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Pontiac Vibe Tire/Wheel Questions

PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
edited April 7 in Pontiac
Discuss your Vibe tire and wheel options and problems here.


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  • nichul37nichul37 Posts: 10
    I bought an '05 Vibe at the end of September 2004. Since then, I have put on almost 29,000 miles (140 mile a day RT commute). Because I drive so much, I am sure to have the oil changed every 3-4K and then tires rotated every 6-8K (every other oil change). I went to have the tires rotated at 27K and they told me they cannot rotate them and I needed 4 new tires. :cry: WHAT!!?? It seems crazy that I need 4 new tires when they don't even have 30K on them.

    Has anyone else come across this tire wear? :confuse:
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,341
    ...with the original Continentals, yes. They were pathetic. I switched to the H rated Firestone Dayton Daytonas. They are terrific: great treadwear and grip.
  • nichul37nichul37 Posts: 10
    Thank you. I'll take a look at those as I price shop!
  • 01le01le Posts: 18
    I'm new to this forum. I traded my 2001 Pathfinder for a 2005 base Vibe last year and I am loving my Vibe. I recently put 225-50-16 Cooper Zeon ZPT tires on the factory alloys. Wow, my vibe now handles awesome compared to the stock Gyear tires. I however lost about 1 to 1 1/2 mpg (now 28.5 - 29.2 mpg combined driving), but so well worth it for the extra handling that comes along with the wider tread footprint. I do agree with other postings about the lack of an arm rest, I find myself getting restless trying to get comfortable.
  • mikey00mikey00 Posts: 462
    Your mpg are still the same. What changed is your tire size which now makes your odometer and speedometer 3.5% less than actual mph and distance traveled. The circumference of your new tires is 80.9 compared with 78.2 for the stock size. Think about it: for every 80.9 inches traveled the speedometer/odometer thinks you only went 78.2 inches because the speedometer is calibrated for the stock size.
  • Boy, I never thought rotating tires would be such a big deal. First, it took me a while to figure out how to remove the plastic wheel cover. Now, after removing all the lugs, I cannot get the tire off!

    Is there something else that needs to be removed? What else could be holding the tire on?
  • steine13steine13 Posts: 2,409
    What else could be holding the tire on?

    Rust. I've had trouble before removing wheels off the hub... the way I did it on our van last week when I put the snow tires on was to put the lug nuts back on without tightening them, then back down the driveway and come back. That busted the rims off the hubs. Next time I'm gonna put grease between rim and hub... cheap paint works, too, from what I understand.

    Good luck,
  • I'll try your solution. Just seems odd because the wheels do "wiggle" and using a rubber mallet didn't seem to help either ........
  • I got them off! Thanks for the advice.
  • k2qok2qo Posts: 10
    Hi Gang,

    FWIW, just got my 1-yr old AWD new winter rubber. The GY RS-A's are real crap in the snow and slick as a bowling ball on ice. The new tires are Semperit Ice Grip 2's from Dunn Tire here in WNY. With so few reports on real snow tires, I'll do a mini review once we actually get some snow here again in the Buffalo, NY area.

    Best regards,
  • Hey Vibers!

    I just purchased a used 2004 AWD Vibe and am getting vibrations when I hit 60mph or more. I had the dealer balance the tires before I drove it off the lot becused it was obvious they were off and then again at a well repected dealer where I live. The dealer in my area said these tires would NOT BALANCE! Has anyone esle had this issue? Upon a little investigation I found that these tires come from WalMart (a place I do not patron).

    Wondering if I am just looking at 4 crappy quality tires? Has anyone else had balancing issues on their Vibe with other tires? (I did see a couple of posts speaking to balancing)

    Any recommendations on good quality all seasons? Anyone using the GoodYear Triple Tread?

    Many Thanks!

  • k2qok2qo Posts: 10

    Check out and you'll see that users rate the GY TT very well. Consumer Reports rates them #1. My Vibe has the original RS-A's and after 12K miles they are in perfect balance and are wearing nicely. It is hard to believe that you have a full set of tires with slipped belts or other issues, but anything is possible especially if the previous owner never maintained them.

  • Have 2006 vibe , wife had it in for service dealer lowered the air pressure from 40 lbs to 32 lbs.. what are most people running this seems low ,
  • beliverbeliver Posts: 155
    hal: geez, 40psi would rattle your teeth, rock hard ride. The stupid dealer that preped the car forgot to bleed off the extra pressure they put in the tyres when they lash them dowm on the transporter. Kinda makes you wonder what ELSE they forgot to do doesen't it ? No harm done.

  • roy15roy15 Posts: 16
    I had my 04 Vibe serviced: change oil & flush cooling, also told them to rotate tires mileage was 28,227. They came out and said we can't rotate your tires the back tires are wearing on the inside. Go to tire dealer and get 4 wheel alingment. Then he talked to me again and said we will order the shim kit, call you and do the alignment. That was 26 days and 1000 miles ago,now tires are very worn. I sent dealer an e-mail today. saw one other post Re: wear on back tires are there any more out there. So y'all say dealer won't stand behind the car?
  • Have a question for those in the know:
    What would be the performance/ safety issues with putting 205-60-R16 on the original rims [205-55-R16 now]?
    I know the diameter would increase, but by how much?
    Any & all help/ suggestions welcome.
  • With the 205-60-16 tires, the only gain would be a softer ride. You would lose some performance and safety.
    With the 205-60-16 tires, your wheel would be .4035 inches higher off the ground. Your tire diameter would be .8070 inches more than the 205-55-16 tire. That is a significant difference. I would stay with the 205-55-16.
  • I can relate. We just put new tires on our 05 Vibe at 30.1k miles. Went to rotate them at 29k & guy shows how they're all worn out. The OEM Goodyear Eagle tire they put on them new is crap, with only 240 treadwear.
    We just put 4 Kumho Solus KH16's (440 treadwear) on it & they sound & ride great; Were well recommended by consumer reports last issue, also. Got them thru for $65 ea + S&H. Will get lifetime allignment for $99 & rotate every 6k miles. These we expect to hit 75-80k miles with.
  • I just purchased Enkei wheels and two new tires. The new tires are BFG tires that were highly rated performance tires. Since I made the change to the new tires and wheels my car rides really rough. It is an 05 automatic Vibe. Anyone else have any experience with anything like this? I swear my car randomly pulls to the left/right but it is not continuous so it is really confusing. Help.
  • jaegsjaegs Posts: 1
    I have a 2005 Vibe and noticed after about 8500 miles that there was a vibration when braking, even at slow speeds (25MPH). I took it in to the dealer to have them check the brakes, and they said it was a cupping problem with the front tires and so was not covered under warranty. The back tires were still perfect. I asked what could be causing the cupping, that it didn't seem normal, and all I got was a shrug. They rotated the tires and the vibration stopped, and I'm waiting to see if the front tires again develop the cupping. I need to do something before the warranty runs out in December. I've read on the forum about bushings or bearings that need to be replaced, but don't know how to express the concerns to the dealer.
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