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NHTSA — Suspension: Front Problems

2004 Pontiac GTO (Page 2 of 4)

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,571 miles

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2004 Pontiac GTO suspension problems

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2004 Pontiac GTO Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #51

Nov 072007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I was on the internet and I came across defects on the 2004-2006 Gtos and since I have one I investigated. The complaints were that the stock size tires were rubbing on the struts in front of the vehicle. So, I have a 2004 GTO with only 7,800 miles on it. I went out turned said vehicle on turned the wheel almost till it would stop and peeked under the car and low and behold contact with strut;on both sides. Called GM in detroit, they had no idea of the problem. Ignored me. Did not return my phone calls, they said they would. Took vechicle to dealership to fix car. Dealer said everything looked good except the camber in front of car. Dealer fixed camber, made me pay $100. Dollars. I call GM 10 times in detroit, have not received call back from my representitive. Also spent $400 on two new 235/45 for the front; because even after they "fixed it" the stock tires wre stll 1/4 inch away from the strut. So it has cost me $500 to hopefully fix the car I do not even own.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #50

Oct 292007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
My tires on my 2004 GTO were wearing prematurely with only 27,000 miles on it. When I was washing my car I notice my front passenger tire had wires sticking out from the inside of the tire. It looked like it was wearing on something from the inside. After seeing this front tire I could no longer drive the vehicle until replacing all the tires. When I did bring my car to the Pontiac dealer I was told it was to do with an alignment at my cost. I was told that there was no recall or warranty that covered this. I was charged for the tires a cam kit for the front caster to fix the alignment as well as labor. After reading about this problem from others I have to say I can't wait till my lease ends with this car. I feel this is something that Pontiac should reimburse me for.

- Keeseville, NY, USA

problem #49

Oct 202007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 29,800 miles
Took front passenger tire off to replace and noticed that the inside of the tire was chewed up from rubbing on the strut. Tire was at the point of coming apart, the steal belts were exposed. The rest of the tire was fine except for the inside of the tire against the strut. There are ware marks on the strut itself.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #48

Dec 032005

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have a 2004 GTO the tires rub the struts the dealer does not know why. I have had to replace 2 tires before I thought they would blow out, they only had 11000 miles on them I only have 16000 miles on the car.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #47

Jul 192007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 28,700 miles
GM service tech advised would need tires soon 1,500 miles ago. Car has 28,000 miles. Took in to have slow leak fixed only to be told steel belts showing through on inside of tires. Took to have 4 new tires put on, replaced with same tires that came from manufacturer and they rub the struts going down the road. How can Pontiac put tires that are too big on these cars and get away with it? ended up paying $532 for smaller tires 235's vs. 245's that the manufacturer put on. GM says need to do alignment and change camber adjustment. Not happy with that answer, its a bandaide and will cause new tires to wear on the outside prematurely. I still have the tires that came off the car. Also original australian car had 235's GM decided to put the bigger 245's on the GTO for the us.

- Cedar Lake, IN, USA

problem #46

Jul 142007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25 miles
Purchased my 2004 Pontiac GTO used from carmax. And on the way home noticed a vibration and a squeal from the right front side, arrived home and smelled rubber burning looked under the car and see a groove cut on the inside of the right front tire.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #45

Jun 042007

GTO

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have a 2004 Pontiac GTO and the front tires are rubbing on the struts, causing them to wear unevenly and potentially blow out as a result. I need to know if there is something that can be done to address this problem, and what I need to do to correct the damage.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #44

May 262007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,650 miles
Front tires contacted the struts enough to eat through the sidewalls of both front tires. The paint on the struts is completely rubbed bare and both front tires needed to be replaced. The car is still within factory alignment specs as verified by dealer visit following incident.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #43

May 312007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,000 miles
I have a 2004 GTO with 15,000 miles that has a right front tire that is showing the threads. Upon taking the vehicle to the dealer, they said the right front camber adjustment was out. A camber adjustment should last the life of a car. But I have now paid $100 for the camber adjustment and will be paying over $400 for new front tires, even though it appears to be a known issue with the GTO and the other tire is in great shape and would have lasted another 25,000 miles.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #42

Dec 112004

GTO

  • miles
As a 2004 GTO owner I had to replace the tires 3 times prematurely, 15,000-20,000 miles on a tire rated at 35,000 due to front end strut rub. I had to spend several thousands of dollars to fix a problem GM created. I have been to GM dealer while the vehicle was still under warranty, and they would not do anything about the situation, and that everything was in specs. I literally had to buy a lifetime alignment policy on the vehicle to constantly stay after the alignment situation that was causing strut rub. I have since replaced every bushing in the front end with after market, and the unaffected rear end), and the shocks and struts to cure the problem that GM refused to fix. After the new suspension and tires bought at the same time, and over 5,000 miles on it, I have no more premature tire wear as of this point. The date below was the approximate date I bought the vehicle as there was no incident.

- Lemon Grove, CA, USA

problem #41

Jun 192006

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 18,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Campaign # PE07010 front tires were rubbing the strut housing and wearing prematurely and unevenly. Tires were replaced at ~18,000 miles and a front-end alignment was performed. The new tires also rubbed the strut housing and wore prematurely and unevenly and were replaced after 10,000 miles. Spacers were placed between the wheel and brake rotor to stop the tires from rubbing the strut housing, but the real problem seems to either be a design flaw or suspension parts wearing prematurely.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #40

May 052007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In reference to recall campaign PE07010. "strut rub" wear marks have been observed on the strut towers of my 2004 Pontiac GTO. The front two tires are rubbing against the strut towers while the vehicle is in motion. At approximately 20,000 miles I heard a "popping" sound coming from the front suspension on several different occasions. Nothing was done at that time because the symptom was not able to be reproduced and no actual problem had been observed. At 25,000 miles the original tires had to be replaced due to unexplained irregular wear. At 45,000 miles while upon brakes service clear wear marks were observed on the strut towers. On an irregular basis at speed the vehicle exhibits aberrant steering behavior. E.g pulling to the left or right for now clear reason. The front tires of the vehicle are abnormally worn on the inner treads from hitting the strut towers. The proposed repair at this time is: 1) replacement of the gas struts. 2) replacement of the stock wheels with narrower wheels sized 235/18. 3) replacement of the possibly failed strut bushings.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #39

Aug 012006

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 16,000 miles
- the contact owns a 2004 Pontiac GTO. While driving 50 mph the contact noticed that the wheels were vibrating. The steel belts were exposed on the front passenger's tire. The dealer stated that the vehicle needed a wheel alignment. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic to make the repairs. The contact replaced all four tires on the vehicle. The contact stated that approximately 3,000 miles later he noticed tire wear on the front passenger tire. The vehicle currently has 19,000 miles.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #38

Mar 232007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 25,032 miles
The two front tires of my 2004 Pontiac GTO had wear on the inside of the tires. One tire was cut with metal exposed. Tires were replaced on the vehicle and alignment was checked and was verified all was well with in oem specs. Have all paperwork to prove this, including tires taken off vehicle.

- Grand Island, NY, USA

problem #37

Feb 012007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 10,000 miles
2004 GTO severe tire rub on the front strut tower and sever cupping of tires due to improper front alignment on tires. All four tires are worn due to rotation.

- Rapid City, SD, USA

problem #36

Mar 032007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
At 16,000 miles, I noticed excessive wear on the inside edge of the front tires of my 2004 Pontiac GTO. With the tires removed, there is a clear indication of the tire rubbing up against the edge of the strut when mounted and in motion. The car has not been repaired yet.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #35

Sep 252006

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 24,391 miles
I heard "tire rubbing" while rolling into the garage. When I checked for the noise I found both front tires had the inside edge chewed off, down to the steel belts.

- Marshall, MI, USA

problem #34

Nov 182005

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,032 miles
2004 Pontiac GTO tires rubbing on front struts.

- Strongsville, OH, USA

problem #33

Jul 082006

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 18,000 miles
I own a 2004 Pontiac GTO. About 6 -8 months ago I had a right front tire that was going flat I went to a tire service center to have it repaired when the mechinac noticed that the tire was hitting the strut. I bought new tires (stock size) and when I went down the road the right front tire was smoking. The brand new tire had a slice down the sidewall of the tire from the strut hitting it. It was then towed to the dealer ship to be repaired. The mechinac at the dealer ship would not repair it under warenty and blamed me for the cause of the damage stating that I had to of hit something which I did not and told them that. I had to pay out of pocket to have anthor new tire and the right front strut replaced. The dealer ship stated that I had to of hit somethign and bent the strut there have been nurmous complaints about this problem. If I would of been at a higher rate of speed I could of lost control of the vehical. I do not know the correct date at this time I may have to get more information from my insuance company to see if I paid out of pocket or filed a claim on this one and to get the correct date of the incdeint.

- Lodi, OH, USA

problem #32

May 012006

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 18,000 miles
Unusual wear on tires requiring early replacement from strut rubbing on tires.

- Sagamore Hills, OH, USA

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