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Hi everyone,<br>Im new to this forum. Used to own a 1984 240 Turbo with a 5 spd years ago. I am currently looking to buy a pre-owned XC 90 T6. I was hoping I could get some pointers from experts (yourselves) and also form anyone who has one, with an opinion to share. I heard about the chip upgrade that was available and really got excited. I plan on using synthetic oil in the engine. And possibly synthetic tranny fluid. Both from Royal Purple. <p>Keith <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: buying a pre owned XC 90 T6 (keith718)

Welcome to Swedespeed, Keith.<p>Be sure to run a VIN check on your prospective purchase(s) along with a look at the recalls, if any.<p>Before you go full synthetic check the (extended) warranty, if in effect.<p>The positive ring of your post concerning performance leads me to recommend a look at a new/used XC90 with the V8 - serious go!<p>George Dill<p>
 

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Re: buying a pre owned XC 90 T6 (gdill2)

Keith...<p><br>I recommend you get a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle from a Volvo Retailer. That will give you an extra 2 years and 50k miles from the end of the original 4yr/50k warranty. Every Certified vehicle must pass a 130 point inspection and have a clean Carfax report. Chances are the owners books and service records will also be with the vehicle as well. <br>You will pay a little more for a Certified Vehicle...but it is a great "peace of mind" to know that you have a factory backed warranty to 100k miles <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>
 

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Why a T6? <p>All of the problems with the S80 and XC90 seem to revolve around that engine.<p>I have had my T5 for 9 mos and 15k miles. I have never needed more power, and get 20mpg, totally trouble free. FYI, I drive over two ski mountains to get to work, so I know what it is like to Need power...<br>Also some American drivers who so often just assume they need the more powerful engine aren't always the most skilled drivers. So at the risk of sounding arrogant, you may find the T5 used to be better cared for since the driver understands how to drive and to control a vehicle without needing an abundance of power. (We can hope)<p>It is true that the power of the V8 and to a lesser extent the T6 can be fun, BUT if buying used, I would always go for the proven reliable (5) over a very small power advantage to a questionable engine (T6).<p>Good Luck.
 
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