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I've been looking around the net at pictures of XC90's owned and for sale and I've noticed that most of them do not have the Running Boards installed. I was just wondering how anyone felt about having that option on their XC90. If you have it, do you like it or prefer not to have it. If you do not, are you satisfied or do you wish you had them. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthdown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: 2 Running Boards, or not 2 Running boards (Wutlis)

We just received our 2006 XC90 via OSD last month. The factory installed the running boards. I really like them moreso for their looks and access to the roof for cleaning and loading the rack. Quite honestly, we step over them when getting into and out of the car. They would be helpful if you have small children. If the boards get dirty, you do run the risk of getting your pants dirty when getting in and out of the car.<p>Overall, I am a proponent of them! I get alot of compliments...... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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running boards are nice because they serve as dent guards. They are mostly for getting access to the roof rack.
 

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I've not seen running boards that extend far enough from the midline of the door to prevent dents. The one we inspected at the dealership had running boards. I asked the sales rep if we could check the door clearance with the car parked that was parked next to it. The outer edge of the door would contact the body of the XC90 about 4 inches before the running board would be contacted.<p>The salesrep acknowledged that they aren't much of a door ding deterrent, but more for top load access and entry access for shorter persons. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>If anyone is looking solely for door dink protection, they'll be disappointed.
 

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I agree with Kodabear. Very functional for accessing the roof, but we mostly step over them when entering the car. My wife uses them when exiting as she is height challenged.<p>They also add the "extra" look to the car, but watch out when they are wet as they are a slippery as ice... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I had them installed and like them and the kids love them as it makes it a lot easier for them to get in and out of the car. I also like the looks, especially on my sapphire black as I thought it needed something to break up all of the black. I recommend them!
 

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Re: 2 Running Boards, or not 2 Running boards (Wutlis)

For those with Volvo's Running Boards already installed on their XC90, Volvo has introduced rubber like Step Pads:<p><IMG SRC="http://i1.ebayimg.com/01/i/07/71/9b/47_1.JPG" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i3.ebayimg.com/05/i/07/77/78/91_12.JPG" BORDER="0"><p>We have these sets (of four pads) on eBay.<p>Thanks for your consideration!<p>John Sharisky<p>
 

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Re: 2 Running Boards, or not 2 Running boards (Parts @ Boston Volvo)

Just installed on my 05V8 - Great Look and easy do-it-yourselfer project. 1.5hrs by myself, Dealership wanted 3 hours Labor! Rubber steps look like a nice touch.
 

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Re: 2 Running Boards, or not 2 Running boards (Parts @ Boston Volvo)

My 2 yo keeps on slipping off the factory rboards.<br>just ordered (got suckered into) it... <br>cheers!<br>
 

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Is there a specific brand to get that some prefer to others?? Is there a good site to check out and get more info on it? Thx in advance.
 

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Re: 2 Running Boards, or not 2 Running boards (Wutlis)

I have them<p>I don't like how they look, but I do like the functionality. And it probably does help my kids get in and out, therefore causing less wear and tear on the carpet edge closest to the door. They are most useful when washing the roof.<p>I'd make the decision based on your personal taste. If you know you are adding a roof rack, then it is a no-brainer.
 
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