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    Tires for Sienna AWD Van

    Not really a truck but looking for tires for our Toyota Sienna AWD van. Since it is now 10 yrs old and still only has 155XX miles the OE still has good tread thinking at least 1/2 wear but 10 yrs old. They are Run Flats so not many choices and since no spare tire and no place to put a spare tire. almost need to stay with Run Flats.

    It came with Dunlops but have been looking at Bridgestones. Driveguard or Blizzak. Yes one all season the other a Winter tire, which ever I buy I will be leaving them on year around. Winter tire will cut MPG down a little and wear out quicker compared to the Driveguard.
    Had been leaning toward the Driveguard since we have the Subie and I keep winter tires on it in the winter months. But there may be a few times during the winter months we may take the van instead of the Outback. I've always been one to complain about 3 seasons tires for the area we live in . They may be fine since the small amount of snow we've had for the past couple of years. But on the other hand the Blizzak may last us a long time since we only drive the van maybe 5000 miles a year. I've had that tread design and just putting them on a FWD and then putting them on the rear at the end of winter I could get two winters out of a set driving that vehicle 5-7 days a week 44 miles round trip to work.

    May not do anything till summer before going to the beach, I just think I want to trust a 10-11 yr old tire for a long trip. Van has been to Amish 180 miles one way once and planning on another trip hopefully this month.

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    I canít be any help but am in a similar predicament with winter/all season tires for my pickup. I am a firm believer in winter tires where I live also, but....

    I have a set of Blizzaks for the Beetle Bug which are awesome. When it is icy out I feel better with that than my 4WD pickup.

    But now I donít have to go anywhere. When I was working it was no choice but to put winter tires on.

    I will be needing tires by next fall. My winter tires are done. I will be running the factory all season tires this winter for the first time and quite apprehensive about it. But I canít afford to buy 2 sets of tires within 10 months ($900 per set).

    I may go with an all terrain tire that has the snowflake rating.

    About the run-flat tires - why must you use them? Maybe I donít understand.
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    When our Forester needs tires it's getting Firestone Winterforce Tires.
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    Another thought - related to Gizmo's post -

    If I were to run winter tires all year the Blizzaks would be my last choice. They have what is called micro-cell technology on the first half of the tread. This works great on ice but is prone to wear much faster especially in warm weather. I feel the Winterforce or equivalent might be the way to go.

    Another possible issue with running winter tires all year is sloppiness on the highway. If you do much high speed (above 55mph) driving on the highway winter tires will be quite sloppy compared to other tires.

    I only drive my pickup an average of 5k miles a year now. Almost any regular all season tire should last 40k miles at a minimum. So that would be 8 years - at the end of their useful life. I am going to look into the Winterforce tires for running all year on my pickup. If they would last 4-5 years I would be happy and problem solved for me.
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    I have Blizzaks on my Tundra (4WD) for the winter and we had been using them on the other half's Infinity Q50 (AWD) but the tread life on them stinks. I put her's on her car for 2 winters and they were bald by Feb of the 2nd winter. I'll be putting mine back on the truck this week for their 2nd winter but they'll need to be replaced next spring. As I recall, they claim you'll get 40,000 miles out of them but that is very optimistic IMO.

    I just put Michelin snows on her Q50 to replace the Blizzaks. They are much quieter on dry pavement than the Blizzaks and are supposed to be better on ice. We'll see how well they handle snow.
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    Blizzaks were great in Alaska, but once the temps get up into about 40 degrees, you could almost watch the tread melt as you drive. I do not recommend them if you plan on using them year-round.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselshadow View Post
    Blizzaks were great in Alaska, but once the temps get up into about 40 degrees, you could almost watch the tread melt as you drive. I do not recommend them if you plan on using them year-round.
    That reminds me - was at a tire shop in Mass getting a tire fixed when a guy came in to get his winter snows off in April. I mentioned about how late it was doing that as it was a warm spell - he said yeh, I could see black streaks on the road behind me.

    I ran Blizzaks on all my VWís for winter and had no problem with wear. But I put them on early December and off mid March. Plus no highway driving - to work I averaged probably 40mph on all back roads.
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    I've always run Michelin tires on my vehicles. Better wear better ride better traction. But they are costly.
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    I don't believe many people even heard of this brand of tire, but I can say they were awesome on my wife's AWD Equinox. Mileage (a bit over 55,000) out of them was excellent, but that is with any tire when you religiously rotate and keep them aired properly. There was still enough tread to pass another inspection too!

    The tire brand was Nokian, and the tire was called the WR G2. A really weird tread design. Half summer tread, and half sort of a winter or aggressive all season. Never saw anything like it before. I was very skeptical. My wife couldn't have been happier, the way they performed in the snow for 5 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glc View Post
    I don't believe many people even heard of this brand of tire, but I can say they were awesome on my wife's AWD Equinox. Mileage (a bit over 55,000) out of them was excellent, but that is with any tire when you religiously rotate and keep them aired properly. There was still enough tread to pass another inspection too!

    The tire brand was Nokian, and the tire was called the WR G2. A really weird tread design. Half summer tread, and half sort of a winter or aggressive all season. Never saw anything like it before. I was very skeptical. My wife couldn't have been happier, the way they performed in the snow for 5 years.
    Nokian is well known in Europe and New England for snow and all season tires. They make a good product.


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