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OK, I've been lurking here for a while, doing my searches and trying to figure out the ins-and-outs of the OSD program before posting a silly newbie-question. I've studied the OSD price list PDFs and everything else I can get my hands on to try and figure this out before posting. So, with that disclaimer, here goes:<p>Circumstances: My trusty '97 850 (210,000 hard-fought miles, including: 2 deer hits (one on Christmas Eve), 1 big-bunny kill (on the way home from church Easter Sunday - no, I'm not kidding), 1 stupid neighbor backing into rear quarter panel <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> , hauling a Kubota tractor around behind it, as well as the daily commute) has finally given up the ghost and it's time to replace it with a more, ahem, appropriate vehicle for my lifestyle: 2007 XC70 Barents Blue.<p>Problem: I need the new XC sooner (this Fall/early Winter) rather than later as the ol' red 850 needs more work than its worth (tires, both CV joints, AC core, blower, etc..) to reliably handle the usual Thanksgiving/Christmas family travels across the upper midwest.<p>Question #1: If I purchase an "in-stock" XC-70 via the OSD program tomorrow, what would be the soonest I could reasonably expect to be airborne to the land of lingonberries (a/k/a Sweden)? I'm trying to get a handle on the overall timetable for OSD orders from date of purchase to factory pick-up, as the OSD checklist only mentions shipping times to the U.S. after pickup. I'm planning on spending 7-10 days in Sweden/Germany after pickup. What was your order-to pickup time?<p>Question #2: How much factory customization can be done on "in-stock" OSD vehicles? For example, we would like to dump the interior dash/door wood-trim for metallic trim. Is this possible?<p>Question #3: What type of additional savings can one reasonably expect from ordering an "in-stock" OSD vehicle versus ordering up a built-to-order OSD car?<p>Question #4: How much additional customization can be done to an OSD built-to-order car beyond simply ordering the "Premium," "Convenience," and "Climate" packages? From browsing some of the posts here, it looks as though delivery day can be like a candy-store when it comes to adding obviously "stand-alone" accessories (mud flaps, etc..), but what other customization options are available for OSD cars either at the time of placing the initial order or at factory delivery?<p>Question #5: For OSD veterans, what are your suggestions re. "must get" options/accessories at the factory? One thing I've seen mentioned here is the "all-windows down" programming of the remote. Anything else?<p>Thanks for any advice and information. These forums are a great resource!<p>
 

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Re: If I order an OSD "in-stock" now....and other OSD Newbie Questions (Webhund)

Hi Web,<p>I recently ordered a 2007 XC70 via OSD, and I'll relate my experience in the hopes that it will answer at least some of your questions. I ordered this car on June 06, and was told to expect to be able to pick it up no earlier than mid-July. We picked it up on 28 July, drove it about for 8 days, returned it to Gothenburg, and came home to Boston. The car is supposed to be unloaded from the ship today (25 Aug) in NJ, and my dealer says to expect to be able to pick it up here during the week of 11 September.<p>At the time I ordered, all the available pre-builts were loaded versions with all three option packages. For these cars, the premium pkg was $595 (sunroof, leather, etc...), and the conv. pkg (tinted windows, watch-dial, etc...) was $1000 off. We didn't need the conv. pkg, and none of the cars were in white (I would have preferred red, but my wife makes all decisions regarding color in our house, oh well...). <p>Ordering a pre-built would have cost us about $1000-1500 more than the version that we wanted, so we ordered one to our configuration. That also allowed us to put in a couple of smaller features (IAQS, sat. radio prep) etc. that were not on the pre-builts. In terms of modifications that can be done upon delivery in Gothenburg, that includes pretty much any of the usual accessories like roof racks, mud flaps, floor mats. I wasn't interested in reprogramming windows, so I didn't check that out. We had them install floor mats and an ipod adapter, both of which cost less than they would here in the US. They can also install things after you return the car.<p>My impression (from the dealership person who handled the order) was that ordering a pre-built would shave only a couple of weeks, at best, off the process. However, this was early June, and no 2007s were yet on the dealer lots. Timing may have changed by now. <p>One of the experts here can correct me if I'm wrong, but I do not think that you will find it easy to pick up the car in less than four weeks after placing the order. Even if you order a car that already exists, it will take time for Volvo to process your order, get the paperwork done, for you to schedule the trip, etc. Also the OSD center can only do about 20 deliveries per day, and you first have to confirm that they have a opening available.<p>Regarding the return part, the car has to be at the port three days before loading onto the ship. OSD cars are given priority, and will go on the next available ship. We dropped off on a Friday, and the car got loaded one week later. Upon arrival in the US, it will take several days to clear customs, and expect several days to get the car from the port to your dealer (I can drive from NY to Boston in less than 5 hrs, so I hope that the car will arrive sooner). One hint--if you drop off in Gothenburg, they will clean the car for you. Dropping off elsewhere means you have to clean it yourself. Our car had seen some unpaved roads, and definitely needed a wash.<p>Hope that helps. I also am replacing a '97 850 wagon. It has 100K miles (nearly all of that over Boston/Camb city streets, which is probably equivalent to hitting a couple of deer). I've had to replace numerous suspension components over the years, as well as all four rims (bent due to potholes). Otherwise the car is mechanically sound. I'm hoping that the SUV-like character of the XC will minimize the pothole-related problems.<p>Good luck on your future car, however it arrives.<p>-Ellita<p>
 

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Re: If I order an OSD "in-stock" now....and other OSD Newbie Questions (Webhund)

I ordered a "in stock" model and you can pick them up in as little as 30 days if you are ready (ie. Passport, payment, ect...). I am sure Bob and Yannis (even though he doesn't sell Volvos anymore) will confirm this.<p>I am not sure if you can change the interior trim on an in stock model. We were told we couldn't change anything except for accessories.<p>We got the $595 premium package for ordering an "in stock" model. Not sure if there are any savings on 07's yet or not.<p>We went to Sweden/Germany in 2005 and loved it. I see you are in Iowa, where are you going to purchase your car from? If you order from the Twin Cities, the guy I ordered from was GREAT! Let me know if you want his name. Or, order it from one of the people on here. <p>Good luck.<p>Tom
 

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Re: If I order an OSD "in-stock" now....and other OSD Newbie Questions (Webhund)

Webhund...<p><br>Welcome to our OSD Forum! <p>Let me try to give you some input and get you moving...since it appears that you are already packing your bags! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>1_ In stock units are currently available with a free prem pkg ($2995 savings <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> ) and can be picked in @ 30 days from reciept of the $2k deposit. It DOES take that long to get the travel plans, customs documents and Swedish lic/ins paperwork handled. HOWEVER...as of 8/21, there were only 9 available....all with the free prem pkg, climate pkg and conv. pkg. BUT...don't get disouraged if one of those does not meet your exact color/interior desires...I will get you what you want!!!<p>2- There are some factory custom items that can be added...but the dash trim is not one of them ...sorry <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> Most of the options that can be added are just that...ADDING items...not changing items. In other words..they can add things to the vehicle, but not take things off.<p>3- If you PLACE and order..vs...getting a stock unit (BTW...these vehicle are already built or in production)...then you can get any and all available options included as the vehicle is being built. Custom ordering is the best way to get the exact car you want...IF you have specific stand alone options that you want...like Nav/Rear seat DVD systems/IAQS/etc. Time frame can vary on the final delivery date. It all depends on what options you are requesting. For example...nav and/or the DVD system will take longer than IAQS. I usually plan on @ 6-7 weeks for a custom order. Also...be aware that the deposit amount for a custom order is $4k.<p>4- Return shipping time can vary. East Coast ports are obviously the quickest. You can generally figure 22-25 days on the boat...from load to unload and then @ 7-10 days port processing and inland trucking. Mid west and west coast locations take a few weeks longer. A lot will depend on which ship your car is coming over on and what port it is scheduled to unload.<br>BTW... I can help you with a ferry arrangement to Germany...or you can drive thru Denmark....which is a beautiful trip...but plan on an extar day or so to get to No Germany. Another thing to consider is a drop off in Bremmerhaven Germany (no charge). That will save the time and gas $$ to get the vehicle back to Gothenburg. I can arrange that as well.<p>5- the factory delivery center (FDC) doe shave a wide range of available add ons. These vary from time to time...but they generally always offer a pkg deal on the floor/cargo trays. Mud flaps are available too. You will have time while waiting for your car to emerge from the "magic door" <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> to browse the available accessories. Hans and his staff at fdc will either install it while you wait, if you have time,or do the insatll when you return teh vehicle. However, that will not be possible if you do the Bremmerhaven drop. So keep that in mind as you plan your trip.<p>Keep those questions coming <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> I dare say that there is not anything that someone on this forum has not done as it relates to OSD. It is without a doubt THE BEST way to get a new Volvo!!!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>
 

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Re: If I order an OSD "in-stock" now....and other OSD Newbie Questions (universityvolvoOSD)

I have to agree with everything that Bob said except for dropping off in Bremmerhaven. We were going to drop off in Bremmerhaven but decided against it since you have to take a train from Bremmerhaven to Hamburg since Bremmerhaven isn't a city that SAS flys out of (unless that has changed from July 05). The train arrives in Hamburg after your flight flight would leave the airport. So we didn't want to spend a day in Hamburg without a car. Also, it was about the same price for the train ticket as it was for the dropoff fee so we decided to drop off in Hamburg. Now, if you want to do the train, great go for it, we just didn't want to do that. Just personal preferance.
 

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Re: If I order an OSD "in-stock" now....and other OSD Newbie Questions (Webhund)

Congrats on your evaluation. What dealer are you going to use? Here in Omaha, (don't know about Des Moines) the dealer wasn't very helpful. We did OSD in July-2004 and expect to do another for a MY2007 XC70. Well worth it, even though today I can probably buy an on-the-lot XC70 for the same money. I just got off the phone with the Volvo OSD people, and they say that in a pinch, you can get one of the pre-builts in 2 weeks, if your ready to stroke the check. We pulled that off on our MY2004 XC70.<p>I notice that the Premium Pkg discount is now offered on the MY2007's. That used to be only an end of the year deal. At this point, I'm leaning to ordering one and equiping it as I want, per Bob's advice. But I have to say, our pre-built 2004 was set up great and other than for South Dakota hail storms, it's been great.<p>Good luck! OSD is a great experience.
 

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Re: If I order an OSD "in-stock" now....and other OSD Newbie Questions (Webhund)

I have one additional suggestion--you might want to make a couple of quick phone calls. The OSD office here in the US at (800) 631-1667, can tell you right away what's availabile in terms of prebuilts, $$, and maybe give you advice on the timing options. The OSD center in Gothenburg might be better for more advice on installation of options--it's probably easier to email them.<p>If you order a prebuilt, you'll have to be on-the-ball in order to be able to pick it up in under a month. In my case, it took more than two weeks for the US OSD office to process my paperwork. There were a couple of mixups in the order that needed to be fixed. I actually got the order # before the Chicago travel office in order to make plane reservations early. I needed to make travel arrangements ASAP, since we were traveling at the height of tourist season and airline availability was limited. It was still almost a month before everything was all set in terms of the paperwork.<p>However, after having done this, we only have two regrets. The first was Dulles airport. Changing planes there (in both directions) was a nightmare. The second regret was not spending more time in Sweden. The vacation to Sweden made everything else worthwhile.<p>-ellita
 

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Re: If I order an OSD "in-stock" now....and other OSD Newbie Questions (ellita)

<I>However, after having done this, we only have two regrets. The first was Dulles airport. Changing planes there (in both directions) was a nightmare. The second regret was not spending more time in Sweden. The vacation to Sweden made everything else worthwhile.<p></I> <p>Very good advice <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> I have done both a Dulles and a Newark trip to/from Copenhagan....the Newark transfer went much smoother. For a midwest departure...Chicago would probably be the preferred airport.<br>I try to be of help in recommending various "ideas" to make the trip more fun..less hassle!<p>As always.....ask the questions and someone will get you the answers! This forum had ALWAYS been a source of valuable info <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>Cheers to all <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: If I order an OSD "in-stock" now....and other OSD Newbie Questions (Webhund)

On Question 2. Of course it's possible to replace the wood trim. The factory told me they could do it for me there but that they would have to order the parts and it would have taken a long time. I opted to just order the parts when I got back to the USA and I'm having my dealer do that now. I did the reverse of you, I'm having the aluminum panels removed from my V70R and having the wood bits put on from a V70 with the premium package. If you want some lightly used parts (3000 miles in Europe) let me know, I have the whole set excet the trim around the shifter which unfortunatly does not come in wood for a 6 speed manual. <p>One must have at the factory is the power folding mirror option. Give yourself 2 days in Torslanda for them to get the parts and install. If you want to gurantee yourself this option, call the FDC and beg to have the part pre-ordered. It worked for me!
 

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Re: If I order an OSD "in-stock" now....and other OSD Newbie Questions (ellita)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ellita</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>However, after having done this, we only have two regrets. The first was Dulles airport. Changing planes there (in both directions) was a nightmare. The second regret was not spending more time in Sweden. The vacation to Sweden made everything else worthwhile.<p>-ellita</TD></TR></TABLE><p>What did you not like about Dulles? Was it those weird looking buses you have to take sometimes to get from terminal to terminal?<br>SAS flies to Denmark from Seattle, Chicago, Newark and DC, so you have some choices.<br>SAS also flies to Stockholm from Newark and Chicago.<br>All are direct flights.<p>I would hate doing an OSD without a knowledgable dealer standing behind me. Lots of little things the dealer can do for you.<br>
 

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Re: If I order an OSD "in-stock" now....and other OSD Newbie Questions (Webhund)

Webhund - <p>We did OSD in June of last year and loved it. I live in Urbandale so we could get together to discuss the experience. I had a very good order experience with our local DSM dealer; ask for Marc Mattis at Betts.<p>Drop me an e-mail [email protected] and I'd be happy to discuss the experience with you. Can't wait to do it again......<p>Rick
 

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Well, I was afraid someone would ask about that...<p>Here goes.<br>We decided on Dulles because Newark was fully booked on that day, and I didn't want to fly via Chicago. I had too much experience with O'Hare, and naively thought that Dulles had to be better (I had never been there before). In retrospect, Chicago might have been better.<p>We had allotted 2.5 hrs between flights at Dulles. Upon arriving at Boston Logan airport, we found out that our flight from Boston was 2.5 hrs late (furthermore, the gate agent said that it was always 2.5 hrs late!) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> . <br>We got on a different plane that got us into Dulles with 30 min to get off, figure out where to go next, get on one of those weird buses, run down the length of the second terminal, get a boarding pass, and board the Copenhagen flight (for whatever reason, we couldn't get boarding passes for all the flights when we arrived at Logan). We made it, but the seat assignments had been mixed up, so once on board, we had to negotiate with the other passengers in order to get adjacent seats. Needless to say, I never had the time to check out the SAS VIP lounge. I think I still have the passes, in case anyone else is interested....<p>Coming back..Things were on time. But going through customs in Dulles is definitely a different experience. First they stuffed everyone from the plane onto another one of those weird buses. It was just like boarding the Tokyo subway. The various people giving directions were not really speaking English, at least not as I was taught it. We had better luck understanding the Swedes. <br>Then, there was one long line at the passport control (passengers from our flight, plus others--probably > 500 people), and then a second line in order to feed your baggage to the X-ray machine. The second line was not necessary for us since we were carrying our bags on board our next flight, but we didn't find that out (of course!) until reaching the head of the line. <br>Finally we made it out of security and migrated down a very crowded and hectic terminal to our next flight. There was another mixup at that point, but I'll spare you the details. We did get home intact. My previous jaunts to Europe have always been direct from Boston, so I guess we were just unprepared for the Dulles experience.<br>
 
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