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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I'm having a bit of difficulty in finding tires for my 1989 Toyota
Corolla (155/80/13). Despite it's age, the car has only 122K miles and
runs perfectly. I drive mostly 5K yearly in the city and rarely on the
highway; and in Atlanta we almost never have snows. I also plan to keep
the car for another 5 years, considering the low mileage to date.

At the tire shop that I had been going to, they have discontinued
Michelin and didn't really have anything to fit the 13'' size. By a Web
surf, I've come across a few made by Kumho (Powerstar 758 & AS/ 795),
General (Ameri GS4 & AmeriSE), Cooper (Trendsetter), Bridgestone
(S402), & other mongrel names. Any particular recommendations? Any to
avoid?

Thanks
 
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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
On Tue, 24 Jan 2006 15:08:14 -0800, agal wrote:

> I'm having a bit of difficulty in finding tires for my 1989 Toyota
> Corolla (155/80/13). Despite it's age, the car has only 122K miles and
> runs perfectly. I drive mostly 5K yearly in the city and rarely on the
> highway; and in Atlanta we almost never have snows. I also plan to keep
> the car for another 5 years, considering the low mileage to date.
>
> At the tire shop that I had been going to, they have discontinued
> Michelin and didn't really have anything to fit the 13'' size. By a Web
> surf, I've come across a few made by Kumho (Powerstar 758 & AS/ 795),
> General (Ameri GS4 & AmeriSE), Cooper (Trendsetter), Bridgestone
> (S402), & other mongrel names. Any particular recommendations? Any to
> avoid?
>
> Thanks


You can go to a 165/70-13 with no problem. You may even be able to use a
185/70-13. Heck I did this with a Tercel!

Check Sears.


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A young girl I know told me I drive like an old man

I told her, actually, I drive like Mario Andretti.
It's just that too many other people on the road
drive like Paul Tracy...
 
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
I'd go with a more popular 165/75x13 or even 175/70x13. Check link for size
difference and speedo error.
http://www.miata.net


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> I'm having a bit of difficulty in finding tires for my 1989 Toyota
> Corolla (155/80/13). Despite it's age, the car has only 122K miles and
> runs perfectly. I drive mostly 5K yearly in the city and rarely on the
> highway; and in Atlanta we almost never have snows. I also plan to keep
> the car for another 5 years, considering the low mileage to date.
>
> At the tire shop that I had been going to, they have discontinued
> Michelin and didn't really have anything to fit the 13'' size. By a Web
> surf, I've come across a few made by Kumho (Powerstar 758 & AS/ 795),
> General (Ameri GS4 & AmeriSE), Cooper (Trendsetter), Bridgestone
> (S402), & other mongrel names. Any particular recommendations? Any to
> avoid?
>
> Thanks
>
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Thanks for the advise on tire size. I ran each of these tire specs
through www.tirerack.com for a comparison.
Here are the results:

155/80/13: 7 tires
165/70/13: 1 tire
185/70/13: 13 tires
166/75/13: 0
175/70/13: 21 tires

So, what happens if I use another tire besides the 155/80/13 on my car?
Is there a problem in fitting a larger width on the rims and will a
reputable tire shop be willing to undertake this? Again, mostly street
driving under 50mph and rare highway driving. I must say, that over
the 17 years I seem to have gone through a lot of tires: cheap ones
Continental, NTW no-name at first and more recently the Michelins.

Thanks again:
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Man, try another couple of shops. The OEM for my 1987 Corolla is a 145.
I moved up to 155 just to improve traction on the mud and dirt I
originally drive, but with each bigger footprint, you lose gas
mileage....it ain't much but at $2.50 a gallon.....

I've never had problems finding the 155 tire. My favorite is the Toyo
Spectrum, but Toyo's 800 ultra is also a nice tire. Considering that my
local Toyo dealer is a jerk, however, I've recently been buying Delta
(not the forture, that's their low-end tire).

They do well in the wet and give me about 35K -- not bad considering
the rocks, branches and other assorted backcountry debris I usually
trek over.
 
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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
[email protected] wrote:

> I've never had problems finding the 155 tire. My favorite is the Toyo
> Spectrum, but Toyo's 800 ultra is also a nice tire. Considering that my
> local Toyo dealer is a jerk, however, I've recently been buying Delta
> (not the forture, that's their low-end tire).
>


Well, I lied. I still have Toyos on my Corolla (I just looked). I have
Delta on my van and my Camry. Just curious, called my local Delta
dealer and he said Delta doesn't do 155. He said a lot of tire
companies have dropped the smaller tires from their lineups.

So, then I checked the Sears and the Discount tire web sites. And they
have slim or none in 155. What is it. Have all the companies decided
that they don't make enough profit on the small tires.

My traction with the 155 is fine. It's cheaper, it weighs less
(important when you rotate yourself), etc....I hope Toyo continues with
the 155...they still have them at the moment.

If you are interested, http://www.toyo.com/find_a_dealer/index.html
 
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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
On Wed, 25 Jan 2006 06:59:36 -0800, agal wrote:

> Thanks for the advise on tire size. I ran each of these tire specs
> through www.tirerack.com for a comparison.
> Here are the results:
>
> 155/80/13: 7 tires
> 165/70/13: 1 tire
> 185/70/13: 13 tires
> 166/75/13: 0
> 175/70/13: 21 tires
>
> So, what happens if I use another tire besides the 155/80/13 on my car?
> Is there a problem in fitting a larger width on the rims and will a
> reputable tire shop be willing to undertake this? Again, mostly street
> driving under 50mph and rare highway driving. I must say, that over
> the 17 years I seem to have gone through a lot of tires: cheap ones
> Continental, NTW no-name at first and more recently the Michelins.
>
> Thanks again:


First, go to http://www.1010tires.com and look for the Tire Size
Calculator; I belive it is in the Technical section.

punch in or choose your original tire size.

punch in a 165/70 or 175/70-13. It will give you a comparison and a
speedometer error. The error will be negligible.

I went from 155/80-13's on a Tercel to 185/70-13's on a Tercel, and it had
the effect of running out of steam LONG before the tires even squealed!
And, I managed 45MPG, with an Automatic Transmission.

175/70-13's are a dime a dozen...I would go with thet.


--
A young girl I know told me I drive like an old man

I told her, actually, I drive like Mario Andretti.
It's just that too many other people on the road
drive like Paul Tracy...
 
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