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There was a question about a short shifter for the R.<br>This after a remark from my side that my R was changed to a "short shifter...."<br>What I meant, and also thought I had said, was that early '04 R's came with a different shifter cable and lever setup compared to the newer model.<br>Between introduction and the end of 2003 the shifter cable design has been changed by Volvo because of shifter vibration and noise complaints.<p>Early 2004 the modification has been changed a second time, probably because the first setup didn't solve the problems 100%. The second revision consisted of a new cable set, a new lever setup on the box and some parts like a roller pin needed to be renewed for the install.<p>Besides solving the noise problems the new setup also introduced a shorter left/right throw and a more precise front back throw.<p>My former V70R was prodcution May 2003 and came with the original cable setup. The shifter vibrated in 5th gear but only slightly and I didn't really see the need to change. Over time the noise got worse and 3rd gear also stated making noise so early 2004 I decided to let the dealer change the cable and lever and the difference was obvious.. Much less fluffy shifter behavior which IMO was the best thing about the change.<br>Late last year I traded my V70R for an S60R with the same age, production May 2003, and this car never had the shifter cables replaced. Because the difference in feel of both setups is so very clear I asked the dealer to perform the modification before the car was to be delivered.<br>After ~April 2004 IIRC all R's come with this shifter setup .<p>Sorry for the confusion. I hope things are a bit more clear now.. <br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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so if I have an early 04 model.. made in 03, and my shifter has never been touched, I've got the old setup...and a new setup would feel like a short throw shifter?? and b tighter?<p>gotta complaina bout some 5th gear vibration!!! before my warranty expires in a few thousand miles!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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