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<U><B>Please limit posts in this thread to actual stories about how riding in your XC90 saved or potentially saved someone from a serious mishap. Other posts are subject to removal!</B></U><p><br><B>I have had 2 close calls <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> with vehicles stopping suddenly in front of me, in both instances I was able to bring my vehicle to a safe halt steering around the leading vehicles while braking abruptly <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> . Despite the fact that I was driving at a reasonable safe distance behind these vehicles in traffic I feel it is quite likely in any of our other vehicles we wouldn't have been so lucky. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> </B><p><U>Please use this thread to tell your stories!</U> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: MYXC90 saved me/us! Tell your story. (webpj)

"WASHINGTON — Kat Mastrangelo was driving down a curvy mountain road on hard-packed snow last winter when she hit a patch of ice and felt her Volvo sport utility vehicle start to fishtail. Mastrangelo envisioned her brand new XC90 crashing into oncoming traffic or spinning into a ditch. <p>None of that happened. Instead of becoming involved in a potentially lethal SUV rollover accident, the Oregon mother of three continued on without incident — thanks to a computerized stability control system that automatically put her vehicle back on course in the blink of an eye. "<p><A HREF="http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/latimests/20041128/ts_latimes/usvehiclesarebehindthecurveinskidsafety" TARGET="_blank">Source</A>
 

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Re: MYXC90 saved me/us! Tell your story. (tmtalpey)

Volvo's have great brakes and stability control which helps us all avoid things in front of us ( had a few near misses myself) but a big problem we have experienced are the drivers behind us having problems reacting to our short stops. I cannot keep track of how many short stops we've made, only to brace for a rear collision and then find the driver goes wide right or left ending up beside us....with that oops sorry wave. It has now become common practice for us to take a quick peek in the review mirror before applying hard braking.<p>
 

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close call yesterday -- me, my wife and 3 kids going to NJ, getting off the outerbridge and onto the garden state parkway entrance ramp.<p>a car in front of us stops on a dime (there was a tire on the road and it got caught beneath his vehicle) -- i jammed on the brakes (i was going about 50 mph), ABS kicks in but i saw we still would have slammed into him so i veered right (onto shoulder) and just missed him (about 10 inches).<p>car handled beautifully. i didnt skid or lose control or feel like we would tip -- if the car didn't handle so well, we would have lost control of the vehicle and went over the overpass onto the GSP or right into the car in front of us.<p>my wife, in tears, thanked me and the volvo.
 

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Re: MYXC90 saved me/us! Tell your story. (webpj)

We were driving 65mph home from a trip late in the evening and another suv on the 6 lane tollway drove from the center lane all the way to the outside lane and beyond to exit abruptly right in front of us pretty darn close. I hit the brakes suddenly at 65 mph and the XC90 handled beautifully, braking in a dead straight ahead path leaving enough gap for us not to strike the idiot (driving a lexus) doing a 5 lane change because he wasn't paying attention.
 

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Re: MYXC90 saved me/us! Tell your story. (webpj)

Swerved at 60 Mph last night to avoid potential road kill on a vacant 2 line very rural highway last night and it handled beautifully! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: MYXC90 saved me/us! Tell your story. (webpj)

A three foot by six foot piece of plate glass flew off a glass truck driving on an overpass and smashed into the front end then flipped up and hit my windshield head-on. I was doing about 50 MPH and I hit the glass so hard and it shattered so completely that I couldn't find any of the broken glass. After pulling over, I noticed that a chunk of glass has punched through the back of the driver's outside mirror. Thankfully, my windshield stayed in one piece. Kudos, Volvo, for putting strength in the right places...I was very, very lucky. <p>Total cost to repair trashed hood, A-Pillar, exterior mirror and driver's door: $1500.00. Being able to type this experience: Priceless.
 

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Re: MYXC90 saved me/us! Tell your story. (webpj)

I was driving on the New Jersey Turnpike, close to New York City when the station wagon ahead of me clipped the left rear corner of a landscaper's trailer. The trailer jack-knifed wildly and both vehicles quickly lost control. Luckily I keep a "cushion of safety" around my vehicle and, due to the superb handling of XC90, I was able to steer clear quickly and easily, avoid a multiple-car collision. Thank you Volvo for DSTC !!!
 

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Re: MYXC90 saved me/us! Tell your story. (webpj)

Driving 65 MPH on 4 lane interstate 6 passengers on board, cut off while in inside lane by "cheese head" driving a pick up truck missing us by a few feet if that, hit the brakes hard instinctively, our xc90 made a bunch of noises including a sound that sounded like an air compressor letting out air went from 65 to 30 in a split second before releasing the brake when collision was avoided, avoiding being rear ended, avoided hitting the offender, steered through hard braking beautifully as I had swerved to left. Resumed straight path without leaving the highway.<p>I'm so glad we weren't in our Minivan <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I'm sure some of you might have seen me post our story in a few other topics, and I'm pretty sure it's in the Volvo Life book now.<br>Basically, all we will ever drive from now on is a Volvo (not that we weren't already). In April, we were leaving the neighborhood and getting on the 4 lane highway, and we were about to turn on a slight curve, where-as the curve on the other side is a little sharper. A lady who was driving to work past the neighborhood was on her phone and looking for something in her floorboard. When she looked up, she noticed the curve, over reacted and hit us head on (while speeding around 70, and hit us in our front left corner) while we were driving around 60. Because of the impact position, it knocked the wheel off and actually sent us into two rolls, and we came to a stop in a ditch. All the airbags deployed, and everyone was fine and was able to get out of the car by just opening the doors. Despite the fact that the front of the car was nearly completely sheered off, not a window even broke and as I said everyone in the car was ok for the most part(Two adults and two three year olds in the back, however one is still suffering from some shoulder problems because she was reaching into the door compartment at the time.) I believe the other lady was ok, but she had to go to the hospital as soon as EMS arrived. <p>I'll get around to posting some pictures sometimes because it was really amazing.<br>
 

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Re: MY XC90 saved me! (goldfishhh)

Ok, i'll bite. To preface, i recently traded in my dearly beloved Audi a4 (2000) for an XC90 and promptly gave it to the wife and 16mo old kid. I now drive the wifes car.<p>It was exactly a week ago today (1/15/2005) and I had told the wife that I was going to take her new car and go to the hardware store to get some cleaning supplies (yes, I am one of those rare husbands that loves to clean). If you are farmilliar wit North Eastern Illinois, specifically Gurnee (countries 2nd largest mall - second to Mall of America), I was on RT83 approaching the intersection of RT120 driving south. About 500' before the stoplight, this <insert as many potty mouth words as you see fit - however I said more than you are thinking> in his Ford F-150 cuts across 2 lanes of traffic (double yellow line) and turns into the car dealership.<p>Well, this was right in front of me.<p>To give you a little more background, I spend some summer weekends at the race track as a driving school instructor for the Audi Club Chicagoland Chapter. In short, I know how to drive pretty well.<p>After the guy turns in front of me, I have an OSM and quickly apply a braking technique called threashold braking (using as much brake right before the ABS kicks in - if it does, backing off for a microsecond and then reapplying). WOW! The braking characteristics of this car is simply amazing. (I'm sorry for all of the wifes stuff which went flyig forward).<p>I think that if I was in my car and the same situation happened, I may not have been able to bring the car to a stop (with stock brakes) as quickly as I did with the Volvo.<p>Nice car.
 

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Re: MYXC90 saved me/us! Tell your story. (webpj)

Why buy Volvo?<p><A HREF="http://www.thebluepen.com/photos/Aubriana%20Crash/" TARGET="_blank">This wasn't a Volvo, but a very popular car to drive.</A><p><A HREF="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Moms/story?id=1535896&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312" TARGET="_blank">Good Morning America</A><p>"When you hear the word "Volvo," what do you think of? A quick and unscientific e-mail poll of several of my mom peers revealed a gradient of thoughts, such as safe, sturdy, solid, reliable, family-friendly, first-class, long-lasting, expensive, tree-hugging, boxy, square, boring and gutless. <br>"<p><A HREF="http://www.motherproof.com/review_detail5.asp?ID=114" TARGET="_blank">Motherproof review</A>
 

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Volvo Believer After Witnessing Collision

We had been debating getting an XC90 as all that was stopping us was a concern if it offered enough room for extended trips with two children and a dog.<br>Yesterday morning we were on I-5 crossing the notorious "Grapevine" in CA. My husband was driving and I thought I saw something moving across lanes far ahead. It turned out to be a large Cadillac which had been passing cars in the #2 lane at hi-speed suddenly changed lanes to avoid a big rig and lost control and as it was raining probably began to hydroplane as the car raced to impact the tall cement center divider. As other cars swerved there was an XC90 in the fast lane. It must have appeared without warning and the impact was furious with the XC90 impacting the Cadillac just behind the front wheel on the driver's side.<br>Next was total mayhem but what we both noticed, while the Cadillac spun out of control and other cars swerved and a van almost went up and over the tall cement divider, the XC90 tracked straight as an arrow and came to a stop out of traffic about a hundred yards ahead of the rest of the pile up. We stopped and as my husband checked to see if the cars nearest needed any assistance I could see the XC90's tires were off the rims and the wheels I could see appeared destroyed .<br>A very calm gentelman exited the XC90 and pointed to himself and gave a thumbs-up and motioned attention be directed to the cars behind him. My husband jogged over then returned and as we departed he said the interior of the XC90 showed absolutely no damage expect for where airbags had deployed. What most impressed me was this lovely lady who stepped out of the passenger side and opened the back door and there stood a Golden Retriver on the back seat, obvsiously unharmed.<br>My husband is an engineer whose work is with the private sector and government designing aircraft to better withstand forced landings. He was extrememly impressed.<br>We are now looking for an XC90 in the color of our choice.
 

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Re: Volvo Believer After Witnessing Collision (ig_mb)

We were only able to investigate the cars nearest to us and there did not appear to be any severe injuries; the Cadillac which caused the collisions was about a hundred yards back with others stopping to offer assistance. Word of mouth being shouted across the busy road did not mention injuries. Soon after, I placed a phone call to friends and after mentioning the indicident they went to a web site which gives traffic conditions and unfortunately the report stated ambulance(s) had been called for. So much can change so fast in these incidences which makes the XC90 all the more appealing.
 

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Re: Volvo Believer After Witnessing Collision (Deirdre)

Great Story..Thanks for sharing..Being an engineer myself, I encourage your husband to enjoy researching Volvo and their safety features..some pretty amazing research has gone into this SUV..<p>As you/he researches this website, both of you will read about people leaving their XC90 for a Honda Pilot. (Bad choice in my opinion).<p>I did a quick search and found this website..Check out the rollover storys..<p>A word of advise..Get the V8..I used to live our there..You will reap the benefits of the power - when required to use it..<p><br><A HREF="http://www.saferoads.org/index.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://www.saferoads.org/index.htm</A>
 

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Re: Volvo Believer After Witnessing Collision (Deirdre)

Deirdre,<br> <br>It's a small world!<br> <br>You certainly know more than I as I read your account with great interest.<br> <br>I was directed to your posting as at the time of impact we had not so much as a clue where the Cadillac came from.<br> <br>To our immediate right and slightly forward, was a windowless van blocking all view from "1 o'clock through 4 o'clock" positions.<br> <br>All I recall is suddenly seeing the hood of a Cadillac appearing immediately in front of us and on a collision course with the center divider....<p>Next it was BAM, air bags, and rolling to a rough stop in the buffer zone between the fast lane and the center divide barrier; you are quite correct, the XC90 tracked perfectly straight.<br> <br>Apparently, the initial impact to our right-front sent the Cadillac back in the direction from which it had arrived while spinning like a top (or so we were told). It wasn't until examining our vehicle, after the impact, we realized the force had sent us into the center divider which shattered the left-rear wheel - while cushioned in airbags this impact was never felt. Only one tire remained inflated.<p>Reading from the police report, the Cadillac was traveling at a high-speed in the truck lane when it came upon a slow moving truck and was forced into making an "unsafe lane change"; whereupon it clipped another vehicle and sent it into a spin while the Cadillac continued in a high-speed drift across traffic lanes. This is where we come in and you so aptly fill in the blanks.<br> <br>Initially, I do recall two individuals coming over concerned for our safety, one most certainly being your husband. Please know how grateful we are for this show of concern!<br> <br>And our Golden Retriever, despite giving us no reason to suspect otherwise, proceeded directly to our veterinarian before returning home that afternoon and it was confirmed she suffered no injuries. <br> <br>Thank you, again, for not only taking the time to post your observations but to demonstrate such concern for total strangers.<p> <br>
 

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Re: MYXC90 saved me/us! Tell your story. (webpj)

<A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=57398" TARGET="_blank">Other stories of XC90 crashes</A>
 

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Re: Volvo Believer After Witnessing Collision (david)

David,<br> <br>Uploading here involved a bit of a learning curve, sorry for the delay.<br> <br>Following are promised photos of collision on “the Grapevine”; I-5 in central California. I have reduced size and resolution considerably.<p>As I do not know how formatting will shake out have numbered the photos for clarity.<p><br>1. Taken at crash scene. Primary impact is to passenger-front of vehicle. Volvo plowed through and came to a stop approximately 100 yards ahead of the pile-up.<p><IMG SRC="http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j147/Trebe/1.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>2. Taken at crash scene. Driver’s side struck center barrier.<p><IMG SRC="http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j147/Trebe/2.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>3. Driver’s side rear wheel, shattered. Only passenger-side rear tire remained on wheel and inflated.<p><IMG SRC="http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j147/Trebe/3.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>4. Taken at impound yard after removing gear.<p><IMG SRC="http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j147/Trebe/4.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>5. Driver’s side airbag. Note passenger mirror, in background; shattered by force of impact.<p><IMG SRC="http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j147/Trebe/5.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>6. In So. CA where it was written off as totaled. Note dent to hood and grill, happened when moved to impound yard.<p><IMG SRC="http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j147/Trebe/6.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>
 

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This last story is a hard one to follow, but here goes:<p>My wife and I were heading out on a long trip at 6AM, car packed and 150 lbs of luggage on a roof rack. We are going 70 MPH on a dark divided highway when we come up on a curve in the road to discover a car coming at us in our lane at 70 MPH. I had 2-3 seconds before a sure deadly collision. I took one second to first see if the other driver would turn to avoid us, and then, almost certain that the vehicle would roll, I swerved hard into the next lane. After swerving, I brought it back smoothly straight ahead. There was no sign of instability at all. I've driven several other SUV's and I am sure that none of them would have performed this manuver without tipping or rolling.
 

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Re: MYXC90 saved me/us! Tell your story. (webpj)

<A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=67950" TARGET="_blank">S40 saved this young man's life, read about it here</A>
 
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