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#1376 of 1905 Sirius Radio Upgrade
Mar 26, 2005 (8:26 pm)
I just received the spring email from Volvo advising of the special deal for the upgrade kit for the sirius radio in 2005's. Any idea on what the cost is of the kit? Typical labor hours?
We are now 5500 plus miles on our 05 V70 and couldn't be happier (had problem with front passanger window the first week, and that was it. Software upgrade took care of it). I'm going to get the extended warranty within the next 12 months, and we are going to try and keep it long term. Took my buddy for a ride in it tonight (after riding in his S70 I decided to look at Volvo more seriously) and he was very impressed by the ride and the comfort.
Looks like we will both be long term Volvo consumers.
#1377 of 1905 Re: Check Engine Light [zeusoscar]
Mar 28, 2005 (8:59 pm)
The wagon had just under 70K miles at the time.
#1378 of 1905 Check Engine Light - ETM
Mar 29, 2005 (6:19 am)
Thanks Larry .. mine did the same thing at 47k!
Funny thing, I spoke to a dealer in Massachusetts and it is covered; howver, I spoke to a dealer in New Hampshire and it is not covered. The explanation I got was that Mass has an emission standard while NH does not. Anyway, glad I don't have to pay $1200 to replace this.
#1379 of 1905 Re: Sirius Radio Upgrade [kamala95]
Mar 29, 2005 (9:54 am)
Figure somewhere north of $700 for the Sirius kit.
#1380 of 1905 Re: Sirius Radio Upgrade [volvomax]
Apr 05, 2005 (5:23 am)
I think I will pass and look to add when I trade for my replacement work car in a couple of years. That is pretty steep.
#1381 of 1905 V70 Experience thus far
Apr 14, 2005 (5:17 pm)
I had reported when we bought our V70 that I would get back at some interval to give a status report.As it is going in 4 its 7500 mile check tomorrow, I figured this would be a good time.
Likes: Love the ride. Seems to have plenty of power for us. I read how some were concerned with the smaller engine, but it scoots along just fine for us. It is very quiet and smooth. Seat is the most comfortable I have ever had. I have a bad back, and thus far in extended driving (4 hrs to Pgh PA & 1.5-2 hrs to DC) have had no affects. We may be going to NC in May, so that will be the true test. I have tons of head room (almost 6'2") and this is with a pretty upright seating position.
Far roomier than I had ever realized *chest area and up. Gas mileage has been about what I expected (approx 28 MPG mostly highway. My wife can drive it over 30 MPG). Use premium fuel. Dealer did tell me mid grade would work fine, but I feel better using the premium and cost isn't that much difference. Seems to do best with Shell gas, and worse with Hess (talked with my buddy w/ the S70 and he has had same experience with Hess gas). Sound quality is pretty good for a base stereo.
Problems/dislikes: I really wish I had sprung 4 the 6 CD changer. Single is not enough. CD player seems to freeze up after having played it for an extended period. Gets hot awfully fast it seems. They will look at it tomorrow. Insert for the foglight space is loose on the passenger side. Found out when I first handwashed the car, but wasn't loose enough to take it back to the dealer. They will tighten it up tomorrow too. Those are the only two negative things we have experienced thus far.
Overall: My wife (who is the primary driver) loves it. I am very happy with it and highly recommend to anyone interested. Very solid feel. Kids miss the truck (Explorer EB), but not by much.
#1382 of 1905 Re: Sirius Radio Upgrade [kamala95]
Apr 15, 2005 (6:32 am)
Regarding the satellite radio, see the most recent posts in the V70/XC70 general forum.
#1383 of 1905 volvo XC70 extended warranty
Apr 17, 2005 (4:18 pm)
My 2002 volvo XC70 is at 78 000 km and I am in the process of deciding whether I should get the extended warranty. What are the types of problems I could expect for the next 80 000 km and would it be worth the $2 500 plus tax cost (in Canadian dollars)?
#1384 of 1905 Re: volvo XC70 extended warranty [aschulze]
Apr 22, 2005 (9:39 am)
We got a used 98 V70-AWD w/ 7.5K miles on it--got xtended warranty, max available (3 years or 125K miles, whichever came first, for I think something lik 2.5K. Wife insisted. Why are women always right?
Within the warranty period:
2x air-conditioning ($1K a pop) fixes. (Still need interior expander/whatever--the cooling piece, requires removal of dashboard--something like $1.5K, but warranty's expired); There's always a battle w/ dealer about "cost of diagnosing A/C problem is not covered in warranty"--about $150--evenif they know what the problem is already.
3x or 4x replacements of "door motors" (auto-locking assemblys--which are $125 parts, $125 to 150 labor--and dealer in Boston is now $100/hour labor price)--this is a weak link in the design. Seems to happen when someone is trying to open the door while the "unlock" auto button is being depressed. Requires human communication to coordinate/avoid the problem.
R-front control arm replacement; r-front wheel bearing replacement;
Repair of gas tank--handy-dandy leak at filler-neck/tank junction.
Still has oil leak that's been vexing us since day 100. Now at 140K miles, and desperating seeking solution, in a lazy sort of way.
One ugly feature of AWDs is that if you blow one tire and new tire's something like 2/32nds deeper in tread than other three tires, you're urged to get a matched set of new tires. Seems like onboard computer(s) ought to be able to take care of the differences, as that makes a blowout cost c. $500 instead of $125 for high performance tires. (this is a turbo).
#1385 of 1905 Re: V70 Experience thus far [kamala95]
Apr 27, 2005 (7:02 pm)
Funny you should mention Hess. My VW which takes Premium and I always use premium. But I have had the check engine light one a few times and I think it always coincides with after putting in Hess premium. I wonder if the weights and measure people check the grade of gas in addition to the accuracy of the pump.