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Before you buy a 2009 Volvo FH truck in Uganda

by edwin,

The Volvo FH is a heavy truck range produced by Swedish truck manufacturer Volvo Trucks. Introduced in late 1993 as FH12 and FH16, production still continues with the now the second generation of FH range model lineup. FH stands for Forward control High entry where numbers denominate engine capacity in litres. The FH range is one of the most successful truck series ever having sold more than 400,000 units worldwide.

Before you buy a 2009 Volvo FH truck in Uganda

Volvo vehicles are known for their top notch safety features and the company’s trucks share the same attributes. The 44 tones FH is the biggest truck in Volvo’s lineup and has a long and successful history behind it. In 2010 the FH range received a few upgrades to keep the model on the top of the sales charts. In order to offer a high level of versatility, the FH is available in various versions of trims and cabs. The FH is also equipped with strong and efficient engines with a power output range between 420-540 hp.

Volvo FH comes in rigid or tractor configuration and is available with four cab designs including Day Cab, Sleeper cab, Globetrotter Cab and Globe Trotter XL Cab.

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Buying a foreign used 2009 Volvo FH truck from a local Ugandan car bond

You can find car bonds in Uganda specifically within Kampala from which you can buy your 2009 Volvo FH. There also some car bonds that can avail you with strong hauling trucks in Uganda such as the 2009 Volvo FH truck. However, you have to do good research in order to find a reputable car bond or dealer who will be able to provide you with the truck that will meet your needs and above all genuinely imported machinery into Uganda. You also to make sure that that the equipment has been thoroughly inspected, expertly repaired and backed by extended coverage options so that you're assured of the highest quality, productivity and availability.

You need to look out for prices and discounts. Local car bonds may not charge the same prices for the same truck. Prices of a 2009 Volvo FH truck may be affected by mileage of the truck, condition of the truck, model, and year of manufacture.

A 2009 Volvo FH truck in perfect condition can have a price of around USD 65,000 that is 234,000,000 Ushs or above depending on your dealer.

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Importing a foreign Used 2009 Volvo FH truck from Japan or other parts of the world

In case if you prefer to import your own 2009 Volvo FH truck from say Japan, things change a bit. First it would require you to find a trusted dealer or seller in that regard, determine your specific car features and requirements, expected budget you plan to spend on buying the car and well calculated taxes to be paid to the tax authorities in order to clear 2009 Volvo FH truck.

It is also very important to examine the car upon arrival to check and see if all the 2010 Scania R Series truck components are included in the 2009 Volvo FH truck it was shown to you before buying it.

The taxes charged by the Uganda Revenue Authority include Import Duty, Value added (VAT), Withholding Tax, Environmental Levy, Infrastructure Levy, and Registration Fees basing on the CIF of the 2009 Volvo FH truck.

On arrival to Kampala, Uganda, you will have to clear the taxes at The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), apply and pay for a number plate and then the third party license.

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General 2009 Volvo FH truck reviews for Uganda

Looking at the design and interior, the rectangular front grille is traversed by a chromed diagonal strip and bares the company’s logo in its center giving the truck a studious face. Our favorite details are the raked screen and the low placed vertical headlights, as their sharp design ads a touch of sportiness to the entire truck.

The overall appearance of the FH is more subdued and mature than the imposing look of the Mercedes Actros or Scania R Series. While we like the impressive design of its two rivals, customers choose heavy-duty trucks because of their capability and the aesthetic decisions tend to be secondary. Luckily, every heavy-duty truck available on the market offers fabulous performances, but Volvos remain among the most reliable trucks in the business.

Climbing aboard, you’ll find one of the best cabins in the segment. The materials and the build quality are at a premium level and the FH can even be compared with the Mercedes Actros. We also love the wrap around design of the dashboard which is similar with the one from the Renault Magnum.

The front driving space is standard for the cab over engine configuration, with a great road visibility combined with adjustable air suspended captain chairs. The passenger seat is designed to swivel 90° when the engine is off, to offer a better view to the flat-screen TV mounted above the driver’s seat. All the controls and switches are intuitively placed and the gear lever and handbrake also come easy into hand. Moreover, we also like the robust design of the steering wheel and it’s dimensions are perfectly chose making it easy to hold.

Even if you won’t choose the most spacious cabin in the FH range (Globe Trotter XL Cab) , the truck still offers plenty of room and a plethora of storage places including an under bunk fridge and a few useful boxes above the windscreen.

Thanks to the last facelift, the sleeper cabs have received a wider bed which is fairly comfortable and it’s also reclinable offering a higher degree of versatility.

For the FH range, Volvo also offers rain sensors for the windscreen wipers. The sensors monitor when, and how much, rain is falling and the windscreen wipers are automatically adjusted to suit. Lastly the cabin is fitted with a powerful audio system with the possibility for USB, AUX, MP3 and TV inputs.

Considering the engines, ride and handling, The Volvo FH is equipped with a host of powerful Swedish engines ranging from 420 to 540 hp. Thanks to their top notch build quality, these engines are among the smoothest and balanced units in the 44 tonnes segment.

Regardless of which engine you’ll choose, the truck will climb hills without breaking a sweat even when it’s fully loaded at 44 tonnes. The really good part is that thanks to the capable automatic transmissions, it will also do it with maximum fuel efficiency.

For the FH range, there is a choice of three gearboxes including I-Shift, Manual and Powertronic. All three gearboxes are smooth and precise with well chosen ratios. The automatic transmissions work perfectly in sync with the engine and always keep the momentum at best by choosing the optimum gear in order to offer maximum performances and low fuel consumption. The Ecoroll function is also there to increase the efficiency by disconnecting the main shaft in the gearbox when on flat.

You can use the Volvo engine brake (VEB) by means of a stalk mounted on the right of the steering column which offers four set positions assuring the optimum stopping power for any moment.

While you are driving you are assisted by Volvo’s and Land Keeping Support (LKS), VEB and cruise control systems which make a great job in keeping the truck in check. Thanks to all these high tech nannies the truck can cruise all day long with most of the incidents kept under control.

The Volvo FH is available with a wide range of chassis configurations including 4×2, 6×2, 6×4, 8×2 and 8×4 models combined with heavy duty suspensions.

The Electronically Controlled Suspension can automatically adjust itself to assure that the truck remains at a constant height and compensates for unevenly distributed loads. There is also a manual height control to adjust the load platform’s height to match that of the cargo bay. The Volvo FH can be also suited with leaf springs of parabolic or conventional type.

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Availability of 2009 Volvo FH truck Spares parts in Uganda

2009 Volvo FH truck spares are available in Uganda. Major truck garages in the country can offer good mechanical services and advice.

Our Conclusion

As a fleet truck the Volvo FH makes a compelling case for itself. Thanks to its comfortable and modern cabin is also a nice “work-place on wheels” being equipped with a lot of premium features to make the driver feel like home. There is available a wide range of cab and chassis configurations, thus being able to serve for a lot of duties. We also loved the engines as there are among the most refined units in the segment. The transmissions aren’t bad either and cope well with the duties of a heavy duty truck. Moreover, the Volvo FH is also equipped with a lot of safety features and thanks to its strong build quality is among the most reliable trucks on the market.

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