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#30 of 56 Re: Pontiac Vibe Tire/Wheel Questions [shelaroo]
Mar 11, 2008 (4:31 pm)
Ours is a 2005 and it's 44psi. All are different. Ours is a manual. They don't make them after 2007. We also have BFG tires. I don't like them, they keep going flat. This has been the only car I've had that picks up things or the tires loose air pressure. We talked to a tire guy and he made the suggestion 205 R 60's instead of 205 R55's. They would be slightly narrower, 1/4 of an inch taller but narrower. Because you will be traveling at a higher rate of speed than your spedometer would register, you just need to keep that in mind. If you were traveling 65, you would be doing about 67. Not that much. I would rather do that. He also recommended a better tire. If you go to a good tire guy, he should also be able to help you.
#31 of 56 2009 Vibe GT speedometer
Jul 28, 2008 (9:45 am)
Interesting, that changing tires creates such a significant speedo/odo difference. My new GT came with low-profile tires, and my speedo reads 4-5 mph fast at freeway speed. I see 65 on my speedometer when I'm actually traveling at 60. This is per three different tests: driving behind my husband as he goes 65; looking at my Tom Tom; and readings from two different dealerships.
Shouldn't the manufacturer have the instruments calibrated to match the tires their vehicles come with? And can this be fixed? It's a little distracting, trying to figure how fast I'm actually driving, when the dial could be off by only 2 at 35 mph or off by 6 or 7 if I'm going over 65.
#32 of 56 Re: 2009 Vibe GT speedometer [tunedup]
Aug 07, 2008 (12:13 pm)
Actually Honda got sued on the odometer shows more mile, not reflecting the actual mile. If the odo. reached 36,001 miles (new car warranty expired), while the actual mile is 33,001 miles (still under warranty) .... in your case, your odo. probably shows 65,000 miles while you actually drove 60,000 miles ... yours 2009 is new car, tire measurement should be spec. of OEM.
#33 of 56 LOW PROFILE TIRES ON '09 VIBE GT
Aug 14, 2008 (5:29 pm)
DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THESE TIRES CAN BE REPLACED WITH REGULAR TIRES? THE RIMS ARE 18", AND THE RIDE IS VERY ROUGH.
#34 of 56 Re: LOW PROFILE TIRES ON '09 VIBE GT [crimar30]
Aug 15, 2008 (9:36 am)
I have the same tires and my ride is great. I wonder if it's something else. How's your speedometer, by the way? Mine's off by 5 mph at freeway speed.
#35 of 56 Re: LOW PROFILE TIRES ON '09 VIBE GT [tunedup]
Aug 15, 2008 (11:42 am)
What's the tire pressure in yours? Haven't noticed any error in the speedometer.
#36 of 56 Re: LOW PROFILE TIRES ON '09 VIBE GT [crimar30]
Aug 17, 2008 (6:46 pm)
Unfortunately I can't tell you right now. My new baby is in the shop. I let my teenager drive it... well, that's parenting. It won't be back for a few weeks. Try not to back into anything, the rear is apparently not well protected.
#37 of 56 Re: Uneven tire wear [catasail] Update [catasail]
Sep 04, 2008 (12:59 pm)
We have a 2003 Vibe. At about 8000 miles I started hearing what I thought was a bad wheel bearing in the rear axle. The Pontiac dealer was upset with us for not rotating the tires at 6,000 miles. He rotated them. This left two noisy front tires and in a short time the back tires were also noisy. We put up with the noise for a couple of years, bought a set of new tires at 27,000 miles. The Pontiac dealer and our tire dealer said we had two bent rims. We spent $180 for new rims for the back tires. After I got the rims home I checked them and they were ok, but the new rims were worse than the old ones. The new tires were not working. The tire dealer then recommended we go to 80,000 mile Michelin tires. Paid $500 for them at 38,000 miles. Been rotating them regularly. Recently noticed the noise from the back tires again. We took the Vibe to our tire dealer and had the wheels rotated. The noise then moved to the front tires. I returned to the tire dealer and had them rotated back. No sense ruining 4 tires. The rear tires are getting chewed up. We also have replaced the rear wheel bearing.
#38 of 56 Re: Uneven tire wear [catasail] Update [catasail] [vgene]
Sep 09, 2008 (8:47 am)
I think you will find that the alignment is off. It cost about 300 to align this car. Ther is no adjustment other than taking the rear apart and putting shims in it and then checking it again after they put it back together. My dealer had to do it three times. They hate these cars. I talked many times with Pontiac and they said it is not part of the warranty in my case even with only 22,000. After the last conversation with them I told them this would be my last Pontiac. I realize that it really is a Toyota, but Pontiac should have taken care of the problem. I have about 31000 on our Michelins and it does seem fine so far.
#39 of 56 Re: 2004 Vibe Tires Not Balancing - Douglas Performance GT-H [antonio]
Nov 19, 2008 (12:20 pm)
wow! my car did the same thing. i have a 2003 vibe and got new tires in 2004. now the steering wheel vibrates at 60 mph!