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The new R is home; safe and sound

I'm finally home with my new R and couldn't be happier. For any of you in the New York metro, the people at Kundert Volvo in Englewood, NJ were excellent to work with. My observations about the R so far:<p>Good:<p>The stereo; OMG I feel like I'm in a discotheque, which is a good thing to me!<p>The power; who said the heat zaps the power out of this car? I ran it in 90-95 degree heat all the way from NYC to Columbia over the last 2 days and it purred like a kitten.<p>The seats; way more comfy than my old Jetta<p>The Air Conditioning; the air is cold IMMEDIATELY; my Jetta took 5 minutes to get cool air and 10 before the car was comfortable. By then I was either already at work or already home. I've never had a car with air that got cold anywhere near this quick.<p>The color; sonic blue is the bomb, I couldn't be happier!<p>The interior; Nordkap is awesome, in fact I'm thinking of naming him "Nordy".<p>The gas mileage has been a pleasant surprise; everything I read said the gas mileage for the first few thousand miles would be terrible; with mostly NYC and NJ driving for the first tankful I got 18.6 mpg and with mostly highway driving I got almost 24.4 mpg. If this improves after a few thousand miles I'll really be happy.<p>The stereo; its so good I had to mention it again.<p>The bad:<p>Yes, the rims do scratch easily. I nicked a curb in the DC area and I've already scratched one of them; luckily you only notice it from about 2 feet away looking right at the scratches.<p>The comfort setting; the rear sway is bad if you hit a bad bump or have a tight curve. This iseasily remedied by using the sport setting most of the time.<p>The seat belt; the edge hits me on the neck, does anyone know how to adjust this?<p>All in all, the complaints are minor and the car is better than I could have ever imagined.<p>P.S. I've yet to see a problem with the R's turning radius, as mentioned by a number of people. I've already made several U-turns without a problem.<p><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by waccamatt at 12:31 AM 7-13-2006</i>
 

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Re: The new R is home; safe and sound (waccamatt)

Yes, an '06 R is a beautiful thing!<p>Enjoy the blue! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: The new R is home; safe and sound (waccamatt)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>waccamatt</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>The power; who said the heat zaps the power out of this car? I ran it in 90-95 degree heat all the way from NYC to Columbia over the last 2 days and it purred like a kitten.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>I notice little or no problems either. I'm begining to wonder if it's a pre 06 problem due to the fact that Volvo swapped out the metal intake for plastic and gave us the better AWD software.<p>Enjoy the Sonic Blue, that's an awesome color.
 

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Re: The new R is home; safe and sound (KillerB)

Thanks KillerB; I'm really going to have to watch the speedometer.
 

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Re: The new R is home; safe and sound (DANIELSWEM)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>DANIELSWEM</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">uk list £ 500 pounds per peg</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Ouch! They're less than $300 for us. <p><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 notice little or no problems either. I'm begining to wonder if it's a pre 06 problem due to the fact that Volvo swapped out the metal intake for plastic and gave us the better AWD software.<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>I doubt the heat soak is a pre-'06 problem. I fail to see how upgraded AWD <B>hardware</B> would have anything to do with power. The plastic charge cooler pipe could help a bit, but the intercooler's design is still the same. <p>The car does dog down in the dog days of summer but it's still not slow. Just wait until it gets cool!
 

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Re: The new R is home; safe and sound (needsdecaf)

I was going to say the same thing. If you think it's fast now, wait until that first cold October morning <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: The new R is home; safe and sound (JRL)

Congrats on "nordy". <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> You're going to get lots of compliments on that color. I've got 1800 miles on the clock and loving every minute inside the cockpit. You stepped up from a Jetta...I came from an S60 T5. We're waiting for the pics!
 

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Re: The new R is home; safe and sound (waccamatt)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>waccamatt</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">For any of you in the New York metro, the people at Kundert Volvo in Englewood, NJ were excellent to work with.<br><i>Modified by waccamatt at 12:31 AM 7-13-2006</i></TD></TR></TABLE><p>I couldn't agree more <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: The new R is home; safe and sound (JJRedRNYC)

Welcome, and I hope Nordy treats you right. As others have stated about the performance..... if you think this car is fast now in 90-95f driving,when it is 40f and less it is as if you gave your car steroids. You will simply be amazed at the difference. I never owned a turbo car before but I am hooked now. Good day mate, Rick
 

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Re: The new R is home; safe and sound (needsdecaf)

Wouldn't a metal intake pick up more heat in the engine compartment vrs the plastic which is lighter and more insolated agains heat?
 

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Im with KillerB and the OP... it has been near 100 degrees here for the past month or so... I do NOT notice a huge power decrease even with the AC on... I suppose with the AC on it feels like ANY other car with the ac on, except mine blows real cold <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> Every car on the planet performs better in cooler weather, I just have seen so many say that their cars become almost like pintos in the heat, not mine at all.
 

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Congrats on a great choice! <p>I've been in my new R for only a couple of weeks now, but every day I love it more and more. Last night I couldn't get to sleep so at 11:30 I pulled it in to the garage and polished and waxed the hood! And it was actually the first time I had started it up at night, I sat there like a little kid with my jaw dropped open at how cool the dash looked lit up at night.<p>It's a great car and from what I have gathered here you'll only like it more as time goes by.<p>Enjoy!<p>gb
 

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Thanks guys, I have never loved a car as much as this one, so far. Does anyone else have the problem with the seat belt hitting them on their neck. I'm short (5'9"), but not THAT short.
 

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Re: The new R is home; safe and sound (JRL)

<I>I was going to say the same thing. If you think it's fast now, wait until that first cold October morning </I><p>Just in time to take some road trips to see my Gamecocks whip up on some SEC opponents. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Another thing I thought about today was the time I was racing out in Las Vegas and it was 107 out. No problems keeping ahead. No big signs of power loss. <p>I just think pre 06 has different tuning characteristics with temperatures. Just look...you guys are starting to complain at or above 85. Majority of the 06's here don't talk about heat stroke...wonder why? In fact much of us haven't seen it.<br>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>waccamatt</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Thanks guys, I have never loved a car as much as this one, so far. Does anyone else have the problem with the seat belt hitting them on their neck. I'm short (5'9"), but not THAT short.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I was going to be a smart ass and say grow a couple of inches, but at 5'9" you shouldn't be too bad. Maybe your legs are just redicoulsly long compared to your torso <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<I>I was going to be a smart ass and say grow a couple of inches, but at 5'9" you shouldn't be too bad. Maybe your legs are just redicoulsly long compared to your torso </I><p>LOL, actually I have short legs, maybe I just lean too far to the left, lol.<p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>waccamatt</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><I>I was going to be a smart ass and say grow a couple of inches, but at 5'9" you shouldn't be too bad. Maybe your legs are just redicoulsly long compared to your torso </I><p>LOL, actually I have short legs, maybe I just lean too far to the left, lol.<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>The seat belt height has an automatic adjuster. If you look at the slot on the B pillar it's rather long, and designed to roll up or down the spool to suit your height. Perhaps that is not setting itself correctly? Play around with it and see if you can get it to come out at the bottom of the slot.
 
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