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What did you do to your Volvo today?

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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

Post by Stu70 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:22 pm

I was the first person in over 20 years to get the trip computer activated at the dealership.
They charged 1/2 hr and ‘tester’ fee - total was probably 10% of cars entire value.
But a fabulous thing to fool with when highway driving... 35.6mpg over 300 mile test drive
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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

Post by Goupil » Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:37 pm

Had a Volvo sunday :D

Started by lowering the front of the car 25mm, it does look way nicer that way. I definitely need stiffer springs in the rear tho.

Then I fixed the door switch I didn't do last time. You can see the switch not being pressed far enough
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Treated a few rust spots on the tailgate and C pillar
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After a productive morning, I decided I should remove the tow bar (it's rusted and the lock is damaged). It's an oem removable tow bar, so I'd guess it's on since the car got out of the dealership. I did put a good fight against the 22yo bolts, and of course the last 2 didn't come out :roll:
Not having enough cutting tools on hand, I had to get a few bolts back in and put the bumper back on :roll: I'll be back with more angle grinders next week :twisted:
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Also found out I need new bumper brackets :mrgreen:


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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

Post by ZionXIX » Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:01 pm

Stu70 wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:22 pm
I was the first person in over 20 years to get the trip computer activated at the dealership.
They charged 1/2 hr and ‘tester’ fee - total was probably 10% of cars entire value.
But a fabulous thing to fool with when highway driving... 35.6mpg over 300 mile test drive
That MPG itself is quite an achievement



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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

Post by bmdubya1198 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:33 pm

ZionXIX wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:01 pm
That MPG itself is quite an achievement
Seriously, I average 18.2 in my R!


2000 V70R Venetian Red/Charcoal M56 Swapped 191k
2000 S70 GLT Mystic Silver/Taupe 2??k
2003 S60 2.4T Silver/Black 108k
2007 XC90 V8 AWD Sport Titanium Grey/Black 160k
1993 944 Base Beige/Beige 221k
1992 Miata Mariner Blue/Black 146k
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1998 V70 GLT Black/Beige 193k
1998 S90- Silver/Gray 207k
1995 850 GLT Tropic Green... crushed
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1988 744 Turbo M46 Beige Metallic/Beige 188k- Never should have sold it


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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

Post by 850 LPT » Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:31 pm

That's the way to do it.

Sounds pretty much exactly how I'm going through the S70 I bought a while back. It's a lot of work but very rewarding I find.

And you can enjoy your 850 for a looong time.
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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

Post by jmcguire » Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:49 pm

Stu70 wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:22 pm
I was the first person in over 20 years to get the trip computer activated at the dealership.
They charged 1/2 hr and ‘tester’ fee - total was probably 10% of cars entire value.
But a fabulous thing to fool with when highway driving... 35.6mpg over 300 mile test drive
In my ‘96 850 it was plug and play. No trip to the dealer needed. Averaging between 20-22 mpg since keeping track.


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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

Post by kallekula » Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:04 pm

Did a bit of work on the midwoofer that sits in the front door. Just replacing 5.25" oem with 5.25" infinitys. Straight swap👍
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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

Post by Stu70 » Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:25 am

In my ‘96 850 it was plug and play. No trip to the dealer needed. Averaging between 20-22 mpg since keeping track.

Car was prewired for the bi-fuel so nothing was in place - had to make a wiring harness and source an info switch from the US. There are no wrecks to try and find an activated cluster round these parts.
That MPG itself is quite an achievement
Trade off between economy and total lack of power. It’s 10valve and 140 prancing moose’s . I’d swap you for an R and 18mpg in a heartbeat... :mrgreen:


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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

Post by abscate » Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:16 am

Valet parked it at ALB on the way to RDU for two days - maybe pick up a Volvo or two if I can keep the Tar of my Heels..

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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

Post by bmdubya1198 » Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:39 am

abscate wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:16 am
Valet parked it at ALB on the way to RDU for two days - maybe pick up a Volvo or two if I can keep the Tar of my Heels..

The best thing about DUKE is the UK in the middle
Getting dangerously close to my territory... watch yourself with those cheap Volvos!
Stu70 wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:25 am
Trade off between economy and total lack of power. It’s 10valve and 140 prancing moose’s . I’d swap you for an R and 18mpg in a heartbeat... :mrgreen:
I'm good, you enjoy your 10 valve! :D


2000 V70R Venetian Red/Charcoal M56 Swapped 191k
2000 S70 GLT Mystic Silver/Taupe 2??k
2003 S60 2.4T Silver/Black 108k
2007 XC90 V8 AWD Sport Titanium Grey/Black 160k
1993 944 Base Beige/Beige 221k
1992 Miata Mariner Blue/Black 146k
Sold-
1998 V70 GLT Black/Beige 193k
1998 S90- Silver/Gray 207k
1995 850 GLT Tropic Green... crushed
2001 S60 2.4T Black/Black 230k
1988 744 Turbo M46 Beige Metallic/Beige 188k- Never should have sold it


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