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Cross Country - The V40 Cross Country starts at £22,595 and our Lux specification which we tested comes with standard features such as leather covered interior, active bending xenon headlights and 17” alloys. The D2 Cross Country Lux Nav comes in at £25,795 which is good value when tested against the immediate comp [...]
D4 SE Nav - The revival of the V40 name has landed Volvo with officially the safest car on the market. Taking its lead from the Ford Focus, this practical hatchback will please many but the claustrophobic cabin won’t. [...]
DRIVe R-Design - Volvo’s V60 sports wagon is a practical all-rounder. Offering a fantastic mix of slick styling, sensible interior proportions and the safety credentials, making it the ideal company vehicle or family load lugger. It is now lower emission and achieves better fuel economy thanks to the addition of the [...]
D5 SE - As one of three Volvo XC cars, this car is a close relation to the classic Volvo V70 estate car. The XC70 is the slightly chunkier, offroading sibling for people yearning for the practicality of an estate coupled to the adaptability of all wheel drive. Throw into the mix that it has more ground clea [...]
D5 SE Premium AWD - A near monolith, Volvo’s shot at delivering a luxury SUV is a success on all counts. Deceptively quick off the mark, the XC90 combines safety and speed in equal measure with a ride as smooth as the cosy and sophisticated white leather interior. [...]
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I owned an 18 month old Volvo S40 design saloon and was offered the opportunity to test drive a Volvo S 80 Drive. I thought that with such a small engine and large body it would have been underpowered. How wrong I was. Although the car would not win many traffic light burn ups, once it gets into second gear the engine pulls like a train. Needless to say I purchased the ex-demonstrator and love driving it. I am a voluntary Patient Transport driver and nearly all of my patients comment about how comfortable the car is. I do between 1-300 miles per week and never get tired of driving it. If you are considering purchasing a large comfortable and economic saloon then I recommend you try the Volvo S80 Drive. You might be pleasantly surprised!
Submitted: 16/11/2013 22:40:26
Have had serious issues with this car since I bought it brand new in 2007. About a year ago the engine (1.6D) started losing power while accelerating. I’ve had numerous small fixes like cracked inlet hoses, air sensor etc. Mechanics have regenerated engine which fixes issue for a while but still comes back. From internet search there is a suggestion the turbo is being impacted by carbon particles from the engine. wonder how much that will cost...
Submitted: 07/11/2013 09:55:53
I guess you could call me a confirmed Volvo fan having owned nothing else since 1976! The comfort of big Volvos persuades me that every time I am ready to change vehicle that another big Volvo is my only option. The car has some of the best seats in any vehicle. Whatever you do Volvo, please don’t "improve" your seats by re-designing them! I bought my car from a franchised dealer in 2010 with 50k miles on the clock. It has not been perfect as the steering rack had to be changed under Volvo’s excellent used car warranty. Shortly after the warranty expired the climate control compressor was changed. Volvo allowed me 100 per cent goodwill however and paid the bill. I had an S80 D5 auto prior to the V70 which gave me up to 48 mpg on a run. The V70 with its diesel particulate filter returns some 10 mpg less. In mixed driving it returns about 33 mpg. I find that the car handles well enough and is certainly better than my S80, which always gave me an uneasy feeling when cornering. Performance is certainly adequate and the car really shifts if one puts one’s foot down. The sound system is brilliant but iPod connectivity is limited on my model year as it cannot be controlled from the car’s sound system. The cruise control is superb and comes into its own on French autoroutes. Although the car has climate control, it also has a sunroof which I regard as an essential option. I use my local franchised dealer for servicing and so far have not had any unpleasant surprises. By having it maintained by Volvo, I receive complimentary breakdown insurance, which must be worth at least £70 or £80 a year. The bodywork feels immensely strong, but the car suffered the indignity of being caught in a freak hail storm this summer. This is when I discovered that the roof was steel and the bonnet was aluminium alloy as the bonnet received multiple dents whereas the roof was largely unscathed. Paint-less dent removal restored the car to its former glory. I would recommend the purchase of some "Autosocks" for the winter months as these slip over the driving wheels and give good traction on ice and snow. When not in use they take up no room in the boot. At around £60, they are a lot cheaper than a set of winter tyres.
Submitted: 09/10/2013 22:32:29
I bought my Volvo for $6500 used with 255k. Driving it now for 4 months. Replaced two worn tyres with brand new ones. I have 2 kids, and my wife and I just love this SUV, it really is like home: comfort, 7 seater, feels a really solid cage, really fun to drive. I do not mind the gas mileage, I think it’s okay. But really, really, extremely, satisfied with my XC90.
Submitted: 01/10/2013 08:18:19
I cannot fault this car, it’s very well built and you feel very safe, mine has laminated windows all round which makes it quiet and safer. It also has adaptive cruise control that once you are used to it slowing down when there’s a car in front automatically leads to effortless motorway driving. Last years snowy road were just shrugged off by the AWD. Best car I have ever owned, roomy but not a Chelsea Tractor.
Submitted: 28/09/2013 21:56:34
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This was actually the 2013 model with 4cyl ’eco’ diesel, 6 speed manual box and a premium pack, on hire and on holiday. Initially annoying because it took several minutes just to get mirrors and seats adjusted in the Avis yard. Subsequently it grew on me as it was smooth and comfortable in town and especially competent on motorway driving. It was however a big disappointment on fuel economy, returning around 50 mpg on mixed motorway and A/B roads, three up and with the very effective a/c running. This reminded me that in 1988 my Citroen BX1.7 TD estate was equally comfortable, had more space (V60 as hatch barely has room for three large cases) and did better on fuel. I then began to see faults in the V60, mainly its fussy control layout and annoying centre console which gets in the way of swift gearchanges on mountain roads, constantly banging one’s elbow. Also has too much chrome as with many current cars, producing reflections all over the place. It is clear that car design is still going backwards and I would not buy one of these just to spite the idiot who designed the interior and minor controls. That’s a shame because the V60 is a nice car underneath, with good build quality, comfy seats and positive control action in terms of steering, brakes and gearchange. The economy situation would need more careful measurement and comparison but I really don’t think it is very impressive compared with, for example, reports of 80mpg from BMW diesels.
Submitted: 28/08/2013 08:50:04
Having had the luxury of driving almost every brand of car (except Alfa - I am not that stupid!) over the last 20yrs I took the plunge and bought a Volvo, primarily due to the 25k+ miles a year I do and the great reviews they get, but also the deal on offer. I must admit I was a tad sceptical, but 9 months and 20k miles in I have to say I am delighted. Super comfortable, economical (avg 48mpg) and spacious enough for my needs. I agree with a lot of other posts about dealer service being poor, but pricing is on par with other premium marques, so that was no surprise. All in all a very well put together car which I will have some difficulty in replacing with anything other than the same again please!
Submitted: 10/08/2013 13:00:00
My Volvo S40 SE sport 1.8 petrol has wipers that come on at will. Also, on the display sceen it says "Anti-skid service required" and if you then put your indicator on you can’t turn them off, with the signal flashing for up to an hour. I took it to my volvo agent who ran three diagnostic checks costing £266. They said it could be a problem with the CEM control panel. However, When it goes off it leaves the engine management light on and the next day it all starts again! It is not safe to drive and I have cars sounding horns at me all the time because the indicators are stuck on!
Submitted: 25/07/2013 08:33:49
Great looking car inside and out. Reasonable economy 35 plus. Practical & very well built. Dead steering feel, hesitant auto gear change. This was a dream purchase that turned into a nightmare. There’s a lesson here, road test the actual or exact type over roads you know! As soon as I collected the car and drove it into the countryside away from the smoother roads, I realised that the ride is downright awful over anything less than a motorway. This is the worse riding car I’ve ever owned; it is head tossing uncomfortable over the slightest undulations even with the tyres set at the lowest pressure. Why do Volvo sell a SUV with summer tyres? Bought the car in the depths of winter. Tyres absolutely useless when the temp dropped below 10 degs C - even skidded on a cold wet morning. Complained to Volvo only to be told to buy a set of winter tyres, I suggested that like other manufactures they might fit all season tyres. Speedo, grey lettering on grey background? In certain light difficult to see graduations, particularly at night. Always thought Volvo were hot on safety. Parking brake out of site on right of steering wheel, and counter-intuitive. Everybody else has pull to engage - not this one. Comfortable seats but very little side support. I’ve got so fed up with jiggery ride I have sold it after 3 months of increasing frustration.
Submitted: 09/06/2013 08:05:20
I own an R reg V 40 2 litre manual, which I paid £750 for it off eBay with 100,000 miles. It had a new cam belt fitted when I got it, so all it has cost me up to now is £90 for a new front offside brake disc and calliper and £30 for a new bonnet release cable at my local independent garage. The ride is a bit on the hard side, but I regularly get between 45 and 50 mpg mixed running and I do not hang about! This is the fifth Volvo I have had; I’ve previously had two 245 estate cars and two 3-Series and like the rest this has proved reasonably reliable (up to now). I have had other makes over the years; BMW, Ford and Rover all with varying reliability, but Volvo has been the best in my experience.
Submitted: 06/04/2013 15:25:12
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Traded in my 3 yr old Freelander TDI in view of economy, and £20 p.a. road tax on the V50 Drive E. This is the entry model so no blue tooth or onboard computer, but what a car! It has the capacity to take two nine gal beer kegs without disturbing the seating and makes little or no difference to the performance. My route to my business in Castle Douglas commences from my home with a very steep mile long gradient, which is before the engine has time to fully warm up. Freelanders, Citroen Picassos, wifie’s Skoda Fabia, all needed a turn of speed to keep their momentum on this hill. The 1.6 Drive needs no such acceleration beforehand and will actually accelerate in 5th gear whilst climbing this! All this and better economy than my almost Classic Mini 30! Yippee!!
Submitted: 06/04/2013 14:40:38
I bought this car (ex lease car) from a dealership in Ampthill. They told me the front wheels needed balancing as there was vibration at 50+ MPH! I had the wheels checked and told no issues, but still had the vibrations as it appears I have air in the fuel line! On a more positive note I use my car for work and responding to emergencies. She is a comfortable ride and holds the road superbly, cornering like she is on rails and thinks nothing of travelling at speeds of up to 120 mph (before the comments she has covert lights insured for blue light response and driver fully trained). I just need to sort the air in fuel lines out. If not for the air problem she would get the full 5 stars!
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I’d love to know where you got your covert blues fitted and any pics you might have - looking to do similar with mine! - Nick Foster from Hampshire
Submitted: 02/04/2013 18:40:10
Well I have read a few reports tonight so I thought I would add my pennies worth if it helps. I purchased my XC90 in 2007. 10 months old and from Volvo Motors (it was a Managers car) It has now done 123,000 miles of which probably half of that was covered pulling a full box trailer up and down to Puglia in Southern Italy. If I take into account the price was at least a third less than most other 4X4s then it seems great value. It has top quality leather seats (like most of its Swedish cousins) a very comfortable interior and is a more manageable width compared to others. Its fuel economy did improve with mileage averaging about 32 on a motorway drive and around 28 mpg in a rural area. It has had minor faults; battery drain issue at around 22,000, swirl valve lever at 85,000 and ABS service light at 115,000. In all minor trivia for a modern box of electronics that used to cover three countries in a day. Depreciation, well we all hate it, but it’s not as bad as some of the more expensive 4X4s - check out a Range Rover! And my other car was losing 16k a year, that makes you cringe. On reflection it’s been a good car, my wife loves it and I would recommend it. Remember you can get a new one for around £32k and that’s worth taking unto account.
Submitted: 30/03/2013 13:08:06
Had mine 5yrs now. Bought from Volvo dealer with 30k, it now has 90K. Has only needed brakes pads and a rear exhaust mount and is serviced by Volvo specialist Volmech. Great in the snow with DTSC; travelled to Ireland where the roads are not cleared or gritted. Good MPG 44-50mpg by fill ups, not computer. These cars are safe and forgiving if you make a mistake with great power when going up steep hills. Great lights. Turn the headlight switch to sidelights when starting the car, this saves dipped bulbs as they come on/off/on straight away. Good motorway cruiser as it causes no aches and a great radio.
Submitted: 29/03/2013 21:55:49
I’ve had my car for 4yrs with 120,000 mls now on the clock. A great car, but volvo need to stop fitting cars with dashboards made in Thailand as I’ve had nothing but problems, they’re rubbish. Also a word of advice, get rid of those locking wheelnuts or you’ll get stranded like me with a puncture. Otherwise a great car.
Submitted: 09/03/2013 14:18:12
Bought our first Volvo V50 DRIVe with stop start technology a couple of months ago. First impressions are that it is excellent. Has light-coloured interior, feels very nimble for the engine size, outstanding economy, but probably won’t hit the claimed MPG, although it has the most comfortable seats I’ve experienced for a long while. I also looked at the Audi A4, Volkswagen Golf and other small estates, but I’m really glad I bought this one. Very pleased with it. Feels very well put together and attractively-styled interior. Much more interesting design than other makes we looked at.
Submitted: 11/02/2013 21:33:37
I admit I am a bit biased about Volvo cars so my star rating may be a little elevated. I have owned this vehicle since new and have only done 42,000km after 3yrs and 8months. Fuel economy has averaged (all driving) at approximately 11km/L (31.5mpg), which is only marginally less than I got from my 1999 petrol powered Subaru Forester. I cannot complain about the load capacity as it easily transports four adults and all their gear for the visit to the family farm at Christmas. The ride stability is excellent. On one long country drive I was towing a trailer with a 3m x 3m steel shed pack loaded and found myself overtaking another vehicle at highway speed. When I checked the rear vision for a safe moment to return to the correct lane I realised that I had ’forgotten’ the trailer was with me - now that’s stability! (especially when you consider I drive on Western Australia’s notorious bush roads). Handling on gravel is also very stable. This car can be driven on a beach with full load of passengers and fishing gear. Cruise control has been very useful to prevent speeding fines and appears to be accurate. The driving seat is the most comfortable seat in any car I have driven. Folding the rear seats forward is easy compared to older cars I have owned and the flat surface created is practical. The electric tail gate is great at the supermarket. I could go on, but I just want to say, if you aren’t overly concerned with fuel economy then this car has everything you need in a family car or a sales rep’s car. (Thanks everyone else for posting and thank you for a great web site).
Submitted: 21/01/2013 21:39:46
It started off being a good car, but was let down by Volvo Customer Service. If you have a problem do not go to Volvo PLC. They never answer a problem - it is never their fault. I am about to have a full service (it is a 3 year old car) it will cost me with it’s first MOT £500. I have just updated my volvo Sat Nav, cost for 2 years is £300. I have been told I have to have a fuel additive costing £100 per litre - a bit of a rip off. If volvo got their costs under control it could of been a good buy. I will never buy another Volvo. I have had 9 Volvos.
Submitted: 26/12/2012 14:17:52
This car has depreciated spectacularly. There seems to be a known design fault with the XC90 automatic gearbox that means the water used to cool the hot gear box contaminates into the oil and ruins the gearbox. Volvo will happily quote £5.5K with a one year guarantee for the privilege. It is disappointing as would expect more from a premium brand. Comfortable car and great for large families. Superb in snow. Recommend anyone who owns one to sell after 2 years and not buy new; you’ll still get hefty depreciation but at least all work should be under warranty.
Submitted: 12/12/2012 21:46:05
Traded my 2 yr old Freelander TD Sport for present model Drive E, not without misgivings. Now Volvo have discontinued my V50 model for a newer shape, which I don’t like. My present V50 looks well, drives well and is difficult to beat for comfort, style and economy. In other words, it suits my purpose admirably and I can still get two golf trolleys and bags, plus four passengers in it! Have owned two Volvo 245s in my time, but no longer have need for a car that size. so the V70s upwards no longer appeal, due to their size and certainly do not match the economy of the Drive E s. Looks like I will hang on to my existing model for quite some time, or until a vehicle with similar attributes appear on the market.
Submitted: 25/11/2012 11:21:06
What an utterly amazing car! I need an estate car because of my dogs and children and test drove the Vauxhalls and Fords etc, then test drove the V70, it’s like driving something from another planet compared to the run of the mill Fords and vauxhalls! They may corner better than a V70, but at least with the V70 when you get to where you’re going you won’t need a chiropractor to sort your back out. This is one comfortable car to drive and with cruise control, auto dim rear mirror, auto wipers, auto climate control that actually works, and memory drivers seat it is superb! It’s also very economical delivering 56MPG on a motorway run and averaging 46MPG around town, couldn’t really ask for more from a big car. It may well be a 2 litre diesel, but it’s no slouch and can safely overtake in seconds. Reliability wise it’s been fine over the three years I’ve owned it. It has had a new clutch, which they tried to blame on me at 36,000 miles, but it was changed under waranty; apart from that it hasn’t missed a beat in 57,000 miles. Forget your Fords and Vauxhalls, test drive a Volvo and notice the difference in build quality and the shear comfort of the V70! It’s so good I can’t wait to drive it and that’s after three years of owning it! Buy one, you really will not be disappointed and will have a hard time letting go when/if you ever need to sell it!
Submitted: 22/10/2012 07:51:45
A great, great car, one of the best we’ve ever had. Bought the car ex-demo and saved £11,000 for 14,000 miles; after almost 4 years I’m thinking what a bargain it has turned out to be. Bought after a couple of A4 cabrios (just the two of us since the children left home) and the amount of space compared to the Audi is astonishing, sure, a bit difficult to get into the back seats with the roof up, but once there, it’s a genuine four seater. And there’s lots more boot space too, than almost ALL cabrios, roof up or down! I agree not really a sports car, but a geniune Grand Tourer. I unfortunately agree totally with the comments below about ’tramlines’ on poor surfaces at slower speeds and this is definitely disconcerting and takes some getting used to, but solid as a rock on normal roads, autoroutes, autobahns, etc. Also very economical for a 2.4 petrol. Our regular 2,300km return trips to the UK average 37mpg with the Cruise Control set at 70mph and the rest of the time we can average about 30mpg in the rural area where we live. Love the style and build quality of the very comfortable interior, which is also finished with special materials for the cabrio and which are very easy to wash/wipe back to ’as new’ condition. It’s also worth paying the extra for the heated seats, which then allows roof down driving year round, rain permitting. Now 60,000 miles and not a penny spent on parts/repairs other than tyres plus a battery, but major problems with the alloy wheels; maybe we’ve been unlucky, but we’ve had to replace three of them due to cracked rims causing slow punctures, and they cost almost £400 each! Once OK, perhaps twice is just unlucky, but three suggests a problem here. On the brighter side, service costs at the Volvo dealers have been only half the amout we were paying at Audi dealers. A hugely under-rated car and we’d certainly buy another if anything caused us to lose this one.
Submitted: 15/10/2012 21:38:06
Simply the best car that I have ever owned or am likely to. I have had the car for three years now and it still excites me as much as the day I bought it! Over the last three years, I have had the sheer pleasure of driving the most comfortable vehicle that I have ever been in; the seats are very supportive, and the dual zone electronic climate control keeps you in your comfort zone temperature wise. Other nice touches to the in cabin experience are the elecrically driven drivers seat, which has 3 memory settings, and the auto dimming rear view mirror, which ensures that you never get dazzled by following traffic. My car has the premium sound system, and can affirm its quality. The V70 is quite a heavy car, but the D5 engine propels it with ease. Cruising at legal (or non legal) speeds is effortless and quiet. Fuel economy is also reasonable given the size of the engine and car. Worst I have managed is around 35 mpg, rising to 56 mpg under ideal conditions. Putting your foot down on the motorway slip road releases the D5’s unique roar, reminding you of all the power on tap, as well as putting a smile on my face. I don’t tow, but I understand that you will not even notice that you are pulling a caravan if you have one. Now for the cons. If you expect to be driving in any snow at all, I suggest fitting winter tyres. I found that during the first two winters of ownership that the car was awful to drive in the snow. This is caused by the wide tyres that are fitted, which slide over the top of the snow rather than digging in to get some grip. The swirl throttle control arm is a small plastic item that is not suited to its duty and can (does) detach itself from time to time. The remedy is simple though. Changing bulbs; I believe that bulbs should be easily changed by the owner at the roadside. Let me say that there is a certain ’knack’ to it, and now can change the headlight bulbs at the roadside, though it is still not easy. Tail unit bulbs are also reported as being difficult to change, but I haven’t had to go there yet. Worthy of a mention is the Volvo Owners Club Forum, which must be the best forum of its kind. It is a very lively forum, and the member there are genuinely supportive and friendly. Genuine parts are also available at a massive discount simply by being a forum member. So my view is that it is very good but not quite perfect. What I can say though is that if I won an obscene amount of money I might buy a mansion, but I would still keep my V70.
Submitted: 18/08/2012 13:19:37
I have inherited my v50 from my father who recently passed on. Before dying he had the 90,000 mile service done at 79,000 and had told us he had had a thermostat changed by a non volvo garage after the car overheated and volvo said, "sounds like a head gasket but we can investigate starting with £100 to analise data and gas check". The non Volvo garage checked the oil cap and header tank and said thermostat was a more likely and cheaper option. All was fine, no problems in traffic, then a few days ago I went into London to drop my girlfriend off at work and the car suddenly overheated, without warning, after five minutes in stop start traffic. After getting the car recovered I decided this was going to need analysing on Volvo’s computer. They quoted me £113 to run a check and change the coolant (1 hr). The data soon showed that the fan was at fault, or the circuit. Then things got a bit silly, they could not try a new fan on the car to see if it was faulty due to their company policy that all parts ordered must be used. They then they said there was just as much chance the ecu was at fault because there was corrosion on the ecu board caused by ingress. They said maybe a pressure washer had caused the problem and this was not something Volvo covered after three years. Then they said they could adapt a different fan to fit just for the test, which would take up to 2 1/2hrs and therfore cost £280 without having fixed anything. At this point I was gutted, a design fault by Volvo had caused the damage and they were not interested in admitting blame. It seems there is info on the net that states this damage is common when vents in the bonnet get blocked by leaves and the like, water then drips onto the ecu and gets in. So I took the car away to think of cheaper ways to deal with the problem. I Found a new fan for £75 and a reprogrammed ecu for £300; a fraction of the cost it could have been, but still a lot of money for a Volvo design blunder.
Submitted: 04/08/2012 21:21:18
Alternator failure at 41000 miles. The fuel economy is not as good as advertised by Volvo. The comfort is very good, but the car has already had three recalls! Also, the Volvo dealer in Belfast charges exorbitant prices.
Submitted: 08/07/2012 17:31:54
Best looking estate on the market. Nothing comes close. Thankfully it isn’t just a looker. The diesel engine is smooth and refined, yet highly economical, so it munches through motorway miles. I’ve had Volvos previously, always been a fan as they’re well built and safe as houses, but they’ve always been slightly let down in terms of cabin luxuries compared to the Germans. I guess someone at Volvo has finally taken note though, as I’ve no complaints in the V60. Lots of premium looking features. Simple, clean dashboard. Highly recommended.
Submitted: 03/07/2012 10:35:03
I bought my V50 from new and it’s now in its sixth year of largely trouble-free ownership. It is only a recent aircon problem (leak in the condenser - £900 for the main dealer to fix) that has caused me to look at these sites. But I think one major issue in six years is fairly respectable. I’m pleased with the looks, it is still a relatively rare sight and it hasn’t dated (at least from the front, it is easier on the eye than the new V40 and V60, in my opinion). The size and manoverablity around town suit us well. Performance is strong in this model and the handling is good. The space in the back is limited when I am driving (5’11’’), but it is still adequate for my smallish kids and you can get a lot of stuff in there with the back seats down. The lack of cubbies is a pain, but we all knew that when we were buying! I’m a low mileage driver so the mpg doesn’t bother me too much, but it is pretty poor at around 29mpg in town, due to the consumption of the now discontinued 5-cylinder petrol engine. Against that, it is pretty fast if you floor it and I paid for this car outright a long time ago!
Submitted: 28/06/2012 19:54:52
I am so disappointed in the manoueverability of this car because of the poor turning circle. I have only had the car a week and already I have scraped the alloys on the kerb. I am doing two and three point turns where my previous Volvo V50 sport would have easily taken the turn in one. Is it because the V60 is diesel? Does the diesel engine take up more space? There are going to be a lot of dings in this car because it is so difficult to reverse, park etc.
Submitted: 25/06/2012 22:17:49
A good car, but it has obvious problems with water coming inside the passenger footwell compartment, and on my 2004 18 cc not a smooth gearbox.
Submitted: 21/06/2012 20:28:40