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Dani K.
12-07-2005, 02:58 AM
An unbelievable experience. This week-end was one of the best I ever had. Who would have thought that the XC70 could compete with the big boys in the sand dunes. Check it out yourself:

Doing 205 Km/h on the highway to get there :) .
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Deflating the tires. I guess the following pictures will prove that this is not a debatable issue anymore ;) and that the air pressure needs to go down. The desert experts I was with recommend getting it down to 15 psi (normally 30 when on the road)
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Starting to move behind the big boys. Will the XC make it??
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Lots of sand, but the weather was great.
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Still keeping up.
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No problem in going over this one.
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And that one.
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Making sure everyone is catching up.
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Off we go again. The XC is very comfortable on the dunes.
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Trying to go down one of the highest dunes.
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A close-up picture so you would get a feel of this gigantic dune.
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Impressive isn't it?
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:cool:
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Got stuck, but mainly due to my inexperienced driving. The trick is to keep moving and not to stop at the tip of the dune. (But I had to take some pictures for this site:p ).
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After pulling me out, it's time now to go down the dune.
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Did it:) . Incredible, unbelievable. Malarrimo Enduro is for beginners. This is the real stuff:cool: :cool: :cool: .
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Continuing the journey towards the camping site.

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The inland sea.
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Overlooking the camping site.
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Ready to go down?
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Going, going, gone. Is that steep or not.
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Now for the XC.
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I had to climb back on the top of the dune to get a picture of the camp.

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We had a great swim.
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Anymore proof that the XC can go anywhere? Check this out.;)
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On the way back, I got stuck again. Here again it was entirely my fault as I went up on the wrong side of the dune.:o
http://www.volvoxc.com/volvo_photo_gallery/albums/userpics/DSCF4844.JPG

I'm actually standing and looking at the car. Almost 90 Degree inclination.:eek:

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Had to reverse the car all the way back in order to go over the dune again.
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Mission accomplished. Time to head back.
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I have posted more pictures in the photos section. Check them out. (http://www.volvoxc.com/volvo_photo_gallery/thumbnails.php?album=268)

vtie
12-07-2005, 03:17 AM
Fantastic story!!!
And, the XC70 looks much better than the other cars, is much more comfortable, and can go much faster... :D

Thanks for sharing!

Dani K.
12-07-2005, 03:45 AM
vtie you are absolutely right about the comfortable ride. I have done this trip several times in different cars (Toyota Landcruiser, Nissan Pathfinder, Mitsubishi Pajero...). I can tell you that with such cars my head was bumping on the roof all the way to the inland sea. But with the XC70 it is a different story. It is like riding in a Rolls.

You should have seen the look on everyone's face when they saw the XC70 there. They could not believe that this car is capable of such things.

birddog
12-07-2005, 04:50 AM
:eek: :eek: :eek: This is madness! Are you mad? Are you taking any passengers? WOW! What a rush that must have been, I mean I still park out in left field in the parking lots b/c I don't want anything to happen to her....and my XC is over 4 years old! Your's is new and you're pushing her to limits I'll bet Volvo hasn't! You should send them your pics.

Thanks for the great desktop pics! :cool:

ifnt420
12-07-2005, 07:20 AM
Great photos!! I enjoyed every single one of them.
And sounds like a great time too. :D

I'm already looking forward to your next offroad expedition.

Art
12-07-2005, 10:29 AM
Awesome photos Dani K!! Truly spectacular shots of the dunes! :cool:

Reminds me of some scenes taken right out of the Paris-Dakar rally. :D

pico de luuks
12-07-2005, 05:35 PM
:D Really impressive! What tires do you use? The STRs or something with a more aggresive tread?

SYS
12-07-2005, 07:44 PM
Very nice!! Now, don't forget to re-inflate the tires!! :D

hrudu
12-07-2005, 08:34 PM
Dany,
Very impressive pics. My question is did you climb up the same highest dune
in order to go home or did you guys take an other trail to avoid climbing up dunes. Anyway I am glad I bought the same car.

Thanks for the pics

Dani K.
12-07-2005, 10:28 PM
I'm very happy you liked the pictures. Yes this was a great adventure and I can still feel the thrills. In particular when you are going down that dune, (and no we did not go up the dune on the way back, we used another road, but I know that and I have seen some cars doing it).
And yes I inflated the tires once back on the road, no worries;) .
The tires I use are the same tires that came with the car. I did not change a thing. The car has almost 2200 Kms now, and you know where I drove most of them ;).

I remember the debate we had at the beginning of the trip when we where deflating the tires. Everyone thought I was going to park the car and go in someone else's car. I guess I proved them wrong. Volvo should be so proud that they build a car like that.

I had people asking me if the XC90 could do it, being heavier. I believe that if the XC70 could do it, the XC90 surely can.

RedXC
12-08-2005, 01:14 AM
You must had a heck of a fun day!!! I wish I can try that. Im trying to find a off-road dirt trail in the bay area where i can try out the XC. Nice photos!!! :D

gary
12-08-2005, 11:28 AM
Truly impressive pictures...WOW! :) Thanks for sharing them.

bobigski
12-08-2005, 03:09 PM
Beautiful pictures. Yes Volvo shold see them.Impressive performance of an AWD XC70. I have a 90 AWD :)

Sasquatch
12-08-2005, 03:15 PM
I have to wonder how the bearings and other metal on metal areas will stand the test of time with sand in there.

Looks like fun though.

XCS
12-09-2005, 10:16 AM
:D :D Dani K.
As usual you have taken us on a great trip. I wish I had as much courage as you. It was nice to see the XC matched up against the other manufacturerís machines. I think we can all get a better idea of just how capable our cars really are.
:D Great Pictures!

Sasquatch,
I do wonder about the longevity of parts under those conditions, but I donít believe the Volvo will fare any worse than the others. And from what Iíve seen of the cost for parts on my sonís Toyota FourRunner, Iím not sure it will be that much more expensive.

Sasquatch
12-09-2005, 10:18 AM
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Sasquatch,
I do wonder about the longevity of parts under those conditions, but I donít believe the Volvo will fare any worse than the others. And from what Iíve seen of the cost for parts on my sonís Toyota FourRunner, Iím not sure it will be that much more expensive.

Good points. The only thing is that the Volvo is closer to the ground, and has narrower tires, thus could get stuff in more places (driveshafts, brakes, bearings, ...) more easily.

Cool stuff.

XC-Fan
12-20-2005, 12:46 AM
Hi Dani K., thx for the pics!! I enjoyed it very much :-) Am I allowed to copy some pics for my privat XC Homepage? I would also like to translate your description of that tour into German.

I have added a card of Katar. Could you please paint a point in that map to show us, were the tour took place? Is it the inland sea at the border to saudia?

Thanks a lot! Ragards
Torsten - the www.xc-fan.de (and I could only drive my XC70 in special offroad terrains. But believe me, this is danger enough for a XC70. Pics from all the defectiv parts will follow ;-))

kayaking
12-30-2005, 02:17 PM
Dani, I'd bet that you may be the first on this site to go out and purchase the new XC70-AT. But then again, it seems your standard XC70 performed admirably!! Totally amazing expedition! Very impressive photo's. Thanks for posting. Wish I was there!

Dani K.
12-31-2005, 11:52 PM
Hi Dani K., thx for the pics!! I enjoyed it very much :-) Am I allowed to copy some pics for my privat XC Homepage? I would also like to translate your description of that tour into German.

Sure thing XC-Fan. You can post the pictures on your website, which is great by the way. I only wish I could speak german. And Happy Birthday by the way.[thumbup]


I have added a card of Katar. Could you please paint a point in that map to show us, were the tour took place? Is it the inland sea at the border to saudia?

The arrow on the map shows where we were. It's a fourty minute drive from Doha to Messaieed. That's where we deflated the tyres. From Messaieed onwords to the point on the arrow, it's all desert and it takes about 50 minutes to get there. You can see Saudi Arabia from there.



Thanks a lot! Ragards
Torsten - the www.xc-fan.de (http://www.xc-fan.de/) (and I could only drive my XC70 in special offroad terrains. But believe me, this is danger enough for a XC70. Pics from all the defectiv parts will follow ;-))

Make sure you post those pictures. The XC is great and I had no problems resulting from going up the dunes. I believe the effect is similar to driving in the snow due to the salt and all of that.


Dani, I'd bet that you may be the first on this site to go out and purchase the new XC70-AT. But then again, it seems your standard XC70 performed admirably!! Totally amazing expedition! Very impressive photo's. Thanks for posting. Wish I was there!

Well kayaking I'm not sure if I'm the first one with a 2006 MY. Anyone else out there? I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures.

littlewaywelt
08-02-2006, 12:20 PM
Very, very cool pics and what a great trip that must have been.

As far as off road goes, this (no disrespect at all intended) isn't that great a deal. This would be a trail rating of 2 on the 1-5 scale. It's only a test of the traction control and awd system which are obviously very good. Sand and snow are not challenging aspects of offroad driving (articulation, clearance, approach & departure angles, etc).

...all that said this is one very very capable car...moreso than most would ever guess.

How did the tow eyelet fare?