I have purchased 5 new Toyotas from this dealership dating back to 1983 and have had all of them serviced at the dealership. Today was very disappointing. A 20,000 mile service resulted in a debacle. The service person told me that I had a nail in my tire, that the tire could not be repaired and I needed a new tire ($250.00). I told him to put the spare on. He said the spare wasn't designed for regular use. I asked if the spare was standard size. He said that the tread was different and would not stand prolonged usage. I insisted on the spare being used. Upon leaving the dealership, I went to a tire shop where I've done business for many years to have them look at the tire for possible repair. The service man at the tire shop removed a "tack" - less than 1/2" long from the tire tread and tested the tire for leaks. There were none. He informed me that the spare was a brand new full sized tire. I returned to the dealer, showed them the "tack" and requested that the supposedly ruined tire be put back on. After some wait, the service person came to have me look at the tire in question in order to impress upon me the fact that it was indeed punctured. I trekked to another building with him where the technicians had drawn a circle on the tire signifying the puncture site. I asked, "Are you telling me that this tire is bad?" The answer, "No, it's not damaged." I told them to put the tire back on.
I'm an older woman and feel that this experience exploited my gender and my age.
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