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Hello future friends!

I recently acquired a 2018 S90 T5 FWD, and after driving it for a few months I am utterly befuddled as to why they've only sold 23k of them through March 2021, even if sedans are out of fashion. I have a few questions though, and I feel I've bothered the dealer product specialist and the salesman enough for a while.

1. Is the adaptive cruise dragging the brake when it's below the set speed? Because it always feels a little bit like I'm being pulled forward when it's engaged, and the amount of brake dust is insane.

2. Should I just expect the wheels to be perpetually covered in brake dust?

3. Are the tail lights on the facelifted 2021 model interchangeable? They really help the look of the rear IMO.

4. How much is your dealership charging you for the scheduled 10k service once your first three are up?

5. Is it really wise to go 10,000 miles between oil changes with this engine?

6. I've noticed a lot of wheel damage threads for you folks on bigger diameter wheels (I'm on 18s). Is this a Volvo thing, or is that just life with bigger wheels?

7. Is it normal for the driver foot well to be illuminated in the evening while driving?

8. Is there a way to tell what software version my car is on? Is it updatable with a sub to VIDA and the relevant tools, or is this going to be a dealer thing?

9. Is there any possibility of installing a larger gas tank? The stock one is one of the few things I really don't care for in the car.

10. Aside from brake wear, are there any common problems I should be on the lookout for or maintaining more aggressively, either on the S90 specifically or SPA platform cars otherwise?

11. Generally I prefer to work on my own cars - are there any special tools I should pick up to do so?

12. On one of the keys I received, the key blade removal slide is broken. Am I replacing the entire shell to fix that?

13 . Is that side piece below the doors where it partially curves under the car easily replaceable? Mine was recently damaged by an inattentive driver.

I look forward to your replies. Thank you for coming to my Ted talk.
 

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Hi and welcome to the forum!

1. Is the adaptive cruise dragging the brake when it's below the set speed? Because it always feels a little bit like I'm being pulled forward when it's engaged, and the amount of brake dust is insane.
It doesn't coast down on the engine, if the speed is 2mph above your setting it is braking for you (let's say on a downhill)
2. Should I just expect the wheels to be perpetually covered in brake dust?
Yes, unless you put aftermarket pads, and even those leave noticeable amount of dust

4. How much is your dealership charging you for the scheduled 10k service once your first three are up?
The cost of the oil changes varies from 40k to 50k to 60k, etc. 40k is ~$750-850, 50k is ~$340-500. Many of us have opted for pre-paid packages that do save money (Search Steingold)
5. Is it really wise to go 10,000 miles between oil changes with this engine?
Well, it is what is recommended by Volvo.
6. I've noticed a lot of wheel damage threads for you folks on bigger diameter wheels (I'm on 18s). Is this a Volvo thing, or is that just life with bigger wheels?
It must be a thing with larger wheels and low profile tires. My wagon is on 19s but it has larger profile tires, i haven't had an issue in over two years of ownership.
7. Is it normal for the driver foot well to be illuminated in the evening while driving?
It is normal, part of the illumination, you can turn it off, or control intensity in the "Interior Lights" section

9. Is there any possibility of installing a larger gas tank? The stock one is one of the few things I really don't care for in the car.
I doubt...it is indeed annoying though!
10. Aside from brake wear, are there any common problems I should be on the lookout for or maintaining more aggressively, either on the S90 specifically or SPA platform cars otherwise?
If you use cruise control a lot, beware the rear brakes will go quick (20-30k miles life is normal). I haven't read of anything else that people are fixing often.
11. Generally I prefer to work on my own cars - are there any special tools I should pick up to do so?
I do too, used to do my own oil changes, brakes, shocks, etc in my past 5-series wagon.. I did all the brake pads 25k miles ago, very simple procedure, even the rear (you just need a 9 or 12v battery to back out the electric servomotor). I've done nothing else (other than my own CAI) but if you've had European cars before then you should have plenty of metric size tools.

Those are the responses where I can provide feedback. Good luck!
 
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Welcome to the S90 club.
My oil changes have been different because of proximity to work and now the pandemic. My first Minder came on at 7k because it was at 12 months. This year it was 13k because 24 months. So far I'm not hitting 10,000 on the oil.
I don't have the brake dust problem because in the T8, the car slows down with the generator, so I suspect my brakes will last a ton longer than non-hybrid.
I initially had the factory 20" with the stock P-Zeros.. yes, rim damage was constant. During some troubleshooting with the car I offered to let them "downgrade" to 19" and different tire brand, so I'm seeing less of that annoyance now.
I wish I could tell the software version as well, I might be jumping on the vida bandwagon because every trip for any item and they say "we applied firmware, it's fixed now" and the problem isn't fixed. I'd love to be able to catalog the software changes.
My T8 has an even smaller 15 gal gas tank, it would really annoy you. But I still only fill up once a month, it's not a bad thing. Love them electric trip days.
I also like the 2020 taillights with the different LEDs. Depending on overall amperage they might be swappable on the same plugs, it's still the same SPA1 car. But then you'd lose ability to swap out the blinkers which are filament on our taillights.

Enjoy your S90, they are beautiful.
 
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