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Ford returns to Bridgestone/Firestone Tires?

2018 ford ecosport tires?

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#1 OFFLINE   phil1336

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 01:57 PM

Seems to me that the relationship between Ford and Bridgestone/Firestone went sour a few decades ago when the Law Suits exploded on issues with the Ford Explorer.  Ford alleged that the accidents that were being reported related to the Explorer were due to a defective OEM Tire procured from Firestone.  Firestone obviously claimed that their Tires were (not) the cause of the incidents but defective Product design of the Ford Explorer.   Since neither Corporation would admit or share responsibility responding to the the many Law Suits, Ford ended its relationship with Firestone an switched to every other  Tire Manufacturer but Bridgestone/Firestone. So much for the ancient friendship between Harry Firestone an Henry Ford.  The close up pictures of the 2018 Ford EcoSport being built in India for the North American market clearly indicate that the Vehicle is be equipped with Bridgestone OEM Tires. They finally kissed an made up?









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#2 OFFLINE   twintornados

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 02:36 PM

Bridgestone Duelers were seen on the Ranger mules running around...


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 03:59 PM

I won't sign papers to buy a car if it has Bridgestone or Firestone tires on it.  Somebodies paying for different tires, and it's not me.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 04:10 PM

Bridgestomes were on the Fiesta ST orig equip, weren't bad tires at all, little noisy, but they lasted pretty well....Michelins now, seem quieter and ride a tad better...


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 04:15 PM

Seems to me that the relationship between Ford and Bridgestone/Firestone went sour a few decades ago when the Law Suits exploded on issues with the Ford Explorer.  Ford alleged that the accidents that were being reported related to the Explorer were due to a defective OEM Tire procured from Firestone.  Firestone obviously claimed that their Tires were (not) the cause of the incidents but defective Product design of the Ford Explorer.   Since neither Corporation would admit or share responsibility responding to the the many Law Suits, Ford ended its relationship with Firestone an switched to every other  Tire Manufacturer but Bridgestone/Firestone. So much for the ancient friendship between Harry Firestone an Henry Ford.  The close up pictures of the 2018 Ford EcoSport being built in India for the North American market clearly indicate that the Vehicle is be equipped with Bridgestone OEM Tires. They finally kissed an made up?

The argument precipitated over Firestone recalling 6.5 million tires as defective but declared the Firestone wilderness AT tires safe.

Nasser could not let this ride and chose to call out Firestone but interestingly was going to switch to Bridgestone tires in 2001.

 

There was no ill feeling to Bridgestone, just the Firestone subdivision that wouldn't fess up that something was causing

their tires to delaminate and cause rollovers...

 

It was those attacks on Firestone that ultimately cost Nasser his job, at least he got to walk away with $20 million.


Edited by jpd80, 12 January 2018 - 04:19 PM.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 04:42 PM

..It was those attacks on Firestone that ultimately cost Nasser his job, at least he got to walk away with $20 million.

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Chump change compared to what Fields walked away with.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 04:54 PM



The close up pictures of the 2018 Ford EcoSport being built in India for the North American market clearly indicate that the Vehicle is be equipped with Bridgestone OEM Tires. They finally kissed an made up?

 

Yes sir. In the U.S. market, Ford resumed using Bridgestone OE tires in 2013. Potenza RE050A on 2014 Fiesta ST (as deanh mentioned). Dueler H/L Alenza on 2013 F-150.

 

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 05:25 PM

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Chump change compared to what Fields walked away with.

Nasser set his own compensation package, given that was 2001 I'd say that they are comparable...



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 05:53 PM

Don’t forget that Bill Ford’s “other” great grandfather was “the” Mr Firestone! Lol
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Posted 12 January 2018 - 06:31 PM

Ford never stopped using Bridgestone outside of US


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 07:18 PM

Interesting update on the Tire dilemma.  Bridgestone was acceptable (but) Firestone, not so much?  All the Semi-Trailers hauling Tires to Firestone Stores are given Bridgestone Branding, go figure.



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 09:37 PM

Interesting update on the Tire dilemma.  Bridgestone was acceptable (but) Firestone, not so much?  All the Semi-Trailers hauling Tires to Firestone Stores are given Bridgestone Branding, go figure.

It was only one particular tire that Ford had an issue with, possibly form one plant,

Nasser was directing Ford towards Bridgestone tires in 2001 so he wasn't opposed to them...



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:14 PM

I'll just say that the issue with certain Firestone light truck tires from that era are real. I found a super clean 2000 Excursion a few years back with only 52,000 miles on it. Naturally I couldn't pass that one up. It still had the original Load Range D Firestones on it, they even had some tread left. I figured I'd run them that summer and get new tires that fall.

Well, one blew out on the way home from the dealership that night. I figured it was a fluke and stuck an extra tire off a superduty I had laying around on it. Then a couple months later coming home from family vacation, the right rear blew out while my wife was doing 75 on the interstate. She nearly lost it and I had to grab the wheel from the passenger seat to avoid rolling.

I put a new set of coopers on it as soon as we got home. While researching tires for it I found out there was a recall on those Load Range D Firestones they were using on the 2000 model year truck for the same tread separation issue the explorers were experiencing. I've never had tires just come apart like that.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:34 PM

The only tire firstone is 100% responsible for was the 721..ford is still petrified of having burnt bodies show up in the press...i do not ever want to rehash the nasser era..complete utter disaster for ford....

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:34 PM

The argument precipitated over Firestone recalling 6.5 million tires as defective but declared the Firestone wilderness AT tires safe.

Nasser could not let this ride and chose to call out Firestone but interestingly was going to switch to Bridgestone tires in 2001.

 

There was no ill feeling to Bridgestone, just the Firestone subdivision that wouldn't fess up that something was causing

their tires to delaminate and cause rollovers...

 

It was those attacks on Firestone that ultimately cost Nasser his job, at least he got to walk away with $20 million.

JP- I thought it was all of his other brilliant moves- like the "junk yards", the car parts deal in Europe etc etc.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:22 AM

JP- I thought it was all of his other brilliant moves- like the "junk yards", the car parts deal in Europe etc etc.

While there was that, going to war with Firestone on national TV was the last straw,

once that happened, Nasser was in the departure lounge...

 

Without Nasser to run the company, Bill Ford put operations into "auto" until it almost ran out of cash.,

focusing on nice flowery projects for the future, like that other dickhead that replaced Fields.



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Posted 13 January 2018 - 06:07 PM

While there was that, going to war with Firestone on national TV was the last straw,

once that happened, Nasser was in the departure lounge...

 

Without Nasser to run the company, Bill Ford put operations into "auto" until it almost ran out of cash.,

focusing on nice flowery projects for the future, like that other dickhead that replaced Fields.

"Dickhead"?...but he was the AD at Michigan!  And he saved Steelcase!  



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Posted 13 January 2018 - 07:20 PM

"Dickhead"?...but he was the AD at Michigan!  And he saved Steelcase!  

Probably a bit harsh from me but,

He has never run a P & L anything close to the size of one of Ford's divisions.

All of his MBA hype leaves me cold and tells me he's way out of his depth.....

 

Frankly, he saw an opportunity to run Ford and thought, this can't be hard to do

 

And if he keeps diverting product funding away from renewing vehicles and into

projects that make Wall Street and Investors feel warm and fuzzy, he's doing a  great

disservice to the operational side and vehicles paying those checks.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 07:32 PM

Probably a bit harsh from me but,
He has never run a P & L anything close to the size of one of Ford's divisions.
All of his MBA hype leaves me cold and tells me he's way out of his depth.....
 
Frankly, he saw an opportunity to run Ford and thought, this can't be hard to do
 
And if he keeps diverting product funding away from renewing vehicles and into
projects that make Wall Street and Investors feel warm and fuzzy, he's doing a  great
disservice to the operational side and vehicles paying those checks.

But he hired football jesus Jim Harbaugh! [/sarcasm]
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 07:39 PM

But he hired football jesus Jim Harbaugh! [/sarcasm]

LOL.....All the right moves, show me da money.....










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