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#78 of 166 Volvo XC90 Tires/Rotors
Mar 18, 2008 (2:51 pm)
My 2006 Volvo XC90 is the worst car I have ever had. My car has under 24K miles and needs new tires already, as many other people have written about. It has also had to have replaced 18 months later corroded and rear rotors and bearings. I originally took the car in to check out a rubbing type of noise in the front column that after reading others' complaints seems to be a common problem. How it turned out to be corroded rear rotors is beyond me, and them for that matter. First they claimed we must have had the car submerged under water (while the rest of the vehicle remained in pristine condition with no evidence of water). Then they suggested we had the car up north in snow conditions. We live year round in Florida. Deel Volvo of Coral Gables FL expected us to pay for it ($3,000+). We refused to pay and said we would leave the car with them and start litigation. They ended up footing the bill and told us "it was a one time courtesy" repair like they were doing us a big extended favor. I just took the car in for its 3rd 7500 mile service and they rotated the tires (which by the way they mentioned nothing about the tire tread until I asked them about it) and now the tires make a lot of noise as if I am driving a jeep wrangler with the top down. They said to me before I left, "you will hear a "whirring" noise from the tires, it's nothing." The steering, brake system, wheel system on this car is terrible. If you want to give yourself a huge headache, spend loads of money on constant repairs and labor rip offs, get this car. Volvo corporate is no better, offering no solutions or help in answering questions. Their roadside assistance program is slow, with rude and unprofessional site employees. I did not receive any response from Volvo when I sent a complaint in about one of their roadside assistance service guys. I cant wait to get rid of this car and unfortunatety have another 18 months to go. If you ask me Volvo is hiding a lot, and the safety of this vehicle is at question.
#79 of 166 What tires are new XC90s equipped with?
Mar 18, 2008 (6:58 pm)
I was about to purchase a new XC90 on the 24 month/24000 lease plan. I'm kinda' worried that I'll have to replace the tires before lease end. May be enough to make me buy some other car.
What brands of tires are brand new XC90s equipped with and are they any good?
#80 of 166 Re: Volvo XC90 Tires/Rotors [miamibeach]
Mar 24, 2008 (6:34 am)
My wife have a 06 Volvo XC90 which she purchased new. After about 4-6 months, I notice an increase in noise coming from the tires. After numerous complaints to the service department, they changed the tires. Again, after about 6 months, the noise returned. This time they said that it was normal because of the type of tires. I continued to complain and they changed the tires again. She have put about 15,000 miles on these tires and the noise is back again. I called the dealership last week to request an appointment and the service manager quickly asked me how many miles did we have on the vehicle which is 38,000 miles. He said that Volvo will not give me any more new tires. I told him that I was never interested in new tire, I am interested in finding and fixing the problem that is causing the abnormal tire wear. He said he did not know what was causing it to wear and that they have seen this in other Volvo XC90's. Additionally, he is very rude and have never been a custormer friendly manager. I sent a note to the BBB last week and still waiting to hear from them. The very reason that my wife choose Volvo was her expectation of better customer service, however so far at least with this dealership, this has been far from the truth. We are comtemplating our options at this point. I am highly disappointed with Volvo service department.
#81 of 166 Volvo XC90 troubles
Mar 26, 2008 (9:17 pm)
I live in Anchorage Alaska. I own a 2004 Volvo XC90. I have 46,000 miles on my vehicle (6 months using Nokian Hakapalitta's studded tires, 6 months of michelin Pilots that came with the car, over the course of 46,000 miles). The Nokian studded tires are in much better shape than the tires that came with the vehicle. I have outer wear on all 4 tires that came with the vehicle. Does anyone have any recommendations on what tires to purchase that will last at least 30,000 miles with the XC90 in summer conditions such as Tampa Florida because that is where I am moving to this summer. My Volvo has handled like a champion on snow and ice! With that being said this is a list of issues with my XC90, 12,000 miles they had to replace the sway bar assembly $1200(covered by warranty) because it felt like my power steering had gone out. I noticed very slight play in the steering wheel ever since, took it to Volvo they said it is fine. Had to have stereo replaced because it stopped working. Replaced front brakes at 40,000 miles(Volvo replaces all parts including metal parts when brakes are fixed). When I stop slowly (every now and then) my brakes squeak. Volvo checked my brakes again and said they were fixed properly (said they could not reproduce sound). 46,400 mile mark heard noise in rear of vehicle (they replaced the rear wheel bearings). When they fixed the bearings they called me and said did you notice that your car turns like a truck in low drive. I said "I told you guys this before and you said everything is fine". Bottom line is that my fuse went out that aids the power steering. They fixed it right or so I thought, at the dealership when the attendant brought my vehicle around he said that the fuse crapped out and it must be the computer tripping it. So they are rushing a new fuse in for me. Bottom line is that I love the XC90 especially in winter, but it has had problems. If you do buy one BUY AN EXTENDED WARRANTY! These vehicles are not cheap to fix. They hold an excellent resale value so I will keep it until I hit 100,000 miles then it is Surburban Hybrid time. Good Luck, Sky
#82 of 166 Re: Volvo XC90 troubles [skymetz]
Mar 26, 2008 (9:51 pm)
I have outer wear on all 4 tires...
It sounds like you're driving with your tires underinflated. Have you checked that possibility?
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#83 of 166 Re: Volvo XC90 troubles [skymetz]
Mar 27, 2008 (7:15 am)
I have an extended warranty but will trade this car in after the warranty is up. I wouldn't recommend this vehicle to anyone. The new tires I have are Michelin Energy MXV4 recommended by NTB. The old tires were replaced after 18K, Volvo and Perelli would not replace these unless your tires are bald. Nice safety promotion, right? Our next vehicle would be hybrid also.
#84 of 166 Re: Volvo XC90 Tires/Rotors [ipete]
Mar 27, 2008 (7:20 am)
Anyone interested in drafting a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration?
#85 of 166 Re: Volvo XC90 troubles [donteven]
Mar 27, 2008 (8:33 am)
I do not lightly go against the manufacturer's recommendation on tire inflation pressure, but it seems to me that the recommended pressures for US models are too low for smooth pavement. I inflate to 40 psi both in my 2004 V70 (Michelin MXV4 Plus Energy 195/65-15) and in my wife's 2007 XC90 3.2 FWD (Michelin 4x4 Synchrone 235/65-17), and I see no uneven tire wear. Both of these tire models have a max infl press of 51 psi, but 40 psi should still be OK in tires rated to 44 psi max.
I wish there was more informed discussion on the rationale for tire pressure recommendations. I do wonder if I could be reducing the tire contact patch, but until I read something authoritative which recommends against this practice or see some excess wear in the center, I am going to continue this. Excessive inflation could cause excessive wear to suspension components, but where we drive we are able to avoid potholes and don't have to just drive through them.
#86 of 166 2006 xc90 2.5T AWD in need of Pads and Tires
Mar 31, 2008 (10:09 am)
Took my XC in on Friday for 22500 mile servicing. Front pads were toast so spend 190 to have those replaced. Rear pads are at 8mm so those should be good for a while.
I asked about the tires at 17K and again on Friday and they said the fronts are at 3.32 and the backs at 2.32 - Not exactly sure how the rears would wear more than the fronts since this is a FWD suv most of the time but in any event, I didnt question the dealer since they have been great on service with me. Dialed up Volvo north america and filed a complaint this morning about an hour ago. Service guy from my dealer called me a few minutes ago and stated that Volvo NA will pick up 50 % of the cost on the tires and labor, replacing the tires with the same michelins that are on my xc. Service guy stated that the tires run 240 a tire plus 75 for labor/ install plus 45 for alignment so I would have to cover the alignment costs plus half of everything else - Just under 600 bucks.
I asked the service guy to contact Volvo NA to see if there were better tires that I could replace them with since im not entirely happy with the Michelins. They ride terribly and I dont go off rroad, in snow at all and it rarely rains here (San Diego). So for me, I want the quietest, smoothest ride for 30K miles.
Just updating all of you that you can still get a discount from volvo NA.