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Pontiac G6 Tires/Wheels

I have been leasing an '05 Pontiac G6 since 11/04. At 20,000 I need to replace my tires. This seems unreasonable to me. Does anyone have any feedback they can offer? OR can you share your experiences with a short tire life (I've read a few other complaints about this)?

Thank you,
Colleen
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  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    Waht was the reason for the wear?

    Were they worn out evenly or were the outsides worn out more or the insides or one side more than the other?

    Which tires did you have?

    If all tires were worn evenly the cause is probably a high performance sticky tire compound that gives up wear life for handling performance.

    If the centers were worn out more than the outside then over inflation and under inflation if the outsides worn more than the insides.

    If uneven wear then a possible suspension problem.
  • What was the reason for the wear?
    Not sure how to answer this.

    Were they worn out evenly or were the outsides worn out more or the insides or one side more than the other?
    They are worn evenly (front tires and back tires).

    Which tires did you have?
    Continental (the ones that came with the car?)

    So, in your opinion, is replacing my tires reasonable?

    Thank you,
    Colleen
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    20,000 is low mileage for wear out. Since they wore evenly across the tires the tires were inflated properly. Sounds like the suspensioin was also OK.

    Which tires are the Continentals? If they are the performance summer only 18's then wearout would happen faster than the others but 20,000 is still low. Since there was nothing wrong with the car the tires must have a very sticky compound. Most you can do is go to a Contintental store since, I believe, they warrant the tires. Sounds like the car was not the problem.
  • rdutcherrdutcher Posts: 3
    I have the same issue and I think it's unreasonable for tires to last only 20,000 miles, 17,350 in my case. The tires are the original Continental P225 50 R17 93V tires and they're not cheap to replace. I rotated the tires twice and the wear is even. I'm told you must have the V rated (149 mph) tires because of the suspension. Is this true? There are H rated tires in this size and they're much cheaper and last longer.
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    V rated tires are only needed if you are runing at high speeds over 130 mph. So unless you are racing, H's will be fine.

    Any tire you pick will effect the ride and handling in different ways. Most likely the tires you had were chosen and developed for handling which meant they had a sticky rubber compound. This sticky rubber will wear faster but gives you better grip/handling. So if you do downgrade to H expect a little less handling, a bit more comfort and more life.
  • sseiman1sseiman1 Posts: 1
    Hello. I own a 05 G6 GT, with the 17" Continental V speed rated tires also. I have 16,500 miles on my car, and my tires are not even 3/4 worn. I attribute that to my rotate theory. I believe the tire rotation frequency in the owners manual is not accurate. I believe the info is outdated, numbers used for the old 70,000 mile tires of the 80's. I like to rotate my tires every 2 oil changes (6000.00 miles). I am a once ASE certified auto tech, and I know a little bit about tires, since I've been certified in steering and suspension. I don't subscribe to the oil change frequency either. I've owned Oldsmobile's, and Pontiac's exclusively since I've been driving, and have never had ANY engine problems, or premature tire wear.

    Secondly, I am always amused when car owners are not aware of the components on their vehicle. With regards to the price of the 17" Contenental's. Every tire has a size, and a speed rating embossed in the sidewall, along with a treadwear rating, temperature rating, and tire ply construction. If you take all of this info into a respectable tire dealer, and price the perspective tires, you can logically deduce the amount of tire cost maintenence. This procedure also works with other maintenence items (filters, belts, hoses, brake linings), anything that is DESIGNED to wear. Just some FYI!! Try Tirerack.com on those expensive speed rated, low profiles. I had a disgruntled co-worker line my path home with nails, and had to replace a tire. Discount Tires wanted $250.00 a tire, but Tirerack had them for $130.00. Guess where I bought 'em!!!!

    I LOVE my G6 GT!! The only issue I have with mine was a noisy sunroof. Not wind noise, but self loosening attachment bolts. After 2 trips to my local dealer, I finally got the Service Manager involved. He informed his trim "tech" about Loctite thread locker, and my 3rd trip has seemingly corrected this problem. I mention this because I searched this forum, and the web, and saw that NO ONE has experienced my sunroof problem. Anyway, happy $3.00 a gallon motoring people!!! :shades:
  • http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=115593

    BTW, it seems the G6 is least likely of all cars to roll over. Hey, i guesss they really do mean sport, since a performance car is not supposed to be prone to rollovers.

    I had a disgruntled co-worker line my path home with nails, and had to replace a tire.

    OMG, i hope he is in jail for attemped murder, b/c thats what he/she did!

    I saw 2 G6's in my neighberhood today, both red sedans, one was a GTP and the other a justpurchased 4cyl. Man, it looked like the GTP was in another class of car! Good diversification i guess. GM needs to ofer the base models with leather, and meybe some better wheels.
  • I have a 2006 Pontiac G6 with 19,800 miles and Uniroyal Tigr Paw tires. The suspension will jerk you sideways over bumps and the car seems to start to loose traction at aound 55mph. The steering seems loose and the car seems to float over the set of railroad tracks I have to cross.When I stop at a fast food place in the morning, after ordering when I turn left around the building, one of my front tires squeal.I am hardly moving! What could be wrong?Thanks
  • gasman1gasman1 Posts: 321
    Suspect the tires are about worn out and a possible alignment problem. However, you need to get it to the dealer or a tire shop immediately. Jerking sideways has me puzzled. Good luck!
  • Hello,
    The jerking sideways over bumps is basically the same as when you take a stopped car and at one corner, you rock the car sideways. I assume this jerking sensation over bumps, could be the sidewalls of the tires but I want an expert opinion. I called the dealer who replaced the steering gear about the problems,and the service rep got kind of defensive. I had the alignment checked before the steering gear was replaced and everything was within limits.I am going to have the wheels balanced and the tires checked. They have plenty of tread on them yet.I also get a vibration starting at around 65mph. When going over the railroad tracks, maybe a better way to describe the sensation, is that the car feels as if it kinda floats over them.Please let me know if you have any more thoughts. Thanks
  • gasman1gasman1 Posts: 321
    Sorry... I have nothing to add. I wouldn't consider myself an expert either. Take it to a professional and please share with us.
  • I have had my Pontiac G6 for 2 years now and I am on my 3rd set of tires. And I must say that these are not cheap tires! Also, I have had my steering column replaced! This car has not been the car I hoped it would be. It has been VERY expensive to maintain and the steering column thing, $650.00 to replace the computer. It pops and make noises like an older Chevy Chevette or something. The only good thing I have found about it is it looks good. But you know, it's like mt mom always told me, looks are only skin deep. Has anyone else had trouble with the steering column?
  • Hi,

    Have had my 05 G6 for almost 3 years now and have 58,000 miles on it. Original tires lasted 50,000. Am writing you because of your comment regarding the steering column. My G6 started making a noise coming from the steering column or front wheels recently. Sounds like two metal objects that are in a bind and then release when the steering wheel is turned. Hard to describe the sound, but "cracking" might be appropriate. May be the same thing as your "poping" description. Am taking it to the pontiac dealer tomorrow. Any thoughts on your end?
  • I have the EXACT same steering column issue that you are describing with my 2006 G6. I have the 4-cyl version and it has very, very poor fuel economy. My drivers side mirror in the visor, the hinges no longer work, the remote start usually stalls instead of starting the car, the cd's in the cd player fail often. I am very disappointed in this car. I really, really wanted to like it, but I already want to sell it.

    S.
  • I logged on today to see how prevalent the stearing column issue is. I thought it was just part of the car. Another G6 owner stopped me in the parking garage this morning to see if my stearing column made the popping sound. She also indicated most every G6 owner she talked to has the same problem. Does anyone know if this is dangerous?
  • GM has a service bulletin on this. The first course of action is to re-align and tighten intermediate steering shaft but that will only last for about 4 months. The next thing is for replacement of the rack and pinion assembly which will be done under warranty if you caught it on time or if you have extended warranty plan. My advice is have the dealer replace the rack and pinion the first time. I just went through this on our 05 G6 GT. The only other problem I've had was the drivers seat was "creaking" when my 200 lbs drove the car. Had dealer replace the seat frame and this was fixed.
  • OMG! I can not believe what I am seeing. I have been trying to find out what is wrong with my 2006 G6 GT for a year now. The dealers kept telling me there was nothing and I needed to change my tire which I did after 40000miles at $125ea. I continue to hear this grinding sound (not a lot) like metal on metal rubbing breifly. But I also hear this sound as I drive like a gear shift not changing but it is not the gear. I guess I would describe it as a roaring sound as I drive from the right drivers side. Is that from the rack and pinnon? Is that a manufactors defect like the visors? My warranty has expired!
  • Until this past Monday, I thought my '06 G6 was the only one with a problem. While getting my oil changed, another owner came in to the waiting room and asked who had the G6. When I spoke up she asked how many times my steering column had been replaced. I had my steering gear replaced in January 07 and the shaft replaced in July. She was on her 3rd assembly. It's nice to know I'm not alone.
  • iran10iran10 Posts: 1
    I've had my 2007 G6 for 13 months and i have to replace the tires after only 13,800 miles! I'm really upset and disappointed because the after-market tires i bought the car with are not covered in the warranty. The dealer wants me to shell out $250 for each tire. **sigh**
  • $250 is high! WoW! I bought new Michellin tire for $125ea. Look around at your local tire places and maybe not at the dealer.
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