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#4585213 - 11/26/17 07:27 AM Firestone observation
skyactiv Offline

Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 4389
Loc: The Midwest
I never hear of anyone buying Firestone tires and it's rare when I spot them on a vehicle anymore. I realize Bridgestone owns them, but the Firestone brand
seems to have declined quite a bit over the years.
Wife: 15' Audi A4 quattro 6 speed manual
Me: 13' VW GTI 3 door 6 speed manual

#4585216 - 11/26/17 07:29 AM Re: Firestone observation [Re: skyactiv]
eljefino Offline

Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32628
Loc: ME
Legacy product.

#4585219 - 11/26/17 07:30 AM Re: Firestone observation [Re: skyactiv]
Alex_V Offline

Registered: 04/10/16
Posts: 1155
Loc: Campbellsville, KY
I don't see that many on cars but plenty on trucks, including both of mine.
I like Chevy and Valvoline.

'13 Cruze, 1.4T, 112K
'85 GMC C3500, 454, 130K
'82 Mercedes 300CD, OM617 turbo, 167K
'67 Suburban, 350, 331K

#4585236 - 11/26/17 07:39 AM Re: Firestone observation [Re: skyactiv]
mjk Offline

Registered: 02/15/11
Posts: 1233
Loc: Wishin' I was in Wi
I see a fair amount of Firestone Destinations on vehicles here. I have them on my Tahoe, been good thus far.

#4585258 - 11/26/17 08:03 AM Re: Firestone observation [Re: skyactiv]
Bottom_Feeder Offline

Registered: 12/07/08
Posts: 3004
Loc: Occupied Virginia
They are OE on many Civics and Accords.

#4585275 - 11/26/17 08:20 AM Re: Firestone observation [Re: skyactiv]
Mackelroy Offline

Registered: 12/03/04
Posts: 1006
Loc: Florida /Texas
My wifes rav 4 ran two sets of Bridgestone, and presently on firestone, all bought from Firestone.

for me firestone is fairly convenient , for tire repair and tire purchase. Lots of firestones around in my area, and in the state, for flat repair.

Have no loyalty for firestone, more of a convenience thing.

#4585276 - 11/26/17 08:20 AM Re: Firestone observation [Re: skyactiv]
rooflessVW Offline

Registered: 12/24/11
Posts: 4018
Loc: North Carolina
I'm itching to try the new Firehawk Indy 500. Seems like a great tire at a decent price.
"Zed's dead baby, Zed's dead."

#4585296 - 11/26/17 08:50 AM Re: Firestone observation [Re: rooflessVW]
khittner Offline

Registered: 07/13/12
Posts: 300
Loc: Michigan
I just bought a set of Destination LE2s for my old Dakota pickup on Friday. DT doesn’t normally stock them, but could get them for me w/in two days. With the Black Friday rebates, and a credit on the Goodriches that only made it 46K out of the 60K warranted, the Firestones were $330 for the set, mounted, lifetime balanced & rotated, with DT’s “certificates”/insurance. My Dakota still has 15” wheels, so all tire options are pretty cheap. I see these as OE tires on lots of new Jeeps (not that that is a ringing endorsement) but they’re warranted for 60K too, and, with the low annual mileage I put on the truck, a set of Michelin’s would probably age out of DT’s willingness to service them.

#4585308 - 11/26/17 09:07 AM Re: Firestone observation [Re: skyactiv]
RedOakRanch Offline

Registered: 11/10/13
Posts: 846
Loc: Central Coast California
Firestone never came back from the Ford Explorer low pressure roll over issue.
1994 Ford Crown Vic 206k-Frankenbrew 0w20,30,40!
2005 Chevy 1500 Crewcab 4X4 178k-BC 0w30 $2/qt
2016 Outback 2.5 Limited 56k-M1 EP 0w20 $2/qt

#4585327 - 11/26/17 09:26 AM Re: Firestone observation [Re: skyactiv]
Urshurak776 Offline

Registered: 08/21/12
Posts: 445
Loc: North Carolina
I put Firestone Affinity tires on my wifes Santa Fe. After about 20K, they have a vibration. Rotated them, re-balanced them and it was better, but still there. I would not buy again. They were fairly inexpensive so I guess you get what you pay for.
2012 Hyundai Santa Fe, 125,000 miles, Supertech Full Syn high mileage 5W-30, Auto7 Filter.
2014 Kia Rio, 80,000 miles, Havoline Pro DS Syn 5W-30, WIX Filter

#4585330 - 11/26/17 09:29 AM Re: Firestone observation [Re: skyactiv]
4WD Offline

Registered: 09/21/10
Posts: 6351
Loc: Texas
I like the A/T ~ both on/off the road = pretty short runs in the mud … back in my waterfowl days I’d of had something more aggressive though:

#4585358 - 11/26/17 09:51 AM Re: Firestone observation [Re: skyactiv]
HangFire Offline

Registered: 08/21/13
Posts: 2506
Loc: Central Maryland
It probably something to do with all those people in Explorers dying, and Ford helping to cover it up with non-disclosure agreements on every lame cash settlement.

Or maybe it has to do with the Decatur IL plant making bad rubber for decades, leading to... people dying on sudden sidewall ruptures.

I know that's all pre-Bridgestone, but some people actually try to defend this awful company, or deny the obvious, that all this actually did happen.

My family had one of those infamous Firestone sidewall blowouts at 55MPH on a highway. I shudder to think what would have happened if my Mom was behind the wheel, and not my Brother who wrestled that car back into control like a Boss. Entire sidewall blown out. All 3 other tires perfectly fine. Car meticulously maintained including regular tire pressure checks. No leaks leading up to blowout.

But people still excuse, deny, and lie that all this never happened.
Various musings:

#4585362 - 11/26/17 09:56 AM Re: Firestone observation [Re: skyactiv]
DBMaster Offline

Registered: 09/18/12
Posts: 5322
Loc: DFW
Firestone tires were hit or miss even in the 70s. My dad used to like the brand and purchased a set of their aramid belted radials for our 1972 Catalina. As I recall, 2 or 3 of them failed in blowouts. The 79 Bonneville my parents purchased new came with Firestone 721 radials. 2-3 of them also failed (blowouts). The local Firestone shop gave my dad decent credit to purchase new tires. Maybe in the older days of steel belted radials (or kevlar) other brands weren't the greatest, either, but it was enough for me to never consider the purchase of Firestone tires. There are more than enough good brands out there so why take a chance?

#4585380 - 11/26/17 10:15 AM Re: Firestone observation [Re: skyactiv]
PimTac Online   content

Registered: 03/04/17
Posts: 4212
Loc: Soviet State of Washington
The issues of the 70’s put a permanent black spot on Firestone. Never again. There are so many good brands out there.
2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

Valvoline Advanced Synthetic 0w20
Mobil 1 M108A EP filter

#4585384 - 11/26/17 10:16 AM Re: Firestone observation [Re: skyactiv]
khittner Offline

Registered: 07/13/12
Posts: 300
Loc: Michigan
Yes, the 500 and 721 legacies remain.

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