Sweden in March - Picking up a Volvo

Dec 5th, 2010, 06:06 AM
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what octane gas does the S 40 and S 60 use? I am really wanting to use Regular gas after having to use high test on both of our cars for the last 5 years. I can't seem to find this info on Volvo site.
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Dec 5th, 2010, 09:21 AM
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Surfmom, Volvo covered it and then some - they offered my FiL a new Volvo with every option he wanted for the same price he'd originally paid for the sunken model, plus paid him a fee for every day he had to wait until the new car arrived (took about 3 months as there was nothing available in the U.S. in the color and specs he wanted).
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Dec 5th, 2010, 09:28 AM
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We love our Volvos: mine is a 1999 Cross Country AWD wagon, DH has the 2007 S60-R. They are unbeatable cars in the snow.

I would love to do the Volvo purchase plan in Sweden. Please report back if you do it, Deb.
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Dec 5th, 2010, 09:55 AM
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Haven't received word yet on delivery. Am told the rule of thumb is 8 weeks, a little longer on the more popular models. That's why I left 12 weeks between initial order and when I plan on picking it up. Been driving Volvo's since 1992 and cannot complain. I also have a '99 V70XC and it is a tank.
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Dec 5th, 2010, 10:10 AM
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Do you tell them when you want delivery or do they tell you after order is submitted?

We are thinking of tacking on either the extra 2 days in Gothenburg and 3 in Stockholm or Rome. Would like to have a couple on our own in Copehagen.
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Dec 5th, 2010, 11:47 AM
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DebitNM, Volvo pays for maritime insurance that covers dents and scratches. I would definitely recommend stopping in Copenhagen. It is so close to Gothenburg. You could take a train or drive your car, if you travel in warmer months.
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Dec 5th, 2010, 04:46 PM
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My understanding is they tell you the soonest it will be ready and then you have a window of up to six months to pick it up. Full payment is due 30 days prior to departure or when the vehicle is complete and a VIN assigned.
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Dec 5th, 2010, 08:19 PM
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DebitNM, you can have Volvo build a car for you, which means you get to pick everything: color, leather or not, wheels, etc. It takes Volvo a couple of months to build it and as soon as the car is ready, they contact you to go pick it up. As Agedude stated, you have something like 6 months to schedule your trip. You can also pick a car that is already built. Sometimes, Volvo throws a package, like climate or preferred, when you buy a car from their stock list. Then, you can travel sooner.
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Dec 6th, 2010, 03:38 AM
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I have friends who did the Volvo shop and stay in Sweden and they enjoyed their trip until Volvo lost the car on the way home. (it finally turned up somewhere in the States). I would say that with 5 days you will have plenty to see with Göteborg and Stockholm and/or Copenhagen. Personally I see Rome as a whole 'nother trip and would not add that to this itinerary however tempting.

I live in Sweden, on the West coast of Sweden where Volvo is manufactured, and the brand rules the road. It is not unusual to see an Ikea parking lot filled with Volvo's so that you might believe you are in a Volvo dealership. It is not unusual for regular working folk to be offered a car with the job and for that reason you see so many Volvos on the road....white collar/blue collar workers all drive the car...it is not considered a luxury auto here. Driving a Volvo here in Sweden is practical and safe like a tank or tractor but BORING.....with capital letters! That's why I drive a Prius- plus I get the advantage of paying less taxes on that car and easy on the pocketbook at the gas pump.
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Dec 6th, 2010, 05:37 AM
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That made me smile, cheapboxof wine!

I agree about the trip to Rome, for another time - but it did tempt me.

The winter deal to get the cheap extra 5 days requires pickup of the car by 30 April. I think for the sake of weather, we might try to aim for that date - now if my current car holds up that long and doesn't require anymore $$ [just spend a chunk, but that's another thread].

I really appreciate everyones' input. I will surely keep this post updated to let you know if and when this goes down.

Any further comments, will always be welcomed.
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Dec 6th, 2010, 06:15 PM
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Prius was the other car I considered, but the trip seemed like an opportunity of a lifetime. I liked that many details were taken care of.
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Dec 6th, 2010, 08:05 PM
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If you pick up the car April 30, can you stay long enough to make the 17 May celebration in Oslo? This is a nice drive up the coast from Gotheborg; maybe you could spend 2 weeks in Sweden touring and the head up to Norway for the celebration?
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Dec 7th, 2010, 05:37 AM
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Thanks for the heads up Enzian - I will have to check it out. I have a big birthday in May and this might just add to the fun!
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Dec 7th, 2010, 05:56 AM
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Let me know when MINI starts European delivery. Volvo? Snore.
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Dec 7th, 2010, 05:58 AM
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New Volvos are cheaper in Denmark !!
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Dec 7th, 2010, 06:09 AM
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New Volvos are cheaper in Denmark !!


Would that statement be true if you were to add in shipping to US, free RT airfare for 2 people etc?
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Dec 7th, 2010, 11:34 AM
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Seventeenth May is the big national holiday in Norway. I've been there for the celebration in Oslo, in Brgen, and in a small twon. all were great, but the Oslo celebration included, in addition to the parade, lots of performances by singing groups in traditional costume, and fireworks at night. It was lots of fun. (My birthday is in mid-May close to that date too, so it's a great celebration.)
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Dec 7th, 2010, 10:35 PM
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RainyDay09: I got the Forester and the year before they totally changed the design. I love the design of mine and I absolutely love the car. Happy Travels!
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Dec 7th, 2010, 10:48 PM
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Surfmom: About the clutch, I do daily bumper-to-bumper driving on L.A. freeways. I don't do long distance driving as I just don't like doing it. I'm a city, freeway driver, and put right under 300,000 on my last car before buying my Subaru. On the old car, I had three clutches total over a 17 year period. I hope the same holds for the new Subaru! Happy Travels!
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Dec 11th, 2010, 11:40 AM
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WE'RE GOING TO SWEDEN! Just signed for a 2011 S40 T5 and will be doing the overseas delivery! Got a 5 year/ 60,000 miles warranty with full service and maintenance for 5 years [brakes, wipers - everything but tires] and free car wash for lifetime!

Got Ice white, with Calcite leather. Hardest thing will be waiting to get it - late April or perhaps as late as June, not sure yet as we will be working in a road trip around Europe while we are there.
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