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Hi All...<p>First time Volvo owner here. Well, not yet. My new 2006 V70 R will be arriving in May or June. I've been an Audi loyalist for many years, and it was a hair-pulling decision between the S4 Avant and the V70 R, but I pulled the trigger on the Volvo (better room, forced induction, booster seats, third row seats [I've gone from single guy to family man...love the child-friendliness], towing capacity, $10K less). Here's hoping I made the right decision. I honestly never thought I'd be a Volvo guy, yet here I am. What has the world come to? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>My much loved 1999 Audi A4 1.8T Avant has served me well, but it's time to move onward and upward. I'm keeping that ride, however, as a toy. I've done a lot of things to it, and since I've got free storage space near Brainerd International Raceway, I think I'm going to really dig into it an make it brutally fast for fun track days. And there's always mid-winter ice-racing on Lake Mille Lacs. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>I'm looking forward to doing research on the Evolve products, and will likely be tapping this forum for advice. I'll read the FAQ, but please don't jump all over me if I miss something or ask something obvious.<p>Here's to getting to know a new family of enthusiasts. <p>Cheers...<p>Matt
 

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Matt, welcome. I bought my V70R for the 3rd row seat and built in boosters too...it is an incredibly versatile car that is also a hoot to drive. <p>cheers<p>Ken
 

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V70 R's also carry kayaks, mountain bikes, road bikes, skis, shot guns, fishing gear, as well as kids. and quite quickly, I might add. If you like yours half as much as I like mine, you will be very happy. oclv
 

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Welcome.<br>May you think also about ipd products. Pretty bulletproof stuff and the BEST customer service if you happen to have a problem
 

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Matt: Welcome to the SS forums. <p>Certainly explore your options before choosing Evolve as your tuner <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Newbie here too<p>Not to Volvo (had a V50 T5 AWD before). But I must say that the"R" forum is so cool that I decided to change for an R too. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Not really want to follow R kelly's way though <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><IMG SRC="http://i3.tinypic.com/wgukc3.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br><i>Modified by sR-71 Blackbird at 3:52 PM 4-25-2006</i><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by sR-71 Blackbird at 8:12 AM 4-26-2006</i>
 

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Ohhh you will be VERY glad you went with the R!!! Sooo much more room than an A6!!! Congrats!
 

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Welcome. I just took delivery of my V70 last month. Here are some pics<br><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=56434" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=56434</A><p>What color/options did you get? I just drove up to Portland OR and back from the Bay Area. It was the most awesome drive ever! I was pushing 100+ MPH through Shasta and Mt. Ashland! The roads up there are great for high speed. Very smooth and pothole free, so I really got to test the Advanced Setting <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> I was able to accelerate past 100mph up a 6% grade in 6th gear!!!<p>There are some pretty sharp "50 mph" curves at Myrtle Creek which I blasted through at like 80 or 90 or something.<p>Anyway, I'm planning on writing more about my trip when I have time.<p>The best compliment/quote I heard along the way was at a gas station. This dude, who was driving a VW R32, came up and was like "Dude, is that really a Volvo Racecar?" <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mlieras</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">What color/options did you get? </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Black Sapphire over Nordkap, Premium Pkg, Climate Pkg, Booster Seats, as options from the factory. Dealer will install roof rails, third-row seat, bluetooth hands-free, and iPod wiring. My window-tint guy will be applying 35% charcoal or grey tinting. I will also be getting winter tires mounted on the factory rims, and will be getting a set of 18" wheels/tires as my summer shoes. I'm trending towards a charcoal or other darker wheel treatment to complete the black-over-black-over-black look, though I haven't decided on that yet.<p>As I did with my Audi, over time, I intend to do some tuning to this vehicle. Thus far, I've only just barely acquainted myself with Evolve products. What other tuning options are out there that people have had good luck with?<p>Thanks for the welcomes and greetings so far. It's nice to meet all of you.<p>Matt
 

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heh - i am a newb too - so just saying HI. <p>Ive had my S60R now for just about 2 weeks. I bought a used 05 with about 13k miles on it.<p>I too came to volvo from Audi. I had an S4 before(which is forsale) I love the new Audis, but I love turbo - and the new S4 isnt a turbo anymore.. So i ended up at volvo. So far I love the car. But there are some things I liked better about my old car. Suspension feel, steering wheel feedback. Also with the Audi quattro system I could break the rear wheels loose.. And that was fun. The Volvo system is probably more safe. I am getting used to it. its a great car. <p>What do you other newbs think of your car when compared to your old car? Especially asking ex Audi drivers. <p>Dont get me wrong. I am totally loving my new S60R. <p>Things I love about it: the interior is sweet. The brakes rule! the engine sound is great. The stereo ROCKS! The shifter is smooth and short. its a great car.<br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcocktl.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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@arethusa71 That's a nice parking line-up you've got there <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Liked my A6 2.7T (especially after ABT tuning <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> ). But it was much a too smooth ride. Great for long trip, but not for fun. <br>Great quality, absolutely no probl in 4 years. But new A6 is getting definitely too long (5.05m), and very expensive. A4 is still too small (next A4 model will be as long as the V70). And for the price of a sporty A4 with all options, you can get an R.<p>Love it so far. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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arethusa71,<p>What's your opinion of the stiffness of the S4 vs. the R in Advanced mode? Specifically when launching from a standstill, is there a difference in the amount of pitch from the S4 to the R?<p>Thanks,<p>LTA<br>
 

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I guess I should have also introduced myself.. I am Adam from Malden MA - just outside of Boston, MA. USA. <p>Hi!!<p>Thanks Allstars - Ive turned into a little bit of a junkie. I think this year the fleet may get reduced a little. Had a lot of health problems in the last few years. hehhe - so I bought cars. <p>Ive driven an older model A6 before, and id agree. They are great cars, but a little 'soft' - Almost too much lux. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>The S4 feels a little between 'sport' and 'advanced' in terms of firmness - but the best thing about the S4 was that its suspension is firm, but forgiving. Our roads are not very good in the Boston area - lots of real bumpy roads. I would love to leave it in advanced, but the car 'hops' on uneven roads - very unforgiving. In advanced setting the S60R takes a corner harder than the S4 on a smooth road. I guess the S4 has softer struts/springs with stronger sway bars maybe?<p>The steering also feels a little more mechanical in the S4- you can feel the road through the wheel. The S60R almost feels like the wheels are floating. Its actually a good feeling too - just very different. <p>The 'chipped' S4 has more pick up off the line than the stock S60R - ill certainly chip the S60R eventually -either IPD or BSR - havent decided. <p>
 

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Hey arethusa...<br>I go to school at Merrimack College, and a couple of my buddies here are from Malden, we're real close... I picked up a 2004 titanium s60R about two weeks back... nice to see another close person with an R... welcome aboard
 
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