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I bought my 2000 S70 SE GLT in May 2001 with approximately 12,100 miles on it. It was previously in a rental fleet. The original tires are Michelin XGT V4s. I have keept these tires inflated at the maximum recommended (cold) pressure -- 36 psi -- to prolong tread life. Neverthless, with the car approaching 23,000 miles, the tire-wear bars, or whatever you call them, are starting to show. I may have to replace these tires at 30,000 miles. My dealer says they are high-performance (V-rated) tires, and they wear out sooner. I'm used to getting 40k miles or more out of radial tires, and I'm not happy about it. I would be interested in any and all recommendations about brands other than Michelins, which I think are way over-priced these days.
 

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I just put Kuhmo tires on my V70 AWD R. I replaced the standard Michelin Pilot's(over priced junk).I've had good luck with Dunlop's and Yokohama's too.Go to the tirerack.com and use the tire guide..it's very helpful.
 

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I used Kumhos too. I like them a great deal and, as everyone will attest, they are a great value. Presently I use a brand called Pneumant. I like them a great deal.
 

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I've been using Dunlop SP Sport 5000s for about 20k miles now on my V70R. Tires look like they have another 10 to 15k left on them. I have nothing to compare them to since they were put on the car right when I bought it. I like them and will probably get them again when the time comes.
 

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I like Michelins, but I have had a set of Dunlop D60 A2 which are pretty decent for sport sedan cars. They are around $60 per.<P>My inlaws put Toyo's on their 850 and Bridgestones on their other 850 and they seem ok too.<P>I don't know if there's actually that much difference between the different brands and models of tires for 195/60r15s.<P>I actually have Pilot XGTs on my car and MXV4s on my wifes 850<P>
 

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I'm running Bridgeston Potenza RE950's on my T5 now. Went larger size, 225/50x16 for better grip. These are performance tires and tend to ride a little harder than stock, but the factory michelin's were junk anyway.<P>I also heard the dunlop D60's were good as well, but just prefer Bridgestone for the wet-grip, (they have UniT technology, which i found from experience is no joke).<P>Tony P<P>98 V70 T5M
 

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I am running Yokohama YK420's on a 99 XC. For a 70,000 mile tire, they provide a great ride, above average handing wet or dry, excellent in wet sand or mud or snow (less then 14 inches) and not bad on ice either. My normal commutes average 120 miles round trip minimum, consisting of approx 40 miles of twisty mountain roads, high speed freeway, and 2 1/2 miles of rough dirt road one way. In addition, on the dirt road and on the mountain roads, I have had the inadvertant pleasure of encountering rocks at 30+ mph (stones - less then 3 inches in diameter, rocks - greater then 3 inches to 9 inches, boulders - whoops, new suspension!) without damage to the tire.<P>Good luck!
 

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Re: (Delreybird)

Since you are in CA, you probably can use high performance summer tires all year long. For that I'd recommend Kumho Ecsta Supra 712s as a budget solution or Michelin Pilot Sport (Z rated as well) as a better tire, but it is more expensive. I have the Kumhos on my S70 for about 1.5 years and like them a lot.
 

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I am happy with the 15" and 17" Michelin Pilot XGTs we've had on our S70. At the time I didn't see the Dunlop SP5000s in the size I wanted. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsad.gif" BORDER="0"> I have the DP5000s on my VW and I am very happy with them dry and wet. My next set of tires will be the Dunlops.<p>I am currently wearing out a set of Nitto Extreme tires that came on my R. They are terrible in the wet. On a slightly wet corner taken at posted speed limits you will get a nice unexpected slide to the center of the lane. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthdown.gif" BORDER="0"> I can't wait for the "bad weather" they are calling for on Wed. I hope there is not a ditch with my name on it. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcrook.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>
 

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Re: (Chuck)

Chuck,<br>What did you have to pay for the Yokohamas? Are they 16"? TXS, Griff<BR><BR>
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I replace the factory Michelins with Dunlop SP9000 Sports in 205 55 16 ZR. They cost me about $130 per tire from Tire Rack. They have a very agressive looking V pattern that works great in the wet and also dry. They are also a very quiet tire. The wear rating is 280. I have had them for over 30K miles and still have another 5K left in the tread. They are a great tire and I would buy another set. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>99 V70R AWD
 

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Re: (NoCal V70RAWD)

Always purchased Michelins for my Volvos. I have always been happy with them. I have no reason to switch. I might buy Goodyear tires if I had to because half my family came from Akron. I have heard Dunlop and Continental are good. My father always used to buy Continental for his Toyota, he seemed content. I have been hearing some good things about Yokohamas, never used them though. Evenbefore the Bridgestone/Firestone debacle I would not have purchased any. I had heard that they wore out too soon.<p>-Poritz
 
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