I Love Volvos...I cannot lie

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by STBNE, Aug 30, 2018.

  1. Got_Carbs?

    Got_Carbs? Been here awhile

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    I drove by yesterday, it was closed but the P1800 was still on the lot. It's not a dealer but some repair shop. They also had an old Beetle for sale. And some old Ford (?), maybe a Thunderbird.
  2. STBNE

    STBNE Yamaha Guru

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    1ST Year design...not sure what the issues are..but i was warned by my Volvo guy never to buy 2001-2003 Volvos...V70 Cross Countrys S60s and S80s..I read alot of electrical issues
    resolved with expensive plug and play options and the Cross country models AWD was worthless...and so was the "fix"...many people just disconnected the rear shaft and went FWD...after 2003 reliabilty improved..I have no first hand knowledge..but my Volvo specialist was very clear that I should avoid those years...I never went deeper than that..his word is gold ...
  3. GSWayne

    GSWayne Old Guy nOOb Supporter

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    My attempt to get my XC70 suitable for bad roads. It was a challenge to get any suitable offroad tires because the 2013 XC70 T6 has large brake discs Most of the tire places said you could not fit 16" wheels (stock were 18") but one local place said they would fit and it turns out they do fit. You need to get 2" smaller wheels to get up to 65 series tires which you need to get any rugged tires. These are BF Goodrich K02 which seem popular with the 4WD folks around here.

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    This is a road I need to routinely drive on.

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    Some of those trenches are about a foot deep. Those asphalt edges are good for cutting tire sidewalls.
  4. STBNE

    STBNE Yamaha Guru

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  5. STBNE

    STBNE Yamaha Guru

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  6. STBNE

    STBNE Yamaha Guru

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  7. STBNE

    STBNE Yamaha Guru

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  8. Mr. Canoehead

    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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    My 2002 V70 T5 (manufactured fall of 2001) has been solid, other than eating bulbs. Bought it in spring 2004 off a two year lease, put IPD/Bilstein suspension on it. My wife drove it until last year, when it passed to my daughter and was replaced with a 2015 XC60 with the last of the I-6 turbos. Longest time I've ever owned a car.

    OTOH, a friend had a 2004 or 2005 XC70 which he lemon lawed. :dunno
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  9. Clayburn

    Clayburn Benjamun

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    My 2005 Volvo XC70 with 132,000 miles. I have been driving it for three years and it has not left me stranded yet. Comfortable and pulls my light motorcycle trailer with ease.

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  10. STBNE

    STBNE Yamaha Guru

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    My Volvo guy has 30 yrs experience on all models ..If he tells me to avoid something i will. Perhaps he just hates working on it..LOL but he did say repairs on those model yrs(2001-2003) would be expensive and in the case of the AWD Cross Countrys' Those fixes were extremely expensive and yet the same issues would still re-occur. So those model years would be less reliable ..and thus if i were interested in a FWD Volvo then from 2004 up would be fine... But I am stuck in 1997 with my RWD 960s and they are still doing their duty ..and quite well I might add...You simply cannot beat the drivetrain reliabilty of this design..I wish they would bring back RWDs...:deal
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  11. hpsVFR

    hpsVFR Hoosier Daddy Supporter

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    So, I did the fluid myself, siphoning it out of the dipstick hole and pouring the same amount back in. Did that two weekends and exchanged around 8qt.

    Then i ended up taking it to a shop because i was out of town; they diagnosed spark plugs, and the major stutter/shudder is gone. They either didn't notice, or didn't care that I (or perhaps someone earlier) had overfilled the transmission by 350-500ml, at some point. I'll take it as a decent result.
  12. boomsling

    boomsling Been here awhile

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    Parents had a '70 142e when I was little. Had it from new until '84. It was cool.
  13. motu

    motu Loose Pre Unit

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    Volvo lost some shine for me yesterday - road testing a V50 AWD yesterday after a service and front pads, 2km down the road there is a clunk, grinding and loss of drive. An embarrassing phone call to work...send out the tow truck. It stripped the splines on the right hand axle. An expensive 2nd hand axle later and it is mobile...and the road test is going nowhere near boost. Tough explaining to the customer we stuffed up their car....and it's not our fault.
  14. STBNE

    STBNE Yamaha Guru

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    That really sucks...I'm very glad to be stuck in 1997...not all progress is good or desireable unfortunately..Really wish they would bring back the rear wheel drives...
  15. motu

    motu Loose Pre Unit

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    They were certainly better before Ford took over and bean counters started controlling quality.
  16. MrBob

    MrBob In the Pines. Supporter

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    The fatal weakness with these early 1800’s was rust, especially behind the front wheels, where there were multiple layers of metal. The mechanicals were mostly tried and true, though the OD could be a little troublesome. The SU carbs got a bad rep they didn’t deserve.
    A clean grill, if you can find one, will cost as much as your first born. There is a devoted group of parts buyers and sellers on eBay and an active forum on Yahoo.
    I ignored the rust on mine and made a fantastic canyon-carver.
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  17. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I drove a 73 142 thru most of college. In and around my Midget anyway

    Miss that car. Not the fastest thing, but indestructible.

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  18. STBNE

    STBNE Yamaha Guru

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  19. STBNE

    STBNE Yamaha Guru

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    Car sold for $15K!!! Holy Moly! :eek2
  20. hpsVFR

    hpsVFR Hoosier Daddy Supporter

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    Uh,
    Wow!