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First Impressions of my 07 XC90 3.2...now with pics

Just picked it up Thursday night and went to Montreal the following day to pick up a relative at the airport, a trip of about 400km round trip.<p>Initial observations are exactly what I expected.<p>First of all it looks great and smells great. Love the new car smell! The buying experience went very well and my wife quickly came to grips with this vehicle and loved the more airy cockpit compared to our 02 Explorer EB. Drives more carlike and much smoother over road imperfections and bumps. <p>My turn came the folling morning driving from Ottawa to MOntreal. i took it easy but came away very impressed by the vehicle's demeanor on the highway. This was also my first opportunity to drive the new inline 6 and it is very smooth. BMW-like in sound and it revs willingly. It also sounds very nice. I actually find it to be a little peaky near 6000 rpm which is nice. It pulls and the transmission is quick to react. <p>Around town, though, the transmission is a little sluggish which I take will remain for the first thousand or so kilometers. Most trannies these days are learning on the go. One things that is very apparent is on light application, the tranny very quickly shifts into second gear. This to preserve fuel economy, I assume.<p>I averaged around 22mpg with the average speed being 75mph on my trip on a windy day. Pretty good, I would say.<p>The sound system is excellent. Seats, excellent. A very quiet vehicle although I did notice a crosswind which produced a whistle emanating from the roof rack or sunroof, but in that general direction.<p>I am inclined to beleive that this vehicle will be quicker than the turbo motor. The more I drive it, themore I pick up on its chracteristics. This simply is a great motor and I think the right motor for this kind of vehicle.<p>My neighbours have all complimented the vehicle and I am surprised that they notice that it looks different, with the rear lights and brigtwork being noticed.<p>I am astounded at the brake dust on the Atlantis rims. I will search this forum about the best way to keep clean but I am cleaning them almost daily! The other niggling comment has to do with the steering feel which will take getting used to. I find when I turn at slow speeds the wheel "resists" a little, like I feel this tension in the wheel where the Explorer was perfect...maybe has to do with the Explorer being rear-drive? <p>the xenons are neat as far as how they turn at night and am also impressed how the xenons will not activate until the night sensor allows them to do so. Smart and helps save the bulbs. <p>Anyways I love the vehicle and will keep you posted on how it goes. I was also very impressed with all the little things that have changed for 2007 with this vehicle.<p><IMG SRC="http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid211/pf4fcd183f2e5ae790f19131bf6c6af23/ed7de177.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid211/pa3d0a37827792ca072139862536abe17/ed7de168.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid211/p5b3dfa7547e7fc81ec7b64540bb10074/ed7de146.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid211/p6b53afc08c80b41895a7a111eeb00b58/ed7de108.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid211/p3fc56450e74fed8af5c7fa51aacc1742/ed7de0c8.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><i>Modified by coladin at 8:18 AM 8-15-2006</i><p><br><i>Modified by coladin at 8:29 AM 8-15-2006</i><BR><BR>
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Re: First Impressions of my 07 XC90 3.2... (coladin)

Thanks for the review!! My 3.2 AWD is being built and I'm hoping to get it by mid August. I can't wait. This is the first vehicle that I special ordered and am not used to the wait time such a purchase brings. I'm really hoping that I am not disappointed with the 3.2 though the more I read, it sounds like I'll be very happy. <p>What color did you get? Which interior? I'd love tosee pictures as I've only seen 1 other 2007. <p>Thanks again!<p>Mike
 

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Re: First Impressions of my 07 XC90 3.2... (coladin)

Let us know how the transmission comes along as you drive.<p>As far as brake dust, wax the wheels after you clean them...it will make the brake dust much easier to remove, and will protect the finish from the corrosion caused by the brake dust and water.<p>Let's see some pics! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: First Impressions of my 07 XC90 3.2... (coladin)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>coladin</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">also impressed how the xenons will not activate until the night sensor allows them to do so</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Does this mean no more DRLs?
 

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Re: First Impressions of my 07 XC90 3.2... (needsdecaf)

Even easier than using wax is spraying Pam on the wheels. I have done that for many years for my track wheels. The corrosive dust never gets to etch into the clearcoat then.
 

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Re: First Impressions of my 07 XC90 3.2... (eclou)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>eclou</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Even easier than using wax is spraying Pam on the wheels. I have done that for many years for my track wheels. The corrosive dust never gets to etch into the clearcoat then.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>You spray cooking release (oil) on your calipers/rotors? <p>"Pam" has high temperature "issues" where it gets gummy. It has ruined many of my pans. I'd worry about the same thing on my calipers and rotors... <p>Personally, I'd stick with wax.
 

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Re: First Impressions of my 07 XC90 3.2... (Emission)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Emission</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Personally, I'd stick with wax.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Apply a couple of coats of Zaino Z2. Even better. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: First Impressions of my 07 XC90 3.2... (Emission)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Emission</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>You spray cooking release (oil) on your calipers/rotors? <p>"Pam" has high temperature "issues" where it gets gummy. It has ruined many of my pans. I'd worry about the same thing on my calipers and rotors... <p>Personally, I'd stick with wax.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I agree. If you spray a non-stick spray (usually corn oil based) on a pan and bake with it, the spots where you do not have food have a nasty, gummy, yellow sticky substance there that is very tough to remove. I wouldn't put it anywhere near my brakes.
 

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Re: First Impressions of my 07 XC90 3.2... (needsdecaf)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">If you spray a non-stick spray (usually corn oil based) on a pan and bake with it, the spots where you do not have food have a nasty, gummy, yellow sticky substance there that is very tough to remove.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Kind of makes you wonder about the food cooked on it, doesn't it? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: First Impressions of my 07 XC90 3.2... (needsdecaf)

A better solution that doesn't involve home remedies (none of which get rid of the dust anyway) is to ditch the stock pads and install ceramics.<br>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>TomW</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">A better solution that doesn't involve home remedies (none of which get rid of the dust anyway) is to ditch the stock pads and install ceramics.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Still makes dust, you just can't see it. And not as bad for the wheels, either.
 

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Re: First Impressions of my 07 XC90 3.2... (CAMike)

CAMike, I think you will be very impressed. If you have ever been in an X5, you will know what I mean. The inline 5 has its quircks and for what it has it produces quite well, warbly exhaust note and all. <p>However, the inline 6 is a gem. It makes the car feel like an X5. I think that there is no mistake, with the brightwork, the coloured bumpers, the mirrors and the metallic skidplates that the 07 has placed a bullseye on the X5. If you park it side by side with the older XC90s, it gives you an impression tha this is a vehicle strictly for the road. More like a big wagon. The pre-07s with more aggressive bumper mouldings in rubber look like a vehicle that would be suited to both. Not this one. For some it may be good, others may think that the Volvo is now a station wagon.<p>Bottom line, though, is 6 speed with 27 more bhp, it is faster, and will only get faster as it breaks in.<p>That's fine with me. Last night I saw my wife coming around the final sharp corner before she pulls into the driveway and the lights swivelling was pretty obvious to the eye. Neat! At night, the new tailights look more cohesive and again, it amazes me what a simple strip of chrome as well as the rear metal-coloured skidplate can do.<p>I will take pictures at some point, it is raining!<p>The vehicle is Lava Sand?Taupe, which looks slightly lighter in colour for '07. I was slightly taken aback at the colour, they seem almost white! The grain in the middle is a different grain from the sides, I don't know if the_06 is like that, but the middle of the chairs feels more like hide with no dimple pattern like the side bolsters.<p><br>
 

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Re: First Impressions of my 07 XC90 3.2... (pattyweb)

pattyweb, the DRLs still operate. Automatically when the sensor deems it, the xenons turn on by themselves. A neat feature is if you do not want the xenons to swivel, you can override that feature with a button. Also is the rain sensing wipers are handy as well as the electric folding mirrors. Very refined and with these kinds of features, classier. <p>Is the Equalizer system new for '07? This has an EQ other than "Bass", "Treble", "Center", "Surround". I never noticed it on the ones I have test driven...or maybe not paying attention. <p>Another neat feature is whenever you engage reverse, the rear wiper automatically goes on in an intermittent way. I don't know if that is also new for 07, but a cool feature nonetheless.<p>Alos, the rear child locks are not manual. There is a button on the dash for that now...you do not have to flick it in the door. My son loves the booster seat because he is in the perfect seating position for the surround sound!
 

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Re: First Impressions of my 07 XC90 3.2... (coladin)

Except for the xenon swiveling (which is new for MY07) feature, all the other features are present in my MY04.<br>
 

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Considering an XC90....

Hi all, new here. I've had 3 Audis and I've loved them (have an allroad now), but I need something with more seats. The Q7 is too big, and since I'm keeping the allroad, I don't want to spend Q7 money. I've always liked the XC90, and drove one once briefly, and it was nice, but I liked my audi more. My brother had an S60, which I found surprisingly dull, with none of the tight, solid feel I expected. So while I like everything about the XC90, I'm concerned about the drive. The other dilemna is: when will the 2007's be out (I'm in NY), and is it worth waiting for the 3.2 engine? And are the lease rates much higher on the '07s? <p>Thanks in advance for any opionions or comments.
 

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Re: Considering an XC90.... (hachee)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>hachee</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Hi all, new here. I've had 3 Audis and I've loved them (have an allroad now), but I need something with more seats. The Q7 is too big, and since I'm keeping the allroad, I don't want to spend Q7 money. I've always liked the XC90, and drove one once briefly, and it was nice, but I liked my audi more. My brother had an S60, which I found surprisingly dull, with none of the tight, solid feel I expected. So while I like everything about the XC90, I'm concerned about the drive. The other dilemna is: when will the 2007's be out (I'm in NY), and is it worth waiting for the 3.2 engine? And are the lease rates much higher on the '07s? <p>Thanks in advance for any opionions or comments.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>The 3.2's are out in NY. There are several at my local dealer (Hudson Valley Volvo).
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>hachee</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">"I've had 3 Audis and I've loved them...I've always liked the XC90, and drove one once briefly, and it was nice, but I liked my audi more. My brother had an S60, which I found surprisingly dull, with none of the tight, solid feel I expected. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Coming from previously owning an X5... the XC90 is very dull to drive. <p>Around town, you find excessive understeer and very sloppy handling (lots of weight combined with soft springs). It's a family hauler with nothing for the enthusiast.<p>If you want some spunk, get the V8. It has gobs of power and injects some personality into the XC90. Dealers are giving V8's away these days!<p>Don't get me wrong, we enjoy our XC90. It looks great, has plenty of room and drives very well (it is also very safe). It wasn't designed to be an X5, Tourareg, Cayenne, or Q7... so you can't expect it to act like one.
 

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Re: Considering an XC90.... (Emission)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Emission</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Coming from previously owning an X5... the XC90 is very dull to drive. <p>Around town, you find excessive understeer and very sloppy handling (lots of weight combined with soft springs). It's a family hauler with nothing for the enthusiast.<p>If you want some spunk, get the V8. It has gobs of power and injects some personality into the XC90. Dealers are giving V8's away these days!<p>Don't get me wrong, we enjoy our XC90. It looks great, has plenty of room and drives very well (it is also very safe). It wasn't designed to be an X5, Tourareg, Cayenne, or Q7... so you can't expect it to act like one.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Did you drive Q7? I did not find it too exciting either. My friend and I have participated in the intro event and drove Q7 side by side with XC90 V8. We both found XC90 to be less refined (interior wise) but more powerful and sportier than Q7. And those 20" wheels of Q7 were just a real literate pain in the ...It made you feel like driving an old horse driven wagon over the "standard" LA paved roads. We both welcomed less pretensious 18" wheels of XC90. Same handling - more quite and less bumpy ride.
 

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Re: Considering an XC90.... (Volvo6850)

I came away from the Streets of Tomorrow event with the exact same conclusions.<p>The Q7 is more luxurious, heavier, and more expensive. It's motor has moe power but it's advantage is negated by the excess weight you drag around with a useless off-road air suspension setup (useless meaning 99% of owners don't need it not that it doesn't work.) The Q7 is a bit too slow off the line for my likes combined with a third row that is inaccessible.<p>Now that there is a XC90 <B>Sport </B>I suspect the XC90 V8 Sport will compare more favorably with the likes of the aging X5 and the Cayenne/Touareg/Q7 cousins.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Volvo6850</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Did you drive Q7? I did not find it too exciting either. My friend and I have participated in the intro event and drove Q7 side by side with XC90 V8. We both found XC90 to be less refined (interior wise) but more powerful and sportier than Q7. And those 20" wheels of Q7 were just a real literate pain in the ...It made you feel like driving an old horse driven wagon over the "standard" LA paved roads. We both welcomed less pretensious 18" wheels of XC90. Same handling - more quite and less bumpy ride.</TD></TR></TABLE>
 

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Re: Considering an XC90.... (Emission)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Emission</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p> It wasn't designed to be an X5, Tourareg, Cayenne, or Q7... so you can't expect it to act like one.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Touraeg? Q7? You call those cars "exciting" to drive? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Yannis
 
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