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Old 08-02-2000, 04:18 PM   #1
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Post Bridgestone tires unsafe, USA Today, today

Has this been posted?

Front page of the USA Today, I only read a few paragraphs and had to run so I didn't get the whole story.

Something about how some Bridgestone/Firestone tires that have been OEM tires for 10 years are totally unsafe, and people are actually dying from them!

They are quoted as saying these tires are OEM on some Subarus also, but I didn't catch the model number of the tires, or which line of cars.

Can someone post the entire story here if its relevant?
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Old 08-02-2000, 04:20 PM   #2
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again my apologies if its been posted, but here is the link:
http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/2...2/2511230s.htm
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Old 08-02-2000, 04:21 PM   #3
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Argh, triple post! It looks like this is sort of O/T, because it says "Subaru Outback" and its not about the wonderful Potenzas we love to drive on. Oops!
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Old 08-02-2000, 04:21 PM   #4
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hahahahah
Alex you hear that?
KUMHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS BABY!!!!!!!
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Old 08-02-2000, 04:26 PM   #5
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It mostly effects SUV's and pickups.
The only Subaru effected is the Outback.

The tread gives away and peels off at speeds as low as 20 mph with as little as 2000 miles on them.

It's the Bridgestone "Wilderness" series....I'm assuming it's some kind of off-road SUV tire with knobby tread.

It probably happened to those SUV owners who are driving at 95 mph on the freeway. The same retards who think they can out corner you on the on-ramps... ha-ha-ha!

If you want to drive hard on pavement get a sports car!
If you bought into the "image", then get the f*** back on the trails where you belong and quit being a "hero" on the roads!

Nuff Said...

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Old 08-02-2000, 04:26 PM   #6
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Kumho's standard on a Subaru maybe? Has anyone thought about talking to dealers and see if they're interested in selling Kumho's or another tire as an upgrade to the initial purchase of an Impreza? I wonder if any dealer is doing it, I bitch every time I go to my dealer's and still see the lovely Impotenza's on the cars in the lot.

One salesman actually saw me looking at it aghast and he comes up and says "Yeah, great racing tires, huh?" Of course, I did tell him that my 1" wide bike tires are better tires.
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Old 08-02-2000, 04:41 PM   #7
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I know its Firestone Wilderness, ATX, and ATX II tires. They are on Ford SUVs, mainly Explorers.

One other thing its not funny, lots of people have died using these tires, they counted 30 deaths so far and probably more. Its not funny when someone does when its not even their fault. So dont even laugh about that kind of stuff.

Even though their is a recall going on right now, Ford and Firestone are saying nothing is wrong with the tires.

-Raul
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Old 08-02-2000, 04:43 PM   #8
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Why doesn't Subaru get the 940s on the Impreza? I just don't get why they'd spend so much on such an impotent tire...
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Old 08-02-2000, 04:50 PM   #9
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I thought the Outbacks used Michelin tires, no?
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Old 08-02-2000, 04:50 PM   #10
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Hey Overtime, 940's are z rated and z rated tires do not come with a warranty, and most people like warranties. Also, car companies get fat discounts for those tires. That's why you see them on so many cars.
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Old 08-02-2000, 05:32 PM   #11
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Our Outback has Michelin tires on it, although I think I have seen the Wilderness tires on some Foresters.
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Old 08-02-2000, 07:45 PM   #12
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I agree that it is sad that so many people died because of the tires, but what is the speed rating of the tires that they are using?? lots of people i see with explorers go blasting by me at 80-90 mph and drive like 'king heroes in the twisties, their poor tortured tires wailing, that can't be safe either..
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Old 08-02-2000, 09:57 PM   #13
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I belive that L/T tires are rated for 86 mph, as are most other tires in that size range. LAtely T and S are becoming the lowest speedratings found and I think those are both north of 100MPH but I could be wrong.

Oh and BTW the Explorer isn't that bad at 85-90 as long as you know what you are doing and slow down for certain corners. Don't mind me if I avoid taking them north of 100 though.

AS to the Firestones, the tread comming off could no tbe that big of a deal as those tires have NO grip at all. They are a tall version of what Subaru puts on the 2.5RS (complete crap),but has slightly less response, and grip for a bit better ride over those little dots on the road.
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Old 08-03-2000, 07:11 AM   #14
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Y2K Outbacks come with the Friestone Wilderness, pevious Outbacks had Michelin XW4.

Forester Ls have Bridgestone Duelers and S models have Yokohama Geolanders.
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