Volvo Wheels/Tires Pothole Damage
spindoktor2 Member Posts: 3
edited April 2014 in Volvo
2001 Volvo Wagon - I've hit 2 potholes in the last month. Each time I ruined 2 tires and bent the alloy wheels. I've hit many potholes in my driving days but I never experienced any of this type of damage. Anyone else having these problems???
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YOu might look into finding some steel wheels from an older model but they won't look very nice.
I'm curious though. Did the wheels actually break, or bend or what? And the tires? What damage did you see there?
The Michelin tires are bulged on the sidewall near the bent wheel area.
I didn't hit the hole that hard, only at about 40 miles/hour.
I watched other people hit it and keep going, while I was pulled off changing the tire. One blew out when the seal was broken. I put air in it and it holds. but sidewall is bulged.
I bought this car for safety, but this seems to be a flaw.
I know a few people with Saabs, BMWs and other cars with low profile tires that have been spending big bucks replacing tires and wheels.
They are great on smooth roads. Bad roads are a different story.
In 1998, there was a class action lawsuit against Volvo and I was given my choice of a $1,000 rebate on another Volvo or a $500 check. I took the money, which amounted to about one-third of what the problem had cost me. Needless to say, between that problem and all the stuff I read about later-model Volvos on the Edmunds board, I will never buy a Volvo again.
This is actually kind of a shame, because in most other respects my 850 is a good car. The ergomonics are great and the stereo is fantastic, but there also have been engine and air conditioner problems. I will give Volvo this much: They agreed to replace my air conditioner compressor six months after my warranty expired. The car only had 40,000 miles on it and the AC couldn't hold a charge.
I don't know what the scoop is with Volvo. In many respects their carsare just great, but there seem to be a whole host of mechanical problems.
As for your tire problem, get the smaller wheels. The "handling" you'll lose is the ability to take a corner at 45 miles an hour. To which I say, come on folks, these are VOLVOs we're talking about, not race cars. People buy the turbos for a quick burst on the freeway, and smaller wheels won't affect this in the least. Oh, and you'll have a smoother ride, too.
Perhaps some positive feed back is in order...