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Super Slo Mo

3,352 posts

85 months

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Monday 14th March 2011 quote quote all
That's impressive. I'd be really happy if mine got that. At the moment, I'm halfway through a tank (first ever £90 fill for me ), driving like Miss Daisy, just to see what it'll really do. I had a couple of late journeys (circa midnight) last week, so sat at a relaxed 60ish on the motorways, which was easy enough, and didn't seem to use a lot of fuel.

Nevertheless, the fuel gauge moves pretty much the same amount in relation to miles travelled, so who knows.

I think I need to stay off the right pedal a bit.

Having said all that, maintenance wise it seems to be pretty cost effective. My VW's cost almost as much to service and maintain as they did in fuel, although time will tell what the Volvo is like.

ETA: in 2,000 miles, the front tyres (all 4 brand new Bridgestone) have worn 2.0mm in the centre, and 3.0mm on the shoulders .

I suspect my right foot's a touch heavier than I thought.

The car also handles surprisingly well for a big FWD estate, which no doubt also explains the tyre wear. Guess I'm going to have to calm down a bit.

Edited by Super Slo Mo on Tuesday 15th March 07:50

(steven)

314 posts

101 months

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Tuesday 22nd March 2011 quote quote all
“Honestjohn” suggests injectors can be a problem on the D5's and that they are a £1.5K fix. How true is this?

A little search on the net suggests that new injectors are more like £100 each and that most of the problems have been fixed by now but I would like to hear peoples experience. Thinking the S60 could be a better refined alternative for motorway work than the Skoda Octivia I’m currently using.

Thanks

confused_buyer

2,779 posts

68 months

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Wednesday 23rd March 2011 quote quote all
Bosch injectors are £110+VAT from places like Eurocarparts. They're usually refurbs but so are the ones from Volvo. It is highly unusual for all 5 to be needed at once.

kieranjholland

2,509 posts

57 months

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Wednesday 23rd March 2011 quote quote all
105000 miles, no injector problems... (edit - or any other problems)

With a car like this it is rare for anything to go wrong, I guess the injectors seem to be the weak link but in comparison to a lot of cars on the road, they seem pretty sturdy. I wouldn't worry about it and the price qouted is very inflated.

Edited by kieranjholland on Wednesday 23 March 23:27

y2blade

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54,553 posts

102 months

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Thursday 24th March 2011 quote quote all
148k here...Injectors are in great shape
as is the clutch too


smile


btw she's going in for a service tomorrow as the "Time for Regular Service" message popped up on the DIM over the weekend


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kieranjholland

2,509 posts

57 months

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Thursday 24th March 2011 quote quote all
same here, will report back...

halo34

1,258 posts

86 months

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Thursday 24th March 2011 quote quote all
It's usually one or at a push two injectors that go. This one had one changed, but unless it's causing immediate problems the symptoms are poor starting.

Honestly few weak points on these;

Control arms (front suspension bushes) are usually the most immediate if higher miles, that's in my experience and mine do need doing.

Oh and handbrake shoes ( I need to do mine too)

y2blade

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54,553 posts

102 months

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Thursday 24th March 2011 quote quote all
halo34 said:
It's usually one or at a push two injectors that go. This one had one changed, but unless it's causing immediate problems the symptoms are poor starting.

Honestly few weak points on these;

Control arms (front suspension bushes) are usually the most immediate if higher miles, that's in my experience and mine do need doing.

Oh and handbrake shoes ( I need to do mine too)
rear drop-links too...but they are soooo easy/cheap to replace they are hardly worth mentioning

kieranjholland

2,509 posts

57 months

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Thursday 24th March 2011 quote quote all
halo34 said:
Oh and handbrake shoes ( I need to do mine too)
Especially bad on automatics for some reason?

Super Slo Mo

3,352 posts

85 months

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Wednesday 30th March 2011 quote quote all
Update re: my V70 fuel consumption, I've now got a personal best of 42.8 mpg over 589 miles. That was driving really gently, with a couple of long, late night 60mph drives on cruise control thrown in to help bring the average down.

Worst so far has been 35.3, caused by a 160 mile reasonably fast (90 ish) run home from London (over a full tank, that run was probably getting 30mpg at best, given that the other 400 or so miles were driven 'normally').

Overall average is running at 39.8 mpg. I'm a little disappointed to be honest, I could probably have got close to that with the 2.4 170 bhp petrol version.

Still, it's a nice place to be on long trips, and its lane clearing capabilities are pretty good too.

Garett

1,303 posts

79 months

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Wednesday 30th March 2011 quote quote all
I'm assuming yours is the one in your profile so I find that quite surprising, I always manage to get around 44mpg from mine over about 600 odd miles, that's with mixed driving, town, country, m'way.

On another note, what sort of price should I be paying to get my front wishbone bushes changed? Mine need doing, the car is on about 95k.

Edited by Garett on Wednesday 30th March 18:28

Super Slo Mo

3,352 posts

85 months

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Wednesday 30th March 2011 quote quote all
Yes, well, it's a bit worse than I was expecting. It's possible that it needs a new MAF, or injectors, or something, but there are no error messages, and the engine feels very good (although I've not driven another to compare with).

I ran a couple of tanks of Shell V Power through it a few weeks back, fuel consumption was worse, but it seemed a good bit more responsive. Could have been a placebo though.

No idea how much the front bushes would be, they were (allegedly) done on mine as part of the package when I bought it. Mine needs rear dampers actually, it's a bit floaty at the back, especially on fast motorway bends.

Garett

1,303 posts

79 months

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Wednesday 30th March 2011 quote quote all
I thought about putting some V-Power in but the last few times even standard diesel has jumped up by such a margin it puts me off. I didn't actually drive any other D5s other than my own when I bought it, just saw a few ropey ones and didn't think it was worth wasting mine and the sellers time.
Mine came with a receipt from Kwik-Fit for 2 new rear shocks, £150 fitted, I think they are Monroe units. I'm sure its towed a caravan at some point in its life so this probably contributed to them wearing out.

ad551

1,502 posts

100 months

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Thursday 31st March 2011 quote quote all
I'm getting around 47/48mpg from mine, with a mix of motorway driving, town driving and country driving. Not so bad, but the on board computer is about 6mpg too optimistic! I'm sure if I stayed on the motorway I could get mid 50s.

Very happy overall with mine - the only problem I have is that playing really bass heavy tracks cause the doors to rattle a bit more than I would like. hehe Solution is to turn it up louder.

hora

19,018 posts

98 months

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Thursday 31st March 2011 quote quote all
Tick smile

y2blade

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54,553 posts

102 months

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Thursday 31st March 2011 quote quote all
ad551 said:
............ the only problem I have is that playing really bass heavy tracks cause the doors to rattle a bit more than I would like. hehe Solution is to turn it up louder.
mine was doing that too....until I took the pens out of the door pockets wink

hora

19,018 posts

98 months

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Thursday 31st March 2011 quote quote all
This good or too expensive?

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/2011...

Ideally I'd love to find one like this but at least a grand cheaper (close to 5.5k) and without full leather.

Super Slo Mo

3,352 posts

85 months

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Thursday 31st March 2011 quote quote all
hora said:
This good or too expensive?

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/2011...

Ideally I'd love to find one like this but at least a grand cheaper (close to 5.5k) and without full leather.
Looks alright to me. Depends as ever on the condition and whether or not the history checks out.

I may have a look at an S60 next, they don't command as much of a premium as the estates. Having said that though the estate has proved to be very useful over the last few months, with having a couple of building projects on the go.

ETA: Just added a few additional comments on my profile, for anyone that's interested.

Edited by Super Slo Mo on Thursday 31st March 16:29

ad551

1,502 posts

100 months

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Thursday 31st March 2011 quote quote all
hora said:
This good or too expensive?

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/2011...

Ideally I'd love to find one like this but at least a grand cheaper (close to 5.5k) and without full leather.
The 163hp Euro III engines were the original ones and you can get better economy from them. Getting one like this would be ideal: http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/2011... - facelifted but with the old engine.

If you want something faster though, the one you posted looks pretty good...

halo34

1,258 posts

86 months

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Thursday 31st March 2011 quote quote all
y2blade said:
ad551 said:
............ the only problem I have is that playing really bass heavy tracks cause the doors to rattle a bit more than I would like. hehe Solution is to turn it up louder.
mine was doing that too....until I took the pens out of the door pockets wink
I have to admit even the basic stereo in my poverty spec is actually quite good quality.

The s60 drives nicely too, odd time when I miss the estate but you do seem to pay a fair premium for the extra space.

I was quoted £370 by Volvo to replace the front suspension arms, not sure if this is ok?
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