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This is inspired by the fun and interesting things thread and I didn't see a similar thread anywhere. As a new owner, I'm still learning the car. There is a lot more to love, but also some things that will take some getting used to.

Some of those things are included in the 20/20 hindsight thread, but that seems like a lot of "I wish I had gotten these options" or "waited for the next model year." I'm sure some of these things are also in the what did you do thread, but that also includes a bunch of other stuff. This is more focused on features (or lack thereof) that aren't addressed by option packages, etc.

For example:
  • The sun visor doesn't extend. When I put it to the side to block the sun to my left when driving, the sun can hit at an angle that isn't covered by the visor. I really wish it extended like in my 2003 Passat wagon or had a little extension like my 03 Infiniti. Resolution - Sunglasses, I guess, although I don't have shades when I'm wearing glasses.
  • The USB port is way underpowered for a 2018 car. I wish there was a way to charge my phone without a cigarette lighter adapter, but that seems not to be the case. I would explore replacing it a higher-powered port, if that's possible. Resolution - Cigarette lighter charger adapter.
  • Also, the placement of the plug in the cupholder is a bit odd. It seems like a good place to spill liquids or drop crumbs given the vertical orientation, and I can't close the cover with my Anker 2-port adapter in place. Resolution - Just deal with it. Maybe get a lower-profile plug, or use the rear plug, although that has the risk of kids knocking into it when they're back there.
  • Jury is still out on the digital owner's manual, but I think I don't like it. I prefer having a physical manual I can look through.
  • No sunglasses holder. One person said they use the little seat-front pocket for sunglasses. I'm paranoid about hitting it with my foot. Resolution - I'll probably buy the little holder that replaces the driver's side grab handle, which seems redundant.
  • You can't open the glove box fully when someone is sitting in the front seat. Resolution - don't use the glove box, lol
  • No dipstick. I knew this going in, to be honest, since I saw it mentioned on one of the threads here. Even so, I like checking my oil. I'll probably just take it to the dealership until the warranty runs out, then change it myself on a 10k mile or 12 month cycle, based on what the Volvo service advisor said. Resolution -just deal with it and hope I don't over/underfill :)
  • The hole in the interior door handles. Resolution - bought the set of door pockets and center console tray from Ali Express for around $14. Guessing it should be here in a few weeks.
  • Inability to sync temperature controls on both sides. If you want to change both, you literally have to change both. A sync feature would've been nice. Resolution - just deal with it.
  • Slightly bigger infotainment display would've been nice. I feel like an 8" display is something Volvo could've easily added as either an option or as part of a late model year refresh. There certainly seems to be plenty of room for a larger display. Resolution - not that big a deal in the grand scheme of things and I can certainly live with it, coming from a 2003 with no connected anything.
  • You can't raise the driver's side windshield wiper when it's in the down position. My car is used and I noticed a ton of scratches/chips to the edge of the hood where people must've tried to raise it up. Resolution - try to remember that I can have it stop in the middle of the windshield so I can raise it off the glass.

That seems like a long list, but there are many more positives and most of these things are pretty minor, in the grand scheme of things. That said...

What were your workarounds for these items?
Anyone find other quirks or annoyances for which you've found good workarounds?
Does a similar thread already exist? I did a search and nothing came up.
 

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You can't raise the driver's side windshield wiper when it's in the down position. My car is used and I noticed a ton of scratches/chips to the edge of the hood where people must've tried to raise it up. Resolution - try to remember that I can have it stop in the middle of the windshield so I can raise it off the glass.
There's a resolution for the wiper blade issue, there's a service position for the wipers. From the manual...

To put the windshield wipers in the service position:
1. Insert the remote key into the ignition slot and press the START/STOP ENGINE button briefly to put the ignition in mode I (see Ignition modes (p. 77) for detailed information about the ignition modes).
2. Press the START/STOP ENGINE button again briefly to switch the ignition off.
3. Within 3 seconds, move the right steering wheel lever up and hold it for at least 1 second.
> The wipers will then move to the vertical (service) position on the windshield.
The wipers can be returned to the normal position by pressing the START/STOP ENGINE button briefly to put the ignition in mode I (or by starting the engine).

HTH
 

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A couple come to mind at the moment (I'm sure I can find more):

1- Using the remote control for the trunk, it only unlocks but does not swing open. Could be some safety feature but non the less.
2- The sunroof power on when car is shut off is mush sorter than that for windows. If you don't get it within a few seconds of shutting car off it won't close all the way and you have to re-power.
 

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I have the sunglasses holder I purchaced from Volvo. It takes the place of the driver's grab handle above the window. I think it works well.

You can display the electronic dipstick level on the driver's display. It's a menu item in there somewhere. Certain conditions must be met (engine off, cold, etc.). See your owners manual.

I do not like how the aluminum center stack bezel/surround bites into my left knee when I'm in the passenger seat. I find I have to move the seat futher forward than I would normally to avoid it.

More often than not when taking an extended road trip, I'll get a false tire pressure warning and have to go through that silly recalibration process at a rest stop or someplace if I want the light to go off. I always carry a tire pressure gauge for this reason.
 

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There's a resolution for the wiper blade issue, there's a service position for the wipers. From the manual...

To put the windshield wipers in the service position:
1. Insert the remote key into the ignition slot and press the START/STOP ENGINE button briefly to put the ignition in mode I (see Ignition modes (p. 77) for detailed information about the ignition modes).
2. Press the START/STOP ENGINE button again briefly to switch the ignition off.
3. Within 3 seconds, move the right steering wheel lever up and hold it for at least 1 second.
> The wipers will then move to the vertical (service) position on the windshield.
The wipers can be returned to the normal position by pressing the START/STOP ENGINE button briefly to put the ignition in mode I (or by starting the engine).

HTH
Thanks! I saw the procedure here somewhere, but couldn't remember it.

I have the sunglasses holder I purchaced from Volvo. It takes the place of the driver's grab handle above the window. I think it works well.

You can display the electronic dipstick level on the driver's display. It's a menu item in there somewhere. Certain conditions must be met (engine off, cold, etc.). See your owners manual.
I'll look into the Volvo one. I've been looking at Chinese knockoffs of questionable quality :)

And thanks for the info on the e-dipstick. That explains why it wasn't working for me - I keep trying to check it when the engine is hot.
 

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The turning circle is so horrible that it's the first thing that I've noticed when got the car. I think the S60's would have benefited if Volvo copied the Mercedes Benz's tilting of wheels at full lock.

I believe there are stop blocks that one can play with but haven't done it myself or heard of anyone who done it. I've quickly learnt to live with the turning circle within a week of driving the car. But I guess it too it's just a minor thing to an otherwise great car
 

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The turning circle is so horrible that it's the first thing that I've noticed when got the car. I think the S60's would have benefited if Volvo copied the Mercedes Benz's tilting of wheels at full lock.

I believe there are stop blocks that one can play with but haven't done it myself or heard of anyone who done it. I've quickly learnt to live with the turning circle within a week of driving the car. But I guess it too it's just a minor thing to an otherwise great car
I guess it's all relative. My old Infiniti I35 has a curb-to-curb turning circle of 40 feet, which is apparently 3 feet wider than that of the S/V60 (37.1'), so I thought it wasn't bad.

Then again, it's still somehow about 5" wider than on our 2013 Honda Odyssey... :rolleyes:
 

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Maybe this one has to do with one's preference but the use of bolts instead of nuts to tighten the wheels is a bit annoying as well. It's bit of a pain aligning the holes to tighten the bolts sometimes
 

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The turning circle is so horrible that it's the first thing that I've noticed when got the car. I think the S60's would have benefited if Volvo copied the Mercedes Benz's tilting of wheels at full lock.

I believe there are stop blocks that one can play with but haven't done it myself or heard of anyone who done it. I've quickly learnt to live with the turning circle within a week of driving the car. But I guess it too it's just a minor thing to an otherwise great car
I guess it's all relative. My old Infiniti I35 has a curb-to-curb turning circle of 40 feet, which is apparently 3 feet wider than that of the S/V60 (37.1'), so I thought it wasn't bad.

Then again, it's still somehow about 5" wider than on our 2013 Honda Odyssey... <img src="http://www.vwvortex.com/Anthony/Smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)" class="inlineimg" />
My previous car was a Chevy Cruze. Admittedly that's a different kind of car segment but the difference on turning circle is extremely noticeable
 

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The turning circle is so horrible that it's the first thing that I've noticed when got the car. I think the S60's would have benefited if Volvo copied the Mercedes Benz's tilting of wheels at full lock.

I believe there are stop blocks that one can play with but haven't done it myself or heard of anyone who done it. I've quickly learnt to live with the turning circle within a week of driving the car. But I guess it too it's just a minor thing to an otherwise great car
I guess it's all relative. My old Infiniti I35 has a curb-to-curb turning circle of 40 feet, which is apparently 3 feet wider than that of the S/V60 (37.1'), so I thought it wasn't bad.

Then again, it's still somehow about 5" wider than on our 2013 Honda Odyssey... <img src="http://www.vwvortex.com/Anthony/Smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)" class="inlineimg" />
My previous car was a Chevy Cruze. Admittedly that's a different kind of car segment but the difference on turning circle is extremely noticeable
The Cruze has a turning circle of 35.7 feet. ( https://www.caranddriver.com/chevrolet/cruze/specs/2016/chevrolet-cruze/374232 ) I wouldn't think that a difference of 1.4 feet would be that massively noticeable.
 

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The turning circle is so horrible that it's the first thing that I've noticed when got the car. I think the S60's would have benefited if Volvo copied the Mercedes Benz's tilting of wheels at full lock.

I believe there are stop blocks that one can play with but haven't done it myself or heard of anyone who done it. I've quickly learnt to live with the turning circle within a week of driving the car. But I guess it too it's just a minor thing to an otherwise great car
I guess it's all relative. My old Infiniti I35 has a curb-to-curb turning circle of 40 feet, which is apparently 3 feet wider than that of the S/V60 (37.1'), so I thought it wasn't bad.

Then again, it's still somehow about 5" wider than on our 2013 Honda Odyssey... <img src="http://www.vwvortex.com/Anthony/Smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)" class="inlineimg" />
My previous car was a Chevy Cruze. Admittedly that's a different kind of car segment but the difference on turning circle is extremely noticeable
The Cruze has a turning circle of 35.7 feet. ( https://www.caranddriver.com/chevrolet/cruze/specs/2016/chevrolet-cruze/374232 ) I wouldn't think that a difference of 1.4 feet would be that massively noticeable.
Mine was a 2012 Cruze LS. It's 33.7 feet if I go with the information from the below website.

https://media.gm.com/media/us/en/chevrolet/vehicles/cruze/2012.tab1.html
 

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*Ugly Airbag decals on the sun visors that are directly in my field of view (I'm tall) and that are way too contrasting (yellow and white on a black headliner) resolution I removed them with Isopropyl Alcohol and a small brush


*No way to open/close windows and moon roof with remote like on my old Passat resolution I enabled 'Global Open/Close' with VDASH

*Useless sealant bottle instead of a proper spare wheel resolution I got a spare from the scrapyard along with a foam insert and threw the goo bottle in the trash.

*No reflectors or red lights on the door frames to warn those coming from behind. I feel safer with this when I stop on the side of the road for the mailbox or when I drop kids at schoolresolution I got some reflective tape and made my own
 

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This is inspired by the fun and interesting things thread and I didn't see a similar thread anywhere. As a new owner, I'm still learning the car. There is a lot more to love, but also some things that will take some getting used to.

Some of those things are included in the 20/20 hindsight thread, but that seems like a lot of "I wish I had gotten these options" or "waited for the next model year." I'm sure some of these things are also in the what did you do thread, but that also includes a bunch of other stuff. This is more focused on features (or lack thereof) that aren't addressed by option packages, etc.

For example:
  • The sun visor doesn't extend. When I put it to the side to block the sun to my left when driving, the sun can hit at an angle that isn't covered by the visor. I really wish it extended like in my 2003 Passat wagon or had a little extension like my 03 Infiniti. Resolution - Sunglasses, I guess, although I don't have shades when I'm wearing glasses.
  • The USB port is way underpowered for a 2018 car. I wish there was a way to charge my phone without a cigarette lighter adapter, but that seems not to be the case. I would explore replacing it a higher-powered port, if that's possible. Resolution - Cigarette lighter charger adapter.
  • Also, the placement of the plug in the cupholder is a bit odd. It seems like a good place to spill liquids or drop crumbs given the vertical orientation, and I can't close the cover with my Anker 2-port adapter in place. Resolution - Just deal with it. Maybe get a lower-profile plug, or use the rear plug, although that has the risk of kids knocking into it when they're back there.
  • Jury is still out on the digital owner's manual, but I think I don't like it. I prefer having a physical manual I can look through.
  • No sunglasses holder. One person said they use the little seat-front pocket for sunglasses. I'm paranoid about hitting it with my foot. Resolution - I'll probably buy the little holder that replaces the driver's side grab handle, which seems redundant.
  • You can't open the glove box fully when someone is sitting in the front seat. Resolution - don't use the glove box, lol
  • No dipstick. I knew this going in, to be honest, since I saw it mentioned on one of the threads here. Even so, I like checking my oil. I'll probably just take it to the dealership until the warranty runs out, then change it myself on a 10k mile or 12 month cycle, based on what the Volvo service advisor said. Resolution -just deal with it and hope I don't over/underfill :)
  • The hole in the interior door handles. Resolution - bought the set of door pockets and center console tray from Ali Express for around $14. Guessing it should be here in a few weeks.
  • Inability to sync temperature controls on both sides. If you want to change both, you literally have to change both. A sync feature would've been nice. Resolution - just deal with it.
  • Slightly bigger infotainment display would've been nice. I feel like an 8" display is something Volvo could've easily added as either an option or as part of a late model year refresh. There certainly seems to be plenty of room for a larger display. Resolution - not that big a deal in the grand scheme of things and I can certainly live with it, coming from a 2003 with no connected anything.
  • You can't raise the driver's side windshield wiper when it's in the down position. My car is used and I noticed a ton of scratches/chips to the edge of the hood where people must've tried to raise it up. Resolution - try to remember that I can have it stop in the middle of the windshield so I can raise it off the glass.

That seems like a long list, but there are many more positives and most of these things are pretty minor, in the grand scheme of things. That said...

What were your workarounds for these items?
Anyone find other quirks or annoyances for which you've found good workarounds?
Does a similar thread already exist? I did a search and nothing came up.
Do you have the part # for the door pockets and center console tray.
 

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I had an issue with the sunroof auto open/close not working properly. I followed the procedure linked here and it worked like a charm:

https://forums.swedespeed.com/showt...-and-Hello!!&p=2485582&viewfull=1#post2485582

There's a resolution for the wiper blade issue, there's a service position for the wipers. From the manual...

To put the windshield wipers in the service position:
1. Insert the remote key into the ignition slot and press the START/STOP ENGINE button briefly to put the ignition in mode I (see Ignition modes (p. 77) for detailed information about the ignition modes).
2. Press the START/STOP ENGINE button again briefly to switch the ignition off.
3. Within 3 seconds, move the right steering wheel lever up and hold it for at least 1 second.
> The wipers will then move to the vertical (service) position on the windshield.
The wipers can be returned to the normal position by pressing the START/STOP ENGINE button briefly to put the ignition in mode I (or by starting the engine).

HTH
Thank you! That will save me from having to make one of my other quick fixes... using touch up paint on the chips made by trying to force the wipers :)
 

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Maybe this one has to do with one's preference but the use of bolts instead of nuts to tighten the wheels is a bit annoying as well. It's bit of a pain aligning the holes to tighten the bolts sometimes
I just use 2 wheel alignment studs. They screw into the holes in the hub and the wheel can be slipped over them. Bolts can then be easily fitted.
 

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Maybe this one has to do with one's preference but the use of bolts instead of nuts to tighten the wheels is a bit annoying as well. It's bit of a pain aligning the holes to tighten the bolts sometimes
Use a wheel hanger. Available at IPD. Works like a charm and makes life soooo much easier changing tires.
 

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There's a resolution for the wiper blade issue, there's a service position for the wipers. From the manual...

To put the windshield wipers in the service position:
1. Insert the remote key into the ignition slot and press the START/STOP ENGINE button briefly to put the ignition in mode I (see Ignition modes (p. 77) for detailed information about the ignition modes).
2. Press the START/STOP ENGINE button again briefly to switch the ignition off.
3. Within 3 seconds, move the right steering wheel lever up and hold it for at least 1 second.
> The wipers will then move to the vertical (service) position on the windshield.
The wipers can be returned to the normal position by pressing the START/STOP ENGINE button briefly to put the ignition in mode I (or by starting the engine).

HTH
Another way to put the wipers into service mode is when shutting off the car. Run the engine, press the stop/start button to stop the engine. Within a few seconds push the wiper stalk up and hold. The wipers go into service mode.
 

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1- Using the remote control for the trunk, it only unlocks but does not swing open. Could be some safety feature but non the less.
I seem to remember a thread on here a year or so ago where someone installed a heavy spring inside the trunk to fix this. It looked as though it worked pretty well. I cant seem to find it though.
 

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I seem to remember a thread on here a year or so ago where someone installed a heavy spring inside the trunk to fix this. It looked as though it worked pretty well. I cant seem to find it though.
I remember that thread. It was longer than a year for sure.
Something about that setup seemed odd, I can't remember but for some reason I decided not to do it.
 

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Do you have the part # for the door pockets and center console tray.
I don't think there are official Volvo ones, or I couldn't find one.

I bought some cheap ones off Ali Express: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Car...859.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.52404c4dsug9NM
Pros are that they're cheap and come with a set of 5, as well as multiple colors. Cons are that they ship via slow boat from China (literally) so it will take a few weeks to arrive, and that white trim on the rubber matting looks terrible. I may just flip it over or take it out altogether.

I found that someone else bought these from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Duoles-Container-Storage-Armrest-2009-2017/dp/B07FTLDD25
Pro is that it's Prime, so you can have it tomorrow. Con is that it's a little pricier and only includes front door handle storage cups.
 
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