September 2019 Newsletter

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Volvo News C&D likes the XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered But with a turbocharger, a supercharger, and an electric component, is it asking for trouble? Best July performance in 12 years Volvo’s roll continues: Volvo Car USA posts best July performance in 12 years. August was also signifiant, with double-digit growth. CPO Volvos get free Volvo On Call All Certified […]

Care by Volvo Expands to Five Models

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The modern way to own a car continues its breakneck pace, its centerpiece being Care by Volvo, a car subscription plan Volvo introduced two years ago. It debuted with the XC40, itself possibly the most urban lifestyle SUV ever to roll down the streets of the world’s cities. The XC40 was the ideal first candidate […]

Starla Exhaust Advice & Reviews

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I’ve assembled a handful of owner comments about Starla exhausts… notes and observations about Starla purchases by Volvo owners and MVS users like you. See what the Volvo Repair Database has for Volvo replacement exhausts. Generally, you have a fair number of choices for things like piping: Walker, Bosal, Starla, DEC, Ansa, AP, and Volvo […]

Boot Rip During Control Arm Swap

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MVS Forums member gcha8e (novice/mid wrenching level) shows the results of his control arm removal effort, and the unfortunate boot tear suffered during his first ever try. Car: 2005 S60 2.5T AWD. As you can see in his video, he plans to sneakily flip the bump stop. 😉 Boot Tear – Lower Control Arm And […]

Gen Z to Baby Boomers: You’re The Biggest Threat

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And Boomers feel the same way… about Generation Z. The finger pointing is over who causes accidents most often. These are the findings of a Harris poll done on behalf of Volvo. In a wide-ranging survey of Americans across a broad range of generations, Volvo set out to explore the effectiveness of driver’s ed programs […]

MVS Newsletter July 2019

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Volvo News The E.V.A. Initiative shares 40 years of auto safety data. Recall: 2014-2019 2-liter, 4-cylinder diesel — The affected models are the (all diesels) S60, S80, S90, V40, V60, V70, V90, XC60 and XC90.A plastic engine intake manifold may melt and deform. Volvo might design and produce SUVs above the XC90 and below the […]

2012 Volvo XC70 Brochure

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Take a look back seven years ago to what Volvo was adding to the features of the XC70 in the 2012 XC70 sales brochure (English). The list of features available to buyers goes on and on and on, packed with marketing-speak, trademark symbols, acronyms and asterisks. Here’s a list of features and optional equipment I […]

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 […]