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2001 S40 SE<P> this is a beautiful Special Edition car; combining sportiness, elegance, safety and economy. one of only 1000 brought to the USA.<P>- 18xxx miles (mostly freeway commute)<BR>- winter package (headlight wiper/washers, individually controlled heated front seats, TRACS, & DSA)<BR>- original adult enthusiast owner, dealer maintained on schedule<BR>- garage kept<BR>- Titanium Grey metallic paint with Piano Black trim on exterior and interior (unique to the SE edition).<BR>- "Off-Black" leather trimmed cloth interior (interior pattern is unique to the SE edition)<BR>- tastefully updated with professionally color-matched IPD Sport Grille. (it's hard to describe how much this adds to the cars appearance!)<P>pics @ <A HREF="http://www.backyardengineering.org/volvo/" TARGET=_blank>www.backyardengineering.org/volvo/</A> <P><BR> fuel consumption has proven to be remarkable for a car of this calibre; measured at ~25MPG City, as high as 35MPG+ Hwy (on cruise w/ AC on at 70MPH). typical mixed tanks on my 80-mile commute average almost 30MPG<P> this edition came with almost every option available to the S40 at the time, and several that were unique to this Special Edition:<P>standard S40 feature highlights:<BR>- 1.9L Light Pressure Turbo<BR>- AW55/50 5-speed adaptive automatic transmission. (NOTE: this is *not* the more troublesome 4-speed automatic used in earlier S40s, but rather the same auto-tranny currently used in the larger Volvos.)<BR>- 4-door<BR>- fold-down 70/30 split rear seat<BR>- ABS<BR>- Cruise Control<BR>- Electronic Climate Control with cabin air filter<P><BR>SE package features:<BR>- SE unique interior and exterior color schemes mentioned above, with leather on the 'high-wear' areas at the edges of the cloth seats<BR>- tilt & slide Moonroof<BR>- HU-615 AM/FM/CD/Cassette Premium '100W' Stereo (pre-wired for CD Changer)<BR>- power drivers seat<BR>- SE unique front air dam with Piano Black inserts<BR>- SE unique rear spoiler with Piano Black inserts<BR>- black-bezel headlights<BR>- factory fog lights<BR>- TRACS, and DSA<BR>- 10-spoke factory alloy wheels<BR>- trip computer<BR>...and more...<P><BR> i would love to see another Volvo enthusiast own this car, but feel that this car would make an enthusiast of most anyone who is looking for a safe, economical car that looks far too nice to be either safe or economical! <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><P><BR>$22,500 obo.<P>[email protected]<P><BR>
 

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Damn! I'd strongly consider buying it if it had a stickshift tranny as opposed to the adaptive autragic tranny in it. D'oh! I mean, every time I have to drive a rental car or a friend's car that has an autotragic in it, I am constantly finding my left foot trying to search for the elusive third pedal on the floor, and what's more, my right hand has this tendency to go down toward where the shifter knob ought to be. One day, when I'm old and decrepit, I'll definately want an autotragic though.<P>-he who stacks pork<P>
 

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I saw one of these at the dealership. That's an attractive car. Did they ever make a V40 like that in the US.<P>BTW Leopold, I totally agree. While I own two autos, it's more because I NEED a wagon whereas I really WANT a manual. I could switch to an Audi, but hey I'm part Swedish.<P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Leopold Porkstacker:<BR><B>Damn! I'd strongly consider buying it if it had a stickshift tranny as opposed to the adaptive autragic tranny in it. D'oh! I mean, every time I have to drive a rental car or a friend's car that has an autotragic in it, I am constantly finding my left foot trying to search for the elusive third pedal on the floor, and what's more, my right hand has this tendency to go down toward where the shifter knob ought to be. One day, when I'm old and decrepit, I'll definately want an autotragic though.<P>-he who stacks pork<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>jeeze, mr/mrs/ms/ "porkstacker", did you really feel it necessary to spew on something you weren't interested in, not once, but, *twice*?<P>using a transmission that can shift more appropriately than we can 100% of the time doesn't have anything to do with being old and/or decrepit; it's a matter of choice and preference. ignoring for a moment the facts that:<BR>- you can't get this car any other way in the US,<BR>- that over 50% of my own vehicles have been sticks,<BR>- that i once spent over a year-and-a-half trying to get a left knee injury to heal because it wasn't getting a rest between the hydraulic clutch in my Quattro and the racing clutch in my autocrosser,<BR>- that any one of my clutched vehicles has had more tranny issues than all of my automatics combined...<BR>we don't all choose to drive sticks 100% of the time. for this particular application, a stick was a requirement for me, not a compromise.<P><BR>[spooged from S40 forum]<P>"autotragic"? hardly,... it's an absolutely <B>great</B> car for anyone who has to commute several hundred miles a week (like i do).<P>aside from the fact that we don't all want to have to row through the gears and pump the clutch while simply commuting (or other times) and that we aren't all physically capable of doing so 100% of the time even if we *did* want to, given the level of (in)competence shown by all too many of our fellow motorists, being able to keep both hands on the wheel is a definite plus!<P>having a stick has its (limited) places and can be fun at times, but commuting just isn't one of them. *having* to use a stick simply isn't something that i want to be forced to deal with 100% of the time.<P>aside from that, S40s have never come to the States with anything but an automatic.<P>cheers!<BR>e<BR><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Evolvo:<BR><B>I saw one of these at the dealership. That's an attractive car. Did they ever make a V40 like that in the US.<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>perhaps, but not that i'm aware of,... although i have seen pictures of sport V40s from Europe very similar to it.<P><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>BTW Leopold, I totally agree. While I own two autos, it's more because I NEED a wagon whereas I really WANT a manual. I could switch to an Audi, but hey I'm part Swedish.<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>sometimes the applications require that we make a choice with our sensibilities rather than our passions, eh? <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><P><BR>cheers!<BR>e<P><BR><P>
 

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Yes, they did make a Special Edition V40<P>Yannis<P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ernest:<BR><B> jeeze, mr/mrs/ms/ "porkstacker", did you really feel it necessary to spew on something you weren't interested in, not once, but, *twice*?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Seeing as I'm not from Berkeley, I was unaware of the lack of freedom of speech there. Across the bay, we aren't forced to wear Birkenstocks, to eat hand-blown wheat puffs and tempeh, to make hemp jewelry, to express one's beliefs and opinions - they are choices that all people (including Berzerkleyians) are free to choose whether or not to commit to. Besides, <B>you</B> posted the message in two places, so what's the problem with me replying in two places?<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>using a transmission that can shift more appropriately than we can 100% of the time doesn't have anything to do with being old and/or decrepit; it's a matter of choice and preference. ignoring for a moment the facts that:<BR>- you can't get this car any other way in the US,<BR>- that over 50% of my own vehicles have been sticks,<BR>- that i once spent over a year-and-a-half trying to get a left knee injury to heal because it wasn't getting a rest between the hydraulic clutch in my Quattro and the racing clutch in my autocrosser,<BR>- that any one of my clutched vehicles has had more tranny issues than all of my automatics combined...<BR>we don't all choose to drive sticks 100% of the time. for this particular application, a stick was a requirement for me, not a compromise.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Once again, freedom of choice and speech prevails: I wasn't bashing you for having chosen an autotragic over a Manuel (Noriega, nonetheless) transmixer, however, I was just expressing my opinion. Until I become old and decrepit or even handicapped to the point where the left leg will not tolerate the movements required to operate a clutch pedal, I will continue to drive manual transmixer equipped cars. I learned to drive in a car with a manual trans (1976/77 Volvo 242GT), and I believe (once again expressing my right to freedom of expression/speech <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/tongue.gif"> ) that it ought to be a requirement that all driving tests are carried out in a car equipped with a manual transmission, unless the individual taking the test is handicapped or physically impaired to the point which prohibits their ability to operate a clutch pedal. Additionally, it has been proven time after time that autos equipped with manual transmissions are more fuel efficient by an average of 2.4MPG then their automatic counterparts, which doesn't sound like much but in the long run it all adds up. Sure, maybe automobile manufacturers and the companies who build their transmissions are working toward a goal of more efficiency from modern-day automatic transmixers, but I haven't seen the evidence yet (or maybe it just hasn't crawled up my *** and had babies yet, one or the other).<P>I'll drink a <A HREF="http://www.scotchwhisky.com/focus/lagavulin.htm" TARGET=_blank>Lagavulin</A> to that!<P>-he who stacks pork<P>
 

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:: Daimoni looks down at his Birkenstocks... then back up at his Bar-B-Q Pork Sandwich that he got at Armadillo Willys for lunch ::<P>I never thought I'd say this but... boy am I glad I grew up in Sunnyvale. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P>:: Daimoni takes a sip of his organic carrot juice and types furiously ::<P><BR>
 

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Let Ernest sell his car!!!<BR>I don't care about your opinion on automatics or manuals. As long as it's a Volvo, good enough, and that's my opinion.<P>:: Asian01 passes the carrot juice and goes for the organic soy milk at Berkeley Bowl ::<BR>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by asian01:<BR><B>Let Ernest sell his car!!!<BR>I don't care about your opinion on automatics or manuals. As long as it's a Volvo, good enough, and that's my opinion.<P>:: Asian01 passes the carrot juice and goes for the organic soy milk at Berkeley Bowl ::</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Well, as you have an opinion so does everyone else...so, unless someone insults another person, you do not have to care about his/her opinion but that does not mean he can't post it.<P><BR>Yannis<P><P>
 

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Well, I didn't mean to rip over other people's opinions. However the topic is about Ernest trying to sell his S40 and we should go back to it.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Leopold Porkstacker:<P>much blathering snipped...<P><BR><B> <P>I'll drink a <A HREF="http://www.scotchwhisky.com/focus/lagavulin.htm" TARGET=_blank>Lagavulin</A> to that!<P>-he who stacks pork<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>jeeze,... there are so few points relevant to the topic mixed into this blathering collection of worn-out stereotypes and generalizations that this reply won't take long,.. oh wait; there's <B>nothing</B> in this post relavant to the topic; i guess we're already done!<P><BR>cheers!<BR>e<P><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by daimoni:<BR><B>:: Daimoni looks down at his Birkenstocks... then back up at his Bar-B-Q Pork Sandwich that he got at Armadillo Willys for lunch ::<P>I never thought I'd say this but... boy am I glad I grew up in Sunnyvale. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P>:: Daimoni takes a sip of his organic carrot juice and types furiously ::<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>hmmmm,... i wonder if it's ,my lizard-skin boots and the shoulder-length hair that have (some) people cornfused,...? or maybe the Baume et Mercier and the J**p? <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><P><BR>cheers!<BR>e<BR><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GrecianVolvo:<BR><B> Well, as you have an opinion so does everyone else...so, unless someone insults another person, you do not have to care about his/her opinion but that does not mean he can't post it.<P><BR>Yannis<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>yeah, apparently it's too much to expect of some of this crowd to hope that they might be able to keep it relatively on-topic,... <P>(i'm sure everyone who advertises something for sale expects unsolicited anonoymous commentary on it, eh?<BR>"are you the guy who advertised the car in the paper? that would be nice if it was red, instead,...") sheesh! <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif"><P><BR>cheers!<BR>e<BR><P>
 
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