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      04-15-2013, 08:37 PM   #1
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Sorry for the shitty cell phone pic. I'll post some nicer ones when I get her washed, waxed, and photogenic.

2012 Volvo C7 T5. A complete 180 from my catless, lowered, rub-happy 400+ whp monster, but that's not a bad thing at all! It's technically my dad's car, but I got the spare key!

We looked at every hardtop convertible on the market, but this one came out the winner in its price range. It drives almost exactly like a non-sport package 328i hard top, except FWD instead of RWD, which is to say very nicely. It was also cheaper, more nicely appointed, and is supposed to be more reliable (but we will see). My mom used to drive S60s almost exclusively (three in a row!) so we knew we were getting quality. However, what surprised me was just how nice it was on the inside, how quiet it was, how nice the sound system was, and that it was actually pretty fun to drive!

It really came down between those two because we don't need the extra power or price of a 335i, a Lexus IS vert is WAY too expensive for what you get, a VW Eos just isn't nice enough, Mercedes are too expensive except the SLK but that's a 2-seater, and we didn't want a soft-top. Volvo won over the Bimmer.

I already joined a Volvo forum, but they're pretty dead compared to 1Addicts. I guess that's to be expected, though, right?

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Whats not to like about softtops? :-p
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Whats not to like about softtops? :-p
Haha nothing at all! I personally don't mind. There was actually a 128i vert for 10K cheaper sitting RIGHT next to the volvo when we first test drove it. Same damn year, too, 2012. The deal breaker was that I've seen some posts on the forum about the soft top degrading over time, and the fact that the visibility isn't the greatest, plus it's loud. This Volvo is literally as quiet as my sister's Lexus sedan, which is impressive because if the Lexus isn't getting beat in the quietness department, then what's it supposed to be good at? lol

Also, with a 7 year CPO warranty, we have no worries about it at all.
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nice car, congrats bro!
should I bring the volvo or the bimmer to the next meet? haha
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Haha nothing at all! I personally don't mind. There was actually a 128i vert for 10K cheaper sitting RIGHT next to the volvo when we first test drove it. Same damn year, too, 2012. The deal breaker was that I've seen some posts on the forum about the soft top degrading over time, and the fact that the visibility isn't the greatest, plus it's loud. This Volvo is literally as quiet as my sister's Lexus sedan, which is impressive because if the Lexus isn't getting beat in the quietness department, then what's it supposed to be good at? lol

Also, with a 7 year CPO warranty, we have no worries about it at all.
Youll have to take a ride in my car then.


But the T5 is a great engine. I nearly bought a C30 powered by it a few years back. It sounds like half a gallardo at full bore...its great
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Yesssss a hardtop <3 Congrats man! I better not see less of your occasional drunk posts on here now that you have a Volvo too though
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should I bring the volvo or the bimmer to the next meet? haha
Idk it'll have to depend on if theres any walls around just kidding brother, but whichever car you bring next we look forward to seeing you!
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Lol is it that obvious? i swaer im ont dunrnk!
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Idk it'll have to depend on if theres any walls around just kidding brother, but whichever car you bring next we look forward to seeing you!
lol i'm 100 times more careful with the volvo than I am with my own car. Hell, i just jumped on it with a phonebook shoved in the wheel well to widen my fenders.
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So you know when the Narwhal bacons, ehh?
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