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XC60 – Buy Extended Warranty?


MVS Volvo Forums member chapel is thinking about buying a 100k mile XC60 and putting a $3k extended warranty on it. Smart?

Wife and I are thinking of getting a 2010 T6 R-design
It’s just about to pass 100k miles and we’re looking at possibly getting an aftermarket warranty

So for a 5 year plan from Endurance, 5 years/100k Extra Supreme Plan… it covers

  • Powertrain – engine, trans, axle, 4WD, HVAC, Electrical, PW, Cooling, Fuel.
  • NO SUSPENSION, BRAKES, ECU, O2 SENSORS. Also doesn’t cover “Technology” like Navigation, radio, backup cameras, etc…
  • $100 ded – $3370 up front ($183 down, $145/mo for 24 months)
  • $200 ded – $3202 up front. (no brainer between the $100 and $200 deductible there)
  • No lock in
  • Cash out or transfer to another vehicle or to new owner
  • Prorated refund.
  • Roadside assistance
  • Covers a rental up to 5 days
  • 5 years, 100k miles, that’s a pretty long coverage plan

Apparently if I take delivery before 100k, I qualify for a better, but shorter plan that covers things like suspension, brakes, ECU, O2 sensors, but no technology.

The cost goes up considerably. $4878 for a $100 deductible, $4471 for a $200 deductible.

But rather than shell out $3370 on top of the $16,000 I’m dropping on the car itself… I wanted to see if this is a good idea or not? Seems like these are pretty reliable cars overall from what I’ve been reading.

XC60 T6 – 100k+ mile reliability?

1998 Volvo S70 T5 Manual Transmission for Sale


This 1998 S70 T5M looks like a winner. For sale in Colorado is a very rare high pressure turbo (T5) manual transmission (M) S70 in red/graphite. Owner is asking $4800. I don’t think that’s unfair. This car is significantly more rare than an R Volvo from the same year.

It’s not mine, I’ve never seen it, and I don’t know the owner. It just looks great over the Internet. I’d give ten tan interiors for one graphite. I love graphite and strongly dislike tan. Just a personal preference.

From the ad:

  • condition: good
  • cylinders: 5 cylinders
  • drive: fwd
  • fuel: gas
  • odometer: 180000
  • paint color: red
  • size: mid-size
  • title status: clean
  • transmission: manual
  • type: sedan


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2006 XC70 AC Problem – Leak in Condensor

2006 XC70 AC Problem

MVS Contributor IdahoBob has an AC problem with his XC70. He tried charging it, no luck. His XC70 developed a small leak in the AC condensor.


My ’06 XC70 developed a small leak in the AC condensor. I installed a new, aftermarket (Chinese) condensor, and then took the car to the local Volvo guy. He charged the system, and it will work, as long as it’s not hotter than about 80 degrees outside. The clutch would release after the compressor ran for maybe 30-45 seconds. I checked the gap (.6 mm). I’ll write a post about gapping the AC clutch on the ’06, since the clutch design has changed, and the bread clip and/or tie-wrap fix won’t work on this newer design. I replaced the clutch, as it wouldn’t hold, and the two contact faces were pretty pitted up and grooved out from the de-icer we have here in the winter. This new clutch is gapped at .3mm, and the system does the same: works fine until the outside temp gets up to about 80 degrees F, then the clutch releases. It will occasionally grab again, but release again after a few seconds. The AC guy replaced a questionable relay, and has an engine control relay on order. He says the engine relay is really hot when the AC is running. I checked the engine relay on my ’04 XC70, and it gets pretty hot also when the AC is running. The two relays are different part numbers; so I can’t swap them to see what the ’06 does. Does anyone have any ideas on what I can check and/or suggest to the AC guy, rather than continue to throw parts at this thing?

Other items to check in my eye are both low pressure and high pressure switches, this really sounds to me like it’s not fully charged too, maybe faulty gauges? Is the a/c guy charging by using gauges or vacuuming down and putting in proper amount? even if it is 40 lbs. on the low side (not as cool interior vent temp) and it corrects the clutch disengagement it would be OK.

06 XC AC Problem

28 Years and 460k Miles – Joe’s 1986 Volvo 240DL

1986 Volvo 240DL
Not Joe’s Volvo – a similar 240 for illustration purposes

A funny thing happens when you screw up an email newsletter. People write back, angry. Angry people write angry things back to you. But some correspondence turns interesting. This is one from ex-MVS member Joe, who put almost a half-million miles on his 1986 Volvo 240DL. Here’s the story of the 460,000-mile 240, Ole Bessie:

I got 460 thousand miles out of my 1986 240DL and was still running strong when I traded her in…lol. I drove it for over 28 years and was hesitant about letting her go. Never used a drop of oil and still had original transmission. I drive 175 miles to work once a week and figured it was time to bite the bullet and get a new car. I went with a 2016 Honda Accord EX.

You guys have been great over the years and I couldn’t have kept her going that long without you. Thank you and should I ever get another European car I will surely be back!

That was his first email. My curiosity piqued, I asked for more. Luckily, Joe was in the writing mood… [my bolds for emphasis — Matt]

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Volvo Price List for 1997 Cars – 850 and 960

1997 Volvo Models

Here’s the contents of a fantastic old Volvo Web page. — Matt

ROCKLEIGH, NJ–Volvo is optimistic about sales volumes for the last half of 1996. And no wonder. By the end of
June 850 sales were up 16% over the first half of 1995, 960 sales were up 33%. Both series will continue to be on sale
for model year 1997.

Volvo’s 1997 flagship, the 850 R, is an enthusiast’s dream: a high performance road machine with the kind of safety
engineering that is synonymous with the Volvo brand name. The model was first introduced in 1995 as the 850 T-5R.

New for 1997 is an engine package in the 850 GLT series that increases horsepower from 168 to 190. More importantly,
torque has increased to 191 lb.ft. at 1,800 rpm versus its 1996 torque rating of 162 lb.ft. at 4,700 rpm. This
improvement delivers six-cylinder performance in a five-cylinder package.

The 960 series retains its superb road handling and grand touring luxury for 1997. Its whisper-quiet silky-smooth engine
performance, expertly crafted interior, and Volvo’s famous seating design deliver uncompromising driving comfort.

Pricing for 1997 reflects the new 850 GLT engine package and modest fluctuations in world currency. MSRP for the
850 models, sales weighted and reflecting content changes is up 3.1%. The MSRP for the 960 models is up 1.0%.
Overall Volvo’s MSRP pricing for 1997 has increased 2.5%.

Volvo 850 Series — 1997 Model Year Price List

Sales VersionBadgeSuggested Retail Price
854 O850$26,710
854 A850$27,685
854 GTO850$28,040
854 GTA850$29,015
854 GTOS850$29,240
854 GTAS850$30,215
854 GLTGLT$31,835
854 T5T5$34,500
854 RR$38,685
855 O850$28,010
855 A850$28,985
855 GTO850$29,340
855 GTA850$30,315
855 GTOS850$30,540
855 GTAS850$31,515
855 GLTGLT$33,135
855 T5T5$35,800
855 RR$40,135

Destination Charge: $495


  1. 850 O/A/Gto/Gta/Gtos/Gtas Models Have Plush Upholstery As Standard.
  2. 850 Glt And T5 Models Have Velour As Standard.
  3. 850 Glt Replaces My 96 Gtas (New Engine).
  4. Gtos/Gtas Model Content Equals Gto/Gta With Addition Of Sunroof.
  5. 850 T5 Has Dual Power Seats With Memory And In-Dash Cd-Player As Standard Features.

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