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posted October 02, 2000 12:06 AM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I purchased 4 new FT70c for my 86 Buick Station Wagon because they were (at the time) so highly rated. I replaced both struts and shocks at same time. I was unhappy with the tires from the beginning because I feel every pebble in the road.

The tire dealer added 5 pounds more air and test drove it and said it felt great, but they do not compare to my four year old Michelins on my 86 Olds.

The tire dealer then said it was because my new struts hadn't broken in. The ride becomes rough on less than perfect highways at speeds above 60 mph.

Due to the recent Firestone problems, Im wondering...has anyone else experienced problems with these tires? I am hitting myself over the head for not buying Michelins, but I was impressed with the technology of these tires and the 70,000 mile treadware guarantee...

help please?

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posted October 03, 2000 11:28 AM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Firestone tires have a 30 money back guarantee.
If it has been less that that take them back if you are not happy with them.
If you go to a dealer that has firestone and michelin, I am sure they will exchange them.

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posted October 04, 2000 05:44 AM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I think your trouble is with you new struts and shocks and not the tires. First thing adding air to a tire makes it ride harsher because the tire is harder, so why the dealer added air I don't know but it doesn't make any sense. The FT70 is just a normal all season tire and should have a soft ride. The construction of this tire shows this, it has polyester body and no belt caps. Maybe your struts and shocks were heavy duty? Or maybe they are just a lot stiffer that what you were used to. Second thing, struts don't really break in they wear out. When a dealer tellsa you that something has to break in what he is really saying is that you have to become accustom to the feeling and stop noticeing a difference. If its possible switch tires on your two cars, looks loke their both the same. That way you can see if the Michelins improve the ride.

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