OEM Tires on 2003 Camry LE (4 cyld)

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Old 04 May 2006, 02:36 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default OEM Tires on 2003 Camry LE (4 cyld)

I bought this new in 2003 . Now it has 39000 city miles on it. I have
rotated and balanced the tires every 7500 miles. But recently I have
been noticing that the OEM Continental Touring Contact AS tires have
had significant loss of tread on the outside. I have also read bad
reviews about this tire on www.tirerack.com
Has anyone had the same problem ?
Any recommedations on new replacement tires ? Michelin or Bridgestone
etc.

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Old 04 May 2006, 02:44 pm   #2 (permalink)
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zmshaikh@gmail.com wrote:
> Any recommedations on new replacement tires ? Michelin or Bridgestone
> etc.


I just bought a set of Michelin X Radials from Costco (they are only
sold through warehouse stores). They were highly recommended by
Consumer Reports and I find them as quiet and comfortable as the
Michelin Rainforce tires that came with my 99 model.

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Old 04 May 2006, 06:57 pm   #3 (permalink)
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<zmshaikh@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> I bought this new in 2003 . Now it has 39000 city miles on it. I have
> rotated and balanced the tires every 7500 miles. But recently I have
> been noticing that the OEM Continental Touring Contact AS tires have
> had significant loss of tread on the outside. I have also read bad
> reviews about this tire on www.tirerack.com
> Has anyone had the same problem ?
> Any recommedations on new replacement tires ? Michelin or Bridgestone
> etc.
>

You reckon a manufacturing deficiency causes them to wear on the outside? It
happens on the front wheels on every car & tyre I have ever seen. When the
uneven wear is noticeable enough I swap them front to back (never to
opposite sides), to make the most of what's left. They make a few
assumptions recommending tyre rotation... like you're going to want to buy 4
new ones all at the same time.


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Old 04 May 2006, 08:00 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Yokohama YK420. In North Texas (Dallas-Ft Worth and surrounding
counties) the dealer of choice is Discount Tire. They have stores and
affiliates in much of the nation. This tire is M+S rated, it is a
performance tire at a premium tire price. That is, it will cost about
$90 each mounted, balanced, road hazard. It will perform as well as
tires costing two or three times as much. The research was done by a
friend dedicated to getting the very most for his money in terms of
durability and safety. I have put several sets of them on two Camrys and
a Ford van over several decades and the only real problem I ever had
with them was in letting the dealer leave the OEMs on a new car. The
OEMs have done frightening things when I felt the need to do rapid
intense maneuvers (Zero Contact: do not let any other vehicle make
contact with a Camry, it is much too hard on the tinfoil and soda straw
structure. Do not get into or allow a situation to develop where
another vehicle has a chance to do harm to the Camry. And only Camrys
are worth spending my money to buy). Fortunately the OEM tires wear out
quickly. The Yokohamas make you wonder if they will ever wear out.

zmshaikh@gmail.com wrote:

> Any recommedations on new replacement tires ? Michelin or Bridgestone
> etc.
>

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Old 05 May 2006, 07:18 am   #5 (permalink)
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Typical Toyota cheapo tires. One thing Toyota really skimps on fIMHO is OEM
Tires on the mid-line LE models of Camry at least. My 2001 (Conntinental
Tires were shot at 36k and would hardly get through snow when new. Tread
wear was horrible and they would hydroplane in medium rain. My 2005 has
Continentals also, they leave black marks on my driveway as they are quickly
wear away backing out. No hydroplaning yet but terrible in snow.

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"Charlie" <charlie@comcast.com> wrote in message
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> Yokohama YK420. In North Texas (Dallas-Ft Worth and surrounding counties)
> the dealer of choice is Discount Tire. They have stores and affiliates in
> much of the nation. This tire is M+S rated, it is a performance tire at a
> premium tire price. That is, it will cost about $90 each mounted,
> balanced, road hazard. It will perform as well as tires costing two or
> three times as much. The research was done by a friend dedicated to
> getting the very most for his money in terms of durability and safety. I
> have put several sets of them on two Camrys and a Ford van over several
> decades and the only real problem I ever had with them was in letting the
> dealer leave the OEMs on a new car. The OEMs have done frightening things
> when I felt the need to do rapid intense maneuvers (Zero Contact: do not
> let any other vehicle make contact with a Camry, it is much too hard on
> the tinfoil and soda straw structure. Do not get into or allow a
> situation to develop where another vehicle has a chance to do harm to the
> Camry. And only Camrys are worth spending my money to buy). Fortunately
> the OEM tires wear out quickly. The Yokohamas make you wonder if they
> will ever wear out.
>
> zmshaikh@gmail.com wrote:
>
>> Any recommedations on new replacement tires ? Michelin or Bridgestone
>> etc.
>>



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Old 06 May 2006, 09:51 am   #6 (permalink)
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I suppose it depends on how you drive your 4 cylinder Camry.
I think Yokohama makes good tires and provide good value especially
compared to more highly promoted brands.
For basic, well made, quiet, long wearing tires at a reasonable price
you might want to check out the Yokohama Avid Touring line.

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Old 06 May 2006, 12:07 pm   #7 (permalink)
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Uneven tire wear usually points to alignment problems. Toyota usually
put Michelins on but you got cheapie tires on that one. I'd stay away
from Bridgestone!

Have the alignment checked and go to Costco for the Michelin Energy
Plus X-series radials.

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