^^ The stock tires are trash. Hit up Tire Rack for alternatives that cost less and are FAR better rated by survey participants.
Originally Posted by Joe Schmoe
Bought a black "Certified" '05 with 30K miles, and since then have found that the car was in an accident. The front tires were flat spotted (a car with ABS doesn't get flat spots...first clue of an accident. Just yesterday I found scrapes under the car, the heat shield around the main cat is torn, detached and sitting directly on top of the cat, the front bumper is a repainted yellow bumper (the "screming yellow" sticker on the bumper really helps prove the accident theory) and to top it off, the stock airbox has a huge hole cracked in it. So much for being "certified". I'm calling Ford corporate on Monday.
The dealer acknolwedged that the car was acquired with a damaged front bumper, and have agreed to provide a new airbox/filter and cat converter heat shield. The flat-spotted tires are still there - they thought it was an imbalance...and the balance job they did didn't solve anything. They also haven't volunteered to address the fact that my bumper is a repainted yellow bumper. Seeing as it's a DD, I'm would prefer the car be mechanically sound over aesthetically perfect (plenty of other imperfections anyways)...so I'm willing to leave it at that. A new set of tires will solve the vibrations...I hope.