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Hello all,<P>I can't believe I've only just found this site! Apologies in advance for the length of this post, but I've quite a few questions.<P>I've currently got a '98 C70 T5 GT coupe (UK Spec). For the money, I don't think there's much to touch it in terms of performance and comfort but I have had a couple of problems with the car in the two years I've had it.<P>The first relates to the windscreen (windshield?). I'm on my 5th! After the orginal was cracked, the replacements have either leaked, creaked, cracked or squeeked. The replacements have all been OEM parts but there seems to be some problem in fitting them. I'm beginning to wonder if the aperture is slightly out of spec. Has anyone else had similar problems?<P>The second relates to the car's power delivery. According to all the information I've got, peak torque should be available from as low as 2500 rpm (implying that the turbo is fully wound up at this point). On my car it's more like 4000rpm. There's nothing wrong as such (and I've been assured by two different Volvo dealers that the car is fine) but I can't help but feel a little hard done by because it makes the car feel quite sluggish at low engine speeds. I know you can tweak the actuator rod to alter the rate at which the boost builds up but I'd rather keep the car standard. Could it have been mis-set at the factory? Is there much variation between cars?<P>Despite the problems, I've got a new (identical) C70 on order. I've heard that the coupe won't be in production for much longer and I thought I'd get one to spec while I still could. Everything seems to have improved with the exception of the brakes. My current car has 302mm discs (rotors?) on the front while the new models all seem to come with 280mm ones. Why the reduction? Have the materials changed or is this just a case of one-size-fits-all?<P>And finally...<P>This might vary from country to country, but in the UK you can choose how you'd like the chassis set up. There are 5 options (although not every option is available on every model):<P>- Comfort<BR>- Dynamic<BR>- Low Dynamic<BR>- Sport<BR>- Low Sport<P>T5s (HPTs?) come with 'Sport' as standard but you can have 'Low Sport' as a no-cost option. Does anybody know if Low Sport gives a harsher ride than Sport or is it just lower as the name suggests.<P>Thanks in advance<P>Scott<P>
 

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wow.. well first off WELCOME to sweedspeed<P>i dunno whats going on wiht your windscreen. it should be one with no problem. perhaps a direct letter of complaint to Volvo's Main Customer Care would be in order... if this problem cant be fixed correctly. maybe they will recommend you to a better dealer/repair place.<P>the cars power delivery... is this after 2 years of driving that the turbo now spools up at 4000 rpm? i might think that maybe a dirty air filter, or maybe some new belts are needed. <P>i dont know of any chasis set up here in the US. there is just HPT coupe, LPT coupe, HPT convert, lpt convert, nothing about chasis. i would think the low sport would mean your car would have lower springs to have a lower profile car, which is for better handling. i doubt the ride will be significantly reduced from the "sport" setup. if you want to be comfort.. you will probably get softer suspension for a more luxurious ride.<P>Good Luck... and post some pics of your new ride
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by SG:<BR><B><BR>T5s (HPTs?) come with 'Sport' as standard but you can have 'Low Sport' as a no-cost option. Does anybody know if Low Sport gives a harsher ride than Sport or is it just lower as the name suggests.<BR></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>I've got the low sport option on mine and wouldn't say that the ride was harsh at all although there is a noticeable improvement in handling from the 'standard' set up.
 

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Well I have got the sport on mine and the ride is harsh and with the strut brace it makes it worse but I corner great though..lol
 

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Thanks for the replies.<P>Re. the power delivery: The turbo has always been late to spool up. I suspect it's the way it left the factory. A few of the car magazines over here have reported noticeable differences in performance between supposedly identical turbo Volvos. I'd be interested in knowing how precisely each car is set up.<P>Re. the chassis: My current car has the 'Sport' chassis. I wouldn't mind the car a bit lower but I'd be reluctant if it meant a harder ride. There are too many potholes around here and I like my teeth where they are <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P>Scott
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by SG:<BR><B>Thanks for the replies.<P>Re. the power delivery: The turbo has always been late to spool up. I suspect it's the way it left the factory. A few of the car magazines over here have reported noticeable differences in performance between supposedly identical turbo Volvos. I'd be interested in knowing how precisely each car is set up.<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>It is true that some turbos are faster than others. I have driven T5s that are eother superfast or normal (and a few that were dogs) and I have also driven some XCs which felt borderline average T5ish and some Xcs that a diesel could beat!<P>But a turbo not spooling up until...4000rpm??? That is crazy!<P>Yannis<P><P>
 
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