Long Beach's $800 Pothole (or the return of The Great Potholio) - 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: Long Beach's $800 Pothole (or the return of The Great Potholio)

March 27, 2012


I neglected to tell you that on my way to Long Beach yesterday that I managed to find a ginormous pothole on the 710 freeway (highly traveled by trucks going to and from the Port of Los Angeles). After the "Bah-Boom,"I waited for that sinking feeling, a telltale pull to the left, a TPMS warning, or even a shudder, but nothing seemed out of the ordinary. I went to dinner and forgot about it. I drove home in the dark -- still nothing unusual. Fast forward to this morning: I leave home in the dark as well, but when I parked the Five-O at work and glanced at the front tire... wait for it... Holy Guacamole!

Then my eyes drifted to the rear tire and...



The last time we saw something this dreadful was when we encountered The Great Potholio (pictured below).


Double Drat. Well, there's a trip in my immediate future to the tire shop for two new PS2s. This set is only a few month old. We paid a little over $1,500 for a set of four shipped from Tire Rack in June, but our local shop that installed them in July just quoted us $820 for two.

Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ 22,810 miles

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