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For those of you who haven't gotten your XC-90 yet, how much longer are you waiting?<p>As for me, I could get one this week, but it won't be configured exactly the way I want. Also, it's not from a local dealer that I could maintain a relationship with.<p>To get one ordered locally, I may have to wait until May, June or beyond (due to long list of customers ahead of me). In that case, should I go for an '04 instead?<p>
 

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Re: Waiting for a 2004... (nomis)

I ordered mine in Oct, and I am expecting it early March. I am not familiar with the differences between the '03 and '04 (besides price).
 

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Re: Waiting for a 2004... (kelly54)

I visited a dealer (on the 27th) while home for the holidays. He found a vehicle that could changed to my preferences and it will be there in mid March. On my trip there I stopped by a dealer and they had one loaded Ash Gold T6 waiting to be purchased. The dealer here also has a Crystal Green T6 loaded for sale. Seems they are out there you just have to work for them.
 

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Re: Waiting for a 2004... (kelly54)

That's only two months away... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> And that's at least a month or two before the '04 will be available.<p>There won't be any major differences between the two model years. I have heard of certain new options such as onstar and intergrated mobile phone being available. <p>I wonder if it's realistic to expect any enhancements (to fix any new model problems) to be implemented in the '04 that soon.<p>If there is no difference, then it wouldn't make sense to wait even longer and pay more to get the '04. Unless one is leasing, then maybe a higher residual value could offset a price increase.<p>As for pricing, my previous understanding is that the special introductory prices on the optional packages will end. Also the base price might going up too. One could wish for a discount below MSRP, but I can't see that happening with the current demand. The economy will really have to be bad... <p>But my local dealer is now saying that Volvo (or maybe the dealership itself?) will honor the old price for those customers with a deposit that have been waiting before it went up. Does it sound too good to be true?<p>Anyway, sorry for the long post. If I had my XC-90 now, I would be in my garage or driving it instead of being in front of the computer...<p>
 

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Re: Waiting for a 2004... (comp1)

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>I visited a dealer (on the 27th) while home for the holidays. He found a vehicle that could changed to my preferences and it will be there in mid March. On my trip there I stopped by a dealer and they had one loaded Ash Gold T6 waiting to be purchased. The dealer here also has a Crystal Green T6 loaded for sale. Seems they are out there you just have to work for them. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>I am still flabbergasted that there are unsold XC90s out there...I guess some people have really dropped the ball!<IMG SRC="http://www.clicksmilie.de/sammlung/schlafen/schlafen006.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Yannis
 

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Re: Waiting for a 2004... (GrecianVolvo)

You and I both!<p>My local dealer in Irvine, CA had a couple of them (on 2.5T and a T6) on their lot available for test drives (I don't know if there is a general policy to not sell all of your models in order to have some available for show versus a desire to sell all you can?)<p>I'm on the East Coast this week and was in Boston yesterday and earlier this morning. I noticed a couple of XC90s in Boston Volvo Village's inventory lot and at least 3 in the inventory lot of Dalzell Volvo (I only looked from the highway and didn't take the time to drive to the back for a closer inspection.) Either way, it seems the reports about some XC90s being available MIGHT be accurate? It's odd...<p>-rollie
 

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Re: Waiting for a 2004... (nomis)

My wife and I put down a deposite for a 2004 T6 a week before Xmas. I was told to expect delivery sometime in May. I think there will be a slight price increase with the 2004 models.
 

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Re: Waiting for a 2004... (napster)

How does one place an order for a 2004 model when they aren't yet available? Does the dealer make a commitment that they will sell the car at MSRP, even though what that might be isn't yet known?<p>Does anyone know when pricing for the 2004 models will be firmed up? I saw in an earlier post that aside from changes in the base MSRP, there may be increases to the "introductory" prices for some of the optional packages. I thought the package prices were already appropriately priced now, so am curious which ones might be increasing.
 

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Re: Waiting for a 2004... (rollie)

The two dealers I visited had the usual set of two for test drives but each also had loaded T6's for sale. The Ash Gold T6 still had the plastic/paper on it. If you are willing to pay sticker and travel some I think you can get one pretty quick. I on the other hand decided to order a FWD 2.5t and will have to wait for build/ship. Supposed to be at dealer in mid March.
 

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Re: Waiting for a 2004... (drlonline)

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>How does one place an order for a 2004 model when they aren't yet available? Does the dealer make a commitment that they will sell the car at MSRP, even though what that might be isn't yet known?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>Yes, you just place a deposit and the terms should be laid out in writing so that both parties are covered.<p><BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>Does anyone know when pricing for the 2004 models will be firmed up? I saw in an earlier post that aside from changes in the base MSRP, there may be increases to the "introductory" prices for some of the optional packages.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>Correct. The introductory pricing on the T-6 Premium package is, most likely, going to be adjusted. I think that you will agree that $1300 for 18" alloys, tires, wood trim, power side mirrors and for the Dolby II stereo system is a steal. Volvo will either decontent the package or adjust its price. As far as the rest of the packages, I think that they are rpicced well and let's hppe that there will not eb any adjustments. The Bi-Xenon lights are fairly cheap, IMO, at $500. BMW, for example, are pricing their Xenon (not Bi-Xenon) on the M3 at $700 (and so do most manufactuers)...<p>Yannis<br>
 

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Re: Waiting for a 2004... (GrecianVolvo)

Yannis,<p>I see in the post from Napster that he has placed an order for a 2004, and has apparantly been told to expect it in May. When I spoke to my dealer yesterday, I was told they wouldn't even start taking orders for 2004's until probably this summer, and don't expect to see them until perhaps October or so.<p>Are you taking orders yet for 2004's? If so, when are you expecting them to arrive?
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR> When I spoke to my dealer yesterday, I was told they wouldn't even start taking orders for 2004's until probably this summer, and don't expect to see them until perhaps October or so.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>That is incorrect. Ask him to research it further.<p><BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>Are you taking orders yet for 2004's? If so, when are you expecting them to arrive?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>Just started; I have two orders already (one Overseas Delivery and one stock).<p>Yannis
 

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Re: Waiting for a 2004... (GrecianVolvo)

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR> Are you taking orders yet for 2004's? If so, when are you expecting them to arrive?<p>Just started; I have two orders already (one Overseas Delivery and one stock).<p>Yannis<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>Yannis, do you have any idea when you might expect delivery of the stock order? Napster's post indicating a possible May delivery for a 2004 sounds very early to me, but you would probably know better than anyone.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR><p>Yannis, do you have any idea when you might expect delivery of the stock order? Napster's post indicating a possible May delivery for a 2004 sounds very early to me, but you would probably know better than anyone.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>I have no idea and I am not really concerned about it, at this time. I have enough on my plate trying to go through the 2003 orders.<p>I have been told that 2004s will arrive by June. May does sound a bit too early.<p>Yannis
 

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Re: Waiting for a 2004... (drlonline)

I have put a deposit down for a 2004 with an "expected" delivery time sometime in May. My saleman informed me that they are no longer taking orders for 2003's. Our order has not been officially processed since dealers at this moment cannot order 2004's. Hope this helps. Our dealer had a 2003 T6 come up for sale due to the original customer declining the order, but it did not have HID's. If you place an order I recoomend you follow the buying guide Yannis has posted, thats what we did, get everything in writing so bothsides are seeing apples to apples, or oranges to oranges, or mangoes to mangoes, or cherries to cherries!
 

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Re: Waiting for a 2004... (GrecianVolvo)

Anything before summer would be unlikely and what about plant down time if there is any retooling etc?
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>Anything before summer would be unlikely and what about plant down time if there is any retooling etc?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>First deliveries are expected beginning of July 2003. Retooling? Not really...no changes (as far as retooling is concerned) between 2003 and 2004 models.<p>Yannis
 

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Re: Waiting for a 2004... (GrecianVolvo)

Yannis,<p>Thank you for all of your informative posts. With this forum, I have learned more about the XC90 than any of the dealers in the state. Pretty pathetic since you would think that this should be their area of expertise.<p>I am going to be purchasing a 2004 XC90 in the June time frame. I was looking at ordering a 2003, but I think the benefits of having a later model year (in terms of residual value) will outweight the cost difference in the new model.<p>I don't want to give a deposit to my dealer without a contract for the vehicle since I feel that they are retarded in that respect. Do you have any ideas as to when actual orders can be taken for the 2004? The dealer in this area (128 Volvo) only runs a month or two for new orders since they have a huge volume of sales. They actually have several 2003 models in stock for sale (don't know options). Thanks in advance!
 

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Re: Waiting for a 2004... (mogulbumm)

I agree about most of the car dealers being dumber than wood with regard to product knowledge. You'd think they'd master and play with all the features rather than sitting around eating donuts etc. If I was in sales I'd know the product I'm selling inside and out, I certainly wouldn't want customers asking me and telling me things about the vehicle I had no knowledge of! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>If you are planning on keeping the car more than a few years I think it's certainly worth saving the money upfront, you'd be better off investing the savings , rather than worrying about the residuals. Mileage is a big factor.<p>My opinion<BR><BR>
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>You'd think they'd master and play with all the features rather than sitting around eating donuts etc.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>I thought that donut consumption was a cop favorite...<p> <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>If I was in sales I'd know the product I'm selling inside and out, I certainly wouldn't want customers asking me and telling me things about the vehicle I had no knowledge of! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>I could not agree more with you. There is nothing more demeaning, professionally, when ignorance is exposed. <p>Yannis
 
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