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Firestone observation #4585213
11/26/17 07:27 AM
11/26/17 07:27 AM
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The Midwest
skyactiv Offline OP
skyactiv  Offline OP
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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
Wanted: 2019 Ford Ranger
Re: Firestone observation [Re: skyactiv] #4585216
11/26/17 07:29 AM
11/26/17 07:29 AM
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Posts: 33,563
ME
eljefino Offline
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ME
Legacy product.

Re: Firestone observation [Re: skyactiv] #4585219
11/26/17 07:30 AM
11/26/17 07:30 AM
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Campbellsville, KY
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Campbellsville, KY
I don't see that many on cars but plenty on trucks, including both of mine.


To quote a friend, "Synthetics, man."

'85 GMC C3500, 454, 132K
'82 Mercedes 300CD, OM617 turbo, 173K (totaled 2018, in rehab)
'85 Mercedes 300TD, OM617 turbo, 217K (wife's)
'67 Suburban, 350, 331K
Re: Firestone observation [Re: skyactiv] #4585236
11/26/17 07:39 AM
11/26/17 07:39 AM
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Posts: 1,287
Wishin' I was in Wi
mjk Offline
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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.

Re: Firestone observation [Re: skyactiv] #4585258
11/26/17 08:03 AM
11/26/17 08:03 AM
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 3,116
Occupied Virginia
Bottom_Feeder Offline
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Occupied Virginia
They are OE on many Civics and Accords.

Re: Firestone observation [Re: skyactiv] #4585275
11/26/17 08:20 AM
11/26/17 08:20 AM
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Posts: 1,019
Florida /Texas
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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.

Re: Firestone observation [Re: skyactiv] #4585276
11/26/17 08:20 AM
11/26/17 08:20 AM
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 5,105
North Carolina
rooflessVW Online content
rooflessVW  Online Content
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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."
Re: Firestone observation [Re: rooflessVW] #4585296
11/26/17 08:50 AM
11/26/17 08:50 AM
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 397
Michigan
khittner Offline
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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.

Re: Firestone observation [Re: skyactiv] #4585308
11/26/17 09:07 AM
11/26/17 09:07 AM
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Central Coast California
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Central Coast California
Firestone never came back from the Ford Explorer low pressure roll over issue.


1994 Ford Crown Vic 207k-Frankenbrew 0w20,30,40!
2005 Chevy 1500 Crewcab 4X4 180k-BC 0w30 $2/qt
2016 Outback 2.5 Limited 60k-shop brand?
Re: Firestone observation [Re: skyactiv] #4585327
11/26/17 09:26 AM
11/26/17 09:26 AM
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Posts: 447
North Carolina
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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, 130,000 miles, Havoline Pro DS Full Syn 5W-20, Auto7 Filter.
2014 Kia Rio, 80,000 miles, Havoline Pro DS Syn 5W-30, WIX Filter
Re: Firestone observation [Re: skyactiv] #4585330
11/26/17 09:29 AM
11/26/17 09:29 AM
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Posts: 7,489
Texas & Global
4WD Offline
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Texas & Global
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:


2018 Chevy 1500 Z71 4WD
2017 Chevy Tahoe LT 4WD
2014 Fusion Hybrid Titanium
2013 Cruze LTZ - RS Turbo
Re: Firestone observation [Re: skyactiv] #4585358
11/26/17 09:51 AM
11/26/17 09:51 AM
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Posts: 2,657
Central Maryland
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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.


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Re: Firestone observation [Re: skyactiv] #4585362
11/26/17 09:56 AM
11/26/17 09:56 AM
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Posts: 5,461
DFW
DBMaster Offline
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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?

Re: Firestone observation [Re: skyactiv] #4585380
11/26/17 10:15 AM
11/26/17 10:15 AM
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The issues of the 70’s put a permanent black spot on Firestone. Never again. There are so many good brands out there.


Cannot see signatures any longer so it doesn’t matter.
Re: Firestone observation [Re: skyactiv] #4585384
11/26/17 10:16 AM
11/26/17 10:16 AM
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 397
Michigan
khittner Offline
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Michigan
Yes, the 500 and 721 legacies remain.

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