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I'll be purchasing an xc90 when I get back to my new base in June for my wife, and i've narrowed it dow to either the 07 3.2 awd, or the 06 8 cylinder. I'm thinking they are very similar in reliability, so I may as well purchase an 06 8 cyl. Has anyone had any experiences with them? I really don't care about gas mileage...I def. will get the cpo warranty. <br> The 8 cyl. will prove me with more get up and go, and more than likely more options. I don't really care about much more than reliability. So, any comments? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: 06 xc90 8 cylinder..any comments? (volvo4lif3)

I have 07 6 Cylinder XC90 and am pleased with the engine. But on this web site most people prefer the V-8. Gas mileage is about the same.
 

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Re: 06 xc90 8 cylinder..any comments? (240_XC90)

Had a T6 now a V8 and the 3.2 is the dealers loaner car. I personally think the V8 makes a big difference in the "fun" to drive factor. You should test drive both and decide.
 

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Re: 06 xc90 8 cylinder..any comments? (volvo4lif3)

You don't want to have to smack yourself in the forehead later, saying "I should've had a V-8".<p>To be honest, I haven't driven the 3.2., but my V-8 has just about the right amount of oomph for the XC-90. More wouldn't be bad, but I'd hate to go with less.<p>On the other hand, it all comes down to how you and your wife drive.<p>Good luck finding just the right vehicle!
 

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She def. drives conservatively...I like to drive quickly sometimes, but with age I have slowed down quite a bit and find myself driving about 5 miles over the speed limit. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> I figure, even if the 06 8 cylinder has some small problems, it cant be too big of a deal especially with having the cpo 100k warranty. I just want something safe that will have a lot of room (as opposed to my 05 s60) that I can cart my future kids around. We are practicing now for kids <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> but won't have them until next summer. SO, just planning ahead, and in addition we need another car. Right now i'm in tech school for the Air Force, and don't drive hardly at all nor need a car, so my wife just has the car back home ;o
 

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I would highly recomend the V8. We've had our '05 V8 for a year now with no problems. Another bonus is that the V8's came loaded with almost every option as standard equipment. Good luck.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by TractorPilot at 3:57 PM 3-28-2009</i>
 

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We have a T6 currently and its performance is OK. I have a V8 S80 and have driven the 3.2 S80 for nearly a week to see what is was like. <p>In my opinion the performance of the 3.2 in the S80 was at best mediocre. To add another 500lbs of dead weight to that engines burden would make the 3.2's performance sub par in the XC90. Bear in mind performance is all relative.<p>As for reliability I think that the V8 is one of Volvo's most reliable engines ever. Fuel economy is pretty close for both engines. I think after you drive the V8 it will make your mind up for you.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>napster</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">...As for reliability I think that the V8 is one of Volvo's most reliable engines ever. Fuel economy is pretty close for both engines. I think after you drive the V8 it will make your mind up for you.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>It is a Yamaha engine made for Volvo, I bought one of the first V-8 in Jul '05 only because its got AW transmission and yamaha engine. <p>But we only got 39K on the car.
 

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I have a 2005 V8 with 61000 miles..The V8..knock on wood...purrs like a kitten. My wife is a very conservative driver and needs the V8 power every now and then...I recommend the Yamaha V8..My two cents.. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<p>In tech school? Are you sure you can truly afford a new car and a new family?<p>If you dont plan on thinking you have a 4400lb race car, you can get a 2.5-turbo are a very<br>good price. Takes the kids around just like the others. Do not even look at a T6..
 

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DMD, I make good money, E-3 pay with BAH and BAS....Also my wife is a GS-11.....(Civilian Employee) We make good money <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> In addition if you must know, we have a good amount of money put away in savings to put a nice down payment on the vehicle....and a house, since you are so concerned with my income. Lol. <p>I'm def. thinking 8 cylinder now. Thanks for all in input!
 

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Now that your leaning towards a V8, If you have a chance, you may want to test drive a sport or the new R version. IMO, the changes in the suspension makes a pretty big difference and firms up the car and gives it a much more sporty ride and makes the car feel more confident in turns. After one test drive, my wife selected the firmer suspension over the std...but then again she's used to cars with sportier suspensions...and thought it would make a "safer" car for haulling the kids around.<p>Coming from a T6 to a V8 over the same daily grind, V8 is about 1 mpg better for city driving and about 1 mpg worse for the freeway.<p>I don't know if others have experiences the same thing, but when I get the 3.2 XC90 as a loaner car (which happened a lot with the T6), it seems to have a lot of torque steer in it that doesn't happen with the V8 with more torque. Didn't have it in the T6 either. I haven't been under the 3.2, but in the V8, both of the driveshafts have the same angle and length (not always true in all FWD cars). This requires an extra joint on the right side that goes straight out of the transmission to make the driveshafts equal. <p>As for me, after a little over a year with the XC90 sport, I still look for excuses to take out my wifes car with the kids rather then my S-type R. Wasn't the case for the T6.<p>
 

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I would go for an R design, but it's a bit outta my price range. Tops in the price department is about 30k tops. Thats why i'm either getting the 06-07 8 cyl, or an 07 3.2 awd.<p>If the 8 cylinder is a reliable engine, like everyone says it is, that I will probably look for an 06 8 cylin. I might get lucky and find one with low miles, who knows.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ccc</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Now that your leaning towards a V8, If you have a chance, you may want to test drive a sport or the new R version. IMO, the changes in the suspension makes a pretty big difference and firms up the car and gives it a much more sporty ride and makes the car feel more confident in turns. After one test drive, my wife selected the firmer suspension over the std...but then again she's used to cars with sportier suspensions...and thought it would make a "safer" car for haulling the kids around.<p>Coming from a T6 to a V8 over the same daily grind, V8 is about 1 mpg better for city driving and about 1 mpg worse for the freeway.<p>I don't know if others have experiences the same thing, but when I get the 3.2 XC90 as a loaner car (which happened a lot with the T6), it seems to have a lot of torque steer in it that doesn't happen with the V8 with more torque. Didn't have it in the T6 either. I haven't been under the 3.2, but in the V8, both of the driveshafts have the same angle and length (not always true in all FWD cars). This requires an extra joint on the right side that goes straight out of the transmission to make the driveshafts equal. <p>As for me, after a little over a year with the XC90 sport, I still look for excuses to take out my wifes car with the kids rather then my S-type R. Wasn't the case for the T6.<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Glad to hear you say that. That has been my initial impression too, very sporty car to drive. <p>I was actually jealous when my wife got to take it this morning and I had to get in my old junky R. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Just kidding, of course, but it does seem like a nice upgrade in the Sport.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>volvo4lif3</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">DMD, I make good money, E-3 pay with BAH and BAS....Also my wife is a GS-11.....(Civilian Employee) We make good money <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> In addition if you must know, we have a good amount of money put away in savings to put a nice down payment on the vehicle....and a house, since you are so concerned with my income. Lol. <p>I'm def. thinking 8 cylinder now. Thanks for all in input! </TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>Cut the wives pay once the kid comes, upside-down home, 5-10k loss for driving the<br>car off the lot that comes directly from your savings... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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If you don't care about nav or dvd, you should be able to get a relatively low mileage 06 V8 with CPO in the low to mid 20's range. I paid 23.5k for mine from dealer this past January, with 32k miles, CPO, but no nav, dvd, or xenons, but everything else. Considering its a 45-50k+vehicle new, what are you going to get comparable for around 25k? You would pay that much for a Highlander, due Toyota's always high resale values, which in its own right is a very nice car, but not in the same league. <p>IMHO, the bad economy has made this a perfect time to get especially the V8. In this part of the country at least, I have noticed the dealers are getting very few new V8's, and have slowed way down on picking up used ones, shifting more for the 3.2's. <p><br>I say go for the V8. Beautiful, smooth engine, all the power when you want or need it, and hardly works when you don't. Its only turning about 1700-1800rpm at 70mph, and you can drive through stop and go city driving hardly breaking 2000rpm, if you like. Its only been 2.5 months for me, but I absolutely love it. Go for it. Enjoy it!!! But I agree with othe posters, get the CPO.
 

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yeah, on the 2 volvos i've owned, (2001 s80 t6) and my current 05 s60 2.5T, i've got/had the 100k cpo warranty and it has come in handy! My tranny went out on my t6 (imagine that <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">) and my s60 has a radiator go bad, so the CPO has more than paid for itself. <p>I've found several 06 8 cyl. for 25k, with less than 30k. It seems like a great deal considering xc90's hold their value well. I def. want the v-8, but regardless of size, I must have awd due to the heavy winters we get in Illinois and living out in the country.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>volvo4lif3</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> I must have awd due to the heavy winters we get in Illinois and living out in the country.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Heavy winters in IL...pfffff <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> I lived in Glendale Heights while I was in school and I never even needed my snow tires. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Well not as heavy as say Alaska, but we get our fair share, and on top of it they are sometime slow to plow the roads. I want the wife to be able to stay on the road in times when it might be slick. We live in a rural area, and sometimes they don't plow roads until days after the fact!
 
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