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I noticed on the Volvo website (new.volvocars.com/models/S60/s60_specs.shtml) that the DSTC option now seems to be available for the S60 AWD model, but my Volvo dealer tells me that according to his information it is not, either for local or overseas delivery. I called Volvo Overseas Delivery (1-800-631-1667) to ask them and they weren't sure, but would contact their main office in California and get back to me, which they promptly did: my dealer is correct (the DSTC option is not available on the S60 AWD either here in the US, or for overseas delivery). They checked Volvo's website and told me that the website is incorrect, and further told me that they couldn't say whether the AWD-DSTC would ever become available in the US.

I know that the S60 AWD has been available with DSTC in Canada for some time (see www.volvocanada.com/index.asp?pag=packages&lng=en&car=s60) and that the editors of this site had been planning to do a report on the AWD-DSTC combo. Does anyone have any information on what's going on here? Are there problems with the DSTC-AWD conbination that we haven't heard about? Has anyone actually driven one of these? What's the inside scoop of why it's available in Canada and not in the US?
 

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Originally posted by cehill:
I noticed on the Volvo website (new.volvocars.com/models/S60/s60_specs.shtml) that the DSTC option now seems to be available for the S60 AWD model, but my Volvo dealer tells me that according to his information it is not, either for local or overseas delivery. I called Volvo Overseas Delivery (1-800-631-1667) to ask them and they weren't sure, but would contact their main office in California and get back to me, which they promptly did: my dealer is correct (the DSTC option is not available on the S60 AWD either here in the US, or for overseas delivery). They checked Volvo's website and told me that the website is incorrect, and further told me that they couldn't say whether the AWD-DSTC would ever become available in the US.

I know that the S60 AWD has been available with DSTC in Canada for some time (see www.volvocanada.com/index.asp?pag=packages&lng=en&car=s60) and that the editors of this site had been planning to do a report on the AWD-DSTC combo. Does anyone have any information on what's going on here? Are there problems with the DSTC-AWD conbination that we haven't heard about? Has anyone actually driven one of these? What's the inside scoop of why it's available in Canada and not in the US?
HUH? DSTC has been available (for ordering) for the last few weeks, now. Your dealer should not have any problems, at all, in ordering one for you, whether it is a Euro delivery or an order to be delivered at their facility.

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Originally posted by cehill:
Pat,
How do you like your AWD DSTC? Any problems? Any occasions when you've felt like it really might have saved your butt?
Cehill, in reality the weather here has been great. We don't get much snow and it hasn't even rained since I received my car. I'm looking forward to seeing what it does in a slippery situation. Supposedly you can't tell when it works.

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Cehill, in reality the weather here has been great. We don't get much snow and it hasn't even rained since I received my car. I'm looking forward to seeing what it does in a slippery situation. Supposedly you can't tell when it works.

Pat
Well, lo and behold. This morning there was a very thin layer of snow on the ground and it was a bit icy since it hit -4C. I was dropping my son off at my in-laws and the street I'm on before I have to turn right is a downhill stretch so I've slid before in my Accord when it was like this but today I just went right around the bend with little fuss. So, you really can't tell its working.

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Originally posted by cehill:
Yannis, would you do me a big favor and call
Volvo Overseas Delivery (1-800-631-1677) and find out what they tell you about the S60 AWD with DSTC? Thanks.
I could but why? I have the LATEST Overseas delivery price list right in front of me and DSTC is listed as an option in the "SAFETY" group, price is USD$1,100. The order code is 000227.

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OK, here's the scoop. I called Volvo Overseas Delivery (1-800-631-1667) once again to ask about the S60 AWD DSTC option and again they told me that it wasn't available. Armed with Yannis' info (I told them it was from the swedespeed BB) I questioned this, and the initial response was that www.swedespeed.com had no official status with Volvo. I then told them the whole story of what I had been told on my call to them several days before and asked them to re-verify the status of the DSTC option. The phone rep acknowledged that there were reasonable grounds for confusion here and would have her supervisor look into it. The next day they called me back confirming that the website was in fact correct and that option 000227 ($1,100) was indeed available on the S60 AWD. They had no explanation of why I had been told differently a few days before. With respect to my dealer they said if he had any questions about this he should call Kate at the Volvo Overseas Delivery Office (I think) in California, at any rate they said the dealer would know who to check with.

In the meantime does anyone have any info on how well the AWD-DSTC combo performs? (I note that Pat in an earlier post on this thread thought it contributed nicely in a situation where he expected a skid in a downhill turn.)
 

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Originally posted by cehill:
OK, here's the scoop. I called Volvo Overseas Delivery (1-800-631-1667) once again to ask about the S60 AWD DSTC option and again they told me that it wasn't available. Armed with Yannis' info (I told them it was from the swedespeed BB) I questioned this, and the initial response was that www.swedespeed.com had no official status with Volvo. I then told them the whole story of what I had been told on my call to them several days before and asked them to re-verify the status of the DSTC option. The phone rep acknowledged that there were reasonable grounds for confusion here and would have her supervisor look into it. The next day they called me back confirming that the website was in fact correct and that option 000227 ($1,100) was indeed available on the S60 AWD. They had no explanation of why I had been told differently a few days before. With respect to my dealer they said if he had any questions about this he should call Kate at the Volvo Overseas Delivery Office (I think) in California, at any rate they said the dealer would know who to check with.

[shaking my head in disbelief]

Yannis
 
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