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2010 rav4 sport Tire question

Hi- Just bought my Rav4 Sport (had 2003 Rav4 limited) in Nov 2010. I love it so far, but, recently not too happy with the performance of the run flat tires- If I had researched some more, would have bought another limited or even base model, but love the sport model for the other characteristics. I was wondering if anyone has swapped out their run flats for another brand? Something all season? Or would just buying winter tires be more appropriate? Or just not worth it... I lived in New England and have now have lots of snow. These tires just don't seem to grip as well. Would love anyone's advice and opinion on this. Thanks alot.
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There is no all-season tire that will perform anywhere close to a dedicated winter tire in heavy snow or ice conditions. There are a few winter tires that can be used year-round, but you will have increased noise, wear, and decreased fuel economy. In a climate like yours, I'd recommend a second set of wheels with dedicated winter tires.

If you do a search for "winter tires", I'm pretty sure you'll find literally hours of good reading!

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Re: 2010 RAV4 sport Tire question

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Hi- Just bought my RAV4 Sport (had 2003 RAV4 limited) in Nov 2010. I love it so far, but, recently not too happy with the performance of the run flat tires- If I had researched some more, would have bought another limited or even base model, but love the sport model for the other characteristics. I was wondering if anyone has swapped out their run flats for another brand? Something all season? Or would just buying winter tires be more appropriate? Or just not worth it... I lived in New England and have now have lots of snow. These tires just don't seem to grip as well. Would love anyone's advice and opinion on this. Thanks alot.
I think you answered your own question already.
Like rav4two mention, do a search and you would find a lot more answers.
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Hey csilva77, I love your post because I am in the same exact situation with exception to the fact that I haven't bought my rav4 yet. I love everything about the sport edition and feel that neither the limited nor base can provide the same feeling/looks. However, I have a big bone to pick with the run flat tires.


Exactly what did you not like about these tires from your experience?

Based on my research I may just bump up to the limited 11 to avoid the run flats all together

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fattt91, if you like the sport but don't like the runflats, just don't get the sports appearance package, and then you can have your sport model with a spare tire hanging off the rear and non-runflats just like a limited.

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ooo sweet, wait so what else will i lose by waiving the sport appearance package??

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I have a 2010 Rav4 Sport - and am having huge tire issues. I've spent the last week researching my options and it's not good. The dealership only offers the tires that are on the car, and i'm not a fan of the them (Bridgestone Duelers). They are AWFUL in the snow. As in my car will not stop.

My options at this point are this: (Someone tell me if i'm missing options here)
-replace with same tire (only 30K miles on them, but it's possible this will help)
-get RFT snow tires (was looking at the Bridgestone Blizzeks (sp).

-ditch RFT's and get regular, which requires new rims, and a spare.

I cannot find many options at all for RFT's in the 235/55/18 range. So if anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear it. I could care less about road noise... I just want to be able to stop in the snow/rain/wet road conditions.
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Hey, bigwuhead, I live in upstate NY aka a LOT of snow in the winter. I guess i should completely avoid the RFT according to your post??

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-ditch RFT's and get regular, which requires new rims, and a spare.

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Apologies if I'm reading this wrong, but are you saying here that to change from RTFs to regular tyres, you would need to purchase new rims? I've never heard this before.

I was considering doing this at the end of the useful life of my RFTs, but not if I need new rims!

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