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Old 11-24-2011, 10:39 AM   #346
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Nice XT ... what size rims and BFG AT's? Any tire clearance issues?

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Thanks. They're 16x7 Enkei's and 215/70 16's. I get a litte rubbing in the rear when fully compressed. Only happened with the trailer hitting dips real hard.
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:19 PM   #347
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Volvo V50 R-Design

Looking at a used 2009 Volvo V50 AWD R-Design that just came on the market near by. Anyone have any experience with this smaller wagon?

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Old 12-14-2011, 09:55 AM   #348
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My car, but the picture was taken by the previous owner. 2005 Saab 9-5 Aero. Hey Wulf, I didn't realize you were a member here. Hope you don't mind that I used your photo.


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Old 12-14-2011, 02:52 PM   #349
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I love wagons. I had a BMW 528i wagon and a Buick Roadmaster. Loved them both.
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Old 12-15-2011, 11:32 AM   #350
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I say WOW! Every time I see this around town.


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Old 12-16-2011, 04:15 PM   #351
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I like wagons so I got one for the wife.



Doesn't really carve through the back roads, but it sure is nice on the highway. AWD, 340 HP and only gets 3 or 4 MPG less than the Subaru it replaced.

They only made it for 3 years I think. I don't know why, this car rocks!
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Old 12-17-2011, 06:09 PM   #352
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Beeing a station wagon driver since 1999 and very pleased with the additional space you have.

My first one was a VW Passat Variant, 1.9l 4 cyl., TDI, 115hp "Pumpe Düse", Diesel, engine with a 5 speed gearbox.
I had the car from 06-1999 up to 08-2009. In ten years no big issues despite the battery that lost live at once
after 7 years. Fuel consumption was great, around 5.5 - 6.5l /100km.

I now have again a Passat, a 2.0l, 4 cyl.TDI, 170hp, commen-rail, Diesel and I' am again very pleased. I know a Passat is a Joe average car - nothing very special - but with an extra "body package", a interior in leather and active gear + suspension system which is a real benefit for different types of roads you can improve the apereance a little bit.

Again fuel consumption of the "new" car got down to around 5.0 - 6.0l / 100km but I have now six speed gearbox, no double cluth as this takes away horsepower and increase fuel consumption again.

These diesels are quite easy to drive, shifting can be done very lazy as the engine is extremly torquie for "only" having 2.0l and much quiter as the 1.9l power plant I had before. And not to forget the car is going fast too.

There is one backdraw with this engine due to its emission control system, (which works great never found any soot deposition inside the tailpipes!). The catalysator has to be heated up by the engine so he can burn away the soot, for doing this you should avoid short range trips as these can glogg the catalysator, (this was a really big issue for the first 2.0l engines with "Pumpe Düse" injection and has been decreased a lot with the common-rail injection).

As I'am using the car, ( - living in the city using the bike or bicycle - or in the deep forest 12km away to the next village), only for long distances I never had a problem here.

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Old 12-17-2011, 07:29 PM   #353
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My car, but the picture was taken by the previous owner. 2005 Saab 9-5 Aero. Hey Wulf, I didn't realize you were a member here. Hope you don't mind that I used your photo.
The pictures were included with the purchase of that awesome Saab!

I posted in the thread a while ago: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=12846819

My silver Aero was quite nice as well. Sold this one to a Canadian with 100K miles and is still running fine at 200K+ miles.



I am still not sure if I like the 9-3 or 9-5 wagon better. My 2006 9-3 had a the 250hp 2.8T V6 engine and was the fastest wagon I owned. What a blast to drive.

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Old 12-17-2011, 07:48 PM   #354
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Looking at a used 2009 Volvo V50 AWD R-Design that just came on the market near by. Anyone have any experience with this smaller wagon?
Score. Looking, myself. Though I can't touch an '09.
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:58 AM   #355
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I'm looking at replacing my 4 cyl 2WD 1990 Toyota truck with a a wagon. My friend's Volvo is super practical, but has the same lacking performance that my truck has, which is fine 98% of the time, but I would like something a tad more posh. I can't stop thinking it should be a Mercedes E320. Twice the power over the Volvo, and still gets very good fuel economy.

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Old 01-29-2012, 10:50 AM   #356
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Well, so much for the E320, and good riddance on that idea. I drove one, and while it was nice, I couldn't see myself owning one.

Well, yesterday I picked up a 2002 BMW 325iT Sport wagon, and it is awesome! I bolted my plate up, and then put about 1000 kms on it going up to watch an ice race. Ordering hitch for it soon. It will be hauling a very light trailer with two bikes, that's it.



The trailer.

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Old 01-29-2012, 11:07 AM   #357
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Looks like a nice wagon!!!!! How is it in the snow so far?
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Old 01-29-2012, 11:37 AM   #358
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Looks like a nice wagon!!!!! How is it in the snow so far?
Absolutely perfect. The traction control keeps you in line no matter what (trust me, we I've tried), and unlike the Chev Uplander we have at work (or whatever those hideous things are), you still accelerate and it doesn't feel like a hindrance. I was doing 130 km/h and the car started to wander, so I tromped it, and sure enough, it was pure ice on the highway, and I never felt like it was an issue at all. What a car!
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Old 01-29-2012, 11:48 AM   #359
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Old 01-29-2012, 02:46 PM   #360
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Tri turbo 6 cyl, 380 hp, 545 lbs ft of torque, should be a fun ride.
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