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finally had it installed. and boy am i impressed. when i first received the sub, i was like...is this it! tiny 8" speaker in a small sealed box. had my doubts. galpin volvo installed it fir $230. <p>for those nay sayers, i love it. never did i expect to hear such pounding from a tiny package. not your boomy sound system, but when you are in your ride, it really has a tight feel to it and a great combo to the premium package. gotta tweak with the settings tomarrow, but overall its worth the $$$.
 

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Yes, premium sound is a requirement.<p>$230 installation + how much for the sub? I thought this option used to be like a $1200 option if added down the line?
 

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I am having it installed as part of the car but I was quoted $810 for the parts and installation from a pricey dealer if I did it as an afterthought.
 

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parts cost me $540 from <A HREF="http://vparts.autowebaccessories.com" TARGET="_blank">http://vparts.autowebaccessories.com</A>/<p>very reasonable pricing and my dealership would not match it.
 

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How much was the install? Does the car come prewired? Even if you DIY you still need to pay the dealer to turn it on right?
 

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you can install the items yourself, but you will need a software update which controls the sub. you can save $$$ by DIY, but will void warranty on the hardware if for some reason does not work. i paid $230 for complete install.<p>you should not have any second thoughts for this item if you own the premium package. i love it, and most folks who have listened to my system cannot believe its an 8" sub, not to mention 13 speakers are overkill, but i love it!
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>volvos40t5</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">you should not have any second thoughts for this item if you own the premium package. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Premium audio, of course, not the premium package itself (leather, sunroof, etc.). Sound quality aside, it's probably worth noting for FWD owners that you'll lose several inches of trunk space vertically with the subwoofer, due to the raised load floor that must be installed to fit the speaker.
 

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Is there some reason I can't install an aftermarket sub. I think you can "program" the sub thrpough the menu ststem in the car. The volvo sun is almost $1100 installed in canada. that's a bit much.<p>2006 s40 t5 awd balck sapphire loaded except nav and aero kit - hope to add lowering springs/sway bar/strut brace/k &n filter/exhaust - but i've omly had it for 48 hours
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>davidklaw</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Yes, premium sound is a requirement.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>My V50 brochures says that the subwoofer can be added to the Premium audio package *and* the high-performance audio package that comes standard on the T5 an T5 AWD.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Dede</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">My V50 brochures says that the subwoofer can be added to the Premium audio package *and* the high-performance audio package that comes standard on the T5 an T5 AWD.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Correct, but it depends on where you are. The high-performance system is not offered in the US. It's the base system or premium for us. Since the questioner is in the US, premium audio is required! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Still wondering why not an aftermarket sub, I've seen posts from people who have installed the infifny basslink - supposed to be great and way cheaper than the volvo sub, I just can't see paying $1000 because it comes from volvo.<p>2006 s40 t5 awd gt black sapphire premium/sport/dstc/18 in/premium audio...
 

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Are you serious? I bought my car from momentum volvo and it said PREMIUM AUDIO yet it didnt have the speaker in the middle or the 6 disc but it was louder than base model. I tested 2 of them side by side with a different station playing on each car. Also anyone ever put an aftermarket sub? I called crutchfield and they said there was no way to do it.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>bopmychimbeech</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Are you serious? I bought my car from momentum volvo and it said PREMIUM AUDIO yet it didnt have the speaker in the middle or the 6 disc but it was louder than base model. I tested 2 of them side by side with a different station playing on each car. Also anyone ever put an aftermarket sub? I called crutchfield and they said there was no way to do it.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Quite serious. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> The general differences between the three sound systems are that the base one has single CD and 6 speakers, high performance has eight speakers, and premium has the 6-disc changer and 12 speakers. (Amps get more powerful as you go, as well.) Premium adds steering wheel audio controls as well (not sure if high performance does, also). If you don't have the center speaker, you've almost certainly got the base audio package since high performance isn't available (or isn't supposed to be, anyway) here. Odd that they would still display "premium" on the display, though.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mullmann</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p> Premium adds steering wheel audio controls as well (not sure if high performance does, also). If you don't have the center speaker, you've almost certainly got the base audio package since high performance isn't available (or isn't supposed to be, anyway) here.. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>This is quite odd because I do have the steering controls but no center speaker. I guess I'll have to count how many speakers I have after school or something and if what you said is true that they don't have high performance in the U.S. then my Volvo must be special! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> Oh yea I don't know if this has been mention but has anyone added an aftermarket sub in their car?<br>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mullmann</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">..snip.. high performance has eight speakers, and premium has the 6-disc changer and 12 speakers. .. Premium adds steering wheel audio controls as well (not sure if high performance does, also). </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yes, the high-performance audio package includes steering wheel controls (In Canada anyway).<p>Sure sounds (pun intented) like bopmychimbeech has the high-performance audio package
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Dede</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Sure sounds (pun intented) like bopmychimbeech has the high-performance audio package</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Nope, my V50 has standard audio and steering wheel controls. In the US all T5's come that way. I bet 2.4i's do too, with certain options combos.<p>Tom.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>tmtalpey</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Nope, my V50 has standard audio and steering wheel controls. In the US all T5's come that way. I bet 2.4i's do too, with certain options combos.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>You're right, Tom. Actually, as of MY06 anyway, the steering wheel controls are standard on both models regardless of other equipment.
 

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Volvo Sub installation requirements not mentioned

There is one thing that perhaps should be mentioned regarding the Volvo S40/V50 subwoofer kit assembly. Even with the raised floor in the S40 AWD T5, the existing lower floor supports have to be replaced with a (different) material configuration that is not part of the kit. Only the sub, fiber optic cable, power supply wiring, and adapters came in the package along with the instructions. I had assumed that everything was set when ordering from my dealer. Yesterday, they phoned and said that these additional pieces (clearly indicated in the installation booklet) are needed to be back ordered ($90.00). Unfortunately, this was not clear at all on their website or accesseries brochure. I'm now working on getting this done gratis due to what I consider misinformation or incomplete disclosure!
 
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