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OK, I've been pooring over all of the great information that you guys have accumulated. All of this enthusiasm reminds me of the days when I owned a 95 Impala SS!<br>I've started what I'm calling a wagon quest. I am completely infatuated with the 03 V70R but I'm thinking it's going to be out of my price range. The combination of high performance, AWD, and a manual 6 speed are perfect.<br>After looking around I'm now starting to consider a T5 with the ipd chip and exhaust modification. I could get a new T5 for around $36k using the Ford "friends and family" deal and then spend another $2k on mods. Comments?<BR><BR>
[Modified by cvs, 8:38 PM 12-10-2002]
 

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Re: V70R vs. V70 T5 Modified (cvs)

you won't be too far behind in straight line performance...<br>however, of course nothing beats a suspension that can change on the fly <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>its still a very nice car tho, there are some good mods for the T5 and you can really make it GO!
 

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Re: V70R vs. V70 T5 Modified (xtremepsionic)

I think you can outperform the R in a severe way with the proper mods but then again I think, given the spec of the R, it will be possible to push the R to 330-340 HP with some sort of "stage 1" tuning and maybe 20 HP more with a few more mods.<br>The R has got all the ingredients for 350 HP already.<p>My S60 reached about 330-340 also and the Eibach Koni setup could match the electronic stuff but then you would have to make a choice between sport or comfort up front because there are no buttons on the dash.<p>I think the 2.5T AWD with a chip would be the better choice and is within the T5 price range.
 

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Re: V70R vs. V70 T5 Modified (Johann)

It depends what you want on the car. Like Johann said, the R has more overall potential. It also has some great factory equipment including the supspension, interior, wheels, body kit etc. Were you to do all that in the aftermarket, you'd probably be back at the price of the R.<p>Here's what I'd do. Buy a used V70 T5 or 2.4T. Modify it as you suggested and drive it for two to three years. Make good friends and a rapport with one of your local Volvo dealer's salesmen if you have no contacts in the automotive sales business already. Wait for the first year old V70R models to start showing up and then buy it. I expect they'll take a nice depreciation hit as the S80s do. Two year old S80s are a huge bargain for the very same reason.
 

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Re: V70R vs. V70 T5 Modified ([email protected])

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>Here's what I'd do. Buy a used V70 T5 or 2.4T. Modify it as you suggested and drive it for two to three years. Make good friends and a rapport with one of your local Volvo dealer's salesmen if you have no contacts in the automotive sales business already. Wait for the first year old V70R models to start showing up and then buy it. I expect they'll take a nice depreciation hit as the S80s do. Two year old S80s are a huge bargain for the very same reason.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>Good advice, in concept, George but I am not sure it would work on the S6o R/V70 R...with the small amount that tehy are talking in exporting to the US, I doubt that the car will depreciate like the S80 has...<p>Yannis
 

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Re: V70R vs. V70 T5 Modified (GrecianVolvo)

Good point. I'd still wait and buy one used though. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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