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NHTSA — Suspension Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,373 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.

2005 Pontiac GTO suspension problems

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2005 Pontiac GTO Owner Comments

problem #20

May 172008


  • 10,000 miles


Irregular front tire wear on the inside of the tires down to the steel belts causing blow out and flats. Numerous wheel alignments have not fixed the problem. Why has GM not put out a recall on this dangerous issue? loss of vehicle control when this occurs. Some one is going to get hurt or lose their life. I lost control of the vehicle the first time it occurred but managed to stay on the road.

- Front Royal, VA, USA

problem #19

Apr 302012

GTO 8-cyl

  • miles
My 2005 Pontiac GTO was purchased with 53000 miles and manufactured with 245mm tires that are too wide and rub on the front strut. This has caused excessive tire wear. Other 04-05 Gtos have has the same problem. This has caused tire failure and accidents in other Gtos.

- Allison Park, PA, USA

problem #18

Sep 122011

GTO 8-cyl

  • miles
I purchased this car new in 2005, I have 38,000 miles on it today and I am on my third set of tires and fifth alignment. My tires on the rear, wear severely on the inside each time, so I more carefully watched and had rechecking the alignment on a regular basis along with tire rotation. This time I took it to a discount tire company and they told me that they can not align the rear end and all components look good, go to dealer. I went to dealer and showed them the specks what the car was out and they said they could do the alignment. They did a alignment for a fee and told me it need parts, front camber kit, rear needs two bushings and GM part 1 on the exploded view known as differential bracket which holds the rear end together for a price of parts $1,249 and labor $664 total $1913 and another four wheel alignment for just a little over $2,000. I said why are you charging me for an alignment if you can not do it properly and I had already given you the alignment specs from discount tire company. They said all machines are different and we have to do our own. So your telling me that this problem that I have had since new is a structural part flaw that you have not recognized before but have been charging me for alignments and tires multiple times. No, we feel your car got hit on the right side and it caused the damage. I said the car has never hit anything and it is a preigsiting problem from new that has been over looked at my expense. Took car to a third party and they said there are no parts that are structural damaged, they got on line and saw all the blogs for this identical condition and that is why I am reporting the problem. The fix is camber kit for rear from manufacture in australia where car is made and they have been aware of for year, please make this a recall from GM.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #17

Jul 252009


  • 71,740 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac GTO. The contact stated both front tires were rubbing against the struts and are worn. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated the failure was caused by the way he drove the vehicle. The manufacturer stated the contact was driving aggressive which caused the tires to wear. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 71,740. Rvk

- Mechanicsville, MD, USA

problem #16

Oct 202010

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac GTO. While driving approximately 62 mph, the vehicle unexpectedly swerved towards the right and crashed into another vehicle. The contact and the driver of the other vehicle suffered personal injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired; however, the contact stated the failure was related to the steering. The failure mileage was 80,000. Updated 01/12/11 updated 01/14/11 pictures received 01/27/11 prior to the accident, the rear differential failed internally, and the power steering hose was leaking. Updated 04/15/11

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #15

Mar 182009


  • 40,000 miles
Tires wear excessively on my 2005 GTO. Tire failure was due to excessive wear on the inside edge. It was not detected because it only occurs at the very inside edge. Tire failure on the highway occurred and when taken in for service to the dealer they noticed the other was showing steel through as well. They said it was an alignment issue. After alignment and new tires the car continues to wear excessively. Dealer says they do not know why. GM must do something about this before a fatality occurs.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #14

May 292009


  • miles


I own a 2005 Pontiac GTO and the events leading up to the problem was I had noticed that my tires were not holding air so I took my car to a tire company to have them look at my tires they told me that the tread had been rubbed off due to the struts on the front end of my car.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #13

May 302008


  • 40,000 miles
Struts rubbing against tires on 2005 Pontiac GTO. Tires are factory recommended size. Steering wheel shakes immensely from manufacturer defect, tires worn out prematurely, and safety issue to family. Accident waiting to happen!!

- Hopkinsville, KY, USA

problem #12

Oct 302007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 23,567 miles
This is in regards to my 2005 Pontiac GTO. I had noticed excessive tire wear on the inside of my front tires. I then felt between the tire and the strut and there is only about 1/8" or less clearance between the strut and the tire. The front struts rub on the front tires every time the vehicle rolls over any small bump. This is causing excessive tire wear and sends shocks through the steering system when driving. I went to the dealership and was told the strut towers were flipped over help with the clearance. This was total nonsense, especially when I jacked up the car the next day and no parts had been removed from the car and the clearance between the tire and the strut was the same.

- Cameron Park, CA, USA

problem #11

Oct 112007

GTO 8-cyl

  • miles
Tire failure due to strut rub on the front end of my 2005 GTO.

- Abingdon, MD, USA

problem #10

Oct 122007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles


Tires rubbing on front struts with less than 10,000 miles on tires ive already had to replace them.

- Apple Valley, MN, USA

problem #9

Mar 232007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,541 miles
Replaced 2 right rear tires from sidewall blowout. 2005 GTO with 25000 miles, front and rear tires had inner wear. Left rear and right front were cut to the wire and were about to blow. Have pictures of the wear and of the lack of clearance between front strut and tire. Dealer towed vehicle to their shop. Replaced all tires, both rear coil springs, and aligned. Nothing was done to correct front of vehicle. When I picked up the vehicle from the dealer, I asked to see the clearance of the tires and struts on a model in stock. Clearance was less than one half inch. This is a major defect that can have serious consequences for drivers and their safety. GM should be forced to correct the issue immediately and not just keep replacing parts until the warranty is up.

- Gordon, GA, USA

problem #8

Mar 302007


  • miles
Inner tire wear on 2005 Pontiac GTO. Only 17K and inner front tires are gone.

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #7

Mar 132007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,500 miles
Cupping of in side tire.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #6

Mar 092007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,000 miles
Right front tire has excessive wear on inside. This was noticed at each tire rotation and now the vehicle has 18000 miles and is showing more wear than should be.

- Owasso, OK, USA

problem #5

Feb 102007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Three tire replacements due to tire blow outs at unsafe speeds during the past year (2006-2007). Mechanics noted rubbing of both front tires against the struts of my 2005 Pontiac GTO.

- Little River, SC, USA

problem #4

Feb 052007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,700 miles
- the contact stated that on a routine tire rotation on the 2005 Pontiac GTO with 11700 current mileage the tire shop discovered that the front struts were rubbing against the tires. And the tires were worn on the inside. The contact stated that there were no failures. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, and the problem will be repaired soon. The contact was not sure what type of strut he had, he stated that was part of the original equipment. Updated 04/05/07.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 012007


  • miles
2005 Pontiac GTO suffered a flat front driver's tire. Upon my own inspection, both front tires had severe inner wear from rubbing the struts.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 302007


  • miles
Front tires are rubbing against the inside strut. Took the car to the local dealer and they said nothing was wrong with the car. It was just out of alignment. They billed me for an alignment and I replaced the tires with new tires. Just over 18K miles. Middle and outside of tire was just fine, plenty of tread left. Inside had a groove cut into the tire and had cut the tire down to the belt.

- Claremont, NC, USA

problem #1

Sep 042006

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 24,400 miles
After reading cleveland's newsnet5 report about front tire problems on the 2004-2005 GTO, I realized I have had a similar problem. I had to replace my tires at 24,400 miles due to the right front tire being severely cut and worn on the inside tread. Since my tire tread was about half way worn, I chose to replace all instead of one, or two. I discovered the problem during a routine tire rotation, and did not see any sign of abnormal wear when I rotated them at 20,000. I immediately took the car to Firestone and had an alignment done. The right front was off slightly negative camber causing the tire to rub against the strut the clearance is very close when properly aligned. After replacing the tires with pirelli pzero M+S 245/45-17 I had the technician verify clearance with the struts, and he said you can see light meaning the clearance was close. I have logged 10,000 miles on these tires and have rotated them twice noticing very minor inside wear and slight wear indications on the struts themselves. Since I have lifetime wheel alignments with Firestone, I have had the alignment checked 4 times since then with minor camber and toe adjustments up front. My primary concern is a minor misalignment can shred a tire in 4,400 miles, or less. Thank you for your attention.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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