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I've had my 98 V70 AWD since may of 97. Mine's a 5 speed manual model which was offered in Canada for a while but never in the US.<P>Over all the car has served very well as out main family hauler. It's less sporty than what I'd hoped it would be but it is second to none in inclement weather and on long highway trips. <P>My only objection to this car is the lack luster performance of the motor. I guess it's the turbo aspect which I object to the most. I just can't get over the fact that I've really got to get the engine up past the 3000rpm range to really get it going. It's also a struggle to keep it in that high range to maintain performance. After four years I think I'm simply growing tired of this set up. It became even more pronounced when I bought the 2000 Jetta GLX with that sweet VR6 engine. It's a pleasure to drive in almost any RPM range with no lag to contend with at all.<P>The suspension on the Volvo also leaves much to be desired. It's fine for normal driving but start pushing the car into corners and the lean and roll is completely distracting. <P>Other than that, love the car. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><BR>
 

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I have same complaint about the motor. I have a V70R AWD with a chip, dual exhaust, turbo wastegate adjustment, and k&n filter. There is not much power until the turbo builds boost, and even then it doesnt exactly set me back in my seat. Perhaps it's because the AWD is just to heavy to expect any kind of real performance.
 

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I drove the R on a test-drive and bought the AWD, so I knew what I was getting into with the added weight limit. <P>I'm therefore not that unhappy with the LPT. I actually kind of like it because you can drive it for sport or mileage, changing your habits. On long highway cruises I can squeeze out 25 or 26 mpg, which on a car that weighs this much is OK with me. Around back roads I can stomp on it, live with a little turbo lag and still have a little fun. It's obviously a compromise-engineered engine, but it's loads better than the base offering in the '98-'00 cars. <P>Boy, I wish they'd certified the 5-speed with this engine in the States, though. <p>[This message has been edited by BearX220 (edited 12-11-2000).]
 

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You can get a chip from Wetterhauer for this engine and boost the HP and torque to almost V70 HPT levels. It's supposed to work quite well. I don't know that you'd want to go with swapping turbo's given that this would be a cheaper and easier option.<P>The only thing that gives me reason for pause is not knowing the long term effects of added stress on sundry components in the engine and transmission due to this upgrade.<P>
 
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