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Hi Guys,<P>I took delivery of a 2001 XC last week and wanted to thank you guys for all your info. My first Volvo and absolutely love it. <P>So, a coin holder actually exists! How exciting! I will order it tomorrow. I couldn't believe there was no good storage bin for coins when everything else in the interior was so well thought out. Thanks to the member who posted the part number.<P>By the way, anyone else have problems with the remotes? My dealer had to order new ones for me, since mine apparently have a mind of their own. <P>Thanks, again.<BR>Frank<P>
 

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Hi Frank -<P>Congrats on your new ride. What are the symptoms of your remotes? I've heard of some dealers telling customers things like the hatch release doesn't work (you have to press twice, as is clearly stated in the owner's manual that the dealer apparently didn't read). Any my remote memory seats are not working as they should. But none of these problems has pointed to a bad remote.<P>I'm very curious to hear what yours are doing.<P>- Darell<P>
 

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Congrats Frank!<P>My T5 is also my first Volvo... and I really love the car too!<P>As far as the coin holder... confirm w/ your Parts guy to see if it is color-matched for the rest of your interior. If not... it probably comes in black.<P>Remote problems that I've seen pop up range from simple battery replacement & sticking buttons... to the more complex solutions such as reprogramming the remotes... and of course - replacement. Nobody appears to be experiencing long-term problems that the dealer has been unable to cure. Looks like your dealer is taking good care of you though. <P>For your enjoyment...(Indy originally posted pics of the great XC commercial)... here's the link: <A HREF="http://www.jostedal.com/volvo.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://www.jostedal.com/volvo.htm</A> <P>
 

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Darell - Thanks for your reply. The trunk release button on one of my remotes was sticking, which must have really confused the system and was causing all kinds of problems. But after taking it apart, I realized that by loosening the torx screw just a hair the trunk release button would pop back up after being depressed and it has been working fine since.<BR>But my second remote just went nuts. Press the lock button and the alarm goes off with no way of shutting it off - even starting the car! Pressing the unlock button did nothing. It was funny hearing the alarm blaring in the service dept., as the service reps often think you're just an ignorant customer that doesn't know how to use the remotes properly.<BR>Anyway, new remotes are due in this week and everything should be reprogrammed. Will let you know how things work out. BTW, no problems with the remote memory seats. <P>Rob - Black is fine for me on the coin holder, as I have the graphite interior. For some reason graphite was hard to find on a Nautic Blue XC around here and I had to really call around to find one. Most Nautic Blues seem to have been ordered with the tan interior. Anyway, thanks for the info and the link.<BR> <P>
 

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Frank -<P>Graphite interior is great, isn't it? It had me worried at first, but now I really like it. I would do it again, for sure.<P>Do me a favor with your seats sometime: Drive along happily, and sometime before you get to where you're headed, change one setting on the seat (move the back rearward, or the seat lower....just make sure it's enough movement to notice if it changes later. Park the car, lock it with the remote. Then, a few minutes later, unlock with the remote and open the driver's door. The seat SHOULD stay right where you left it (the remote memory is supposed to remember where the seat was when it was last locked). On mine, the seat usually moves back to the previous position. It's done this with three different remotes, so it isn't a remote-specific problem. I can reproduce the problem without driving it too, but this is the real-world test.<P>Thanks,<BR>Darell<P>
 

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Maybe I'm just slow(No 616 yet <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif">)... but isn't this the way it should be?<P>Let's say you let your friend take the car out for a spin, and he tinkers with the seats. He then brings the car back & locks the doors with your remote. The next day when you hop into your car... wouldn't you want it to go back to your custom setting & not his? <P>Of course if you wanted to change your setting... you would have to hit 'mem' and 1,2, or 3 and lock with your remote to memorize the new settings. This of course is coming from someone who had to make this adjustment after all the holiday feasting! 1" back please... ahhh that's better - why isn't there a sensor in the seat to to do this automatically <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P>
 

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Rob -<P>Your scenario makes sense if your friend only locks/unlocks once. If he does it a second time, you're still stuck with "his" setting the next time YOU unlock with the remote. The manual clearly states that it should remember the setting of the last remote lock....not the previous setting, as mine does.<P>What happens is that if my wife drives around town with my set of keys, and thus my remote) it eventually remembers her setting (meaning she locks/unlocks several times, having to manually reset the seat the first time). Now I get back in the car, and hit Mem 1 on the seat to position it for me (normal so far, since she borrowed my keys). I drive to my destination, and lock the car with the remote. When I come back to unlock the car, the seat moves back to my wife's position! Not so slick. I first noticed this when I brought it back from the dealer. I keep getting the mechanic's last position the next time I open with the remote. Sucks.<P>So, Rob...does this mean that your remote memory works wrong like mine too? Mine is theoretically being fixed on Thursday. But, then they've tried three other times already. The first thing they ALWAYS try to tell me is that it SHOULD work like that. Then I explain what I just wrote here, and they start scratching their heads. Bottom line is that the manual is pretty clear about how they <I>should</I> work.<P>- Darell<P>
 

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Darell - <P>If normal operation is to remember last remote lock, is this predicated on the seat being manually adjusted versus utilizing one of the 3 memory settings? I would think that based on your scenerio your wife manually adjusted the seat rather than using her memory seting. This would be in fact be the same process that your mechanic would most likely exercise. Where you,would use your preset setting(1,2,or 3)BTW: I took #2 and gave my wife #1 <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif">, and then remotely locked your car... it still remembers your wife's manualy last remote locked setting.<P>Of course this is all hypothetical, being that I'm at work right now. But I will put it to the 'bunsen burner' test tonight and report back to you. <P>Thanks for always stretching my mind and to not accept things "as is". You are definitely the Fox Mulder of the V70... in search of answers to the unexplained! <P>
 

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Darrel,<P>For what it's worth, I'm pretty sure you are right about how the remote memory seats are supposed to operate. I say this based on my reading of the owner's manual and my previous experiments with this feature. I don't believe the remote memory setting is related to any of the 3 memory settings on the seat itself, at least I don't believe it's supposed to be related.<P>I've tried locking the car with the remote. Then, opening it with the key (remember, one of my remotes is shot, so I have to use the key) and pressing one of the memory buttons to move it to a different position. I then lock the car with the key. Now, when I open the car with the remote, the seat (and mirrors) move back to their original positions from when I originally locked the car with the remote. (OK, I have to stop now - I'm confusing myself. But, I think you get my point.)<P>Looks like I'll be spending tonight playing with the memory seats and my one working remote. Thanks.<P>Frank<P>
 

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Ok, I'll tackle this one person at a time...<P>Rob - NO. (your answer was easy, huh?) It matters not whether you manually adjust the seat or use the memory positions before locking with the remote. It might matter on other's cars, but it doesn't matter on mine. I have tested every possible scenario that I can think of, including standing on my head, and it still fails. I try cycling the ignition, different timing...sometimes it actually works correctly, but usually fails (I'd say 95% failure rate - and the successful attempts are never repeatable). Also remember that the remote mirror deal works perfectly on my car, so ONE of them has to be wrong (and yes I know you can't test this aspect) And finally, did you know that if you leave the first "h" out of "whether" you'd be talking about a castrated ram? Is that what the Dakota is? But I digress...<P>Frank - YES! (sorry Rob, had to do it). It sounds like you've got a good handle on how this thing is supposed to work. The remote memories are completely separate from the on-seat memories. And yes it does get confusing in a hurry. Try describing it to a bunch of mechanics who already think you're an idiot, and you'll see just how confusing it can become. I've been told several times that the remote memory is the same as position number one on the on-seat memory. NOT. I simply ask them to explain where my SECOND remote memory is then stored...and no it isn't under number two...how the hell would the car know which remote is number one and two...or three or four? Oh well. Thanks for playing....<P>Agent Darell of The V-files - out.<BR><P>
 

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Frank -<P>Sorry about sending your thread way out here to left field with this remote stuff. If it gets interesting we'll have to start a new thread.<P>- Darell<P>
 
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