Last post on Dec 07, 2007 at 6:29 PM
You are in the Volvo XC90
What is this discussion about?
Volvo XC90, Toyota Highlander, SUV
#7 of 16 Re: Volvo XC90 vs. Toyota Highlander [jules81480]
Nov 28, 2007 (1:08 pm)
You will not get near the "deal" you're looking for on an '08 Highlander. They are selling for well over invoice in most places. The Volvo is just a much more solid SUV.
I compared both and went with a special order XC90, which should arrive in about a month. Invoice + 2%, no dealer prep charges, and $3,000 Volvo to dealer cash (which does end the first week of January).
The only concern I have is the possibility of Volvo switching from the current slug 3.2L I-6, to the new, and much stronger, Ford 3.7L V-6.
#8 of 16 Re: Volvo XC90 vs. Toyota Highlander [fantom]
Nov 28, 2007 (1:27 pm)
I understand your concern about the 3.2 L I-6. In its favor, however, is its smoothness without balance shafts, its sweet sound, its low positioning in the hood for safety reasons and the fact that it has a chain, not belt, to eliminate $700 belt change at 90k miles. Would the Aisan 6 speed automatic have to be reworked for more torque with the V6?
Before I purchased my XC90, I have extensive conversations with dealers, mechanics, friends, who said the 3.2 is a robust engine. No problems. The 3.2 is proliferating in the Volvo line, being now in the XC90, S80, XC70 and soon the reworked S60 next fall. It is made in Wales, also in use for Land Rover, so I don't know if any geographical considerations will affect Ford's decision. Also, Ford is thinking of selling Volvo, so that may affect its decision and the XC90 is due for an update after 8 years in 2010, so new engine may find its way into production then. Volvo is quickly leaving the turbo world after many problems.
#9 of 16 Re: Volvo XC90 vs. Toyota Highlander [truffles1]
Nov 28, 2007 (11:44 pm)
truffles1 - Thanks for your informative input. Was not sure about the 3.2 I6 engine when I ordered my XC90. However, still would not make any difference because I can't afford a V8 anyways
#10 of 16 Re: Volvo XC90 vs. Toyota Highlander [fantom]
Nov 29, 2007 (7:52 am)
what type of special order? what packages did you select?
#11 of 16 Re: Volvo XC90 vs. Toyota Highlander [jules81480]
Nov 29, 2007 (9:57 am)
Factory order, rather than taking one from stock, which dealers don't like to do. They want to move floor inventory that they have $ tied up in.
We ordered Premium, Convenience, and Climate Packages, 18" wheels, Bi-Xenon lights, BLIS and All Wheel Drive.
Christmas present for the wife, exactly the way she wants it. Red bow on top will be gratis.
#12 of 16 Re: Volvo XC90 vs. Toyota Highlander [fantom]
Nov 29, 2007 (10:08 am)
good deal! how much did you end up spending? if you don't mind me asking?.
#13 of 16 Re: Volvo XC90 vs. Toyota Highlander [jules81480]
Nov 29, 2007 (3:34 pm)
Invoice + 2% = $40,169 plus TTL.
#14 of 16 Re: Volvo XC90 vs. Toyota Highlander [fantom]
Nov 30, 2007 (3:26 pm)
sounds like you made a great deal!
I'm looking for a Volvo XC90, 5 passenger
Sirius Satellite Radio
Wood Steering wheel
Negotiating right now: I'm down to 35,900.
#15 of 16 Re: Volvo XC90 vs. Toyota Highlander [fantom]
Dec 07, 2007 (6:26 pm)
Volvo has no plans to use any Ford engines.
Volvo does make a 281 hp Turbo 6 engine that may or may not find its way into the XC90.
#16 of 16 Re: Volvo XC90 vs. Toyota Highlander [truffles1]
Dec 07, 2007 (6:29 pm)
Volvo is quickly leaving the turbo world after many problems.
Volvo has been building turbo engines since 1981.
They have been quite reliable. Usually, the only issues w/ the turbos come as a result of owner neglect or misuse.
Volvo has a brand new 3.0L I6 turbo engine that delivers 281hp.
This engine is in the S80 T6 and will be in the XC70 and V70 next year.
Also, the Volvo Diesel, the D5 is a turbo powerplant.
Expect to see this engine in less than 2 yrs in the US.
As you can see, Volvo isn't abandoning turbo powerplants.