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#1607 of 1649 Re: Let's talk tires [volvomax]
Oct 20, 2008 (11:41 am)
#1608 of 1649 Re: Let's talk tires [bobparis]
Nov 02, 2008 (5:46 pm)
I need to replace the tires on my C70 and I have been following your post regarding the Hankook Ventus HR II H405 235/40R18 93H. Like you, I live in Los Angeles and have an '06/'07 C70 T5 with 18" wheels.
I originally went today to repair a flat and then discovered that all 4 of my Pirellis are in need of replacement - not surprisingly since I have 27,500 miles on the car. Guess I fared better with my Pirellis - but I am probably long overdue for replacement.
I specifically requested the above tire and the tire shop told me that my car required a 95V and that the Hankook 93H sidewall would not support the weight of the car. Is this accurate? I'd love to hear your input - especially since you seem to have had a good experience with the Hankook tires. May I ask where you purchased your tires?
#1609 of 1649 Re: Let's talk tires [volvo_driver]
Nov 03, 2008 (5:06 am)
Hi Volvo driver,
The 95 and 93 numbers are the load indexes: they stand for the maximum weight that tire can withstand. The H and V are the speed indexes: yes, the maximum allowed speed for that tire (see: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=35).
Normally a tire comes in a lot of combinations of sizes, load- and speed-indexes. If there is no 95V combination you can go for a higher load and speed index.
#1610 of 1649 Re: Let's talk tires [henkbw]
Nov 09, 2008 (3:33 pm)
Thanks for the info and to all for the info within the thread.
After a lot of my own research, I ended up purchasing and mounting four new Yokohama S.drive 235/40R18 95Y tires. So far, I can tell a noticeable difference in the way the car handles.
#1611 of 1649 Re: Problems with vibration at 50 mph [jeepwmnz]
Nov 18, 2008 (11:49 am)
It's not your tires. I've had the same problem, put on new top of the line Bridgestones and no change. Volvo admits they have a "slight vibration problem" but no fix offered. My 2004 C70 now shimmy's at 26 and 52 and occasionally when starting out. Have you had any success in resolving this problem?
#1612 of 1649 Re: Problems with vibration at 50 mph [leonsnave]
Nov 18, 2008 (11:59 am)
Fortunately, I was within the warranty time frame and filed a Lemon claim and was paid by them. It was a terrible problem. My new C70 is fine.
#1613 of 1649 Re: Problems with vibration at 50 mph [jeepwmnz]
Nov 19, 2008 (8:49 am)
Glad to hear it. Mine was represented to be a "tire" problem when bought used with 12000 miles. Just found out it was not tires but a problem Volvo has known about all along.
#1614 of 1649 Re: Let's talk tires [volvomax]
Dec 22, 2008 (12:22 pm)
You have a valid point! Who knows what I was thinking....
Anyways, I had to do the unthinkable and drive my C70 in the snow because my winter car let me down (our '99 VW Cabrio with 218,000 miles broke down for the first time ever - what a terrible car ). The Hankook's did great in the snow! As soon as the Cabrio is back on the road I'll wash up the C70 and put it back to bed. Good to know if Iím in a pinch the Volvo can make it around on the Hankooks which wasnít an option at all with the Pirelliís.
#1615 of 1649 Re: Let's talk tires [stanwict]
Mar 04, 2009 (3:57 pm)
I know this is entering late, but when I am due for replacement of my Pirelli P-Zero Rosso's, one of the options I'm going to be looking at is the P-Zero Nero, which is available as an all-season tire, and not just a "summer" tirre. It also has a significantly better tread-wear rating than the Rosso's, and costs less. Presumably you give up a bit in grip, but the Rosso's are probably over-kill for a car like the C70. Heck, they are original equipment for some Ferrari models.
That said, I am pretty happy with the Rosso's although at just over 7k miles it is too soon to say how much wear I'll get out of them.
#1616 of 1649 2004 C70 ride is horrible - any suggestions?
May 07, 2009 (8:49 pm)
I have a 2004 C70 with 62K miles. The ride on smooth surfaces is good. The ride on regular city streets with bumps, holes etc. is absolutely terrible. The entire car shudders at the slightest irregularity in the road surface. This is affecting the body integrity - new rattles in the doors etc. I know I need new tires. The car pulls to the left, especially with fast acceleration; I plan on an alignment and new tires in the upcoming two weeks.
I am going to be commuting 200 miles a day to work soon. Not all of the roads are totally smooth. I'm concerned about this and don't want to damage the car.
Other than new tires and an alignment, is there ANYTHING else that can be done to make this car ride like something close to normal? My girlfriend has a Toyota Camry that costs about half as much as the C70. It has independent suspension that actually works. I really want to keep this car but I'm fed up with the ride. I've noticed that Hanook tires are recommended by others on this group. ANY suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
I don't trust the dealership on these issues.