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After reading plenty of stuff around on Inet and here, I decided to take a closer look at these tires and I was about to be convinced that they are the better choice when I did the math for the load rating.<p>The PS2 235/45ZR17 are ratted at 1477 lbs. The V70R with 5 adults (me 225, wife 130, mother in law 160, sister in law 120 and husband 180) and two children in the trunk (50 lbs each and that is to the low side becasue 80 lbs kids can go in there) brings the car to 5715 lbs w/o any baggage. That leaves only 193 lbs for four bikes on the trailer hitch (about 60 lbs including the rack) and the huge cargo box on the top (because the kids are in the trunk). Compare that with the OE tires that leaves 685 lbs for cargo.<p>As you can see this is cutting it close. Of course I'll not drive even close to the Y speed rate with all this load but it is still close. The driving with all this load will be done on hot summer days on highways for long periods of time. <p>I can see how the PS2 might be the perfect tire for S60R but I have doubts about using it on V70R. Unfortunatelly Michelin does not make a higher load tire on this size (it makes a 96Y in 235/50R17).<p>The only other tire besides the Rosso with high load ratting and good performance is Continental ContiSportContact 2 but has less performance than the PS2.<p>Any comments on this? Did I miss something in my logic above? What are other members running on their V70R's?<p>Thanks,
 

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Re: Michelin PS2 and load rating for V70 (doru)

Sounds like I should have sold you my GMC Yukon...<p>Seriously, why don't you get the Michelins and rent a large SUV for your long roadtrip in the summer? With all those human beings and all that stuff pounded in/on/behind the car, the R's performance and handling will be awful anyway. As a bonus, the rental company's unlimited mileage saves you the depreciation on your R. The extra room in SUVs will make that you all can actually breathe some air. I'm not a fan of large SUV's as commuter cars, but for those kind of road trips they are the best.
 

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Re: Michelin PS2 and load rating for V70 (ArdmoreV70R)

SUV God forbid. The only place I drive an SUV is off road like when visiting the Four Corners <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">.<p>I already ordered the Michelins. I'll get them next week. I figure it out that it will be just fine. If the tire is ratted at 1447 lbs then the manufacturer should cover his ass and be sure that the tire is actually capable of that load if not more and at Y rated speed. Also the Pirelli winter tires that Volvo recommends for the R (SnowSports, that I actually own) have exactlly the same load rating as the PS2.<p>R overloaded fear not. It handles just fine with all that stuff and it has plenty of power to carry it. The suspenssion feels just fine and the hop is less. Don't forget that R is ratted for 3000lb towing capacity. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>As for thight space in the car I'm used to driving European cars (when I lived there) that are in average much smaller than here, and mine was a small one there. For people that know the car, it was a variant of Renault 10 (1973).<p>I appreciate your advice. You are the only one that bothered to respond. Yes, I agree that an SUV will be more comfortable but I want to drive my R.
 

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You are welcome. This forum moves so fast that it seems new posts sometimes vanish in a few hours or less.<p>Me too am used to smaller European cars (little more recent though, e.g. 1999 Peugeot 206, 2001 Renault Megane, 2002 Seat Leon 20VT) and like them better than most other cars for various reasons. However, in the past 2,5 years that I have lived in the US, I learned that not all American ideas are crazy or arrogant. For example, I found the 2000 GMC Yukon to be an excellent vehicle for long road trips with multiple people and baggage on board, with surprising good gas mileage and better turning radius than the R. But that's an off-topic, under-the-belt. Love my R for what it is.<p>I'm sure you will be fine with the Michelins. Have a safe trip! To Florida?
 

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Re: Michelin PS2 and load rating for V70 (ArdmoreV70R)

Thanks! On not Florida ... only Alberta.
 

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You will like the PS2s. When you load your car up for your trip you will definately notice the weight. The car will no longer handle like a sports car. I think it is the soft springs, and this leaves the variable shocks to do all the work. I have put 1,000 pounds of lead in my V70 R plus some other gear, and my personal 180 pounds. I spread it out all over the car, on passenger floor, rear floor, and in the way back, but up behind the rear seat. The car handled like stink. I took it real easy, but it was definately not fun. I would suggest that you load your car up and drive it and see if it works for you before you head out for a long trip. I wouldn't be that worried about the tires as the overall experience. Keep in mind that your trailer tonge weight is behind the car, having a larger impact than just a few more pounds. oclv
 
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