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Customer Feature - Ross Melvin

2012-10-26 - Ross Melvin

Customer Spotlight

Beast: The do-it-all Volvo

by: Ross Melvin - ipd customer

"My 2007 XC90 V8 AWD Sport was an absolute positive experience, it really was the "do all" Volvo."

I bought my XC90 with 40K miles on the clock and loved every mile of the next 30K I put on it until it was basically totaled in an accident. I called my XC90 the Beast for one simple reason, that V8 engine. This SUV was so much fun to drive - chuck into a corner, get on the loud pedal, feel the inside front wheel spin, the AWD and DSTC systems redirecting power, then the glorious growl from the V8 and a big smile on my face. It felt heavy but secure and always willing to go where you wanted.

High speed driving was a pleasure too, near silent at legal speeds. On a closed road, I can confirm mine was not limited to 130 mph, very confident and surefooted. The AWD drive system always made me feel like I had the upper hand on mother nature in the tremendous thunderstorms we get here in the south. Oh and it helped out in the mud too!

Another instance the AWD helped was in towing, starts on the slipperiest boat ramps, muddy tracks at the barn with the horse trailer or moving me off to college, never let me down. Having 7 of the most comfortable seats (in the world) was a a valuable feature to haul all my friends around or I could fold them down and take the dog to the beach. Then one morning coming back from class a girl texting ran a stop sign and plowed right into the passenger side front wheel, broke the rim, pushed the driveshaft into the angle gear/ transmission, bent the steering rack, tore the shock from its mounting points. The Beast really was a fun to drive, go anywhere, carry anything or anybody, do it all Volvo. I miss it everyday.

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Community Comments

Friday, October 26, 2012 2:34 PM - "RG"
Grumiester I'm also a satisfied owner of a 2006, XC90 V8. I bought it this past March. Replaced all of the filters, the battery and tires, changed the oil. We then went to the Outer Banks for vacation. It ran beautifully and quiet. Nicest Volvo I've ever owned, have had seven over the last forty years. I see the speedometer goes to 160. Haven't found a good place without, smokies or local yokels, to air it out. I will eventually, count on it.
Saturday, October 27, 2012 5:59 AM - "ES"
I've owned a 2007 S80 V8 AWD for a little over three years. Everytime I start it up in the garage, that V8 rumble reminds me of why I may never part with it. I've owned Volvos since 1979, starting with a 1975 164E (I still miss that one)...240's...740's...V90...V70R...V50 T5....I must say the V8 makes that S80 really special...more so than any other Volvo I've ever driven.
Saturday, October 27, 2012 9:05 AM - "RN"
Ditto for me. Very happy 2006 Ocean Race (V8) XC90 owner since purchase in May 2006. Over 100K miles so far and only major issue was tranny-which was replaced under extended warranty for $50. This is my 2nd Volvo (97 850 GLT) and plan on buying a 2013 XC60 soon.
Saturday, November 10, 2012 3:34 PM - "TL"
I must say that the XC90 is one of my all time favorite suv's. the Scandinavian design and many features that Volvo gives it makes it definetley the SUV i would choose once i have a family. I have driven nothing but Volvo's (have owned 3 so far) and have no plans on switching anytime soon. My 97 850GLT is such a joy to drive! Go Volvo!!

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