'98 V70 AWD tires

Discussion in 'Volvo V70' started by Dave, Jul 24, 2003.

  1. Dave

    Dave Guest

    My wife has a V70 AWD that needs 2 new tires. She currently has
    Continentals and I would like to ask for advice on what else to
    consider. I'm probably going to simply replace all 4, as one of the
    two remaining had been replaced due to uneven wear and I don't want to
    get into a cycle of replacing one or two at a time. I can use the
    good ones as spares.

    The Goodyear place down the road suggested P205/55R16 SL Dunlop GTQ
    tires. Tirerack doesn't even show these in their listing when I go
    through the questionnaire and I haven't seen a lot about them on the
    web, so to arbitrarily pay $94/each makes me a little skeptical.

    Driving considerations are:
    We recently moved to Western New York. The locals say we should be
    all right, with the ability of the DOT, to get by on front wheel drive
    and all-seasons, so we should be in good shape with an AWD car and
    good all-seasons as opposed to getting another set of rims and winter
    tires. We average <10k/year in the car, but it will be our primary
    winter car. It's not driven hard.

    Thank you,
    Dave, Jul 24, 2003
  2. Dave

    Brick_0 Guest

    The tire warranty and the speed rating. If you don't drive very much you
    don't want a warranty that is based on a number of years. I can drive for
    7-10 years on the same tires because I don't drive any one car very much. I
    use T rated tired because I never go above 80 and I want a tire that will
    wear slowly. I wouldn't go below H on that car though.

    I'm probably going to simply replace all 4, as one of the
    The TireRack www.tirerack.com has a Dunlop that looks good for your
    situation. It has good numbers (The colored boxes). Take a look at this

    Dunlop SP Sport A2 (has a 50,000mi/6 year warranty) That would work at
    10,000 miles/year.

    It might be a tire that only Goodyear carries but it might be the exact same
    tire as something else; just different name/number. Compare their Dunlop
    with the one at TireRack. Look at the tread and other numbers. If you like
    the Sport A2, your Goodyear dealer (or someone else) can get it easily.


    and I haven't seen a lot about them on the
    Brick_0, Jul 25, 2003
  3. Dave

    Bob Noble Guest

    On our '98 V70XC, Continentals were the OEM tire supplied. Several
    other XC's that I saw at that time were similarly equipped. They gave
    adequate service.

    This car is driven hard and we have about 10K miles on the Dunlops your
    friendly tire store recommended. I'm just surprised that they suggested
    a "shorter" tire than the OEM. As your manual suggests, the proper size
    is 205/65 (not 55) x15. Note that the wheel is 15", not 16. Of course,
    you may have picked up a non-standard wheel size along the way. Tires
    are "H" rated and most stores will not put anything less than an "H" on
    a vehicle any more if that was the original spec.

    With the heavier springs fitted to the XC, I don't think you'd want
    anything less than the 65 series - the ride is harsh enough as it is -
    on our area's lousy roads, anyway.

    bob noble
    Reno, NV, USA
    Bob Noble, Jul 25, 2003
  4. Dave

    Brick_0 Guest

    The XC takes a 205/65/15 but the other AWD Volvos, the V70 AWD and the V70R
    AWD for that year, take a 205/55/16.


    Note that the wheel is 15", not 16. Of course,
    Brick_0, Jul 25, 2003
  5. I am impressed with the tires that came with my '01 V70 XC. They are
    Pirelli Scorpion S/Ts. They have worn very evenly. I rotated them twice
    but the wear has been remarkably even. They are going to get 40,000
    miles before I replace them. I have 36,000 miles on them and the tread
    is down to 4/32 and they still have outstanding rain and wet road
    performance. They have the highest speed rating. Sears wants to
    replace them with Goodrich Weatherbeaters which look good but don't have
    as high a speed rating. These are the first Pirelli's I have had that
    got any kind of decent mileage. They always have fantastic traction,
    but usually don't wear this well.

    I pick my tires by their wet road performance. There is very little
    difference between the dry road performance of tires. The big
    difference is on wet roads. I drive on many roads that have
    hydroplaning problems and appreciate a tire that is secure in those
    situations. I have never experienced hydroplaning with the Scorpions,
    even now when they are almost worn out.
    Stephen M. Henning, Jul 25, 2003
  6. Dave

    Mike F Guest

    One thing nobody has mentioned yet is the importance of changing all the
    tires at the same time on Volvos with that AWD system. The front and
    rear axles are "clutched" together based on the difference in their
    relative speeds. If they're turning the same speed, there's almost no
    force transmitted to the rear. This engagement gets progressively
    tighter, the greater the speed difference. This way the rears start to
    do something when the fronts start to slip. However, if the tire size
    is different, then some force is always transmitted to the rear, and the
    front to rear driveshaft is under load. This overheats the oil in the
    angle gear (the first part in the system that transmits the power to the
    rear) which can cause failure inside 50 miles.

    The recommendation is change all 4 tires at once and rotate them
    frequently to keep wear even.

    I got Michelin Pilot XGT Z4 for my '98 V70 T5, which are high
    performance (and high $) all season tires. I liked them so much that I
    persuaded my brother to put a set on his 1990 740 Turbo. I have winter
    tires as well, but got caught out in the snow with these tires during
    our late snowstorm this year, and was pleasantly surprised how good they
    were in the snow. These tires are not available anymore, they're
    replaced by the Pilot Sport A/S.
    Mike F, Jul 25, 2003
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