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by bill d cat
Mon May 25, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Speed meter 15% too optimistic Topic is solved
Replies: 46
Views: 1333

Re: Speed meter 15% too optimistic Topic is solved

...My tires are standard 205/50/16, and the speedometer/odometer/cruise control are working fine apart this 15%... What was the year when Volvo switched to 205/55/16 because of customer's complaints about bent rims? I think it was with introduction of s,v,c,xc70 models in '97(EU) and '98 for U.S ma...
by bill d cat
Tue May 05, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4103
Views: 377907

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

Drove it to the moon (finally)!

Supermoon Perigee 221,524 miles

(November 14, 2016, closest since January 26, 1948. Okay, I was a little late - but I got it there!)
by bill d cat
Mon Apr 13, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: P80 what's still Original on your high mileage P80?
Replies: 11
Views: 387

Re: P80 what's still Original on your high mileage P80?

The engine, transmission, clutch and turbo are all original.

I'm not sure that everything that's bolted to the engine, transmission, clutch and turbo has been replaced at least once, but I have two file boxes overflowing with receipts and invoices, so it seems almost like that.
by bill d cat
Wed Jan 22, 2020 5:31 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: P80 replacement seat skin thread research JAN 2020
Replies: 24
Views: 1081

Re: P80 replacement seat skin thread research JAN 2020

Has anyone found a source for replacement cloth seat covers, or the material? Replacement upholstery is mostly NLA from Volvo and unfortunately the p80 cloth seat covers don't seem to have been nearly as durable as the cloth seats in Volvos of yore. I've had my driver's seat rebuilt several times an...
by bill d cat
Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Need info on 850 and P2 driver seats
Replies: 16
Views: 346

Re: Need info on 850 and P2 driver seats

Based on many times my driver's seat has been apart over the years, my '98 V70 has 850-style mechanical detonators (and the red safety gizmo) that look just like the ones in this thread:

viewtopic.php?t=91141
by bill d cat
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4103
Views: 377907

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

b m dubya - Unrelated to 850s, but I found a very nice 2011 E91 wagon here and sent pics to a few friends. An old friend from Seattle out of the blue said, Oh, could you go look it over and drive it for me? I did - very nice car. He flew out, spent the weekend, we scrambled to get real snow tires o...
by bill d cat
Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Why do you (still) drive a P80?
Replies: 62
Views: 1295

Re: Why do you (still) drive a P80?

It fits me like an old pair of blue jeans.

(Maybe a pair that's a little too worn now, but it's still comfortable. My wife has been at the "Oh god" stage for a couple of years, but unlike the blue jeans, it's too big for her to discretely sneak it into the trash.)
by bill d cat
Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Rear end collission! Repair advice needed.
Replies: 48
Views: 1123

Re: Rear end collission! Repair advice needed.

I've driven my 2000 V70 manual for 17 years and 210,000 miles with no significant accidents. A high quality body shop gave me a repair quote of almost $7000. I've accumulated 220,000 miles over 22 years with 4 accidents - none my fault. (Two of them resulted in more $ damage than yours and would ea...
by bill d cat
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:19 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4103
Views: 377907

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today? (now Sticky!!)

That looks great! Did you use any solvent to clean up the trim? Thanks! After scraping I did some light sanding with sandpaper and a Dremel sanding drum where needed. Then I cleaned up the flakes and dust with a shopvac followed by a dusting with a rag with isopropyl alcohol to give the tape the be...
by bill d cat
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4103
Views: 377907

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today? (now Sticky!!)

I thought about attempting a similar project. But my idea was to tape off the area around the rails and spray it with generic flex seal (rubberized coating).Thinking one to two light, even coats will leave it looking pretty close to original. I considered that option, too. Some have suggested using...
by bill d cat
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4103
Views: 377907

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today? (now Sticky!!)

My wagon has never been garaged, and 21+ years of weather has taken its toll on the roof moldings, which were peeling. My wagon is a flat-top without a roof rack, so the moldings get full effect of the weather. I found replacement moldings in the Genuine Classic Parts (Sweden) catalog, the price was...
by bill d cat
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:36 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Volvo Announces Free Towing for Life on All Its Cars of Every Age
Replies: 18
Views: 969

Re: Volvo Announces Free Towing for Life on All Its Cars of Every Age

Vehicles will be towed to the nearest Volvo dealer for repair.
I have a 21 year old car that Volvo doesn't even sell many parts for any more. What could possibly go wrong?
by bill d cat
Fri May 17, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Any clever tip to fix the trim panel under the steering wheel on an S70?
Replies: 11
Views: 440

Re: Any clever tip to fix the trim panel under the steering wheel on an S70?

Mine has been broken too many times to count. When I last removed it to get better clearance to replace the clutch and brake pedal covers (for the second time), I discovered that it had been stuck up with Volvo Magic Black Goo (comes in rolls, I think it's called body seam filler or something.) So I...
by bill d cat
Sat Mar 23, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Driver door speaker cutting out intermittently
Replies: 4
Views: 397

Re: Driver door speaker cutting out intermittently

My 2 front door speakers were cutting in and out intermittently. Both of them, leading to my confusion. It wasn't the radio or the wiring, it was the 2 front speakers. 20 years was about it for them. If you have another speaker around, suggest testing with it. https://www.matthewsvolvosite.com/forum...
by bill d cat
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: GCP Genuine Classic Parts Volvo Original Parts (SE) Topic is solved
Replies: 4
Views: 992

Re: GCP Genuine Classic Parts Volvo Original Parts (SE) Topic is solved

Update -- I went ahead and ordered from them and the parts -- unavailable in the US system -- arrived yesterday. Roughly a week -- which is about the same as from my usual online US Volvo parts dealer. Tracking the package, the FEDEX box spent most of the shipping time sitting in Koln Germany. The c...
by bill d cat
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: My Volvo Speaker says 4 ohm, why does everyone say 8 ohm?
Replies: 30
Views: 18023

Re: My Volvo Speaker says 4 ohm, why does everyone say 8 ohm?

On the V70: The 2 dash tweeters (3533623) are labeled 8 Ohm The 2 front door speakers (3533621 and 3533620) are 4 Ohm The 2 rear door speakers (3533622) are 8 Ohm The 2 rear D pillar speakers (9128772 and 9128773) are 8 Ohm It seems to me that using 4 Ohm replacement speakers for the rear doors woul...
by bill d cat
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: My Volvo Speaker says 4 ohm, why does everyone say 8 ohm?
Replies: 30
Views: 18023

Re: My Volvo Speaker says 4 ohm, why does everyone say 8 ohm?

Lee (thank you!) wrote up the "S70 speakers demystified" DIY https://www.matthewsvolvosite.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=57976 and used 4 Ohmx 6 1/2 inch speakers in the rear doors so I'll consider this evidence that the change works. The factory PN 3533622 rear door speakers are NLA from Volvo so...
by bill d cat
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: My Volvo Speaker says 4 ohm, why does everyone say 8 ohm?
Replies: 30
Views: 18023

Re: My Volvo Speaker says 4 ohm, why does everyone say 8 ohm?

Thanks for the quick response! But in the DIY, https://www.matthewsvolvosite.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=57976 "S70 speakers demystified", Lee used Blaupunkt GTx 803 SC 8-inch speakers (which according to specs are 4 Ohm) for the rear deck, and used Kenwood KFC-G1620 6 1/2 inch 4 Ohm speakers fo...
by bill d cat
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: My Volvo Speaker says 4 ohm, why does everyone say 8 ohm?
Replies: 30
Views: 18023

Re: My Volvo Speaker says 4 ohm, why does everyone say 8 ohm?

PN 3533622 labeled 8 Ohm seems to be the correct PN for the rear door speakers for both the S70, which has rear deck speakers, and the V70, which doesn't have a rear deck or speakers. I can understand using 8 Ohm speakers if both the rear door speakers and rear deck speakers were on the same channel...
by bill d cat
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: GCP Genuine Classic Parts Volvo Original Parts (SE) Topic is solved
Replies: 4
Views: 992

GCP Genuine Classic Parts Volvo Original Parts (SE) Topic is solved

http://www.gcp.se/en/

"Genuine Classic Parts ensures the supply of spare parts for older Volvo cars"

Has anyone used this?

They list some parts that I need that are no longer available via the US parts system. They price in dollars and and it looks like they ship to the US.
by bill d cat
Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Will Volvo kill the stick shift? Audi has
Replies: 16
Views: 594

Re: Will Volvo kill the stick shift? Audi has

I thought Volvo HAD -- or i wouldn't have needed to go over to the Dark Side (BMW) 10 years ago. The good part is, if nobody knows how to drive them, that should bring down the prices of classic cars with stick shifts, shouldn't it? https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/a6308/whats-really-killing...
by bill d cat
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Volvo Car Audio
Topic: Speaker wiring harness adapters for 99 S70 door speakers?
Replies: 3
Views: 2975

Re: Speaker wiring harness adapters for 99 S70 door speakers?

This looks like it might work, but the shipping cost is ... high.
by bill d cat
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: Volvo Car Audio
Topic: Speaker wiring harness adapters for 99 S70 door speakers?
Replies: 3
Views: 2975

Re: Speaker wiring harness adapters for 99 S70 door speakers?

I'm running into the same problem with my 1998. Both the front and rear speakers were (as of September 2018) unavailable from Volvo (list price >$100, each). The rear door speakers look easy enough -- the terminals are part of the speaker mounting frame, which I would want to re-use with aftermarket...
by bill d cat
Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:14 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Do V70's have more or less problems than 850's
Replies: 30
Views: 3453

Re: Do V70's have more or less problems than 850's

I think it probably depends on the V70 and the 850. 850s and SVC70s are 15-22 year old cars now.

There are V70s that have more or less problems than 850s.
by bill d cat
Wed Dec 17, 2014 4:35 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1999 V70 wagon Need user manual
Replies: 15
Views: 1638

Re: 1999 V70 wagon Need user manual

Fleabay. The old car owner's friend.

There is a hard-copy '99 owner's manual for sale right now for $7.99 (free shipping). There is an entire '99 SV70 "wallet" that looks pretty decent for $31, also free shipping.
by bill d cat
Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:02 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 98 V70 front door interior panels torn up
Replies: 23
Views: 3952

Re: 98 V70 front door interior panels torn up

I have had the DS door panel repaired by a vinyl repair guy. You can't see the repair unless you look for it. I'm on my third DS seat belt assembly. The older ones didn't always retract completely and were easy to shut the door on. Belt #3 is fine -- like many things Volvo, they finally got it right...
by bill d cat
Sun Aug 10, 2014 12:28 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1998 V70 turbo reliability?
Replies: 19
Views: 3375

Re: 1998 V70 turbo reliability?

Regarding Volvo turbos -- the high pressure turbo motor is somewhat overengineered with a crankshaft that's forged, not cast, a beefier engine block and sodium-cooled exhaust valves. There have been plenty on issues maintaining my car over the last 200K plus miles, but the drive train has done fine....
by bill d cat
Sat Aug 09, 2014 6:20 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: V70 Driver's seat -- upholstery fabric
Replies: 1
Views: 706

V70 Driver's seat -- upholstery fabric

I drive a 1998 V70 -- and I am trying to replace the seat bottom upholstery. The fabric is "beige velour" and the interior/upholstery code is 3450. I think this upholstery was used on 850s as well as 1998 SVC 70s. Unfortunately the part I need, the seat bottom, is NLA from Volvo. I have been searchi...