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Hey everybody, I just wanted to say that I found this site a few months ago and I think it has great potential. I've just been checking out VW Vortex, and I'm amazed at how lively it is. Are there just not many Volvo enthusiasts? Maybe its the demographics. There was a post on there asking people to give a description of themselves. Anyways, I am 20/m/college student at UC Berkeley and I am soon to be an owner of a 2001 metallic silver S40. It'd be cool to hear from others out there.<P>-Geoff
 

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The only reason it's still quiet here is because Swedespeed is still so new. I'm sure it will get livlier as more folks find us. Welcome aboard!<P>- Darell<P>
 

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Hey, I noticed that you live in Davis. My parents live there too. Have they finished the Mace overpass yet? It's taken longer than building the pyramids!
 

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Geoff,<P>Welcome! This site is very new, so I think that it will take time for it to build up an enthusiast base. I have been on VWVortex for years and watched it grow, just like I hope this site will grow. Glad to have you aboard!<P>-Drew
 

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I didn't know that VWVortex had been around for so long. Maybe my expectations were kinda overblown since my friend started the I-Club (for the Subaru Impreza) two years ago and its growth since then has been phenomenal.
 

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Yeah, the site has only been around for a few months. This is a big part, though we are looking at ways to market SS to help it grow faster. We never did with Vortex, but when we started it, there wasn't much else around. SS has some significant quality alternatives, and this is another thing to overcome.<P>I think once Volvo starts building smaller cars, and enthusiast T and R models, growth for Volvo enthusiasts will increase.
 

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I think that the reason vwvortex is is so popular is that vw's are more affordable to younger folks (under 30) and the many options available for aftermarket performance upgrades. It is also cultural. Younger people are more likely to socialze through the forums.<P>Volvo is not known for making cars that apeal to younger people or entusiasts. The last affordable volvo was the 240. The S40 has potential, but I still don't think that many of the vwvortexer type of entusiasts will embrace the S40, even with a manual gear box and all wheel drive. <P>I think this forum can be useful and will grow, but it will most likely not contain posts about weekend drag racing, the civic si that was destroyed by the S40 the other nignt, or how the cops gave you a ticket for illegally tinted windows. (I am not making fun, just a point).<P>It'll be iteresting to see if the forum does grow in popularity. Maybe when Ford builds the next small volvo, things will change. I heard that the focus is gaining enthusiast popularity. From what I heard, we can thank Ford for the fact that the S40 is being sold in NA. The rumor was that they saw the potential for smaller/affordable volvos. How about a volvo hatchback for under $20k? All those parents that bought volvo for safety before their kids drove could buy a safe student car for the kiddies.
 

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well I think Carlos might disagree with you about modifying the s40, and it was a part of Volvo's plan to introduce the s/v40 to the north american market, but they wanted to make sure as many of the bugs were out of it as possible (though maybe they still introduced it a year early to the US, maybe they should have waited for the phase II like they did in Canada). I think the s/v40 are a good start to reintroducing a lower end Volvo that more people can afford and hope that the full range of Volvos will be coming to north america in the futrue (smaller and larger with T and R models and manual transmisions available) then hopefully the younger enthusiast base will grow larger.
 

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The first generation Ford Focus has been widely acclaimed for its chassis dynamics and it is one of the top cars in its class. If Ford can keep on doing the right things, the 2nd generation Ford Focus chassis should be top-notch.<P>The Ford Focus is definitely gaining enthusiast aftermarket popularity. The whole Civic contingent seems very dissapointed in the new Civic from all the reports that I have heard.<P>The 2nd generation Focus chassis should be an excellent starting point for the 2nd generation Volvo S40/V50 cars as well. This should in turn spawn some sort of hatchback variant. I also think that the younger generation is going to start embracing these cars and these are the same people that will make this website grow.<P>The Volvo aftermarket seems to be growing rapidly day by day with the introduction of the new 40/60/70/80 series cars.<P>-Drew
 

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Hi again, Geoff -<P>Late the party as usual (I'm not over here on the 40 board so much). No, the Mace overpass is not completed, yes it's taking longer than anybody wanted <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/frown.gif"><P>If you know about that overcrossing, your parents must live in South Davis as well. Small world.<P>Ok, back to your regularly scheduled program....<P>- Darell
 

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Ford did something very smart ... they went out of their way to SUPPORT aftermarket part developers. They provided engineering teams so that there would be plenty of aftermarket products available, and they sponsored many of those teams such as the one making that monster focus that's on this month's Car & Driver (or was it Road & Track).<P>without a manual tranny, it will be difficult for volvo to crack the enthusiast market in the US. There is a real shortage of quality aftermarket parts right now too for US spec cars, so that can hamper enthusiasm from the performance and sport enthusiasts. But the potential is definitely there, that 850R sure can blast past many people's expectations about Volvo.<P> Personally, I can't wait for the S60R, that car is DEFINITELY on my radar and I am already about 85% sure I'm going to get it. Just looking at the brakes on that thing makes me drool<P><p>[This message has been edited by joe_flies (edited 03-14-2001).]
 

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Those are some good points. I would bet the next S40 V50 will have the manual tranny. From all rumors, it looks like Ford wants to square Volvo off against VW and Audi. If that's the case, then the enthusiast end of the market is a big part of the VW draw. It only seems natural.
 

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Well, my cousin got his WRX this past weekend. I got to ride as passenger and it wasn't that impressive in terms of quality. The materials in the interior are definitely not up the the standard of the S40. Also, despite what some say, the exterior design is pretty ugly. The front end and rear do not mesh at all. I felt kind of silly riding in this Pokemon car. On the other hand, the performance was pretty good. My cousin didn't push it above 4000 rpm, but there was an enormous amount of power waiting to be unleashed. The handling was great too. Anyways, now I can't wait to get my S40 after cruising alongside a silver one on the freeway today!
 
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