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Hi All,

Picked up my new V40 on Thursday and have to say I am really pleased so far. I can't believe just how solid and well made it feels while driving.

There were two weird noises I was experiencing during the first two days of driving...

1. An irritating rattle coming from the middle of the dash, it sounded like there was a loose screw bouncing around inside the air vent.

Fix - remove metal keyfob from key which was bouncing on the dash... doh

2. A random "Bong" noise coming from the sound system. This turned out to be a speed camera alert I had accidentally turned on.

Fix - Well... err... I switched it off.

That's it so far here are the pics, and a few of my previous pride and joy (was really sad to see her go, but in the end it was that or my license).
 

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Thanks :)

As for the nav update, all I can tell you about the camera alerts is that it came preinstalled on the MY15 sensus nav system. There is a tickbox to enable/disable it in the nav settings. So if the update brings it in line with the MY15 then yes, otherwise I'm not sure, sorry.
 

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You have not swapped the mps for a D2 have you?

I note you went for the upgrade spoiler, yours is only the 2nd car I have seen with it (mine the first). It looks much better and more in keeping with the Rdesign than the standard item

It is dealer fit so if you haven't got it pop back to your dealer and ask for the standard one
 

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No the MPS went in September, for a Mazda CX-5, which in turn has been traded in for the V40. I never really got on with the CX-5. The MPS had to go though, as much as I loved it, it was only a matter of time before I lost my license (very heavy right foot :blush:).

The good thing is, the V40 is so comfortable I want to spend more time in it, so end up using the speed limiter and grandad driving everywhere lol.

I was quite underwhelmed with the standard R-Design looks. It is great for the people who want something that looks a little sportier than the standard, but just wasn't quite enough for me. The kit definitely makes up the difference where needed without being over the top.
 

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I know what you mean about the speed of the mps, I looked at the previous model before getting the ST, a very capable car but not as tuneable as the ST (which has a mild remap upto 285 bhp)

What mpg did you get out of the mps, not great at a guess, I get only 16.9 out of the ST (like you heavy right foot ;0). )

I did not notice the sill and bumper trims on the photo with it being black, can you post a picture looking diagonally down the side of the car (similar to the first picture but from a bit lower down) so I can get a better view?

I do think the skirts could do with pumping up and had considered these but noting how much the red of the bumpers are out they probably won't match on mine :0(
 

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I was getting 24.9mpg from the mps. Stage 1 remap was about 300. Stage 2 with new turbo internals was 320. Strap a bigger turbo on and you're looking at 350 easy. Have a look at mpsowners.co.uk to see what they're capable of. The big plus of the MPS is the torque you can get out of the DISI 2.3 (280lbft in std form). But, you're right there are very few that can tune it properly, and they charge A LOT.

I'll get some more pics this evening after work and post them up ;-)
 

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Here you go. It was quite hard to get the pics, it is so shiny at the moment the car either blends in with what's behind it or has the sun glaring off it.

These are the best I could get, I'm no pro photographer lol :blush:
 

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The st boys are getting up to 350 out of th t5 lump and if they want more are sticking rs engines in, but 285 is enough for me to have some mindless easy fun with torque steer to make you feel like you are at least having to control something/am involved;0) (the Elise takes a lot more driving not as forgiving as the torquey t5)

I forgot the sills extend so far down, they really need do something thing behind the front wheels (not mud flaps but widen the sill)

I may be tempted by the rear bits anyway (dependant on cost) but fear without the fronts they may get badly pebble dashed so will need painting every couple of years
 

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The st boys are getting up to 350 out of th t5 lump and if they want more are sticking rs engines in, but 285 is enough for me to have some mindless easy fun with torque steer to make you feel like you are at least having to control something/am involved;0) (the Elise takes a lot more driving not as forgiving as the torquey t5)

I forgot the sills extend so far down, they really need do something thing behind the front wheels (not mud flaps but widen the sill)

I may be tempted by the rear bits anyway (dependant on cost) but fear without the fronts they may get badly pebble dashed so will need painting every couple of years
Yeah the RS is a bit of a beast, I always thought it was the same engine as the ST though, just tuned more. Shows what I know lol. The torquesteer wasn't such a problem in the MKII MPS as it has an LSD fitted as standard and is slightly limited in the 1st and 2nd gears to account for it. So if you can handle it the MKI is slightly quicker (depending on driver).

I see what you mean by the sills now, you can get a clear plastic coating to protect them If you are particularly worried about it.
 

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That tuning company in Japan, ERST, have nice side sills for the V40, that replaces the whole side. Just very expensive.

The grey bit in the R-Design rims just needs to be painted polish black, then it would look awesome.
 

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Yeah the RS is a bit of a beast, I always thought it was the same engine as the ST though, just tuned more. Shows what I know lol. The torquesteer wasn't such a problem in the MKII MPS as it has an LSD fitted as standard and is slightly limited in the 1st and 2nd gears to account for it. So if you can handle it the MKI is slightly quicker (depending on driver).

I see what you mean by the sills now, you can get a clear plastic coating to protect them If you are particularly worried about it.
The rs is in effect the same engine but the internals were strengthened, is tried a standard one and was not impressed and it was not worth the extra £'s, a mountuned one however........

There again I am thinking 8 pots next (American muscle) or a classic
 

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Yeah the RS is a bit of a beast, I always thought it was the same engine as the ST though, just tuned more. Shows what I know lol. The torquesteer wasn't such a problem in the MKII MPS as it has an LSD fitted as standard and is slightly limited in the 1st and 2nd gears to account for it. So if you can handle it the MKI is slightly quicker (depending on driver).

I see what you mean by the sills now, you can get a clear plastic coating to protect them If you are particularly worried about it.
Do you have a link to the clear plastic coating you mention to protect from stone chips?
My commute goes along gravel roads, and getting concerned now.
 

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I can't remember the brand I used on my MPS but it looked very similar to this.

However, if you do go for it, be very careful. It's very sticky and if not careful you will get air bubbles or wrinkles (wait, we are Volvo drivers, we're used to wrinkles :D), if you've installed a screen protector on a phone, imagine doing that on a larger, curved surface.

 

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I can't remember the brand I used on my MPS but it looked very similar to this.

However, if you do go for it, be very careful. It's very sticky and if not careful you will get air bubbles or wrinkles (wait, we are Volvo drivers, we're used to wrinkles :D), if you've installed a screen protector on a phone, imagine doing that on a larger, curved surface.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/E-Tech-Tran...ection/dp/B006QTOI70/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
Thanks for the link, going also for mudflaps on my rdesign :D going for solid white now over my first 2 choices of osmium grey and black sapphire. I'm so used to driving 4x4's along narrow country lanes I know that stone chips are going to be a problem along with spray from muddy puddles.

At least in ice white after 3 years I can touch up stone chips easier than a metallic finish.
 
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