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#1178 of 1807 Planning on buying a s40 in October
Mar 28, 2005 (11:52 am)
Hello all, just to start I'm new to these forums, so if there’s anything that I need to know about posting, feel free.
I'm planning on buying a S40 in October of this year. (T5 AWD w/ Dynamic trim package, T-Tec, audio package, sunroof, DSTC) I'd like to do the overseas deal that Volvo currently has in place for 2005 models, valid through April of this year I think. Since I won't be buying until October 2005, a 2006 model, I'll hope they extend the deal for the 2006.
My question is: "Has anyone done the overseas deal, and if so, can you share any details with me about it...? ie. How the pricing differs, what steps are made in the US and then in Belgium? As far as I know the shipping fees and tariffs are taken care of by Volvo?”
Hope to hear back soon!
#1179 of 1807 Re: Planning on buying a s40 in October [greggor]
Mar 28, 2005 (12:22 pm)
There is a vast volume of previous postings about overseas delivery here on Edmunds. I alone have posted dozens of them. Please search for OSD on XC90, S80, S40 and S60 forums and you will find them.
In the nut shell, the Volvo web site is very accurate, OSD is pretty much is the way it is described there. I am pretty sure that the travel deals will be the same for the next year, the prices though are going up every year a bit.
I am a great OSD enthusiast, I've done it twice and am planning for two more within next 3-4 years. It makes about 50% of owing-Volvo-fun for me and my entire family. We have a most rewarding family fun driving our own Volvo in Europe.
#1180 of 1807 Re: Comparison to BMW? [slammie]
Mar 28, 2005 (7:51 pm)
RE: comparing the S40 to the BMW3
The BMW 3 automatic is an absolute dog going up gradual long highway hills. It flat out did not perform. Less features for more money--BUT the maintenance is a year longer.
I didn't like it as much. Thought I did, but on a redrive, it wasn't so great. Even though *every* website seems to love it and rave about it etc.. etc.. I found 2 out of 2 dealerships to be really well, almost snobby. I don't want association with the brand, I guess...
#1181 of 1807 Re: Comparison to BMW? [bowlingal]
Mar 29, 2005 (5:26 am)
My experience with BMW is the same as yours. I'm no expert, but I thought the Volvo S40 T5 was the better car for the money anyways.
#1182 of 1807 Comparing to BMW
Mar 29, 2005 (9:33 am)
The cars are pretty different. BMW's you can fling into a corner and controlled drift it through, etc. The manual tranny is ultra-precise, you can drive full speed over train tracks, etc.
But if you're not the sort of person who drives like that, it can be a waste of money. And the 325i with automatic is not very potent.
I'm still kind of torn between waiting for the new 3 and getting something more "practical" ( like the s40 ).
Can i pop a chip in the s40 and get more hp?
#1183 of 1807 Re: Comparing to BMW [dhanley]
Mar 29, 2005 (10:15 am)
"Can i pop a chip in the s40 and get more hp?"
you can pop a chip in just about any car(wrx sti and evo have their engines pushed hard already) with a turbo and see a signifigant increase in hp and i'm thinking it could be around 100+hp for the S40 since most enthusiast reviews i've read say that the T5 engine was electronically toned down substantially....my question is, will doing something like this cancel your warranty?....and how much will this effect the ammount of wear the engine goes through?.....i definately don't want to lose my warranty or beat the crap out of my engine, but 300hp sounds awfully tempting...
Mar 29, 2005 (10:29 am)
I mean, i know in theory of course you could re program the engine for more boost--saab's 2.0T can be "chipped" for 250hp and 280lb-ft, so i'm sure volvo's 2.5L can put out a few more horses than 218; after all it's much the same engine as in the 300hp s60R.
I was just wondering if i can buy such a chip, as i'm not going to re program the car's computer myself. There's also the issue of the tranny handling the extra power, etc. I'm sure we destroyed the tranny, volvo might point to the chip.
#1185 of 1807 Re: Yeah [dhanley]
Mar 29, 2005 (10:52 am)
You can chip an S40, but not to R levels.
The R engine has an entirely different block and internals. As well as a different turbocharger.
Also, you have to send you ecu to the tuner to be flashed. There are no chips available that you can install yourself.
#1186 of 1807 When did 2005 S40 come out?
Mar 29, 2005 (3:12 pm)
When did the '05 S40 come out and when are the 2006's expected?
Mar 29, 2005 (3:32 pm)
I have been looking at the Mazda3 and the S40 lately. They are both very good vehicles.
To be honest though, I do not see what makes the S40 cost thousands more?? In comparing the 3s to the 2.4 what justifies the price difference?
I am no way trying to start anything. I was just wondering what everyone else thinks.