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Hyundai Azera Tires and Wheels

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Talk about your Azera's footwear here!


  • cobrazeracobrazera Posts: 352
    One change to the 2007 Azera was the fitting of a spacesaver spare. While saving a little weight, it saved Hyundai a bunch of money. The aluminum matching wheel and the Michelin tire have to be worth $300-500 retail. The tire alone is about $200 at the Tire Rack. Having the identical tire means that at replacement time, you only need to buy 3 new tires ( using the best of the used ones as the spare ).

    Those Michelin tires are V-speed rated, which although academic to most of us, allows the top speed of 145 MPH ( no speed limiter like many competitors )

    Both the 2006 and 2007 utilize LED taillights and brakelights, which in addition to the styling benefit, light about a half second quicker than incandescent ones. That may mean the difference between being rearended or not.
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    Hyundai, having a deal with Michelin (that's what on every car they sell here in the U.S., except for the Tiburon) does not pay the $200/tire.

    However, I am so glad that I have the '06 that came with the full size, matching spare tire!!! ;) I just can't stand those space saving donuts.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Alamogordo, NMPosts: 7,615
    are the goofiest little things I've seen automotive in a while. I'm glad my '01 Kia Sportage 4x4 has a full-size spare and that its mounted on the back.

    Good design, me thinks. ;)

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • gamlegedgamleged Posts: 442
    By the way, if, when they rotate your tires, you want the full-sized spare to be included, you have to ask, otherwise they'll just rotate the four on the ground...
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    Yeah...I know they can. However, for's a non-issue I only have them on during winter months.
  • wardswards Posts: 17
    Rotating Tires
    I was advised by my Dealer not to include the full size spare in the rotation as they only rotate front to back and always on the same side.
    This was the same on my last vehicle and it had a full size spare and the tires were not the directional type. Wards.
  • pahefner01pahefner01 Posts: 202
    I'm glad I bought an 06 Azera. I hate space saver spares. By the way, I replaced the tires on my 02 XG with Falken Ziex. I was very happy with those tires. I liked the tread pattern much better, it seemed to displace water better than the Michelins that came on it and they just had a cooler looking tread pattern.
  • floridabob1floridabob1 Posts: 1,190
    If you check your owners manual there are recommended patterns for 4 and 5 tire rotations. If you do not use your spare and change your tires to a different brand or style, the spare surely won't give the same ride as the driving tires.
    If you use the spare only for emergencies and return the drive tire after repair, you are probably better off with the donut spare.
  • floridabob1floridabob1 Posts: 1,190
    RE: 189
    Sounds good!
    The great thing about these computers is that they can sense problems that a tech. would have to guess at.
    My Azera seems to perform better as time goes by and miles build up. I now have 16 k and the car seems to improve.
    I find that the drive is very sensitive to tire air pressure. When I keep it at 30 psi it handles the best.
    I find that I must adjust the air pressure at least once a month. Maybe more.
  • usfarbuo1usfarbuo1 Posts: 35
    I had to add air this past winter but, of course, I live in Massachusetts.I find every winter here I have to check the air presure every month. it is due to the cold weather but this year it was warmer than usual. The Azera has Michelin tires and I've always had Michelins on my cars but I have noticed over the years I do have to add air. But it is worth it because in the end I find I can usually put 50,000 miles on a set of tires. Of course with this Azera I have the lifetime warranty for tires if I keep it long enough.
    Hopefully, Spring can't be far behind here.
  • floridabob1floridabob1 Posts: 1,190
    RE: 192
    I'm not familiar with the lifetime warranty on tires.
  • drdonrsdrdonrs Posts: 164
    I'm not familiar with it either. It was always my understanding that the tires have a limited warranty. :confuse:
  • pegasus17pegasus17 Posts: 536
    REF: 192
    I'm a prospective azera buyer and was curious as to which michelin tires come standard on the azera. is there a different tire offered on the 2 trim lines? As far as a air pressure goes, you should check it at least monthly but especially in winter when normal leaks are more common.
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    I too have NEVER heard of a lifetime warranty on tires. I've heard of road hazzard warranties and in most cases, if the tire can't be repaired...then it's replaced at a pro-rated cost to the buyer.

    When temps get really cold, you almost have to check tire pressure weekly. There is a certain point where colder temps cause pressure to drop inside a tire. However, that's if it stays consistenly COLD.

    Anyway, it doesn't matter now...spring is here!!!
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    As far as I know, the Michelin tires are offered on all trim levels of the Azera. I know my '06 Azera came with the Energy MXV 4's.

    The Michelin website shows both the Energy MXV 4 as well as the Pilot XGT H4 for the SE.
  • pigmypigmy Posts: 11
    While we are on the subject of tires - I asked the dealer to upgrade my spare to a full size tire which they agreed to do for $400 extra. That included a matching rim and they would not price a steel rim for me. I pick up my Azera this afternoon and will proceed to Discount tire and get a cheap aluminum alloy rim and tire for less than $200.(Discount does not sell steel rims for the Azera) In the Southwest and mountainous states like Colorado it is insane to have a donut for a spare. One reason I started looking at larger cars was the Camry can no longer fit a full size spare in the tire well. Avalon has a full size spare as standard equipment and lists it under safety features - my sentiments exactly. I hope Hyundai gets the message. (I offer the donut to anyone that will pay for shipping)
  • floridabob1floridabob1 Posts: 1,190
    RE: 198
    You might find that some tire dealers will give you a trade in value for the new donut spare.
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    I don't know if they changed the dimensions of the spare wheel well on the '07 models, but my '06 can fit a 20" wheel with a 245/35-20 tire on it with no problem. You're right...nothing like having a matching full sized spare tire!!!
  • jaymagicjaymagic Posts: 309
    There is not a lifetime warranty on the tires, one could only wish lol. It is the limited type warranty we are all familiar with.

    My 07 Limited came with Michelin Energy MXV4 S8 's. $195ea. at Tire Rack. So far, 5000 mi. I love this tire, all types of weather, noise, and even wear to this point.

    My 02 Hyundai XG 350L also came with Michelin Energy MXV4's (but a slightly different model) and they were the worst tire I ever owned. Replaced at just over 20,000 mi.
  • gamlegedgamleged Posts: 442
    I note that one eBay seller currently has a set of four OEM 17" wheels with Michelins, currently at a starting bid of $550 or a "buy-it-now" of $700, shipping is $150.

    Hmmm, if you like the OEM Michelins well enough, buy the set of four wheels/tires, and when it's time to replace your current rubber, you effectively wind up with a set of four 17" wheels for free!... :surprise:
  • jaymagicjaymagic Posts: 309
    Actually not a bad idea, except I wouldn't want them to sit around for two years. If I was going to alternate snow tires with the factory tires, I think it would be a GREAT idea. However, I have been very pleased with them in snow and ice.

    The Azzy's ESC and traction control have made me decide I don't need snow tires. Being easily able to use the Shitronic to start out in 2nd also helps.
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    Having a 2nd set of tires is nice. I didn't take my aftermarket ones off this winter as we didn't get hit that badly. However, next winter...I will take them off around November and put the factory wheels and tires back on till about March. Saves on having to buy tires so quickly!

    The couple times we did get snow and ice here, I turned the ESC off and, like you, shifted in to 2nd to start out.
  • jaymagicjaymagic Posts: 309
    Make that a ShiFtronic. Need to do more spell checking lol. I actually use it quite a bit in the hills.
  • usfarbuo1usfarbuo1 Posts: 35
    Actually, and I have it in writing, the dealer will replace the tires when worn out with the same tires that were on the car when I bought it.This was a special last year when the Azeras were not selling all that well. I probably won't have the car for 50,000 miles (that is what I estimate when I would need the tires replaced) since I have retired and now only put on about 12 or 13 thousand miles a year. I usually trade in a car every three to four years. But it was certainly a strong selling point back then.
  • floridabob1floridabob1 Posts: 1,190
    Great deal! I assume that it was your dealer only promotion.
  • gamlegedgamleged Posts: 442
    ... has a little over three hours to go, no bids as yet and it's at $550 w $150 shipping. Evidently someone went chrome and different tires on their new Azzy... I'm tempted, but I'm also having my house painted and I'm not sure i want to spend th' bucks. Besides, I'd have to clear space in my garage, a MAJOR undertaking... :shades:
  • floridabob1floridabob1 Posts: 1,190
    RE; 19
    If anyone is interested in a pair of 17" Azera Limited alloy wheels,with about 150 miles on them feel free to email me.
  • pigmypigmy Posts: 11
    I looked at the 07 Prius and Camry Hybrids and wrote them off for having lead acid batteries in the trunk and not having room for a full size spare. I then asked a dealer salesman on the phone about the regular Camry and was told they could not fit a full size tire in the tire well. I asked what I was supposed to do with the full size flat tire if I had a trunk full of luggage and kids in the back seat - leave my first born on the side of the road to make room? No answer. Considering the IQ of car salespersons (I just had a bad experience when I picked up my Azera yesterday) the phone conversation is certainly not conclusive on the Camry. Anyone know if this is accurate.
  • usfarbuo1usfarbuo1 Posts: 35
    RE:206 Actually, I went to two dealers to shop for my Azera and both of them had the "free tire" promotion. I don't know if it only in this particular area (within 25 miles of Boston) at the time or if it was widespread. That certainly is a good perk especially if one is going to keep a car for a long time.
  • dborthdborth Posts: 474
    Exchanged the OEM 17" with the same in Chrome at a local tire dealer. Here is the math:
    4-chrome exchange: $525.00
    7.25% tax: 38.06
    Balance 4 @ $8.00 32.00
    Nitrogen inflation 12.00
    OTD: $607.06

    Looks sweet / rides even better.
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