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#363 of 698 I 've just picked up a 2005 S40 2.4M
Aug 16, 2005 (7:05 pm)
I tested a saab 9-2x linear( I was hoping I could catch the gm rebates but the good ones are gone or nothing was left) , Scion Xa, Jaguar X type and I knew I was all over the lines. the I went to the 1st Volvo dealer just to test drive with no expectation on the offer but they only have 2006 with $23500 to start with no negotiation policy. The sales there is nice and put no pressure on us. Since I liked the car, I went home to do a bit of reserch and sent out some requests to several dealers. They had specials with some 2005's around 20000+delivery only. Then I went to one of them and picked out a red one to test drive. The "check engine" light was on during the whole time which left me bad impression. Another white car carries the same climate package and the same price but I preferred the red one. I told them about the light and asked for a interest rate(4.99%) then left. I went to another dealer who offer the same price for a red car but w/o the climate package, after I got approved for 4.5% with my bank. I noticed some noise when I shifted during test drive. Well, this one had 200 miles on it already though I wasn't sure what the cause was. But the 1st dealer called during this test drive and offer me another $500 off plus the $500 college grad discount, so I went back there to test he same red car after they fixed the"check engine" light(they told me the gas tank cap was loss). anyway, they also matched my 4.5% rate...........
2005 S40 2.4M with Climate Package.
final price after all discounts(no frieght, before tax): $19622+$78.50fees
$2500 down $347X60 months
1. Did I get a good deal?
2. Is steering wheel audio-control the only change between base 2.4?
3. Why 2005 more than 200LBs less than the 2006?, according to the chart.(the buttons on the steering wheel? )
4. Is 89 acceptable to this engine or I have to pay for 91 octane?
5. How do I break-in for a new generation Volvo? (my big family all drove Volvo's: 240's, 760's, 740's)
6. Is "check engine " light a concern?
or should I say Happy Volving?
#364 of 698 s40 or crossfire???
Aug 17, 2005 (10:44 am)
For the life of me, I cannot pick between the 2005 chrysler crossfire limited coupe and the volvo s40 t5 awd. I know they are two somewhat different cars, but I've narrowed my long search down to those two. The price will be about the same. The s40 t5 awd w/ premium comes out to about $25,500 and the 2005 crossfire limited w/ 1,000 miles on it comes out to about $25,900. First of all, are these good deals??? Secondly, should I be more practical and get the nice, safe, reliable volvo (which performs well, but looks a little funny) or the cool-looking, a bit small , crossfire?? Any thoughts and experiences on this would be very much appreciated.
#365 of 698 Re: s40 or crossfire??? [mannyfresh]
Aug 18, 2005 (6:00 am)
I happen to own a Chrysler 300 touring for more than 8 months now. And we just bought a S40 2.4M. On the insolation quality and engine mounts, I think Chrysler invests better than S40. seating in a S40 feels just feels like in a Mazda3 or a Focus. I'd get the Crossfire as a 2nd car male driver to have some fun with. They are totally different in all areas but I assume it's gonna be your 2nd car too.
#366 of 698 Re: s40 or crossfire??? [cm3]
Aug 18, 2005 (9:02 am)
Thanks for replying! What would your answer be ,however, if I told that it would be my primary car??
#367 of 698 Re: s40 or crossfire??? [mannyfresh]
Aug 18, 2005 (6:47 pm)
I'd put in all kinds of considerations.
I'll stay single and change girlfriends often=crossfire.
I like to hang out with a lot of friends often and some of them don't have cars or live in downtown=S40.
I have a stable girlfriend and she has even more prettier girlfriends to tag along=S40(passion red, tinted to 35% so your gf 'd not spot u if there is only u and her gf in the car).
I do have weekend tracktime=crossfire for sure.
personally, If I am dreaming I were still single, I'd go for the crossfire.....
#368 of 698 did it...give me some input here!!
Aug 18, 2005 (6:51 pm)
alright, looks like i'm joining the club...checked with about 20 dealers over the past 3 weeks and this is what i got
05 s40 t5 awd
climate & xenons
auto trans with geartronic
i got it for 28560 (including doc fees) + tax === 30918 out the door
what does everyone think---i think i did alright, give me some input....
#369 of 698 Re: did it...give me some input here!! [alexan33]
Aug 19, 2005 (12:51 pm)
It's a good deal, but you could do a little better. I could've gotten the same deal with black, beige premium, auto, sagitta,xenons, no climate for $ 25,500 before taxes, and could've brought it down by few hundred more!
#370 of 698 Re: did it...give me some input here!! [alexan33]
Aug 24, 2005 (10:52 am)
You got a great deal, I have the same base car as you do, my options are a bit different: 2005 silver T5 AWD 6spd, Select Package, 17" Sculptor, and DTP for nearly the same price you paid. 28400 + TAX + REG + Doc FEE = 30910.
Aug 25, 2005 (8:42 am)
About to purchase my first Volvo! Could not find my top choices in colour, interior, convenience package, bi-xenon headlights w/o child boosters (I think it changes the comfort of the rear seats - I will never use the boosters). 1st choice of what remains is a new 2005 V50 2.4i, Flint Gray, w/ black leather interior, premium, audio, & climate packages, & boosters. Best price was $26,472. Dealer insists he is only making a $250 profit & has never sold a car for less profit. Have a hard time believing this. How did I do?
#372 of 698 Re: s40 or crossfire??? [cm3]
Aug 25, 2005 (1:51 pm)
Interesting way to look at things, CM3.