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This is my first post here so I thought I would introduce myself and car. I am 35 years old and live in So Ca. <p> I have had my 2006 S40 T5 AWD 6spd for a little over a month now and so far I like the car. My other vehicles are a 2005 Subaru STi and a 1998 Honda Civic HX with 188,000 on the clock. The Volvo is the family/wife car, the STi is my Sunday morning canyon assault vehicle and the Civic is my work wagon that makes it possible to live with a STi.<p> First I will start with the things I like about the S40. The T5 is an amazing engine. This is the first turbo car I have driven with a torque curve this wide. It really does not matter what gear the six speed is in when you give right peddle the car will go without hesitation or lag. Don't get me wrong it is no STi but it is so flexible that it feels more like an NA motor then a turbo. <p> The six speed is smooth and easy right from the moment you start the car. The gearing is set up just about perfect for daily use. The electronic lockout for revers is also a nice touch.<p> Styling on the car is cool for my needs. I did not get the aero package although I think the cars look much nicer / aggressive with the kit on. The looks of the car the way mine is set up is very low profile, almost invisible on the road. My Civic is a bone stock (except for the Yokohama AVS tires) beater but for some reason every jackass with with a fartcan wants to race. The STi, well 12 year old boys with Play Station press their faces against the windows of their moms mini van when you drive by, the rest of the population seem to think it is a Honda Civic with a wing. The seats are wonderful, I wish my STi seats were this comfortable.<p> Now the things I don't like about the S40. The brakes are WAY over assisted and light. You barely touch the peddle and it feels like a panic stop. The peddle placement also could be better, they are nice and close but the height difference and sensitivity of the bake peddle make heel toe shifts a real challenge even with driving shoes. My other complaint is the clutch peddle. The peddle comes in contact with the carpet when fully pressed, my car has a 1,000 mile and the carpet is already worn. Even the Honda has a stop. Last item is the wind noise, with the windows up it sounds like a door isn't closed all the way. With the sunroof open the air buffets like mad at any thing above about 30mph. <p><br> Overall I am very happy with the car and will discus my dislikes with the dealer and see if any are fixable. Great Car.<p>Thanks,<br>Rob<p> <IMG SRC="http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g50/WildCJ5/S40STiFRNT.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g50/WildCJ5/S40STiBACK.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: 1000 mile with a new S40 (WildCJ5)

Nice...I picked up my S40 T5 AWD 6SP about three weeks ago, also in silver <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> I agree about the floor mats starting to fray already (no wonder the dealer offered a deal on "premium" floor mats). <sigh> I guess that's what to expect with Ford and cost cutting </sigh><p>
 
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