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I am very close to purchasing or ordering a 2002 S60 2.4T AWD, but I am undecided on which wheels to go with. I really like the look of the 17" Thor wheels, but the dealer says the 16" tires will get better traction in the snow and rain. I live in Colorado and will use the car to commute 90 miles each day, so I am concerned about performance in rain and snow. <P>Anybody know what kind of tires come with the 17" wheels? Are the 16" really better for wet traction? Do the 17" tires ride different (noisier, stiffer, etc)?
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by grumpsy:<BR><B>I am very close to purchasing or ordering a 2002 S60 2.4T AWD, but I am undecided on which wheels to go with. I really like the look of the 17" Thor wheels, but the dealer says the 16" tires will get better traction in the snow and rain. I live in Colorado and will use the car to commute 90 miles each day, so I am concerned about performance in rain and snow. <P>Anybody know what kind of tires come with the 17" wheels? Are the 16" really better for wet traction? Do the 17" tires ride different (noisier, stiffer, etc)?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Better traction with the 16" Michelin vs. the 17" Pirelli P6? Hmmm... I doubt it. The only advantage that the 16" tire would have over the 17" is that it is a little narrower. But I have the P6s on my car and they have performed very well in up to 5" of snow so far, this season (that's the max we have had in SE Pennesylvania this year). I would definitely go for the Thors. They make the car! A very handsome wheel, with a nice tire, plus you have AWD so you are in pretty good shape. The ride is not stiff, at least in my car is not and I have driven the S60AWD many times with the 17" rims, it rides very well.<P>Yannis<BR><P>
 

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I agree with Yannis. I drove a car with the 17" setup in some decent winter weather up in Calgary. The car performed surprisingly well.<P>If I were you though, I'd pony up and buy DSTC also.
 

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GrecianVolvo, that really helps. I looked up info on the P6 tires, and they sound like good all-around tires. <P>My next question was about DSTC...from what I've read it sounds like it's worthwhile. Any ideas about current lead times for ordering? I'd hate to pass up the 2.9% financing offered in the U.S. currently....
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by [email protected]:<BR><B>I agree with Yannis. I drove a car with the 17" setup in some decent winter weather up in Calgary. The car performed surprisingly well.<P>If I were you though, I'd pony up and buy DSTC also.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>If you ordered the car NOW, you should see it by the end of March. And don't worry about the 2.9%. I thought that it expired 3/31/02. But even if it did not, as long as your Retailer orders the cars and MARKS it RETAIL SOLD before the end of the program, Volvo will honor the rate for up to 30 days.<P>DSTC is a great feature; I was a fool for not ordering it w/ my car. I did not because I was already above my limit when ordering it (nothing new, right?) and I ponied up the extra $$$ fir the upgraded audio system.<P>Yannis<P><BR>
 

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grumpsy,<BR>I tend to disagree. Everything being equal, the 16s will provide better wet and snow traction than the 17s (This is simply a matter of physics). And while the 17s may not be very stiff, they will be somewhat stiffer than the 16s. As for Pirelli vs. Michelin, while the Michelin is a good all around, if not exceptional tire, the Pirelli has had lots of problems. I've seem many people on this site and others complain about them, and not surprisingly, my friend in the tire business for 20 years will not sell them to me (unless I beg :) He has too many problems and returns with them. It may seem great that the Italian exotics OEM them, but that does not make it a well made tire.<P>DSTC? There's been lots of debate about that too, but so long as you don't rely on it to save you, I think it's a nice thing to have.<P>Regardless of your options, you won't go wrong. This is a very nice car.
 

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If it were up to me, I would get the 17-inch 'Thor' wheels and the DSTC option. The Haldex AWD System and DSTC would be a great combination for Colorado weather in my opinion. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P> <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/features/road_tests/02_s60_awd_1d/08.jpg"> <P>-Drew
 
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