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NHTSA — Tires: Tread/Belt Problems

7.1

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,319 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.

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2004 Pontiac GTO wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2004 Pontiac GTO Owner Comments

problem #11

Jul 232005

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles

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

2004 Pontiac GTO. Front passenger tire rubs strut. Have lost three tires, one blew out and one had tread separation.

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #10

Jul 082006

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Was going to buy new tires for my 2004 Pontiac GTO at a local tire shop. After wheels were removed, the technician pointed out the extreme wear on the inside contact edge of both front tires. He explained to me that they were worn down almost to the point of the steel coming through. After mounting them back on the vehicle, it was very clear that the tire was rubbing against the strut on both sides. The back tires were inspected also, and also found abnormal wear on the inside edge from when they tires were rotated previously from the front. Had I driven for another couple thousand miles (which the tires still had enough tread for) the steel belts may have been exposed and caused a blowout. I'm glad the technician brought it to my attention. I will be in contact with my local Pontiac dealership very soon about this issue.

- Glendale Heights, IL, USA

problem #9

Apr 162007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,600 miles
I took the 2004 GTO to dealer for an oil change and tire rotation to colonial tire near my home they found the right front inside of the tire was worn down to the belts and needed to be replaced immediately. Also, they found a rear tire missing about 3" of tread and that required replacement. I have not read that this year and model GTO had a strut problem that caused it to rub against the front tires, and that the tires chunked easily. There was no accident or injury involved. It cost me $437.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #8

May 042007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 27,104 miles

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

Refer to claim # 10116796, 2004 Pontiac GTO tire contact with suspension has caused front tire failure which is a risk to highway safety. All tires and wheels are of original oem spec. After replacing front tires once the second front set began to deteriorate. Initial dealer visit to question tire wear said there was no problem. (2.22.07) I pulled tires and inspected myself and brought pictures of contact points where tires rubbed paint from struts. (3.1.07) they then said they needed special permission from zone rep to alignment front end. Three thousand miles later the tire failed last night. There is a cut in the edge of the tire and because of tire wear the cords have separated. The cords tearing from the tire were contacting brake hoses and anti-lock sensors and can risk brake failure. Contacted Pontiac to file complaint and they provided #. they have asked me to return car to dealer for servicing. All 4 tires are wearing on the inside edges and will need replacement. Dealership made no recommendation for tire replacement?

- Powell, OH, USA

problem #7

Apr 162007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) front struts and tires show evidence of interference. Also, front suspension alignment exhibits excessive negative camber which has resulted in excessive tire wear on inboard edges. 2004 Pontiac GTO VIN: [xxx]. mileage: 17,000.

- Washington, MI, USA

problem #6

Apr 052007

GTO

  • miles
My 2004 GTO-I purchased new in 12/04. Took it to dealership for warranty work at 2880 miles, and the dealership performed an alignment. The car now has 18634 miles and needs 4 new tires. The belt is showing on the right front and is unsafe to drive. The Pontiac dealership, century Buick/Pontiac), as well as GM insist there is nothing they can do-it' is not a warranty issue, just normal wear and tear. I baby this car and know for a fact that these tires, according to the B.F. goodrich customer representative that I talked to told me one could expect 30000 to 40000 miles. I took the car to tire kingdom, and they said something was rubbing on the tire to cause this premature and unusual wear. I now know from research of my own the GM put larger tires on the 2004 Gtos, and since then has supposedly fixed the problem on the 2006 vehicles..this doesn't solve my problem, and I do need new tires, but because of the strut is rubbing against the new tires the same problem will occur again. Shame on GM and Pontiac for deceiving me and thousands of others. Not only do they expect us to pay for their mistake, but more importantly, there is a serious safety issue as well. Please make them do the right thing.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #5

Feb 252007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 12,000 miles

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

Since 2004 about 6 months after I bought my Pontiac GTO I have put 3 sets of front tires on the car. The inside edge of front tires wear away GM told me it was alignment I have been aligning the front now since and I still put front tires on. Now I hear there is an investigation please help send me info on investigation.

- Denver, PA, USA

problem #4

Feb 212007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 18,800 miles
2004 GTO, original owner, tires wearing on the inside 1-1/2 to 2" tread due to rubbing on struts. At 19,000 miles, surprised to find next to no tread on the inside edges. Replaced tires with same original specs. Wheels are aligned but still rubbing on strut towers. On-going problem. Premature tire wear.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #3

Dec 302005

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I have had to replace both front tires twice due to inside tire wear/premature wear/strut rub (all inside wear near strut). The intermittent wipers do not function properly (all the time). Give a false error of overheating within minutes of start-up (happened about a dozen times). Analog speedometer was very erratic, moved all around from 0 to 200 mph while cruising at 65 mph (2 times) and read 140 mph while stopped. Paint on the door handles started peeling off within 3 months of ownership (bought brand new). Dampness behind the drives seat on the floor (often after driving in rain). Radio controls on steering wheel do not function properly, a button has the function of the one above it (off & on all the time). Gas cap replaced due to premature wear, caused engine light to turn on (often, still happens once in a while with the new cap). Hard to shift in reverse at times, helps to shift in another gear first. Shifter rattles often during acceleration. Pops out of 2nd gear (mostly during cold mornings, also hard to shift into 2nd gear on cold mornings. Lights stay on after car is shut off while in auto-mode; worked correctly at first, but now they always stay on (always operate them manually now to keep from draining battery).

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #2

Mar 202006

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
At 14,000 miles, I noticed uneven wear on the right front tire. Upon removal of the right front tire, I observed wear marks and rubber fragments on the strut. The tire still has a lot of tread left excluding the abnormal wear which has worn bald. Unchecked, this could lead to a disaster. This does not seem like it would be a difficult fix, yet many people seem to have gotten nowhere with the dealership. Most likely, changing the tire size will fix the problem. This should be performed under warranty.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 052005

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 4,000 miles
I reference claim oid#10116796 excessive rear tire wear at 4,000 miles

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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