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Just returned from a 2700+ mile road trip that took us from Olympia, WA down to Southern California on I-5 and returned with stops through Sequoia NP and San Francisco area. It was the first time we've taken the R on a long road trip. Here are some highlights/lowlights:<p>25 mpg overall. Typically saw 26-27 mpg cruising between 75-80 mph in 95+ degree weather. Car was loaded with 2 adults and 2 kids aged 13 and 11. Wagon was loaded with 4 suitcases, cooler, a couple backpacks and a few extras; it was by far the heaviest we've ever loaded into it.<p>I finally experienced extreme frustration with this suspension on Southern California freeways and surface streets. My wife even cringed every time we hit each bridge and concrete expansion gap. How do you guys in SoCal deal with it? I wouldn't even consider owning an R there, it was so painful. I believe I used "comfort" about 95% of the time! Thankfully, my R doesn't suffer from side-hop.<p>Lost much of the clutch's life expectancy getting caught in traffic on one of San Francisco's famous steep uphills. Parking brake saved the day on approximately 25 steep uphill starts. Had good laughs watching other drivers engaging the clutch without the use of their parking brakes.<p>Passed 18 Toyota Priuses and got passed by one doing well over 85! (A qualifying pass was counted on open freeway cruising - city freeway driving was not tracked) The kids enjoyed playing this game.<p>Saw only 2 R's the entire trip. There were 2 '06/'07 S60 R's parked across from one another on Friday afternoon (7/3) in Golden Gate Park in San Fran around 3:30pm.<p>Got pulled over by an unmarked CHP in Central CA. Thankfully the officer gave me a warning.<p>Driving the R through Sequoia NP was definitely a driving highlight! Curvy, smooth roads galore with amazing scenery!<p>No sore/stiff back from those incredible Volvo seats!<p>Overall, the R treated us perfectly on several long-haul days. I never had to worry about any car-related issues and was able to enjoy the ride every mile. What an excellent car for any enthusiast on a long road trip.
 

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Re: 2700+ Mile West Coast Road Trip Recap (cklabr)

Sounds like a fun trip! <p><br><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>cklabr</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Saw only 2 R's the entire trip. There were 2 '06/'07 S60 R's parked across from one another on Friday afternoon (7/3) in Golden Gate Park in San Fran around 3:30pm.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Just an FYI:<p>'04's have black moldings. <p>'05's and '06's have painted moldings, no turn signals on the mirrors. <p>'07's have signals on the mirrors (and some minor trim updates inside). <br>
 

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Re: 2700+ Mile West Coast Road Trip Recap (cklabr)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>cklabr</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I finally experienced extreme frustration with this suspension on Southern California freeways and surface streets. My wife even cringed every time we hit each bridge and concrete expansion gap. How do you guys in SoCal deal with it? I wouldn't even consider owning an R there, it was so painful. I believe I used "comfort" about 95% of the time! Thankfully, my R doesn't suffer from side-hop.<p>Got pulled over by an unmarked CHP in Central CA. Thankfully the officer gave me a warning.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>haha pretty much. depends on where you are in SoCal but a lot of roads down there are pretty horrible. same goes for up here too in the Bay, sounds like you hit maybe the touristy areas where the roads are a bit better, but we have our fair share of really bad ones too!<p>glad to hear you got a warning from AAA w/guns.. they are ruthless on out of state people in CenCal.. especially on the 5. i was side to side with a guy from Arizona doing almost 95 when one came up behind us on the 5 and clipped the AZ guy, leaving me to speed on. <p>glad you had a fun trip!<br>
 

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Re: 2700+ Mile West Coast Road Trip Recap (harderbeats)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>harderbeats</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>haha pretty much. depends on where you are in SoCal but a lot of roads down there are pretty horrible..... <p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Agree that it all depends on where you are in Socal. I live in Orange County, and our roads are pretty well kept. I cruise around in sport 90% of the time and in advanced the rest. I avoid LA like the plague, mostly due to traffic, not the road conditions. LA roads are bad, but constantly under construction. Most of the carpool lanes on the 5 fwy are ok, but there are stretches that are just horrible. <p>Glad to hear you had a nice trip and the CHP let you off.
 

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Re: 2700+ Mile West Coast Road Trip Recap (cklabr)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>cklabr</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I finally experienced extreme frustration with this suspension on Southern California freeways and surface streets. My wife even cringed every time we hit each bridge and concrete expansion gap. How do you guys in SoCal deal with it? I wouldn't even consider owning an R there, it was so painful. I believe I used "comfort" about 95% of the time! Thankfully, my R doesn't suffer from side-hop.<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>the streets and freeways both suck out here/.. how we do it(ie. continue to own an "R" in socal with these roads) .....I have no clue/....it's tough <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> huge PIA
 
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