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I am planning on purchasing a new T5. My dealer tells me that I will not be able to order a new T5 as they are now tooling for 2003. He has attempted to locate a T5 with all the options / color I have chosen.

He has found just two in the Northeast, fully loaded... 17" wheels, etc.. but they are WITHOUT the sport option.

I am looking for a firm, comfortable ride, and am not planning on doing much hard driving.

In your collective expert opinion... is the sport suspension a must-have option? Do I purchase the in-stock T5 that my dealer found, or do I wait a few months and order a 2003 T5?

Many thanks for your opinions...

Tony
 

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What are you driving now?

If you can wait, I would wait anyways. The new model year will be better no?
 

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Originally posted by Tony_in_NJ:
I am planning on purchasing a new T5. My dealer tells me that I will not be able to order a new T5 as they are now tooling for 2003. He has attempted to locate a T5 with all the options / color I have chosen.

He has found just two in the Northeast, fully loaded... 17" wheels, etc.. but they are WITHOUT the sport option.

I am looking for a firm, comfortable ride, and am not planning on doing much hard driving.

In your collective expert opinion... is the sport suspension a must-have option? Do I purchase the in-stock T5 that my dealer found, or do I wait a few months and order a 2003 T5?

Many thanks for your opinions...

Tony
I like mine a lot better than the stock setup. I had to wait (they weren't even available in the US so I had to order it overseas delivery) If you're in a rush, just get the base S60, then put in some Koni shocks and a stiffer set of roll bars later on. Amounts to the same thing in the end, it'll just be a tad more expensive, but at least you won't have to wait 6 months.
 

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I took a non-sport T5 instead of waiting several months for a sport and at first I was regretting my decision.

However, after changing out the horrible Pirelli OE tires for a set of Kumho Ecstas last week, I am feeling much better and rethinking upgrading the suspension on my car. Volvo really ought to reconsider it's choice of tire for the T5. If you do get the non-sport, do yourself a favor and dump the Pirellis asap.
 

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Originally posted by Carl Sims:
I took a non-sport T5 instead of waiting several months for a sport and at first I was regretting my decision.

However, after changing out the horrible Pirelli OE tires for a set of Kumho Ecstas last week, I am feeling much better and rethinking upgrading the suspension on my car. Volvo really ought to reconsider it's choice of tire for the T5. If you do get the non-sport, do yourself a favor and dump the Pirellis asap.
Excellent point. I would say non-sport suspension with summer tires (scrap the all-seasons) or sport suspension. I have the sport suspension on my T5 and it is much better dynamically than the non-sport T5. Of course I still put on SP8000s anyway!
 

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My dealer gave me an excellent deal on the T5 that I wanted (except the sport).

I decided to go for it and see how it goes... I do not want to wait the many months for a 2003....

Since I am a moderate to easy driver, I will see how it goes....

Many thanks for the opinions and excellent advice. I will surely be reaching out again with the many questions that a new Volvo owner will come up with...
 

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I just got a new IPD catalog, and they're making a set of roll bars to beef up the roll stiffness, just like the sport package does. You can buy them and retrofit them at any time, but they may cost a tad more than the factory option (The amazing thing was the option was only $100 when I ordered my car in November of 00. I made out like a bandit.)
 

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Originally posted by T5 Dave:
I just got a new IPD catalog, and they're making a set of sway bars to beef up the roll stiffness, just like the sport package does. You can buy them and retrofit them at any time, but they may cost a tad more than the factory option (The amazing thing was the option was only $100 when I ordered my car in November of 00. I made out like a bandit.)
 
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