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The Volvo 850 That Got Away

nautic blue 850

It’s a sad tale, but one to learn from. Keep your eyes open for another. There are more fish in the sea.

Great Volvos are out there. Now go find one.

Well as of the e-mail I got at 11 this morning, the vehicle has been sold. Crap.

Thanks again for all the input guys.

The Volvo 850 That Got Away

Tags buying an 850, nautic blue, oh well, Volvo buying tips
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XC90 Rear door won’t open from inside

xc90-door.jpg

XC90 rear door lock mechanism repair – for door that will not unlock from inside

Rear door won’t open from inside

Tags child safety lock, Door Handle, door handle assembly, door panel
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VIDA Database Optimization Script

doublebug is making available a VIDA utility script:

I’m posting a script that I used for some years with my 7 years old laptop.
Successfully used my laptop for almost 3 years without VIDA reinstallation.
Those of you who does Volvo diagnostics every day may notice that the more cars you have read the slower VIDA shows DTC list after reading. This script fixes this issue.

How to use script:
Unpack it somewhere and run optimize_db.cmd file.

I’ve tested it with 2010D, 2013A, 2014B versions.

For 2010D optimize_db.cmd needs to be patched with database password. Old VIDA used different password.

VIDA database optimization script

Tags VIDA
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Vacuum Lines on Turbo 1993-2000 850/S70/V70/XC70

Documenting Vacuum Hoses on Pre-2001 850/S70/V70/XC70 Turbos

MVS Forums Contributor and enthusiast CN90 turns the volume up to maximum and cranks out a beautiful post about a particular Pre-2001 850/S70/V70/XC70 failure point: vacuum lines.

[Looking for non-turbo vacuum line routing?]

I just want to dedicate a thread strictly to photographing the vacuum lines in these aging Volvos.

As the car gets older, vacuum hoses break and people are always asking for diagram. The problem with underhood sticker is that: it looks good on paper but it has its limitation, i.e., no real photos.

I just spent 1h photographing different vacuum lines of my 1998 Volvo S70 GLT.

If you have other photos, please annotate them with arrows/caption etc. and post them (especially those with blue silicone hoses lol…).

Vacuum Hoses on 1993-2000 850/S70/V70/XC70 Turbos

Tags vacuum hose diagram, Vacuum Line
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Vacuum Lines on Non-Turbo 1993-2000 850/S70/V70/XC70

Vacuum Line Diagrams For Non-Turbo Volvos

MVS forums user Erik goes “full auto” and documents the vacuum lines on non-turbo Volvos in the P80 family:

As a companion to a similar thread for turbo cars [vacuum line diagrams for turbo Volvo 850 and Gen. 1 S70/V70/C70/XC70], here is a thread dedicated to documenting the vacuum lines in the non-turbo (NA) 850 and 98 S/V/C70. I know that what I am posting here is good for 95+ without EGR, someone else will have to help out with 93 and 94 differences and/or for EGR.

850 and S/V/C70 non-turbo vacuum lines

Tags n/a, non-turbo, normally aspirated, vacuum hose diagram
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