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by smoggyama
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Penzoil Synthetic from natural gas
Replies: 8
Views: 243

Re: Penzoil Synthetic from natural gas

ecbskyes, Thanks. Popular opinion touts Mobile 1. It seems to go dark more quickly than this Penzoil with the same viscosities. I use color as the indicator for an oil change. Like many 850's, odometer gear has broken again. I have the battery disconnected too often to use the trip computer. Therefo...
by smoggyama
Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Penzoil Synthetic from natural gas
Replies: 8
Views: 243

Penzoil Synthetic from natural gas

My Fellow Enthusiasts, I seem to be having good results from this oil. It takes longer for it to become dark, and doesn't cause any of the problems attributed to the brand of manufacturer. Anyone know anything factual about this topic? I would like to know. This oil is about $10 less at HD than O' o...
by smoggyama
Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Driver's Seat Reupholstery/Swap
Replies: 10
Views: 309

Re: Driver's Seat Reupholstery/Swap

Southern California (God's Country), Los Angeles (city of The Angeles), Historic Route 66 in Glendora to be specific in establishing "where". March 2019 is "when". Now here is the "what": I have a '96 850 Turbo wagon that I love and know with great intimacy. I am not a professional mechanic unless t...
by smoggyama
Wed May 13, 2020 5:28 am
Forum: Non-Car Talk
Topic: I Wanna Be A Cowboy
Replies: 3
Views: 771

Re: I Wanna Be A Cowboy

Rockin' from the good ol' days. They'd play this at proto-underground clubs before computers
by smoggyama
Sat Mar 14, 2020 4:14 am
Forum: Non-Car Talk
Topic: Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 874
Views: 15987

Re: Coronavirus Thread

I concur with the previous posts. The press would better serve the public by explaining how Congress spends our money rather than hyperbolizing single events like this virus and celebrity deaths and scandals. NPR is no better than FOX. (which invites the question: Is it impossible for Donald Trump t...
by smoggyama
Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:15 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What is a good material to cut my own trunk mat?
Replies: 13
Views: 2636

Re: What is a good material to cut my own trunk mat?

I have used a discarded Persian style rug after cleaning it at the car wash, industrial carpet, and currently am using a custom fit cardboard with a uhaul furniture blanket, cut and taped underneath. I'm into low weight and sound absorption, no cost repurposing. or go spend your kids tuition at the ...
by smoggyama
Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:11 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: RobertDIY manufacturing new parts (R bumper covers, P80 seat leather)
Replies: 48
Views: 4841

Re: RobertDIY manufacturing new parts (R bumper covers, P80 seat leather)

I had my two fronts and armrest done in 2018 for $720 by a shop in Glendora (CA). I am very happy with the results.
by smoggyama
Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Why do you (still) drive a P80?
Replies: 62
Views: 1290

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

Why? Because it's f****n' bitchen. It is solid, the right size (855T), comfortable (new leather), fast enough, after-market parts abound, the Volvo community shares all the helpful information one could possibly imagine, they're easy to work on, logically designed, low key, and not unnecessarily com...
by smoggyama
Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1997 Volvo 850 Vacuum Hose Routing Questions
Replies: 17
Views: 600

Re: 1997 Volvo 850 Vacuum Hose Routing Questions

Doesn't that connect to the vacuum tree (other end is manifold under the thermostat)?
by smoggyama
Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Official MVS Tool Drive for Robert - June 2019 thread
Replies: 31
Views: 1576

Re: Official MVS Tool Drive for Robert - June 2019 thread

Same happened to me at the Sun Valley PP. I had walked away from my wheelbarrow to drain a fluid and some Mofo took my toys and shades and keys. I thought there was honor among our type. -Smoggy
by smoggyama
Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: The official "Ive driven to Moon" Thread for P80.g.and P2 (221,753 miles) .and anyone else.
Replies: 26
Views: 3566

Re: The official "Ive driven to Moon" Thread for P80..and P2..and anyone else.

1996 855T. leather is fine, turbo is good. Replaced trans at 180K. Also replaced windshield, all front end components, mounts, rotors, fluids, reservoir, heater core, hoses, seals, belts. White ext. Grey int. 280K miles. I'm on my way back. Radiator, alternator, starter, ignition, timing belt, wate...
by smoggyama
Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: The official "Ive driven to Moon" Thread for P80.g.and P2 (221,753 miles) .and anyone else.
Replies: 26
Views: 3566

Re: The official "Ive driven to Moon" Thread for P80..and P2..and anyone else.

1996 855T. leather is fine, turbo is good. Replaced trans at 180K. Also replaced windshield, all front end components, mounts, rotors, fluids, reservoir, heater core, hoses, seals, belts. White ext. Grey int. 280K miles. I'm on my way back. Radiator, alternator, starter, ignition, timing belt, wate...
by smoggyama
Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: POLL: P80 - How much do you spend on parts per year?
Replies: 14
Views: 1964

Re: POLL: P80 - How much do you spend on parts per year?

Whoa! Did not consider oil. I change Mobile 1 when it starts looking un-new. That's at least six changes a year. I recently noticed that Home Depot has 5 qt. bottles for $10 less than AZ or O'R's. Has anyone used QS synth?
by smoggyama
Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1997 850 NA Automatic not starting
Replies: 23
Views: 1240

Re: 1997 850 NA Automatic not starting

I had the same problem with my '96 850 T wagon. The OBD2 code indicated cam position sensor CIRCUIT. There is a 5 volt regulator on fan shroud/driver's side with 4 leads to the harness. Check those connections. Drive cheerfully. P.S. I just got a strut tower cross bar ($100) and it makes a tremendou...
by smoggyama
Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: The official "Ive driven to Moon" Thread for P80.g.and P2 (221,753 miles) .and anyone else.
Replies: 26
Views: 3566

Re: The official "Ive driven to Moon" Thread for P80..and P2..and anyone else.

1996 855T. leather is fine, turbo is good. Replaced trans at 180K. Also replaced windshield, all front end components, mounts, rotors, fluids, reservoir, heater core, hoses, seals, belts. White ext. Grey int. 280K miles. I'm on my way back.
by smoggyama
Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Leaky Oil Cap
Replies: 46
Views: 3105

Re: Leaky Oil Cap

try using guitar or bass strings to clear the ports.
by smoggyama
Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1999 V70 for sale - should I go look at it?
Replies: 11
Views: 963

Re: 1999 V70 for sale - should I go look at it?

I just bought a 99 V70 T xc for $1300. It's clean, 150k mi., one flaw (away) from zero: the hatch lifters need replacing. -Los Angeles, Feb. 2017
by smoggyama
Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:50 am
Forum: Non-Car Talk
Topic: How much, for a good telescope
Replies: 1
Views: 526

Re: How much, for a good telescope

Build your own. See Sidewalk Astronomers/ John Dobson or purchase one through that club, I suggest a 10" for practical portability. The fine polish and eyepieces are the critical components.
by smoggyama
Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:51 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What Brand of oil does everyone use on their P80 Volvo.
Replies: 32
Views: 2625

Re: What Brand of oil does everyone use on their P80 Volvo.

Any brand of full synthetic 10-30 that's sale priced.
by smoggyama
Sun Nov 27, 2016 2:18 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 850 t Automatic locked into park (shifter OK)
Replies: 13
Views: 1362

Re: 850 t Automatic locked into park (shifter OK)

Hi All, I hope that everyone (US holiday) had a great Thanksgiving. I find feelings of gratitude, family and community to be pleasurable on a deep level. We are all quite fortunate just to be alive -in the first place, and we are the result of generations of innumerable diaper changes and failures o...
by smoggyama
Sun Nov 20, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 850 t Automatic locked into park (shifter OK)
Replies: 13
Views: 1362

Re: 850 t Automatic locked into park (shifter OK)

Is it possible to be locked in winter mode (forward use only) and the cable is unable to physically change the gear selection? It moves through the gear selection. I'm doing the PnP for the second time. I would like to confirm that the wiring and connectors are good. I feel and hope the problem is ...
by smoggyama
Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:49 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 850 t Automatic locked into park (shifter OK)
Replies: 13
Views: 1362

Re: 850 t Automatic locked into park (shifter OK)

Yeah, I agree. Cracking open a transmission is not such a good idea unless you do it for a living. The wheels spin in opposite directions while in park. This might be a solenoid or wire to? I'm still looking. I'll follow up.
by smoggyama
Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:18 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 850 t Automatic locked into park (shifter OK)
Replies: 13
Views: 1362

Re: 850 t Automatic locked into park (shifter OK)

Tryingbe, That somehow concurs with the symptoms. Any ideas about what's broken?
by smoggyama
Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:10 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 850 t Automatic locked into park (shifter OK)
Replies: 13
Views: 1362

850 t Automatic locked into park (shifter OK)

To elaborate: I heard a clunk while driving. I quickly park the car. The shifter acts normal and I can feel the engine engaged as I go through the gears, but the front wheels are locked as if its in park. I lift the front two wheels and they will rotate in the forward direction but not reverse. I cl...
by smoggyama
Tue Nov 15, 2016 8:16 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What Brand of oil does everyone use on their P80 Volvo.
Replies: 32
Views: 2625

Re: What Brand of oil does everyone use on their P80 Volvo.

Any synthetic 10w min. I change oil when it looses its clarity. I keep it filled not overfilled.
by smoggyama
Tue Nov 15, 2016 8:09 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: U Pull It Salvage Yard Surprise!!
Replies: 16
Views: 2218

Re: U Pull It Salvage Yard Surprise!!

VOLVO OWNERS ARE A WIERD LOT. I KNOW THIS AS I AM ONE TOO.
by smoggyama
Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:41 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: U Pull It Salvage Yard Surprise!!
Replies: 16
Views: 2218

Re: U Pull It Salvage Yard Surprise!!

I ,too, like Robert and also shop at PaP in SV CA. As for other patrons: "I need a light bulb, get the dynamite", There never seems to be enough daylight to fully utilize the admission fee. There's not an injector on the property. Primo is hit and miss You can be in line longer that it took you to f...
by smoggyama
Sat Nov 12, 2016 10:52 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll
Replies: 80
Views: 8445

Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

I rate my skill level 3.14159 I'm slow. So slow. Unless..I have done the procedure more than twice. I feel gratitude to those who contribute all the qualified knowledge and experience to this site. I live in the part of Los Angeles you see on New Years day TV. My experience with the local independen...
by smoggyama
Tue Oct 18, 2016 3:39 am
Forum: Non-Car Talk
Topic: Self-driving cars
Replies: 2
Views: 474

Re: Self-driving cars

You will never ever violate another traffic law and have lots of time to take in the advertising.
by smoggyama
Tue Oct 18, 2016 3:35 am
Forum: Non-Car Talk
Topic: Goethe
Replies: 1
Views: 707

Re: Goethe

Being well adjusted in a society that is fundamentally sick is no measure of sanity.
by smoggyama
Tue Aug 09, 2016 3:27 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Roberts Eastern US Tour June July 2016
Replies: 35
Views: 4443

Re: Roberts Eastern US Tour June July 2016

West coast is where one can go to the beach and come home in the same day. The west is what most of the nation calls west of the rockies. The east coast is like the west only with bad weather. The midwest should be called central because mideast already means somewhere else. The south is where peopl...
by smoggyama
Thu Jan 01, 2015 5:21 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Just for fun... is the C70 a "chick car"?
Replies: 20
Views: 4379

Re: Just for fun... is the C70 a "chick car"?

It's a guy car. But I drive a VW Beetle, so I am a lonely Captain in a sea of estrogen. Most female drivers in L.A.: 1. Volkswagen Beetle: 50% Ha!!!!! And my turbo Beetle is a convertible too!! Most male drivers in L.A.: 1. Chevrolet Corvette: 76% Why are they all wearing baseball caps? THE BASEBAL...
by smoggyama
Wed Nov 19, 2014 7:16 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Just for fun... is the C70 a "chick car"?
Replies: 20
Views: 4379

Re: Just for fun... is the C70 a "chick car"?

I'd say it's a chic car and as manly as any other passenger Volvo. In pink...? White leather, now we're generalizing stereotypes. I once saw a Rav4 that was driven by a male. I told him that, and he responded: It's my girlfriend's car. Most male drivers in L.A.: 1. Chevrolet Corvette: 76% 2. Dodge R...
by smoggyama
Thu Oct 09, 2014 1:06 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Getting only 15-16 MPG combined driving...
Replies: 86
Views: 12498

Re: Getting only 15-16 MPG combined driving...

Hi, I'm having the same problem. I have done everything save for taking it to the dealer. Did you ever solve the low mileage mystery? Thank you from SoCal.