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Old 08-31-2010, 04:00 PM   #41 (permalink)
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In Germany, you need a Feinstaubplakette to get into the Umweltzones (vehicle emission control zones), so I got me a green sticker while I was near a TÜV test facility.
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Old 08-31-2010, 05:41 PM   #42 (permalink)
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I feel your pain on not reaching your goal. I wanted to beat 50MPG on my last tank, but wind kept me from getting there (I got 49.227).
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Old 09-03-2010, 06:53 AM   #43 (permalink)
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New wheels and tyres.

The Volvo Libra wheels, though more aerodynamic, are also 3.4 kg / 7.5 lbs heavier apiece than the Cordelia wheels.
I can actually feel the difference when steering, they require more force input than the lighter rims - it can be felt depite the power steering !

Let's hope the aerodynamic benefits will outweigh the greater inertia of these wheels.
I doubt Volvo put them on their DRIVe models just for the looks.

I'm not into cheap stuff, so pizza pan solutions were out of the question ...
Compared to a set of steel wheels and flush moon-eyes, the new alloys were not that much more expensive - if at all !


Temporarily going back from 43.5 psi to the standard 36psi brought about a very notable change in ride comfort !
36psi definitely smooths out a lot of the small bumps and cracks that you feel at 43.5psi.


Volvo Libra 16" : 10.9 kg / 24 lbs



Volvo Cordelia 16" : 7.5 kg / 16.5 lbs

These will get winter tyres.
The old Michelin Energy Savers will be taken off and stored, to serve out their useful thread life when the new ones wear out.
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Old 09-04-2010, 12:28 PM   #44 (permalink)
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Could it be that they workd for coasting - once you get them spinning they keep on going longer ? Your ride quality could be because of unsprung weight and increased pressure combined.

I like the not cheap comments You are a Volvo driver
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Could it be that they workd for coasting - once you get them spinning they keep on going longer ?
I doubt Volvo had coasting in mind when they put these wheels on their DRIVe models (C30/S40/V50).
Coasting distances seem to be the same.
Going off the motorway, I tried to start coasting from further out, but didn't make it to the end of the off ramp.

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Your ride quality could be because of unsprung weight and increased pressure combined.
Quite likely. It's indeed a lot more unsprung weight.

So far, they don't seem to be helping in the FE department.
Has anyone ever quantified the effects of new tyres ?
From what I've been reading here, they're supposed to lower FE until they wear in.

The drawback of doing more than 1 change at a time is that you'll never know which mod is the most effective - but I wanted to beat the official FE rating quickly

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Well, I also looked at steel wheels (250 euro new !) and moon eyes (200 USD a set + shipping + import taxes = easily another 200 to 250 euro).


I don't want to ruin the look of the car by the mods I do to it.
The quick & dirty grille block is bad enough as it is
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How much is a DrivE model ?
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I'm not into cheap stuff, so pizza pan solutions were out of the question ...
Compared to a set of steel wheels and flush moon-eyes, the new alloys were not that much more expensive - if at all !
Who said diy moonies have to be cheap??
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Who said diy moonies have to be cheap??
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How much is a DrivE model ?
In Kinetic trim like mine, they start at 28.000 euro for a V50.
I'd expect to get around 10% off the list price, but I've heard there's less of a discount on the DRIVe models.

This is why :
As it produces less than 105 g/km CO2, we get 15% off the price subsidized by the government - with a maximum of some 4.500 euro.


The cheapest DRIVe model is a C30, at 22.000 euro - minus some discount, minus the 15% gov't incentive, you're looking at around 18.000 euro.

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