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History of the Volvo 5 Cylinder

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Volvo’s history is intrinsically intertwined with the 5-cylinder engine. More than any other auto maker (besides maybe Audi), Volvo’s name has become almost synonymous with this rather idiosyncratic engine over the last 30 years. At the time, it was a perfect compromise between the 6-cylinder’s power and the 4-cylinders size and efficiency. Of course, time […]

CVVT – What They Do & Why

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The CVVT job — burn off environmentally bad gasses produced in the first minute or so from a cold engine. CVVT technology superseded fussy air pumps after it matured enough to be a dependable component of passenger cars. See Wikipedia’s CVVT page. See MVS’s how to change the CVVT hub on P2 Volvos. See all […]

Polestar V60 & XC60 Wagons Coming This Summer! 415 HP!

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If you like fast Volvos, this summer will be especially fun. After a several-year hiatus, Volvo’s fast wagons are set to return… and the Polestar Engineered S60 sedan will return for the second year in a row. All three will have a monsterous 415 HP and AWD. Unlike the 2019 S60 Polestar Engineered, these new […]

Spark Plug Replace — First Gen. XC90

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CN90: My “new” 2005 XC90 2.5T with 82K still has factory spark plugs as the P.O. never replaced them. Since I have had good success with NGK Iridium BKR6EIX in my 1998 BMW 528i, I decided to use these NGK Iridium BKR6EIX spark plugs in my XC90. Article Notes Who MVS Forums Contributor cn90 does what he does […]

Volvos With CarPlay 2019

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2016 – 2019 XC90 2017 – 2019 S90 2017 – 2019 V90 2018 – 2019 XC60 2019 V60 2019 XC40 I’m a huge fan of CarPlay. It makes Volvo and other car manufacturers’ built-in operating systems look and act like the 1960s. If you’re not bought into Apple’s ecosystem and have an Android phone, try […]

2020 XC90 Changes

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The 2020 XC90 is the fifth model year of the SPA platform big SUV from Volvo. Seems like the first of Volvo’s SPA cars debuted just a couple years ago. Model year time flies by. Anyway… 2020 XC90 Volvo Forum discussion 2020 XC90 Safety Here are the three safety-related items coming to the 2020 XC90 […]

Volvo News – Newsletter March 2019

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MVS Volvo Newsletter March 2019 Want these to come to you? Subscribe to the MVS Newsletter here. Volvo News Volvo Announces Polestar 2 Good quick overview of Volvo… er… Polestar’s second vehicle, and how it competes with the Tesla Model 3. Here’s the MVS rundown of Polestar 2 vs. Model 3. Volvo Goes Full “Big […]

IPD Photo Contest! Prizes!

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IPD Photo contest details page. Six categories, one winner per category. $100 credit at IPD for each winner. As we did last year, the winners will be decided by you, the Volvo community.  The rules: 1. Physical photos need to be at least 5”x7” or the largest possible .jpg files.2. If there are people in […]

Polestar 2 vs. Tesla Model 3

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Now that the Polestar 2 has been revealed, we can get down to spec-spreadsheeting and feature-counting. The CMA-underpinned Polestar 2 specs: 78 kWh option yields 275 miles, 0-60 in 4.7 sec, charge rate of 150 kW, with third-party charging network. It will be available via Volvo’s novel Care by Volvo subscription, or by a normal […]

Volvo to Limit Its Cars to 112 MPH in 2020

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Yikes. I don’t like this. Today it’s 112 MPH, tomorrow it’s [?]. Yes, I’m a “slippery slope” argument guy. Volvo Cars said on Monday it will introduce a 180 km per hour (112 mph) speed limiter on all new vehicles as the Swedish automaker seeks to burnish its safety credentials and meet a pledge to […]

2020 Volvo S90 – Evaluating It vs. Competitors

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Consumer Reports is an interesting thing. It runs no ads, and that alone marks it an outlier in the publishing world. But when you throw in the fact that it’s not an expensive, high-art quarterly or technical trade journal but rather a product review magazine, well, you end up with a really strange animal. Consumer […]

For $18k You Can Have IPD’s S60 450hp Project Car

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Now’s your chance to own one of ipd’s most unique project cars. ipd’s 2011 S60 T6 AWD has thousands of dollars in upgrades. Everything has been customized from the ground up. This project started at Galpin Auto Sports in California. GAS painted the exterior in their custom pastel blue paint. They outfitted the S60 with […]