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Long time browser, first time poster here <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> . I picked up my R in March; did the factory pick up, yada yada. I know there a lots of other military program owners here, many of whom are still stationed in Germany, as well as local owners. My question is simple, can anyone recommend a performance center/tuning shop in Germany? I'm thinking about some light modding, but I'm a little too intimidated to do it myself, and want someone reputable who will stand by their work. Any input is greatly appreciated <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Talk to "R" Kelly, let me see if I can get you a direct link to a PM window for him. <p>He would know better than anyone.<p>Welcome Aboard<p>EDIT: Voila! <A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerouser?cmd=viewprofile&id=9246" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/z...=9246</A><p>Hope this helps
 
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Re: Performance Centers in Germany? (tji)

TJI-<p>you should get in touch with HEICO SPORTIV, located in Weiterstadt, just minutes from Darmstadt. Everyone speaks English and they have taken care of servicemen in Germany for years. HEICO has on on site dyno and can certify any mods you make, and with new R Software and downpipe for the R you have plenty to choose from . They also conduct full day Driver Training courses on the Nurburgring (the next one is October 2nd). Another advantage is that should you ship your Volvo back to the US, HEICO SPORTIV North America can handle warranty or replacement in the future. You can reach HEICO at (0)6151-300 95 -0. You can tell them that Jeff from HSNA asked you to give them a call.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Copeland</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Talk to "R" Kelly, let me see if I can get you a direct link to a PM window for him. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>There is a dealer in Frankfurt that is very mod-friendly, ArtVandelay0023 went to him to have his mods done. <p>Mattusch in Kaiserslautern actually sells HEICO parts, but their service department doesn't have a good reputation. <p>Everyone in Ramstein area went to Autozentrum2000 in Homburg, ask for Martin Lawrence (service mgr) or Mathias Kohler (parts). In a word, they are awesome. They did all my mods, and supplied parts to many people on the board through me. Autozentrum2000 even sponsored the R-Gang at our GTGs. <p>Check with your local dealer though, most dealers in Europe are mod friendly, they are fine with most everything except touching your ECU. However, there are softloaders that are very hard to detect...
 

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Guys, thanks a lot for your help. I really didn't expect such a quick and helpful response. I'm definately going to be on the forums more:) <p>Anyway, I'm gonna check out HEICO SPORTIV and Autozentrum2000. I'll let you know how it works out.
 

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Tim, your best bet for mods is to first develop a good relationship with your dealer like Bryan and I did with our Wittlich dealer. They installed virtually all of our parts. Then watch here on SS or do a lot of searches for what your interested in. Order your parts from the states, European parts companies are usually a lot more expensive. Installs at the dealer may be a little more expensive but they have access to all the tech data and parts, plus they love seeing the "R's" getting modded!!!!!
 

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Good tips, think I'll check out the Heico works very soon. <p>Thanks!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Performance Centers in Germany? (tji)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>tji</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Long time browser, first time poster here <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> . I picked up my R in March; did the factory pick up, yada yada. I know there a lots of other military program owners here, many of whom are still stationed in Germany, as well as local owners. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Tji how did the purchase program work out for you. I am leaving for Korea on monday and i have been talking with the sales rep over there on a possible purchase of the R when my assignment comes to a close. Any advice?<p>Cant wait to get to Germany one day!!
 

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Re: Performance Centers in Germany? (Token Blk Guy)

Token Blk Guy,<br>The program itself if pretty straightforward and easy. You get pricing up front, and all the options and programs are explained in detail. I saved about 6000 versus what I priced online. Of course, people stateside may have better results than the online price since you can negotiate it. Naturally, I didn't pay any taxes either. Although all the makers here have some sort of program, Volvo seemed to me to be the most bang for the buck.<p>The overall buying experience is still largely based on the dealer. I went through Al in Mainz-Kastel, and was pretty happy with him. He was helpful and did what was necessary to secure the sale (multiple test drives, etc). <p>Of additional note, I did the factory pickup in Sweden. It was a 300 dollar option (900 versus the standard 600 delivery fee). For this I got train and ferry tickets for two. The German trains are, of course, easy and reliable. The ferry is really a small cruise ship, and can accomodate 500 vehicles at a time. Once there, they warmly received me, and drove us to the factory in a limo. At the factory, they brought my shiny car out and painstakingly explained every last detail, including all the service and warranty info (a nice touch). The tour of the Gotenburg facility was actually a little disappointing. There is a new facility which is like a little museum, but we didn't actually see any of the factory itself. After lunch with the staff and fellow buyers (about 6 cars worth of buyers flew in from the states) we begin the return trip. We were actually the only ones from Germany, so everyone else had to fly back without their cars - what a tease <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> We spent about 5 hours in Gotenburg, which is very nice, but very cold in March. An overnight ferry ride, and 4 hours on the autobahn (right at the break-in limit of 4000 rpm and 110 mph) and it was over.<p>Almost 6 months later and I'm still very happy. I've been to 155 mph a few times now, and next month I'll go in for the free first service. The only real "problems" are a loose floor vent cover and a mystery cabin rattle.<p>Hope that helps. I would recommend the Volvo program to anyone.<p>Tim
 
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