2003 Taurus Vibration?

I have an '03 Taurus that I purchased new. Tires were out of balance when it was brand new on the lot. The dealer balanced them but since then I've had the tires balanced twice and now I feel a persistent vibration that
varies somewhat with speed. The dealer claims the tires are balanced and the wheels are within spec. They say this degree of vibration is normal for this car (which I cannot believe it true). I'm wondering if the Continental Contact Touring AS tires might be defective.
Anyone else note this problem?
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Jeff
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Do what I do... Change the damn things out as soon as there's a problem! Any cars I've ever had with Continentals have gone bad within 6 months. I'll NEVER buy them new. Seems the first thing that goes wrong is the tire getting a wobble that balancing can't solve (due to tread seperating).

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I have a 2002 Taurus that I purchased new and I also had a very bad vibration. After a number tire balances and also had the dealer put new Continental Contact Touring tires on, still had problem. I finally got Ford to agree that there is a problem with Continental tires. After several months the Ford representative in my area went over all the data that we had and agreed to replace the tires again, but with different brand of tire. Ford picked up the cost of (4) new tires and balancing and replaced Continental with Michelin X-one. Also have them balance tires at high rpm balancer. The Michelin made an improvement but did not fix the problem completely. Last thing dealer did was send my car to a specialist that balanced tires at high rpm (to simulate freeway driving) and this balance made a huge difference. Don't back down make them fix the problem. I was also told that this is a huge problem with Ford Taurus cars.
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Joe wrote:

not on a new car, but if the dealer balanced the tires and it still does it then the tires are bad.. the threads are seperating and this is the problem... anytime i have problems with vibration i change out the tires and the problem goes away... if it was out of balance when you got the car then that might have caused the problem....
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