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Effective Compression Ratio for P80 Engines

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Ryan — screen name callahanoffroad — did some math. What math? Why on this green Earth would someone do math outside of a school or a bank? Well, math to determine the maximum compression ratio for the three common 1993-2000 Volvo inline-5 cylinder engines. What he came up with is a lookup table that takes […]

Free Parts, Thanks to Swedish Motors

First, a big thanks to Swedish Motors in Boulder, Colorado, especially Sophie who contacted me to pick up these parts for MVS members. They’ve got a good Yelp rating (4.5). Give em a Like on Facebook! They’re celebrating 45 years in business. These parts are free to you. Claim them in the thread linked below, or contact me. Tuesday […]

Tow for Life is Free Towing – For ALL Volvo Cars

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Today Volvo introduced Tow for Life, a free program for all Volvos. Yes, even that barely-running old 1985 Volvo 240 down the block you’re thinking about… No matter how old or new, how well- or poorly-maintained the Volvo, it qualifies for free towing. Wow! The Catch Of course there’s a catch. In life, there are […]

Diagnosing “TRANSMISSION SERVICE URGENT” on a 2009 XC90

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New Volvo owner  rp2005 got the dreaded “TRANSMISSION SERVICE URGENT” message on his XC90’s dash: “Fast forward to last week and my wife is driving the car to work and the dreaded “Transmission Service Urgent” message came on the dash. We had it towed into the dealership and they are saying we need a brand […]

NGK Spark Plugs… Defect? Or Install Error?

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… because some Volvo owners swear by them and they work fine. Installed NGK IX Iridium Spark Plugs (p/n BKR6EIX) in my 2004 Volvo V70 2.5T AWD wagon (Engine B5254T2 R5 2.5L) with 233,600 miles(replacing Bosch plugs) Thursday afternoon. Within 3 miles of driving car threw P0600, P0863, P0P0571 & P0504, went into limp mode. […]

FCP Sponsoring MVS!

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After a brief hiatus, FCP Euro (Volvo parts) is back sponsoring this site… the MVS Volvo Forums specifically. If that’s not enough… FCP is also Sponsoring the new MVS Facebook Group That’s right, MVS has a Facebook group — Matthew’s Group — and FCP is the proud sponsor of that. We’ll be giving away free […]

Volvo Car USA Launches Post-Accident Guidance Service

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Interesting news out of Volvo today. Check out the parts on after the collision… ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (May 14, 2019) Volvo Car drivers will now have help at their fingertips in the minutes following an accident, via their smartphones. Volvo Car Accident Advisor is the first mobile, post-accident experience that serves up emergency services and checklists, guided […]

A Sticker for a Donor

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Bonus!  Everyone who gives/gave this round Spring ’19 MVS Moderator Donation, you’re all entered into a raffle for the last I [heart]My Volvo sticker known to exist. You don’t have to do anything. I’ll perform a random selection for one winner from the list of donors.  I found two of these the other day in my […]

Spring 2019 Moderator Donation Drive — On Now!

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These guys do so much for us owners. Want to show them you appreciate them? Donate any amount. It all goes to them, 100%. Actually, it’s more than 100% when you figure in the PayPal fees, because I split up among them what’s donated, not what I actually collect. Here’s the running tally forum post.

Volvo News – Newsletter May 2019

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Polestar picks UK For New Development Center Brexit doesn’t scare Volvo.  Volvo’s Head of R&D Talks Touchy Safety Subjects Volvo’s head of R&D talks about the touchy subjects of in-car cameras and 112 MPH maximum speed limit coming in 2021 models. Never before has safety been so controversial. Right? Strange days. Rich Actor Loves And […]

April Sales Report – Up Slightly Year Over Year

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ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (May 1, 2019) – Volvo Car USA, LLC, (VCUSA) reported U.S. sales of 8,367 vehicles for the month of April, an increase of 0.4 percent from the same period last year. Year-to-date, VCUSA has sold 30,425 vehicles, an increase of 7 percent from the previous year. April 2019 was the best April sales […]

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 […]