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Old 4th February 2016, 07:18   #5236
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I think you are right about overdone exterior styling. The interiors are actually very old school which I liked when compared to everything else. It's a typical body on frame SUV with body roll,slightly cramped interiors and poorly accessible 3rd row. But I love it. IMHO this is only mid size LUX SUV to buy rather than to lease.
Well, that's not surprising as its based on the Landcruiser Prado, which is old school in itself.
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Old 4th February 2016, 08:41   #5237
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Scion is dead.

http://pressroom.toyota.com/releases...ion+toyota.htm

I don't miss Scion much.
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So will they now sell FR-s as its meant to be i.e, as GT-86
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Old 5th February 2016, 23:05   #5239
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Apart from FRS, the other notable car is the iA(Mazda 2) which I am assuming will become Toyota iA.
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Apart from FRS, the other notable car is the iA(Mazda 2) which I am assuming will become Toyota iA.
That may be hard, as it will directly compete against Yaris. So one of them has to die.
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Old 6th February 2016, 05:22   #5241
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From the press release

"As part of the brand transition, beginning in August 2016, MY17 Scion vehicles will be rebadged as Toyotas. The FR-S sports car, iA sedan and iM 5-door hatchback will become part of the Toyota family. The tC sports coupe will have a final release series edition and end production in August 2016. The C-HR, which recently debuted at the L.A. Auto Show, will be a part of the Toyota line-up."
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That may be hard, as it will directly compete against Yaris. So one of them has to die.
It seems that they have already decided to kill the current Yaris and rebrand Scion iA as the new Toyota Yaris. See the link

http://www.netcarshow.com/toyota/2016-yaris_sedan/
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Hello

Looking for some advice on Buying Tires.

Location: Denver , CO
Vehicle: 2006 CRV,LX AWD, clocked 135K Miles
Size: 215/65/R16

Costco has a good deal on Michelin Defenders for around $570 , out the door pricing (Tires+Balancing+installation+Nitrogen+Disposal+Li fetime warranty+Tax), No Wheel Alignment Available.
But, do not want to go for something so expensive.

Approached Independent Tire sellers. Got a Quote for $570 (expensive) for General Altimax. This includes all the above conditions + alignment . Cooper CS3 Touring is slightly cheaper.

Checked out Tirerack.com for General Altimax. Around $370 for 4 tires with warranty for 2 years but pick up at their warehouse. Will need to find an installer and wheel alignment separately.

Any suggestions or advice please?
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Old 13th February 2016, 01:47   #5244
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Looking for some advice on Buying Tires.

Location: Denver , CO
Vehicle: 2006 CRV,LX AWD, clocked 135K Miles
Size: 215/65/R16
Try Quicklane tire and auto center.For Michelin Defenders I see a online price around $570 that includes Mounting, Balancing, Tire Disposal, Lifetime Free Tire Rotations, Lifetime Free Flat Repair, Taxes and on top of that you get $130 mail in rebate.$440 for a set of 4 Michelin Defender's is a very good deal I think.

I recently changed tires for my 2013 Escape at Quicklane here in Michigan and was very happy with the pricing.

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Costco has a good deal on Michelin Defenders for around $570 , out the door pricing (Tires+Balancing+installation+Nitrogen+Disposal+Li fetime warranty+Tax), No Wheel Alignment Available..
570 seems like a good deal with what it gives. Walk in and walk out hassle free. Otherwise as you mentioned you could always go the cheaper but time consuming option. Tire rack + Any auto center can give you quotes for the rest.

Typically 70$ for balancing and installation; Alignment quotes can be worked out independently but runs about the same
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Last time I changed my tires I went with Costco as it was hassle free transaction.

There are cheaper way but will mostly involve going to multiple shops which I wasnt keen on.

The only downside is that they mostly OEM or premium price tires & if you want to put on budget tires then you should buy from a local chain jraj suggested.
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Hello

Looking for some advice on Buying Tires.
Try Discount Tire Direct and get it mounted thru' Discount Tires/America's Tires. I just got Cooper CS5 tires for my Odyssey 235/60/18 for $600 including mounting + balancing and then life time rotation and balancing. The whole buying and mounting experience was pleasant. I usually go with Michelins but this time tried Cooper. They're quite and comfortable.

Costco was expensive for me coming to about $900.

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Hi all.
I recently moved to Dallas from Bangalore, so I am not quit familiar about things over here in USA but I think it will better to go for road force balancing while putting in new tires.
I went for balancing and they advised me change the tyre because it was detecting excessive road force😄. So after a lot of search found a garage who had the road force balancing equipment and got it done.

Bdw, do we have any bhpian in and around Dallas area ?

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Any suggestions or advice please?
Update: Thank you everyone for your contributions. I was able to use the suggestions to list out the pros and cons and bought General AltiMax RT 43 tires(set of 4) at Discount Tire.

Total around $375 (not exact figure) including Lifetime rotation, balancing, puncture repair, road hazard and $75 Rebate.
Got the Alignment done at Pep Boys for 1 year $130 (not exact figure). I Plan to check my alignment every 3 Months.
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Update: Thank you everyone ........I Plan to check my alignment every 3 Months.


Every 3 months sounds a little aggressive. Let's see what others say.
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