I was curious what other owners of 99 XC's thought about their vehicle two years later. Mine was built in Oct. 98 and I know the common complaints of the car but I haven't experienced any of them as of yet, i.e., excessive brake and tire wear and the side signal lights that burn out. I took mine apart and noticed that the bulbs had a glass base instead of plastic, so maybe as early as 10/98 the factory tried to correct the problem at the factory? I've also read about automatic transmission problems but mine shifts smoothly and sets the pace for decent gas mileage even though it's only a four speed. On the other hand, I've had my eye on the new XC and no one has hardly a bad word to say about it. One good looking machine...I would have waited to buy if I knew it was coming. But I have few complaints with mine, just doesn't look as cool as the new one, but that's not a very good reason to take a 15K hit on a cash/trade-in. The latest debate I've read about is hydraulic vs solid lifters. From what I can tell I guess some of the 99s have solid, some do not. I suppose the results of the alledged change will become apparent down the road with high mileage if it makes any difference at all. Anyway, I'm not trying to elicit nit-picky problem responses, but I'd like to hear from people who own the same XC as me and your thoughts about yours. Maybe this will help get this forum going, too, not much to read or respond to as of yet.