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Hello all, I've been hanging around here for a little while trying to learn what I can from you guys about the new V50. To start last fall I sadly turned in my 2001 V40, I hated it at first (what highschool kid wants a V40) but then after having it for a while I grew to love the car. She took care of me when I needed her to, plowing right through a dear like it was a cat at nearly 60mph (I seriously considered not stopping). <p>Since I am studying abroad I didn't worry about getting a new car, i.e. Volvo untill I got back. However my dad let me know of a brand new 2005 Volvo V50 T5 with everything except sport susp., and dynamic trim for 24.9K . It doesnt have the 6spd or AWD but for that price I am not going to complain that much. <p>On to the questions, My V40 had a tow hook that took the beatings from the uneven driveway at my apt, so is there a similar tow hook on the new V50 that could take the same beating esp. if I put the heico (or similar) springs on it? Also, I read somewhere here that the volutions are too heavy, what weight for a wheel is considered too heavy? spefically 18-19 inches x 8.5<p>Sorry for the long first post guys and gals I appreciate the help.<p>MTS
 

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Re: New to the crowd, got a few questions (ITSNOTAWAGON)

All Volvos (most other euro cars too) come with a screw-in tow hook now. There is a forged threaded eyelet in the trunk and little door in each bumper covering the hole it screws into.<p><IMG SRC="http://apps.volvocars.us/ownersdocs/2005/2005_S40/IMAGES/pg110.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>So, no hook to scrape.<p>Tom.
 

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Re: New to the crowd, got a few questions (tmtalpey)

Too heavy of a wheel is more of a personal opinion . for me a $400 28 lb 18 x8 Heico is too heavy vs my 26 lb ats $125 wheel of the same size and specs. IMO 26 lbs is also TOO heavy , Evolve has a hollow spoke 18 x 8,5 that hits the scale at 20 lbs for $450 I believe. a few forged ones are lighter . I like the centerlines, very light very cheap , 18 x 7,5 = 14 lbs , PROBLEM is load rating , these wheels aren't designed for a car weighing more than 3000 lbs. stock volvo 17s are around 23 lbs. IMO , I would spend a little more to upgrade size, but wouldn't spend a lot for added weight. evolve wheels seem at least for me a great solution.
 
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