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Old 07-24-2013, 10:42 AM   #1
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Moving on

About a year ago I left Ford Motor in Minneapolis to move back to my hometown so I could work for my old junior college. The focus just went downhill from there. A few months ago I dumped my 03 SVTF5D for another euro Ford product.....

Was just tired of the nickle and dime. I had just put on new shocks all the way around after an incident with a merge ramp and a ditch. The focus treated me well for the 30K miles I had her but the clutch rattle was just driving me nuts. Plus, I found what appeared to be a shopping cart scratch/dent halfway down the passenger side. It was time to drive something a bit more mature, something a bit more sophisticated and something that didn't require 10 seconds of WOT to get to 80mph. I needed torque, AWD, classy looks and comfort and a 3 pedal manual....which left me with a BMW, Merc or Volvo. Considering my prior and continued affiliation with Ford - Volvo was the way to go. Plus, I think the SR's are some of the most beautiful cars on the road - if you can find one.

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07 Volvo S60R AWD 53,000 miles
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4C electronic ride control

Really wanted an 07 V70R wagon but they are impossible to with a manual and low miles. The dark blue interior is a pretty common option and I absolutely hate it. The atacama orange interior is even more difficult to find but I had to settle for the gobi.
I love the car but Volvo missed the mark with their 4C system - I'm looking at replacing the shocks to control a bit of the harshness but as one can imagine Volvo R parts are super pricey.

Either way I'm done with foci so I'll probably just troll my way to ban status (again) henceforth. I appreciate the information I've gotten over the years and was happy to provide what information I could as a Ford specialist. That being said....

The political climate of this board is hilarious. Either embrace all political opinions or completely prohibit any politically charged statements. Doing so half-assed is easily mistaken for "If I like it - it stays, if I don't like it it's deleted". This is hypocriticism or laziness and mods/admins bear the burden of being above both.

The mod that banned my old screen name (Nano animal... I think) did so because I pointed out his selective moderating efforts. He then called me a crybaby so in return I felt no need to filter my thoughts-to-text. Banned. whynot and I have had a few similar discussions but at leasts he had the tact to admit that his participation in the thread being discussed curtailed his prerogative in moderating. Kudos for being honest.


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Old 07-24-2013, 10:52 AM   #2
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Excellent upgrade, Congrats!
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:05 PM   #3
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nice car, the wheels look amazing.
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Old 07-24-2013, 01:38 PM   #4
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Thanks!

Too bad a euro focus RS wasn't an option! This powertrain in a car 1000lbs lighter would be soooooooo much fun.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:16 PM   #5
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S60R's are sweet, how much did you pay?
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:53 PM   #6
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I'm in 14K after trading the foci

I didn't get a good deal - dealer knew what they had and knew I drove 3 hours to get it.
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Awesome car & different too. You got to love the motor, huh. Ford sure did a lot of cuts.
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:23 PM   #8
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I think you made the right choice... I've got a V70 2.4 turbo sitting on a lift with a massive cam seal leak, so I'm not a big fan of it anymore.
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