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 this was the 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.


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 same P3 rear brake pads seem to have been used for around 8 years and I think most people don't bother to complain, they just paid to cover the cost or appalled with the issue just traded in their Volvo. I am now also reading similar complaints of worn brake pads at low miles with the new Volvo lineup which I find further shocking and seems unbelievable. Volvo has been also using inferior brake pads in 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 although fronts still seem to be wearing faster than our P2 generation Volvos the rear brake pads are worn out even sooner and rear rotors are being ruined by the rear pads! The problem in my opinion is Volvo went from having the best brakes and brake pads with P2 generation like our Volvo V70 and S80 and in my opinion switched to inferior pads for newer Volvos that I think are 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 so I'm starting to wonder if the problem could actually be due to the hubs not being perfectly flat and having runout where rotors start to conform to the hub runout and keep warping. 



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 a long time loyal Volvo customer I want Volvo to go back to the ATE brand pads with same or similar brake pad compound and same rotor material they were using with our P2 generation Volvos that was superior in my opinion. It seems unbelievable to me they can focus on self driving vehicles and all these other things but in my opinion can't get brakes right after P2 generation!




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