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Volvo S60, Volvo S60 R, Sedan
#2673 of 3081 Re: Volvo Smell vs Toyota [fred3]
May 09, 2006 (10:47 am)
Just bought a 2006 S60 T5. It had been put on the road Dec 1, 2005 and was a service loaner at the dealership since then, running up about 7500 miles.
It still smells like leather, if that is what bothers your wife.
BTW I just test drove the 2007 Camry - I'm 5'10" and the front seat is incredibly short for me - passed on it. Didn't note the smell.
#2674 of 3081 Re: Thanks to you all (and some heavy research [lev_berkovich]
May 09, 2006 (10:55 am)
I am sure replacing four tires and rims would be a fortune. It's amazing that Volvo worked so hard on the ergonomics and safety and created a car that clocks every bump with such diligence.
For the record, my tires are Pirelli P235/45 R17 Four Seasons DOT XB CU 236 2505 E3 (just wrote everything down that was on the tire)... This translates into good handling but harsh ride.
If Volvomax is reading this, would he/she care to comment as well? Thank you.
#2675 of 3081 Re: Thanks to you all (and some heavy research [confused7]
May 09, 2006 (1:06 pm)
Well, first of all you bought a sport sedan.
The S60 T5 was designed for high speed driving and better than average reflexes.
Good handling in an emergency is paramount for good vehicle safety.
A cushy riding car won't be able to make an emergency lane change or turn with the same degree of confidence that a car with a more aggressive setup could.
You may never use the capabilities af an S60 T5 or BMW or Audi, but there is a reason why European cars ride differently from their American or Japanese counterparts.
As for the wheel issue. You may be able to swap the wheels and tires with your selling dealer for a set of 16" wheels and tires. Especially if you don't have any miles on your set. Probably won't get an even exchange, but it would be better than having to go to the parts dept and pay $300 a wheel plus tires. However, even if you do this, you may not notice much of a change.
Here is why. First of all the S60 T5 spring and shock setup would be unchanged. Suspension has more to do with road feel than just the tires do.
Also, you wouldn't gain much size in the tire. The S60 T5 has a tire size of 235/45/R17. That is a tire that is 235 mm wide and 105.75mm tall. The 16" wheel on the S60 2.5T is 215/55/R16, or 215mm wide and 118.25mm tall. You would gain 12.5mm in tire height. not much. While the side wall would gain some flexibility the basic suspension setup would be unchanged. Also, you would be losing 20mm of contact patch. Which when you are trying to put 257hp through the front wheels can come in very handy.
#2677 of 3081 Re: Thanks to you all (and some heavy research [confused7]
May 09, 2006 (8:33 pm)
Per Lev, I'll make the drive to Calabasas, unless someone tells me Santa Monica Volvo service is also very good... Anyone?
I have used Volvo of Santa Monica to service my 2001 S60 for the past five years. Their service has always been good.
#2678 of 3081 Re: Thanks to you all (and some heavy research [volvomax]
May 10, 2006 (11:58 am)
Thank you, Volvomax, for the explanation about the tires. I'll get used to the bumpiness, I'm sure. It's a great car. Also, thank you xmf314... glad to hear SM's service is good.
#2679 of 3081 Re: Thanks to you all (and some heavy research [confused7]
May 10, 2006 (3:09 pm)
I'm sure you will get used to the difference. They really are great road cars.
#2680 of 3081 Re: Volvo Smell vs Toyota [fred3]
May 19, 2006 (6:41 pm)
I hit a piece of retread on the highway and had my car in the shop for a month (another story). When I got it back with 8k on it, it still smelled like new leather. My wife has many allergies (corn, wheat, soy, chicken, and many, many outdoor allergies) has never commented on the smell. She never said anything about her 2001 Nissan Pathfinder either, so...
IMHO, it smelled less chemically than our Pathfinder.
What did your wife say when she smelled the car?
May 19, 2006 (6:48 pm)
What do people clean their steering wheel and shift knob with? When I first got my car, the leather has a wonderful smooth feel to it. 10k in, it is sticky first thing in the morning on my way to work. Not bad, just tacky. I don't want to bleach or dry the leather out. Suggestions?
#2682 of 3081 Re: Sticky [kasperghost]
May 22, 2006 (11:25 am)
It's just dirty and yucky. Try any of the good leather cleaners like Lexol.