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Check your Touring Tires?

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I've never been very happy that mine came with Firestone tires. After purchase I noticed which model, FR710. This vehicle supposedly went through a total redesign maybe a year earlier. Did they design it around a 10 year old tire was my thought.
Just past breakin, 500 miles, I traveled about 130 miles on I-95 and became quite unhappy with handling. Major point is play in steering, still unresolved, but feel a better tire would help overall with handling, ride, and noise. I've voiced that opinion to dealer as well. I've even checked on some new tires, but also had nagging feeling that I've finally figured out.
My window sticker, just below the wheels on vehicle, clearly states "touring tires". Firestone FR710 are NOT "Touring Tires".

I've checked the Firestone/Bridgestone website and other sellers of this tire and it shows up as "passenger tire, all-season". It is definitely not listed as a touring tire of any type.
I also learned that in the size needed there are few touring tires available.
One of the few available unless you wish to go to a much higher speed rating is the Michelin Primacy MXV4, grand touring all season.

Did GM think no one would notice that the tires they installed did not meet the window sticker?
I suspect GM owes many of us a new set of tires.
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The Hankooks on my 2009 Malibu (company) car are noticeably better than the Firerocks that were on a rental Malibu I had for a time. However, if the car were mine and I wanted a really nice tire, I wouldn't hesitate to put the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S on it. I have them on my other car and simply love the smooth quiet ride with amazing traction and long life. I have 60,000 miles on a set right now, and they're just beginning to show signs of not being as sticky as new. Of course, the car itself also has 60,000 more miles on it so that is a factor in the decreased ride quality too.
Thanks for the thought. And it is great if none of you are having problems like mine. Amen.

I will try to keep posted of updates or changes.
I simply cannot imagine a car that's as bad as you describe is not getting diagnosed by a competent service facility. Have you ever brought it to a different dealer? Have you driven a different Malibu and can say definitively that yours is uniquely bad?

I get the feeling that there's some underlying issues that have you wanting this car to go, and any tiny little annoyance is becoming a major reason to get rid of the paym.....errr, I mean car. . ;)
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