Review 5 of 58|
from Koons of Manassas, M
Year / Model Reviewed:
2001 Ford Focus SE
NONE - Do not purchase this model of tires under any circumstances. If you're considering a used vehicle that has this model of tire, ask the dealer to replace the tires with better ones even if you have to pay extra for it.
Flimsy appearance (quite thin-looking, especially compared to the new Dunlops installed today)
Tendency to wear out too early
Requirement for very frequent rotation (according to other reviewers)
This review concerns the factory-installed tires on the Ford Focus SE. I bought these tires (Firestone Firehawk) as part of the package on a low-mileage 2001 Ford Focus SE at the end of March, just over a month ago. From the moment I drove off the lot, I experienced a near-continuous "rattling" noise from the front. When I took the car to an independent source for a checkup, I was told that it might be the wheel bearings, which really worried me because those can be expensive to fix. However, when I took the car back to Koons today and they gave it another thorough once-over, they discovered that all four tires had become "cupped" with just over 27,000 miles on the vehicle (25,466 when I bought the car, and I had driven it for about 1600 miles since then). They replaced all four tires with new Dunlops - at no cost, thankfully, since tires are covered by the limited warranty on their used vehicles - and recommended that I rotate the tires at 6,000-mile intervals. It was when I got home and did some research that I discovered all the other complaints about this poorly-constructed tire model and its tendency to wear out early - AND the fact that Ford no longer uses Firestone tires on its vehicles due to the numerous and very serious quality issues. Had I known this earlier, I would have asked Koons to put new tires on the car right off the bat and saved unneccessary time and worry. This car is otherwise in excellent condition and has given me fine service, and I hope to get good service from it for years to come especially with the new Dunlops. It's a shame that a good vehicle like this one was saddled with such lame tires out of the factory.
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