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Hey guys! I recently purchased a full set of Toyo GSI 5 studless tires for my Crossroad, and they're the best set I've ever used on a vehicle. They are, in my opinion, the best for SUVs. Awesome deep tread, tons of room for snow and slush to escape. More aggressive looking. However, I did downgrade from 225/55 R19 to the 225/65 R17 for the bigger sidewalls. Snow grip - 5 Ice grip - 4 1/2 Handling - 5 Noise - 4 (in town) 3 (highway) Living in the cold snowy reaches of northern Canada, the stock Kuhmo all-weather tires on the 2016 DJ are no good, you might as well be falling off a cliff when you try to stop on a spit of ice with those tires. They couple extremely well with the AWD feature, making driving in heavy snow and slippery ice a breeze! Just don't forget to drive for the conditions. Blazing through a snow packed slippery tight corner at 60mph is gonna land you in the ditch even if you have the best tires in the world! Highly recommend taking a look at them. https://www.toyotires.ca/tires/observe-gsi5-passenger-cars-minivans-suv-s-and-light-trucks And if you live in Manitoba I highly suggest getting them on the MPI Winter tire program ( https://www.mpi.mb.ca/en/Rd-Safety/Winter-Tires/Pages/winter-tire-program-overview.aspx ) as the total cost of steel rims, tires, tpms, and installation was $1950CAD, and the program will cover up to $2000CAD. I probably could have found a better price online but no one in town other than my local dealership had decent pricing. Plus I didn't want to pay freight on tires. Will post pics after I get off work!
Owner Impression Update, Winter Edition TLDR; I talk about my car, and other random thoughts. you've been warned. I've owned the car for 6 months, and put 12K miles on it. My biggest fear was that I would regret buying this thing... I can proudly say I'm happy. Both me and my wife still enjoy the car. Now, season's changed and it's winter - and very cold (8 F, -11 C) - and i'm on the dealership's defualt tires- Kumho Solus with the 19" rims. Big take aways with winter driving my DJ in the snow: - The wheels get imbalanced from ice collection. - The Tires / FWD / traction control leave much to be desired. I knew what I was getting into when i bought it. -Stability control works well... and ruins the fun of doing e-brake slides- Even when the traction is off. - With proper defensive driving, and speed management, the stock kumho tires are plenty sufficient for snow... under 6" depth - The heat works, just don't have the HVAC fan blowing full when the car is cold. Big engine takes a while to heat up. USE the remote start. people complain here that the heat isn't strong enough. I'll tell you, let it warm up more, run the blower at a lower fan setting. Regular Driving notes: -MPG avg 18. mixed in the snow. 25 at 85mph long haul (dry pavement). -The fuel gauge is off by two gallons. when the light comes one I've got 80 miles range (estimated). don't base your range on this number- my level sensor must be incorrect because it never goes over 85% full when topped off. -The DJ car drives smooth. The steering in not too sensitive. By comparison, I drove my dad's '13 Highlander and I felt at high speed it was too touchy on the steering. Side note: Those stock tires are awfully expensive. I had a nail, and Tuffy quoted 250 to replace.... Discount Tire then just quickly repaired it for free. The 'MSRP' on this unit was was $30K in 2011, and I picked mine up for $13,5k in '17. I'm happy with this car, and hope to drive it for a few years.
At my friends shop, we installed new winter tires on 17" steel wheels (verified proper offset/fitment etc.). I ordered 4 new TPMS sensors from ebay to use, p/n: 56029398AB. Now all information indicates the TPMS system should autolearn the new sensors and positions. It's been over 400km, speeds over 120km/hour, and still no luck. Only the Front Drivers sensor displays a pressure on the instrument cluster, the others trigger a service code with no reading. At his shop they have proper scan tools and TPMS tools, we tested from the sidewall of each tire using a TPMS scanner. They all report properly and at the the correct frequency for a 2014. We've increased to 40PSI, driven another 70km and still no luck. Is there a dealear procedure to manually program the IDs via OBD-II or to issue a manual relearn procedure and either upload the IDs via OBD-II or issue a learn with the TPMS tool similar to GMs? We connected a Snap-on SOLUS ultra and cleared the TPMS codes, but did not see anything that offered a manual relearn. Has anyone with 17" steel wheels and TPMS every had an issue with the auto learn on their journey? I was almost considering a strip of foil duct tape on each side wall over where the TPMS sensor is to try and direct the signal so the wheel well sensors pick them up maybe. But haven't tried that yet. We assume the front drivers tire relearned as it may be the wheel well without a pickup sensor for learning. (3 wells have pickup sensor, 4th tire is assumed)