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<A HREF="http://www.roadandtrack.com/reviews/roadtests/articledisplay.asp?articleid=396" TARGET="_blank">http://www.roadandtrack.com/reviews/roadtests/articledisplay.asp?articleid=396</A><p>By the way, anyone got their XC90 in the West Coast yet? I might get my T6 crystal green w/ Prem, Versty, Climate packages 12/16 (either mon/tues)..<BR><BR>
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Re: Road & Track review on T6 (skyslimit)

Yeah, I saw that. On the same issue, there is a pretty good article on the XC70 also!<p>And the idiots at C & D rated the XC90 FIFTH (!!!) out of 8 SUVs! Go figure!<p>Yannis
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR> Go figure!<p><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>Exactly. <br>What puzzles me about this is the fact that R&T and C&D are the same company. I've been subscribing to these 2 magazines for years and noticed that occasionally you can see pictures of tested cars with the "editors" of R&T behind the wheel of the car tested by C&D and vice versa. The 2 issues for the same month often test the same cars but to differentiate themselves from each other publish braking figures from 60 and 80 vs. from 70, using skidpads with different diameter, etc. <br>Maybe the ranking of the XC90 in their test is just part of trying to look a bit different. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>No matter what the press says about this car, Volvo IMO has a huge winner with this one, and a test by C&D won't change that.
 

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Re: Road & Track review on T6 (skyslimit)

Congrats! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> So, you decided on the Green instead of the Black... I have a 2.5T Silver coming about a week after yours, but still trying to decide if I really want it or not since it doesn't have Bi-Xenons.
 

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Yeah, I changed my mind on the black for the obvious reasons -- i.e. tends to get hotter inside during the summer.. dirt and dinks are more noticable.<p>The crystal green got a lot of character depending the light condition and angle at which you're looking at. During the day, it tends to look more silver, but at certain angle, it looks light beige and still other angles especially with lessen light, it looks more light green/blue. At night, the green comes thru more. Very unique... Yeah, this one doesn't have the bi-xenons or navigation options which is fine with me. From talking with other dealers, (correct me if I'm wrong) most likely the nav system can be installed later just like if you have a S60 or S80 right now, you can install the optional nav system. After all, it's the same Mitshibishi/NavTech system. As for the xenon lights, hopefully that'll also be available thru the dealer, otherwise, I'll wait a year or two until the price of HID goes down and get it thru a third party. <p>By getting it before 12/31, I'm going to save about $6k thru the section 179 tax deduction which is the best part! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0"><p><br>[Modified by skyslimit, 7:11 PM 12-13-2002]<p><br>[Modified by skyslimit, 7:12 PM 12-13-2002]<p><br>[Modified by skyslimit, 8:58 PM 12-13-2002]<BR><BR>
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Re: Road & Track review on T6 (skyslimit)

What is the 170 tax deduction? I am getting mine Dec 26th...Nauti Blue with bi-xenons, nav, and the works! can't wait! Was thinging about the LUX tax that goes away 2003 that I would be misssing...a deduction would be nice if I qualify. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Road & Track review on T6 (Sparky)

Here is some info I posted on another site about the section 179 deduction:<p>If you own your own business, and purchase a vehicle for use with your business, it can qualify for a section 179 deduction.<p>According to IRS regulations, a passenger vehicle is considered a "truck" for tax purposes when it has a gross vehicle weight rating (the manufacturer's maximum weight rating when loaded) over 6,000 pounds. Truck status means very favorable depreciation rules when the vehicle is used over 50% for business. Some popular SUVs pass the truck test; the Chevrolet Suburban and Ford Excursion are the beefiest examples. The Volvo XC90 meets the 6000 pound limit if you include the versatility package for either the 2.5T or the T6 (GVWR for 2.5T with 7 seats = 6005 lbs. GVWR for T6 with 7 seats = 6080 lbs.). Both the 2.5T and T6 with only 5 seats are under 6000 lbs., and would not qualify.<p>Here is an example of the tax advantages. Say you buy a new $35,000 Suburban this year to be used 100% in your sole proprietorship business. As long as you put that hunk of metal to work before Dec. 31, 2002, you can bag a whopping $24,000 section 179 deduction (assuming no other equipment additions for this year). Next, you can claim an additional $4,800 under the first-year 30% bonus depreciation break [($40,000 - $24,000) x 30% = $4,800]. Finally, you can deduct the remaining $11,200 of cost over six years under "standard" depreciation guidelines ($40,000 - $24,000 - $4,800 = $11,200). In most cases, this means a 20% first-year write-off, based on remaining cost, which adds another $2,240 worth of depreciation (20% x $11,200 = $2,240). So your total first-year write-off for that new Suburban is $31,040, which amounts to an amazing 78% of its purchase price ($24,000 + $4,800 + $2,240 = $31,040). That sure beats the wimpy $3,060 first-year write-off for a "regular" car costing the same amount. Another plus: Heavy SUVs, pickups and vans also escape the 3% luxury tax on passenger vehicles priced over $40,000. <p><br><BR><BR>
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I ask my dealer about installing the NAV at the dealership. He said that it could be done, but required lots of labor. He told me the cost would be over $3100. He said that at this time the Xenon headlights could not be installed at the dealership. Moral of story: have as much stuff factory installed as possible.
 

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skyslimit or ernest-t, <br>_________________________________________________________<br>By getting it before 12/31, I'm going to save about $6k thru the section 179 tax deduction which is the best part! <br>_________________________________________________________<p>Why do you have to purchase the SUV this year to get the deduction? Is the Section 179 Expense deduction being eliminated in 2003 or is the 6000 SUV GVW 'loophole' being closed? Or, do you just mean that to get the deduction on 2002 taxes, you need to buy it this year. <p>I expect to take delivery in Feb 2003, and thought I would be able to take the 179 expense deduction on my 2003 taxes.<p>Stu.<BR><BR>
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Re: Road & Track review on T6 (ladermas)

Section 179 deductions are for equipment purchases made during the particular tax year. So, if you want to take the deduction for tax year 2002 you would have to purchase the car (and actually use it as a business vehicle) in 2002 to qualify. In 2002 the 179 deduction is $24000, but in 2003 it goes up to $25000, so you actually get an extra $1000 by making the buy for the 2003 tax year. These numbers assume that you made no other equipment purchases during the year that you plan to apply toward the deduction.<BR><BR>
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Re: Road & Track review on T6 (ernest-t)

According to my accountant, as long as you purchased the car or entered into an agreement to purchase the car (ie. put down a deposit) in 2002, the tax deduction will apply for 2002. The tax deduction stands until congress repeals it which won't happen soon given all the other things they have on their hands this year.
 
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