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New to me 2013XC60 T6

Old 01-22-2019, 09:38 PM
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Hi folks,

I just bought my dadís 2013 XC60 T6. He bought it new, and it has less than 12,000 miles and has always been kept in a garage and taken care of well, and has spent its years in north Florida, so no road salt. So thatís pretty cool.

Now Iím wondering what I need to do with it or to it.

Iím new to this group and Iíve looked around at a lot of threads, but figured Iíd throw myself in and ask for opinions.

He didnít get a lot of bells and whistles on it. Iím wondering if there are mechanical or electrical things I should be aware of to watch, or get checked. For instance, the struts that hold the (non-power) tailgate open seem pretty weak, so I may need to swap those out for new ones, unless thatís normal.

Also, two first steps for me-

First - The car doesnít have a backup camera, which, now that I donít have one, I miss. Are these cars all pre-wired for one, and if so, is installation is a (relatively) simple matter? Obviously I could go with an aftermarket one that would display on the dash in a separate display or in an aftermarket rear view mirror, but if installation of an OEM one is not a huge deal Iíd like to consider that. I donít know if it matters, but the car does not have a nav system.

Second- the car doesnít have a trailer hitch, and I need one. Iíve read a number of posts about fitting one and it seems like aftermarket ones are OK, and thatís the direction Iím leaning, but Iíve read a few things about the wiring harness for lights and perhaps needing to program the car to tell it that a hitch is installed. Places like e-trailer sell wiring harnesses and hitches, and thereís a good hitch place here that I could get to do the work if I donít want to do the install myself, but if an aftermarket wiring harness could damage the electronics, or if the car need to be programmed somehow to make it all work properly, then I want to take all that into account and make sure itís done right. Also, if folks have views regarding whether, say, Curt is better than Draw-Tite or Reese or some other brand, Iíd like to hear those.

Third, Iíve read some posts about undercarriage protection, like a skid plate, to protect the delicate nether regions of the engine. Needed? Unnecessary? Bad idea? I donít plan to use the car in off-road rallies on gravel roads, but if things under there are more delicate than other cars I donít want a chunk of retread that I run over to leave me stranded.

Thanks everyone, and all suggestions are welcomed. Iíve ordered mud flaps and a retractable cargo cover, because my dad didnít have those and they seem like theyíd be good to have.
Old Yesterday, 10:50 AM
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Backup camera to me is a must have today. It makes backing up so much easier and safer. Just my opinion.
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