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Well, today or hereabouts is one year with my S40. All the reasons I thought I was buying it have been realized.<p>1. I still think it is one of the best looking cars out there. I don't want a bangled BMW, etc. Thinking of all the car makes it is hard to think of one that has better looking cars in my opinion. Lexus, Merc, BMW, Subaru, VW. Things like the Porsche Boxster or Cayman or Lotus Elise/Exige would be cool but with my Volvo I can park it anywhere and relax. Maybe some of the audis, but I keep hearing opposite opinions about their dependability.<p>2. It's got plenty of power for me. I don't do drag races anymore.<br>3. Interior is gorgeous, simple. Lots of places for phones, ipods, EZ pass<br>4. Handling is excellent. I want something that while it may have some body roll, doesn't destroy my kidneys on the often 120 mile commute each way.<br>5. I've had a couple weird software problems, passenger airbag light, hot air coming out instead of air con, but it's all been sorted out.<br>6. Got some nokians for the winter, Eagle F1s for the summer.<br>7. The AWD has been great. Haven't been sideways yet.<p>All in all we are super happy with this car. I can't see another car out there that I would rather own and live with.
 

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Re: 2005 S40 T5 AWD Black-One year, 24K miles, love it (Swede7575)

That's funny, I have the same car, with the same milage. Where do you commute to?
 

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Re: 2005 S40 T5 AWD Black-One year, 24K miles, love it (Swede7575)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Swede7575</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">7. The AWD has been great. Haven't been sideways yet.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>That's easy enough to fix. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> Go hot into a tight corner and lift the throttle severely to get the car to turn in. I got sideways on an onramp on day 1 of ownership. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Glad you're enjoying it! Were the glitches all fixed with software updates?
 

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Re: 2005 S40 T5 AWD Black-One year, 24K miles, love it (quick)

Yeah, a little dose of lift throttle oversteer can get the tail out in these things. I used to road race a VW Scirocco, and then autocrossed several VW's as well, before moving into rear wheel drive. I find the old front drive technique can be applied to all wheel drive now, too.<p>Glad you like your car, sounds like the same reasons I bought mine.<p> Al
 

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Re: 2005 S40 T5 AWD Black-One year, 24K miles, love it (Al Canuck)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Al Canuck</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I find the old front drive technique can be applied to all wheel drive now, too.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Mostly because, when you lift, your AWD Volvo becomes FWD. The electronic Haldex unit disengages when you brake, lift, or cruise. It engages under load, or when it detects front/rear differences such as powering into turns or spinning wheels.<p>BTW, if you have DSTC, you'll find the car behaves a teeny bit differently again. Instead of hanging out the tail there is a little buzz from this wheel or that, and a somewhat more refined response. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Tom.
 

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Actually, using LTO to turn an AWD car isn't even necessarily associated with the Haldex. Evo/Subie/etc folks do it as well. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>The AWD cars sure are easy to drive fast -- even overdrive.
 

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TTO with this car is different from one with fulltime AWD (or RWD) though. It's much closer to regular FWD behavior, because the rears don't exert any engine braking. The reason for the oversteer is pretty much all weight transfer.<p>Personally, I never lift. Why put just two wheels to work when you you can put torque on four? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> Actually, the V50 AWD tightens turns nicely under power. It's often the best approach.<p>Tom.
 

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Yes, cornering under power is fun in the V50, and it does turn in quite nicely. That said, sometimes driving slower, but with slightly more drama can also be fun! Hence the reason for the lift throttle oversteer. Plus, I've been having some fun trying to trip up the DSTC. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p> Al
 

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Re: 2005 S40 T5 AWD Black-One year, 24K miles, love it (Swede7575)

Hey Guys, <p>Thanks for the responses:<p>Re: "That's funny, I have the same car, with the same milage. Where do you commute to?"<p>We live in Manhattan, but I do a lot of work at the Lime Rock race track which is near Sharon CT. I think it is 99 miles or something. I've raced there for years and now I do a lot of photography and in-car video there as sort of a hobby that has gotten out of control and turned into a business. Then after Lime Rock I often go to a workshop that is 30 miles on from that.<p>Do you commute to Philly or Manhattan or something? I wanted T-Tec but the dog would have trashed it. Sculptors huh...can't decide. I have Saggitta's. The Sculptors are more sporty. Just got the Eagle F1 GS D3s, can't say they have insanely better grip than stock, just not sure yet. I AM sure I can not keep up with this black finish on the car though-I drive on a lot of gravel/dirt roads at the track. You're a better man than I, I should have gotten gray or something.<p>Re: "Glad you're enjoying it! Were the glitches all fixed with software updates? "<br>Yup. It was almost like they installed version 5.14, got a bunch of complaints and then updated the software by the time I came back to get the problem fixed. The guy at the shop said the Volvo doesn't tell them what changes are made to the software. He just plugs the car in and there are updates available. It was super annoying at the time, but as I've said in other posts, the problems I've had were minor compared, for instance to a BMW X5 we leased.<p>Regarding TTO: With a few years of racing, see above, in formula cars which are very prone to TTO, I just don't do major lifts. Not on the road at least. It might be fun to take the S40 to the track. SCDA is a good group for that:<br><A HREF="http://www.scda1.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.scda1.com</A> Also, I have both anti-skid goodies, AWD and DSTC so I'm honestly concerned the thing will so something really unpredictable with all the electonics fighting to prevent me from getting it sideways. In racing, not rallying, we pretty much learned that sideways is slow. Huge fun though, but only on the track I think.<p>That's why I feel the car is such a joy. It's very easy to drive at fast two lane speeds, fast highway speeds. That's all I need these days. After years of Valentine 1/Escort not being able to cope with instant on radar, I tend to take it a little easy on the street. But when I'm sure it's clear ahead, there's plenty of power there. <p>Cheers!<br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: 2005 S40 T5 AWD Black-One year, 24K miles, love it (Swede7575)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Swede7575</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> In racing, not rallying, we pretty much learned that sideways is slow. Huge fun though, but only on the track I think.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I have never yet gotten my V50 sideways. Even trying to do so. On snow, I can punch it out of a driveway and snap it 90 degrees onto the street, the thing lines up like a schoolkid, even without DSTC flashing.<p>I encourage you to push yours! You'll be impressed. Even though you already are, of course. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Tom.
 

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The poster just gave us a lesson in responsible driving and should be applauded. I think it would be a blast to do a few laps in an S40. I also agree with Tom that you should push your car a little in a safe environment. I try to that with my ol V70 each time I add something new. Yet another great Volvo.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Big Will</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The poster just gave us a lesson in responsible driving and should be applauded.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Don't know about a lesson, but I agree that some conditions are more amenable for getting a car out of shape. Staying safe is of course of primary importance. <p>I'm happy to hear that others enjoy driving their Volvos in a spirited fashion and have experience doing so. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: 2005 S40 T5 AWD Black-One year, 24K miles, love it (Swede7575)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Swede7575</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Re: "That's funny, I have the same car, with the same milage. Where do you commute to?"<p>We live in Manhattan, but I do a lot of work at the Lime Rock race track which is near Sharon CT. I think it is 99 miles or something. I've raced there for years and now I do a lot of photography and in-car video there as sort of a hobby that has gotten out of control and turned into a business. Then after Lime Rock I often go to a workshop that is 30 miles on from that.<p>Do you commute to Philly or Manhattan or something? I wanted T-Tec but the dog would have trashed it. Sculptors huh...can't decide. I have Saggitta's. The Sculptors are more sporty. Just got the Eagle F1 GS D3s, can't say they have insanely better grip than stock, just not sure yet. I AM sure I can not keep up with this black finish on the car though-I drive on a lot of gravel/dirt roads at the track. You're a better man than I, I should have gotten gray or something.<br> </TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>I live in the Poconos, which is just off of I-80. I work in Manhattan and my gf live in Queens. I thought I would be able to keep up with the black car, but every spec of dirt is so damn noticable on it. I would've gotten the grey as well. I'm thinking about getting the Kumho Ecsta ASX, does anybody have any experience with Kumho's, I've never used them, but for the price tire rack has them for, you can't beat that.
 

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Re: 2005 S40 T5 AWD Black-One year, 24K miles, love it (Swede7575)

I have a '05 black V50 with the 6 speed-drive a lot in upstate NY and NYC. After 1 year (this month) and 10K miles I love that car. I had the 3M clear bra applied by Mint Finish in Brooklyn as I was concerned about stone chips from rural roads(they did a fine job and were anxious to please). Only glitch-radio gremlins. Had the software upgrade and that problem is almost but not completely cured. Additionally, I've been extremely pleased with the dealer service. The car has bags of power and can get me into trouble on any highway in NY. Highway mileage is great too. BTW does anyone know if these cars can burn ethanol (should it ever become readily available)?
 

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Re: 2005 S40 T5 AWD Black-One year, 24K miles, love it (Swede7575)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Swede7575</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">3. Interior is gorgeous, simple. Lots of places for phones, <B>ipods</B>, EZ pass<br>.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Lots of room for them..too bad there is no place to actually plug them in. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>
 

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Re: 2005 S40 T5 AWD Black-One year, 24K miles, love it (Toolatecrew)

Thanks for the clear bra suggestion-I may check that group out in Brooklyn. The other thing that bugs me about a black car is I feel bad not hand washing. So maybe some serious protection and I can worry about that less.<p>Don't know about the Kumho's. It was time for me to get winter tires and the forum guys thought a lot of the Nokians. Then, come spring, people here and at Tirerack had a lot of good things to say about the Eagle F1s. Because of all the miles, often in rain, I wanted something that was good in the rain. I also wanted to make sure I didn't take a step DOWN from stock. Poconos to Manhattan, that's serious! I have a bit of an advantage because my work isn't every day.<p>
 

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21k miles on my '05 after a year. The problem which really drove me nuts was the banshee squeal from the front brakes and goose squonk from the rear ones last year. Third time was the charm for fixing it.<p>Best of all is when my RWD V8 driving friends wail, moan and gnash their teeth about 20mpg @ $3 a gallon. I go along when they test drive $15k fuel misers and quietly remind them ... 31mpg ... with air on 29mpg <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Yup, regarding gas prices I'm super happy we got rid of the X5. Friends of mine are doing the $100 fill up routine, and the I have to swipe my ATM card twice routine at the gas pump. <p>That brake problem is strange. Hadn't heard of that one. With mine, it was almost like a new computer. I had to get rid of a few electronic bugs and now no problems.<p>We travel on gravel roads and every once in a while a stone gets temporarily stuck in my brake caliper/disc, that doesn't sound good, but it usually comes out in a few feet of driving.
 

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I'm at 32 MPG with stage III chip, and I just got into a throw down with a v8 Mustang, late 90's, he had exhaust and was reving it up in each gear, as soon as traffic cleared, I knew I had him, I wish I had enough time to look over as my S40 just walked him by a good bit, his V8 was making some serious "noise". I had v8 and I like the sound of a Mustang vs my Camaro as the Mustang had a true dual exhaust and sounded right. Now with my el quite S40, I just blow by no theatrics.<p>I'm very impressed with my S40's handling, I have a set of performance tires P-Zero Nero, factory sports suspension and this car is the first car that I have not changed out the entire suspension, in fact no mods at all other then the tires. A really really great sports suspension, the best I have ever owned not quite BMW, not as nimble as a GS-R but mine is a FWD and a lot heavier then a GS-R. All in all a truely remarkable chassis, I can only wonder how good the new Mazda III turbo will be.
 
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