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Volvo XC90, Tires, Wheels, SUV
#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.
#124 of 166 Re: Two or Four New Tires on a 2.5T AWD? [jccai1]
Jan 19, 2009 (7:43 pm)
They still have 5/32" of tread left.... The rear drive only kicks in when the front wheels slip.
Well, therein lies the problem. Theoretically, the tires with 5/32" will spin at a different rate than the new tires with twice the tread. This can be interpreted by the AWD system as slippage.
By the way, I just ordered 4 new tires for ours from Tirerack. They are General Altimax, which are rated very high in comparisons and customer feedback. All 4 are being shipped to my door for $380. I have 17" wheels, however.
#126 of 166 Re: Two or Four New Tires on a 2.5T AWD? [qbrozen]
Jan 21, 2009 (11:45 am)
Thank you for your input. I did some online research, which mostly indicated all 4 tires need to be replaced at the same time. Called two area dealers; one says 2 is ok, the other says must replace all 4. As expensive as the tires are, I don't want to take chances with the drive system. So I ordered 4 new Michelin Latitude Tour HP. I'm hoping they will last a bit longer than the Pilot MXM4.
As resonated by many owners in online forums, this vehicle chews through tires like crazy. With 18" wheels, replacement options are very limited, which further increases the associated cost. Certainly the biggest frustration of owning this car for us.
#127 of 166 Re: Two or Four New Tires on a 2.5T AWD? [jccai1]
Jan 21, 2009 (1:48 pm)
I hear ya. And I've also read those complaints about the short tire life. Fortunately, ours hasn't shown the problem yet. Ours has the OEM tires (Michelin Synchrone 4x4). Can't say whether they were every replaced, but we've put 10k on the vehicle since purchase (had 23k on it and nothing in the dealer-obtained service history about new tires) and they still look new. UNFORTUNATELY, the OEM tires are horrible. So, while ours still have plenty of tread, I am replacing them because my wife has been sliding all over the place in the recent ice/snow we've had.
BTW, I bought a G35X in May with brand new tires. I had to replace those after about 8K miles because they were nearly bald. Now THAT car eats through tires!