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Posted by Dwight on May 3, 2009, 5:58 am
Hello everyone,

We would like your advice for new tires.

Original Goodyear Integrity BW wore out at around 30,000 - probably an
inexpensive manufacturer's choice.

It seems that the Prius is inherently fairly noisy, but if we could find
quieter tires that would be good.

Would like to buy tires for handling, wet Seattle roads, low noise
level, and tread life.

Your suggestioins please?

Thank you in advance.


Dwight Gibb

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on May 3, 2009, 1:27 pm

Huh--mine went 40K.

Well, I can tell you that when they put new tires on my company car
Prius, the gas mileage went down from an average of 45 to an average of
between 38 and 40.

Actually, I'll know more when A/C season starts up.  I was getting 45 in
the summer, in mixed driving, keeping ME comfortable.  I wouldn't be
surprised if it goes down to 37.

Of course, the tires they put on were God knows what at $5 per, out the

So if your primary concern is NOT low rolling resistance, you'll throw
the dice as to what happens to your fuel economy.

I mentioned this to a Prius-owning friend, and he said the same thing
happened to him--at least 5mpg downward change when he switched out

Posted by Dwight on May 3, 2009, 9:50 pm
 Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:

Thanks Elmo,

It makes sense that they would choose tires for low rollling resistance.

But if we could get tires which were quieter, we might be willing to
give up some economy.



Posted by Was Istoben on May 3, 2009, 10:32 pm

I just put on a set of Dayton Quadra LE tires.  They were $2.00 each plus
mounting, balancing, new stems and the (minor) alignment of my right front
wheel.  Add taxes to that and it was very close to $00.00 for the set of 4.
Definitely quieter than my winter tires (blizzacks) but hard to compare with
the OEMs because I haven't heard them since last fall.  I'll never get 40K
out of a tire where I live because the tractionized concrete road pieces of
I-94 and I-29 I take from time-to-time are  like driving on a belt sander.

I've got a few hundred miles on these and my mileage is just under 50 mpg.
Impossible to judge the tires because it's been very windy.

Posted by Randy on May 14, 2009, 10:13 am
 I just replaced my OEM tires at 29,000 miles.  I bought the new Dunlop
Ecopia tires.  They are quieter than the OEM tires, do well in the rain,
and, once broken in at 600 miles, have increased my gas mileage by 5%.


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