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#46 KeithC

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 10:31 PM

Do you work for Ford by any chance? I'm sure if you'd had the same problems we've had you would have expected Ford cust service to help out a little, of course we don't expect them to replace all our wheels or even admit they have a problem but driving a car like a Nun because your wheels can't stand upto normal road use just isn't on.

Remember these are standard fit wheels on the Titanium which isn't even supposed to be a sporty model, I could sort of understand it if we had decided to upgrade and fit 17" alloys to it due to the tyre depth being smaller but we didn't. Surely Ford should accept some responsibility for the spec of the standard wheels/tyres as they are obviously not able to cope with normal road use and conditions.

No one manages to avoid all the dodgy road surfaces and potholes especially in the dark on unlit roads so the quality/specification of the wheels should be at a sufficient level to cope.

3 wheels ruined in one year in a car driven by a very careful driver (the wife) is more than bad luck, she drove a Puma for 5 years prior to this on the same roads with no problem at all and a Fiesta for 4 years before that (both with alloys). Seems like more than a coincidence to me.


I have a Titanium, same wheels, don't drive like a nun and had no probs whatsoever.

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#47 moon_monkie

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 08:27 AM

Exactly my point, just because you haven't had a problem with your wheels doesn't mean all the people who have must be at fault themselves rather than accept there maybe problems with the quality of the wheels supplied. I suppose it's difficult to accept that there may be problems with your choice of car but giving future buyers the facts so they can make an informed choice when they buy has got to be a good thing.

FYI our wheels were not the same as yours (same size but different design we had the 7 spoke ones).

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 08:37 AM

FYI our wheels were not the same as yours (same size but different design we had the 7 spoke ones).

doesn't mean they're made of a different material.


I'm on the 17s and on coilovers so my situation lends itself more so to this problem yet mine are fine.

What exactly is the problem anyway? I mean you never knew until you were told they were buckled so it obviously didn't affect the drive. Can you not put new tyres in cos there is a flat spot? Tony buckles are nothing to worry about.

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 10:53 AM

Exactly my point, just because you haven't had a problem with your wheels doesn't mean all the people who have must be at fault themselves rather than accept there maybe problems with the quality of the wheels supplied.


It's amazing though how you absolve yourself of any blame. It's you or whoever is driving the car that is hitting the pot holes, nobody else. I don't drive in potholes, the wife doesn't drive in pot holes. Why don't you just drive a bit more carefully then there wouldn't be the chance to damage anything.

I suppose it's difficult to accept that there may be problems with your choice of car but giving future buyers the facts so they can make an informed choice when they buy has got to be a good thing.


It's amazing isn't it, I don't have any problems with my car, never had any problems with my car, but you think I find it hard to accept there is a problem with my car. Go figure.

#50 AliciaBeckman

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 11:04 AM

I was planning to buy one this year but going by the experiences shared by all I have changed my mind. Thanks for sharing your views.

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 11:48 AM

Umm shared by all?...who is this all?...theirs more poeple here talking about how they havnt had any problems....you want problems by an Alfa, or Vauxhall.....then youll know about problems.

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 12:06 PM

I was planning to buy one this year but going by the experiences shared by all I have changed my mind. Thanks for sharing your views.


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#53 moon_monkie

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 12:29 PM

First one was buckled on the outside, second one only discovered at the first service (no knowledge of hitting any potholes) and third one the tyre deflated the wheel failed so badly.

So driving around with them buckled wasn't an option in our case, I know plenty of people are...

I think Keith has missed the point here, no one expects to be able to drive around and miss every single pothole in the roads these days and no of course in an ideal world no-one would ever drive through one but surely the manufacturer has a duty to provide wheels that are fit for purpose. i.e. able to cope with the roads in the market they are selling the vehicles in?

I'm not suggesting everyone here has had problems with their wheels but reading through the forums it seems that a good percentage are, so maybe if you are one of the lucky ones you should count your blessings and not accuse people who have had the problems of being negligent in some way just because their experience and view doesn't match your own.

We will not be buying another Ford after this and yes you could argue that it's sour grapes because we feel let down but I'm sure you would feel the same given the same circumstances, there are only so many times you can accept the bad luck you must have hit a pothole line before giving up and thinking you'd be better spending your money elsewhere. I wonder if you also blame all the people who had problems with BMW wheels and all the people who've suffered all the safety problems with Toyotas recently?

#54 Ryan9684

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 01:08 PM

I dont think ford have a duty to provide wheels that will handle any road you might be driving on. Lots of people have had problems with buckled wheels lately not just people who drive ford.

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 01:15 PM

For what it's worth:

I too have the 7-spoke alloys on my year-old titanium. I remember hitting a deep pothole back in snowy December & the front nearside taking a hefty whack!

During its 1st service this week, I was told both front wheels are everso "slightly buckled". I haven't noticed any difference whatsoever in the feel/handling due to the "buckles" being so miniscule.

Was advised to change them (322 for a pair) - but I'm not bothering as - like the Ford servicing dept told me - "it's barely worth doing so, the buckles are so small". That will do me!

But . . .

I have owned many cars in all my years of driving - many (if not most) with alloy wheels - especially the past 15-years or so when most manufacturers added them as standard. In that time - I have driven into a good number of potholes, hit large rocks/stones, the odd kerb, debris on the motorway, you name it! Yet this is the very first time ever that I have had a buckle of any sort - ever. I never had any problems with damaged alloys until now. I conclude therefore that - despite the fact I love my Fiesta titanium like I do - Ford's alloys do seem to be "weaker" than any i've come across in previous makes of vehicle! Maybe it's all part of the "making the new Fiesta lighter" in weight than previous models? Ask the good handful of people on here with the 17" alloys that have had problems if they agree?!?!

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 01:38 PM

There clearly is an unusually high number of mk.7 owners with buckled alloys. Whether that's because of an increased number of bad potholes on the roads or whether the alloys are poor quality remains to be seen I suppose.

Someone should do some stress testing on a couple of different alloys to find out. Any takers?

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 02:01 PM

I would say its a problem with an unusally large number of potholes on the road. I'm on more than just one car forum and have seen complaints from all of them regarding buckled wheels. People think it will be easier to get money from ford by complaining than getting money from their local council. If i worked for ford i would tell people to be more careful and if they cant miss every pothole then call the council, ford isn't responsible for crap roads.

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 05:28 PM

I agree with Nightowl.

Modern cars are prob more prone to buckled wheels;
the cars weigh twice as much as 20/30 years ago,
ride on stoopid 45 section tyres instead of 80 or 70 or even 60 section
tyres are extra load spec so any knocks are not absorbed by the tyre
modern cars can acclerate and travel faster than 20/30 year ago
computer aided designs mean that the absolute minimum spec is designed in rather the oldsckool 'build it like the Forth rail bridge'

And there are prob more potholes than anytime in the last 30 years since the last spate of bitterly cold winters in the early 80s.

However the sheer number of people have bent wheels and having problems multiple times means I think there is a problem with Fester alloys. I bet any new alloys from Ford are designed to be stronger....

And all these people that can see potholes in the wet and dark on a strange road doing 50+mph. You are just talking BS.

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 05:57 PM

And all these people that can see potholes in the wet and dark on a strange road doing 50+mph. You are just talking BS.


Most people wouldnt drive 50+ in the wet and dark on a road they didnt know.

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 08:55 PM

Just searched on the UK regional section of a BMW site I use alot and wow.........they think BMW must have made bad wheels or used shody material or had a bad batch because they also feel like they have an "unusual" amount of buckled wheels. There is even a 17 page thread trying to sue BMW to replace "bad" wheels.

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