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We picked up the car last Tuesday (2004 black/gobi AT V70R w/12k miles) and I had the chance to take a couple of curvy roads on Thursday, but my daughter was in back so I still haven't had a chance to really wring it out in the curves. BUT we did go down to SoCal last weekend, which gave both my wife and I plenty of seat time on freeways and two lane roads between Monterey and SoCal. <p>The drive down was Friday evening, so traffic wasn't too bad. Driving around on LA freeways on Saturday and Sunday was pretty slow, then we headed home Sunday evening. Going over the Grapevine was a blast when traffic allowed. <p>Interior: simply fantastic. what a road trip machine. the seats are great. (I sat in friends' 06 325i and the non-sport seats were flat as a board) the blue dials are even cooler than I expected at night. The autodim mirror works great. wheel is perfect. The computer is fun and the cruise works just as it should. (all that power helps!) I will no longer be denied modern creature comforts!<p>Engine: plenty of fun when passing, but the turbo lag is huge. The total opposite of the straight six in my E34 M5. The S38 mill has very linear delivery (power rises as revs rise), with a slightly boost at 4000 RPM. below 3500 RPM it's pretty sluggish, but just loves to rev right up to the 7k redline. Six throttle bodies mean response is instantaneous but a bit touchy at first touch. The R motor comes on at lower revs, but the lag is pretty nasty. <p>Transmission: It's my wife's car and her commute has stop and go traffic, so we bought our first auto box. shifts are smooth, and the geartronic is more fun and useful than I expected. but combined with the tranny kick down and turbo kick in, the power delivery is hard to predict. I hope we'll get used to it. S button works as it should.<p>Exterior: Boy do I like the looks of this car. our driveway is uphill, and the car looks badass when walking up the driveway and at the V70R from slightly below parked in front of the garage. Nicely hunkered down look, with just the right amount of pitched-forward attitude. wheels and brakes are beautiful. After a detail and window tint it'll be ready to go. bumpers are mercifully free of scratches. <p>AWD: works seamlessly. claws at tarmac like Subarus I've driven. I can't tell any front-wheel bias, but that will probably just take time. more confident than my rear drive M5, but that car tightens up nicely with throttle lift off, and is very progressive near the limit, and encourages trail braking for scaredy cats like me. The R doesn't seem to have as much feedback or tail-out dynamics.<p>chassis settings: comfort is pretty good except on worst pavement. well behaved over expansion joints. Sport is still pretty comfortable and feels better composed when making any high speed moves. <p>Sound: a little too boomy at idle, but I don't hear much exhaust at full throttle over the engine sounds. the turbo whoosh sounds cool, but the cacauphony gets a little ragged above 5k and makes me want to lift out. The M5 is too quiet at idle, but the note gets nice and loud at WOT and begs for more revs.<p>Other issues: <br>leather is pretty dirty for only 12k miles. what do others recommend? I have Leatherique and Dr. Tork but haven't tried either yet. <br>turning radius is wretched thanks to I5 engine. I just hope my wife can to deal with it without scratching the bumpers. At least we don't have to parallel park much. <br>Are those brakes really made by Brembo? <br>Tires are nearly done...I'm going to try to get one more winter out of them and then it's track time. yippee! <br>Car will go into local dealer tomorrow for free service. If they have them in stock, I'll be picking up the steel barrier, molded cargo box, and ipod kit. Or can I save much money by buying those items from somewhere else? <p>I've noticed that there aren't any R owners in the Monterey/Salinas area on the R Book. I'd like to meet some, and if not, then when anyone is headed to Laguna Seca please stop by for lunch as I live about 1 mile from the entrance. maybe they need some right-seat ballast? <p>cheers!<p>Eric Lee<br>Monterey, CA
 

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Re: thoughts on first week with 2004 V70R (E34M5)

Try Lexol cleaner then the conditioner.<br>If that doesn't work, plain old soap and water, (scrub rather gently) <B>followed by</B> <B>the conditioner</B><br>Use Lexol conditioner often, the R has real untreated leather and it will suck the stuff up faster than an LA street walker <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Congrats on your purchase and glad you're enjoying it. We have basically the same car, so I can certainly offer some feedback to your reflections. <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>E34M5</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Engine: plenty of fun when passing, but the turbo lag is huge. The total opposite of the straight six in my E34 M5. The S38 mill has very linear delivery (power rises as revs rise), with a slightly boost at 4000 RPM. below 3500 RPM it's pretty sluggish, but just loves to rev right up to the 7k redline. Six throttle bodies mean response is instantaneous but a bit touchy at first touch. The R motor comes on at lower revs, but the lag is pretty nasty. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>You are coming from one of the best engines ever made, a high-output BMW straight six, to one of the more racous engines around. I think some of the lag you are experiencing is a result of the heat and also the transmission trying to learn your style. The first couple hundred miles after we bought the car made me notice that the transmission can be pretty wonky until it learns your habits. The lag is there, but once the trans gets the hang of things, it's much less noticable. Drive it in sport and you'll also notice a difference. <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>E34M5</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Transmission: It's my wife's car and her commute has stop and go traffic, so we bought our first auto box. shifts are smooth, and the geartronic is more fun and useful than I expected. but combined with the tranny kick down and turbo kick in, the power delivery is hard to predict. I hope we'll get used to it. S button works as it should.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>As noted above, it WILL get better. Also, you will learn to work around it. <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>E34M5</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>AWD: works seamlessly. claws at tarmac like Subarus I've driven. I can't tell any front-wheel bias, but that will probably just take time. more confident than my rear drive M5, but that car tightens up nicely with throttle lift off, and is very progressive near the limit, and encourages trail braking for scaredy cats like me. The R doesn't seem to have as much feedback or tail-out dynamics.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>You will learn that getting ON the gas will tighten your line. The AWD is indeed front biased, but has very little torque steer. However, don't expect ANY rear drive type tail happiness unless you get some upgraded sway bars. It will help from what people have noted. <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>E34M5</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Sound: a little too boomy at idle, but I don't hear much exhaust at full throttle over the engine sounds. the turbo whoosh sounds cool, but the cacauphony gets a little ragged above 5k and makes me want to lift out. The M5 is too quiet at idle, but the note gets nice and loud at WOT and begs for more revs.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Do the JRL patented mod which consists of removing the center resonator. You will pick up a nicer tone on WOT. However, it is a turbo 5 pot, not the most civilized sounding of engines. Power runs out at 5,500 anyway, so no need to keep revving. Again, your M5 has one of the sweetest engines ever made. Do not compare to the R! <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>E34M5</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Other issues: <br>leather is pretty dirty for only 12k miles. what do others recommend? I have Leatherique and Dr. Tork but haven't tried either yet. <br>turning radius is wretched thanks to I5 engine. I just hope my wife can to deal with it without scratching the bumpers. At least we don't have to parallel park much. <br>Are those brakes really made by Brembo? <br>Tires are nearly done...I'm going to try to get one more winter out of them and then it's track time. yippee! <br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Lexol has worked well, and BBViggen loves Leatherique. <p>Yes, the brakes really are made by Brembo.<p>The turning radius....you will never get used to it! <br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Do NOT try to use the stock Rossos in the winter. DON'T DO IT! Even in the cold they suck, and in the snow they are death. I don't know what kind of winter you get out there in CA, but they get like bricks under 40 degrees. <p>Take off the exhaust bracket (do a search). Immediately.<p>You might want to consider the USA spec adapter for the Ipod sold by IPD. Has an aux input and if you're handy, you can install yourself. <p>Enjoy the car! It's great!
 

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can I use the Volvo iPod adapter with a 2004 V70R with the HU-803 stereo? I saw the installation instructions online and they are daunting, but I'm willing to try. is there an advantage of using the IPD adapter? <p>Our overnight lows are in the upper 30s out here in winter, and even that's rare. So I just need the Pirellis to keep shedding water. but a trip to Tahoe is a possibility. <p>anyone try the Pilot Exalto A/S tires? I saw them advertised during the German F1 race so they must be good <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Do any auto part chains stock Lexol? <p>Exhaust bracket??? I'll see what I can find...<p>thanks!<p>Eric<p>
 

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iPOD - I don't have an iPOD connection but I believe the consensus is that the interface available from IPD is preferred. It provides not only an iPOD interface but RCA jacks for other input and does not blank the screen so you can actually see what is playing. The Volvo interface puts up a "Volvo for Life" display. <p>In regard to tires if you want to maintain the GVW rating you will need to find 97 load rated tires. Few tires are available, unless you concede to a 94 or so.<p>I was just at Laguna Seca the other weekend for the Moto GP. I had my Magic Blue V70R, 6 speed at the time. I will be there again in about another 2 weeks for the Monterey Historics. I will try to get in at least one meal at the Baja Cantina, down by Quail Lodge, but may not attend Concours Italiano this year. I will probably fly this next trip. I did not see any R's while out there in the Salinas, Monterey, Pacific Grove area. Glad to see there is at least one!<br>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>E34M5</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">can I use the Volvo iPod adapter with a 2004 V70R with the HU-803 stereo? I saw the installation instructions online and they are daunting, but I'm willing to try. is there an advantage of using the IPD adapter? <p>Our overnight lows are in the upper 30s out here in winter, and even that's rare. So I just need the Pirellis to keep shedding water. but a trip to Tahoe is a possibility. <p>anyone try the Pilot Exalto A/S tires? I saw them advertised during the German F1 race so they must be good <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Do any auto part chains stock Lexol? <p>Exhaust bracket??? I'll see what I can find...<p>thanks!<p>Eric<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Most large chains carry lexol. Otherwise you can get it here. <A HREF="http://www.carcareonline.com/search_results.asp?txtsearchparamtxt=&txtsearchparamtype=ALL&txtsearchparamcat=ALL&txtsearchparamman=43&txtsearchparamven=ALL&txtdateaddedstart=&txtdateaddedend=&txtpricestart=&txtpriceend=&txtfromsearch=fromsearch&ilevel=1&btnsearch.x=67&btnsearch.y=9" TARGET="_blank">Car Care Specialists Online</A>. I highly recommend Vinylex for the dash too. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Quick primer on the exhaust bracket....it is a metal bracket which hangs below the exhaust about 1' forward of the rear wheels. It is used in manufacturing and does nothing for the car. However, it is easily caught on high spots, angled driveways, etc. and if caught hard enough, can push up into the exhaust. Which pushes up into the driveshaft, bending it out of round. This is not a warranty repair, and it will cost about $2,000 for a new driveshaft. <p>I do not have the IPD adaptor but cruise through the audio forum. It is well received over there and as was stated above, creates an aux input for another device. <p>I am most likely going to try the Pilot Exalto A/S's next. I don't need more than an H speed rating, and JRL has them on his wife's lexus and liked them quite a bit.
 
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