Wow Jerry! Let me see if I
Wow Jerry! Let me see if I get this right:
You drove 96,000 miles in your H2. At a generous estimate of 16mpg, you used 6,000 gallons of gas. A Prius owner, at about 48mpg, would have used 2,000 gallons of gas. So you bought an extra 4,000 gallons of gas (conservatively) at an average price of, say, $2.75 a gallon. That's about $11,000 extra. Not to mention the massive depreciation hit you've taken recently (your KBB Private Party Value has sunk to the vicinity of $15,000).
I'm glad your tires are holding up.
I have 40,000 miles on my
I have 40,000 miles on my 2007 Prius. I have no problems with the tires. They look like they will last another 10,000 at least.
I have upped the psi to 42/44. It does not seem to help the gas mileage.
I have a 2007 prius and have
I have a 2007 prius and have had it serviced routinely. At about 15,000 I was told I needed new tires. I was outraged! I have about 25,000 miles and am desparetely needing new tires. The Bridgestone Tuaranza and Yokahima (sp) and Kumho (sp) have all been suggested by dealers. This is a big investment can anyone provide me with a brand that has proven to work well on these cars.
For what it's worth:
For what it's worth:
My 2008 Prius just turned 18,000 miles on the odometer.
Still on Factory original tires.
I put a depth gauge on all 4 tires. They are all between 6/32 and 7/32 tread depth. Tire wear appears to be absolutely even, no sign at all of uneven wear.
I will probably get a new set of tires at 24,000 miles.
Don, I have seen many places
Don, I have seen many places that recommend that Prius front tires be set at 42psi and the rear tires at 40psi. You are absolutely right about low pressure = more friction = more wear.(and lower mileage).
Most importantly: Make sure you have the same size tire put on your car that Toyota recommends. Some tire dealers try to put a wider or taller tire on your car and it only screws everything (including your mileage) up. I have used Michelin Harmony tires on my Prius and have had excellent luck with them: Good Mileage, Good traction in the snow, Quiet Riding, and long lasting.
Here's another thing. Toyota recommends around 35psi in your tires. However, it has become unanimous amongst Prius owners and mechanics that 42psi in the front tires, and 40 in the rear tires works best. It will give you the best mileage, as well as the best wear for your tires. Take a look at the Michelin Harmony's. Good luck.
Well, I'd guess you have a
Well, I'd guess you have a slow leak in your tires. Go to a place that specializes in tires, like American Tires,and ask them to check them out. Too many garages have incompetent folks working.