4.1

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,405 miles

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problem #5

Sep 082017

Passat

  • 79,000 miles
Primewell valera touring II 215/55R 17 tires. The tires after 5000 miles have developed a roaring sound and the sidewalls are cracked. The roaring has become so loud I had the wheel bearings replaced because of the noise. The noise is in fact coming from the tires. The tires were bought by the dealer we purchased the car from. In fact, it was part of the deal that the car had new tires put on. Because of this fact, the tires are not under warranty. I took the car to my local Firestone dealer, they have primewell tires made exclusively for them. The dealer was nice enough and told me about the recall for the tires, but my specific size was not listed under the recall. The next size up and down were listed, but not our specific size. He did offer a discount on a new set of tires though. He honestly tried to help us out. Before I spent an additional $500 plus dollars I called Firestone corporate. After stating my case, he said there was absolutely nothing he could do. I asked him if he would let his wife drive a car with cracked sidewall tires, he commented if it was his car, he would get them replaced, but he offered absolutely no help to do so and was unapologetic to say the least. I expect more from Firestone / Bridgestone. You would think after all the bad press from the Ford Explorer tire incident they would back there products up better, or at least offer a product that lasts longer than 5000 miles. Please be aware before buying there products, I know I never will again!

- Panama City , FL, USA

problem #4

Jul 282015

Passat

  • 16,500 miles
Continental tire type 235/45/R18. I had a side wall blowout on I-95 while driving at a speed of 65mph. The tires came on a 2013 VW Passat tdi sel. The dealer in hyannis, MA where I purchased the vehicle said that it must have been something that I did. The tires had 16,500 miles in them with a tread wear of 2/32 (almost brand new). The dealer also said that they were not responsible for the tires that come on their vehicles. This website has numerous posts having to do with Continental tire side wall blowouts. I believe this to be a potentially serious issue.

- Ma, MA, USA

problem #3

Jul 282015

Passat

  • 16,500 miles
Continental tire type 235/45/R18. I had a side wall blowout on I-95 while driving at a speed of 65mph. The tires came on a 2013 VW Passat tdi sel. The dealer in hyannis, MA where I purchased the vehicle said that it must have been something that I did. The tires had 16,500 miles in them with a tread wear of 2/32 (almost brand new). The dealer also said that they were not responsible for the tires that come on their vehicles. This website has numerous posts having to do with Continental tire side wall blowouts. I believe this to be a potentially serious issue.

- Ma, MA, USA

problem #2

Sep 272014

Passat 5-cyl

  • 10,300 miles
On Sept. 27, 2014 during a pre-long trip safety check, auto mechanic noticed unusual bulge on rear left tire. I called manufacturer customer service number.and was directed to my nearest authorized tire dealer.who found possible defect and ordered a replacement tire under warranty. Tire dot A35M 3wl 1113. Continental procontact 215/60R16 claim # [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #1

Jul 132014

Passat

  • 19,727 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Volkswagen Passat. The vehicle is equipped with hankook optimo H426 tires, size 215/55R17 (na). The contact stated that the tire pressure monitoring system indicator illuminated and there was a bubble in the sidewall of the front driver side tire. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate tire and vehicle failure mileage was 19,727.

- West Babaylon, NY, USA