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Just traded in my S80 V8 for this 2016 S60 RD T6. 39k mikes on it and it drives great so far. Looking forward to some mods

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Congratulations and welcome on this side of the forum !
Hope it doesn't take you too long to forget the V8 :p
 

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Congratulations and welcome on this side of the forum !
Hope it doesn't take you too long to forget the V8 :p
Thanks! Definitely going to miss the V8, and this car is so quiet coming from a straight piped V8. The RD feels so much better on the road though


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Congratulations and welcome on this side of the forum !
Hope it doesn't take you too long to forget the V8 <img src="http://www.vwvortex.com/Anthony/Smilies/tongue.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Stick Out Tongue" class="inlineimg" />
Thanks! Definitely going to miss the V8, and this car is so quiet coming from a straight piped V8. The RD feels so much better on the road though


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Those V8s sound amazing but you’ll be really happy with the sounds you can achieve if you follow the right path with exhaust choices on the T6. For the love of god don’t straight pipe it unless you want an ugly raspy blatty tone. The 3.0T needs careful attention to shaping tone because it isn’t an inherently good sounding motor and it’s one wrong move away from sounding like arse. But if you add downpipe it’ll sound much better even with the stock catback. And if you add a catback, they’ll sound pretty mild on the stock downpipe but much rowdier paired with an aftermarket dp. If you just do a catback, I highly recommend one by Elevate, formerly KPAX. Holy hell does it sound good on the 3.0T, but it’s on the rowdy side. It’s downright antisocial paired with a dp, but sounds freaking amazing from the sound clips I’ve heard. None of the other available choices sound as good.
 

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Those V8s sound amazing but you’ll be really happy with the sounds you can achieve if you follow the right path with exhaust choices on the T6. For the love of god don’t straight pipe it unless you want an ugly raspy blatty tone. The 3.0T needs careful attention to shaping tone because it isn’t an inherently good sounding motor and it’s one wrong move away from sounding like arse. But if you add downpipe it’ll sound much better even with the stock catback. And if you add a catback, they’ll sound pretty mild on the stock downpipe but much rowdier paired with an aftermarket dp. If you just do a catback, I highly recommend one by Elevate, formerly KPAX. Holy hell does it sound good on the 3.0T, but it’s on the rowdy side. It’s downright antisocial paired with a dp, but sounds freaking amazing from the sound clips I’ve heard. None of the other available choices sound as good.
I’m definitely not going to straight pipe it, but I’m probably going to go downpipe and catback route


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My car has the option to go on the internet through sensus via AT&T. Is this something set up by the previous owner? I never activated any data plan or anything


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I’m definitely not going to straight pipe it, but I’m probably going to go downpipe and catback route


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That's the spirit!
 

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My car has the option to go on the internet through sensus via AT&T. Is this something set up by the previous owner? I never activated any data plan or anything


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It depends. From my experience, a sim card with no service will allow a tiny bit of data through. Just enough to whet your appetite. You can check the weather and do some slow searches in the map (from what I remember). But if you try to use Pandora or something else more data hungry, it will be stuck loading forever. If you are able to actually use Pandora on your car right now, it is likely that the previous owner had a data plan and they have either turned it off and you only have a few days left, or they forgot to turn it off and they will continue to get billed monthly until they remember. Either way, you're days with free internet are limited, so enjoy them.

If you want some internet, but don't want to pay for it, I suggest getting a data only FreedomPop sim. There is a small cost outlay and a few hoops to jump through to get it set up, but once you cancel the service, you really do get 250mb free every month. That's plenty for all your map searches and the occasional 30 min trip with Pandora. I rarely use it because my phone is faster than the car's interface with 3G, but it's nice to know it's there in case I need it. If I had to choose between a Volvo On Call subscription and a data plan, I would choose the On Call hands down.
 

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Congrats - is that a pearl white? Very nice!
Seriously. I would kill for that color. It would have been my number one choice had I not gotten such a screaming deal on my S60 T6 in my least favorite color, black.
 

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Yes it is pearl white, not a single dent or scratch on the outside. Can’t wait to detail it


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Does anyone have any experience with the VIP Gold extended warranty from Volvo? I’m thinking about buying it before the factory warranty runs out


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Also, does the 2016 RD come with an rdesign badge on the grille? Mine is missing and just wondering if it fell off


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Does anyone have any experience with the VIP Gold extended warranty from Volvo? I’m thinking about buying it before the factory warranty runs out


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I have the VIP powertrain warranty. I got a thermostat, a few days of a cheap a$$ rent-a-car (when my dealer didn't have a loaner), and a new engine from it (see link in my signature). The service advisor at my dealer said they were easier to work with than other warranties. For the thermostat, they rubber stamped it. For the engine, the sent out an adjuster. He actually had the oil checked to see how much metal was in it and since it was a significant amount, he authorized the new engine rather than just new pistons/rings. For the thermostat, they automatically authorized a rental for 2 days, but when I called to tell them that the dealer said they had to order the part and it wouldn't be ready in two days, they extended my rental. I had to pay and send in a receipt, but I got the reimbursement quickly. If you're going to get a warranty for your Volvo, based on my experience, it's worth it to get the VIP warranty with the Volvo name on it.
 

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I ended up getting the VIP gold warranty from steingold. Good thing cause it’s downshifting pretty rough at around 35 and 25. Banged a little a couple times downshifting too. Also while accelerating on the highway pretty quick, it doesn’t accelerate smoothly at all, kind of like its boosting and then cutting back. Still pulls very hard and it doesn’t happen every time. I’m probably going to take it to Volvo to have looked at while it’s still in factory warranty, unless this is normal for s60s.


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Sounds like you are running into timing pull issues. Are you still on the original tank of gas? Keep in mind the dealerships tend to run really ****ty gas to save a few bucks on each car. Add a tank of Shell 93 and a bottle of HEET to bring octane to where it should be and to disperse any moisture buildup in the tank from bad gas and sitting on a lot with low fuel for a while. I can almost guarantee it’ll drive much better than it does now.
 

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Sounds like you are running into timing pull issues. Are you still on the original tank of gas? Keep in mind the dealerships tend to run really ****ty gas to save a few bucks on each car. Add a tank of Shell 93 and a bottle of HEET to bring octane to where it should be and to disperse any moisture buildup in the tank from bad gas and sitting on a lot with low fuel for a while. I can almost guarantee it’ll drive much better than it does now.
I’ll try that. I’m on my 3rd tank but always put in 93 octane from shell


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Sounds like you are running into timing pull issues. Are you still on the original tank of gas? Keep in mind the dealerships tend to run really ****ty gas to save a few bucks on each car. Add a tank of Shell 93 and a bottle of HEET to bring octane to where it should be and to disperse any moisture buildup in the tank from bad gas and sitting on a lot with low fuel for a while. I can almost guarantee it’ll drive much better than it does now.
I’ll try that. I’m on my 3rd tank but always put in 93 octane from shell


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Good. Quality gas will likely help but it won’t clear out moisture buildup in the tank if that’s the culprit here. Dealerships tend to let cars sit for long periods of time with very little gas in the tank, which is a perfect opportunity for condensation to build up especially when crap local gas itself might be sourced from poorly maintained gas stations that have tanks which also have moisture buildup problems of their own.

A good water dispersant / ‘dry gas’ added to a fresh tank of gas can have a near-immediate effect on the drivability of a car experiencing moisture-related fuel contamination issues. It’s such a common problem and one that often gets incorrectly diagnosed with dealerships happy to throw a lot of expensive new parts at the car trying to resolve it. Coil packs, plugs, fuel filters, 02 sensors, etc. get replaced when so often it’s something that a bottle or two of HEET can often take care of within two tankfuls of gas, for like $3 per bottle.

I’ve had great results with their yellow bottle which I believe is the marine grade fuel treatment. It’s readily available at most car part stores or hardware stores that service snowblowers or lawnmowers. Anyhow, a mechanic friend swore up and down that HEET was the cure for many misfire, stumbling, and timing pull issues, and I initially thought he was full of crap until I used it myself. I’ve since used it to help fix many of my friends and coworkers issues, usually cars that do mostly local driving with a tank of gas that sits for a long time without being refilled, especially during times of fluctuating temperature and humidity.
 

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Good. Quality gas will likely help but it won’t clear out moisture buildup in the tank if that’s the culprit here. Dealerships tend to let cars sit for long periods of time with very little gas in the tank, which is a perfect opportunity for condensation to build up especially when crap local gas itself might be sourced from poorly maintained gas stations that have tanks which also have moisture buildup problems of their own.

A good water dispersant / ‘dry gas’ added to a fresh tank of gas can have a near-immediate effect on the drivability of a car experiencing moisture-related fuel contamination issues. It’s such a common problem and one that often gets incorrectly diagnosed with dealerships happy to throw a lot of expensive new parts at the car trying to resolve it. Coil packs, plugs, fuel filters, 02 sensors, etc. get replaced when so often it’s something that a bottle or two of HEET can often take care of within two tankfuls of gas, for like $3 per bottle.

I’ve had great results with their yellow bottle which I believe is the marine grade fuel treatment. It’s readily available at most car part stores or hardware stores that service snowblowers or lawnmowers. Anyhow, a mechanic friend swore up and down that HEET was the cure for many misfire, stumbling, and timing pull issues, and I initially thought he was full of crap until I used it myself. I’ve since used it to help fix many of my friends and coworkers issues, usually cars that do mostly local driving with a tank of gas that sits for a long time without being refilled, especially during times of fluctuating temperature and humidity.
Alright I’ll try it that out. Besides that and the harsh downshifting I love the car so far


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