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We have an '07 XC70 on order, supposedly due to arrive Aug 23; going to verify that with our sales guy at Lawrence Volvo on Thursday. Anyway, two weeks following scheduled delivery is the Labor day weekend, and for some of us lucky CA govt. employees, 9/08 is CA Admissions Day holiday. We were hoping to spend the week on a drive from the SF Bay area up to the Port Angeles, WA area, and perhaps even over to Victoria, BC. <p>Should we NOT do this with a car that is only a week old? I sort of recall that a brand new car should have its speed varied for the first several thousand miles, which isn't what normally would happen on a 1,600+ mile trip up and back I-5.<p>The group's thoughts?
 

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Re: Brand New XC70 + Long Trip = Good or Bad? (W6JHB)

we did our osd at lawrence through dennis jardine/bruce mah last april. the car got to us mid june.<p>with 643 miles we did just what you are planning in our v70 2.5t. we left to gig harbor washington to put my mom in assisted living.<p>we had no time to special prep the car aside from getting a full size spare as the upper I5 is hell in summer.<p>you will be going what i will call the volvo valley trail. there are dealers every 200 miles or so, check it out. we even stopped by ipd to give jason wells a new gasket sample from motive products (brake bleeder fame and friends of mine).<p>you will be fine, quite fine. we even drove only 5 over and change speeds often, as it was the real first brake in except for the few hundred miles in sweden. (Hint; leave the red plates/factory delivery frame on, i was told it confuses the cops and they do not want tourists to have a bad day)<p>do drive near the limits in oregon and washington, the troopers are fierce!<p>there were many radar traps with 3-6 troopers involved in each of maybe 7 or so set ups we saw.<p>with 36 lbs of tire pressure we averaged 30.723 mph on the hiway portions up and back! this was a very happy surprise.<p>do not use cruise control! you are right about the speed variations being important. ross kennedy at lawrence demanded i do this <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>we did travel on the july 4 (actually that sunday comming back) weekend.<p>the gas station folks told us that it was very wise to do the mid weekend days for traveling as the saturday before the 4th was stunningly difficult with lots of dumb drivers and driving. the sunday we came back it was great, i saw no dumb moves on the road. it was like the pros were out, and there was very light traffic.<p>so we left with 650 miles and returned with 2700 with a nicely broken in car. i then changed the oil to castrol synthetic blend 10-30 and will do that again at 5k miles. <p>i vote good. just use your head on the break in, vary your speed, take side trips even short ones and be assured you have a lot , i mean it, a lot of help on the way if you need it.<p>i even got a chance to drop in to topping volvo and meet dan cragel who i buy most of my maintenance parts from(i average 25% off oem stuff!)! they are in olympia washington just about 1.5 miles off I5. there are dealers every where up to drive. so have fun with confidence. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Brand New XC70 + Long Trip = Good or Bad? (W6JHB)

Are you purchasing or leasing your '07? If leasing, how did they give you a price ahead of time with lease rates changing frequently?<p>As for your trip, you shouldn't have much problem. Just don't set the cruise and forget it. The guidlines on this came about with cars a long time ago. Today's engines are not nearly as suseptable to improper wear-in. Enjoy <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Brand New XC70 + Long Trip = Good or Bad? (Freeworld)

Thanks for the input! I was hoping that we'd get a positive response about taking the new car on the trip. My wife's S60 would be an OK car to go up there with, but there's something about a new car...! We did that trip last Thanksgiving weekend with my XC90. Smooth driving, but unfortunately we never got above 19.6 mpg for the entire trip - not too impressive. And I do know about the speeding - we were stopped just outside of Sequim, WA for going 7 mph over the limit on US 101. Interestingly enough, there was a line of about 10 cars, all doing the same speed. The other nine had WA plates - we got stopped. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/mad.gif" BORDER="0"> At least we didn't get a ticket - just a warning. Oh well, maybe that happens here in CA for WA and OR drivers.<p>We're planning on doing a purchase on the '07 XC70, unless the monthly payments exceed our home mortgage payments! We'd gone to the dealer two months ago intending on buying an '06, but couldn't find one in the color we wanted with all the options, so we placed an order. Our sales guy said it would be built as an '07 and should be delivered on 8/23. Hope he was right! Going to call him back on Thursday and see if they are on track for that date.
 

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Re: Brand New XC70 + Long Trip = Good or Bad? (W6JHB)

Try to put a quick 4-500 miles on it, after that the trip will have no ill effects.<br>If you can't. while driving on your trip try to vary your speed. Don't just sit at 65 mph. Take it in and out of overdrive so that the rpm's will vary a bit
 

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Re: Brand New XC70 + Long Trip = Good or Bad? (JRL)

I took a 600 mile trip with only 200 miles on it without ill effect. As noted by others, simply vary the RPM all the time. It's not that hard. Even easier is to get off the freeway on some back roads that require it -- more fun and scenic anyway.
 

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Re: Brand New XC70 + Long Trip = Good or Bad? (W6JHB)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>W6JHB</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Should we NOT do this with a car that is only a week old? I sort of recall that a brand new car should have its speed varied for the first several thousand miles, which isn't what normally would happen on a 1,600+ mile trip up and back I-5.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Actually, that's a perfect opportunity for a break-in run and there's no reason you can't vary your speeds. On I-5 during a holiday weekend you're likely to be doing that anyways.<br>
 

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Re: Brand New XC70 + Long Trip = Good or Bad? (TomW)

Well, I suppose my concerns were unfounded, for several reasons. First, everyone here pretty much said that the trip wouldn't hurt if I varied the speed. Secondly, my salesman was off by two weeks on his delivery date! THe last we had heard from him he had given us an updated Aug 13 delivery schedule. He called this afternoon while we were at the Gilroy Garlic Festival and said it was ready for us to come pick it up!!! Yahoo! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>We'll have a whole month to mess with it before heading up to WA.
 

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Re: Brand New XC70 + Long Trip = Good or Bad? (W6JHB)

that is great. you can do all the test stuff before you go. ours came in one week early, just in time for father's day.<p>yep, just do some good 20-25 mile trips around here and you'll be set.<p>i changed my oil after my trip, at 2600 miles as a freaky precaution. my friends who work at the volvo plant in torslanda/gothenburg said i did not need to. but i did, the trip up and down I5 was hot, about 111 near redding both ways so i felt it had done it's job. i used castrol syn blend as a replacement for the factory fill. the factory tests the motors for leaks and performance before in installs the motor. when it is installed it has fresh oil, so by the time we get them they have had the orgional break in oil changed. you will be on the second oil fill when you get the car. so you need not worry about it. i am just a freak when it comes to oil.<p>i have a ton of oil in my garage all the way from 0-30 to 10-30 castrol sythetic! i do my own work, and the guys at lawrence consider me a freak on maintenence, in a good way i assure you. <p>best of luck and congradulations!
 

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Re: Brand New XC70 + Long Trip = Good or Bad? (hastee)

I'm sure we'll have 1,000 or so on it by the time we head up to Port Angeles. We are supposed to go camping this weekend at Grover Hot Springs State Park, off highway 89 up in the mountains, so that trip alone will put close to 400 miles on it!<p>We picked it up on Sunday afternoon - love it!!!!! The only disappointing thing is that the car does NOT have the remote outside mirror retraction feature. My XC90 had it, and I could have sworn I saw that button in the '06 XC70 brochure. Too bad, as it is nice to have when one has to park in a teensy garage like we do. <p>The other thing it does not appear to have that the XC90 had and the wife's S60 has, is speed-sensitive power steering. Not a big deal, especially since (and I'm showing my age here) I remember when cars didn't have ANY power steering. I can certainly tell the difference in the steering effort needed at low speeds. Oh well... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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