Tires. Toyota currently has a recall for defective steering which my friend who is a mechanic for toyota told me will eventually be a recall on lexus models as well.
  • chucko3chucko3 Posts: 793
    Agree with your assessments. Something is not right with the steering wheel with my 07GS350.
    Couple times on a snowy & inclined road, from a complete stop I turned the wheel to the left to make a left turn, gave it a little gas, instead of going to the left, the car slided to the right. Lucky enough, there wasn't any cars around at the time.
  • chucko3chucko3 Posts: 793
    Just replaced the original run flat tires on my 07GS350AWD last week.
    The tires had 40K miles on them and still passed the quarter (coin) tread depth test in the middle grooves. Inner tread & outer tread wore out evenly on all 4 tires.
  • cfriskcfrisk Posts: 4
  • smr36smr36 Posts: 59
    "07 GS 350 RWD needed replacement tires for 18" wheels after 20k miles. Original tires were very expensive Michelin Primacy. Very good handling but too much road noise for me. Replaced w/ Pilot Sports A/S. Couldn't be happier but they're new so time will tell.
  • I have a GS350. It will drift at the smallest inperfection on the road. Kinda scary. Have to hold steering at 2 and 10 at all times. Problem duplicated with Lexus mechanic but lexus cant find anything wrong ! Say could be torque bump(?). Any answers ?
  • Just bought a 2005 LS 430 with 18'' and will trade anyone for 17''. have all 5 in excellent cond. and tires are good.
  • I just logged into this forum to find out what tires everyone was using and felt good about. I have a 2008 GS350 RWD with 27000 miles. I just notice this pulling the last two days myself at stop lights where car and trucks make heavy indentions in the road. I thought my car and steering wheel was pulling to the left awfully hard. I thought the grooves in the road must have been deeper than I expected. I have 5 cars and none of them has ever pulled so hard to the left at this stop light. If everything you say here is true about alignment. Then why is it my other cars (2004 Murano, 2005 Altima, 2001 Maxima or 1999 Maxima) do not or has ever had this issue. It was not just at this one traffic light. I also had this happen where I could hardly see any grooves in the road, but again at a traffic light.

    Now that I am reading this, I can see I was not imagining this. I will have to keep an eye on this now.

    As far as tires wear goes. People do need to realize this sports car with soft rubber compound. This is how they get the car to handle and stick to the road so well. It is normal for these tires to only last between 20-30,000 miles. You can buy a 280 or 320 rubber compound tire, but they won't stick the road like a Z 120-180 rated rubber, especially on wet surfaces. But a 280 should last you 40,000 miles on this car. With that said, the car will have a harder ride and more road noise in the car from the tires. Anyone who wanted an even quiter ride from their tires should have bought a ES or LS ( no road noise at all). I did not like that.
  • I also have a Lexus GS300 with 66k, and all 4 of my rims (wheels) have corrosion and bubbling paint. I told Hoffman Lexus of East Hartford CT about the problem yesterday and when I got my car back today, they said that the wheels can be refinished for about $200 - $250 per wheel.

    That's BS, this is my 6th car and I never had problems with bubbling paint or wheel corrosion with factory wheels before. This must be a defect and Lexus should warranty the repair or offer us new wheels. I think that there was a batch of wheels made that weren't properly cleaned prior to painting.

    Anyone else out there? Wonder if this could be a future recall.

    BTW: Get RID of your RUN FLATS; absolute worse tire ever. I switched to Continental DWS and the ride in my GS is noticeably improved. Plus they are super quiet and more forgiving on bumps.
  • I`ve got a 2008 gs350 with 13k. I have a appointment at hoffman this mon. 9/26 on this wheel corrosion-bubbles. You didn`t mention the year on your car.
    I assume mine is under the 4yr. warranty. I`ll let you know.
  • lz4004lz4004 Posts: 37
    Hoffman lexus refinished my wheels at no cost. I`m disappointed that the finish they did was not like the original wheels, a brushed nickel shine. I might look for some chrome one by tsw. The point is beware if your going to layout $250 per wheel, they won`t be the same. Go aftermarket.
  • Got fed up with looking a my factory wheels in such bad shape... Wrote to Lexus Customer Service and NCDS.

    Iz4004; it's a 2006 GS300

  • which yokohamas, s-drive? I have had 3 set of yokohamas on my old gs300. The s-drive are the worse. sounds like a 4x4. The other 2 sets were yk520. They were the most quietest tire I had ever put on that car. They also held up very well, mileage was great. The s-drive started out quiet but got noisier and noisier and finally around 23000 miles I just couldn't stand it anymore and had the yk520 put back on. The s-drive still at that point had a 6 on the tire guage left.
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