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Yay! Thank you Swedespeed for creating an Australian Regional Forum! You guys rawk! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Though I may possibly the only person on here.. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/sly.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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No, there appears to be one other.<p>i havent got mine yet though, theyre saying april-may delivery. <p>Cheers
 

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Hey guys<p>Just found this forum not long ago. <br>Got a XC90 and already took it to Frasier Island for some fun in the sand. Will load up a short video clip that was taken there soon. And also some pics with some new 20" chromes <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Hey hatdriver, I guess your car is on the same ship as mine ?<p><A HREF="http://www.2wglobal.com/www/wep/index.jsp" TARGET="_blank">http://www.2wglobal.com/www/wep/index.jsp</A><p>Track by cargo - enter your VIN for the Auto ID !<br>(mine is on the Taronga)<p>Says 23/4 Brisbane, 26/4 Sydney, 28/4 Melbourne and 2/5 for Perth
 

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Actually, I saw that and I pretty much reckon it would nearly have to be. Yours is the same color (white) with all the options, hopefully they will mix the order. I have just put the subie in to fix the front offside dent from where an echo ran into me and the rear where a holden ute ran into me and I havent had the time to get it done under insurance. am now though as it will cost me money on the trade otherwise. <p>really looking forward to the diesel. am absolutely fed up with filling the tank every four hours of driving. i will go from a 450 km range to in excess of 900 kms range!!!<p>mate of mine flew over the other day to watch the waratahs v Western force game (best team won). I saw the game on tv and it looked a corker. they go over every year as its played in the big stadium and few (this year 22k) go so easy good seats. <p>i do a lot of k's so still a bit fragile about how much the services will cost. after the subie in which the services are cheap it will be a bit of a wallet shock but i suppose its also twice the vehicle so will just have to go with the flow. <p>i cant remember did you get the subwoofer as well?? somewhere else in this forum there was a post which indicated the subwoofer on the standard sound system makes a real difference so actually i am still considering it. <p>can you let me know if they reckon delivery is delayed and i will do likewise for you - as no way would there be two boats about the same time. how did you get the boat names and deliveries, good stuff. thanks for the heads up.<p>i was tossing up getting the liberty wagon gt spec b - same price you know, but the volvo's got more interior space and the seats are bigger and that swung it for me. <p><br>cheers<br>Hatdriver <p>
 

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Hi Hatdriver,<p>I will be a tad dark if our cars get swapped but if you take delivery and have my VIN, I will be getting concerned !!!<p>All the info came straight from that website - just enter your VIN (I asked my dealer and he emailed it in so you must also be able to get it...) and all will be revealed !<p>Yes, I am a 40k/year driver and will be looking forward to getting more than 500kms out of a tank as well (twice a week fillups gets annoying). I am driving a "Home Grown" XC70 at the moment (a Holden Adventra LX6) but my service costs will actually be going down as I qualify for a Corporate deal with free servicing for 3yr/100k (!). The Adventra is very "Client Friendly" compared to the X5 I had before and I expect middle ground with the XC70 (I expect I will be seen as a bit eccentric now).<p>I had considered a Subaru but I hate the idea of metallic/pearl white paint and they just seem a bit small inside (I am 6' 2"). Their new diesel does sound good though.<p>Can't talk about rugby - in the AFL, Sydneys Barry Hall is big news here !<p>No subwoofer ordered. Couldn't see the value and figured if I really wanted one, I could do better aftermarket. Wouldn't involve ripping the car apart too much (unlike upgrading the rest of the stereo). As you know, I already added too many options anyway... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I wish I understood option pricing. In the UK (you can download the pricelist from their site), the Dynaudio upgrade is 1000 pounds and the subwoofer is 180. Over here, Dynaudio is $930 and the subwoofer $1280. In the UK, you pay 250 pounds extra for solid black (575 for metallic) but here it is the same price as white. Then we get laminated glass for $490 but in the UK it is 450 pounds. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Did you know our cars will have a graphic on the centre display for the parking sensors ? - nice to get a free upgrade on something !!!<p>You won't be far way from driving the IKEAmobile !<br>
 

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the prices of cars and accessories in different places in the world also astound me. for my mind i like usually scrutinize the canadian sites given the closeness in value of cars. it is surprising though and i figure the prices that are set are only partly tiered to its cost plus profit ratio. rather its a case of the item cost this much how much do you reckon we can get away with charging in our market hence the widely fluctuating prices of cars and options/accs. from my point i am fairly happy with the pricepoint of this car in comparison to its competitor the liberty. i never cease to be surprised when i read that xc70 competitor in England is the all road. i mean over here that car is nearly double the price of the xc70. the passat wagon i can understand and i looked at that too but the awd only comes in petrol and it will only take that premium petrol so useless in the bush as they dont have it on the bowsers. <p>re the diesel Subie i've read somewhere that its diesel engines are like their petrol counterparts - not very fuel efficient. wait and see on that one. <p>when i bought the car it was a fri 4pm, so i got in and went out asap. rethe parking sensors - what was there b4 this apparently new graphic display for the parking sensors - just an audio warning or something?? It is good though. I suppose some of the 2009 features might be leaking through to the last runs of 2008 cars. <p>i had a bmw once, they keep the rrp low by stripping the standard car bare and then charging like bulls on opt & accessories which you need to get the car decent. the new x5 has the same looks as the old x5 (i dont have a keen interest in that brand since they sold a beautiful new metallic blue with white leather interior & uncommon wood out from under me- after waiting 6 mths for it). i think this latest model will age quickly given the cars already been around for at least ten years. they should have gone the direction of MB and introduced a whole new look. also the run flat tyres and that dash control is weird (though i dont know if they have it on the new model or if its been toned down).<p>whats the 3 yr/100k deal - is that for fleet or thru a lease company or something. or is it something thats done thru volvo?? <p>i was thinking of taking the lease over 4 years, 3yrs makes the payments a bit high and five years is too long a time. wonderful news yesterday that the reserve believes that the interest rates have peaked. Its real good to know that when the car is delivered in a few weeks i will sign a lease contract for years at the absolute peak of the interest cycle! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> another reason to take it over less than 5 years though. <p>i was actually looking at the laminated glass as it quietens the car down a fair bit however we have a high theft from vehicles rate over here and the replacement on one door according to the dealer was about $1000 and some poor chap had to get it as the glass is slightly a different shade to the ordinary glass. <p><br>cheers<br>Hatdriver<p>
 

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<p>that would be good. actually i was trying to talk the wife into doing a camping trip there. how was it on your xc?? no scratches or anything??<p>my 10 y/o wanted winged and nagged and carried to go camping when he was 6 y/o - so i bought all the gear, cost about $1200 - we havent been yet??<p>Look forward to seeing the clips. photographs i figure.<p>cheers<br>Hatdriver
 

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Yes, the XC70 vs Allroad comparison is a interesting one. If they were the same price I would probably pick the Audi - but they are way different here. Yes, the XC70 is good value over here IMHO. I would have been tempted by a Passat wagon too if they did a Diesel AWD, but with extra ground clearance. I don't like the Toureg at all...<p>Yes, parking sensors were audio only but we now apparently get a display graphic which is good (so you can see which side is activating etc.)<p>I have had a few BMW's in the past but I am not a fan of iDrive or those (Very expensive) runflat tyres at all... The electronic complexities of new BMW's is also a real worry. It can take a DAY just to reload software in some models !<p>The free service comes with some Volvo Corporate Plan that I apparently qualify for (depends on the size of your company and its turnover). You also get reduced dealer delivery cost. BMW and others have similar plans.<p>Yes, I am also concerned about locking into a high interest rate on finance. Long term, it looks like reducing so "perhaps" they may quote lower figures in the coming weeks (we hope...)<p>Well, only a couple of weeks and you should have yours - let us know how it goes !!!<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Hatdriver,<p>Have you had confirmation it has arrived ?<p>Are you going to post some pics ?<p>Waiting in the West still !
 

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Hi,<p>sorry for the late reply have been travelling for most the last week. <p>yes i received a call from the dealer i think on monday confirming the arrival of the car. no probs with the pics when i get it which should be towards the end of this week apparently. bit of a delay as we had euro <br> plates on hold at one registry which is some distance from the dealer. waiting for the plates to be sent to liverpool RTA. <p>what are you doing about tinting. i was thinking i might buy the blinds as I dont want the panels to be removed on the doors. on the other hand there is an awful lot of glass in the load bay meaning heck of a lot of blinds. <p>cheers<br>peter maxwell<p>
 

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I am waiting for a update but I guess I may take delivery by the end of next week.<p>I will be getting the dealer to tint all the windows. I don't like the idea of the door trims being pulled off either but I continue to tolerate it. I always get the windows done and feel really weird when I am in a car without tint ! Personally I can't stand stuck on blind things but people do say I am a bit weird. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> When my child was very young I had the X5 and optioned the built in door blinds (as well as the tint) which were good. I hate those door sock things too...<p>Looking forward to seeing the pics ! <p>
 

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Hi,<p>Every thing is approved and the car is ready to pick up but am in Launceston for a couple of days so should pick it up on friday this week. i spoke with the dealer and he reckons they dont have to pull the panels off which is odd as i had a crv about 7 years ago and put it in for the tint and i couldnt get out of the drivers door and was there when they pulled the panel off and reconnected something that they had detached on the interior of the door panel. <p>i actually did mean the blinds without the suction cups the used to be on the global site but I just looked and cant seem to find them. <p>the tint is priced at $550 so i will probably have it put on with the first service to avoid the luxury tax. <p>Our sons birthday is this w/e and have football all sat and half of sunday and i know i had problems putting photo's onto this site though will try to this w/e. <p>Cheers<br>Hatdriver<p>
 

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Happy times for you then hatdriver...<p>If you have problems with pics, just create a new flickr.com account, upload them there and post the link. That is what I will be doing in a week or two !<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>PS. Not only do we almost have the same car but I see we are both at 27 posts each too !!!
 

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Yeah it was great up there. But we did get bogged a few times, most because we were going too slow in the soft sand. Need to keep up the speed and make sure the tire pressure is lowered. Managed to escape without any scratches. <p>Here's a short clip of me going through a bend with knee deep powder sand. <p><A HREF="http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=HsyfnSrBOkc" TARGET="_blank">http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=HsyfnSrBOkc</A><p>And sorry bout the late reply, don't come on there very often.
 

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<br>Finally got it. Must be something about spending $$$'s that tends to make one more observant of the item you have just bought but i must say it is finished really nicely. usually there is a gap between the side of the back seat and the side portion of the back door but on this there is a leather inset that brings it all together. the white looks just fantastic. <p>the delivery took a while. the bluetooth straight off and all the controls are pretty much intuitive (so much so that you would think that someone from apple/mac was a designer). Volume too low on the phone / bluetooth I turned up the dial using the volume knob and hey presto. <p>I am taking it easy but for an oil burner it is not loud with plenty of power bearing in mind it is not a sports car. <p>After the forestor the family cant believe the space, the quiet and the comfort. <p>I will get some photo's on the weekend posted as i have a busy week (have to pay for the lease).<p>there are no metal joins on the body where the doors fit it seems to have been pressed out of one piece of metal??<p>Misgivings: only thing i should have got is the front parktronic otherwise I am pretty happy with the unit as a whole except i am going to have to read the manual for sure and certain to learn exactly what this can do and what i have bought. i dont know if you got the se but if you did you actually also get front seat warmers (hardly need it in wa i know) which i also didnt know i was getting. also didnt realise the mirrors are hooked up to the memory seat function - fastastic. <p>i will be fitting the tint at first service together with a luggage mould thing as we have a dog. i am undecided at the moment whether to get the cage separator thing also. <p>My son is currently sitting in it parked in the garage watching James Bond. the rce is great and if anyone is reading this and thinking of ordering a xc70 and has a 10 y/o GET THE RCE they love it. i will be fitting a playstation 2 module with a power inverter over the next few weeks. <p>All in all i am pretty much blown away by it. For those thinking about getting one I got mine from Floris at Peter Warren, Warwick Farm, he knows the product inside and out and is very very helpful. this is the first new car (two BMW's and a Merc) in which something with the order has not been mucked up. Floris was like a breath of fresh air let me tell you. <p>Cheers<br>Hatdriver<p>
 

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I have been waiting with some trepidation for your post !<p>Good to hear all is well and if you are impressed, I am sure I will be too ! I see there is no mention of vented seats so I don't think you have my car <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>I did get the front parking sensors ($295 for a factory order, the dealer quotes $1495 for retrofitting !) but no RSE. That does sound good but for some reason my 7yr old daughter doesn't like to watch movies in the car - we have a portable unit but the novelty has worn off. Kids can be so different in their ways... She is looking forward to seeing out the windows better while on the builtin booster seat !<p>I hope the Bluetooth will be OK with a iPhone - I intend to get one (if it does work) even though the Blackberry Curve I have now is quite compatible according to the Volvo listing.<p>We'll be comparing pics shortly - mine is at the dealers apparently but it will be another week before I see it I think... <p>
 

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<p>Big mistake for me re not getting the front parktronic. ah well. <A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zeropost?cmd=reply&id=1000146" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/z...00146</A>#<p>My wife has the n73 nokia and I, the motorola motoq smartphone and both worked phone. i will be getting the iphone too as i may have well get everything apple has. there's a new model iphone i believe. there is no detachable battery and the new model has a longer lasting battery. the old model will still be available also as I understand it. <p>Cheers<br>Hatdriver<p><br>
 
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