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So my wife and I are getting rid of our 2005 Honda Civic 2dr to get a new family car. Does anyone have opinions on FWD vs AWD with the S40 T5?
 

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Re: New Guy about to make his first Volvo Purchase (aznm0nk3y)

I went with FWD and it's been just fine. Of course, I live in Louisiana and there really isn't an urgent need for AWD. I don't have to deal with harsh winters or changing terrain and things like that.
 

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Re: New Guy about to make his first Volvo Purchase (40 Rouge)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>40 Rouge</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I went with FWD and it's been just fine. Of course, I live in Louisiana and there really isn't an urgent need for AWD. I don't have to deal with harsh winters or changing terrain and things like that.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Sometimes I think I could use AWD when it rains heavily here. Especially when you go through puddles on the road, the car can sometimes go crazy. <p>If you have the extra money, go with the AWD. Plus, you can have better starts without having to deal with wheelspin.
 

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Re: New Guy about to make his first Volvo Purchase (aznm0nk3y)

I appreciate your opinions. My home back in the states is in Michigan so we do have our share of the whole slippery winter experience, and currently I am stationed near the Alps in Italy so I annually take trips up the mountain to the ski resort. AWD would seem to be the choice hands down, but I have had a few folks tell me about a loss of hp going this route due to the car pushing 4 wheels instead of 2. Anyone know anything about that? If it is true, is it a noticeable amount of loss?
 

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I have the AWD, can't speak for loss of power as I haven't driven the FWD, but I think it still goes like hell! Plus, I have the V50 which is much heavier. I'm very pleased with the AWD.
 

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Re: New Guy about to make his first Volvo Purchase (aznm0nk3y)

You'll appreciate the AWD since the T5 FWD will just spin the front tires. I had both at the same time <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: New Guy about to make his first Volvo Purchase (djeremya)

I switched from a rather heavily modified FWD car to an AWD S40 and the AWD makes the power so much more accessible. I'd recommend going with the AWD.
 

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Re: New Guy about to make his first Volvo Purchase (aznm0nk3y)

Highly recomend the AWD over the FWD. We live in WV and it is great in the winter time <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> there is a small loss of power but it is really more theoretical than actual.<p>If you can swing it get the heated seats as well as the upgraded sound system. I swear the sound in my car is as good or better than my house.<p>By the way what part of Mich. are you from my wife is from the UP and is headed up there in the Volvo in about three weeks.
 

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Re: New Guy about to make his first Volvo Purchase (cwilsong)

Well, you have to weigh the small drivetrain loss against the wheelspin you get from the FWD. If you are asking about power loss, that probably means you enjoy nice quick launches from a stoplight. <p>And in that situation, an AWD will beat the FWD because it can fully put down like what, 5 or 10%? less power than the FWD, which will be spinning its wheels.<p>You can think of it this way: FWD = 230 HP | AWD = 215 HP<br>FWD HP per wheel = 115HP<br>AWD HP per wheel = 54HP<p>Power per wheel is half, but total vehicle output is roughly the same. Honda fits have about 50HP per wheel too - you ever see those doing burnouts? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Sure sure sure, you all can say that the Haldex won't equally distribute the torque to all the wheels and we're not talking about whp, but oh wells.
 

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Re: New Guy about to make his first Volvo Purchase (cwilsong)

I'm from southwest MI, south of Grand Rapids. Michigan is nice this time of year, she should have a nice drive.<p>Thanks Vivek, thats a great way to look at it. I'll definitely be getting AWD now and as for this purchase....tomorrow evening I will know 100% on what I'll be doing (possible buyer test driving my Civic, once she sells, hello S40).
 

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Re: New Guy about to make his first Volvo Purchase (aznm0nk3y)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>aznm0nk3y</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I appreciate your opinions. <B>My home back in the states is in Michigan so we do have our share of the whole slippery winter experience, and currently I am stationed near the Alps in Italy so I annually take trips up the mountain to the ski resort.</B> AWD would seem to be the choice hands down, but I have had a few folks tell me about a loss of hp going this route due to the car pushing 4 wheels instead of 2. Anyone know anything about that? If it is true, is it a noticeable amount of loss?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>By reading this phrase I believe that you really <I>need</I> AWD...<p>Trust me... putting 230bhp and 236 lb-ft down on a wet or slippery road is a rather frustrating experience even with DSTC spin control on. I've tried it numerous times throughout my 5 years with a front-driven S40 T5 and <B>without fail</B> I will get wheelspin. It'll really takes skill to launch a FWD on a slippery road... still practising though... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: New Guy about to make his first Volvo Purchase (frontwheeldriven)

lol, I've had years of experience with FWD on slippery/icey roads. After so long in the north, it comes natural.
 
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