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i am considering getting an s40, or an audi a4, and have some questions about both<p>1 - i used to drive an audi, so i know how they ride, but how would an 05 t5 s40 compare? is is as nice?<p>2 - how is the inside? the steering wheel looks HUGE lol . anyone have an aftermarket steering wheel lol? or is it just in my head<p>i plan on modding this as well , wheels coilovers tint chip downpipe intake exhuast, and have some questions about this<p>3 - with the rare bolt pattern, does anyone get the wheels they want re-drilled to volvo pattern?<p>4 - anyone here use ksport coilovers, such as these (<A HREF="http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/KSPORT-PRO-COILOVERS-SPRINGS-04-05-06-07-08-VOLVO-S40_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ66Q3a2Q7c65Q3a15Q7c39Q3a1Q7c240Q3a1318QQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQhashZitem310109862142QQitemZ310109862142QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories" TARGET="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors...ories</A>)? are they COMPARABLE to H&R's, which are $400 more ?<br> <br>5 - i plan on getting one with 63k miles on it, any maintenence items after that? after 1 hour of browsing through the forum , many people hate their s40's lol<p>6 - i plan on keeping the car for ~3 years most likely, will it last without spending $1000/year?<p>7 - i planon getting a black one, does anyone have any BRONZE wheels on their black s40, similar to THESE wheels (<A HREF="http://www.wheeldude.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=115" TARGET="_blank">http://www.wheeldude.com/catal...d=115</A>)<p>8- where would i get black grille, i see a heico chrome one, but im looking for this exact grille (<A HREF="http://www.genetjin.com/volvo/volvo03.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://www.genetjin.com/volvo/volvo03.jpg</A> )<p>9 - should i get an a4 instead<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by dblock110 at 8:51 AM 4-6-2009</i>
 

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I went from an 02 A4 to an 05 V50 (same as S40 but with a butt). I will say interior quality/feel of the Audi was way better but, the power of the T5 engine is what sold me. It feels much more repsonsive than my 1.8Turbo. Ride is comparable I would say.
 

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Re: about to get a s40 . lots of questions (dblock110)

I don't know if you are talking about my Heico grille in the classifieds, but there are a couple pictures showing what I did to my other one to make it black. It was super easy and I think it has a better mesh pattern than some of the other cheaper grilles, which are hard to find lately any way.<br>Wheels are a pain in the butt to find for our cars. Good luck with that one...<br>I don't think there are many people on here that hate their S40's, there has just been a couple owners that are frustrated lately and were venting. Overall I think most people on here really like their cars, which is why they are members on an enthusiast forum.<br>I'd buy and S40 T5 over an A4 if they are both 06 or older, but I do like the newer A4s quite a bit. If I were to buy an Audi it would be the S4 though. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><br>My car is almost hitting 63k, and it drives great, no major problems.<br>Black is one of the best colors for our cars, but I am definitely biased. <p><IMG SRC="http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v1684/25/1/775614441/n775614441_1161158_8317.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: about to get a s40 . lots of questions (dblock110)

Id take the S40 over an audi any day. All the A4's that my friends have own have actually had a higher cost of ownership due to random expensive ass parts breaking than the S40's. <p>Wheels are a bitch to find in this bolt pattern thats for sure, as far as re-drilling sounds like quite a few have done it with no issues.<p>Bronze on black is the awesome, havent seen anyone on here have it but id do it <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>You can get the sport steering wheel but im not sure if its going to be any smaller for you to be able to tell. I like it though, was just sitting in the R design before lunch and feels pretty nice.<p>You shouldnt have to spend 1k a year on maintenance but i would suggest that you keep up on your services. Biggest problem is people that neglect there cars until they fail and then wonder why lol <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: about to get a s40 . lots of questions (dblock110)

the inside is a nice place to be, and the steering wheel is quite large or maybe its just me and you <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>oh yea black is the best color <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> <p> <IMG SRC="http://i40.tinypic.com/343gi7m.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: about to get a s40 . lots of questions (MrVent)

MrVent, I LOVE your signature. Aston Martin is my favorite car brand... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: about to get a s40 . lots of questions (dblock110)

volvos definatly unique. a modded A4 is a dime a dozon but there are tons of options for aftermarket 1.8t's<br>depends on what you want. also mods are gonna be more expensive for the volvo<br>GL <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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