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XC90 Impressions After Almost 2 Weeks

Nothing but positive feedback at this point. Vehicle is very comfortable, very smooth, and we are very happy thus far. T6 mileage first tank was 12.5mpg average. Second tank looks much better at closer to 15mpg. Miles are mostly city/semi-highway in rolling hills.<p>One thing I noticed is that you have to conciously hold down the button on the shifter when engaging park from drive or it will stop. I have had this happen a couple of times now. My low beam lights are a little short in their range of illumination, which I plan on having adjusted. Dolby stereo is very nice, controls are becoming very familiar. <p>An option we never would have asked for since we live in Texas are the heated seats. I gotta tell you though, they are very nice when the weather is cool. My wife is completely in love with them. Click them on for 3 or 4 minutes, and your chilly leather becomes very warm and comfortable.<p>My biggest concern about the T6 was the engine/tranny combo. All fears have been completely resolved. The drivetrain is smooth and plenty powerful. Our hilly driving rarely causes hunting or annoying downshifts. If you jump on the accelerator, you can really feel all the horses. If the gas mileage continues to improve, I will be delighted. <p>Any other new owners care to comment? Any problems thus far?<BR><BR>
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Re: XC90 Impressions After Almost 2 Weeks (gohode)

Happy New Year everyone!<p>We've had our T6 for about 2 weeks also and already put in about 1600 miles. So far, no problems except for the steering wheel being slightly off-centered. Gas mileage has improved for us -- we're getting about 17.5mpg combined. On highway, I'm getting around 20-21mpg. My wife loves driving it -- it's smooth, powerful and doesn't feel hugh like some other SUV's. Interior feels very luxurious and cozy.<p>We drove up to the mountains the other day and had a blast. It smooth up, down and around the hills. Even in the rain and snow, I felt confident driving it. There were no slipperage on the road. The rain/snow sensing feature is awesome! The speed of the wipers automatically adjust to the amount of rain/snow hitting the windshield -- it's like your eyes - blinks on its own. And of course the seat warmer is great on any day especially when my back muscles is hurting.<p><br>
 

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T6 Mileage

How are you guys computing your mileage? Are you going by the vehicle's trip computer? Or are you setting a trip odometer and dividing the miles per gallon at every fill up. i.e. <I>drove 300 miles and then put 15 gallons which would result in 20 miles/gallon?</I>
 

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Re: T6 Mileage and City vs Highway

Also curious if you calculated mileage or are getting it from the trip computer. <p>We will be doing about 80:20 city vs highway driving. Do you get any sense that the T6 with the 4-speed is comfortable for city driving? More specifically, does the narrower gearing ratio compared to the 5-speed noticeably hurt performance from a complete or near stop? Does the car shift smoothly in stop and go traffic at low to moderate speeds?<p>My dealer is insisting that the 4 speed still does this better (shifts more smoothly) than the 5 speed due to greater power. Not what the press has said, nor what folks have said in the various forums. Only drove the T5 (as per Yannis, I mean 2.5) for 5 minutes but may have to try them both again.<p><br>[Modified by hacky, 1:34 AM 1-2-2003]<BR><BR>
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Re: T6 Mileage and City vs Highway (hacky)

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>Only drove the T5 for 5 minutes but may have to try them both again.<p><br><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p> <B>Minor</B> (but important) correction to an often-misworded quote: It is not the T-5 (in the XC90) but the 2.5T. Quite a difference between the two engines! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Yannis
 

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Re: T6 Mileage and City vs Highway (hacky)

I've actually taken the time to calculated my mileage a few times where we drove about 330 miles to 340 miles before filling up which would result in about 17.3 to 17.8 miles/gallon. I also reset the trip computer and before each refill the average shows about 17.5 miles/gallon. Note, however, that this was from conservative driving where we did not frequently floored the accelerator since we were careful about the car's break-in period. I'm sure if I drove it like the way I drive my Toyota Solara, I'd probably get around 13 or 15 mpg combined on the XC90. <p>As for driving the T6 arround town, it feels just as smooth if not smoother than the 2.5T. Before we made the purchase we test drove both the T6 and 2.5T about 4-5 times on separate occassions. The main concern between the two was gas milege vs. power. IMO, the T6 engine was more smooth, powerful, and quiet than the 2.5T -- it did not rev as much as the 2.5T. The 2.5T seem to struggle a bit going up hill. I did not notice any down shifting on the T6 like it was reported on recent reviews. Even though it's only 4 speed, the Geartronic on the T6 is just as fun. Also, with extra weight of possibly carrying 7 passengers, we felt the T6 was more appropriate to our lifestyle and driving needs -- i.e. long trips to LA to see family on weekends. <p>Also, it seems to me that the T6 seems more solid on the road, while the 2.5T seems a little more jerky. It could be the 18", self-leveraging or the extra weight. I personally like the feel of the T6 steering -- very light at low speed, which makes getting out of my garage and parking easy. At higher speed, around corners, it tightens up.<p>My two cents...<BR><BR>
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Re: T6 Mileage (crikey)

I have computed my mileage manually and confirmed the trip computer is accurate. It is weird, but for the first two tanks of fuel, you could actually watch the average mpg increasing daily. Hopefully it will continue on the third tank!<p>I am completely satisfied with the 4 speed arrangement. In one of my earlier posts, I expressed concern over the 4 speed being a stop gap until they design a 5 or 6 speed to fit the space in the XC90. Even though this may be the case, the 4 speed works very well. In manual mode the thing really jumps when you control the shift points. <p>I will be taking a 400 mile road trip in a few days and will report mileage when I return.
 

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Re: T6 Mileage (gohode)

FYI - so far my 2.5T mileage is not much better. Approx. 17.4 mpg combined after about 400 miles. Approx. 75% was city driving, and not pushed hard. Since the vehicle is rated 18/24 I am slightly disappointed. Some other posts have mentioned improving mileage with time, I am hopeful for the same.<p>re: power - has been fine so far even fully loaded with 7, up hills and in snow storms! I was concerned with power for a vehicle of this size, but have been very pleasantly surpirised. Acceleration from a stop, merging in traffic, etc.. all fine. Engine noise is much more noticeable at lower speeds, but not bothersome to me. Overall a great vehicle!! ... as long as the mileage improves...
 

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Re: T6 Mileage (bostonxc90)

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>FYI - so far my 2.5T mileage is not much better. Approx. 17.4 mpg combined after about 400 miles. Approx. 75% was city driving, and not pushed hard. Since the vehicle is rated 18/24 I am slightly disappointed. Some other posts have mentioned improving mileage with time, I am hopeful for the same.<p><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>Wait until after you have 1,500 miles and see if there is a difference.<p>Yannis
 

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Re: T6 Mileage (bostonxc90)

I'm finding things the same as you with my T2.5 seven seater. Have had it almost two weeks. No power issues at all. Great in snow (also Boston burbs). Gas mileage not so great - 16 + after 700 miles of mixed highway and town. We do have a lead foot in the family so that may be partially to blame.<p>
 

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Re: T6 Mileage (GrecianVolvo)

All,<p>Since driving styles are vastly different, any comparisons here are virtually meaningless.<p>The EPA scores are valid on a relative basis (e.g. comparing T6 to 2.5T), but might not be truly representative of real world driving. Here's some quick and painless reading on EPA numbers.<p><A HREF="http://www.epa.gov/otaq/cert/dearmfr/gasmel.pdf" TARGET="_blank">http://www.epa.gov/otaq/cert/dearmfr/gasmel.pdf</a><p>I don't drive like this, do you?<p>jvincent<BR><BR>
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Re: T6 Mileage (jvincent)

Thanks for info. Since I live in Boston where this year we seem to be ensconsed in permafrost, I can see why my mileage would differ from estimates.<p>Here's a question: does anyone have any guidelines for deciding when to reset computer to determine mpg? I do understand how it works so I don't need any hopeitsfriday like posts. I am most interested in long term mixed use mpg. An earlier post makes me think that at about 1500 miles I'll begin to get a true reading. Are there opinions on this?
 

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Re: T6 Mileage (eaton3000)

I have reset it with every tank of gas. And have watched it improve consistently. It really depends on what you are after. If you want to monitor miles to empty on a trip, and have made most of your average around town, you will get an inaccurate estimate (pessimistic). In this case it would make sense to reset before you take off.<p>
 
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