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#338 of 1197 tire choices........
Jan 08, 2002 (2:00 pm)
I'm a regular poster on the Chrysler 300M forum here at Town Hall. I have a friend who has a 1999 volvo S70. He needs to purchase new tires soon and has been having a problem finding tire choices other than the original equipment Michelins for his car. The stock tire size on his car is 195/60R15 and that is evidently an unusual size. He has been relatively happy with the original equipment tires but would like some other choices and/or recommendations from other Volvo owners. Any ideas or suggestions?
Jan 08, 2002 (9:47 pm)
195/60R15s are not unusual size tires. There are many choices out there. Tell your friend to log on to www.tirerack.com That website can tell you all sorts of good info about different tire brands and they have the best prices around. He can stick with Michelin or go with Goodyear, Bridgestone, Pirelli, Dunlop, Yokohama, etc. I personally favor Dunlop, though Bridgestone, Pirelli, and Yokohama are good tires too. I find Michelins to be very overpriced and overrated. There are as good or better tires out there for less money.
#340 of 1197 tire size
Jan 09, 2002 (6:20 am)
I just replaced the OEM tires(30k, shame on you Volvo!) on my '99 so that I can turn it in when the lease ends. I found 2 choices at BJ's wholesale club. BF Goodrich Touring TA's were around $68 each installed. Michelin MXV(?) 4's were around $113 each installed. The aspect ratio of 60 (195/60/15) is a little harder to find and a little more expensive(supply and demand...). I went with the BFG's but only because they were less expensive and I won't get much use out of them before turning the car in. They are noisier and more squirmy than the Michelins. I have Michelin X-one's on my van and they are quiet and wear very well. TireRack is a good source for tires and the consumer ratings/comments can be very helpful when it comes to making a selection.
BTW, I just leased an s60 2.4t and it's even better than the s70. The interior space is only slightly tighter, the ride and handling is far superior, the seats are superb.
#341 of 1197 Questions re: 1998 Volvo S70
Jan 15, 2002 (3:21 pm)
I'm a first-timer in this discussion. I have questions about a 1998 Volvo S70 with the normally aspirated 2.4L engine. It's an automatic with 68K miles. If you can help out, I'd appreciate it.
- Question 1: "Volvo" approved coolant
According to the user manual, the car requires "Volvo" approved coolant, as opposed to plain ol' Prestone or another brand. I was told by a dealership that the "Volvo" coolant had different levels of silicone in the formula for better compatibility with the engine. Can anyone verify this or tell me which name brand coolant I can use in lieu of the "Volvo" approved stuff?
- Question 2: Headlight wipers
Why don't the headlight wipers work? I though they were supposed to activate when you pull the wiper stalk on the steering wheel forward to wash the windshield. I checked, and the headlight wipers don't budge. I don't think they've ever worked.
Again, I'd appreciate any help you can give me with these questions.
#342 of 1197 burnsmr4, S70...
Jan 16, 2002 (12:40 am)
Well, I don't know about the Volvo "approved" coolant, but I had mine flushed at my independent Volvo wrench in the fall and he just used Prestone. I suspect if you're under warranty, it'd be prudent to use whatever Volvo approves.
For your question about the headlight washers... you are correct that they should operate when you use the windshield washer squirters. The motors sometimes go out on the wipers and need to be replaced. I replaced the passenger side one on my 854 T5 last summer, for a cost of $115 and it took about an hour. It wasn't very hard and I imagine it's very similar in the S70 cars. Have you checked the fuses? If they're good, then I'd suspect the motors. When mine went out, it made some noise. I could activate the washers, and with the car running, walk up to the headlight and hear the wiper motor wirring away, trying to go. The gears strip, it seems.
Hope this helps.
#343 of 1197 help and suggestions please
Jan 19, 2002 (5:09 am)
hi Volvo owners,
we are looking into buying a S70 but am not sure after reading a variety of complaints from few site message boards - would like to hear from you all if there is another model in the 2001 that is better than s70..
Jan 19, 2002 (9:10 am)
I have had great lock with my MY 2000 S70. I don't regret getting one.
Jan 19, 2002 (3:21 pm)
I absolutely LOVE my '98 S70 T5. Don't know of a better vehicle (for my needs and taste) that I could have gotten for my money.
Jan 19, 2002 (6:41 pm)
CR list the 98/99 S70s as used cars to avoid....
#347 of 1197 1999 Volvo S70 AWD
Jan 20, 2002 (11:13 am)
Hello. I am looking into purchasing a 99 Volvo S70 AWD. I was looking online and saw a 99 S70AWD Certified with 56k miles for $19,995. Edmunds has tradein at around 18000. Is the market so soft that I might be able to do somewhat better than tradein price, maybe $17000 or so or would the tradein price of $18000 be about the best I could hope for?