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#1 of 15 brakes & rotors replaced much too often!
Feb 06, 2009 (2:14 pm)
I've been in some version of a Volvo since I inherited my parents brick-colored sedan in high school. It was a tank, ran forever and kept me safe and protected. Years later I bought a new black Volvo sedan. In 2006 with a hubby and two kids, I decided that I could graduate to the SUV. Feeling like I'd made a fantastically safe and practical decision, I drive my silver XC90 to work and on road trips. It's not the fanciest nor sexiest vehicle, but I feel my family is safe.
Hard working folks should not have huge budget surprises like my Volvo SUV has turned into. Little did I know what I was getting myself into when I made this purchase. When I took it into the Culver City dealer for my 30,000 mile service yesterday, I found out that my Volvo XC90 needed it's second replacement rotors and brake pads. I'd already been through this expense at 17,000 miles, much to my surprise. I'd never heard of needing to replace brake pads and rotors at 17,000.
Now, at 30,000 miles the local dealer's service department told me I needed another set at a cost of $1,000. CRAZY!
I have friends driving a Toyota or a Honda that rarely require maintenance or repairs. Volvo is an expensive vehicle to buy and it gets you every time you visit the service department and all repairs are expensive. It's disappointing to say the least.
#2 of 15 Re: brakes & rotors replaced much too often! [mamaag]
Mar 11, 2009 (10:24 am)
Hi...we have a 2005 XC90 V8 (fully loaded) and haven't had any of the problems you have with your rotors or brakes. Our only brake replacement so far was at 45,000 miles (only pads no rotor problems). We've owned it since 2005 , bought it new. Maybe the V8 with the 18" wheels has a different size brake and rotor. Not sure. Hope things work out better for you. I do know that Volvo has always had softer brake pads so that it helps stopping distance for safety reasons...AS far as other maintenance, we havne't had to do anything out of the ordinary, our services up to 36,000 miles were free and we now have nearly 60k on the vehicle with no major problems. We also run pure synthetic oil in the engine and have since the fiorst 500 miles.
#3 of 15 Re: brakes & rotors replaced much too often! [mamaag]
Mar 11, 2009 (10:48 am)
We're both late in answering, but I'm with the above poster. We are at around 34k miles and have not had to replace the pads yet, let alone the rotors. I just replaced the tires a few weeks ago and the pads look to still have at least half their life left.
If I were you, I'd be sure the dealer is telling the truth. Check them yourself. If they are telling the truth, check your driving habits.
#4 of 15 cx90 2005 brakes
Jul 24, 2009 (12:31 pm)
We bought our first Volvo in 2005 a fully loaded xc90 because of the safety factor, especially now that the grandkids are almost always with us. about two months ago I had the front pads and rotors replace at Midas at a cost of 600.00 + dollars I was told that the rears were still not needed I have done many a brake job in my 64 + years, but a little hesitant because I have not been able to locate a repair manual for this year and model I will probably come out next year after the vehicle is 5 yrs old. Do I need any especial tools would appreciate any and all advice, thanks chombis3
#5 of 15 Re: brakes & rotors replaced much too often! [mamaag]
Jul 25, 2009 (9:30 am)
Brake longevity is directly proportional to the frequency with which they are used. If you do a lot of stop and go driving you will wear the brakes out sooner.
Volvo's use soft pads that dissapate heat very well in order to retain excellent braking ability. XC90 weighs 4500lbs but brakes like a 3500lb car.
#6 of 15 Re: brakes & rotors replaced much too often! [volvomax]
Jul 25, 2009 (11:22 am)
Brake longevity is directly proportional to the frequency with which they are used.
I think you meant "inversely proportional."
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#7 of 15 Re: brakes & rotors replaced much too often! [tidester]
Jul 30, 2009 (4:05 pm)
I own a 2003 Volvo XC90 T6, purchased new in March, 2003. It has about 56,500 miles. As you may know, 2003 was the first year for the Volvo XC90.
I have my Volvo serviced regularly and have had minimal problems with it. There were a couple of recall repairs, which seems to be the norm for just about any new vehicle nowadays. I have had absolutely no brake-related problems. While my mileage is on the low side for a 6 1/2 year old vehicle, I would consider myself a "mildly aggressive" driver.
In short, no brake-related problems on my original vintage XC90.
#8 of 15 Acceptable Brake wear
Sep 21, 2009 (8:08 am)
The dealer replaced the fronts pads on our '04 T6 at 30K-ish. I just did pad/rotors all around at 60K. I don't think that is excessive, given the weight of the car.
Brake wear is dependant on driving style, weight, and type of driving. If you do a lot of stop/start/local driving with a heavy foot, you are going to have to do brakes more often than someone who does 100 miles on the highway each day.
Oct 29, 2009 (1:12 pm)
We have a 2009 xc90 that we bought just over a year ago. We are running into many problems already, but most recently our brakes are making a horrible sound. When we apply the brakes we hear a loud screeching sound, similar to when the emergency brake is left on and you're trying to back out of the garage. We've checked to make sure the e-brake is not on, it wasn't. We've taken it to the dealership and of course it didn't make the sound when we brought it in. It seems to happen when the car has been running for a while and is warmed up.
#10 of 15 Re: Brake Noise [jazmeena11]
Nov 20, 2009 (4:06 pm)
I am having the same issue with my 2009 XC90. It's at the shop right now getting new front brake pads. Something tells me that replacing brake pads isn't going to do a thing. I've got 18,000 miles now. How about you?