Our 2006 V70R arrived by truck late last week, only a little worse for the trip. My wife and I immediately set about detailing it from top to bottom, doing a full Leatherique treatment, cleaning the carpets, etc. The car cleaned up nicely, but desperately needs a clay bar, polish and wax treatment. That's next.
After cleaning it for most of Saturday, we loaded up the kids and headed to Amelia Island for the 2013 Concours. Picture perfect day and stunning cars as usual.
As for my question regarding suspension, I come from a long line of BMWs, including many M cars. Im' used to relatively stiff factory suspensions and expected that from the R. What we have though seems to be well beyond "stiff". We live in Florida, so the roads are pretty darn smooth, compared to the rest of the country. That said, the R seems to crash over any pavement irregularity larger than a ripple. In fact, one expansion joint between the road bed and a highway overpass that had a little bit of a lip caused enough deflection in the right front tire that it disengaged the cruise control! And all of this is with the Comfort setting on.
Granted I am new to this car (and Volvos and their R cars) but the suspension seems way over the top. I had a PPI done before purchase by a dealer, which included a test drive, so I would think they would have picked up on any suspension issues. Still, my "car gut" tells me something is amiss. With so many R experts here, I'm hopeful this is enough information for you all to offer me some insight.