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05 Volvo S60 T5 Project Log

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05 Volvo S60 T5 Project Log

Post by velorider »

I'm back in the Volvo owners club! After maintaining my wife 02 S60 2.4T for years and losing it to insurance salvage and buyer her a BMW 328i. I missed the S60 so decided to start looking for a inexpensive replacement that could become a project car. Something under $4K with a clean interior and exterior all under 100K. After about a month of looking I found it. A two owner T5 with 101K miles, amazing clean for $3,800.

It was perfect timing to take advantage FCP Euro black Friday sale.

Take Over Maintenance Plan
1. Check Breather Box
2. Power Steering Fluid
3. Brake Fluid
4. Transmission Fluid
5. Engine Oil
6. Coolant Flush
7. Front Suspension (Sachs Struts, EndLink, IPD Control Arms)
8. Motor Mounts (Top, Transmission, Front)
9. Rear Suspension (Sachs Shocks,
10. Spark Plugs
11. Cabin Filter
12. Air Filter
13. Fuel Filter
14. Inner/Outer Tie Rod
15. Fuel Door Hinge

I got all of the above from FCP Euro for $713! Hopefully, when done the car should be like new.

Future Improvement:
1. IPD Front/Rear Sway Bars
2. Android HeadUnit Replacement
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Re: 05 Volvo S60 T5 Project Log

Post by 93SCMax »

Nice looking T5. Welcome back.
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It's been a busy week, so I haven't had a lot of time to work on the car. Instead, I spent what time I had detailing the interior. Gave the interior a deluded Simple Green wash, leather conditioner, and carpet cleaning. I read steaming the foam helps resolve it, so I removed the covers and steamed the foam. You can see the foam expanded when you hit it with the steam, pretty cool. Covers fit a little tighter then before.

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I finished the basic maintenance today.

Coolant
Brake Fluid
Power Steering Fluid
Transmission Fluid
Engine Oil
Spark Plugs
Fuel Filter
Cabin Filter

The PVC system "failed" the glove test, the glove did not suck in. Additionally, I discovered a lot of oil under the spark plug cover . So I ordered the PVC Breather Kit from FCP. While I had the top brace off for the spark plugs I decided to check and clean the PTC nipple. After removing the air intake tube I noticed the bottom broken, so I'll need to order a replacement or an upgrade intake tube.

I found a pair of headlights to replace the cracked driver side and the faded passenger side. So I removed the front bumper to replace the headlights. Unfortunately, after removing the lights I noticed mime where HID and the replacements I picked up where halogen. So the replacements need to go and I need to find a driver side HID assembly. In the process I discovered someone had cut the passenger side fog light wire harness. I picked one up at the junkyard and rewired it to the main wiring harness.


Old Spark Plugs, mileage unknown
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Broken Intake Tube
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Missing Fog Light Wire Harness
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Rewired Fog Light Wire Harness
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Current Condition Of Car
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Finally finished!!! Here is the cost break down for the project. I'm about $1,500 over my original $1,000 budget for repairs, which is quite a lot. I'm coming to the conclusion that owning a P2 or earlier is more about desire then smart money. The resale value is not there given the DIY repair costs for these cars over 100K miles. I'm at $6K which is probably $1,500 over the best resale value. There are a few things I feel I could have skipped, but not many. I really enjoy driving it, I have a 2010 BMW 328i (e92) coupe and a 2013 BMW 328i (f30) sedan to compare it to. The S60 T5 is top of the list, so for $6K I got a car I love driving.

This is my second time around with a S60 crossing the 100K mileage mark. From my experience and knowledge from reading, this is par for the coarse. The only difference was I owned the first S60 since 36K miles and did most these items between 80K and 140K miles so the sticker shock wasn't so bad.

The only work I did not do myself, on the garage floor :), was the timing belt kit and water pump. I went back and forth about doing it. I really wanted to do it but have never done one and considered posting up in the help section. It's the one repair that when not done correctly is real bad. The labor was $480 for timing kit and water pump from a local Volvo specialist. On their Facebook about page: "Owner Leo Labreche won the worldwide Volvo mechanic competition" so I figured its' in good hands.

I see a lot of posts about "new to" Volvo and what to expect so hopefully this helps provide some insight.

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Re: 05 Volvo S60 T5 Project Log

Post by Georgeandkira »

THAT'S how to do it.

Everything you say about cost totals vs. resale value is true BUT you can list all these repairs/maintenance in an ad and someone may very well respond to your ad.

Try the free ad sections of Volvo sites. You did say you were "planning" to sell the car didn't you?
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Re: 05 Volvo S60 T5 Project Log

Post by abscate »

I don't think there is any car you can refurbish at 100k and recover the cost of purchase and refurbishments. The upside of doing this is the lack of cost of acquisition for the next 100k (aka no car payment) and reduced insurance rates on the older car.

You certainly can't turn a car into a clean retail price by buying an average car and refurbishing it - it will cost much more just in parts, let alone labor.
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