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I am admittedly a new member to SS, but many seem to have reliability problems or "glitches" with their R's? Is this normal? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> <br> <br>I love my R and if it could fit 3 car seats I would never have contemplated selling it. <p>I have about 8.8K on mine and haven't had a single issue to date. I have even checked for some of the common problems in the forum and nothing seems to be wrong with my car. Am I a lucky one, or do these problems start creeping up with age / miles?
 

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Re: Common Problems with the R? (zlarson)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>zlarson</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> <br>I love my R and if it could fit 3 car seats I would never have contemplated selling it. <br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Consider trading it for a V70R with built-in child boosters and the third row seats might work as well. Yeah, you'll take a bit $$ hit, but might be a way to stick with an R and lug the kids around too. I was SO close to getting one myself to have room for my 3 kids but I just love the S60 so much more than the R wagon and 99.9% of the time we use the XC90 when the 5 of us need to get around (no offence wagon owners, I still love the V70R).<p>How old are your kids? Two of mine are finally in boosters (and I got nice small ones) and the the third just switched to forward facing. I CAN fit all three, it's tights and it's pain getting them in and out and I don't like latching in the babies seat since it's not good for the Atacama but in a pinch it can be done.<p>As for common problems, I can't comment as I've only have my R for about 6 weeks. My 2002 T5 had the VERY common front end links go, that's VERY common, probably on the R as well.<p>LTA<br>
 

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Re: Common Problems with the R? (zlarson)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>zlarson</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I am admittedly a new member to SS, but many seem to have reliability problems or "glitches" with their R's? Is this normal? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> <br> <br>I love my R and if it could fit 3 car seats I would never have contemplated selling it. <p>I have about 8.8K on mine and haven't had a single issue to date. I have even checked for some of the common problems in the forum and nothing seems to be wrong with my car. Am I a lucky one, or do these problems start creeping up with age / miles?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I think there are good Rs and not-so-good Rs. After 9k miles and no problems you may have a good one. That doesn't mean you'll never have any problems, but it should make you optomistic that you didn't get a real turkey which some here have. Again, don't expect a 100% trouble free experience--these cars just aren't likely to produce that result, they're complex and not designed/built by Toyota or Honda.<p>If you don't have integrate boosters, they are nice. You might be able to retrofit if you can find one from a totaled car (there was a thread on swedespeed a few months back about this). We've got them on our wagon, and they work very nicely.
 

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Re: Common Problems with the R? (kenschel)

I think integrated boosters only work with the wagon. <p>Remember, the wagon has (a bit) more rear legroom.
 

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Re: Common Problems with the R? (needsdecaf)

Yes, legroom is tight. My son is 13 months old, and my twins are due today! So, I'll have 3 kids (2 rear facing and one front facing for at least 6 months) and then I'll have 3 front facing. I looked at the XC90 and while I love it, it is just not a practical as a (don't laugh) a minivan. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p> I know, it sucks, but with 3 so close together and their big !#@ car seats, I don't know if want to put up with the stress of worrying about one of them getting sick all over the leather, or taking a putter to the door. <p>I have on part of the garage I can pretty much seal off so that is where my R is residing. It also sounds like my R may not have some of the major issues others have had . . .so now I am wondering whether or not I should mod it (if I keep it) and run the risk of ruining its reliability. <p>On the positive front, it looks like I'll be getting rid of the G (possibly this weekend) as the dealer has told me he thinks I get a decent turn in on my lease . . so I'll be out a grand or two, but minus one car payment so I can start saving for those mods and college.
 

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Re: Common Problems with the R? (zlarson)

This is waaaaay off topic, but some quick comparisons of the G35 and the R if you could. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Common Problems with the R? (Eric_H)

Ok.. this should be on topic. Being a new R owner, I wonder what some of the common problems are.<br>Thanks
 

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Re: Common Problems with the R? (zlarson)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>zlarson</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I am admittedly a new member to SS, but many seem to have reliability problems or "glitches" with their R's? Is this normal? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> <br> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>"Many" is a relative term. Many on this site have issues, but that is why they post, to find solutions. Don't consider this site to be a snapshot of all R owners. We are for the most part enthusiasts who notice every little thing wrong with our cars.<p>Common issues would be axle ping, rattling glovebox, unsettled rear suspension, angle gear (not sure how common this really is).
 

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Re: Common Problems with the R? (Eric_H)

Way off topic, and they are completely different cars, but if I had to choose a car, it would be the R. <p>The G is more responsive in steering, is tighter handling, and has great linear power . . just keeps coming with obviously no turbo lag. However, its seats are uncomfortable (nice looking, but definitely not comfortable), it is a poor daily driver as when combined with the seats it is a lot worse than the R in advanced mode. It is much easier to make a spirited run from the line in the G, but frankly it is a RWD 2 door coupe that is fun to hang out the back end on the weekends, but for every day use it gets tiresome. Especially when using AC in hot climates b/c the G has this nasty habit of sucking up exhaust and blowing it back at you with no air filter. When I get out of the car with max A/C blowing for more than 10 minutes, I smell like a carbon dioxide eau de toilette. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/mad.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>The R is great b/c you can kick it in Bison mode with the family, or play speedracer on the track with Advanced mode. The interior is much nicer, the sound system is great, the A/C blows clean air, and you drive a car very few people even recognize <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>If I were to mod a car strickly for racing, if would be the G because it is a coupe with naturally better race car properties. That is why I am confused when people want to compare the M3 to the R. The M3 is a two door (at least until next year I think). I think the R should be compared to the 5 series and the Audi A4 / S4. Let's be honest, for the money BMW and Audi simply cannot compete with Volvo. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Common Problems with the R? (mister2cool)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mister2cool</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Ok.. this should be on topic. Being a new R owner, I wonder what some of the common problems are.<br>Thanks</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Most complaints were about suspension noises I guess. Axle ping/click, stabilizer rods and such.<br>Little problems requiring a dealer visit, in case of axle click it needs to stay overnight.<p>Less common at this point in time and mostly with higher mileage cars are angle gear leaking or wear issues. There are many people who have experienced the leaking issues, some have experienced angle gear/Spline ring failure with one or two cases where the gearboxwas damaged in the process. Expect more issues in this area in the future, mileage will rise and so will the chance of failure.<br>Make sure to make a final check before the car runs out of warranty because it will be an expensive fix.<p>A few people have reported fuel system failures, mainly brand new to fairly new cars. <p>Many other things were incidents, a few are recognized by Volvo having a fix available. <p>For the aging R's.. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Windshield is soft, appears sandblasted over time.<br>Intercooler coating separates from from lower front intercooler due to corrosion. corrosion will develop over the complete surface of the intercooler vanes under the coating.<br>The intercooler is in plain sight. At a given point the coating will come off with large parts at a time.<br>Boost solenoid, MAF sensor and O2 sensors can break early.<p>Still, given the extrem amount of beating, I think the R does reasonably well. It almost appears as if R's which are driven less hard show more little issues. Each cars has issues, the R ones require a bit more dealer visits which make it a lesser experience.<br>
 

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Re: Common Problems with the R? (zlarson)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>zlarson</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The G is more responsive in steering, is tighter handling, and has great linear power . . just keeps coming with obviously no turbo lag. </TD></TR></TABLE><br>Ummmm...I hope you would notice no turbo lag in the G. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> I think I know what you meant.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>zlarson</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> My son is 13 months old, and my twins are due today! So, I'll have 3 kids (2 rear facing and one front facing for at least 6 months) and then I'll have 3 front facing. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Dude, sounds like you missed the same health ed class I did (you know, the one on contraception)! Seriously, congratulations. Our last 2 kids were 18 mos apart which sounds pretty easy compared to 13 months and twins!!<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>zlarson</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I looked at the XC90 and while I love it, it is just not a practical as a (don't laugh) a minivan. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p> I know, it sucks, but with 3 so close together and their big !#@ car seats, I don't know if want to put up with the stress of worrying about one of them getting sick all over the leather, or taking a putter to the door. <p> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Minivans are great vehicles...don't let all those guys who have to compensate for....something ( <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> ) influence you. Just cuz they are anxious about their masculinity doesn't mean anything for the rest of us!<p>And re: barfing on leather, don't forget it is way easier to clean up than barfing on cloth, where the smell will be there to remind you for months!!<p>Good luck on your decision, but sounds to me like you need a V70R. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by kenschel at 1:43 PM 5-11-2006</i>
 

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Re: Common Problems with the R? (kenschel)

I did miss the class regarding contraception, or I had too many <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Maybe I'll go to the dealer and test how well the 3 car seats fit in the V!
 

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Re: Common Problems with the R? (zlarson)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>zlarson</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I did miss the class regarding contraception, or I had too many <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Maybe I'll go to the dealer and test how well the 3 car seats fit in the V! </TD></TR></TABLE><p>As another who seems to have missed that class (3 little ones, all under 4 years of age), I've done the 3-seat experiment. The answer to how they all fit is...not very well. <p>Before my oldest was tall enough for the integrated booster (a truly wonderful feature of Volvos), I had a Britax Roundabout, a Cosco Summit and a Graco Snugride in there. The Cosco in particular was a bit wide, and the LATCH anchors were placed a bit far inside the car so I ended up installing all three seats with the belts just so I could get them in there. Fortunately that situation only lasted a few months, but by the end of it I was measuring my oldest daily to see if he was tall enough for the integrated booster. And gazingly longingly at the XC90.<p>With one kid in the integrated booster and the other two in the Graco (center) and Britax (outboard with LATCH) everything is wonderful again. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Did I mention that my kids have never once puked in the car (knock wood)?<p>
 

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Re: Common Problems with the R? (needsdecaf)

I have almost 31k miles...with no trouble other than a sticky steering wheel radio button, and a burnt out fog lamp. Its been a fabulous car.
 
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