I love the CarTalk show and recently discovered this website and forum. I have a question about my Subaru, so if anyone can give me some feedback and/or advice, I'd greatly appreciate it! (By the way, I have 3 dogs and work as a pet sitter part-time. There's always a dog in my Subie, thus the name for my corny screen name.)
I own a 2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport, and I have mostly loved the car. However, there's a problem with the rotors (I assume) because the steering wheel jiggles every time I'm stopping from high speed. It goes to the dealership tomorrow for that.
I have another problem that has me really worried, financially speaking. This car only has 14,000 miles on it, and I only use it to drive around town to get to my jobs. Just a few days ago, I was washing the car when I noticed that the front passenger tire is completely bald. I was shocked and looked at the other front tire. There's a tiny amount of tread on that front tire, but it's mostly bald too. The back tires look fine though. Right now, I don't have the money to replace 4 tires, as I know that you have to replace all four tires in a Subaru when you get new ones. I'm concerned though because I know the factory tires come with no warranty. When I called the Subaru dealership, they said they'd look at the car to see what caused the tires to wear down. They also said that if the problem is with the car, then perhaps Subaru will pay for the tires. I don't know anything about cars, so does anyone have any insight into what could have caused this? The tires have been rotated on schedule, etc. I'm worried that Subaru will blame the problem on something else, leaving me to pay for the new tires - and I don't have that extra money now. (Plus it has a July inspection, and it will never pass the inspection with these tires.)
I need to drive to a big city in a week, so it will be driving at a high speed for a long distance in the heat. I assume that it's not a good idea to drive on bald tires? I'm just so frustrated. I got this car new. And then the tires are completely bald at 14,000 miles.
Thanks in advance for any feedback.