Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza EL400 RFT

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Vehicle: 2011 Toyota Sienna AWD Limited
Miles Driven on Tires: 30,500
Location: ORINDA, CA
Driving Condition: Mostly Highway
Driving Style: Average
Bridgestone Turanza EL400 RFT
Initial Review: 30,500 miles on tires
January 27, 2014

Original equipment tires. Started getting noisy after 5000 miles. Mostly long distance highway driving, with camping gear. NO, off-road driving. Even with rotating every 4000 miles, air pressure checked monthly and alignment twice a year, they started wearing on both inner and outside front tire edges faster than center tread and rotating just made all look the same. Three nail caused flats and the dealer would only USE some high-tech plug to repair them (Toyota instructions) Replaced original tires at 30500 miles with same brand RFT but dealer suggested I try the Turanza 400-02 RFT instead. Result are EVEN WORSE tire wear, with mini chunks in the tread at happening from 8000 to current at 15000 miles. (45,000 total) on mini-van. Received the Toyota recall regarding load rating door frame decal. Because we have an OE rear Cargo Container and AWD, they offered NEW more heavy duty tires that will meet the max load rating requirements. Dealer told me there are not any 235/55R-18 RFT Heavy Duty tires available. He offered to remove the Cargo Container so the load rating decal would confirm. NO WAY, or go to a smaller RFT with a better load rating. NO WAY . Do not want to resort to non RFT (no spare) due to our out of the way camping. He then suggested I get a can of that green goo and a small air compressor. That will screw up the TPM's and sometimes leave a hard green goo on the insides of the rim. Has anyone found solution to these crappy tires that are still Run Flat and the same size or a size that will still fit without any tire interference?

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