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Hi all,<p>Just bought a CPO 2007 XC90 3.2 AWD w/ about 36Kmiles from DarCar Volvo for my wife and I have a few Volvo newbie questions:<br>1. According to the owner's manual it's ok to use regular fuel. I am planning to do this since the car will mostly be driven in city traffic. Anybody have bad experience w/ using regular fuel?<br>2. What's the service interval for XC90 and what needs to be done at each interval? I drive a BMW and I am used to Inspection I and Inspection II in BMW speak although I follow old school maintenance schedule for my bimmer (i.e. oil change at 7,500 w/ synthetic, transmission and differential fluid at 30kmiles, brake and coolant flush every 2 years etc).<br>3. I also got a lifetime free oil change so when I picked up the car I asked them to change the oil but they said that the oil was changed as part of the certification process so it won't need to be changed for the next 7,500 miles. I am wondering if this is true. Also, they use synthetic blend not full synthetic, is that in line with factory recommendation? <p>Thanks all.
 

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Re: Regular Fuel and service interval (ea_sport)

1. Yes, it is OK to use regular fuel. You might see some decline in power and higher fuel consumption, but you will save some money. I do use regular on V8.<p>2. 7500 mi under normal driving conditions. Your BMW habits should work just fine for Volvo. You might not need to change the transmission oil every 30K. Ask mechanic to check the oil first. Here is your maintenance chart<p><A HREF="https://www.customers.volvocars.com/owners/docs/2007/2007_maintenance/2007_maintenance.html" TARGET="_blank">https://www.customers.volvocar....html</A><p><br>I personally do not think that it needs to be changed at all, at least not for the first 100K, but other people differ.<br>FWIW I ask my mechanic to check the transmission oil of my V80 at 60K and change it, if he thinks it is required. He did not...<p>3. The blend is factory recommended.
 

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Using lower grade fuel retards your timing and cuts power, so you save money at the pump but get lower mpg and less power. Why bother?
 

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<B>To save money.</B><p>You do not feel the retardation, unless your stress the engine. The retardation menas that your engine operates at ~ 10-15% higher RPM at any given time to maintain the same torque/HP. It is not really noticeable, unless you like to drive agressively an always use the higher RPM band.<p>With V8 I still feel an abundance of power even on regular fuel. <br>Speaking of 3.2. It has 235 HP. I used to have 2.5T rated at 207 HP, and even then I had enough power for regular city drive. <p>3.2 @235 HP even with 15% reduction should be plenty.
 

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<br>We use mid-grade in mixed driving, and premium for long trips where most driving will be 70-75mph<p>I will pay a bit more for quality fuel from Top Tier dealers. Paid enough for the car, dont want<br>fuel related deposits to cause issues that will cost 10x of the fuel cost difference.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by dmd at 9:27 AM 8-17-2009</i>
 

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Thanks for all the input. I usually get regular gas from either Shell, Exxon or Sunoco, no unbranded gas for me. I think since the car is driven mainly in the city I shouldn't feel the change in performance. Even if I do I can live with that, my wife drives the car and she could care less about performance <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> as long as it doesn't have any negative impact on the car. I have my bimmer for performance driving <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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The vehicle will only be as good as you take care of it. I am going through the process of a complete tune-up on my R because it has 51,500 miles. I have had it since 2003 and if I want to keep it running in top operating condition it needs to have maintenance done to prevent failures. These vehicles can cost you a fortune to maintain once they start breaking. Preventative maintenance practice is the best option! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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