2010 Volvo XC60: Tan Wheel Dirty Hands
August 27, 2010
This blog was going to be written thusly:
"Volvo has been doing these light-colored wheel rims since at least the 1990s, and while they look great when new, they also look like horrid crap once a few years go by. When we got our long-term Volvo XC60 with this light-colored wheel I wondered how long it would take to starting looking like horrid crap. Well, I'm not sure the exact moment it made the turn, but as I drove into work this morning I looked down and was appalled by its grossness. Just look at that picture. Yuck. As such, buying the light-colored wheel is a terrible idea."
But then I realized that wouldn't be very constructive. Instead, I thought "how easy is it to clean the wheel in order to prevent it from looking like horrid crap?
So I sauntered (yes sauntered) over to my Z3's trunk and grabbed my Armor All cleaner wipes. With a little bit of elbow grease I got to work and the below picture shows what came off. Double yuck.
Three wipes later, the wheel looks pretty damn good and actually almost completely tan again. The wheel also no longer feels grimy. This definitely goes to show how much a black steering wheel hides how filthy it is over time -- so perhaps buying the light-colored wheel is in fact a wonderful idea.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 20,652 miles