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Hello. I am new to the forum. Thank you for being here! I am looking for winter tires for my '98 V70 FWD Volvo. I am not sure what size tires they are meant to have in the first place. But I am looking for all season tires since I live in Northern Michigan and our winter driving can be fierce. What do you recommend. And should I get all four tires or can I get away with buying two new ones? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 

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For snow tires nokian makes some of the best. The new conti dws are really good all seasons if you don't want dedicated winters.. blizzaks are pretty much the standard snow tire and they work well too. Check out tire rack. I recommend dedicated winter tires for the soft rubber in the cold. You can find steelies cheap for those cars sometimes and then you can just mount and dismount them yourself when the seasons change. I live in an apt and kept my snow tires mounted on rims in my closet and changed them out in the back parking lot. Carrying then I and down the stairs kinda sucked though. But twice a year wasn't too bad really.

We have a 98 v70 awd with no prop shaft and it has 4 contis and it goes pretty well in the snow. No real issues. I had nokians on it before and it was better though. I never tried it with just 2. I guess you could buy two and then buy the other two if the back swings out. But having a 2nd set especially where you live would be optimal. I guess it depends on how much you want to spend. We tried a set of Dunlap snow tires on an 08 jetta and it was eh. I put my audis nokians on it and it was like night and day difference. I've got blizzaks on my xc90 but no snow yet.

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I am not sure what size tires they are meant to have in the first place.
Here you can get documents with your Volvo for free.
http://www.volvocars.com/us/top/yourvolvo/volvo-vehicle-information-library/Pages/om.aspx

Depend on the trim you have, you can have 195/60/15 to 205/55/16
http://new.volvocars.com/ownersdocs/1998/1998_specs/1998_v70.html

I been told snow tires makes a huge different in snow driving. Get all 4 tires for sure, you don't want your rear end to come out, ever.
 

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I'm not clear if you are actually looking for snow tires or all-season tires since you indicate both in your post?

Depending on the condition of your existing tires, you may be able to buy just two new all-seasons, but they should go on the rear for safety which is probably not what you want to hear.

I agree with going with dedicated snow tires and wheels, especially in your area. Much safer, and not that much more expensive really if you intend to keep the car more than a couple of years.
 

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I highly recommend 4 dedicated snow tires. This is how I have been running my 850's and S70 since 2000. The extra control and confidence with snow tires makes it worth every penny. A few Volvo geeks on this forum and others have been quite happy with General Altimax Arctic tires. Great performance and they are reasonably prices as well.

http://www.discounttiredirect.com/d...32639&counter=0&ar=60&rd=15&vid=005369&cs=195

I will guess that the correct snow tire size for your car (if it has 15" wheels) is P195/60R-15
 

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I highly recommend 4 dedicated snow tires. This is how I have been running my 850's and S70 since 2000. The extra control and confidence with snow tires makes it worth every penny.... The correct snow tire size for your car (if it has 15" wheels) is P195/60R-15
Russ is spot on. And if you have 16" wheels, think about a set of 15's for winter tires because for snow tires, smaller width is better.

Nokians are the best but expensive. You get what you pay for though.

I just tried some michelin X ice. not impressed, wouldnt recommend.

Nokian has a "budget" line, basically old tread patterns with new rubber compunds called the Nordman. I had the 4's last year, very good. 5's are ~$90 a piece this year.

Pirelli Ice Zero just caught my attention to replace the failed michelins. Other volvo guys run them and have been impressed.

http://www.pirelli.com/tyres/en-ww/car/find-your-tyres/test-results/winter/ice-zero-fr-2015-10-tm#
 

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I wish I could run 16" steelies on my xc90 but they don't clear the unnecessarily large calipers

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Depending on the condition of your existing tires, you may be able to buy just two new all-seasons, but they should go on the rear for safety which is probably not what you want to hear.
That is just flat out not true for a FWD car and SNOW tires
If you buy 2 they go on the driving wheels. What would be the point putting them on the rear, he won't move!

THINK, don't believe everything you read, try COMMON SENSE
 

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That is just flat out not true for a FWD car and SNOW tires
If you buy 2 they go on the driving wheels. What would be the point putting them on the rear, he won't move!

THINK, don't believe everything you read, try COMMON SENSE
It is absolutely true and most tire shops will no longer put two snow tires on the front of a FWD car. A significant forward bias in traction greatly increases the likelihood of snap oversteer that can cause a bad accident. http://www.tirerack.com/winter/tech/techpage.jsp?techid=52

I don't need to read it to believe it however, because I've experienced it both in real life, and on the skidpad in controlled conditions.
 

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Well I guess if you can't get going, you can't get into an accident lol... I don't know. I always do all 4. My safety doesn't have a budget. It's just tires.

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The difference in traction when putting new tires on the rear is negligible. Putting new tires on the rear SELLS MORE TIRES. Put them on the front & rotate on a regular basis, and you'll wear the whole set evenly.
 

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Thank you all!

I cannot thank all of you enough for your wonderful, and QUICK, replies. Finding this forum has certainly been a God-send. I really appreciate the videos (sure answered my question about where to put 2 new tires! YIKES!) and also the links to the original Volvo manuals as well. I have bookmarked them. One last question: If I ever decide to sell my '98 V70, where do you recommend I start? The KBB shows the value to be maybe $1500. :confused:
 

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The best way to gauge the value of your car is to see what similar cars in your area are selling for. Volvos especially retain their value beyond what blue book suggests, but it really depends on your area, and the condition of your car. Receipts and maintenance records go a long way in getting the most got your car.

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If I ever decide to sell my '98 V70, where do you recommend I start?
Number 1, wash your car, clean the interior.
Number 2, takes lots of pictures and find an online host like photobucket, sing up an account and upload the pictures
Number 3, write down all the details, location, mechanical, interior, exterior, rust, link to pictures, etc
Number 4, post on free sites first.

http://www.craigslist.org
http://forums.swedespeed.com/forumdisplay.php?34-FWD-AWD-Cars-For-Sale
http://volvoforums.com/forum/sale-trade-6/
http://www.matthewsvolvosite.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=6
http://forums.turbobricks.com/forumdisplay.php?f=11
http://volvospeed.com/vs_forum/forum/9-group-buys-and-for-sale-feed/


Don't be like this guy.
http://volvoforums.com/forum/sale-trade-6/1998-c70-sale-87040/
 

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Another great tire choice would be winters from Michelin, the X-ICE Xi3 is currently one of the highest rated winter tires on TireRack. I had a complete set of Michelin winter tires on my GLT and the car didn't care if it was raining, dry, or 3" of snow on the ground. I was able to do highway speeds safely in a blizzard, and the best part was, they were H-rated, so they had some decent grip for sporty driving in the dry as well.
 

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Another great tire choice would be winters from Michelin, the X-ICE Xi3 is currently one of the highest rated winter tires on TireRack. I had a complete set of Michelin winter tires on my GLT and the car didn't care if it was raining, dry, or 3" of snow on the ground. I was able to do highway speeds safely in a blizzard, and the best part was, they were H-rated, so they had some decent grip for sporty driving in the dry as well.
When did you get that set of michelins? They changed the rubber compound recently and they are just miserable in the wet. So bad I took the set back.


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Another great tire choice would be winters from Michelin, the X-ICE Xi3 is currently one of the highest rated winter tires on TireRack. I had a complete set of Michelin winter tires on my GLT and the car didn't care if it was raining, dry, or 3" of snow on the ground. I was able to do highway speeds safely in a blizzard, and the best part was, they were H-rated, so they had some decent grip for sporty driving in the dry as well.

Agreed.

I have a set on my S70 now and they are the best snow tires I've ever owned, and I have been running snow tires since the 70's!


Do you have a sweedspeed sticker on the rear side windows on one of your wagons?
 

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Agreed.

I have a set on my S70 now and they are the best snow tires I've ever owned, and I have been running snow tires since the 70's!


Do you have a sweedspeed sticker on the rear side windows on one of your wagons?
No, I have iPD stickers on the rear side windows of my wagon.
 

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Took your advice!

I highly recommend 4 dedicated snow tires. This is how I have been running my 850's and S70 since 2000. The extra control and confidence with snow tires makes it worth every penny. A few Volvo geeks on this forum and others have been quite happy with General Altimax Arctic tires. Great performance and they are reasonably prices as well.

http://www.discounttiredirect.com/d...32639&counter=0&ar=60&rd=15&vid=005369&cs=195

I will guess that the correct snow tire size for your car (if it has 15" wheels) is P195/60R-15
Thanks so much for your advise. I went with your suggestion and got them from discounttiredirect.com in two days, free shipping! They are amazing. I used to have 4wd's (when I had money, back in the day! LOL!) and these feel even MORE secure in the snow than any 4wd I ever had. The price was right and the installation was only $20 per tire, so $80 total, at my local tire shop, Richards Tires. I can't thank you enough for your speedy reply and everyone's wonderful suggestions! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and God bless.
 
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