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On November 8th I picked up my S80 D5 at the Factory Delivery Center, and my first drive with this car was an eye opener. It drove quietly, smoothly and with power at my command. I put about 1800 KM on the engine before I could get a date with HEICO in Darmstadt, Germany, to do the upgrades that I had planned from the beginning when I ordered this car. Thomas Mueller, a unique combination of mechanic and computer specialist, did the excellent work. In three hours, the motorkit, with a new ECU chip, and the dual sport exhaust was installed. He also installed the aluminum rings on the instrument panel, a really nice touch to the interior, especially at night with the lights on. You can see my pictures from the HEICO experience at http://www.printroom.com/ViewAlbum.asp?userid=bavarianami&album_id=115306, or go to my homepage at http://www.bavarianami.net and click on my Volvo page, or the HEICO link on the "about me" page. The D5 simply is wonderful to drive with the ECU upgrade, and I feel I have the power of a T5, but the fuel comsumption of a very conservative nature. Right now, at 4000 KM I am averageing 7.9 LTR per 100 KM, which is excellent! http://********************/smile/emthup.gif BTW, I have also the alu-pedal kit and the front spoilers, which I hope to mount over the Christmas holidays. I don't understand why the USA doesn't get smart with this and other diesel engines. It is absolutely the finest engine I've ever had in a car! http://********************/smile/emwink.gif
Best from Bavaria! Rick
 

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Re: D5 HEICO Motorkit (bavarianami)

Bavarianami,

Where in Germany are you located? I've been looking at HEICO for a couple of months now. I have their S-80 Catalog and their Motoworks Kit is my top choice, along with other stuff, like their Spring Kit etc. All I can say is nice stuff. I love the Dual exhaust. Did you have to repace the rear bumper trim?

The down side, the price ... especially with the EURO's being stonger than the US Dollar, it makes it even more expensive. Before you say it ... if I am going to do a tuner upgrade ... its going to cost money. What was the total including installation?

So, I guess you highly recommend the HEICO kit. By the way, your car looks sweet!!! I would love to see your car with the Upgrades. So, if you are ever in the Stuttgart area ... let me know, or maybe we can meet in a central location.
 
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