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Picked her up today...<p><IMG SRC="http://img71.imageshack.us/img71/80/1005701small5uk.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/2135/1005702small2qg.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Despite calling two weeks ahead, and again a week ago, I did NOT get a US Nav DVD when I picked her up. This dealership is not familiar with OSD or military sales vehicle transactions. In fact, I probably will not go there for service, since my R was the first either salesmen had ever seen. The one was slobbering over her, going on about the wheels, interior and about how this was the sweetest Volvo he had ever seen. The other one was shocked to see a stick shift, didn't think Volvos came with those. Welcome to LA (lower Alabama / AKA the panhandle of Florida). <p>Interesting note, when I inquired about the Nav DVD on the phone, one of the salesmen mentioned the Sales manager thought the DVD was in parts, but they were closed today so he couldn't get it. When I mentioned that I spoke with parts yesterday when the sales manager wasn't working, and they didn't have it, he was like "oops" (the sales manager left before I got there to avoid me asking about the DVD). Of course, since he left, the two remaining salesmen were just waiting for me to show up so they could leave early. I asked what time they closed on the phone en route, and was told 1730. When I got there, and asked, I was told 1800. <p>Which was interesting, because last week when I called I was told they were open until 1900 and their door clearly indicated they were supposed to be open until 7 pm Mon - Sat. When I pointed out the hours posted on the doors, they said, (mostly with a straight face) "Oh, we should probably get that fixed". Even more sad is the fact that they just split the Volvo/Isuzu dealership from the rest of the Capital dealers and moved into this new building, so those hours were just posted on the doors a couple of weeks ago. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> I really hate being lied to, especially if you do it poorly.<p>Whatever, great to have the car back. Now to find out if Fort Walton Beach or Dothan, AL Volvo dealerships have ever seen an R, because I still need my 4C fixed, (thank God I have Euro lights, when lights are pointing straight down, halogen high beams make perfect low beams, better light pattern than stock <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> ).<p>I'm also working trying to get a refund on my $865 Mayday/Telematics system that has never, and will never be used, since Volvo is canceling On Call Plus, and Cingular will not activate TDMA phones anymore. My feeling is I should get my money back, since at the time I bought my '04, '05s were on sale and did not have the phone as an option, so Volvo KNEW about the upcoming obsolescence, didn't mention it but still took my money. <p>Anyways, here are some pictures...<p><IMG SRC="http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/9752/1005707small8fj.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/9760/1005709small5yv.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://img71.imageshack.us/img71/8973/1005710small9ru.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/1061/1005713small3gn.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://img71.imageshack.us/img71/7340/1005719small5cv.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Oh, and I now believe all of you about the gas mileage possibilities (I averaged 17-18mpg in Germany)... I averaged over 33 mpg for the first 40 miles leaving Tallahassee. You just can't go faster than 60 mph... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><IMG SRC="http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/5989/1005720small6ql.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Dealer hijinks, Inga's first US photo shoot, and how to average 33 mpg... ("R" Kelly)

Wow, awesome Kelly! Did you get a lot of looks from your plates. I know what you mean when you hear the dealership say we never seen an R before. I would run too.
 

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Re: Dealer hijinks, Inga's first US photo shoot, and how to average 33 mpg... (KillerB)

Hey...when are you changing your tag to Florida?
 

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Re: Dealer hijinks, Inga's first US photo shoot, and how to average 33 mpg... (KillerB)

Good luck on those dealerships <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> and good luck with the On call refund, NOT!!!<br>Isn't gonna happen. It's been discussed at length in the past two weeks, Volvo ain't giving back nothing
 

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Glad she arrived safe and sound. Gonna take off those mudflaps now? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Dealer hijinks, Inga's first US photo shoot, and how to average 33 mpg... ("R" Kelly)

Welcome back. I'm glad your Euro headlights passed the DOT inspection, if one was conducted. I would call Volvo N/A or the US office for OSD in California. I can look for those phone numbers if you need them. I'm sure one or both will rectify the DVD situation, or at least set your dealership straight. <p>BTW, that is one TIRED looking Volvo dealership!!! Scary thought having your 4C serviced there!!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> There must be at least one good dealership in Florida.<p>- Tryg
 

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Re: Dealer hijinks, Inga's first US photo shoot, and how to average 33 mpg... (RainyS60R)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>RainyS60R</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Welcome back. I'm glad your Euro headlights passed the DOT inspection, if one was conducted. <p>- Tryg</TD></TR></TABLE><br>It's a US military car, they don't check
 

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She's looking great bud!<p>She looks like she is missing the Ring though.<p>Careful with all the skilled driverz over there <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Germany to Fl. in the summer... loss of at least 20 hp, maybe more <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>Boy are you in for a rude awakening
 

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Re: Dealer hijinks, Inga's first US photo shoot, and how to average 33 mpg... ("R" Kelly)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>"R" Kelly</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Despite calling two weeks ahead, and again a week ago, I did NOT get a US Nav DVD when I picked her up. This dealership is not familiar with OSD or military sales vehicle transactions. In fact, I probably will not go there for service, since my R was the first either salesmen had ever seen. The one was slobbering over her, going on about the wheels, interior and about how this was the sweetest Volvo he had ever seen. The other one was shocked to see a stick shift, didn't think Volvos came with those. Welcome to LA (lower Alabama / AKA the panhandle of Florida). <p>Interesting note, when I inquired about the Nav DVD on the phone, one of the salesmen mentioned the Sales manager thought the DVD was in parts, but they were closed today so he couldn't get it. When I mentioned that I spoke with parts yesterday when the sales manager wasn't working, and they didn't have it, he was like "oops" (the sales manager left before I got there to avoid me asking about the DVD). Of course, since he left, the two remaining salesmen were just waiting for me to show up so they could leave early. I asked what time they closed on the phone en route, and was told 1730. When I got there, and asked, I was told 1800. <p>Which was interesting, because last week when I called I was told they were open until 1900 and their door clearly indicated they were supposed to be open until 7 pm Mon - Sat. When I pointed out the hours posted on the doors, they said, (mostly with a straight face) "Oh, we should probably get that fixed". Even more sad is the fact that they just split the Volvo/Isuzu dealership from the rest of the Capital dealers and moved into this new building, so those hours were just posted on the doors a couple of weeks ago. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> I really hate being lied to, especially if you do it poorly.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Man, what a nightmare...I feel bad for you... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Yannis
 

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Re: Dealer hijinks, Inga's first US photo shoot, and how to average 33 mpg... ("R" Kelly)

Wow! That dealer looks really like it's a little back woods type of operation. I'm glad to hear the the car made it over A-OK.<p>I've been to that base on vacation once berfore and remember how horribly slow the speed limits are set (cops love to hang out at the bridge trying to catch GI's as well). It is going to be quite an adjustment coming from Germany, but be careful man, go find a dragstrip of track someplace that is hopefully close and get your fun in!!! Good luck on your next assignment.<p>Regards,<br>Kevin
 

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Welcome to Florida!!!! If you visit MacDill AFB let me know. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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You'll need to find a local source of 100 octane if you want Inga to run remotely as well as it did on the superior European fuel.
 

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Re: Dealer hijinks, Inga's first US photo shoot, and how to average 33 mpg... (KillerB)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>KillerB</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Wow, awesome Kelly! Did you get a lot of looks from your plates.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I'll check the looks on the pedestrians faces, the drivers here don't look at the other vehicles on the road much...<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>KillerB</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Hey...when are you changing your tag to Florida?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Actually, I'm putting CA plates on it, but I accidently shipiped the MSO with my unaccompanied baggage, so I couldn't pick up the plates while I was in CA last week.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Good luck on those dealerships <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> and good luck with the On call refund, NOT!!!<br>Isn't gonna happen. It's been discussed at length in the past two weeks, Volvo ain't giving back nothing</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yeah, here's hoping Fort Walton Beach is better. I'm thinking since Eglin and Hurlburt field are co-located, the dealer there has to at least have seen some military guys with Rs who have returned from overseas. <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>nikhsub1</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Glad she arrived safe and sound. Gonna take off those mudflaps now? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"></TD></TR></TABLE><p>You mean my Hurricane flaps? Nah, they still look good. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>RainyS60R</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Welcome back. I'm glad your Euro headlights passed the DOT inspection, if one was conducted. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I was more concerned about my DP/exhaust passing EPA inspection, but car cleared customs quick. I'll be putting my tinted tails back on as soon as household goods arrive.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Germany to Fl. in the summer... loss of at least 20 hp, maybe more <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>Boy are you in for a rude awakening</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Power is all a matter of perspective evidently. Because after driving mini-vans, SUVs and station wagons (the non-300hp kind) for 6 weeks, the car felt VERY strong yesterday at stock boost levels. Also, since I can only accelerate to 80 mph here, really don't have a chance even enjoy the 3rd-4th full out runs. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"><p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>IwantaS60R</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Welcome to Florida!!!! If you visit MacDill AFB let me know. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>We have friends there, so it is a possibility... <p>Oh, I just realized I never said why the closing time was important. It is because we left Panama City at 2 pm, plenty of time to get to dealership before 7 pm (less than two hours away). Well, forgot about the time change to EDT and then had to stop for baby to eat (he's only 2 months, doesn't care about my deadlines <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> ) so between that and dealship trying to close early, almost didn't get the car. <p>Well, enough rambling, family is taking me out for Father's Day Brunch I think. Happy Fathers day to all you other Dads out there.
 

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Re: Dealer hijinks, Inga's first US photo shoot, and how to average 33 mpg... ("R" Kelly)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>"R" Kelly</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Yeah, here's hoping Fort Walton Beach is better. I'm thinking since Eglin and Hurlburt field are co-located, the dealer there has to at least have seen some military guys with Rs who have returned from overseas. <br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Oh yes, they’ve seen Rs before. There are actually a couple of Rs running around the FWB area that I’ve seen a few times: Red S60, Ti S60 and V70, F.G. V70.<p>Having said that, don't get to high of expectations <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Dealer hijinks, Inga's first US photo shoot, and how to average 33 mpg... ("R" Kelly)

Why on the world would you want to plate it in CA, <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> VERY EXPENSIVE <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> and a 2 plate <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthdown.gif" BORDER="0"> state.<br>Do FL or Alabama both much cheaper.<br>AL used to be the cheapest state to register a car in the US<br>JRL
 

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Re: Dealer hijinks, Inga's first US photo shoot, and how to average 33 mpg... ("R" Kelly)

You would better have stayed in good old Germany.. you will miss the 150M/PH on the Autobahn, the 09:00 min for a Ring Lap and all the Spandau Gang including me and some other "Military Tourists" will miss you greatly over here <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>It was a great time with you and since you are gone it became pretty silent around the Ring and R GTG!!!!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Wish you and your familiy a great time over their in the US, maybe you will have the oportunity to come back to Europe once. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Dealer hijinks, Inga's first US photo shoot, and how to average 33 mpg... (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Why on the world would you want to plate it in CA, <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> VERY EXPENSIVE <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> and a 2 plate <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthdown.gif" BORDER="0"> state.<br>Do FL or Alabama both much cheaper.<br>AL used to be the cheapest state to register a car in the US<br>JRL</TD></TR></TABLE><p>...and no emissions testing (FLA that is) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Dealer hijinks, Inga's first US photo shoot, and how to average 33 mpg... (IwantaS60R)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Why on the world would you want to plate it in CA, <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> VERY EXPENSIVE <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> and a 2 plate <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthdown.gif" BORDER="0"> state.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>CA isn't going to charge me sales tax to title, unlike Florida. I can switch the registration to FL next year after it has been titled.<p>I will look into Alabama, but I don't have an address, and I'm not a resident, so not sure the legal situation... guess I could say I'm planning on moving there for my next assignment or when I retire?<p>And no CHP around to enforce me putting the front plate on... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"><p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>IwantaS60R</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">...and no emissions testing (FLA that is) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Since I don't live in CA, I don't have to pass a smog test.
 

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Re: Dealer hijinks, Inga's first US photo shoot, and how to average 33 mpg... ("R" Kelly)

Yeah! Glad to see she made it back safely. <p>Pat
 
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