First, let me say that I love our Crosstour!
Second, I want you tell you about a potential problem with the front suspension geometry causing premature (and excessive) wear on the tires, specifically the front right.
I would like to hear from the other Crosstour owners here that have had a front wheel bearing replaced, or a vibration problem, or premature cupping of the tires causing a need for new tires to be purchased. We have, and have had the front right wheel bearing replaced; TWICE!
The car now has 28,000 miles on it, has never been in an accident, (no, we haven't run into a curb or anything either
We took it in for what felt like a front-end vibration at 17,000 miles that really sounded like a wheel bearing to me. Mind you, I was a mechanic and Service Super for 8 years, and do think I know how to diagnose this type of problem. The Honda dealership said that they could neither hear OR reproduce the sound, and that everything was fine. At this visit, we had the tires again rotated and an alignment done.
22,000 miles: took it back because the rhythmic sound was still there. I even had 2 other individuals drive it to make sure I wasn't imagining it. Dealership checked the tires, said they were fine, said the alignment was fine, and that there was no sound.
28,000 miles: took it in AGAIN because now, after a 1,800 mile road-trip, the sound REALLY became evident. Well, guess what? Now they agreed that it was a right-front wheel bearing failure and they replaced it......BACKWARDS! Yep; they had to take that bearing out and put another one in. They then checked the tires and stated on paper that they were 100% good.
As soon as I got in the car and drove it out of the dealership, it felt like there was a loose wheel on the car with a flat spot on it! I drove it over to a professional tire and alignment store and had both the 4-wheel alignment checked and the tires' balance checked. Both were WAY off! ARGH! If you dis-assemble the front suspension (read that replace a wheel bearing), you align the suspension!
Took the car back again, (less than 100 miles since the last visit), they now state that the tires are "bad" and need to be replaced, and that new tires would completely fix the bad noise/vibration.
"Cupping" of the right-front tire has caused this they say, and of course it's certainly not the tire manufacturer's fault for this. Ever price a new set of Michelin tires for your Crosstour? About $1200 here in Michigan.
Ever seen a dealership have a SUPPLY of front wheel bearings for the Crosstour IN-STOCK? Hmmmm.....
Anyone have any words of wisdom here?