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Cylinder 8

33 posts

62 months

Sunday 20th September
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My '98 940:





It's got an 850R turbo (among other things) and made just over 250 horsepower on the dyno. It's been a lot of work over the last two years but it's a good laugh. biggrin

leglessAlex

3,752 posts

100 months

Monday 21st September
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Oh I love that. I have such a weakness for TE-37s on basically any car.

Nicks90

198 posts

13 months

Tuesday 22nd September
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Joining in with the thread as loving so many different Volvo's we all have!
Here's mine, XC90 in metallic blue


Throttle Body

331 posts

132 months

Wednesday 23rd September
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timbobalob said:


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Certainly makes my other half's Golf look tiny!
According to Parkers Guide, the XC90 is only 113mm wider than the Golf Gti (2140mm to 2027mm). We might have to send you out with a tape measure to check!

davejones

91 posts

193 months

Saturday 26th September
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My pair ready for action...

croissant

1,120 posts

97 months

Saturday 26th September
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Here’s one I picked up last week. It’s been parked up and untouched for 25 years so I’m starting an extensive recommissioning project.






CharlesdeGaulle

14,615 posts

139 months

Saturday 26th September
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Dave Jones and croissant - brilliant cars. Keep us updated.

vixen1700

13,807 posts

229 months

Tuesday 29th September
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My wife had a prang in the 2004 S40 the other week, not much damage but it got written off.

Don't really like the idea of not having a Volvo, so the search was on for something at a decent price, bearing in mind the old S40 was bought for £1000 four years ago and took me on a daily London to Cambridge commute for just over a year. Having a diesel wasn't that important as the miles are nowhere near what they used to be, plus it needed to be ULEZ compliant.





So a week later, we've been living with this 2007 C70. 123k on the clock, £2375 and loving it. smile

croissant

1,120 posts

97 months

Tuesday 29th September
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vixen1700 said:
So a week later, we've been living with this 2007 C70. 123k on the clock, £2375 and loving it. smile
I've always liked these. One of my guilty pleasures! Enjoy...

850R

130 posts

90 months

Sunday 4th October
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vixen1700 said:
My wife had a prang in the 2004 S40 the other week, not much damage but it got written off.

Don't really like the idea of not having a Volvo, so the search was on for something at a decent price, bearing in mind the old S40 was bought for £1000 four years ago and took me on a daily London to Cambridge commute for just over a year. Having a diesel wasn't that important as the miles are nowhere near what they used to be, plus it needed to be ULEZ compliant.





So a week later, we've been living with this 2007 C70. 123k on the clock, £2375 and loving it. smile
Wife has one of these, D5 SE LUX great looking car and she loves it, however terrible build quality, troublesome car

vixen1700

13,807 posts

229 months

Sunday 4th October
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850R said:
Wife has one of these, D5 SE LUX great looking car and she loves it, however terrible build quality, troublesome car
Interesting, what's proven to be problematic?

Apart from the odd rattle in the boot, the build quality seem good, but then I am used to TVRs. hehe

Will need some new shocks though.

850R

130 posts

90 months

Monday 5th October
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vixen1700 said:
Interesting, what's proven to be problematic?

Apart from the odd rattle in the boot, the build quality seem good, but then I am used to TVRs. hehe

Will need some new shocks though.
Boot leaks, door latch is knackered and drivers side door has a habit or pinging open, steering angle sensor, drive shafts, bottom arms, DPF issues which are common on the Euro 4 Volvo engines, and not mentioning the absolutely terrible MPG she gets. It’s overly serviced too, decent tyres running spot on PSI

It just Doesn’t feel the anywhere near as good a quality as my 2004 V70 D5 or my 96 855R. Worlds apart in fact.

stickleback123

6,984 posts

148 months

Monday 5th October
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I ran a 2008 C70 D5 SE Lux from around 50k miles to 150k miles over about 4 years. Manual gearbox, which was a mistake.

It was fairly reliable and only came home on a recovery truck once when the CEM crapped itself (£1000 bill). Otherwise it was fine except for destroying the gearbox and driveshafts at 140k, which I put down to an ill advised remap. It was certainly no more troublesome than my 2004 V70 T5, which threw the odd £1k bill itself, and I'd say it was just as well built but the trim was a LOT less creaky.

THe door pinging open is because the latch needs to be lubricated with white grease annually, it's on the Volvo service schedule. My passenger door would do it if I'd forgotten, and then it'd stop immediately after I lubed it up.

No engine issues or DPF issues at all. It had dampers (Bilstein B4s) at 90k because they felt tired, as they do on every car by that point, and I did the lower arms at the same time for the same reason. It's a heavy car (1800KG) on a platform intended for cars weighing literally half a ton less so it is heavy on suspension and brakes. Most people only change bushes when they collapse and dampers when they start spewing oil, but I've never driven a car with 90k+ on the clock that wasn't quite obviously in need of a suspension refresh. As you'd expect the dampers in particular transformed the car and sweeping slip roads that were nervous at 60MPH were fine at 80MPH+.

Properly calculated economy over that mileage was 43mpg, it really liked going 65MPH for some reason and could get mid 50s on a long motorway run at that speed.

Mine came with 18" wheels which I swapped out for 17" Volvo wheels to improve the ride. The Dynaudio stereo in the SE Lux models is absolutely amazing. I never had any leaks into the boot or cabin, and I found that lubing up the 14 miles of rubber seals every 6 months with shin etsu grease (plain silicone grease will probably work) really kept down the clonks and knocks from the roof.

On balance one of the better cars I've had, with no more or less repair and maintenance costs than my P2 V70 over similar miles. I personally think the earlier FWD Volvo models are rather unreasonably lionised, they were all very prone to creaks, some were riddled with expensive electrical and drivetrain/gearbox faults, and while they will last forever they all require a steady diet of money and time to do so if you want them to drive properly. You'll find plenty of people in the US who think all the FWD models are fragile rubbish compared to the 700 and 900 series, which were very tough but really quite crude. I can well remember the Volvo beards howling in anguish at how poor quality the P2 cars were in 2000, and they all view them as the holy grail of motoring now.

Worth noting that there was a facelift and a raft of updates for the '08MY cars (you can tell from the changes to the tunnel console, wing mirrors, silver surrounds on the dials) and anecdotally this fixed many of the niggles with the earlier cars. The gruffness of the D5 engine spoiled it though, and I always wished I'd got a T5 and the halogen headlights were the worst of any car I've owned that was made since the 1970s, they really were unbelievably poor and made night driving quite tiring and stressful on unlit roads.

Sold it to a colleague for buttons 12 months ago and it's just flown through another MOT. She loves it, and her 20 something sons who at first poo-pooed it as an old gits car are forever stealing it off her because they like it so much.



Edited by stickleback123 on Tuesday 6th October 00:08

cento16v

60 posts

108 months

Tuesday 6th October
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My S60 (excuse the shoddy photo).

850R

130 posts

90 months

Wednesday 7th October
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stickleback123 said:
I ran a 2008 C70 D5 SE Lux from around 50k miles to 150k miles over about 4 years. Manual gearbox, which was a mistake.

It was fairly reliable and only came home on a recovery truck once when the CEM crapped itself (£1000 bill). Otherwise it was fine except for destroying the gearbox and driveshafts at 140k, which I put down to an ill advised remap. It was certainly no more troublesome than my 2004 V70 T5, which threw the odd £1k bill itself, and I'd say it was just as well built but the trim was a LOT less creaky.

THe door pinging open is because the latch needs to be lubricated with white grease annually, it's on the Volvo service schedule. My passenger door would do it if I'd forgotten, and then it'd stop immediately after I lubed it up.

No engine issues or DPF issues at all. It had dampers (Bilstein B4s) at 90k because they felt tired, as they do on every car by that point, and I did the lower arms at the same time for the same reason. It's a heavy car (1800KG) on a platform intended for cars weighing literally half a ton less so it is heavy on suspension and brakes. Most people only change bushes when they collapse and dampers when they start spewing oil, but I've never driven a car with 90k+ on the clock that wasn't quite obviously in need of a suspension refresh. As you'd expect the dampers in particular transformed the car and sweeping slip roads that were nervous at 60MPH were fine at 80MPH+.

Properly calculated economy over that mileage was 43mpg, it really liked going 65MPH for some reason and could get mid 50s on a long motorway run at that speed.

Mine came with 18" wheels which I swapped out for 17" Volvo wheels to improve the ride. The Dynaudio stereo in the SE Lux models is absolutely amazing. I never had any leaks into the boot or cabin, and I found that lubing up the 14 miles of rubber seals every 6 months with shin etsu grease (plain silicone grease will probably work) really kept down the clonks and knocks from the roof.

On balance one of the better cars I've had, with no more or less repair and maintenance costs than my P2 V70 over similar miles. I personally think the earlier FWD Volvo models are rather unreasonably lionised, they were all very prone to creaks, some were riddled with expensive electrical and drivetrain/gearbox faults, and while they will last forever they all require a steady diet of money and time to do so if you want them to drive properly. You'll find plenty of people in the US who think all the FWD models are fragile rubbish compared to the 700 and 900 series, which were very tough but really quite crude. I can well remember the Volvo beards howling in anguish at how poor quality the P2 cars were in 2000, and they all view them as the holy grail of motoring now.

Worth noting that there was a facelift and a raft of updates for the '08MY cars (you can tell from the changes to the tunnel console, wing mirrors, silver surrounds on the dials) and anecdotally this fixed many of the niggles with the earlier cars. The gruffness of the D5 engine spoiled it though, and I always wished I'd got a T5 and the halogen headlights were the worst of any car I've owned that was made since the 1970s, they really were unbelievably poor and made night driving quite tiring and stressful on unlit roads.

Sold it to a colleague for buttons 12 months ago and it's just flown through another MOT. She loves it, and her 20 something sons who at first poo-pooed it as an old gits car are forever stealing it off her because they like it so much.



Edited by stickleback123 on Tuesday 6th October 00:08
The door latch needs replacing and I believe there was a recall on some models because of this, we obviously have a Friday afternoon C70, still don’t rate the ford build quality at all, seats aren’t Volvo comfort either. The wife likes it though, and the short journeys don’t help the economy and the DPF issues, says something when she only just gets a few more MPG than I do from the 300+ 850!!

DennisTheMenace

15,597 posts

227 months

Wednesday 7th October
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This tread needs colour....The old girl on dog walking duty

Majorslow

793 posts

88 months

Tuesday 10th November
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Just clocked up 250k today, still on first clutch, car thinks it's on holiday owing to the lock downs this year. Hoping to get it upto 300k then set a new bar smile

C70GT

244 posts

46 months

Saturday 14th November
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My 2001 V40 Sport Lux daily driver. 150,000mls and standard factory spec. The 2003 C70 GT is a 60,000mls garage queen. Again factory spec and both have full service history from new.

Ru99er

5 posts

Friday 20th November
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My 2009 V70 R-Design with recently refurbed alloys and a full mop 👍🏼



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And a dirty one!




pointer7

15 posts

48 months

Yesterday (16:41)
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My Ovlov S60 D4