Last post on Jul 19, 2010 at 5:36 AM
You are in the Volvo V70
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Volvo XC70, Volvo V70, Future Vehicle, Wagon
#89 of 98 Re: '08 vs '07 comparision [rusty104]
Dec 10, 2008 (6:59 pm)
You mean the headlights are really just auto-off headlights, that turn on and off with the ignition?
#90 of 98 2007 XC90 3.2
Dec 11, 2008 (1:11 am)
I personally find the 3.2 L inline six in my 2007 plenty powerful. When it is said that it is less powerful at lower output than the V8 or other powerplants, I can only assume that this means that to develop a lot of power from the 3.2, you have to depress the accelerator more, and go to higher rpm. So I would say that the accelerator program in the 3.2 is what it is under the assumption that normally the driver wants to be moderate in acceleration (to achieve better fuel economy and put less wear on the drivetrain). To hotrod the 3.2 just lay into the accelerator (and accept a much lower mpg)! The 3.2 develops 235 hp maximum, which I hardly ever want it to develop. I don't mind the engine sound when I do occassionally wind it out to 4500 rpm in a challenging freeway entrance.
This weekend I was a passenger in a Lexus LX470? SUV with a V8 that the 25-year-old driver was driving "agressively" on freeways. It was smooth and powerful and I think it gets lower mpg than my XC90 3.2. Costs a lot more too. I looked at the tach and it seemed that at the same vehicle speed the rpm was lower in the Lexus than in my XC90 3.2 (which cost $33k brand new). I can live with that.
Concerning the light swich, the only difference I find in the two positions with the headlights on is that in the "nightime" position the brights can be switched on. In the other position the brights can only be on as long as the stalk is held pulled toward the steering wheel. In my 1996 850 I think the daytime headlamps were at reduced power (which I liked), but in the 2007 XC90 I think they are at full power in both position I and III. It might be possible for the dealer to deactivate the headlights on in position I. In places where there is no daytime running light requirement some drivers would not want them, even if they were a safety advantage. Daytime running (head) lights (at full power) must cause much more rapid headlamp failure.
#91 of 98 Re: Rattles [nibs]
Dec 16, 2008 (5:47 pm)
I just got whacked in the head by my tailgate. It won't stay open. The tailgate goes up and then it quickly slams shut. I can't even hold it open. Is this what happened to your tailgate?
#92 of 98 Re: Rattles [carmom14]
Dec 16, 2008 (11:33 pm)
This happened a couple of years back on my 2004 V70. The gas cartridges which hold up the tailgate failed. In my case the dealer replaced them at no charge under the overall warranty (3 yr, 36 kmi?). These are easy to replace in most cars, but more of a problem with the V70 because they are hidden under plastic trim. Removing the plastic trim without breaking it requires experience and skill. In the XC90 the cartridges are exposed.
Get thee to the dealer!
#93 of 98 Re: Rattles [carmom14]
Feb 15, 2009 (7:06 am)
Hi Carmom, sorry I didn't get back to you. It has been a while since I've been here. No my problem was with the auto tailgate motor failure. Btw the tailgate still has problems. Since my last report I have been back to the service center several times.
I have submitted a claim through CAMVAP (Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Process) and hope it proves to be a successful process. I'm not trusting of anything or anyone right now.
The tailgate seems to break the seal when cornering or going over cracks in the pavement. I'm fed up with it and hope the arbitration will see this a a reliability issue. Apparently my XC70 is the only one with problems.
#94 of 98 2008 Volvo XC70 Update[nibs]
Mar 24, 2009 (3:20 pm)
UPDATE. I went through the CAMVAP process in an effort to have Volvo Canada buy my car back. For your interest and for those of you that are as unfortunate as I was to get a lemon, I was successful! Say so long to my last Volvo. Best of luck to each of you and I've updated the Carfax history today. Hopefully this car will not be resold.
#95 of 98 Last Volvo Post
Apr 26, 2009 (7:08 am)
My 08 XC70 has been bought back by Volvo Canada. It is still sitting on the dealer lot two months later. I replaced it with a BMW. I am very pleased because this car is everything that the Volvo should have been considering the Volvo price and PR. There are no creaks or noises coming from the hatch on Bimmer. The interior is very quiet and the handling is a dream. Fuel economy is better too.
Best of luck to all of you.
#96 of 98 Re: Last Volvo Post [nibs]
Jun 04, 2009 (5:45 pm)
Congrats on the victory. Chalk another one up for the good guys! CAMVAP is great.
Which Bimmer did you end up getting? One of the Touring models?
#97 of 98 when push on petal to start...????
Oct 17, 2009 (6:40 pm)
when I start to push on the petal to begin to move it feels like the first second or so it "misses" or is not catching or something..then it is like it goes to second gear and then it catches...strange feeling like it almost ..slips past the begining of what I guess is first gear in an automatic and then catches and it feels like it wants to go. Also, I had a 1997 that had the "power" button when I wanted 'extra' power to go faster in a hurry....like pulling onto an interstate....I miss that power surge....it feels like the transmission is slippin when I begin to push on the petal...is that normal...my old on did not do it. I am also driving a 1985 ..240 Wagon....just about falling apart in many ways but it runs and past the state inspection....and "yes" I am Volvoized...can't really imagine drivng anything else....I had a Volvo rubberized mat in the back of my 1997...Wagon....All I can find now is a "hard" plastic mat of sorts for the rear of the 2008 Wagon....is there a soft Volvo rubber mat for the 2008? This 2008 sure likes to use up the gas...not great on the gas but nice car in many other ways....
#98 of 98 Hey XC70 owners
Jul 19, 2010 (5:36 am)
Just checking in. Driving the 530XIT is a hoot. The only thing I am missing is a tow hitch. I can get a hitch but the wiring harness is not available for this car of mine. Hope your vehicles are working OK for you. All the best.