Need a VIDA/DiCE Vendor Recommendation? Here Are Several.

Complimenting an older VIDA/DiCE – Which One To Buy megathread is this newer Volvo forum topic about where to get VIDA/DiCE. Sourcing VIDA/DiCE stoutlogic » Anyone have a vendor or Ebay seller with a good Vida/ Dice setup? My research shows these setups seem to be really hit or miss. Additionally the software installation seems like its […]

California Relaxes OBD-II Smog Test Readiness Requirements

MVS Forums Moderator abscate made an interesting post about OBD-II readiness states during state smog emissions testing. It turns out that recently (2015 for California) some states have relaxed their rules about passing/failing cars without all monitors in the readiness state. Yes, this is technical nerdery that can cause you (or used to cause you) […]

What is DiCE?

DiCE is the Middleman DiCE is electronic hardware that connects your Volvo to a computer running Volvo diagnostic software called VIDA. It allows two-way communication between VIDA and a Volvo car, primarily to enable a mechanic to either get diagnostic information from the Volvo to fix a problem, or to update the Volvo with the […]

2006 XC70 Evap Pump Volvo Part

Volvo Parts Numbers Don’t Change… The numbers stay the same and the parts change. Check out Neil’s post about  a Volvo evap pump part #31392490 for his 2006 XC70: In my last post I asked if anyone could confirm that the part I purchased from Volvo was the correct part as it looked different to […]

Stage 0 and So Much More… Fix List for a V70

MVS Contributor Sledddriver goes on an multi-month blistering repair & fix odyssey, taking his 1998 V70 T5 from the edge of roadworthiness to 100% functional and reliable… all for not even $1000.  This is Stage 0 and way, way more. Following up on Tryingbe’s theme [of restoring to 100% a P80 Volvo], here’s a list of sled-work […]

2001-2007 Volvo V70 Fuse Troubleshooting

MVS member daparish had a strange electrical event on his 2005 V70: Had to have vehicle towed after 2 flat tires on freeway, after tires installed got car back started and drivable, but: no power windows function (front both sides) no functions from drivers door control panel or passenger panel no central locking function from […]

The Birth, Life & Death of an XC90 T6

Ok, that title was a little dramatic, but that’s the idea. MVS member XVTer bought a 2004 XC90 T6 a few years ago for his wife. In between the buying date and selling date he posted some of the best tune-up, Stage 0 and restoration info for XC90s I’ve ever seen. This is his XC90 T6 story. […]

Throttle Body vs. New MAP Sensor

This thread documents that the P0106 code is often resolved by throttle body cleaning, not MAP sensor replacement. Saves users about 250 USD. Specific to the NA 2003 and 2004 Volvo P2 models. jkatz: Two years ago I bought a 2003 V70 FWD (no turbo) and I was getting an intermittent CEL that would come […]

2000 S70 ABS Issues?

MVS Forums member Russ B documented his ABS and STC lights scenario: Here’s the low down. I leave work tonight, driving slow around several 90 degree left & right turns. On one RIGHT turn I applied the brakes and the ABS went off (made its ABS noise like when a tire skids) and both the […]

Which ELM 327 To Buy?

So you want to use a phone or tablet to access your Volvo’s codes, reset procedures, and all the goodies you’re locked out of without an expensive scan tool. Since the age of dedicated scan devices is over, you can now use devices you have, like smartphones and tablets. But you need a bridge, something […]