"gerry" <email@example.com> wrote:
> I have to replace my all season tires this spring and am looking for advice.
> Last fall there was a major discussion of tire preferenced and I believe the
> Michelin Hydroedge was given 2 thumbs up by several group contributors. They
> would be for 12 month use, and long life and comfort, rather than
> "performance" with a sacrifice on the comfort side is what I am looking for.
The original equipment on the '01 V70XC was Pirelli Scorpion S/T
215/65R16 tires. It was the first year of the V70XC redesign which was
a big improvement over the previous V70XC. Since it was being tested as
a new model, the Scorpions were chosen so the car would have the best
performance numbers when tested. The surprising thing is that they not
only perform well like most Pirelli's do, but they last which most
Pirelli's don't. They make over 55,000 miles easily. Gas mileage
around town has been 22-23 mpg. On the highway it is 24-26. I love the
Pirelli Scorpion's that came with the car. They do great on flooded
highways and in snow. They also are great on the open road. On any
FWD/AWD vehicle you need to rotate the tires regularly to insure even
wear. I have my Volvo dealer check my tires every routine service
(7,500 miles) and see if they need rotating. The reason I stick with
the Scorpions is that they drive great and have never shown uneven wear.
By the way I was surprised to find that a set of Scorpions from the
Volvo dealer cost about the same as more poorly rated tires from Sears.
Sears doesn't carry a tire as good as the Scorpions (their words, not
Cheers, Steve Henning in Reading, PA, USA
Owned '67,'68,'71,'74,'79,'81,'87,'93,'95 & '01 Volvos.
The '67,'74,'79,'87,'95 and '01 through European Delivery.