New Volvo Brake Complaints
Complaints About New Volvo Brake Problems
We purchased 2 new old stock XC70’s because P3 generation had been around since 2008 and 2016 was final production year so we expected any issues to be worked out but we have been shocked with the issues. We were kind of testing the waters before trusting Volvo’s newest lineup and so far this experience does not instill confidence in the new lineup. I believe brake issues were allowed to carry over to newest SPA Volvos.
The rear brakes on our new XC70's are the worst I have ever experienced and garbage in my opinion. The rear brakes need replacement at just 22,680 miles mostly freeway driving, limited braking, we coast before stopping, we do not ride brakes and even downshift if hard braking is required whenever possible. We are very easy on the brakes and if we were not I believe the rear brakes would have needed replacement around 10,000 miles sooner which is insane!
What I find shocking is these P3 rear brake pads seem to have been used for years and I think owners paid to cover the cost and those appalled with the issue never purchased again. I have seen similar complaints of worn brake pads at low miles with the new Volvo lineup. What I find unbelievable is that Volvo had allowed these issues to carry over to the new lineup in my opinion. Below is an example of the kind of complaints I have seen on social media.
With our Volvo P3 Platform vehicles the rear brakes are the worst I have seen. The front brake pads get the most brake distribution and have held up really well but rear brake pads which traditionally last much longer than fronts wear very quickly on P3 Volvos and rear rotors are being ruined by the rear pads! I cannot understand why Volvo did not simply source ATE brake pads with the same compound as front for rear brakes as well. The problem in my opinion is Volvo went from having superior brake pads and rotors with P2 generation like our V70 and S80 and then switched to softer less durable material for P3 rear brakes then front and rear SPA brakes that I think is just absolute garbage.
If that isn't enough I believe Volvo is also having an issue with rotors warping prematurely and causing slight vibration or pulsating in the steering wheel. This happened with both of our new 2016 XC70's under 10,000 miles and in one XC70 returned again only a few thousand miles later! I believe that I have read about the same thing happening in new XC90's and to Volvo's credit it appears that they have been covering this when it happens within warranty period however once out of warranty the customer could be stuck with brake rotors that continue to warp prematurely. The brake rotors I have seen come from Sweden and look solid and high quality but I'm starting to wonder if the problem is softer material or if hub runout is causing warping over time.
We never had any brake problems with our 2005 Volvos we owned for a very long time and in my opinion Volvo had the best brakes that performed better than anything else, smooth, quiet, lasted where I feel it was unnecessary to move away from what worked best and also gave Volvo owners confidence. As long time loyal Volvo customer I believe Volvo should go back to the same brake pad and rotor material they were using with P2 generation Volvos like our 2005 V70 and S80 that I feel was superior. Instead of softer material to improve braking in my opinion Volvo should have increased power assist and had transmission programming that goes into lower gears with foot off throttle. It really seems unbelievable to me Volvo can focus on self driving vehicles and other things but in my opinion can't get brakes right after P2 generation!