really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,177 miles

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problem #11

Oct 102016


  • 81,352 miles
Tires began "chunking". throwing visible peices of rubber while driving.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #10

Aug 182008


  • 95,000 miles
Volvo S60 driven on freeway at 65 mph for 30 minutes, large bang, then complete blowout - all the tread separated from the Michelin tire in the back right side. Tires had been inspected visually Aug. 17 by owner, May 6 by Volvo dealer and were in good shape. In may, 2008, the front right tire, same Michelin brand, had been destroyed by perforations of the tire even though no impact occurred. The may event also happened driving on a freeway at 65 mph.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #9

Jun 062006

(reported on)


  • miles
2002 Volvo S60 tire problems. Pirelli, four seasons tires.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #8

Jul 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
: the contact stated aftermarket rims and tires were installed on the vehicle. While making left turns the tires rubbed against the fender wall. The vehicle was taken back to the dealership where an aftermarket spacer bar was installed which temporarily remedied the problem. Afterwards, the dealership put the original tires and rims back on the vehicle. The contact believes the aftermarket spacer bar has interfered with the integrity of the vehicle.

- Ventura, CA, USA

problem #7

Dec 262002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
Vehicle stalled/died/ost power while driving 30-35 mph due to throttle body failure.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #6

Jan 292003


  • 6,000 miles
With only 6,000 miles on the vehicle, front left tire separated from the rim. Upon inspection, they said nothing was wrong. (nar)

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #5

Feb 042003


  • 800 miles
Upon merging onto the highway at 35 mph, the front passenger side tire blow out. This almost resulted in lost of control of the vehicle. This was caused because the tire leaked air. The consumer attempted to replace the blown out tire with the spare, but the spare was leaking air also. The cause of the tire leaking air had not been determined, however road hazard had been eliminated.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 012003

S60 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
I have a 2002 Volvo S 60 AWD with the optional 17" X 7.5" "thor" wheels and pirelli tires. I have been through 3 sets of pirelli tires in less than 20,000 miles. Pirelli is not interested in this issue as repeated attempts to contact them have proven unsuccessful. Due to the ongoing problems I am having with my vehicle's tires, I have been researching the pirelli tires combined with the Volvo S 60 AWD and have found many alarming stories regarding safety concerns with my vehicle combined with the pirelli tire. Many sources indicate problems with pirelli tires, especially on the S 60 AWD with 17" wheel option. I am on my 3rd set of pirelli tires, my current set of tires have been balanced by three different pirelli dealers and I am still experiencing problems with warping and cupping, to the extent that my front two tires need to be replaced again. I see that there is a strong possibility that I could experience a tire blow-out because of the weakened side walls these tires ride on combined with the weight of my S60 and it's AWD system. In March of 2002, due to loosing control of my 2002 S60 AWD, I was involved in a serious traffic accident that resulted in airbag deployment. It wasn't until after my accident that I had learned the reason I lost control of my vehicle. Apparently, lost control of my vehicle because of a front tire side-wall blow out, this occurred because of a rapid lane change I was forced to make to avoid a out-of-control driver. Because of my ongoing tire problems and recent research that I have conducted, I have now realized that there is indeed a serious safety issue with my tires. This is shockingly reminiscent of the Ford Explorer / Firestone tire incidents. Please investigate this situation immediately on all S 60 AWD 7" wheel/pirelli tire fitments. I am seriously concerned with this safety flaw that Volvo has obviously overlooked and feel that your immediate attention to this matter could lead to preventable injury or even deaths.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 012003


  • miles
Vehicle has three tires that has bubbles on the sidewalls. The consumer experienced a blowout after hitting a bump. In the following months, the consumer experienced 3 tires with bubbles on the sidewalls. (one tire had a bubble the size of the consumers fist) the sidewall was said to be too soft and caused the rims to bend. The dealer stated that there was nothing they could do.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jan 172002


  • miles
The left front tire blew out.

- Manhallel, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 182003

S60 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,800 miles
Volvo S60, 17 inche low profile pirelli radial tires

- Brooklyn, NY, USA