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#1 of 56 Pontiac Vibe Tire/Wheel Questions
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Oct 16, 2006 (10:44 am)
Discuss your Vibe tire and wheel options and problems here.
#2 of 56 Plus 1 tires.....
Sep 24, 2005 (10:36 am)
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.
#3 of 56 Re: Plus 1 tires..... [01le]
Sep 24, 2005 (4:53 pm)
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.
#4 of 56 2004 Vibe Tires Not Balancing - Douglas Performance GT-H
Dec 29, 2005 (8:14 am)
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?
#5 of 56 Re: 2004 Vibe Tires Not Balancing - Douglas Performance GT-H [antonio]
Dec 29, 2005 (10:16 am)
Check out TireRack.com 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.
#6 of 56 Removing tires
Nov 19, 2005 (11:49 am)
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?
#7 of 56 Re: Removing tires [novascotia]
Nov 19, 2005 (12:03 pm)
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.
#8 of 56 Re: Removing tires [steine13]
Nov 19, 2005 (12:20 pm)
I'll try your solution. Just seems odd because the wheels do "wiggle" and using a rubber mallet didn't seem to help either ........
#9 of 56 Re: Removing tires [novascotia]
Nov 19, 2005 (2:03 pm)
I got them off! Thanks for the advice.
#10 of 56 New Snow Tires, Real Report Later
Dec 27, 2005 (9:06 am)
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.