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I have been reading up a lot on this forum lately, as we are thinking of buying a XC90. I am specifically interested in opinions of existing owners of V8. I am sure there are going to be recommendations on other styles, so let me give my thoughts as to " Xc90 why V8":

1. We do need three rows, although not routinely. So we definitely can not go with the XC60.
2. 3.2 feels a little too slow and underpowered.
3. 2.5T while a solid style, is quite old (last MY was 2006 I think?) -- this to us is too old a car, since we do want to get some more life out of it, and would rather buy a vehicle that is a little newer than that.
4. Don't want to wait for the 2016 -- I would rather let others be guinea pigs there :p

We have always owned Japanese vehicles so far, but I am interested in trying something new out. I understand that maintenance wise it will not be as cheap, but as long as I don't get consistent bills of 2+ grand per year, I am willing to keep the vehicle.

We are looking for a vehicle that is both newish (2007+) and has less number of miles (say 60-80K). We typically keep our vehicles for long periods of time, and get rid of them when cost to fix becomes prohibitive, or they become obviously unsafe.

Are there any well known issues with MY 2007 or later? Anything I need to watch out for? I looked at the forums and seems like the transmission issues were with the T6's and not with the 8 cylinder.

Any obvious features that you think you really like in a particular V8 MY, or you wished you had?

How has been your expenses for maintaining this vehicle? Any long term data (I am thinking 4-5+ years) will be most useful.

Does it make any sense in buying CPO V8? Again, coming from a Japanese vehicle-only family, I am used to my cars sort of...just working. Sure I do take them to the shop every so often for routine maintenance items etc. but for the most part, they don't complain. I am not expecting that sort of reliability from this vehicle, so my expectations are adjusted accordingly. But at the same time, if there are any big ticket items that routinely show up with this model, it would be good to know..
 

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If you stick with a 2007+ V8 there are no common issues that I'm aware of. Just find one well maintained.

Since you're used to Japanese, know that the V8 is a Yamaha unit, and the 6 speed transmission is a Japanese Aisin-Warner unit as well. :)
 

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Drove the 3.2 and 2.5T then the V8 and ended up buying a V8 and love every bit of it! Highly recommended! If you can find a V8 R-Design or V8 Sport even better. The seats are different compared to a standard XC90 more close to my S60R seats and you get the nice aluminum interior vs wood and 19in wheels, you get nicer blue gauges and a sport suspension. And yea its a Volvo so buying a decent warranty on it or getting CPO is even better, not saying it will break often but if it does its not a bad idea to have a warranty. I have not seen many issues with this vehicle but if something goes down it can get costly, but so far with all the Volvos I have it has been pretty smooth. Only problem I had was a bad DEM pump but that was covered under warranty. We bought ours with 84,xxx miles in Jan and its now got 99,xxx miles. I also grew up with Japanese cars, being that my dad was a mechanic that's what he preferred and recommended even though his customers mostly had euro cars but when it came to non-Japanese vehicles he always preferred Volvo.

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I wish I had bought a v8 for the get up and go, especially when entering highway's from stop, but I have gotten used to the 3.2 and don't mind it so much. I do run premium gas though. Also, I do most of my own maintenance, I think that may have been tough on the V8. I had a GMC terrain for a loaner car two weeks ago. Put 400 miles on that in 2 days and can happily report that it did not hold a candle to the XC90.
 

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I wish I had bought a v8 for the get up and go, especially when entering highway's from stop, but I have gotten used to the 3.2 and don't mind it so much. I do run premium gas though. Also, I do most of my own maintenance, I think that may have been tough on the V8. I had a GMC terrain for a loaner car two weeks ago. Put 400 miles on that in 2 days and can happily report that it did not hold a candle to the XC90.
Well, that answers my question. We are in the market and have driven two V8 models; a 2007 and a 2009. They drive nice for sure, especially the 2009 but it smelled a tad funky inside and had some small rear door upholstery rips and tears. Both are dealer cars not private party. We would like to get something CPO'd so may end up with a 3.2 which we have yet to drive. There is a local indy dealer in NOVA with a 2007 v8 sport model. Asking $12k
 

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Thanks everyone for the responses.

One more question about the warranty since it was mentioned a couple of times: can I buy a CPO warranty, after I buy the vehicle from a dealer? Or do I need to look for already CPO vehicles. I am unaware of how warranties work for used vehicles, can I even buy them post-purchase. It sounds like Volvo warranty is the way to go (not third party) but I am unsure at what point in a vehicle's life I can buy it.

Well, that answers my question. We are in the market and have driven two V8 models; a 2007 and a 2009. They drive nice for sure, especially the 2009 but it smelled a tad funky inside and had some small rear door upholstery rips and tears. Both are dealer cars not private party. We would like to get something CPO'd so may end up with a 3.2 which we have yet to drive. There is a local indy dealer in NOVA with a 2007 v8 sport model. Asking $12k
 

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I saw your other thread also: very beautiful. I can not believe your car is 2007, it looks much newer than that!
 

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Thanks. 2006, actually. I have not been on this board much recently but I recall from a year or so ago that user JRL is very familiar with CPO warranties and should be able to answer your questions. If he isn't available, I can ask the sales guy at my local Volvo dealer.
 

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Thanks. 2006, actually. I have not been on this board much recently but I recall from a year or so ago that user JRL is very familiar with CPO warranties and should be able to answer your questions. If he isn't available, I can ask the sales guy at my local Volvo dealer.
Oh wow 2006, that even better! Great job maintaining it so nicely over the years.

OK, I sent in a PM to him, hope to hear back from them. I am fine with spending upfront money of a few thousand dollars if it gives us peace of mine for next few years. I just don't know how much it typically runs for.
 

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CPO can be had (depending on dealer ) for 1850-2000 dollars. It is awesome, except that the vehicle must be less than 7 years and 100k miles. Depending on the mileage and in service date might change the value of the warranty. However, unlike the factory warranty where you must have all major maintenance items up to date, the CPO just covers the cars no questions asked (unless there is an obvious problem).
 

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CPO can be had (depending on dealer ) for 1850-2000 dollars. It is awesome, except that the vehicle must be less than 7 years and 100k miles. Depending on the mileage and in service date might change the value of the warranty. However, unlike the factory warranty where you must have all major maintenance items up to date, the CPO just covers the cars no questions asked (unless there is an obvious problem).
Thanks.
I am definitely going to buy the warranty, assuming the dealer is ready to sell it at the time of purchase of the vehicle!

At that price, it seems like a no brainer then..I guess just finding the dealer that sells it is all that is needed.
 

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Is there any reason I should be worried about sunroof drain issue with this model? We are targetting 2007+, and possibly getting one for which we can buy CPO warranty too.

I have not read anyone mention water in baseboard with 2007+ MY, but thought I will ask to be sure.
 

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Oscar, the sunroof drain is an EASY fix, a toddler could do it with a screwdriver, a 10mm socket, and rubber hose from autozone.

Step one, open A pillers with screwdriver, then remove 10mm bolts and pop them off.

Step two, replace the elbows at the bottom of the line with more rubber hose, duct tape for watertight seal, throw away elbows.

Step three, replace A pillars

Step four, profit
 

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I bought my XC90 back in Aug2011 with 85k miles and did not get the extended warranty. I've had just one issue and it only cost about $300 to repair. I'm glad I did not get the extended warranty. I haven't had any issues and I use it to pull my travel trailer. It now has about 140k miles. I used it recently to buy another Volvo wagon.



 

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I have a 2007 V8 Sport that I purchased new. I have about 63k on it now and I can tell you with certainty, while it may not cost you $2k/yr in upkeep, it will probably be closer to $1k so be prepared for that. Then again, you can probably get away a little cheaper if you have your car serviced anyplace other than the dealer, I want my car serviced by Volvo trained techs that fix it right the first time so I take my car where I bought it for service. Besides, I've found the Volvo indie shop in my town isn't much cheaper than the dealer anyway.

For example, last year I had to have the starter replaced, $1k. This year was the 60k service, a motor mount and some front end bushings, $1500. My dealer always works with me on the price too, I got them to take 20% off my last bill so that was nice.

Having said that, I love my car, it's like a member of the family and I see uus keeping it for a long time. I don't see myself (or my wife for that matter, she took the car when our twins were born) in an Acura or Lexus. Yuck.

Finally, can you even have a 7 year old car CPO'ed? Good luck OP, this is a good community, everyone is always real helpful when I have questions. Let us know how it turns out.
 

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Having said that, I love my car, it's like a member of the family and I see uus keeping it for a long time. I don't see myself (or my wife for that matter, she took the car when our twins were born) in an Acura or Lexus. Yuck.

Finally, can you even have a 7 year old car CPO'ed? Good luck OP, this is a good community, everyone is always real helpful when I have questions. Let us know how it turns out.
Thanks!
I should note that I do not have the same opinion as you do, on Acuras and Lexus. Especially Toyota for instance. Its a very well made, quality product. Its just that we have driven Japanese brands too long, and while they seem *very* well made and don't break often, I have the itch to try something new this time around.

AFA CPO: yes, I am having a hard time finding a V8, that is less than 4 years and under 48K (the cutoff at which one can get them CPOed). There is exactly one V8 at the moment (looking at cars.com) thats 2011, but its at 35K and not even sold by Volvo dealer, so not sure if I can ask CPO warranty be added on top.

Others are there, but they are above 50K so can't be CPOed.
 

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AFA CPO: yes, I am having a hard time finding a V8, that is less than 4 years and under 48K (the cutoff at which one can get them CPOed). There is exactly one V8 at the moment (looking at cars.com) thats 2011, but its at 35K and not even sold by Volvo dealer, so not sure if I can ask CPO warranty be added on top.

Others are there, but they are above 50K so can't be CPOed.
If you buy a Volvo from a non-dealer, you can still add the Volvo VIP warranty which is basically the same as CPO.

Also, if a Volvo is ever CPO'd, that warranty stays with the car. So you could certainly buy a V8 XC90 with 99k miles on it and it would still have 1k miles of CPO warranty remaining, assuming it was previously CPO'd. So you may want to expand your search.
 

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Thanks!
I should note that I do not have the same opinion as you do, on Acuras and Lexus. Especially Toyota for instance. Its a very well made, quality product. Its just that we have driven Japanese brands too long, and while they seem *very* well made and don't break often, I have the itch to try something new this time around.
Of course, I didn't mean to discredit your opinion in any way. We've owned a Toyota and it while it was dead reliable, it was boring. I test drove the MDX in 2007 when I was shopping and the Volvo felt much more substantial. I could easily move into a Lexus GX or RX but nothing about either of those cars makes me want to own them. The LX on the other hand... However, I would never own another Toyota after the way they handled the UA fiasco (but that's another topic for another day).

I should also note that I currently have a Dodge and a Volvo in my garage so reliability obviously isn't my first priority (safety is) ;)

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