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Old 04-15-09, 03:58 PM   #1
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My lease on my 2006 4runner will be coming due eventually and I have a question. Normally I turn in the trucks and walk away not worrying about its condition, tires or etc, but this time is different. I have had to extend my lease once already and maybe one more time in hopes the 2010 will arrive soon and my tires will be in rough shape. As a toyota lease, what will they do if the tires are completely worn out? Is it my responsibility for the cost of new tires or what?

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Hello all,

My lease on my 2006 4runner will be coming due eventually and I have a question. Normally I turn in the trucks and walk away not worrying about its condition, tires or etc, but this time is different. I have had to extend my lease once already and maybe one more time in hopes the 2010 will arrive soon and my tires will be in rough shape. As a toyota lease, what will they do if the tires are completely worn out? Is it my responsibility for the cost of new tires or what?

Thanks,

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Can't say I have a clue about what Toyota does but what do your lease papers say? My bimmer leases were quite specific about four matching tires that were the OEMs or equivalent and as I recall, they were to have a min of 1/8 inch of tread left. Somebody who knows more will surely respond.
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you should check with TFS to be sure, but if i remember correctly, for lexus lease, you need to return the car with reasonable treads on the tires otherwise you get charged. i would imagine the same applies on toyota too
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Based on my experiences with Mercedes lease turn-ins, it's cheaper to replace the tires with low cost set of OEM-type matched tires.

As OP noted, they are quite generous regarding condition of car at turn-in. But worn tires will be an obvious problem.
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You have to return the car with tires that are legal to drive on.

Just go get the cheapest set possible from Discount Tire.
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When I turned in my IS back in December I was told that I needed at least 3/32 left.
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You have to return the car with tires that are legal to drive on.

Just go get the cheapest set possible from Discount Tire.
Exactly, that will be adequate.
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Thanks Guys,

I probably could have glanced at my lease although its probably in barely legible fine print

I will see how the next few months goes, and if necessary buy some el cheapo's before turning it in.

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you should check with TFS to be sure, but if i remember correctly, for lexus lease, you need to return the car with reasonable treads on the tires otherwise you get charged. i would imagine the same applies on toyota too
Henry is correct here.

I just turned in our RX today and tires was one of the first things they checked.
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You have to return the car with tires that are legal to drive on.

Just go get the cheapest set possible from Discount Tire.
Just how much tread on the tire is considered "legal" to pass a state inspection may differ from state to state, but most states have laws mandating replacement when the tread gets down to the wear bars. Those are strips built into the bottom of the tire's tread grooves that appear as smooth strips across the width of the tire when it's time to replace it.

The specific conditions of your lease contract, of course, may set a different limit.....that, you'll have to check on yourself. And barring the use of tread-wear indicators, other state laws, or lease-contract clauses, an old tried-and-true method of determining safe minimum-tread depth is to take a Lincoln penny and hold it upside-down in the tread groove. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, then get to the tire shop.

And, last, with an AWD /4WD vehicle like the 4Runner, tire replacement is made more critical by the AWD system. Newer 4Runners, unlike older ones, have a center differential, and, in auto (not locked) AWD mode, need all four tires to have close to the exact same wear and rotation speeds on them. The manufacturers of many AWD vehicles do not recommend replacing just one or two tires on the front or rear and leaving old ones on because the difference in rotation speeds will cause added wear and heat buildup in the center differential, shortening its life. You want all four tires, in an AWD vehicle, to be as closely matched as possible, bith in size/style and tread depth, too.
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It's not that complicated. It's spelled out in less than 3 sentences in the lease contract.
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Hello all,

My lease on my 2006 4runner will be coming due eventually and I have a question. Normally I turn in the trucks and walk away not worrying about its condition, tires or etc, but this time is different. I have had to extend my lease once already and maybe one more time in hopes the 2010 will arrive soon and my tires will be in rough shape. As a toyota lease, what will they do if the tires are completely worn out? Is it my responsibility for the cost of new tires or what?

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I'm sure your lease tells you what you need to know about tire tread.
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I'm sure your lease tells you what you need to know about tire tread.
Exactly and the language deals mostly with wear/remaining tread life.

Just make sure to have matched set of size/ratings as OEM tires. Don't worry about OEM brands originally installed, just pick the cheapest brand you can find.
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to go slightly off-topic -- I have a buddy with a 335 that probably will need to replace his tires before turn-in. His car has 18" runflats....think he could get away with regular tires or will they check that close?
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to go slightly off-topic -- I have a buddy with a 335 that probably will need to replace his tires before turn-in. His car has 18" runflats....think he could get away with regular tires or will they check that close?
that's exactly what i am going to bring up. i really don't know enough about lexus to say anything, but check to see if they have any requirement in the tires. not the tear and wear, but the brand, model, type, etc...

at least on my m3, it states very clearly that by the time i return my car, it HAS to be on michelin ps2, same as the tires from factory, and has to be more than 2/32 or 3/32 i forgot. so they are very specific.
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