Hello all...just purchased an '09 Bu 2 LT....it seems to have a vibration, dealer just rotated the tires and balanced them...I also get a swoosh type sound at low speed...wondering if this Is tire related...I asked about he transmission, but dealer said that was not the cause....
It has Firestone's and I was wondering if these are OEM and your thoughts about these tires...I have always favored Goodyear and lately Falken's...has anyone had problems with the Firestone tires?
Your comments are appreciated- thanks
I would bet it isn't your tires. Malibus are known to have odd vibrations, that are not the tires. Firestone and Goodyear are not as highy rated as they once were. But they do still make some good tires. Unfortunatley none of those come on the Malibu.
I can't answer whether you problem is tires or not but I bough my Malibu with 18000 miles on it and the noise and vibration from the tires was horrible.
I bought the car from the dealer I work for and I had them balance all the tires and try moving them around to different positions but nothing helped.
Because I bought the car wholesale, I went and had michelin primacy tires installed and after 2,000 miles with the michelins, I have no regrets.
I'm not the type of person who is brand loyal but I won't buy firestone tires.
2011 Malibu 2LT platinum in gold mist
Never had problems with anything but Goodyears (refuse to buy them and any tire made by them) and Sears tires. I usually buy Bridgestones (OEM on my '06 and purchased the same when they needed replaced) or Uniroyal Tiger Paws. My current truck has General Tires and while they make decent mileage and are great on dry pavement, are absolutely horrible on wet or winter weather roads.
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The OEM Firestone (FR710s I believe) are actually not a bad tire. They are low rolling resistance and wear very well.
Yes, they are an excellent spring/summer/fall tire. Absolutely a miserable tire to drive in snow. No traction at all. When I bought my Bu the dealer included a Tires for Life program if I got my maintenance done there. So I have been getting my oil changes and wheel alignments done there. Damned tires are wearing like they may never wear out. At 3.5 years and 26K miles they look like they have at least another 15 to 20K miles in them yet. The way I drive I usually get much less tire mileage than that. Looks like I will have to pop for a set of wheels and snow tires for next winter which will make the Firestones last even longer.
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