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I am scheduled to take delivery tomorrow or more likely on Wednesday of this week. I am excited about the car but I am also getting more and more worried about the car after reading this forum for the last several weeks. What am I getting myself into? A great car? An expensive headache?

I have read opinions on the car such as: no car is perfect, all have issues etc. My Toyota NEVER had any issues whatsoever. It turned on and went and turned on again etc. This car is miles away from my Toyota as far as tech, but still. Cars should be able to perform the basics: turn on, go, charge (in this case) repeat.

So, like the title says - has anyone had nothing but smooth sailing?
 

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Aside from losing cellular connection, I've had no problems. And that only matters to me because I have a Spotify account and don't use my phone for Bluetooth media.

Other than that, cruise control, lane assist, 220 charging, phone application all work perfectly.

I just had to reset the system for the phone app to work properly.
 

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We love ours too for its styling, performance and IIHS Top+ rating. IMO, the XC40 Recharge EV is best in class in the luxury compact SUV segment. But as DeaneG said the SW is buggy, but should get better with each update. It requires patience. Our purchase and service experience were awful, but that's a dealer issue.
 

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Took delivery of ours in early April '21 - only issue we had was the Air conditioning worked intermittently right from the start - two dealer visits to diagnosis and repair by replacing the heat exchanger - any ICE car could have this issue as well - everything else has worked fine - as others have stated app software is buggy but that will be fix by volvo over time.
No regrets. Have the latest software update (1.7) - no brake issues - no bricking issues - etc. all good.
 

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Same as @xc40canada above—- 6 months, 10,250 miles — only issue is that we’ve had intermittent times the LTE signal drops. Offline maps seem to work fine, so other than losing Spotify streaming or google voice searches for destinations (vs manual entry of an address) — its been a very solid reliable car. At the core the car itself is great, drives great, and is wonderful.

In comparison, ALL of our Tesla vehicles were in for “warranty coverage” repairs (control modules, etc) that would fail within the first 3-9 months. Normally any Tesla we had was in the shop 2-3 times per year on Average. Our Audi eTron EV SUV had freezing/locking issues with the center display, needed weekly rebooted. Really the most reliable EV we’ve owned was the Mini Cooper SE and the Nissan Leaf (1st gen). But, as cars advance, the glitches tend to be in the infotainment system, never the drive units/etc.

you’ll be fine; and you’ll love the XC40, i bet!
 

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Loving ours so far, but yeah, can’t say we haven’t had any problems. No trips to dealer but we’ve only had it for a month or so and 1500 km. Biggest issues are app, LTE connectivity sometimes not working (usually fixes itself), and when we picked it up the maps wouldn’t display in the driver’s screen but an infotainment re-boot fixed that. The car itself is amazing...we can just hope they keep the updates flowing and work out the bugs.
 
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Love mine. Would buy another in a heartbeat.

People on forums tend to come here if they have questions or problems.

It does provide the labels of problem boxes but not the number of people in each box.

You will notice that even with the problems some have had they still love the car.

I suppose the only way to get a “feel” for the actually demographics you could read another forum for another car and see the break down of problems there. But you run into the client base of different cars being well different.

I understand your anxiousness. While waiting for mine to be delivered I read every article. Watched every YouTube video and looked around here and read everything.

I don’t do that now. I have it. It works wonderfully (for me) it is slightly quirky in its behavior especially in the first day/week but that settles down.

I feel confident saying to anyone who is in anyway technical confident (or actually the negation of that. Anyone who is not technically phobic ) that they should get it if they can afford it.

I would not suggest the car to someone who hates technology, hates bt devices, thinks vhs is the only format that matters. Nothing against someone who is that way but the car might be overwhelming to them.

Hopefully in the future the P8 line will become “idiot proof” I would not label it that way today.

Get it. Enjoy it. If you have questions or problems there is a great community here to help.
 

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It is not cheap. It is also on the bottom end of pricey for Ev luxury for now. Other cars are more expensive.

It would be nice if ev did not have a cost increase over the same ice. I assume this is to cover investment costs, because they can and due to cost per HP.

I have heard there will be cheaper longer ranged single motor Volvos later.

Price wise there are pickups that cost more than our P8s. It is certainly not cheap but it feels worth every penny when driving.
 
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Another motivation to get it now in the USA is the 7.5k fed tax break. That will ultimately go away. Helped get me over the pull pin now thoughts I had back in March.
 
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I am scheduled to take delivery tomorrow or more likely on Wednesday of this week. I am excited about the car but I am also getting more and more worried about the car after reading this forum for the last several weeks. What am I getting myself into? A great car? An expensive headache?

I have read opinions on the car such as: no car is perfect, all have issues etc. My Toyota NEVER had any issues whatsoever. It turned on and went and turned on again etc. This car is miles away from my Toyota as far as tech, but still. Cars should be able to perform the basics: turn on, go, charge (in this case) repeat.

So, like the title says - has anyone had nothing but smooth sailing?
Before you leave the dealership:
  • make sure the Volvo Cars app is paired and working with the phone of every driver
  • make sure you have all three keys
  • make sure OS update 1.7 is installed
  • make sure they deliver the car with a decent state of charge
  • go over the interior controls in detail, every knob, lever and button
  • get specific instructions on how to reset the modem and the entertainment unit

I think you will like the car, but there is an adjustment period for first-time EV buyers, in my experience.
 

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On a long term cost of ownership basis it is the lowest cost luxury SUV in part because it is still eligible for the $7,500 tax rebate and because of the fuel and maintenance savings.
 

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What Paul said is sage advice.
I skipped over pretty much all of that partly due to:
1. The salesperson knew less than me
2. Covid
3. Asking questions if someone who does not know gets old
4. Wanted to get it home
5. Figured hey it cannot be that hard to work out
6. Voc was on the you don’t get list

And then started asking question here :)
 
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Same as @xc40canada above—- 6 months, 10,250 miles — only issue is that we’ve had intermittent times the LTE signal drops. Offline maps seem to work fine, so other than losing Spotify streaming or google voice searches for destinations (vs manual entry of an address) — its been a very solid reliable car. At the core the car itself is great, drives great, and is wonderful.

In comparison, ALL of our Tesla vehicles were in for “warranty coverage” repairs (control modules, etc) that would fail within the first 3-9 months. Normally any Tesla we had was in the shop 2-3 times per year on Average. Our Audi eTron EV SUV had freezing/locking issues with the center display, needed weekly rebooted. Really the most reliable EV we’ve owned was the Mini Cooper SE and the Nissan Leaf (1st gen). But, as cars advance, the glitches tend to be in the infotainment system, never the drive units/etc.

you’ll be fine; and you’ll love the XC40, i bet!

Pretty sad that a new car should be in the shop 2-3 times a year/ I have owned many cars and most were never in the shop except for maintenance and only 1 or 2 had minor issue that was resolved in 1 visit.
 

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I am scheduled to take delivery tomorrow or more likely on Wednesday of this week. I am excited about the car but I am also getting more and more worried about the car after reading this forum for the last several weeks. What am I getting myself into? A great car? An expensive headache?

I have read opinions on the car such as: no car is perfect, all have issues etc. My Toyota NEVER had any issues whatsoever. It turned on and went and turned on again etc. This car is miles away from my Toyota as far as tech, but still. Cars should be able to perform the basics: turn on, go, charge (in this case) repeat.

So, like the title says - has anyone had nothing but smooth sailing?

Being one of the few on here that as not gone a month without the car being in the shop since purchase in late May, I will say that you just need to be prepared for potential bugs and issues. So far a few have had some HVAC mechanical issues, but that seems to be early build cars. The biggest issue seems to be the IHU that may stat locking up or failing which will require replacement. I believe I have seen at least one person with a 22 have it fail as well. Overall mechanically a very solid car, other than IHU and brakes. Software bugs seem to be something we are all going to have to accept with this car. I suspect as Volvo rolls the Google OS out to the other models they will have similar bugs regardless if EV or ICE.

You need to decide if these are things you are will to live with. If I did not have the P8 I would say no and run away, but once you own it and drive it the car is a dream to drive. That is why I have been so conflicted. My car has been in shop 36 days in 5 months. I can easily send in lemon law paperwork and have them buy the car back. My issue is there is nothing else I want to drive. None of the other EVs out appeal to me except the Q4, and it has horrible color choices and VW has had some mechanical issues with their platform. I dread thinking about going back to ICE so for now I hang in there. That said if my ceramic pads stick to the rotors like the factory pads did the paperwork will be sent in.
 

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It is not cheap. It is also on the bottom end of pricey for Ev luxury for now. Other cars are more expensive.

It would be nice if ev did not have a cost increase over the same ice. I assume this is to cover investment costs, because they can and due to cost per HP.

I have heard there will be cheaper longer ranged single motor Volvos later.

Price wise there are pickups that cost more than our P8s. It is certainly not cheap but it feels worth every penny when driving.
I wonder whether the price will drop once the government subsidy goes away.
 

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Pretty sad that a new car should be in the shop 2-3 times a year/ I have owned many cars and most were never in the shop except for maintenance and only 1 or 2 had minor issue that was resolved in 1 visit.
Precisely my point — this is why we have moved on from Tesla vehicles. ALL of the cars I’ve had with new/modern infotainment systems have glitches, 99% of which a “reboot” fixes. But there were underlying issues with my Tesla vehicles that actually needed visits to the service center. My German cars rarely needed this, and my Japanese cars NEVER did. The latter were the most reliable, albeit the most “souless” cars I’ve owned. I love my German refinement, and that seems to be happy middle ground. Thus far, knock on wood, our XC40 has been perfect! (Just hte usual LTE drops that people have here; but nothing yet that required a visit to the service dept, other than a software update a few months ago before OTA started)
 

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I wonder whether the price will drop once the government subsidy goes away.

Market demand will dictate that. If you look at GM the revised Bolt came with a lower price point and they were heavily discounting the previous one once the tax credit went away. It will depend on the competition, and supply and demand. GM has not tax credit yet the Lyric sold out in 19 minutes. I do feel the tax credit puts early adopter manufacturers at a disadvantage. You could argue that as they sell more cars they get the cost efficiencies to get the price lower, but battery packs are a huge cost. Personally I think the credit needs to go to more than 200K cars and then at some point the credit needs to go away for everyone, this if you don't jump in early you lose the credit advantage it brings to your cars. Maybe $7500 for 500K cars then $3K for next 250K cars and then dump the credit for everyone in 2025-2027 time frame. At some point the tech has to stand on its own. I think some manufactures are inflating the price because they know the buyer will get a$7500 back. The XC40 P8 is disproportionally higher than the T5 comparable, even after $7500 you are still paying at $3-5K premium for it. T5 tops out around $48K, P8 around $61K comparably equipped.
 
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