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NHTSA — Wheels: Rim Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,642 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Pontiac Firebird wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2002 Pontiac Firebird Owner Comments

problem #3

May 202003

Firebird 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,926 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Firebird. The contact stated that all four of the chrome alloy rims on the vehicle exhibit cracks. The rims were previously replaced per the warranty; however, since there was a memo indicating that they could not be repaired but replaced. Pontiac has been very uncooperative and refused to comply. The dealer took pictures of the rims and determined that it was a cosmetic issue and not a safety issue. The brand, manufacturer and any related rim information was not available. The current mileage is 85000. The failure mileage was 42,926. Updated 6/21/10 updated 06/24/10.

- Bridgewater Township , NJ, USA

problem #2

May 042006

Firebird 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Firebird. The contact noticed that the chrome rims exhibited corrosion and rust on the inside surface. In addition, the spokes were severely cracked. There were no warnings prior to the failures. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection and they found rust and corrosion on all four rims. The rims have not been replaced at this time. The failure mileage was 42,000 and current mileage was 75,000. Updated 05/27/09 updated 06/02/09.

- Bridgewater Township, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 232007

Firebird 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Chrome plating peeling from wheels, corrosion causing tires to loose air and go flat. Loss of air pressure causes handling problems--constant problem-situation has been repeated several times. Cleaning corrosion form wheel (which Pontiac dealer has done) corrects problem for short period of time.

- Plattsburgh, NY, USA

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