Help - please - tire info needed...

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Uncle Vinnie, Aug 25, 2007.

  1. Uncle Vinnie

    Uncle Vinnie Guest

    Hi.. Where can I verify what would be the stock or recommended tire for a
    98 S70, Standard.

    I was going to by Michelin Exalta's but the shop refused to install
    them...stating they are H rated, my car calls for V's.. and he would not
    install them....(195-60-R15's..)

    Where can I verify this.. he was bumping me up $60 a tire to another type..
    thank you!
    Uncle Vinnie, Aug 25, 2007
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    klh in VA Guest

    does that dealer really think your s70 can overrun an h rated tire? =-O
    klh in VA, Aug 25, 2007
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    Dlee Guest

    My 98 S70 had V rated 195/60R15 standard. As long as you change all 4
    tires, there should be no problem with H rated tires, which are rated to
    130 mph. Now if you're going to cruise at 100-110, then I would get V
    rated, but I can't go that fast and keep my license. I went to sam's
    and got 205/55R15 V rated Goodrich's when I got new tires first time around.
    Dlee, Aug 26, 2007
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    Joerg Lorenz Guest

    I guess that depends on the legislation. In Switzerland and Germany it
    is forbidden to install summer-tires that are "underrated".

    H-tires are good for 210 km/h which almost all S/V-70-models easily are
    able to exceed.

    Your dealer is right not to install underrated tires.

    Joerg Lorenz, Aug 26, 2007
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    Roadie Guest

    The owners manual and either the fuel door or one of the vehicle doors
    has this information, so I would look there first. And the large
    chain tire stores have online databases that will point the salesman
    toward the correct size and speeed rating for your veicle. Finally, as well as most of the major tire companies have an
    online sizing service to identify the proper tires for your car.

    I've read that you can go down one speed range and not have an impact
    on safety, but I don't buy it. If you want to downgrade, keep
    shopping and you will find a dealer that will make the swap.

    Alternatively consider a Yokohama tire. In my experience they offer a
    ride comparable to the Michelins and have excellent treadwear and
    traction characteristics.
    Roadie, Aug 26, 2007
  6. Uncle Vinnie

    Uncle Vinnie Guest

    Thank you all..

    However, where can I verify if this car calls for an H or a V? Inside gas
    cover only shows size- 295-60-15's...Not the speed rating. Manual refers to
    door jamb, there is no tire info on any.. we bought this car second hand....

    Costco's webesite excludes the Exaltos' (H), Tirerack includes them when
    doing a search by vehicle...

    Which is right? Does Volvo have this info available?

    Thanks again!
    Uncle Vinnie, Aug 26, 2007
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    Roadie Guest

    Tirerack has mostly H rated tires for that car, and that would make
    sense to me on a standard V70 sedan. My choice would be a Yokohama
    Avid rather than the Michelin because of comparable real world
    performance, higher government rire ratings and notably lower price.
    If you have a NTB or Merchants Tire (same ownership) they have a faily
    complete line of Yokohama, Michelin, etc.
    Roadie, Aug 26, 2007
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    Joerg Lorenz Guest

    In Europe the V70/S70 *never* came with H-rated tires off the factory.
    My first 850GLT back in 92 (predecessor of the V70/S70) came already
    with 195/60-15V Michelins.

    H-rated tires are only allowed for snow tires. With them you can even
    use T-rated (190 km/h max).

    Joerg Lorenz, Aug 26, 2007
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    Uncle Vinnie Guest

    Thank you all, for your help!!!!

    Uncle Vinnie, Aug 27, 2007
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