BionicRusty (Wayne)

Forum Replies Created

Viewing 25 replies - 1 through 25 (of 832 total)
  • Author
    Replies
  • in reply to: XC40 ordered. Inscription Pro B4P #118572

    BionicRusty (Wayne)
    Participant

    @72dudes, well I think I’ve got to the bottom of this and thank you for pointing it out.
    When at the dealer, we had a 10 minute conversation about the exhausts and I said that that’s it’s one of the reasons I went for the car. It looks really purposeful. The sales guy said nothing, just played dumb and agreed.
    Anyhoo, from what I can gather, as a cost cutting exercise on the ICE cars, the following have been axed from the spec:

    – No rear exit twin exhausts (as you said).

    – Close button and lock button removed from tailgate.

    – Button to lower rear seats removed from boot  (happened late MY20)

    – No trim emboss on C Pillar, headrests or kick plates

    – Gearshift paddles removed from R Design

    – possible removal of Orrefors crystal gear shifter from Inscription model. The configurator states leather but brochure still says crystal!

    – 112mph limiter for all models

    So basically every car has been dressed down.

    I rang the salesman who was ‘shocked’ to hear of this and thinks the change may be later this year. However, I now believe that the factory tooled up for MY21 around February so no MY20 cars built after this time.

    Anyway, this is such a level of spec deletion   that I’m just not sure I want it now. Aside from aesthetics, which are very important to me, this level of cost reduction has to make me wonder if reliability will be affected.
    I’m going to think over the weekend and wait for the schpeel from the salesman but the sad fact of the matter is I’m probably going to cancel because the car that will be delivered will not be the car I ordered.

    Now the AP reduction makes sense. 🤨

    So as of today, I’m probably back to wanting to try the 3 Series for size and/or rethinking the whole thing. Oh and majorly pee’d off at the salesman for feeding me a line. If he didn’t know of the changes then he needs sacking.
    It had to happen. On the way home, I did say to Mrs Bionic “What do you think will go wrong?” Never in a million years did we think that the car would be de-specced. Never heard a spec getting worse before!
    Surely that’s a new one! 😞

    🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎

    in reply to: XC40 ordered. Inscription Pro B4P #118468

    BionicRusty (Wayne)
    Participant

    Thank you for all of the kind words and advice. I feel an absolute plank but the past couple of days, I’ve been in agony and absolutely exhausted. Getting a bit of oompf back now.

    @vinnie, fingers crossed for you. You never know, it may be even cheaper in December. 🤞 Thanks for the info on the tracker. I’ll certainly do that. My dealer said there wasn’t!

    @rox, you’re absolutely correct. And tick all the main boxes my choice does for me. That’s exactly how I think so am very happy.

     

    @72dudes, Denim blue was almost my choice and a different day, it would have been that choice I’m sure. Thank you for the info on the screen protector and the sim set-up. And that’s news to me about the exhaust tips. Do you know how they’ll look? I’m gonna have to research this. It’s one of the points I really liked ☹️. And thanks for the forum link. I’ve already had a bit of a browse so will almost certainly join. 👍👍

     

    @macca, you’re spot on. The interior is very roomy. That’s a ✅ 😁😂

     

    @Ade, the ride was amazing. My pelvis and joints have already thanked me. 😁

     

    @Haley, awesome choice. It was a difficult choice for me as I love the front of the R-Design. I think we’ll both be very happy. 👍👍 and Macca’s spot on. Don’t be afraid to haggle. The dealers do expect it.👍👍

    🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎

    in reply to: XC40 ordered. Inscription Pro B4P #118254

    BionicRusty (Wayne)
    Participant

    Thanks boys. I really appreciate that.
    Flippin’ ‘eck. How old did I feel last night. Absolutely wasted. And not in a good way.

    It was a great day. For the money, I just couldn’t get more, I don’t think. Another X1 was a real contender but I’ve always changed makes or at least models. And it’s  my first Volvo so I’m really looking forward to getting to know a new brand.
    I hope I can get more time behind the wheel of the X1 before it goes. It’s been an amazing car. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone thinking of one. And still on the original tyres and bang on 18k miles! I’ll have to measure but I reckon there must be about 4mm there. 😁

    Hope everyone’s well 👍👍

    🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎

    in reply to: XC40 ordered. Inscription Pro B4P #118217

    BionicRusty (Wayne)
    Participant

    Can’t believe I forgot to mention, plus a full tank of petrol. That’s gonna take some getting used to. First petrol car for about 15 years! ✅

    🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎

    in reply to: Xc40 R Design Pro auto B4 #118088

    BionicRusty (Wayne)
    Participant

    Woah @72Dudes.  That was an awesome car you had. I used to dream of owning one.
    Seems a popular pastime for Capri’s then. I was rear ended I’m mine at traffic lights 🚦 by a taxi. And to make matters worse, I was on a first date. That went well. 🤣😂

    They never feel the same after a shunt do they? ☹️

    🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎

    in reply to: Xc40 R Design Pro auto B4 #118081

    BionicRusty (Wayne)
    Participant

    @Haley, so the pictures do it justice. That’s great. I hope there’s one there.

    @macca you’re right. That combo goes really well together.
    And the Capri, nah, I’m afraid it was ‘had’. I’ve always been quite proud to say it was my first car. 1.6L, VEY 517V. Highlands green with a black vinyl roof. Exactly the same as Del Boys but without the fluffy dice. 🤣😂If only I still had it.

    I owned a 1990 XR4i as well. 2.0 DOHC,  rear wheel drive. There was only 2,700 made and should have had 125BHP but it came out of the factory with 150. Same as the 2.8 engines. Another one I regret selling now. Happy days. 😁

    🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎

    in reply to: Xc40 R Design Pro auto B4 #118051

    BionicRusty (Wayne)
    Participant

    Thanks both. You’ve both got great choices.  I can’t wait

    I’m hoping there’s a Glacier Silver car there. I’ve not seen one in the metal and in pics it almost looks white. I love it ….. but in pics. 😁

    The only think I don’t like about the car is they’ve done what Jaguar do and BMW did but just sorted. They go to the trouble of festooning these gorgeous cars with all led’s ……… except the flippin’ rear indicators (or brakes in other instances). The only saving grace is that they’re halogen as opposed to my X1. That’s got exactly the same bulbs for brakes and indicators that my 1980 Ford Capri had!
    Oh and the rear fogs are antique as well.

    Many and most won’t be bothered by it but for some reason, I’ve always been keen on lighting. I think it can completely change a car.

    🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎

    in reply to: Xc40 R Design Pro auto B4 #118014

    BionicRusty (Wayne)
    Participant

    Something else I’ve remembered he said. A factory order would be delivered late September.

    🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎

    in reply to: Home wallbox charger for full EVs, do we have to pay? #118013

    BionicRusty (Wayne)
    Participant

    Thank you again  Julie, for all of you information. You’re definitely a mine of information.
    The charger situation has actually changed since I last looked. For my area three or four have popped up with service station like access. There are more but either office hours or less. Some may think this wouldn’t be an issue but my view, right now, is different. It’s just too risky for me right now. I certainly hope more pop up soon.

    🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎

    in reply to: Xc40 R Design Pro auto B4 #118012

    BionicRusty (Wayne)
    Participant

    Called the dealer just now to book a viewing and got a bit of a snippy receptionist who said a sales guy would call back and hung up! So this left me thinking, ‘Oh here we go!’
    Then within 2 minutes a sales guy called back. Really pleasant chap and test drive booked for tomorrow at Rybrook.
    So fair play to the receptionist, she must have given him the message straight away. I’ll put it down to efficiency! 😁
    I actually like the look of both R Design and Inscription so could sway either way. Both have different pluses and I can’t think of any minuses worth noting.
    I’d still like to try a 3 Series for fit but it’s looking less and less attractive right now.

    Of the other options & not in any order;

    – Tiguan. The price increase. So it’s off.
    – Kodiaq. £1k more for less imo. So it’s off.
    – Superb. Not sure if I’ll fit & nearly double AP of XC40. So it’s off.
    – Passat. Fit and not as excited about looks. Still a possible.
    – X1. I’ve got one now & usually change. Still a possible.

    🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎

    in reply to: Xc40 R Design Pro auto B4 #117921

    BionicRusty (Wayne)
    Participant

    Over the three years I’ve had my X1, I’ve memorised the boot size and it’s handy when comparing.😁

    The XC40 is 40L smaller seats up and 160L smaller seats down  That’s quite a difference but I’m ok with that for now, especially given that the X1 has one of the biggest in class. There’ll  come a time when space will be everything so I’m choosing wisely while I can. By that I mean by choice as opposed to necessity.

    🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎

    in reply to: Home wallbox charger for full EVs, do we have to pay? #117895

    BionicRusty (Wayne)
    Participant

    This will depend on where you charge the car & on which car you choose as some cars are more efficient than others, but I’l have a go: For 1 year on my current 15p per kW/h tariff for electricity at home, 100% home charging for a Peugeot e2008 WLTP 230Wh/mi (watt hours per mile) – £348 For 1 year using a specific EV tariff at 5p per kW/h, 100% home charging – £116 For 1 year using instavolt rapid DC chargers at 35p per kW/h only – £812 This will give you an idea of costs using EVs, if you do 8000 miles with the petrol 2008 at £1 a litre doing 49 mpg (WLTP) £741, and at £1.30 a litre £963.

     

    Julie, thank you so much for posting this. Trying to find info such as this is nigh on impossible. I know the calcs can be done easily enough but I’m new to thinking about electric.
    I’m really wanting to make the change as early as possible for a number of reasons but at the moment, for me, I’m not sure it’s right. Rural area, old house with old wiring and practically zero public chargers within 60 miles.  My yearly mileage isn’t huge anymore but trips can be over 200 per day.
    The cheap cost of charging right now is a massive plus and the costs you present show this but this can’t last and at some point, fuel stations as we know them will change as we see the demise of the oil giants and automotive fuel costs will become governed by the electricity sector. I can see petrol stations all but disappear with EV electric ‘fuel stations’ extending to home charging where we will purchase EV electric from home, via an app with a choice of suppliers such as we do with other services. Once this happens, and it has to somehow in order to plug the taxation hole, then EV electric will increase.

    Added to this, the current free home charger plus fitting adds to tell me I need to be as early as possible to the party but feel it’s governed by my location.

     

    🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎

    in reply to: Bmw 320 i sport ordered! #117887

    BionicRusty (Wayne)
    Participant

    @JohnMorris, Great deal with the full AP with paid. What a bargain. 👏👏 Your dealer says it is paying the first three months but how is this possible on a Motability lease? Surely your PIP payment will be paid?

     

    @Vlad, talk to your dealer to clarify. It’s the only way mate.
    Sadly BMW don’t have a customer order tracker so we have to rely on dealer info. The paperwork will be correct at the time it is printed but so much can happen after that to change that date. And given the current situation, I’m sure planning is an absolute nightmare for manufacturers and dealers.

    Good luck.

    🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎

    in reply to: Xc40 R Design Pro auto B4 #117880

    BionicRusty (Wayne)
    Participant

    Sorry. I read Dennise’s post at the end of page 2 and realise now the question has already been answered. It is Sunday after all. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. 😝

    Dennise, that’s a great choice. I bet you can’t wait.  Given your mileage, I honestly don’t think you’ll have an issue with fuel cost and the B4P, if nothing else, should be a punchy set-up. The B4P engine is the T4 with the mild hybrid system with it, so the benefit of the T4 with mild mpg improvements. The P simply stands for petrol as Volvo also use the B4 designation elsewhere but on a diesel engine B4D. 😁

    This is all getting very interesting.

    🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎

    in reply to: Xc40 R Design Pro auto B4 #117869

    BionicRusty (Wayne)
    Participant

    Dennise, there was a move by Volvo last quarter to add £500 for any colour other than the base black. This has now been removed and Volvo are advertising this by stating it in their terms. This screenshot is off Volvo’s page. However, if you want the ‘Premium Metallic’ paint, I think it’s the case again that you make up the difference, so £275. This is usually the case with premium paints. Perhaps someone reading can please confirm this.

    🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎

    in reply to: Xc40 R Design Pro auto B4 #117847

    BionicRusty (Wayne)
    Participant

    I definitely think the xc40 is the new Tiguan.

    The Naughty 40 Gang. 😂👍

    🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎

    in reply to: Xc40 R Design Pro auto B4 #117845

    BionicRusty (Wayne)
    Participant

    Ade, full sensors and rear camera are standard on the Inscription Pro.
    Assuming it’s the £899 manual AP your referring to, add the £575 option cost and you’re only a couple of £hundred away for the Inscription Pro and you get an awesome spec.

    Is that doable!

    🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎

    in reply to: Xc40 R Design Pro auto B4 #117833

    BionicRusty (Wayne)
    Participant

    Does this mean the XC40 might be the new Motability sweetheart?

    😂

    🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎

    in reply to: Xc40 R Design Pro auto B4 #117832

    BionicRusty (Wayne)
    Participant

    WOW, do you find the XC40 roomier than the X1?

    Yes I did find it felt roomy inside, very clever door panel design helps Wayne

    Great. Nearly all the reviews I’ve watched say the same tbf. And if you wanna go snow plugging, this is a laugh. 😁

    🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎

    in reply to: Xc40 R Design Pro auto B4 #117831

    BionicRusty (Wayne)
    Participant

    Bry, I use those vids all the time. I quite often comment in them as they’re brilliant for helping decide. Thanks for posting. 👍👍

    🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎

    in reply to: Xc40 R Design Pro auto B4 #117830

    BionicRusty (Wayne)
    Participant

    Thanks Macca. We’ll be at Chester, hopefully this week. We’re hoping to get in Volvo & BMW on the same day and I think Anglesey and Jumction will be too much for me. I’d rather them tbh because I used to use Stratstone Chester and tried Volvo once or twice and was laughed out of the showroom by some arrogant sales guy who thought, as I wasn’t a soccer player, I couldn’t have one.

    The only option I want is rear tints and I’m expecting a hard time cash wise. I’m not really expecting anything.
    I want to sit in the 3 Sport but there’s no way I’m paying £1,900 for electric seats.

    The XC40 is a bit of a curve ball tbh but I think so long as it’s comfy, done deal. Just need to decide on the free colour now. 😂

    You’re right, the red and blue are gorgeous.

    🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎

    in reply to: Xc40 R Design Pro auto B4 #117825

    BionicRusty (Wayne)
    Participant

    For the first time in about 15 years I went for fabric in my X1 (listening to bloody James May). Worst thing I’ve ever done. Even so I think leather was well over £1k at the time and I just couldn’t justify the cost.

    WOW, do you find the XC40 roomier than the X1? I thought it had the largest cabin in class?

    I have to enter/exit cars the same. Sit, grab handle, lift and swing. Agony for my elbows but it’s the only way. The material in the X1 doesn’t like that. 🤨

    🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎

    in reply to: Xc40 R Design Pro auto B4 #117823

    BionicRusty (Wayne)
    Participant

    In bionic Rusty’s case, the sums do sound too much, but try re-working the figures at 33 mpg.

    Ah don’t get me wrong @72Dudes. It’s highly likely it’s the one we’ll plumb for. I know it’s going to be a million miles away from the X1 mpg wise where I’m getting 50+ but I’m going in eyes open. I am a bit of a hyper-miler as well and I’m sure I’ll get as good an mpg as the engine allows.

    The rest of the car just makes too much sense. I’m aiming to make an appointment tomorrow for ASAP.

    🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎

    in reply to: Xc40 R Design Pro auto B4 #117819

    BionicRusty (Wayne)
    Participant

    We’ve checked out the Tiguan and Ateca, both decent packages, but my boss (wife) is a petite 4’10” and the seat squabs in both cars are too long so she ain’t comfortable.

    @macca, have you and the boss tried an X1? I am only a couple if inches taller but have two heights really! As a consequence of my condition, I have one leg without a hip socket, ball, knee cap and is over 3 inches shorter than the other. There’s much more but to get to the point, I find the standard seats in the X1, which most people hate, are just about perfect. A very short seat pad and I’m able to get as comfortable as I think I can in any car. If you haven’t, give it a go. They don’t really have any side bolster but hey, it’s an suv, not an M3! 🤣🤣

    🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎

    in reply to: Debadging bmw #117769

    BionicRusty (Wayne)
    Participant

    Doesn’t get any better than this. 🤣😂

     

    🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎

Viewing 25 replies - 1 through 25 (of 832 total)