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Old 07-25-2016, 05:19 AM   #261
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Earlier this year my wife and I decided to rid ourselves of my Acura TL Type S. It was a nice car, but low to the ground and becoming increasingly hard for me to get out of. My wife wouldn't drive it. So the search began for a new vehicle. We knew we wanted an SUV because of our plans to travel once I retired.

Ultimately we settled on a 2016 Volvo XC90. I love it! Large enough for us to pack up with luggage. Handles like a dream. Luxury features and loaded with safety options. It was a long search, but so far I've been very pleased with the car. We shopped against Lexus, Audi, BMW, Acura and Lincoln. Did a lot of test drives. In the end it was between the Lexus and the Volvo. The latter offered better cargo room and a roomier front cabin.
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Earlier this year my wife and I decided to rid ourselves of my Acura TL Type S. It was a nice car, but low to the ground and becoming increasingly hard for me to get out of. My wife wouldn't drive it. So the search began for a new vehicle. We knew we wanted an SUV because of our plans to travel once I retired.

Ultimately we settled on a 2016 Volvo XC90. I love it! Large enough for us to pack up with luggage. Handles like a dream. Luxury features and loaded with safety options. It was a long search, but so far I've been very pleased with the car. We shopped against Lexus, Audi, BMW, Acura and Lincoln. Did a lot of test drives. In the end it was between the Lexus and the Volvo. The latter offered better cargo room and a roomier front cabin.

Do you know what engine is on the XC90

I been driving Volvo's for the past 20 plus years and currently have 3 of them at home. They are from the 90's but still going strong. There are probably more computers and electronic DIM's that will probably drive me crazy.
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Old 07-25-2016, 06:24 AM   #263
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Do you know what engine is on the XC90

I been driving Volvo's for the past 20 plus years and currently have 3 of them at home. They are from the 90's but still going strong. There are probably more computers and electronic DIM's that will probably drive me crazy.
On our new car we have a four cylinder turbo charged/super charged engine. Considering it's only four cylinders, I was amazed at how much get up and go it has. They recommend premium gas which at today's prices isn't a big deal. The engine is very smooth. I'm getting about 25 MPG overall. And you're right about the electronics. This one has a nice sized touch screen on the center dashboard. Use it to control just about everything. Car came with wireless internet connection which was sweet! I also bought it with Apple's Carplay software so I can hook up my iPhone and get Spotify for my music.
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On our new car we have a four cylinder turbo charged/super charged engine. Considering it's only four cylinders, I was amazed at how much get up and go it has.
It's the Turbo that gives you the power. I drove an Audi A4 Quattro with Turbo for many years - very peppy and sipped that Premium gas.

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Sold our 06 cayman S and bought a 15 vw gti fully loaded. Also we reprogrammed the chip in the gti for more power.

Wouldn't go back the the porsche, loving the gti's perfect balance of just about everything.




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It's the Turbo that gives you the power. I drove an Audi A4 Quattro with Turbo for many years - very peppy and sipped that Premium gas.

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We almost didn't get it following the first test drive. I think they gave us a test car that wasn't properly tuned. It just didn't perform well, the engine was rough and had some hesitation, so we initially ruled it out. Later saw a great video review on YouTube showing the car in quite a bit of detail. The site, Alex on Autos was excellent and I highly recommend a visit if you're looking at a new car.

I gave the dealer another try and this time we came away impressed.
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Sold our 06 cayman S and bought a 15 vw gti fully loaded. Also we reprogrammed the chip in the gti for more power.

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GTIs are a nice bang for the buck. Did your reprogramming increase the boost pressure or was it more ignition timing related?
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We got a 2009 PONTIAC AWD Vibe (= Toyota matrix). Good and reliable but we paid too much (had a trade in to get rid of). Next time, we will buy a 2910 in Canada.

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GTIs are a nice bang for the buck. Did your reprogramming increase the boost pressure or was it more ignition timing related?

Both, and it was a very noticeable boost in power, very. Checkout the power curves on unitronic.ca

And it was amazing bang for the buck since we got it for 25k second hand from a meticulous owner pressured to sell from his 9month pregnant wife. Couldn't beat the deal anywhere for what msrps overs 35k. 6k miles on the odometer and a very good window tint job was already on it.

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Both, and it was a very noticeable boost in power, very. Checkout the power curves on unitronic.ca


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Old 07-26-2016, 01:25 PM   #272
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2012 Toyota Prius. Not a blast to drive but the gas mileage is incredible. Overall cost of ownership is very low.

I find them pretty good-looking, too. The latest one has amazing gas mileage, but looks too much like a Geo Prism.
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I find them pretty good-looking, too. The latest one has amazing gas mileage, but looks too much like a Geo Prism.
DS drives a Geo Prism. He has learned to love it... 1995, about 215,000 miles on it, good gas mileage, the perfect car for delivering pizza! BTW, it is the same as a 1995 Toyota Corolla. Maybe that is why the similarity.
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DS drives a Geo Prism. He has learned to love it... 1995, about 215,000 miles on it, good gas mileage, the perfect car for delivering pizza! BTW, it is the same as a 1995 Toyota Corolla. Maybe that is why the similarity.

Yeah, those Prism/Corollas were pretty bullet-proof. The model I was thinking of was actually the Geo Storm. I think it's the funky little trunk-lid that makes them look similar to me.

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holy carp that is a lot of tq gain! this car is just FWD right?
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holy carp that is a lot of tq gain! this car is just FWD right?

Yes, it will chirp for sure. The dual clutch auto drivetrain is amazing as well, instant shifts and lays the power down nicely. Limited slip diff up front really makes it perfect powering out of corners.

Let me repeat, we got rid of a porsche cayman S for this, and are very happy we did. This gti (when loaded) has just the right amount of everything many could want from a car. It's _extremely_ deceiving to look at it from the outside.


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