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Volvo XC90, Tires, Wheels, SUV
#68 of 164 Volvo Tire Wear Issue
Nov 02, 2007 (2:58 pm)
I have 2006 XC90 2.5T with Pirelli Scorpion installed and I agree with most of postings on this thread that it is highly unusual to have tire replacement at early stage. I somehow feel lucky that 28,000+ miles only then that I got notice from service that I should replace my tires the soonest. Mine has some "uneven" capping issues but I would equate this to several incidents that I had to do emergency hard stop thus screaching my tires. I have asked the dealership service about the tire wear issue and they said that Pirelli tires are "softer" tires giving more grip on the road and the XC90 safety are rated based on this. They gave me advice that if I ever consider buying other tires that are "harder" (which equates to longer thread life) I should also take into consideration the safety aspect where it affects the stability control of the vehicle. I am now shopping for a new set of tires that are between "soft" and "hard" probably a thread wear grade of 350+. Thanks to the users who suggested several brands and models - I'm looking at Bridgetone Dueler - we'll see then.
#69 of 164 Re: last volvo purchase [donteven]
Nov 08, 2007 (6:36 pm)
Which model of Michelin tires were OE and what model did you replace them with?
#70 of 164 Re: last volvo purchase [jim314]
Nov 10, 2007 (10:44 am)
My tires are Michelin MXV4 Energy. This was recommended by Just Tires as well as NTB. I just checked on the Michelin website and these are also recommended along with another tire. This is for a softer ride. So far so good, no weird sounds, etc. These tires are expected to last around 35K or so.
#71 of 164 Re: last volvo purchase [donteven]
Nov 10, 2007 (1:48 pm)
My 2004 V70 base model 2.4L 168 hp came with Michelin MXV4 Energy (195/65-15) and three of them now have 30 kmi on them. I don't have a tread gauge, but the tread is getting near the minimum. The 4th tire (rear pass side) is only about a year old because of an unrepairable puncture in the original tire when this car was being driven by my wife. My wife picked up a roofing staple outside Discount Tire's repair zone. If I had been driving this car, I would have tried to plug it and if that had worked I would not have to worry now about how many tires to buy when the tread on the three originals gets too low.
My wife's 2007 XC90 3.2 came with Michelin 4X4 Synchrone (235/65-17) and they only have about 5500 miles on them so I cannot say how they will wear.
#72 of 164 Re: last volvo purchase [jim314]
Nov 10, 2007 (6:25 pm)
On the Michelin site the MXV4 Plus Energy is touted as promoting fuel efficiency and being longer lasting, starting tread is 10/32". My 04 V70 gets great highway fuel economy, up to 34 mpg on IH. Maybe your mpg (esp highway) will increase with these tires.
The 4X4 Synchrone is described as having superior all weather traction, starting tread 13/32".
"Energy™ MXV4®: Get More Miles For Your Money; Enjoy A Quiet, Comfortable Ride; Go Farther With Each Tank Of Gas; 400 A A
"Plus 4x4 Synchrone®: Experience Grip In All Seasons; 380 AA A "
Both tires are rated at 51 psi max and I set them at 40 psi cold despite the fact that the tire placqards recommend a somewhat lower pressure. The MXV4 Plus is rated at a higher load-- 1984lbs. (at 51 psi) vs 1804lbs. (at 51 *psi) for the 4x4 Synchrone.
#73 of 164 Re: last volvo purchase [jim314]
Nov 14, 2007 (5:01 am)
I have a 2004 XC90 3.2 and have had good luck with the tires. I had over 30,000 miles on the original tires -- 4X4 Synchrone -- with good tread left when I had a flat that could not be fixed. I didn't want to buy 1 new tire, especially the expensive Michelins so I bought a set of Bridgetone Duelers. With about 5,000 miles to date they have been very good, although I also did not have any problems with the Synchrones.
Nov 15, 2007 (6:35 pm)
My wife and I purchased a used 04 XC90 and have had the vehicle for less than a year. After 3 months, our front tires outside tread, Michelin Pilots, wore down to 2/32. We have had 3 alignments and numerous appointments with Volvo and Discount Tire about the situation. We have just been informed that the back tread is now down to 2/32 and we haven't had the vehicle a full year. We are past the warranty and now have to pay out of pocket for a new set of tires. I would like to know if anyone has any recommendation's? There has to be something defective with the vehicle.
#75 of 164 4 Season Tire Recommendation
Nov 19, 2007 (12:57 pm)
Looking for a 4 season tire (17") for XC90 and not impressed with winter traction of OEM tires. I am considering the following:
Nokian WR SUV
Goodyear Fortera Triple Tread
Michelin All Terrain (in the 17" size it has an LTX M&S hybrid tread pattern)
Any recommendations by those that have driven them on the XC90 would be appreciated. Interested in your comments relative to handling, noise, ride and wear.
#76 of 164 Re: tread wear [louharry]
Jan 05, 2008 (4:50 pm)
I have a 2005 V8 XC90 and have the same problem. My wife got into an accident a few years ago and I thought the wear was caused by it. I had the truck aligned by a local shop first and then decided to take it to Volvo after I felt the problem wasn’t resolved. To this day it's still doing the same thing and causing the same odd ware pattern on the outside of the tire. I’m looking for a new set of tires and I don’t even know where to start. It seems like all of the tires made for its 235-60-18 size are all terrible. Any advice?
#77 of 164 Re: Whining Noise - 2004 [dmcdude]
Mar 01, 2008 (1:58 pm)
What was the mileage when the wheel bearings went? Did they replace them for free? Thanks.