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  • We almost bought a new Honda Civi ex (2006 model) but I was uncomfortable with the idea of paying MSRP($21K+ out the door) for a civic, even the really nice new one. I then realized I could get the car of our dreams for LESS! I did some research and we just picked up a 2003 S60 with leather, moonroof, climate package, in really excellent shape (at least I hope so!!) with 31K miles for $15,850 :D . I think that was a great price, yes? Anyway, does anyone have any thoughts or experience with triple A's extended warranty plans? :confuse:
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,150
    good to know.

    how far from Freehold are you? Personally, I stopped going to the dealer altogether when my warranty was up. I found a private shop that specializes in volvos by the name of Pro Vovo (yes, without the L) in Freehold that does great work for MUCH less than the dealer.

    It was easy when I used to live in Freehold. Now I live a half hour away, but still take my car there. They are very popular, so, if you want a Saturday appt, call no later than the Monday prior.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • You might want to try Warranty Direct as its the same company that provides the service for the Volvo Warranty! And you can buy Warranty Direct for a used car.
  • I regrettably now cannot garage my car so its outside at night in winter. Is there a way of preventing ice formation on windshields? I would guess that maybe a simple tarp would work but are there any sprays that would alleviate the problem?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,150
    interesting concept. I've never heard of such a thing, maybe you should get to work on it and make a fortune. :)

    I'd certainly buy it.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,744
    Rain X always seemed to make frost easier to remove - I could remove it with a squeegee instead of a scraper.

    I doubt there is anything that will prevent ice formation.

    I've seen people use tarps and cardboard but the results always seem to be that the tarp or cardboard would freeze on the window.
  • I found this:

    Rain-X asserts that this product will de-ice your windshield at temperatures down to -25F. It will remove 'frost, light snow & ice'. It will repel rain, sleet, snow and ice. Of course it will also perform the rudimentary function of cleaning your windshield.
    Directions

    Open hood, locate windshield washer reservoir and fill with Rain-X De-Icer Windshield Washer Fluid. Close hood. Clean windshield as needed.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,150
    Unfortunately, i won't remove anything when ice and snow are covering your washer jets.

    If it actually prevents ice from forming on the windshield, then great.

    I only have one past experience with rain-x and it wasn't really a good one. It was many many years ago when it was still fairly new, but i found it left a residue that, under certain conditions, would actually affect visibility. I never heard that complaint from anybody else, so maybe its just me.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Not just you - I've seen several similar complaints around these parts through the years. :)

    In fairness, I've also see a posts from folks who are happy with it, but you are definitely not the only one to experience what you report.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,744
    Rain-X asserts that this product will de-ice your windshield at temperatures down to -25F. It will remove 'frost, light snow & ice'. It will repel rain, sleet, snow and ice. Of course it will also perform the rudimentary function of cleaning your windshield.

    I used that crud last winter - the orange color stained the paint on the hood. I had to clay it out.
  • This is as basic a question as it gets - but I have misplaced my owners manual - but the dipstick has no markings! There is a little twist area and my oil level is halfway between the end of the dipstick and this little twist/wriggle spot. Is this an OK reading?
  • New to the forum, joined today. Wondering if anyone fellow S60 owners have experienced problems with the 17 inch Tethys wheels, which I chose for my '02 S60 T5. I have had to replace two of them already (one was definitely my fault, the other was discovered when replacing the tires...), very disappointed with their quality considering my S60 only has 36000 miles and is barely 3 years. My wife has complained to Volvo regarding the quality of the wheels. Other than that I love our T5, we also own an '05 Chrysler Crossfire Limited, but the T5 is more fun to drive...
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    The only way a wheel gets bent is if you hit something with it.
    You can't expect to hit a pothole or curb and not do damage to an aluminium wheel.
    Since you admit one was your fault, the other must have been as well.
    Compalining to a motor co because you damaged the wheels isn't fair.
  • I am looking at getting and '02 S60AWD with 28k for $22,000. I have never owned a Volvo before. The price includes an extended warrenty to 100,000 miles. I am really having a hard time with the price. The only other luxury car I have owned was an Audi A4 1.8T. The repairs were outragious. I am not looking forward to the same with the Volvo.

    I am hearing a lot of problems with the accelleration after being in traffic. Is this really common for the 2002's or are those isolated insodents?

    Also what is the deal with the stereo? I am a huge music fan and if the 12 speaker system is not great is there problems doing aftermarket upgrades to it?

    I am on a time crunch I have to deside in the next 24 hrs if I am getting the care.
  • I bought an '02 s60 awd a month ago, and I've had no acceleration problems after being in traffic (and I've driven in in freeway traffic as well as stop and go). Maybe I don't know what these problems are supposed to be though? What is supposed to be happening?

    The warranty: find out how long (timeframe) you have on the warranty. Mine was a CPO, so the warranty runs until Sept. 2008 (or 100,000, but I won't expire on miles) and then I got a another year's warranty. The repairs on this car are expensive, just like the Audi, so be aware--I'd be loathe to run this car w/o some type of warranty.

    Radio: I'm not in love the radio. I do have better sound now that I adjusted with the "hidden equalizer" but I would have preferred the 8xx series HU than the 6xx one that is stock with the car. It's not bad enough for me to do any aftermarket upgrades though (except to add the IPod adapter to it).

    I love the car though--it has a lot of power, seats are great and I think the handling is very sure footed.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    The car is a 197 hp turbo 5, acceleration should not be a problem.
    The price is not outrageous for a low mile CPO car.
    Doing stereo upgrades is not easy at all. The Prem sound system is a pretty good one.
  • Thank you guys. I am getting the extended warranty though. I am also glad to here that there is no problem with the acceleration. I am off to the dealership. :D
  • Some one said they had been driving in stop and go traffic. When they got to the side streets to get home the to car would not move. This was probably their fault. I did read later that they were very low on gas and the saddle tank fuel pump was not working.

    Thank you for the great advice ;)
  • I guess no one on here even checks their oil.............
    only in America.......
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