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Volvo V70, Wagon
#1122 of 1905 Re: V70 2005 [volvomax #1121]
Apr 15, 2004 (4:49 pm)
Any idea when the 2005 V70s might start to be available for Overseas delivery?
After months of pondering and financial wizardry, I finally got up the nerve to put my $2k deposit down on a V70 - only to find out that they stopped taking factory orders for 2004 V70 build-to-order configurations *this past Monday*! The kind lady I spoke to at the Overseas Delivery Center explained that the packages and pricing for 2005 aren't available yet.
I was hoping to pick my car up in early August - think it might still be a possibility?
Does Volvo North America intentionally delay the release of the 2005 models until later in 2004? If the Europeans will get the 2005 model in late July (from all the unofficial rumors I hear), I don't see why I can't get a USA spec version "fresh from the factory", if I'm actually going to actually travel there.
Apr 16, 2004 (10:51 am)
August should be possible.
US dealers should recieve OSD order info for 2005 models by early May. This would give you enough time to get a wagon in August.
VCNA is scheduling release of some of its 2005 cars for late August Sept.
The 2005 V50 is scheduled for July, as is thw 2005 S40.
The remaining models release time will depend on dealer inventories of 2004's.
Historically, Volvo's release times are late Sept, October for the next model yr.
This past yr Volvo launched their 2004's in June.
#1124 of 1905 Manual
Apr 30, 2004 (4:40 am)
I'm thinking of buying a V70 and would like to hear what others might have to say about manual transmissions in these cars. (Performance, resale value, etc.)
Apr 30, 2004 (2:50 pm)
Resale could be more difficult.
Hardly anyone wants a manual Volvo of any kind let alone a wagon.
A manual would make the T5 more fun to drive, but otherwise gains would be minimal.
May 01, 2004 (8:19 am)
I have a manual in a '96 850 wagon. It's always performed fine, and I haven't had any transmission problems, and haven't replaced or repaired the clutch in 170,000 miles. Oddly, the clutch began occasionally to make a slight groaning sound when engaging in 1st after only about 50,000 miles, at which time the dealer recommended replacement, suggesting a problem in the throw out bearing (I think). I decided to wait until more obvious sounds of failure. I'm still waiting.
#1127 of 1905 Manual
May 01, 2004 (10:15 am)
Thanks Volvomax and Vperpetua, for your impressions. Anyone else?
Would I encounter in manual the same sort of worrying/bothersome "hesitation" or "delay" that so many complain of in their automatics?
#1128 of 1905 Expat/Diplomat Sales
May 01, 2004 (10:18 am)
Does anyone here have experience with Volvo Expat/Diplomat sales? I'm returning to the US after a long period working abroad.
I'm specifically interested in what sorts of specifications I might have available (an '05 model already? a 2.4T with a manual tranny?) through the program. And, of course, a ballpark idea about savings over American MSRP.
#1129 of 1905 Expat sales, manual
May 04, 2004 (9:47 am)
If the car is coming to the US, it must be a US market car.
So no 2.5T manuals.
2005's will be available in July-august for some models.
Savings 8-10% below US MSRP.
The "hesitation" is in the electronic throttle.
You can mitigate its effects by staying in a lower gear. Either with the manual or Geartronic functions.
#1130 of 1905 Re: Manual [ralf #1127]
May 06, 2004 (4:15 pm)
I had an S70 T-5 with a manual. It was so much fun! I'm thinking of getting the V70R, definitely with a manual. Yes, a wagon with a manual. Why take the fun out of driving? As far as resale, we traded our S70 with manual for a BMW, then 2 days later, I saw someone had bought my car, driving in a town next to mine. It sold in 2 days! I should have sold it privately. I believe there's a market out there. Some would jump at the chance for a manual because they just don't see them out there very often.
#1131 of 1905 Re: Cost/Benefit Analysis, Revisited [blockislandguy #1119]
May 06, 2004 (5:13 pm)
I've been busy and it's been a little while since I looked at this board, so excuse the 1 month window in replies. Blockisland guy, I take it from some of your posts that you hold yourself and your opinions in high regard. Your reading comprehension is pretty low though. Notice I said "feeling out" not that I was concerned or upset about it. A few months past and I am still very happy with the choice of the Conti's over the Michelins.
Rather than try and get personal and insulting in a post, just make a point and be on your way. Don't read 3 kids when it say 2 and all the other parts of my first reply to you that you seem to have missed. I guess in a perfect world we would all have loads of money and live in huge houses on reclusive Islands and spend our days on the computer typing away......