Hi,<BR>Um...I'm in a similar predicament. I go through front brake pads like bottled water...well...I'm exaggerating a bit. As for my rear pads, I've just changed to my third set on my 98 V70 wit 52,000 miles. I still had 50% left on my rear pads, but since I got a different brand, I thought it would be wise to use the same all around. I hope this helps you in comparison. Oh yeah, my V70 is front wheel drive.<BR>-Kit
Well this is a big complaint from most Volvo' drivers atleast in my experiences. Vovlo's brake pads are composed of a little softer material than other vehicles you are used to. So you go through brake pads more often. I don't remember the milage expectancy, I think 20k or so. Anyways it is kind of a bummer to the wallet. You have to look at it from this aspect. Does it stop when you need it to ? Of course. If you properly maintain them it will be there when your brakes save you and your loved one's lives. Volvo's brakes are excellent. Well that's the benefit to the softer pad. Don't sell safety for $150. It's worth a lot more than that. If you want some cheaper prices, find a Volvo Specialist or Mechanic shop whose hourly labor rates are less than the deler. That will cut you a brake. I suggest staying with Volvo's pad though. But that's my opinion. Remember if you don't keep proper maintanence on the pads it will wear the rotors quicker and that will just cost you more.<P>Volvo. For Life.<P>
S70_T5R<BR>Tell me bout it...I've gone through 2 sets or rotors because of rotor wear. My first set became warped so the dealer replaced it under the warranty. My second & third set just wore down to the minimum thickness. I'm now on my forth set, but this time I replaced them with zimmerman rotors. I'm not so sure that the stock pads are as soft as you say...or maybe it's just my driving style...hehehe...<P>-Kit Lau
It is true, most Europeans brands such as Volvo use softer pads than normal. Ever wonder why European cars have so much brake dust on the front wheels as opposed to American cars? Softer pads give better braking performance than other pads, but there are also pads out there that give excellent stopping performance, without the brake dust. IMHO, having great stopping performance for 20k to 30k miles is a reasonable price to pay. My car has about 80,000 miles on it and I have only had to change out the rotors once, and change the pads twice. But, I am going to have to take the car in during the holidays to get the front rotors refinshed, because they are warped unfortunately.<P>-Drew<P>
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by S70_T5R:<BR><B>kiot_Cloud_kicker <P>do you have an automatic ? Let the motor do more work. I engine break a lot more now. Let your motor do the work it will help. Plus your motor can handle it.<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Yeah..for now it does. Once you start to get more power, you don't really want to use engine break.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by S70_T5R:<BR><B>Well I had my Volvo Mechanic tell me to engine break more. It probably depends on the current driving habits of that person. <P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Yup, I agree with George. You can do your brake job in your own garage during the weekends, but changing the clutch and other tranny parts is just no fun. Yes, it is def. much cheaper to change brake pads than change your tranny every 35K miles.<p>[This message has been edited by The_one_n_only (edited 12-08-2001).]