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Old 09 Jan 2005, 10:07 am   #1 (permalink)
Sparki
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I have a 2003 Camry LE. It came equipped with Bridgestone Tires. I have
put approx. 38,000 miles on the car since it was brand new and these tires
are a piece of crap. I do not put hard wear on the car at all. It is all
highway driving. Since I didn't like the traction the Bridgestone tires
gave me, I took the car to Sears last week and bought 4 new Michelin tires.
I asked that I keep the Bridgestone tires as my niece was wanting to use
them. Both Sears and the Toyota Dealership said these tires had over 50% of
use left in them. Since my niece's tires were bald, I thought she could get
some use out of these temporarily. When her mechanic went to put the
Bridgestone tires on her car -- he told her those tires were completely worn
and the chords broken inside of them. I'm not quite sure what that means
(chords). Why would Sears and Toyota tell me those tires had over 50% use
left in them, then someone else say those tires were useless, especially at
under 38,000 miles? I'm wondering if Sears possibly kept my better tires
and sent some old ones home with me that weren't any good. Does anyone here
think they would do that? I'm livid about the whole thing. If these are
the original tires, then is Bridgestone responsible for making them good?
Would they since the tires are now OFF the car and not replaced by Toyota?

Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


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Old 09 Jan 2005, 05:16 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"Sparki" <sparki@winco.net> wrote in message
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> I have a 2003 Camry LE. It came equipped with Bridgestone Tires. I have
> put approx. 38,000 miles on the car since it was brand new and these tires
> are a piece of crap. I do not put hard wear on the car at all. It is all
> highway driving. Since I didn't like the traction the Bridgestone tires
> gave me, I took the car to Sears last week and bought 4 new Michelin

tires.
> I asked that I keep the Bridgestone tires as my niece was wanting to use
> them. Both Sears and the Toyota Dealership said these tires had over 50%

of
> use left in them. Since my niece's tires were bald, I thought she could

get
> some use out of these temporarily. When her mechanic went to put the
> Bridgestone tires on her car -- he told her those tires were completely

worn
> and the chords broken inside of them. I'm not quite sure what that means
> (chords). Why would Sears and Toyota tell me those tires had over 50% use
> left in them, then someone else say those tires were useless, especially

at
> under 38,000 miles? I'm wondering if Sears possibly kept my better tires
> and sent some old ones home with me that weren't any good. Does anyone

here
> think they would do that? I'm livid about the whole thing. If these are
> the original tires, then is Bridgestone responsible for making them good?
> Would they since the tires are now OFF the car and not replaced by Toyota?
>
> Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


All tires have a serial number so its possible your new-car paper work
either at the dealer where you bought it or at home, has these numbers.

If the cords were broken then you would in all likelyhood have noticed
problems with the ride and steering.
Tyres that start to fall apart (eg delamination of steel belts) have always
IME given some symptoms to the driver such as outof balance wobbles and/or
pulling to one side.

Jason

Jason


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Old 10 Jan 2005, 10:39 am   #3 (permalink)
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The OE Bridgestones put on the majority of the 03 Camrys are very poor
tires. Consider yourself lucky to have gotten 38,000 out of them. Look
at the reviews on that particular Bridgestone on Tirerack.com and
you'll see that most people were throwing them out at 20,000 -25,000K.
Mine are at 26,000 and ARE wornout. -- actually a bit past wornout, I'm
getting new ones on Wednesday.

Yours are now worn out. Buy some new tires. You're not going to get
anywhere with Toyota. The warranty specifically says you have to deal
with Bridgestone and Bridgestone will say they are worn out. I don't
quite remember the treadwear rating number on it, but I THINK it was
something like 170.

Most passenger car touring tires nowadays START at 350 treadwear and go
up, so you can see the tires were meant to get you out of the
dealership and on the road for about a year or so and that's it.

So, quit worrying about it. BTW, I don't know about your Toy dealer,
but trusting Sears' opinion on tires....well, let me just say that I
went into Sears several years ago to have two tires replaced. The
service writer went out to look and then came back and insisted that I
actually needed FOUR tires replaced....that all of them were badly
worn.

Funny, two of the tires had about 1,800 miles on them. I had bought
them about three months before at the same Sears store. So, I told her
if they were that bad, I guessed I'd be getting them for FREE.....she
made some excuse and that's the last I heard of that.

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Old 10 Jan 2005, 05:43 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Just get a set of Michelin Harmony or Hydroedge and you will be fine.

"Sparki" <sparki@winco.net> wrote in message
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>I have a 2003 Camry LE. It came equipped with Bridgestone Tires. I have
> put approx. 38,000 miles on the car since it was brand new and these tires
> are a piece of crap. I do not put hard wear on the car at all. It is all
> highway driving. Since I didn't like the traction the Bridgestone tires
> gave me, I took the car to Sears last week and bought 4 new Michelin
> tires.
> I asked that I keep the Bridgestone tires as my niece was wanting to use
> them. Both Sears and the Toyota Dealership said these tires had over 50%
> of
> use left in them. Since my niece's tires were bald, I thought she could
> get
> some use out of these temporarily. When her mechanic went to put the
> Bridgestone tires on her car -- he told her those tires were completely
> worn
> and the chords broken inside of them. I'm not quite sure what that means
> (chords). Why would Sears and Toyota tell me those tires had over 50% use
> left in them, then someone else say those tires were useless, especially
> at
> under 38,000 miles? I'm wondering if Sears possibly kept my better tires
> and sent some old ones home with me that weren't any good. Does anyone
> here
> think they would do that? I'm livid about the whole thing. If these are
> the original tires, then is Bridgestone responsible for making them good?
> Would they since the tires are now OFF the car and not replaced by Toyota?
>
> Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
>
>



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Old 11 Jan 2005, 01:35 pm   #5 (permalink)
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You got your money's worth on those tires. Believe me they were worn out.
Anyone told you otherwise was mistaken.


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Old 16 Jan 2005, 11:21 am   #6 (permalink)
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I have had good luck with TOYO tires but have gone to COOPER tires
because they have better road hazzard and are less expensive.
Michelin do not hold up very well for me. No road hazzard and the
sidewalls are the weak point of Michelin. On the other hand, I know
piople who have excellent results with Michelin.
I drive a lot of highway miles and about 15 miles of gravel roads
every day.
There are several grades of tires within the same companies.
I buy the upper line of COOPER tires and have nothing but praise for
these tires. They have a great national dealer network and have always
been treated fairly.

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