I replaced the stock tires on my Sienna LE FW vehicle with Michelin Primacy MXV4 tires. They now have 15,650 miles on them. They have been rotated every 5K-6K miles. The vehicle was dealer aligned the day after the tires were installed. The tires were purchased and installed at Sams. I took the Sienna to Sams complaining that the tires were prematurely wearing. At the time the tech measured a variance of 2-4/16ths on the front, and a 4-5/16ths on the rear. He told me because of the wear pattern, he could do nothing and suggested I see my dealer. Since an oil change was due, I took it to Molle Toyota in KC, MO. It was there that I was told that I should never expect more than 30K miles on any type of tire on my Sienna. He said I should expect no more than another 5K on my Michelins. A quick check of the alignment had everything in the green. He said the tire wear was even. I could not believe that I would only get 30K miles on any tire. So, I went to another Toyota dealer, Olathe Toyota, KS (where I purchased the vehicle.) Without even looking at my tire, the Service Rep re-stated what I heard...don't expect more than 30K on my Sienna tires. I was livid...The manager then talked to me. He agreed I had premium tires on the vehicle, but said Siennas and HighLanders just "didn't like tires". He suggested I call Toyota Customer Service which I did that afternoon. After a 30 minute conversation(!), I was told nothing could be done. If I wanted to have the alignment rechecked and the suspension checked at my expense, and something was found, then Toyota would consider something.
I am a very conservative driver...average speed = 25mph; 19.8 mpg.
Has anyone else run into this kind of problem? Any suggestions? I like the vehicle a lot, but I can't afford to allocate $300-$400 per year on tires. Any help would be appreciated.