NHTSA — Suspension: Front Problems

2005 Pontiac GTO (Page 1 of 3)


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 1 of 3)

problem #46

May 072010


  • 60,000 miles


The factory installed tires on my 2005 Pontiac GTO rub against the strut mounts causing excessive wear on the inside lip of the tire. I have replaced two sets of tires with only 15,000 miles on each set. My father was driving the vehicle when the most recent set of tires caused erratic steering conditions. He was not injured, but the rubber on the tires was so severely damaged from rubbing on the strut mounts that the rubber was separated from the steel belt. This rubbing could potentially cause a blowout which would be very dangerous at the high speeds the GTO is capable of. There is a class action lawsuit in California currently on this issue. I just want GM to notify GTO owners of this problem, even if they are unwilling to pony up the cash to fix their own engineering blunder.

- Dundee, MI, USA

problem #45

May 032010


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac GTO. The contact stated that while driving at 55 mph, he heard a noise from the passenger side fender. He pulled over and noticed that the front passenger side tire had been rubbing against the strut. The contact replaced the tire but the same tire blew out while driving at 60 mph. While changing the tire, the contact noticed that the rear passenger tire had burn marks on the inside wall. The vehicle had not been inspected at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 30,000. Updated 10/27/10.

- Montana, CA, USA

problem #44

May 152010

GTO 8-cyl

  • 27,000 miles
I bought a 2005 GTO and with only 27,000 miles the stock front tires are rubbing on the front strut bracket. I was told by a shop not to drive it as the tires are close to a blowout. Five minutes on the internet reveals this is a very common problem that has caused many accidents.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #43

Feb 282010

GTO 8-cyl

  • 24,000 miles


This is a daily problem with the 2005 Pontiac GTO having its both front tires rub against the inside shocks during driving. The tire installed ni the car are exactly what is recommended. I am not the only one facing this issue. All the other owners have the same issue. This could result in an accident as the tire rub increases during a turn or braking. Constant rub could lead to tire damage and burat during highway driving. I have all the tires aligned rotated and balanced also. The problem does not get resolve, Pontiac serviceman say it is a fault in the car..

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #42

Feb 262010


  • 21,500 miles
My 2005 Pontiac GTO has issues with the struts causing my tires to wear on the inside and jerks really bad upon applying the brakes causing the steering wheel to shake as well. This is scary at times and GM needs to be investigated for this vehicle. I have put 4 sets of tires on the car, this is ridiculous and not safe. I fear I will have a blowout due to the inside tire wearing on the struts. This is very dangerous.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #41

Jul 062009


  • 27,000 miles
2005 Pontiac GTO from struts rubbing on tire, causing a blowout and almost complete loss of control.

- Walnut, IA, USA

problem #40

Nov 112008


  • 21,000 miles


I have a 2005 Pontiac GTO. The problem exist in the front suspension of the vehicle. The problem occurs when the front ire rubs against the strut tower causing the inner wall of the tire to erode, exposing the steel in the tire which will lead to a massive blowout in the tire. There is a flaw in the design. I had an extensive debate with the service guy at a local GM dealership about this, my two other GM cars I own have gone a year maybe even 2 without an alignment and neither one of them ate the tires off the car! this posses a safety hazard to me and anyone else on the road if that tire blows. Thank god I noticed the steel showing on my tire only cause I backed in and the wheels were turned out. The problem is because oem parts in the suspension have failed and need to be replaced. This failure means that your front end will not hold a proper alignment regardless....resulting in strut rub. I spent over $900 in parts and labor getting this fixed when the manufacturer should have taken care of this. This has happened to thousands of GTO's and nothing has been done about it. My tire would have blown if I would not have noticed it, imagine that occurring on the freeway, recipe for disaster.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #39

Feb 102009


  • 16,000 miles
Strut rub on Pontiac GTO 2005. Noticed steering wheel vibrating and sent the car to have an alignment. The technician doing the alignment then had me come into the shop and look at the right front end and there was a 1/4 inch grove dug into the inside of the tire due to rubbing the welds on the strut. Only way recommended to repair is to but a $1400 suspension rebuild kit from an aftermarket parts distributor. The technician then checked service bulletins and recall notices for the car and found that GM is saying its wear and tear so they won't be held responsible for the damages nor the repairing of the vehicle. In research for the fixing of the problem found that many other owners of GTO's are having the same problem. As for the consequences..... the tire will be grooved so bad that going down the highway at any speeds or hitting the smallest of potholes in the road will result in a blow out and lead to having no control of the vehicle afterwards. So could result in death or serious injury!!!

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #38

May 172008


  • 28,000 miles
Just checking the tires notice the tire wear on the inside so took the tire out and notice that the front strut had a shine part to it that indicates that the front tires were rubbing and cause the two front tires to wear out with the wires coming out did some research and find out that I wasn't the only one with this issue since the dealer wont help I replace the front tires and in the process to also replace struts and tie rods which it seems to be the problems for every GTO owners that I contact with the 17 inch wheels.

- Levittown, PA, USA

problem #37

Jul 012007


  • 14,000 miles
05 Pontiac GTO with bad strut bushings, horrible factory alignment, etc to cause my tires to rub the front struts. I almost had a blow out. I first complained to the dealer about the issue of the inside of the front tire wearing. They suggested an alignment for $80+. I refused. I personally removed the front wheels later to discover the tires were indeed rubbing (why couldn't the dealer see this? they are trained mechanics). They replaced tires and performed the alignment once again under warranty. My tires are not cupping on the outside. I think the dealer solved the strut rubbing problem by creating another problem...

- Clewiston, FL, USA

problem #36

Aug 292008


  • 20,000 miles


My 2005 Pontiac GTO front tires were cut on the inboard side due to rubbing on the front struts. The car only has 20,000 miles and has the factory installed rims and tires. The left front tire blew out at high speed causing me to almost lose control of vehicle. At that time I noticed the other tire rubbing on the strut as well.

- Avon, CT, USA

problem #35

Sep 052008


  • 13,987 miles
2005 Pontiac GTO with 18" performance tire/wheel package. Premature suspension bushing wear causing premature tire wear and alignment issues in only 14,000 miles. Tires are completely worn out on the inner edge in 14,000 miles. Fortunately, I caught this before their was a blow out of a steering axle tire which could have caused a loss of vehicle control and possibly a mva. Even though this is a widely known problem GM has not addressed it and the dealership is unresponsive. Fortunately this vehicle has the 18" tire package or the tire side wall would be rubbing on the strut as they do on the vehicles with the "standard" 17" tire/wheel package.

- Leroy, IL, USA

problem #34

Jul 212008


  • 20,000 miles
Have had to replace the front tires twice now. The first time the tires were showing the metal cords on the inside next to the struts. The second time the car has had two blow outs, again the front tires (which were newer tires, replaced after the first set wore). Car only has 30000 miles. Back tires are still original with plenty of tread left on them.

- Nixa, MO, USA

problem #33

Jul 062008


  • 12,000 miles
I have a 2005 Pontiac GTO with the strut rub issue. I have already been through 3 sets of tires. The dealership has done nothing to correct the problem. They keep blaming it on the fact that my car is out of alignment. I have to replace two more this weekend if I can afford it. They already have holes in them. I just replaced them about 5 months ago or so.

- Eddy Texas, TX, USA

problem #32

Jul 042008


  • 24,959 miles
I had a blowout on my right front passenger side tire that was caused by the tire wearing down to the cord and beyond in a 3 inch band on the inside. I believe it was rubbing up against the strut and has to have been for some time for that much damage to occur. My cr is completely stock, down to the tires. This just happened an hour ago, and it is July 4T so that will have to wait. But at the very least I will have to buy a new tire. Who knows if it is happening in the other wheel wells, I will find out when I take it in.

- White Lake, MI, USA

problem #31

May 252006

GTO 8-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
Purchased vehicle March 2006 from dealer (vehicle was approx. 1 year old). Front right tire blown with 10,000 miles on vehicle during highway travel; cause unknown; no foreign objects found within tire. 37,000 miles; discovered uneven wear with both front tire inner halves -possible "tire/ strut rub".

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #30

Apr 072008

GTO 8-cyl

  • 19,000 miles
My 2005 Pontiac GTO has a tire wear problem. Luckily my tire failed while parked in the driveway. When I removed the flat tire I observed the inner edge of the tread had been worn completely through to the metal cord of the tire. I inspected the other tires and found that all four tires had inner edge wear. The rear tires must have been rotated from the front to back, as I understand this is a wear problem on the front tires. The tires rub against the strut causing the damage. My car has 19,00 miles and all four tires need replacement.

- Stoughton, MA, USA

problem #29

Jan 102008

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,400 miles
Pontiac GTO tire/strut rub problem.

- Independence, OH, USA

problem #28

Jul 212007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,904 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac GTO. The contact stated that the tires are leaning against the struts of the vehicle. He noticed that all four tires were completely bald and were wearing unevenly in the innerside. The vehicle will be taken in for inspection on August 21, 2007. No tire information was provided. The current and failure mileages were 15,904.

- Inez, TX, USA

problem #27

Aug 012005

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 3,000 miles
Front tires rubbing against the struts.

- Martinsville, IN, USA

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