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I currently have a 2003 Dodge SRT4 and although its fast handles pretty well, I really need something with a little more style/luxury while retaining a powerful engine. Driving clients around in racing seats isn't always the best for them <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> Hence my interest in the S60R; beautiful styling, great lookin interior, and a nice little 5 cylinder under the hood. <p>So my question for anyone is SoCal is this: where do you recommend I go for a good "dealer" experience. I've had bad dealer experiences in the past and like to ask others of their opinions regarding local dealers.<p>Also, if you have a friend who is selling his/her 2005+ R in SoCal and they haven't beaten the crap out of it, lemme know <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> Im in the market!
 

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Re: New to the Volvo world... (Tekk)

Not much room in the back seat of an S for clients, IMHO. I would look for a V for that- there's an additional 2" of legroom.
 

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Well, I got my last 3 Volvo's from Rusnak Volvo in Pasadena. Talk to Hanni, he is a friend of mine and he is the sales mngr. Tell him Scott sent you and to give you 'The Deal' <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> Hammer him good too. Santa Monica Volvo is also a good joint, though I have not dealt with their sales dept. Whatever you do, shop around. There is also a Volvo dealer in Culver City though I can't recall it's name.
 

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Welcome to the board. You may want to check the Classified section for any possible used R's in your area. Of course, there's always Autotrader or other similar search sites.<p>Best of luck.
 

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Yeah there isn't a TON of room but lemme tell ya Im sure its alot better than the absolute 0 room behind me in an SRT4 <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Nikh - Thanks for the tip. I'll have to check out their inventory and talk to your buddy. I've heard some decent things about the Calabasas Volvo too.<p><br>I've actually searched AutoTrader and found a really nice 05, MT, ~7000 miles with all the trimmings (sport body kit, leather, etc, altho I dont know about the Navi) but according to the initial CarFax report (haven't bought it yet) it has 6 records. Its in Vegas which is pretty close. Its $33k listed (possibly negotiable). Sounds like a decent deal but its hard to give it a test drive for it being so far away.
 

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Hey there... I got both of mine from Volvo OF Santa Monica. They were great on the first deal, then when I had an accident, after the car was fixed they took it on a trade. Granted...I did not get the same deal the second time around, but I had a pretty bad accident. Had they not like me, they would not have taken mine in trade, just to sell it off wholesale.<p>Give them a try.
 

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Re: New to the Volvo world... (parkstephen)

Thanks for the reply guys <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I actually went to the Ontario Volvo dealership on Friday (last day of the month) to see what type of deal I might be offered. Wasn't really gonna buy unless a major deal was presented to me. In any case, they had several R's on the lot and one certified used one. The guy didn't really take me too seriously most likely because I am on the younger side of his usual customers but he still gave me a test drive. It was an 06 with pretty much all the trimmings except the MT. I asked him about how hard it is to find a MT R and he said they are pretty darn rare. But in any case, the auto was VERY nice. <p>My first impressions were way beyond what I had expected from the R. Great acceleration (not whip my head back like my SRT but it was an auto and the R definitely weighs more...not a problem), beautiful interior, very low in cabin noise, drives like a dream. I wanted to buy it right then and there. But no impulse buy that day. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>In any case, the R was fantastic. A few questions tho:<p>1 - The auto tranny is about .5 seconds slower in 0-60 correct?<br>2 - Do any of the ECU upgrades out there (IPD, Evolve, etc) firm up the shifts for the auto?<br>3 - If #2 is a no is there any other way to firm up the shifts?<br>4 - What is the AWD split between the front/back? 70/30? more/less?<p>Altho Im not totally against purchasing the auto (I do sit in tons of traffic), Id much rather have the MT...of course if its incredibly hard to find I'll just settle with the auto.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Tekk</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Thanks for the reply guys <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>In any case, the R was fantastic. A few questions tho:<p>1 - The auto tranny is about .5 seconds slower in 0-60 correct?<br>2 - Do any of the ECU upgrades out there (IPD, Evolve, etc) firm up the shifts for the auto?<br>3 - If #2 is a no is there any other way to firm up the shifts?<br>4 - What is the AWD split between the front/back? 70/30? more/less?<p>Altho Im not totally against purchasing the auto (I do sit in tons of traffic), Id much rather have the MT...of course if its incredibly hard to find I'll just settle with the auto.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Well good luck with your search. I think I answered one of these questions in another post, but i'll contribute what I can. <br>1. The auto tranny is about .5 seconds slower to 60, during typical driving. If you are into burning up your clutch, then it can be up to a second faster. <br>2. THe ECU upgrade will firm up the shifts some, but it's still not going to be the manual transmission shifts unless you are gunning it. Hitting the Sport button behind the shifter in the auto should also help to firm up shifts. But beware that the ecu could void your warranty, so make sure that your service department is ok with mods before going in for service. <br>3. Shifts may be firmed up more with some other upgrades that will allow the engine to respond more quickly, such as the downpipe and exhaust.<br>4. Under normal conditions, the torque split is actually 90/10 front to back. it can go entirely FWD, but not entirely RWD. The max exchange is 30/70 front to rear under wheelspin or very hard driving. It's not the same as say an Audi S4's split, the EVO, or the Sti.
 

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Welp I tried Carmax.com. They seem to have about 4 R's in their system (none in Los Angeles area but can be transferred for a fee). All 2004's tho. I was hoping for a 2005 or newer (but as I understand there was no major difference for the manuals between the years). Still gotta hunt around. It'll be around a month or 2 before I really buy buy buy (unless an amazing deal drops in my lap of course) so I still have time for inventory to update at the dealerships.<p>Another question: my company enables us to be members of the Ford Partnership program which allows us to purchase cars are dealership invoice prices. According to their site, that sets an 06 R at ~$36k base. With a few options that I want I could get it easily under ~$39k. Now for just about 8-9k more (in comparison to used ones on Autotrader/Carmax which are about 30k for an 04) I could get a brand spankin new one. IMO, its worth the extra cash. Of course now the question is 1 - Finding a dealership with a manual or 2 - if I cant find one will they give me invoice price if I order direct.
 
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