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  • in reply to: Anyone having problems with xc40 seats? #186768
    BionicRusty
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    Absolutely, Rene.

    But sadly, many sales people just look at you daft when you try to arrange anything more than five minutes in the car.

    And it’s right here that the ignorance kicks in with the, ‘Well it’s ok for me so it must be ok for you’ attitude.

    That’s not a dig at Motability dealers. That’s just life.

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    in reply to: Anyone having problems with xc40 seats? #186757
    BionicRusty
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    Personally, I think it has a lot to do with body height and shape.
    Shorter people tend to suffer more from what I’ve read and that’s certainly the case for me.
    With shorter legs (one of my legs is 4 inches shorter than the other), you have to have your backside further forward on the seat. This position engages the centre strip on the seat pad and that’s where the issue is.
    If you press down on this section with your hand on a Pro seat, it’s easy to feel the metal plate underneath.
    For me, it’s like sitting on a towel on a wooden stool.

    I suffer from a completely undiagnosed musculoskeletal disorder. Sadly, even after years of genetic testing, a condition cannot be found.
    This means that my ‘rap sheet’ consists of all of the above plus more in order to satisfy the requirement for my prescription  CD’s.

    And that, your honour, is the reason I’m on the back seat. 😂

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    in reply to: Anyone having problems with xc40 seats? #186755
    BionicRusty
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    The standard seats are different to the Pro variant seats. (Mine is an Inscription Pro)
    The Pro gave extendable knee bolsters and it’s these that commonly cause the issue.

    The standard seats are a little shorter in the seat pad length and are better cushioned.
    Volvo, in their quest to make the seats as minimalist as possible, have really dropped one one the front seats. They are so thin that there’s not enough cushioning before you hit the plate supporting the knee bolster.

    We are going to persevere (I can sit in the back if needed) and have decided that, even though this is only my second, it will be our last Motability car.
    I have just helped someone else leave the scheme as the money is needed elsewhere and I have come to the same conclusion.
    I’ll be shopping this time next year for my ‘retirement car’ and have a pretty big shortlist that needs working on. 🙂 The VW Pheaton being at the top at the mo 😉

    The XC40 was £2k so a £4.5k AP, or the such, just does not compute for me. 😃

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    in reply to: Anyone having problems with xc40 seats? #186745
    BionicRusty
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    Mine was back with Volvo early 2021 for the seats in the Pro variant being poor.

    The centre section of the seat pad has a solid plate just underneath the very thin foam and so I’m actually sitting on this plate.
    Volvo have basically said, ‘Tough’.

    I’ve posted on a number of forums about it and the responses has been that many are experiencing the same or similar.

    Journeys have to be split up to ~20 minute segments for me.

    I’m sorry to say, but other than changing the car, there is nothing that can or will be done.
    Volvo have seriously dropped the ball on their previously exceptional comfort.

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    in reply to: What Annoys you about this whole episode #182887
    BionicRusty
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    A customer accessible order tracker would be a simple ‘bolt-on’ to the Manufacturing Resource Planning tool (MRP) that manufacturers/dealers use to run their business. In fact, some MRP systems already have the function embedded in it.

    However, the simple fact of the matter is that they’d rather not allow customers to have access to this information, which would have to come direct from the MRP system.
    Plainly speaking, It’s viewed as dangerous information by the business and this is a common thought throughout most or all types of business.
    Think of it another way, if it were your business, would you like the thought of a customer having access to your business data?

    The crux of the problem in my view, is that car dealers have some of the poorest customer service that there is.

    Most of the treatment given by dealers, or lack of, would be considered gross misconduct in industry. It’s always seemed bizarre to me but it’s commonplace here in the UK. And don’t think it’s just Motability. It’s truly not.

    And this is why I’ve said time and time again, if you find a sales person who is attentive, then stick with them. They are few and far between. Unless, of course, you are buying a Ferrari or the likes.

     

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    in reply to: Do you clean your car prior to handing back? #181554
    BionicRusty
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    @Georgie, That’s the way 😃

    Your OH and myself sound like kindred spirits.
    Next you’ll be telling me that he’s the one everyone’s laughing at whilst he’s out in the rain washing the car 🧽 🌧
    My kids can attest to that 😂

    Thankfully, all my aids are aluminium so no rusting! 😂

    And it’s great when all the hard work is appreciated.

     


    @kezo
    Good choice 👍

    I believe that their ‘Touch-less’ is even better than the ‘Auto-foam’. I’ll certainly be trying that next after I’ve used up the gallons of ‘Auto-foam’ I have here. 😂

     

    Have a great weekend, All.

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    in reply to: Do you clean your car prior to handing back? #181541
    BionicRusty
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    Wow admire the dedication, I must confess to using & enjoying my car as needed, i.e dog with blanket & restraint back seat, confess to shoving him in after being in the sea, full of sand………

    And that’s great, ajn.
    At the end of the day, Motability has allowed us the freedom to take some enjoyment in life with these cars but for different reasons.
    I have to say that my car is a workhorse as well and carries walking frames and all sorts of clunky items.

    And handing the car back clean and tidy, as you say, is, in itself, commendable.

    Over the past few months, I’ve had the misfortune to see a couple of cars that were ‘removed’ from their keepers due to scheme abuse and the state that they were in almost brought a tear to my eyes. But that’s the other end of the scale.

    Oh, and If anyone wants a good make of cleaning products, check out Bilt Hamber’s website.
    https://bilthamber.com/product-category/cleaning-degreasing/

    They are incredible and their ‘AutoFoam’ and ‘Touch-less’ , which are used in a bottle/pressure washer gives such a good ‘pre-clean’ that you don’t have to hand wash.
    It’s incredible stuff.

    Safe driving, All.

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    in reply to: Do you clean your car prior to handing back? #181492
    BionicRusty
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    Great thread.

    My car is my absolute pride and joy and I am a keen amateur detailer.

    I use the best products I can and pride myself on its looks.
    And I take pride when I’m told how good it looks. (When I handed back my first car, last year, the sales guy couldn’t believe how it looked. He jokingly offered me a job but I laughed and said he couldn’t afford me).

    When I put a car in for a service or work I ask them not to touch it wrt cleaning. Dealers are no worse than the £10 valet from the ‘one bucket a day’ car washes but I can see the swirls that they add.

    It’s my hobby. But that’s just me  😄

     

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    BionicRusty
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    The sooner, the better eh?
    Take charging times and range anxiety out of the equation and there will be a mass exodus to BEV’s which will boost the second hand sales massively as well.

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    BionicRusty
    Participant

    Be completely honest.
    Great, if true, and I’m sure that one day it will be cracked one day, but how many companies have fanfared that they’re in grasping distance of the ultimate fast charge or solid state technology?

    It’s investment fishing.
    Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?

    I vaguely considered investing some cash in a while back and thank goodness I didn’t. A little research showed that company after company were sucking journalists in (via cash payments, probably) to printing a marketing piece under cover of a story.

    Whoever invests in the company that does crack it will be quids-in……..for a while until it will be reverse engineered and slightly modified to get round any patents.

     

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    BionicRusty
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    A younger me used to wonder why I was always dazzled by oncoming cars but then I realised it was because I was looking at them.
    Of course I was going to be dazzled.

    When driving at night, now, older me keeps my eyes on the road in front of me and I rarely am dazzled by anything that I would consider dangerous. In fact I cannot remember the last time. I’m excluding poorly maintained cars with headlights that are pointing in completely the wrong direction.

    Add to this that new technology such as HID and standard LED have a distinct line at their max distance and so glare is significantly reduced. Matrix LED are even better as they ‘blank’ areas as cars approach.

    Car lighting and visibility in general has always been important to me and even if I do not clean the whole car (it’s generally spotless, though), I always make sure that all lights and windows are clean.

    I am a popular port of call for friends & relatives who have faded headlights as I’m pretty good at completely refurbishing and UV protecting them.

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    in reply to: speed limiter fitted from july #178891
    BionicRusty
    Participant

    Speed limit recognition was pretty good in my BMW but in the Volvo, it’s woeful.
    It obviously tries to use both GPS data plus speed sign recognition but it uses neither very well.
    According to my car, the speed limit on the A55 is 20mph. It’s actually 70mph on the stretch in question.
    It picks up 20mph school signs and then holds on to them for miles.
    This is the norm for the car.

    The law tells us that ultimately we are liable for the vehicle we are driving and I absolutely agree.  However, how many times have you had a sign blocked by a truck or had something going on that needed your attention (car pulling out, kid running out, etc) and you’ve missed a sign.
    Would I then trust what the car is saying? Would I heck as like

    Big brother is truly watching us now but there’s a problem;
    He’s not very bright and he has one eye closed.

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    in reply to: My neighbour has a Tesla, hate him 😂 #177418
    BionicRusty
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    Seems to me that all of the mad Audi & BMW drivers have jumped into Teslas.

    A few drives, lately, on the M6 has shown me this. Leave a gap more than a foot and a Tesla will appear from nowhere to cut you up.
    I’d like one but I don’t think I could commit to the driving regime.
    And the shocking panel gaps would drive my Auto-OCD crazy. 😂

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    in reply to: Xc40 climate doings 🤔 #177265
    BionicRusty
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    As with all good topics, Wigwam, they always stray back to my “crusty” (I prefer the term ‘seasoned’) undies.
    😂😘

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    in reply to: How far can you go on a full tank/charge? #177264
    BionicRusty
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    All discussion aside, now will be remembered for being the cheapest time for running EV’s.
    Mr Tax Man will be after us all soon, at the sockets, to plug the annual £37B it receives from the current fuel duty.
    As soon as I consider it suitable for my needs, I’ll be jumping to an EV or possibly evening falling back into an older diesel.
    Whether that will be via Motability is another question.

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    in reply to: Xc40 climate doings 🤔 #177259
    BionicRusty
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    😂

    I think I’d be the worst stalker ever.

    The boy, Golden Balls, was reported some years ago as famously only wearing a pair of underpants once and then binning them. A fresh, brand new pair every day.

    I am the opposite end of the scale as I only have one pair  which have served me well for 20+ years. 😂

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    in reply to: Xc40 climate doings 🤔 #177230
    BionicRusty
    Participant

    No problem ajn. 👍

    It’s a shame we don’t have it. Or didn’t at the time. Volvo change their specs more than Beckham changes his undies. 😂

    As for the Capri, I rue the day I sold mine.
    Great looks and so easy to work on. My dad and I could change a starter motor in 20 mins. 😂

     

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    in reply to: How far can you go on a full tank/charge? #177229
    BionicRusty
    Participant

    Wow. How on earth did that happen!
    Of course you don’t have to answer that.
    I couldn’t believe it when the Recharge became available after we were told categorically that it wouldn’t by Volvo, Motability and every dealer I spoke to

    I love my XC40 and it was definitely the top of the pile at the time but I all but dread driving it due to its mpg.

    Thank you for your kind words, Brydo. As I’ve deteriorated so fast, being happy and doing what I can is definitely top of my list. And thankfully, I have a wife in a million. I won the lottery the day she said ‘yes’.

    Be happy, Stay safe.

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    in reply to: How far can you go on a full tank/charge? #177216
    BionicRusty
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    @Brydo.
    You’re right, my friend, I have been gone.
    It’s truly not a good time and I’ve either not been able or up to posting, although I do dip in as a ‘lurker’. 🙂

    You’re a real stalwart here, bud. Keep it up.

    To be quite honest, with everything, I’m quite often switched off from all media.
    The less bad news you have, and let’s be honest, the past couple of years has been pretty bad, the less depressed it all seems.

    Am I right in thinking that you are getting rid of the Volvo? Or are you going electric as well?

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    in reply to: Xc40 climate doings 🤔 #177211
    BionicRusty
    Participant

    From memory, the Parking Climate utilises an auxiliary heater but it’s not available in the UK. Therefore it’s pretty useless for us.
    However, if you start the car from the app and have left the heating set at a higher temp and also set the heated seats (if on your model) to auto (comes on under 10 degrees), then the car will start to heat if left to run for 7-10 minutes.
    I sometimes run it for 3-5 minutes and even though not fully warm, the car gets to temperature pretty quick once on the road.

    Have a read of this. ⬇️

    https://www.xc40forums.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=201&start=10%5B/url

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    in reply to: How far can you go on a full tank/charge? #177202
    BionicRusty
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    We have the same model, Brydo.
    It’s really not good.
    A brimmed tank shows a 380’ish range for me.
    Before the E10 full intro, it was 420’ish from memory. Definitely well over 400.
    I drive everywhere in Eco but even so, short journeys return late 20’s – low 30’s.

    My first Petrol car for about 25 years and definitely my last.
    For fuel economy, I really miss my 18d X1.

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    in reply to: Electric, Petrol or Extend #166572
    BionicRusty
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    Yes and no. The PHEV Recharge, yes. The all-electric Recharge, no.

    True, I guess, Rene, but to be honest, in mid 2020 it was the plug in hybrid we were talking/asking about. I don’t think anyone would have queried about the full electric.

    I would have definitely held off if I’d know that the plug in hybrid was coming but it was a categorical ’No’ from every corner.

    The B4 engine that I ended up with is only slightly more economical than my old V6’s.
    The ‘Mild Hybrid’ is truly a commercial gaff. Not that I expected any different, mind, but I didn’t think it would be this thirsty.

    And your comment highlights another issue for me. The fact that Volvo are confusing the market now by calling different engines the same name. Not good from Volvo.

    Thank you for the info on range. That’s really interesting. Hopefully in two years, I’ll be following that route.

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    in reply to: Electric, Petrol or Extend #166326
    BionicRusty
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    If a consideration is fuel cost, I’d say go electric asap.
    At some point, government will want to recover the annual £28 Billion paid in fuel duty and so, through smart chargers, pay-per-mile or otherwise, this will mean that the domestic rate will no longer be used.

    And don’t necessarily believe what the dealers or Motability say with regards to specific cars or models coming on to the scheme.
    Both the dealers and Motability said, categorically, that the XC40 Recharge would not come on to the scheme.
    Yet it did.
    And this has happened time & time again.

    Being honest, I want to go to EV’s but I’m now having to regularly travel an over 300 mile round trip and as I have to stop every 20-30 minutes, when I was looking last year, range was an issue. (Not sure what it’s like now)

    Again being honest, I’m sorry I left diesel for petrol.
    UK Gov state that E10 petrol is approximately 1% less efficient but in my experience, they got the decimal point in the wrong place.

    I think it’s over 10% less efficient.

    Good luck with the ID3.
    That’s a great car.
    #Jealous 😂

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    BionicRusty
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    It’s crazy.


    @Brydo
    , have you noticed your car drop in mpg since the E10 change? I’m struggling to get over 37 on a run now whereas I was hitting 42 when I got the XC40 (exactly the same run, same day of the week and same time of day.)

    I saw a £1.49 last week but PetrolPrices.com isn’t showing any prices today for some reason.

    During lockdown it was £0.99 p/litre.
    That’s an extra £27 per tank fill!

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    in reply to: Hot off the press, not due for release until midnight #144286
    BionicRusty
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    Brilliant. 👏👏🤣😂

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