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    Definitely try the bulbs first. I would highly...

    Definitely try the bulbs first. I would highly recommend sticking with the Philips bulbs. I've tried some of the cheaper ones -- they worked for a while then started being intermittent. They're...
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    You should be fine with aftermarket. It should...

    You should be fine with aftermarket. It should be specific for your vehicle, including provision for the rain sensor. Here in the foothills of Colorado it isn't uncommon to replace a windshield...
  3. Thread: Xenon headlamps

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    Is this is a new record for bringing back a...

    Is this is a new record for bringing back a thread from the dead :eek:...? (p.s. welcome Don!)

    I don't know much about ballasts (yet!) but I did replace my first bulb not two hours ago. It was a...
  4. Thread: HU 650 Upgrades

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    Replied to your IM and agree with the two posts...

    Replied to your IM and agree with the two posts above....
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    Two separate threads here (new vs. old style and...

    Two separate threads here (new vs. old style and rear wipe/front active) I think but....

    I've talked with my service adviser about the wipers on my MY05 (new style) and the fact that they don't...
  6. Actually I think more than a couple of us run...

    Actually I think more than a couple of us run tires in that size because there's a better selection of tires to choose from. There aren't many vehicles that spec 215/65-16 for the OEM size and...
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    If this were a poll I would vote for the Akebono...

    If this were a poll I would vote for the Akebono Euro Ceramic pads. $63 for the front axle...
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    I used the Hidden Hitch 90804...

    I used the Hidden Hitch 90804 http://www.etrailer.com/pc-H~90804.htm?vehicleid=20056926. Installation instructions are here: http://www.etrailer.com/instructions.aspx?pn=90804.

    I purchased it...
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    AFAIK just about all of the aftermarket receivers...

    AFAIK just about all of the aftermarket receivers are 1 1/4". In fact most available in the US are made by the same company http://www.cequentgroup.com/. I got my receiver from etrailer.com. It is...
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    It's not a difficult diy if you are a bit handy. ...

    It's not a difficult diy if you are a bit handy. Online rotors are about $45 each and top of the line ceramic pads that are far superior (less dust) to the Volvo parts can be had for about $70 per...
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    Four bikes and a rack should be less than 200...

    Four bikes and a rack should be less than 200 pounds so it really shouldn't matter. I have a 1 1/4" receiver and the rack rides fine. Just match the receiver to the rack. No reason to get a 2"...
  12. William, I'd like to personalize MY new 2009 XC70...

    William, I'd like to personalize MY new 2009 XC70 with a D5!:D
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    The wing profile bars that fit my V50 will NOT...

    The wing profile bars that fit my V50 will NOT fit my XC70 -- they are too short. I'm surprised that they fit the XC90...I thought it was bigger!
  14. Thread: XM Radio

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    That's what I have in my '05 and it works great...

    That's what I have in my '05 and it works great -- beats an FM modulator hands-down. I think my XM radio is an Audiovox...I mostly drive the V50 these days with NO aftermarket audio options :mad:. ...
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    It looks nice to me Dave. Its almost identical...

    It looks nice to me Dave. Its almost identical to my '05 that I will probably purchase at lease-end in a month or two for a bit more -- but with half the miles. Could be that folks are put off by...
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    Sticky: FWIW, the link in Art's post now points to a...

    FWIW, the link in Art's post now points to a visit to Russia. As I remember Volvo's insurance doesn't cover you that far east without paying extra! :rolleyes:
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    I agree with PJ810 about the factory aero bars. ...

    I agree with PJ810 about the factory aero bars. They, like all the Volvo rack parts afaik, are made by Thule. I've used the Thule Crossroad, the Volvo Square bar and the aero bars. They all work...
  18. Thread: HID's

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    Exactly right Forkster. I have the impression,...

    Exactly right Forkster. I have the impression, right or wrong, that they rushed the XC70 HIDs into production to compete with all the high end cars that had them. It looks like they just put an HID...
  19. Thread: HID's

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    I'm not sure what model year or model your...

    I'm not sure what model year or model your potential HID's are from, but in my experience if they are from a non-European XC70/V70 I wouldn't bother. I have HID's in both my '05 XC70 and my '06 V50....
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    Vail police will drive Volvos

    Found this interesting in the Vail paper: http://www.vaildaily.com/article/20080403/NEWS/328731549

    VAIL, Colorado For years, the Vail Police Department was known for its unusual Saab patrol...
  21. We picked up our V50 in Gothenburg in June 2006. ...

    We picked up our V50 in Gothenburg in June 2006. Toured northern Europe and visited with old friends in the UK, then dropped the car in Brussels for home shipment. Six weeks later it was prep'd and...
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    Both are owned by the same company...

    Both are owned by the same company (http://www.cequentgroup.com/) and are likely made in the same factory, so I would expect the fit to be similiar. That said, I did use the Hidden Hitch model on...
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    What's different from my setup?

    What's different from my setup?
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    To the best of my memory (it's been a year now...

    To the best of my memory (it's been a year now since I swapped it out) my OEM glass was Pilkington from Italy. It was replaced with something similiar that works fine with my rain sensor and has the...
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    I had the same issue and fixed it with a ground...

    I had the same issue and fixed it with a ground loop isolator like this:

    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=896355

    The nice thing is that you can try one from a local store to...
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