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My new Volvo. '97 S70 2.0Turbo, manual, LPG.

Heyoooo. Here it is. I traded my wagon for the Turbo sedan, following absolutely everyone’s advice - even outside Oppo. It just seemed like the right thing to do.

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And oh boy. That turbo man. Whew. It’s something.

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The car immediately feels more powerful thant the NA wagon, even around a parking lot. Everything seems normal until you hit around 3K RPM. Then you hear the whoosh.

At around 4K - even though you have your foot at the same amount of gas - it just picks up and accelerates like crazy. If this is a somewhat more restrained turbo (internet says so - it might even be a low pressure turbo, although I’m not sure) - I daren’t imagine what the 80s crazy turbo setups were like. Can you tell it’s my first turbo car? Or is this just normal and I was unaware of this? I thought only the crazy 80s stuff and like twin-turbo Supras (or whatever tuner thing you like) felt like this. I mean I’ve driven new rental cars, 4-cyl 2.0 turbos in Hyundais and random Ford Fiestas and other bullshit - but none of them were like this. Most of them had pretty linear acceleration and weren’t close to this fast.

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Maybe I’m still under strong impression of it so I might be exaggerating, especially combined with my lack of experience. But this thing is dangerous man, I just want to hear more of the whooosh - and who thought letting go of the gas could be fun as well! Then you get the khsssssh. This car is a lovely combination of whoosh-es and khhsshh-es. I’ll have to get used to it since it makes me put my foot down and prick my ears up to hear it, then I look at the instruments and whoops, I’m at going-to-jail speeds. The overtaking 60-90km/h acceleration is fantastic. The gear-shifts feel nice and direct, altho the clutch is reaching it’s end soon.

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The interior is a bit ratty - but still in much better shape than my wagon was. None of the infamous Volvo dash-rattle here. No other squeaks or rattles to mention. One hook of the cool privacy screen is broken + the driver’s seat leather is a bit torn. Maybe a few dings on the trim pieces. Other than that... it’s pretty dirty, but in good shape. It smells nice! It’s also BRRROOOOWWWN or I mean BEEEEIIIGEEE.

For now it seems to be more difficult to park than the longboi wagon - because I have no idea where the ass ends or begins. I’m sure I’ll get used to it tho. I kept the steering wheel (fresh leather on it) and the original radio from the wagon.

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So anyway, these are just my first impressions. My temporary plates have run out (3 days for the testing). I will do a detailed Oppo-review once I get it registered again. I have to first fit a new rear+front bumper and trunk-hatch. I got those in good condition with the car - but they are from a silver one, so will need a repaint.

Cheers, and thanks for your advice folks!
Love from Croatia.

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