Can't find a D3 to test drive anywhere!

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scrounger
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Can't find a D3 to test drive anywhere!

Post by scrounger » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:09 pm

The wife is after a D3 Auto R design pro 2wd but can we find a D3 to drive in the NW??? Nope

Not one dealer has one either as a used or on demo.

I'm a bit reluctant to buy something she has never driven.


Oblivion
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Re: Can't find a D3 to test drive anywhere!

Post by Oblivion » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:24 pm

Hi,

When I ordered my xc40 at Stockport Volvo the demo car was a D3 momentum. Have you tried them?
T5 Inscription Pro, Onyx Black, Blonde interior. Ordered 15th October 2018. Due 26th February 2019.


hdasmith
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Re: Can't find a D3 to test drive anywhere!

Post by hdasmith » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:30 pm

Can’t help finding one to test drive, but can report my manual D3 FWD is a lovely drive. The clutch pedal isn’t positioned quite right, too close to the driver in my opinion, but that wouldn’t be a problem for you.

It’s not the quickest, of course, and it’s quite a relaxing drive, but the oomph is there when you need it. The front wheels are inclined to spin up when trying to pull away quickly at a junction or roundabout, but again, an auto will probably be less of a problem.

In two and a half months, I’ve driven 3,900 miles, about half and half long and short drives. I’m averaging 48.5mpg, typically low to mid 40s for short journeys, and 50+ for longer ones. I’ve had a couple of drives at 60+ mpg when stuck for a long time in a 50mph average camera zone.

Generally quiet, but if you do have to accelerate higher up the revs it does sound like a tractor.

I had only test driven the D4 before, but I’ve been very happy with the D3, it suits me very well. I would have liked AWD though if I had been allowed.
Inscription Pro | Pine Grey | Amber Leather | D3 FWD Manual
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scrounger
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Re: Can't find a D3 to test drive anywhere!

Post by scrounger » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:34 pm

Oblivion wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:24 pm
Hi,

When I ordered my xc40 at Stockport Volvo the demo car was a D3 momentum. Have you tried them?
I've tried every dealer in the NW. Stockport are yet to get back to me.


johnd
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Re: Can't find a D3 to test drive anywhere!

Post by johnd » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:58 pm

Not much help I'm afraid, but I can sympathise. It's a perennial problem with any make/model for which there are a number of different engines etc available. I've been struggling to find a T5 demo for instance and seem to have drawn a blank but Peterborough - which is not too far away from me - now think they might (but to be confirmed) be able to get hold of one.

I can totally understand that individual dealers are only likely to run one or two demo cars at a time but really don't know why Volvo (in this instance, but it applies to any manufacturer) ) can't have a small pool of extra demo cars available on a regional basis. I guess most of us would be happy to travel an hour or two to a regional centre or alternatively the relevant car could be delivered/lent on a short-term basis to a given dealer to help win a sale from a good prospect. It's an obvious idea which has presumably been tried and then dismissed for, I'm guessing, economic reasons.


Salmonfisher
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Re: Can't find a D3 to test drive anywhere!

Post by Salmonfisher » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:12 am

Johnd
Don't know where you are but Waterhouse in Chelmsford had a T5 demonstrator (and a D4) last week.


scrounger
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Re: Can't find a D3 to test drive anywhere!

Post by scrounger » Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:32 pm

When I worked for Saab, many many moons ago, if you didn’t have a particular car in demo, you could book one out with a central pool and it would be delivered within 2 days. It was a great facility to use.

I agree that dealers should have more than 1 demo but a demo is owned by the dealership which they have to pay for and having one sat around costs money.

It doesn’t help that the XC40 is in such short supply customer orders come first so anything that they’ve ordered for a demo car will more than likely be sold to a customer instead.


ACertainAge
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Re: Can't find a D3 to test drive anywhere!

Post by ACertainAge » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:25 pm

I never had a test drive either! Read the reviews, found a cancelled order on the Wednesday and drove away on the Saturday. It replaced a 'C' class cdi200 Merc. Now 2.25K miles and delighted with it.


johnd
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Re: Can't find a D3 to test drive anywhere!

Post by johnd » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:35 pm

Salmonfisher wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:12 am
Johnd
Don't know where you are but Waterhouse in Chelmsford had a T5 demonstrator (and a D4) last week.
Meant to say thanks for this pointer. P'boro have now said that they'll definitely have one as from next week and that's closer, but I'll note Chelmsford as a possible fallback.


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