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NHTSA — Suspension: Front Problems

2005 Pontiac GTO (Page 2 of 3)

5.4

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,830 miles

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2005 Pontiac GTO suspension problems

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2005 Pontiac GTO Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #26

Jul 132007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 26,880 miles

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

2005 Pontiac GTO, front tire failure, unusual wear on inside shoulder. 26,880 miles on tires, had car since new. Steel belts showing on inside of right front, left front showing similar wear. Had to replace both. Very luck to avoid blowout. Love car's performance and handling but this has cause a concern.

- Tuc Son, AP, USA

problem #25

May 152007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 17,800 miles
I have a 2005 Pontiac GTO. With less than 18,000 on the car, the steering wheel started to shake very rough. I took it in for a front end alignment and discovered the thread on the inside rim of the front tires was completely worn down. I had to replace the tires with less than 18,000 miles due to excessive wear. I have since learned through the news that apparently there is a defect in the front end where the tires are rubbing against the struts. It cost me over $600 in tires. I am now concerned about the possible dangers of tire blow outs and at minimum having to place the tires again very soon.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #24

Jun 032007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Looked at my front tires on my 2005 Pontiac GTO and noticed that they are worn down on the inside strut side almost to the steel belt. I looked on the rear wheels and noticed a similar wear on the inside of the tire from when those tires were on the front. If I wouldn't have noticed this, I could have had a blow out. The wear is terrible. The vehicle is new with low miles. The vehicle now has 21,000 miles and apparently has been doing this since I bought it over a year ago. Nothing has been done yet to correct this issue. I am in lingo on what to do. The old parts are definitely still available and can be made available upon request.

- Davis, IL, USA

problem #23

May 062007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles

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

Noticed both front tires wearing badly on the inside edge. At 14K miles, I rotated the tires. When I removed the front tires, I noticed the tire was hitting the strut assembly. There were visible rub marks on both front struts. Now, at 20K miles I removed the tires for inspection. The front 2 tires had only been on for approx 6K miles (since rotation). Both front tires were severely worn on the inside to the point that the tread had separated/split and you could see the inner construction of the tire! I'm afraid if I hadn't checked these tires when I did, there would have been a blowout on the highway which could have caused severe injury.

- Taylors, SC, USA

problem #22

Jul 222006

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 18,000 miles
Stock tire one (front right) failed on interstate due to extreme tire wear on the inside section of tread. This happened around 18,000 mi on the GTO. I replaced the tire. The two on front left failed via a slow leak at 21,000 mi. When replacing the second tire I noticed the same extreme wear on inside part of the tire(internal wire belt showing. I inspected the rear tires, recently rotated, and found same excessive inside tread wear. After inspecting the wheel wells, it became obvious that the tires are consistently rubbing inside against the front struts due to lack of clearance. I had to purchase a complete set of 4 new tires and I also photographed the used/worn tires and the worn/scratched front struts. This vehicle is still under the manufacturer's warranty and I have not yet reported this problem to my local dealership.

- Stedman, NC, USA

problem #21

Apr 192007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 18,640 miles
I noticed the inner tread on both of my front tires on my 2005 Pontiac GTO were excessively worn. The car has approx. 18,500 miles on it. I brought this to the dealers attention. The dealer acknowledged a problem and told me that there had been an update to the alignment specs for the car. They offered to replace both front tires if I payed for an alignment (approx $90). I went ahead with the service. I have not driven the car much since the changes were made so I do not know if or when the problem will occur again.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #20

Jan 222007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 18,250 miles

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

The manufacturer of the 2005 Pontiac GTO has chosen a standard wheel/tire combination and wheel alignment specifications that cause excessive tire wear to the front passenger and driver's side tires. The proper alignment as set by the manufacturer's standards is in negligence to potential safety standards and good practice for a performance type car. During regular driving it is probable and likely that the inside of both front tires will rub in a dangerous fashion on the suspensions components (namely strut) causing the tire to fail prematurely. The failure is such that the tire becomes a serious safety hazard specifically exposing the tire steel belts prior to the visible "wear bar" indicators being exposed. One proper correction to limit the possibility of continued tire rub would be to align the camber in a fashion that is more specific than the manufacturer's standards. After having an alignment at the manufacturer's certified service center, this correction was not performed and the manufacturer was further negligent while not properly informing the owner or the service center staff about this tire rub issue. After having the tires rotated at the aforementioned service center the tires were not properly inspected for safety. The excessive tire wear was visible at approximately 18,000 miles. At this point, the front tires had failed and should have been replaced under warranty due to the factory alignment settings. During the first 12,000 miles on the car the original front tires had been damaged in such a way that steering alignment could not be maintained. This was observed from the service center staff. At that point on the said mentioned day, the rear tires were also failed. The service center was not properly informed about these issues causing an unsafe situation.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #19

Apr 102007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 7,500 miles
On a long road trip I started to notice what smelled like hot rubber. I noticed that the inside tread of the tires was worn, almost completely bald while the rest of the tire had tread. Upon removal of the tire I found a wear mark on the front strut where the tire had been rubbing. The car is at the dealer now, but they are claiming this is not a common issue. After some research, however, I have found many from 2004 to 2006 GTO owners reporting the same problem, and 3 out of the 4 GTO's that I know the owners of locally are having the problem.

- Williamsville, NY, USA

problem #18

Jan 092007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 12,000 miles
I own a 2005 Pontiac GTO with the front tire strut rub issue. Even with rotating of the tires the inside edges of all 4 of tires were bald after about 12,000 miles. I have called the dealer about the problem, and they were not aware of any front suspension problems, even though there were 2 technical service bulletins, 040308014 and 050308009, dealing with that issue.

- Aston, PA, USA

problem #17

Jan 102007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
Front tires were worn to the point that the steel belts were showing on a 2005 Pontiac GTO with only 11,000 miles on it. Had I not noticed this. I could only imagine what might have happen. The tires were only worn on the inside edge of the tire. I believe the tires were rubbing on something, but I couldn't tell on what. The vehicle set normally as best as I could tell. The wheels didn't appear to have any inward or outward angling that might have caused this.

- Rockwal, TX, USA

problem #16

Mar 262007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 11,112 miles

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

During inspection of the front suspension, noticed that the front tires were rubbing against a metal plate on the front struts. This caused the paint on the strub to wear and the rubber tire will eventually be damaged by constantly rubbing against steel.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #15

Mar 242007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
Alignment is bad out of the factory and the tires are rubbing against the front struts. Common problem according to online forums. Tires are worn to the belts on the inside. Car only has 17000 miles.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #14

Mar 212007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
When rotating my tires at 6000 miles, I noticed that there was pain missing on the front struts by the top of the tires. On the passenger side there was also a small build up of rubber on the strut and visible wear on the tire. I looked up on a GTO forum and found that this is a common problem. I took the car to the dealer and informed them of the information I found on the internet. The dealer realigned the front wheels because they had too much negative camber. The people on the forums think the real problem is that the front strut bushings have collapsed from being tied down during transportation from australia. Time will tell if the realignment fixed my problem but I suspect that the front strut bushings will collapse even more over time and the tire rub issue will be back.

- South Riding, VA, USA

problem #13

Mar 052007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,700 miles
I discovered severe inside tire damage at only 17,000 miles. Research found that many other 2005 Pontiac GTO's are suffering from similar damage due to the front tires rubbing on the struts. I took the car to my local dealer, and he refused to do any aside from selling me two new tires and an alignment.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #12

Mar 052007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,100 miles
I purchased a Pontiac GTO one week prior to the incident. I had my tires replaced by the dealer consistent with a written agreement between the car dealer and I. the tire tech who replaced my tires wanted me to see one of the tires, it was sliced on the inside, hidden part of the tire. The tire did not fail because of this, but was very close to doing so. Could be deadly at freeway speeds if it had failed there. Then I read an online article on this very condition, and followed the links at this point. I can't believe that the car manufacturer has been allowed to let this happen and not come up with a solution to an obvious manufacturer defect.

- Mount Vernon, WA, USA

problem #11

Mar 062007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
05 GTO 18,000 miles. Front tires rub struts.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #10

Feb 272007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,450 miles
Tire blowout on 2005 Pontiac GTO on February 27,2007 on interstate 95. Possibility of tire rubbing against strut. Took shredded tire back to dealership but was told cause of failure unknown. They stated corporate had not informed them of any GTO defects. They offered to replace blown out tire with same size tire. If 245mm tire are rubbing the struts now replacement with same tire may eventually lead to another blowout.

- Stuart, FL, USA

problem #9

Feb 232007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
2005 Pontiac GTO owner, noticed slight wear on inside of front tires at 7500 miles. Rotated tires as needed, now at 24430 miles right front tire shows excessive cord exposure on inside, and left front shows extreme wear on inside. One set of rear tires already replaced (originally on the front) due to excessive cord exposure. This is a safety concern. Numerous cases already documented on several websites.

- Dover, DE, USA

problem #8

Feb 212007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 44,000 miles
-the contact owns a 2005 Pontiac GTO. He received a NHTSA report via email stating that there is an open investigation for the following components: Suspension, suspension:front suspension:front:macpherson strut, tires, tires:sidewall. The NHTSA action number is PE07010. The contact's vehicle demonstrated the same failures. The front passenger and driver tires are rubbing against the struts; the steel belts are showing, and the tires are shredding because of it. The tire brand is bf goodrich, dot be8R3U113304, tire size, 17/245. The original tires were replaced due to the related failure. The failure mileage was 20,000 for the original set tires, and 44,000 for the second set of tires. The current mileage on the vehicle is 48,000. The second set of tires is also making contact with the struts and need to be replaced. The contact does not feel the vehicle is safe to drive due to the tire failure. The dealer and the manufacturer stated that they were not aware of the failure or the investigation. The contact wants the struts to be repaired. Update 4/9 *

- Modesto , CA, USA

problem #7

Jul 102006

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 16,200 miles
The tires rub the front struts of my car. Had to purchase four new tires and get a re-alignment to fix the problem. This problem is not a result of the oem tires used on the vehicle, but a problem with the alignment. When GM brought the holden monaro over to the United States badged as a GTO, the monaro was aligned for a 235 tire. GM put a 245 tire at all four corners and didn't change the alignment specs. This is what is causing the rub. It has absolutely nothing to do with the tire's structure/rubber compound/manufacturing. It is solely an alignment issue that has been in existence since the 2004 GTO first came over.

- Hockessin, DE, USA

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