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What did you do to your Volvo today?

Help, Advice and DIY Tutorials on Volvo's extremely popular car line -- Volvo's 1990s "bread and butter" cars -- powered by the ubiquitous and durable Volvo inline 5-cylinder engine.

1992 - 1997 850, 850 R, 850 T5-R, 850 T5, 850 GLT
1997 - 2000 S70, S70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70, V70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70-XC
1997 - 2004 C70

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E Showell
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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

Post by E Showell » Tue May 12, 2020 5:22 pm

Texas sun must be brutal on a paint finish. On the plus side, probably not a lot of road salt to worry about.
'98 V70 NA FWD 5 spd, silver sand metallic (sold)
'99 V70 NA FWD Auto, dark blue (actively for sale)
'99 S70 NA FWD Auto, black (sold and resurrected -- Don't cry for me Argentina . . . )
'07 S80 3.2 FWD Auto, Barents Blue Metallic
'06 V70 R AWD Auto, Sonic Blue Metallic
'04 XC70 Ruby Red Metallic
'95 855 auto (sold)
'86 245 manual (sold)
'05 V70 T5 M (totalled)
'06 V70 FWD Auto (totalled)

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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

Post by volvolugnut » Tue May 12, 2020 6:42 pm

E Showell wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 5:22 pm
Texas sun must be brutal on a paint finish. On the plus side, probably not a lot of road salt to worry about.
Not in Texas, but near there. After 10-12 years the clear coat starts to deteriorate. Red colors fade quickly. Do the clear coats go bad in northern states?
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Post by jonslave » Tue May 12, 2020 7:20 pm

I heard these cars didn't have a clear on them. Is that true? There isn't any peeling which you would expect.

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Post by E Showell » Tue May 12, 2020 7:26 pm

Volvo clearcoats generally don't see the failure rates of some domestic and older Japanese models. Clearcoat's durability can have some color-based issues. Clearcoat's problems I've experienced in NJ on Volvos were due to failing crash repairs, not bad factory clearcoats.
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'98 V70 NA FWD 5 spd, silver sand metallic (sold)
'99 V70 NA FWD Auto, dark blue (actively for sale)
'99 S70 NA FWD Auto, black (sold and resurrected -- Don't cry for me Argentina . . . )
'07 S80 3.2 FWD Auto, Barents Blue Metallic
'06 V70 R AWD Auto, Sonic Blue Metallic
'04 XC70 Ruby Red Metallic
'95 855 auto (sold)
'86 245 manual (sold)
'05 V70 T5 M (totalled)
'06 V70 FWD Auto (totalled)

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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

Post by bmdubya1198 » Tue May 12, 2020 11:14 pm

jonslave wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 7:20 pm
I heard these cars didn't have a clear on them. Is that true? There isn't any peeling which you would expect.
Correct, 601 red is single stage. A compound job with M105 or similar will clear that paint right up.
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2000 V70R Venetian Red/Charcoal M56 Swapped 198k
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1991 944 Turbo Dark Green/Beige 174k
1992 245 Base White/Beige 249k
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1993 944 Base Beige/Beige 221k
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1998 S90- Silver/Gray 207k
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Post by jonslave » Wed May 13, 2020 6:01 am

Yes looking forward to getting some as seen on tv wow moments after a cut job on it. This 855R is a Houston car and lived around the gulf coast its whole life. According to the CarFax it had 72,500 miles after 3 years ownership, poor thing was stuck going straight for so long.

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Post by Goupil » Thu May 14, 2020 1:22 pm

Bought a non leaky and working sunroof assembly to replace mine, also got a clean headliner from the donor car
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I might be able to fit it this week end, but I have to change the pcv on a friends 850 first :P
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Post by ZionXIX » Fri May 15, 2020 5:01 pm

Got my freon evacuated in preparation for ac compressor replacement. While the freon machine was working, mechanic buddy sid he noticed the radiator leaking due to residue around the top. I glanced at it and decided to replace the radiator too since it was 15yrs old and the brand is unknown. After closer inspection what he was seeing was the top plastic cap of the intercooler. The top cap is soaked in oily dirt residue and Im at a loss to explain how or why. Thoughts? I havent experienced any boost issues. I suppose there could be a leak but I dont know how it could get on the front side too?

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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

Post by smacknab » Fri May 15, 2020 5:25 pm

Pulled my runner cover with an autobody friend to find this. He says it's manageable and I was hoping to get 5 years out of the car so I guess I'm tackling this next.

I'm going to check out a s70 that just arrived at junk lot to see about cutting off a donor piece. I have a thread going if anyone has any tips
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Post by RickHaleParker » Fri May 15, 2020 6:00 pm

Addressed the misfiring on the 2003 S40. Cleaning the electrical connector to the MAF is all it took.
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Platform: P80 1998 C70, B5234T3, 16T, AW50-42, Bosch Motronic 4.4, Special Edition package.
Platform: X40 (Nedcar) 2003 S40, B4204T3, 14T twin scroll AW55-50/51SN, Siemens EMS 2000.
Platform P2 2005 XC90 T6 Executive, B6294T, 4T65 AWD, Bosch Motronic 7.0.
Platform P2 2004 S60R, B2524T4, AW50/51 AWD, B8444S TF80 AWD, Bosch Motronic 7.0, BorgWarner K24 turbocharger. V8 conversion in progress.

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