New Volvo Brake Complaints

Complaints About New Volvo Brake Problems


Volvo went from having extremely durable brakes with P2 Platform to in my opinion ruining brakes in P3 and SPA Platform Volvos with issues ranging from premature pad wear, rotor warping, excess deposits from pads that were too soft to noise while allowing these issues to continue since SPA was introduced in 2016 and P3 rear brakes years before that. We first noticed issues with our P3 XC70's although P3 platform had been around since 2008 and 2016 was final production year where we expected issues to be worked out but were shocked with the issues. I believe brake issues were allowed to carry over to newest SPA Volvos now incredibly we also had brake problems with our 2022 Volvo XC90.


The rear brakes on our P3 XC70's were the worst I ever experienced and total garbage in my opinion where I feel this should have been a lesson for Volvo. The rear brakes needed replacement at 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! I always believed rear pads were destroying rear P3 rotors and rear pad material was too soft and not durable enough to hold up very well to average driving in my opinion.



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. We believe what easily proves the issue is not us is that we have been able to get up to 70,000 miles out of our P2 Volvo rear brake rotors and pads. I have seen similar complaints of worn brake pads at low miles with SPA Platform vehicles. What I find unbelievable is Volvo had allowed pad durability issues to carry over to new SPA Platform in my opinion. Below is an example of the kind of complaints I have seen on social media.


If that isn't enough I believe Volvo has also had 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 had returned a few thousand miles later! I have read about this happening with newer SPA XC90's and experienced it myself where to Volvo's credit it appears they have been covering this when it happens within warranty period. The Volvo brake rotors I have seen look high quality but I think pad material was too soft and the embedded pad material can either cause brake rotors to overheat and warp where there is runout in some cases or excess deposits themselves embedded on rotor surface can cause reoccurring pulsation.



As an update after feeling forced to purchase a 2022 Volvo XC90 since Volvo to my dismay is now going all hybrid and electric with Google infotainment I assumed any issues would have been addressed because SPA platform and Second Gen XC90 has been around since 2016 yet the front brakes started pulsating and were warped around 18,000 miles with confirmed runout which I believe happened much sooner while Volvo always seemed more focused on trendy culture and hybrid, electric and self driving tech crap while neglecting basics in my opinion. When I inspected the rear pads they seemed low which I felt was almost a repeat of our XC70 rear brakes. We never had any brake problems with our 2005 Volvos and in my opinion that material worked best. It seems unbelievable to me Volvo can focus on self driving vehicles and other things but in my opinion could not even get brakes right after P2 Platform.



As an update to Volvo's credit I was informed Volvo has finally updated and revised SPA brake pads starting with the 2023 model year to resolve issues and previous pads should be cleared off parts shelves by now which is much welcomed news however I feel this is way too late and should have happened at least 4 years sooner where Volvo has been negligent in my opinion. In addition there is still excessive grunting and groaning noise at times when letting off from stops because Volvo had not instructed dealers to lube pad backing. I cannot understand why this and other previous brake issues would not have been addressed during testing and feel Volvo management has been more focused on trendy culture than acting like a serious automaker while neglecting basics in my opinion. I believe Volvo has lost many customers over the years and I feel management is either totally clueless or does not care. 




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