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This is not my first post, I have already been using everyone's help and collaboration in this forum for a while. I am coming from three consecutive Audis, however when my first son was born two years ago, I started to consider getting an XC90. <br>To make a story short, I sold my TT roadster, kept the A4 wagon and started to look for an 07 sport model loaded. I have been in the market for the last two months and I found exactly what I wanted: a black one with every single option, and only 12K miles. I negotiated to have the dealer install the back up camera, front/ rear mud flaps and throw brand new floor rubber mats and cargo mat in the deal. <p>I closed the deal last week right before taking my wife to the hospital to give birth to our second son. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I brought everyone home on Monday and on Thursday morning I took the train to DC, picked the xc90 up in Virgina and drove it home to Connecticut.<p>The car is practically new, in excellent condition in and out, has premium, climate and versatility packages, nav, factory installed dvd, and blis. It also came with a new set of tires.<p>I drove it for 5 hours and a half non stop, I enjoyed the drive, ipod in shuffle, new baby waiting at home, it couldn’t feel better. I have nothing new that say, loved the seats, steering wheel, V8 power, rear camera and found the BLIS particularly useful. (The only minor thing that I could complain is the instrument cluster, I like the blue, but only at day light, I just found when the night came in that the cluster is not back lighted, and it is illuminated with light from the front top like in the old days, I was not aware of this when I test drove one last year.)<br>Leaving the GW bridge toll under heavy rain I notice some slip, so will need to check that again otherwise take it to local dealer to check the famous pressure sensor switch.<p>And as far for being my first automatic, I must say that I might be getting old because it felt really good. (It is also true that my daily ride is a MT A4 sport wagon, so as long as there is a car with a left pedal in the family I am OK to drive an automatic.) <p>Now when time permits I will tint the front windows and replace orange bulbs with silver ones. I would lalso ike to install the HR kit.<p>And before you ask, yes, I will post some pics soon … <br>
 

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Re: New Volvo family: 07 black sport (Asfalto)

Just bought nearly the same xc90 this past weekend (black/black(. I also had to drive 4 hours each way to pick mine up but loved the trip home. Both my wife and I were very happy with the SUV, something that is very hard since we both have different things we enjoy, her: the overall look and seats, me: the engine/exhaust and "presence" of the 90 over the normal model, looks completely different to me.<p>Congrats on first the newborn and second the 90, sounds like you're on a similar path as me, I have a son 2.5 years old and newborn 9 weeks old.... kinda weird. Former VW/Audi guy but that was a while back...
 

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Re: New Volvo family: 07 black sport (MMopt)

Congrats on all the new additions!<p>My wife is expecting twins and therefore I am in a similar boat as you. I too am looking at an 07 xc90 sport model, although I never thought of what you had said about the speedometer not being that visible at night. Can you possible post a pic or two of the gauge cluster at night?<p>Thanks - enjoy the car and the baby!
 

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Re: New Volvo family: 07 black sport (k24atuner)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>k24atuner</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Congrats on all the new additions!<p>,although I never thought of what you had said about the speedometer not being that visible at night. Can you possible post a pic or two of the gauge cluster at night?<p>Thanks - enjoy the car and the baby!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thank you, I am enjoying much more my baby and my family than the car ... with regards to the cluster is not a big deal at all, it is very well illuminated and you can dimmer it. It would have never been a deal breaker if I had known. I just prefer the backlighted clusters. Don't have pics now, but I will. In the meantime, you can check it out at any dealer.<br>Congrats and hope everything works out fine with the twins!
 

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Re: New Volvo family: 07 black sport (MMopt)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MMopt</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Just bought nearly the same xc90 this past weekend (black/black)<p>Congrats on first the newborn and second the 90, sounds like you're on a similar path as me, I have a son 2.5 years old and newborn 9 weeks old.... kinda weird. Former VW/Audi guy but that was a while back...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thank you and same to you! I put the two years behind the driver seat and the baby in the middle second row seat. This config works great for the time being.
 

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I'd be interested in seeing your dash at night too, I think you may have something screwy. I know that the lighting on both my R and my wife's 07 Sport are very well lit and I think they look really cool with just the gauges lit up, but maybe I'm misunderstanding.<p>Congrats on the purchase and the baby, we absolutely love our 90, it's a great riding vehicle and the sport looks awesome, I think. I do wish there were two booster seats in the back though and not just the single one in the middle.
 

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The dash works great, and the blue gauges are cool. My only point is that I would have preferred the numbers and the marks in the gauges to have their own light (from behind the dash) and not to be illuminated (and reflect) the light that is coming from the top small white bulbs in the dash. <br>(Sorry if I am not that clear, English is not my first language)<br>BTW, I think the dash was slightly changed in the MY07 and with that the way it illuminates. (may be I am wrong)<p>In any case I didn't mean to generate confussion, it is just a minor observation coming from Audi gauges. We also love the 'big tall' wagon. <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Asfalto at 6:34 PM 5-22-2009</i>
 

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The gauges did change.<p>So if the gauges light up blue, have the rest of the controls, radio, clim, lights been updated as well, or are they still green?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Pinstripe</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The gauges did change.<p>So if the gauges light up blue, have the rest of the controls, radio, clim, lights been updated as well, or are they still green?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Friday night, after a hectic week and a lot of diapers changes, everyone is sleeping and found time to log in ...<p>I looked up on youtube to better explain the gauge illumination point: <p>I believe this is how MY03-06 came:<br><A HREF="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CndvLCTaCVM" TARGET="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CndvLCTaCVM</A><p>Even if this is a MY07 V70 video, i believe it is similar to the std MY07 XC90:<br><A HREF="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4K2YQsuVeQ" TARGET="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4K2YQsuVeQ</A><p>That was my point for a better look & feel and for easy reading at night, I prefer the gauges backlighted in the MY03-06, which i.e the C30 uses:<br><A HREF="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyt-n4qiKog" TARGET="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyt-n4qiKog</A><p>Now for the Sport or R-design, the blue gauges look cool and yes the rest of the controls remain green, and look very good. Found some videos on V70 R, and the gauges look almost the same to my xc90sport:<p><A HREF="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc7kJZxQ-3U" TARGET="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc7kJZxQ-3U</A><br><A HREF="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjgBm9d4OmU" TARGET="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjgBm9d4OmU</A><br><A HREF="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxOAWzNj0Aw" TARGET="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxOAWzNj0Aw</A><p>and last this is a C30 r-design, the way I would have like it in the XC90:<br><A HREF="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx1hKSH3U_w" TARGET="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx1hKSH3U_w</A><p>a very minor detail, but hope it helps clarify...<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Asfalto at 7:25 PM 5-22-2009</i>
 

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What is the approx retail value of a well equiped, low mileage, 2007 V8 Sport?
 

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I searched mine for two months primarily on Autotrader, Carmax and the regional dealers, (bear in mind my search ended four weeks ago).<br>I would say 30-35K depending on options, mileage and extended warranty.<br>There is room for negotiation but auction prices were going 28-30K for sport models well equiped, add 3K for the dealer, 1.5K for CPO, I think that is about it.
 

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I am negotiating with a dealer on a car nearly identical to yours. Not quite fully loaded (does not have Nav, DVD, or BLIS) but has all of the stuff I want, and just over 10K miles. Purchased and serviced at the same dealer, oil changed every 3,000 miles, no repairs performed. The car is immaculate - the only sign of wear and tear are the tires - which look to be at about 50% tread depth. <p>They are asking on the high side of your numbers, so there should be some wiggle room.<p>Thanks for your input.<p>
 

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Asfalto - Thanks for you input. <p>Well, I pulled the trigger today. The dealer will be adding a tranny cooler, tow hitch, and the iPod interface. Given the economy and rising fuel prices, this might not be the best choice of vehicle, but it is the only car that really moves me. <p>
 

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Well done and congrats! if it is the only one that moves you, then you made the right choice <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>On a separate note I took mine to Volvo of Stamford yesterday to have them check two things:<br>1- vibration that was bothering me when accelerating hard, not at all noticeable when cruising (front axle suspicious)<br>2- the AWD, as posted earlier, right after I picked the car on my drive home the front wheels spin on hard rain when I accelerated after going thru the ezpass toll.<p>To my surprise I had a good customer service experience, they drove me home, they called me later to let me know that they were replacing both front axles and the pressure sensor switch as well as adding AWD fluid (never heard of that fluid before). They needed to keep the car overnight to finish the work the following day. Car was ready today, they came home to pick me up. All done under warranty, they didn't wash the car though.<p>Now, having to replace both front axles and the awd sensor in a 12K miles car doesn't seem a normal situation or wear, in any case thanks to Husker Z I knew that could be of one the 'common' issues, indeed I also learned in this forum that there is a service bulletin about the axles. <br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Asfalto at 6:33 PM 6-2-2009</i>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Asfalto</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Now, having to replace both front axles and the awd sensor in a 12K miles car doesn't seem a normal situation or wear, in any case thanks to Husker Z I knew that could be of one the 'common' issues, indeed I lalso earned in this forum that there is a service bulletin about the axles. <br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Wow, I was not aware of these issues. I am glad I got the CPO. <p>My '06 has 52K miles, and has been problem free (except for a wheel bearing). Is this a problem that started in 07, or just affects the V8s? <p>I will have the dealer check into the pressure switch and front axles. I will also keep an eye (or ear) out for the issues that you and Husker Z experienced. <p>Thanks for posting this info!
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Asfalto</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Well done and congrats! if it is the only one that moves you, then you made the right choice <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>On a separate note I took mine to Volvo of Stamford yesterday to have them check two things:<br>1- vibration that was bothering me when accelerating hard, not at all noticeable when cruising (front axle suspicious)<br>2- the AWD, as posted earlier, right after I picked the car on my drive home the front wheels spin on hard rain when I accelerated after going thru the ezpass toll.<p>To my surprise I had a good customer service experience, they drove me home, they called me later to let me know that they were replacing both front axles and the pressure sensor switch as well as adding AWD fluid (never heard of that fluid before). They needed to keep the car overnight to finish the work the following day. Car was ready today, they came home to pick me up. All done under warranty, they didn't wash the car though.<p>Now, having to replace both front axles and the awd sensor in a 12K miles car doesn't seem a normal situation or wear, in any case thanks to Husker Z I knew that could be of one the 'common' issues, indeed I also learned in this forum that there is a service bulletin about the axles. <p><i>Modified by Asfalto at 6:33 PM 6-2-2009</i></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yup, exactly what we did to ours right after we bought it. This place is a great resource and I've found it to be great to arm yourself with information prior to going to the dealer. <p>Glad you got yours fixed up and are enjoying it like we are. I love ours, I just wish my wife would let me drive it more.
 
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