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Hello everyone!

I like this forum very much...
...I only which there would be little more happening on the S40 05 area.

I look for a very long time before getting the S40 T5. I'll be happy to share my experience in an other post.

Aside from the fact I made a good deal by buying the last 2005 off the lot in August when 2006 were coming out, I was unsure of the true performance of 17" wheels vs. 16". With the sport package came stiffer suspension and 17" wheels. I felt confident to buy the 16" wheels for my wife's comfort.

Now I'm the one that mostly drives the Volvo and I which I had the 17" wheel. I think the design of the standard 16" aluminum wheel is great but 17" looks nice in proportion too. Anyway, when I drive it feels that I can't take full advantage of the turbo during start and with handling going through turns.

Is there really a difference in the performance between 16" and 17"? Could I buy 17" wheel with my current suspensions? Would it make enough of a difference without sport suspension? Any ideas of the cost to buy 17" wheel after the fact?

I'm looking for some interesting feedback on this subject, so thank you all!

Greg
 

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Gregoire, you can put the 17" wheels on your car, and the handleing will improve some due to the size and track of the tire. There is however (I think) a big difference in the standard and the sport suspension. The tighter suspension holds a bit better in hard cornering. The negative to the sport suspension is that you can feel the bumps in the road quite a bit more. It is all personal preferance. I would suggest going to a Volvo dealer and test driving the S40 with the sport suspension to see if it is worth it to you. I personally really like it.

Cheers
 
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