Sport Tires for 2000 Camry?

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Old 10 Jun 2006, 10:06 am   #1 (permalink)
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Default Sport Tires for 2000 Camry?

I have a manual transmission 2000 Camry that has always had sport tires
on it. Currently I have a set of Dunlop SP Sport A2 tires that need
replacement. I have been happy with those, but are there any other
recommendations anyone would make?

Size is P205/65R15.

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Old 10 Jun 2006, 11:51 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"marmar5" <marmar5@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
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>I have a manual transmission 2000 Camry that has always had sport tires
> on it. Currently I have a set of Dunlop SP Sport A2 tires that need
> replacement. I have been happy with those, but are there any other
> recommendations anyone would make?
>
> Size is P205/65R15.
>
> Thanks


You might look at Michelin although they are a little more expensive. I
have the Michellin "Pilot" series sport tires on my 1999 V6 Camry and like
them. On the other hand I have your same Dunlop A2 tires on an Altima. My
son has the same A2s on his 2001 XLE and we're both happy with them. The
Dunlops might have a slight edge if you have a lot of wet driving besodes
being a little cheaper.


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Old 11 Jun 2006, 07:28 am   #3 (permalink)
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A2 are not Sport tires but are original tires that are just all weather,
I had them, they went hard and dangerously slippery after 5 years,
Michelins and many others have much better ratings then A2, The A2 is
an outdated design, you will be happier with with any high grade tire.
Mine got to the point my fronts spun on wet aceleration, and locked on
wet.

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Old 11 Jun 2006, 08:06 am   #4 (permalink)
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m Ransley wrote:
> A2 are not Sport tires but are original tires that are just all weather,
> I had them, they went hard and dangerously slippery after 5 years,
> Michelins and many others have much better ratings then A2, The A2 is
> an outdated design, you will be happier with with any high grade tire.
> Mine got to the point my fronts spun on wet aceleration, and locked on
> wet.


How many miles did you put on the tires during those 5 years? I don't
like the A2, but any tire that receives use and is ever parked in the
sunlight is going to see a big change in the way the tire grips due to
heat-cycling, even if it has tread left.

I could only expect 5 year old A2's to be dangerous to drive on. The
same goes for any other auto tire, they were not made to last 10 years
or anything like that.

Even a tire that is unused and left in a dark garage is going to change
for the worse after 5 years. I would not want to run unused 5 year old
tires on my car.
The high-performance tires that I use lose most of their grip and tread
by 15,000-20,000 miles. That means a tire replacement every 1 1/2 to 2
years on average. Of course, this is not on a Camry. ;-)

Pat
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Old 11 Jun 2006, 09:14 am   #5 (permalink)
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Come on 5 years is not unreasonable for a modern tire rated at 60k-80
mileage. At 12k a year thats 5 years. So if they become dangerous after
the 5 years shouldn't the tire warranty kick in?

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>m Ransley wrote:
>> A2 are not Sport tires but are original tires that are just all weather,
>> I had them, they went hard and dangerously slippery after 5 years,
>> Michelins and many others have much better ratings then A2, The A2 is
>> an outdated design, you will be happier with with any high grade tire.
>> Mine got to the point my fronts spun on wet aceleration, and locked on
>> wet.

>
> How many miles did you put on the tires during those 5 years? I don't like
> the A2, but any tire that receives use and is ever parked in the sunlight
> is going to see a big change in the way the tire grips due to
> heat-cycling, even if it has tread left.
>
> I could only expect 5 year old A2's to be dangerous to drive on. The same
> goes for any other auto tire, they were not made to last 10 years or
> anything like that.
>
> Even a tire that is unused and left in a dark garage is going to change
> for the worse after 5 years. I would not want to run unused 5 year old
> tires on my car.
> The high-performance tires that I use lose most of their grip and tread by
> 15,000-20,000 miles. That means a tire replacement every 1 1/2 to 2 years
> on average. Of course, this is not on a Camry. ;-)
>
> Pat



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Old 11 Jun 2006, 12:21 pm   #6 (permalink)
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I think they had 45000 on them and it was garaged, I wore out Michelin
fronts in 40000 so I had no warranty. Tires oxidise and go hard and
slippery, you dont realise it till you spin out or hit something. When I
just put on new Michelin fronts my 5 yr old rears spun me out in snow,
so I replaced all 4 even though rear tred was real good.

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Old 12 Jun 2006, 04:21 am   #7 (permalink)
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Wolfgang wrote:
> Come on 5 years is not unreasonable for a modern tire rated at 60k-80
> mileage. At 12k a year thats 5 years. So if they become dangerous after
> the 5 years shouldn't the tire warranty kick in?


Modern tire? Even though tires have improved, the part that contacts the
road is still a rubber compound that becomes a little bit harder every
single time that the tire heats up and cools down.

The tire may last for 6 years or more, and "dangerous" is a subjective
term here, but there is no way that the tires are going to be gripping
as well after several years of use as they were when they were new, even
if they have plenty of tread.
When that loss of grip becomes "dangerous" to you depends on a lot of
factors.

Pat

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