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Unread 03-23-2008, 08:22 PM   #1
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Advice on wheel problems with dealership

Ok, so they put these 20" wheels on the Compass. They were suppose to be taken off and replaced by the stock 18" wheels that come stock on the Limited. Well, when the deal was all done, nothing was written up. So I am thinking free 20" wheels .... only problem, they shake. I took them to Les Schwab, they could not balance them. They guys there, which I have good rapport with said they are kinda cheap tires and they never heard of the wheels. So I want to take the Compass to the dealership and either have them balanced, or removed and replaced with the stock 18" wheels. Any suggestions on how I should proceed?

The more I think about it, I would rather have the stock wheels anyways. If I want aftermarket wheels, I would be better off buying something quality and something I really want.

Thoughts ... suggestions?

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Unread 03-23-2008, 08:27 PM   #2
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Just my thoughts. Unless it was specified in the contract that the wheels and tires were not covered under any warranty then the dealer, not Jeep, should have to cover them.
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Unread 03-23-2008, 10:26 PM   #3
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Gramps, I agree. They were suppose to call me to take them off, especially since they wanted like $2500 for them on the little added options list. Oh well, I guess worse case scenario I keep them, complain, and have them sell me a set of take offs cheap. We bought our 2006 SRT8 Charger, our 2008 Durango and the Jeep there, I am sure if I make a big enough stink they will take care of me. Now if I could just figure out what is wrong with the Charger ... 18k miles and on the 3rd set of tires ... just don't get it, the back ones go bald real fast ....hmmmm?
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Unread 03-24-2008, 03:46 AM   #4
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Now if I could just figure out what is wrong with the Charger ... 18k miles and on the 3rd set of tires ... just don't get it, the back ones go bald real fast ....hmmmm?
Improper tire "rotation"?
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Unread 03-24-2008, 07:50 AM   #5
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I thought that too, but the back tires are wider than the front ones Must be the way the wife drives it - hehe
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Unread 03-24-2008, 11:01 AM   #6
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Just check the rear wheel wells- I am sure you will find where the rubber has been going
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Unread 03-24-2008, 08:02 PM   #7
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Update on wheel issue .... I am gonna get a set of the 17" Compass Sport wheels from the dealership in place of the shaking 20" wheels that they put on the vehicle. I know this seems like a step down, and it probably is if you were to buy the wheels at full retail. I actually like the look of the 17" Sport wheels better than the 18" wheels. I also feel that for my daily driver and if I ever decide to put bigger tires on it, I shouldn't have much of a problem finding tires to fit the 17" rim.

I really don't want a bling'd out compass, I want a daily driver that I can take in the snow if I need to, go in a little bit of mud with my mtn bike if the situation arises. Not to mention I will probably get a little better gas mileage with the 17" wheels than the heavy 20" wheels, which is a good thing right now

So in the end ... tomorrow morning, they are gonna swap the wheels for me, and I am gonna be all happy and on my way.

Good choice??
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Unread 03-24-2008, 08:49 PM   #8
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Update on wheel issue .... I am gonna get a set of the 17" Compass Sport wheels ...Good choice??
From my point of view - Yes. The wheel size and design is one of the reasons I was only looking at sport model Compasses.

Even in the 17 inch size you will find the tire choices to be sparse. I don't care for the base Firestone Affinities and the "upgraded" Goodyear SR-A that I have are an average tire at best (At least they have a "rugged" look to them.

I did find that one can get Goodyear Assurance Triple Treads in the property 17 inch size. I had these on my previous vehicle and they did very well in the rain and snow.
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From my point of view - Yes. The wheel size and design is one of the reasons I was only looking at sport model Compasses.

Even in the 17 inch size you will find the tire choices to be sparse. I don't care for the base Firestone Affinities and the "upgraded" Goodyear SR-A that I have are an average tire at best (At least they have a "rugged" look to them.

I did find that one can get Goodyear Assurance Triple Treads in the property 17 inch size. I had these on my previous vehicle and they did very well in the rain and snow.
They have the Goodyear SR-A tires on them. I have thought this over and over in my head and I feel this is the best choice for me. And I do like the more rugged look
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Great to hear the dealer not only made good but actually helped you out by giving you what you truly wanted.
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Unread 03-25-2008, 08:28 AM   #11
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The SR-A on my window sticker were $120 add and the full size spare was $140

Anyway the SR-A are only about $80 each to replace.
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Unread 03-25-2008, 10:49 AM   #12
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Well, I am done. The dealership took care of me. Now I have the Compass Limited with the Sport wheels ... and I actually like it. I am thinking of doing the lift now and getting some bigger tires. Oh yeah, the sales person was there and filled my tank up for me too

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I am curious if you notice any difference in the ride quality?
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Unread 03-25-2008, 12:50 PM   #14
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Actually ... lucky for me with my 60 mile commute I noticed a difference. It is smoother and quieter and no shaking. I am very happy with the result. I would say the difference is almost like going from a Huffy to Hopping on my Colnago and trying to ride a century. Yes, the 20" wheels had the bling factor, and they did look good on the vehicle, but I am happier with the 17" wheels and the ability to use the Compass for what I bought it for.

This weekend, going to go paint balling out in the country at a friends house ... gonna try to take the compass off road a little bit. Nothing serious, but we'll see
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... gonna try to take the compass off road a little bit. Nothing serious, but we'll see
Just keep in mind the ground clearance (Should be about 8.4" with the SR-As) and the fact that the underneath is un-armored.
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