fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,500 miles

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problem #4

Apr 042006

A6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
All four of my Continental 205/55-16 touring contacts tires have large similar bulges in the sidewall tires are obviously flawed and need replacement I want Continental to know this a serious and recurring problem that other people have made complaints about.

- St. Louis Park, MN, USA

problem #3

Aug 122004

A6 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
Tire failure; pirelli P6000 tires 255/40/17/zr; four failures in 3 years; the inside wall splits causing a flat; in the latest, the inside wall is so severely cracked, that the rubber is pulling away from the tire; tires are 10 months old, less than 15,000 miles; manufacturer refuses to acknowledge problem.

- Wilmette, IL, USA

problem #2

Apr 282003

A6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
Two separate tire failures from same brand/type of original equipment tires, first: January 22, 2003, second: April 28, 2003 both were sidewall blowouts. The first, on the right front wheel in January 2001, did not pose a safety hazard as it occurred while the car was parked in a garage. However, the 2nd, only three months after the first, occurred on a different wheel (right rear) at 60 mph in the middle lane of a congested portion of I-95 near milford, ct. The latter clearly posed a very serious safety hazard to us, and to all other vehicles on this heavily-trafficked interstate. I did not report the first blowout, believing that perhaps I had hit something on the road. But the second blowout of same brand/vintage tire, this time on rear right side, indicates a likely safety defect in this expensive Michelin tire.

- Larchmont, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 011999

A6 4WD

  • miles
I have had this car for only slightly more than 6 months, and have had no collisions or other unusual impacts to tires. After only 800 miles of service, my right front tire developed a bulging knot in the sidewall. Dealer inspected the tire and could find no indication of "impact" injury so tire was replaced under warranty, as vehicle was only 2 weeks old. Now I have discovered 3 more of the tires (lf, rf & rr) have developed similar bulging knots in the sidewall, one of which is the tire that was replaced by the dealer at 800 miles. I drive only on paved city streets, and have never experienced tire failures of this type on any other vehicle that I have owned, so I do not believe that this condition is due to driving conditions.( dot number: Dmce22D tire size: 255/40zr17 )

- Dallas, TX, USA