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So one of my partners yesterday was asking me about volvos. He said he's looking at a GTI or an Audi (didn't say which one). I told him to take mine for a spin and he did. He was blown away (of course). He said, quote, "that car would get me in a lot of trouble." He was referring to the police. His comments included:<p>nice seats<br>nice short throw shifter (especially nice from 2nd to 3rd)<br>nice wheels<br>awesome stereo<br>likes the fact that it's AWD<br>didn't like the fact that it takes premium gas (come on guy, you're a doctor!)<p>I'll keep working on him. He's currently driving a Honda Accord <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> and is thinking about giving that to his son.
 

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Re: A possible convert (soledoc)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>soledoc</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">didn't like the fact that it takes premium gas (come on guy, you're a doctor!)</TD></TR></TABLE><p>You should let him know that if he's looking at a VAG car with the 2.0T, VAG recommends Premium fuel as well. I'm not sure if the same is true of the 3.2 (but I wouldn't be surprised if it was recommended in that application, too).<p>Basically, Turbo = 91/93 Oct<p>-Eric
 

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All Audis now require premium fuel, even the N/A models...
 

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Remember that the Volvo engine is basically low compression at 8:1.<p>Of course the RECOMMEMDED fuel is 91 or above to extract maximum performance while under boost and the engine is under forced induction via the turbo.<p>If he wants to sacrifice performance there are knock sensors to retard timing and lower the engine output under these conditions.<p>You might also remind him of the fact that assuming he drives 10K/year and that there is a $0.25 difference in fuel cost from 87 to 91/93 that he is talking about an annual difference of $125. (assumed 20 mpg) Less than a nice dinner night out for two in major cities today, and a very cheap performance mod!<p>One thing he will not have is Honda reliability. with any of the cars discussed.
 
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