Shocks and Struts Fail at 60,000 miles -- Is it normal?


Asked by Jan 10, 2016 at 01:04 PM about the 2009 Toyota Prius Liftback

Question type: General

OK, these cars are supposed to be easy on fuel, but, there are other things.
Do you think or have heard of suspension problems,   Would you replace the
tires with regular Michelin tires or will that destroy the fuel economy.   Any
thoughts would be appreciated.   I'm going on my third set of tires,  replaced
first original set with the same Goodyear Assurance fuel max at 33,000,  now
need to set at 64,000 along with shocks, struts and alignment.  Very poor
performance and disappointed.

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30,000 on a set of tires. Sounds like you are trading poor tire life for a tiny increase in gas mileage. I personally would go with good tires and keep them inflated to 35 psi.


Full_of_Regrets- question, would you keep the Prius or the Outback? I'm very impressed with the fuel economy on the Prius, but, I've been told that the suspension and integrity of the car is not robust. And, Toyota advised me to put the original equipment tires that came on the car to preserve the mileage. They told me that if we put other tires on the car, my fuel economy would suffer by 3 to 5 miles per gallon. Yes, 34,0000 miles on a set of tires is not good!


I have a very hard time believing you would lose 5 mpg but you might want to research that. I am not a Prius fan so the choice would be an easy one.


Toyota blamed the cupped tires on the poor struts. No matter how you explain it, compared to my old 1995 Honda Accord that had a four wheel double wishbone suspension, and 50,000 miles on a set of tires, having to replace the tires every 35,000 miles or less is very expensive, not to mention, the $1,500 for struts, replacement tires, alignment etc.

Harry Shaw

I have 2 Priuses and have put tires on both. My 13 model I had to put new tires on at 60000 miles and they were worn. On the one I drive, the 13 I keep my air at 40lbs, it helps on the gas and I have not seen a change in the wear on the tires. I stayed with my originals that were Bridgestone Ecopia EP20 that is a little narrower tire but increases the gas mileage. On my car I mostly get in the 60+ mpgs but you can not compare to my driving because I just cruise around the country side about 45 mph. My wife drives the 08 to work each day and she gets in the low 50s. The car loses mpgs if you drive on wet roads and if you just make short runs.


Replacing the struts will help with tires not wearing as fast. That price sounds high. You should shop around.

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