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#114 of 166 Re: TIRES for 2006 XC90 XC90 2.5T AWD [jim314]
Oct 08, 2008 (3:53 pm)
For the 2004 XC90 FWD the alternate tire size in the 18" wheel is 235/60-18 (diameter 29.1") and not 235/55-18 (this would be diameter 28.2"). See TireRack.
In a 55 series tire, 255/55-18 is required to give the same 29" dia at the tread as 235/65-17 and 235/60-18. If Volvo doesn't list 255 mm wide tires as an OE choice this could indicate that 255 mm wide tires might be wide enough to rub the insides of the wheel wells in tight turns, especially turns with bumps causing suspension travel.
#115 of 166 Re: TIRES for 2006 XC90 XC90 2.5T AWD [jim314]
Oct 08, 2008 (5:52 pm)
The diameter of 235/55-18 is 28.2".
It is 235/60-18 that is the same dia and is the alternative size to 235/65-17.
#116 of 166 Re: TIRES for 2006 XC90 XC90 2.5T AWD [4dimad]
Oct 10, 2008 (5:00 am)
How about letting us know what you decide to get? To answer your question about source, I use Discount Tire.
You might look at Post #94 in this thread. So you could consider Kumho Road Venture APT KL51 in the 235/65-17 as an economical alternative to Michelins (or in 235/60-18 if you decide to change to 18" wheels).
Besides performance and length of service, an important criterion for tire choice nowadays is fuel efficency. Some tire models do allow higher mpg than others, and it seems to be difficult to find data on this. However, wider tires almost always give lower mpg than narrower ones. So the relatively wide tires in the 2008 XC90 V8 AWD Sport model (255/50-19 => 29.0" diameter at tread) should contribute to lower mpg than the 235 mm wide tires in the other XC90 models.
Dec 27, 2008 (8:10 pm)
FWIW: Replaced the badly worn Michelin Pilots with Kumho Road Venture APT KL51's a few months ago and couldn't be happier. 1/2 the price and so far much quieter and seem to be wearing better. Got ours delivered to the house from Tire Rack.
#118 of 166 XC90 Tires - What to replace with?
Dec 29, 2008 (10:33 am)
I am surprised at the bad experiences people mention on OEM tires. I have a 2006 AWD V8 at almost 46,000 miles with the ORIGINAL Michelins running just fine. We are moving back to NH from PA and I'm seriously considering Nokian WR's based on my research to date. I must say that the Michelins have been performed very well in all conditions, but I'm going with the Nokians as I think they are better suited to the 8 feet of snow we get in NH.
With respect to the XC90, I love this vehicle. I've owned Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, and VW over the years and I have to say this car has outperformed all. Probably key to this is the dealer support and we will miss Lehman Volvo of York, PA. Unfortunately, Miller in Lebanon NH are a bunch of incompetent crooks. Lovering in Concord is somewhat better, but can be difficult to deal with at times.
I'd appreciate any responses on the Nokians and experiences with dealer service in NH / VT / MA.
#119 of 166 Re: XC90 Tires - What to replace with? [tuck]
Dec 30, 2008 (3:48 pm)
I just got a 2007 XC90 with the Michelin Pilots. They are fine on dry pavement but are some of the worst all weather tires I've run on. I've had the vehicle for about a month and came from a 96 Ford Explorer 4x4. So I am used to good traction and 4 wheel drive which is very different than the Volo AWD witch is like FWD with some rear wheel assist.
Anyway, after the first snow here in Chicago a few weeks ago I had to get rid of the Pilots. I did find a Nokian dealer local and put 4 of the WR-G2s on. It made a HUGE difference in wet & snow control! I had there perfect chance to test them the past 2 weeks of snowstorms, sleet, & rain we've had so far this December. The tires worked very well in it all. It is still not even close to what I'd try and go through with a real 4 wheel drive SUV but it's pretty good! It does feel more like a truck now as well. Very happy with the purchase.
I know you're not in Chicago but I bought them at Suburban Tire which has about 5+ locations in the suburbs here. The service was excellent and they have nitrogen if you want it...
#120 of 166 Re: XC90 Tires - What to replace with? [tuck]
Jan 10, 2009 (10:35 pm)
I service my car at lovering volvo in Merideth. I have had nothing but good experiences with them. Good people...
#121 of 166 Re: Excessive rear tire wear [jfgxc90]
Jan 11, 2009 (5:06 am)
I had an XC90, but had to get rid of it because of the same problem. My rear tires went first, but they moved my front tires to the back and put new tires on the front. My front tires then started to wear. i had terrible service from Betten Imports, in Grand Rapids, so I went to an independent shop to ask them their opinion. I was told that the alignment was off and that Volvo sets the alignment up like that for stability of the vehicle. I went through 16 tires in 18 months! Michellin took care of the first set and then I had to pay for the rest. I contacted Volvo NA and also Volvo headquarters in Sweden, but they were no help and rude. They told me that it was a tire problem and they do not deal with tire problems. They told me that there was nothing wrong with my vehicle, it was the way I drove the car. If I were you, GET RID OF THE VEHICLE!!!! The problem will only continue and you will shell out a lot of money on tires!!!
#122 of 166 Two or Four New Tires on a 2.5T AWD?
Jan 19, 2009 (8:53 am)
Question for you experts. I have a 2005 2.5T AWD with 18" rims. One of the rear tires must be replaced due to damage from road hazard. Right now the car has four Michelins purchased together about 1.5 yrs ago. As these tires are $250 a pop, I'm inclined to only replace the two rear tires and leave the front tires until they wear out. They still have 5/32" of tread left. The tire shop says I should replace all 4 of them at the same time, given it's an AWD vehicle.
My understanding is that this car is FWD most of time. The rear drive only kicks in when the front wheels slip. We live in a warm climate, so snow/ice is rare. Is it going to do any damage to the drive system to run old tires in the front and new ones in the rear for 6 months or so? Thanks much!
#123 of 166 Re: Two or Four New Tires on a 2.5T AWD? [jccai1]
Jan 19, 2009 (9:46 am)
You could try getting a used tire of the same model to replace the one damaged tire. Discount Tire does carry used tires.