Neil Hates his 2000 V70 R. Here’s Why.

Laser Blue Volvo V70 R Awd

Those long time members here know I hate this car as I am now so far into it from a cost perspective I can never hope to sell it and even make back what it originally cost me without the thousands of $$’s I have invested in it and time. Every time I drive this […]

How Temperature Gauges Work – Psst: It’s Software

Two weeks ago, MVS member mrbrian200 wrote a very interesting paragraph about how Volvos display engine temperature in a topic about a 2006 S60 experiencing stuttering/hesitation while accelerating. It was ancillary to solving the S60 problem, and the information is applicable to a broad swath of Volvos, and all modern cars. mrbrian200 explains why your temperature gauge remains […]

2008 XC70 3.2 Fuel Pressure Specs

2008 XC70 owner mrscullini is troubleshooting long cranking on his wagon. “When the engine is shut off, it pretty quickly bleeds down to 0. trying to diagnose a hard cold start with excessive cranking.” “Can somebody with vida/dice please provide observed fuel pressure numbers/specs at both the rail and overall system? I’m interested in readings […]

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 […]

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. […]

XC90 2.5T – Replacing Front O2 Sensor Step-by-Step

Need to replace your 5-cylinder XC90’s front O2 sensor? Use this nice XC90 O2 sensor DIY with clip connector info and photos. MVS Volvo Forum member joelq created this tutorial: The CEL on my 2004 XC90 with ~148k miles has been on with a P0134 code – “Oxygen O2 Sensor Circuit No Activity”. Pretty sure I’m […]

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 […]

Camshaft Position Sensor Testing Procedure

MVS Volvo Forums member emtbjb has a 1998 V70-XC that will not start. Many times, a no-start condition is a fault with the camshaft position sensor. In fact, it’s often the top thing to look for, after the very obvious culprits have been eliminated as causes. I am testing the camshaft position sensor with a […]

Troubleshoot Heat Soak ECM, BCM, CEM, & TCM

Detailed thread from hankb on troubleshooting ECM DIM CAN bus as function of heat and humidity: This is my second post on this forum regarding the same unsolved problem – you can find my first saga here on this site. That post was a year ago – it describes intermittent trouble with the DIM failing, […]

Volvo XC90 – Anti-Skid Fix

MVS Volvo Forums member (now Contributor) ALF1 drops the knowhow for a fix that’ll save you about $300, or much more if you’re going to purchase a new yaw sensor.

Folks – The Active Yaw Control Sensor (found under the passenger seat and carpet) is a very expensive repair whether you purchase a new unit or send yours off to be re-manufactured by Xemodex or BBA Reman or try to get a used one.

Do our cars get used to one brand of fuel?

MVS Forums Member huzzsaba: Recently on a road trip, I filled up like I usually do at Canadian tire and got decent gas mileage that I usually get which is around 22 mpg. On the way back, I had to fill up at shell because there was no Canadian tire around, and I got the […]