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I did it. After going back and forth between the R, Lexus IS350, Audi S4, and the BMW 330xi I chose the R this afternoon at Power Volvo in Irvine, CA. It was the only MT in Orange County (out of 2 dealers) and just happened to be in Black Sapphire Metallic with the blackish blue leather interior (what I was looking for). I didn't know it until I got to the dealer but it it had the sport body package which was a plus. I called in ahead of time and they had it prepped on the lot, started up, A/C blowing (Volvo thermometer read 97 degrees at time of test drive) and ready to go. The saleswoman was really great (used to be a social worker who helped families deal with drug addiction), knew just about everything about the R but also knew that I was well versed so she wasn't controling the conversation (which is how I like my salespeople). We took it for a freeway & street test drive, about 4 miles in all. The first few times I started from a stop I was having some problems with the clutch (the "engagement" point was a lot lower) so I'm sure I'll be slow off the block until I get the hang of it, also (not sure if it was because it was a very hot day affecting the turbo) the acceleration in the low RPMs of 1st gear was lacking (even my old '00 Civic Si feels more pickup for the first 1/2 sec) but once I got to around 2k RPM the sucker really takes off... in order not to exceed the 4k RPM limit (which I hear you should limit it to for the first 1k miles) I had to shift through 3rd pretty fast but the short throws made it quicker than I first thought it would be. Cornering was fun as well, for some reason it felt like it had better handling than my girlfriends G35 which really hugs, perhaps it was the fact that this was a MT and her's is an AT so I helped my cornering by downshifting. I told them I was looking to do a 36 month lease so when we got back to the dealer she brought a preliminary figure out (without checking credit) as to what the offer would be if I had Tier 1 credit, the payment was in the $580's without tax and I said no thanks because I knew what my target was, we started talking about MF's & residuals and honestly it was a little much for her so she brought out a finance manager to sit with all of us to discuss things from a financially intelligent point of view. Ran my credit, turned out I was a Tier 2 from US Bank, money factor was .00265, residual on the 36 month term was 41% for 15k miles. Payment was about $40 too high so I asked to look at the 48 month terms (33% residual) and the payment was where I wanted. At the last second I asked them to throw in the iPod and all weather rubberized mats and they did it without adjusting any of the figures. So the MSRP was $45,020 and the ending cap cost (included acquisition & a $100 "deposit waiver fee", not sure if that was bogus or not) was a couple bucks under $33k. Without taxes the payment was around $495, with taxes it was $535, and I opted to finance LoJack & PermaPlate which brought the payment up to $557. I put down $2k, which a little over $1k was used for a cap cost reduction (leftover paid title, registration, etc.). Total setup is: '06 S60 R, Black Sapphire Metallic, Black/Blue "R" Full Soft Metallic Leather, 18" Pegasus, Premium Package, Sport Body Package, Climate Package, Satellite Radio Prep, iPod adapter, Rubber Mats<p>Now since this is a lease am I able to modify the R to my liking or does Volvo/US Bank expect it back with the same parts they leased it to me with? I'm not going to totally soup it up, just 50% tint (classic look), TME springs/suspension, bushings, rear bar, for a little tighter & lower ride (gap looks too big even with the 18" Pegasus), and doing a 30/70 mix of 100 octane. <p>Oh yeah, was the PermaPlate a ripoff? Says it eliminates the need to wax and any sap, bugs, etc. that won't come off they'll professionally remove for free. Was $895 but I got it for under $500.<p>Ah, what fun I'll have driving it down PCH tomorrow!
 

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Re: One more R owner in Southern California (liverichly)

Sorry but yes the Permaplate was a ripoff. It's just an expensive wax job. Please please don't neglect to wax the car. And yes heat sucks the life out of this car. Wait till you drive it in the winter when temps go down to the 50-60's.
 

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Just FYI the leather is called "Nordkap" after municipality in the county of Finnmark, Norway. Enjoy the R!
 

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Re: One more R owner in Southern California (liverichly)

Congratulations on the R.<p>You can add equipment just keep in mind you will get nothing for it when you return the car at the end of the lease.
 

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Thanks, I changed my sig to correct the leather, and thanks for the tips on the mods, I wasn't expecting to get a higher residual turning it in, I just didn't want them to get pissed off if it comes back different than they sold it to me.
 

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Be aware that the change in springs, although an improvement in handing, will give the dealer a reason, justified or not, to deny any waranty claim related to suspension. There have been many threads on this issue.
 

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Sweet. Seems to be quite a few of us in Suthern Cali.<br>I leased mine also. Did 48 months/12k per year. Was a great deal. I bail on cars every 3-4 years anyway, so good deal for me.<p>Yours sounds exactly like what I was hoping for, but Carlesbad only had 3 R's (2 black with tan interior and my electric silver one...all 3 geartronic with standard body). Loving it anyway. Been getting used to the slapstick on the wine country roads of Temecula.<p>I plan on doing some basic mods too...then swapping back to stock when I turn it in in 4 years. You can always throw it in the paper and private-party sell it for a few bucks more than the payoff. Resale is pretty good on these from what I've seen, so good potential.<p>Theres a meet in Santa Barbara next Saturday. Check it out at the Volvospeed.com forums. I'm brand new to the Volvo community too and i'm taking wifey and the kid up there. Can caravan from the 71 @ Chino Hills or something if you want.<p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>SoCal_S60R</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> Resale is pretty good on these from what I've seen, so good potential.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>That's an emphatic NO. Resale on these cars is worse than crap. There are a few posts on what these cars go for on auction and its horrendous. I'm sure JRL can chime in on a few.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>rogersampson</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Be aware that the change in springs, although an improvement in handing, will give the dealer a reason, justified or not, to deny any waranty claim related to suspension. There have been many threads on this issue.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I was reading that some dealers (mainly one in MA) are adding those "after market" parts prior to selling it on the lot. Do you think the chances are good of keeping it under warranty if I ask Volvo to install the springs, etc.?
 

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I was actually willing to drive to Santa Monica if meant test-driving a manual, based on their website inventory they appear to have about 10 R's in stock right now, quite a few with MT.<p>I was checking out volvospeed.com after I read it in a post earlier today, saw the meet/GTG details too. It sounds like something I'd really enjoy (especially if you take PCH from Santa Monica north to Santa Barbara) but I put aside some projects this weekend to spend yesterday at the dealer & today having fun driving, so if I don't get my bathroom fixtures figured out & ordered this upcoming weekend my girlfriend is going to kill me. I'll be monitoring and trying to participate in the forums to see when the next one is.<p>I hope the resale value is enough to sell it to a private party and make a profit but somehow I don't think it will be. I plan on turning it in at lease end and getting a hybrid of some sort.<p>Finally this evening it fell below 80 degrees and the pickup was a lot more noticeable in 1st & 2nd gears, car really handles well, I can really feel the AWD around the street corners. Doesn't quite feel ike a BMW but it's close (at least to me).<p>Also I didn't notice it until this morning but I have what appears to be some curb rash on the inside left part of the front spoiler, was there before I got it I'm 100% sure (the 3 times I've parked it they've all been parallel to the curb), do you guys think Volvo will take care of this at no cost?<p><IMG SRC="http://img70.imageshack.us/img70/2798/scrape279069ag.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Turns out Volvo will do the cosmetic at no cost (I wasn't expecting anything less), all on the same day as the Permaplate... nice.
 

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Nice <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Im in Irvine quite a bit for work (although I live in Pasadena) so maybe one night we can meet up if you're in the area....traffic is never fun on the way back so Im always looking for an excuse to stay down here longer
 

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What's the details on the Santa Barbara GTG? I can't seem to find any threads on GTG's on Volvospeed and I don't feel like registering.
 

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It was supposed to be here:<br><A HREF="http://volvospeed.com/vs_forum/index.php?showtopic=51712" TARGET="_blank">http://volvospeed.com/vs_forum...51712</A>
 

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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">Nice <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Im in Irvine quite a bit for work (although I live in Pasadena) so maybe one night we can meet up if you're in the area....traffic is never fun on the way back so Im always looking for an excuse to stay down here longer</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I live down in Aliso Viejo which is about 8-10 miles south of Irvine, a $4.50 tollroad ride away (or if you have FastTrak it's $3.50 I think). I'm a 9am til when the g/f comes home worker (albeit I work from home) so there's not a whole lot of afterwork activities I engage in (other than watching TV and working some more, I'm a pretty busy mortgage broker) but for 10-15 minutes I can always take a break. <p>If anyone ever wants to carve some canyons on a weekend (Ortega or otherwise) give me a week or two notice and I should be down.. I've never been to a track or really "experienced" the car yet, I tried and the g/f's eyes became so wide I wisely figured it was better to keep her than to keep on having a great amount of fun, it'd be great to take her out and stretch her legs (I'm talking about the car).
 

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Lol...<p>Well, me & the wifey & kid will be heading out of the I.E. about 8-ish or so Saturday. We'll be going 15N to 91W to 71N to 210 up to the grapevine. Anyone want to meet up to caravan to SB, let me know.
 

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I wouldn't trust the 91 west of the 55 either. What route are you planning on taking from the 210/5 interchange? Let me live vicariously...
 

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Re: One more R owner in Southern California (liverichly)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>liverichly</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Now since this is a lease am I able to modify the R to my liking or does Volvo/US Bank expect it back with the same parts they leased it to me with? I'm not going to totally soup it up, just 50% tint (classic look), TME springs/suspension, bushings, rear bar, for a little tighter & lower ride (gap looks too big even with the 18" Pegasus), and doing a 30/70 mix of 100 octane. <br> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I would assume that you can NOT modify anything on a lease...mechanical wise. Also, keep in mind that Power, while very friendly and helpful, will automatically void your warrenty after seeing the aftermarket suspension. Believe me...I've had the car in for service at Power.
 

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Re: One more R owner in Southern California (KillerB)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>KillerB</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>I would assume that you can NOT modify anything on a lease...mechanical wise. Also, keep in mind that Power, while very friendly and helpful, will automatically void your warrenty after seeing the aftermarket suspension. Believe me...I've had the car in for service at Power.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yeah I've heard not mod friendly down there. Although I dont have any mods, the last time I talked in length with Don at EVOLVE, he said the guys at Pasadena RUSNAK are pretty good with warranty claims (having EVOLVE products helps even more I bet). I've also talked to a few techs at Ontario Volvo and they didn't hesitate at the mention of mods and warranty still covering the parts. Of course, this is just what they say...who knows what actual practice is.
 
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