I tried to find out when I bought the car if I could order it from the factory with a manual transmission. I didn't find many sales reps who would take the time to find out for me. I guess they didn't need any more commission that month.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by MattA:<BR><B>I guess they didn't need any more commission that month.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>My father told me the best time to buy a car is the end of the month. Salespeople try to cram a few more sales in the last couple days and will get you what you want to get the sale.<P>My family only dives sticks so I know how you feel. (Thats why I drive a Primera instead of a S40.) Although Acura would have you belive that the Legend never had a 6-Speed Manual there are 100 1995 models in the country. Acura did a test market to see if people in the US wanted a preformance luxury car. Only a couple of dealers knew of these japanese spec TYPEIII Legends were coming into the country and most of them were sold before they made it into the country. Our local Acura dealer was desperate for a sale so they found one of the rare cars and sold it to my dad on February 32, 1995.<P>
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by MattA:<BR><B>Thanks Keystone Phil - unfortunately, you are apparently a rare breed or Volvo sales rep. Maybe I'll buy my next XC from you as I buy (not lease) a new one about every 18 months or so.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Yes I am to answer yes to both of your comments. I appreciate the offer to buy your next one from me, you might be able to do better local once we take in the cost of getting the car from PA to CA. I will be glad to answer any questions you have though.<P><P>
As a side note the XC's delivered in Sweden have the five speed manual as standard, with a five speed automatic as an optiona upgrade. This probably wont help any of you in the States, but could be interesting anyway...
Interesting. I wonder if Volvo ever had the manual tranny version federalized. Actually, with the manual tranny V70 having been federalized, it may not be that tough to bring one to the states. Volvo generally uses the same spec safety and emissions equipment on all their cars, so it might not be that hard, besides little things like US front corner markers. <P>On NHTSA's website, they have a listing of importers who can petition to bring a car into the US. You may want to contact one of those.
Only problem is that volvo has not certified the low pressure engine in any model with a manual transmission only the base and t5 engines (why when those are supposed to be lower volume than the low pressure turbo is beyond me, wouldn't they get more retun from the dollars needed to ceritfy from the volume seller?, and shouldn't a company that wants to position itself as a safe sports sedan/wagon company offer a manual in all it's models?) Oh well that is a question only volvo can answer. But I think you would have probelms with inmporting a manual transmision with a low pressure turbo engine unfortunately <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/frown.gif">.