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Post by ThePluralofMoose » Fri May 15, 2020 1:25 pm

Hi all— long term lurker here and shade tree mechanic.
Little issue on my hands that needs some feedback. I am a die hard s70 driver/lover and currently posses 2 1999 NA’s, they were both manufactured late in 1998– One in Belgium (11/98) and one in Gothenburg (8/98)

For the former I paid $2000 (83k mi on the dash and a lot of new front end work) to a mechanic on Staten Island— while I had reservations at first the car has been problem free for the last year. I chose to do a timing job on it at 100k mi. 12k mi later and the car runs phenomenally after an alignment and a power steering hose change. Although, it has needed motor/trans frame mounts since I bought it and they need to be done before the months end. The car was registered 6 times since the dealership and it appears the instrument cluster was swapped out at one point as part of a antenna ring job; I believe the car had/is heading for ETM/ETS problems and this is the reason for some things that seem out of place or altered. Another negative is that the heater core was replaced before I bought it and I had not realized there was coolant in the floor (was a rainy day when I picked it up)— I’ve since ripped all of that out and cleaned the floor to recarpet it myself. The alarm system is working and I have been slowly refurbishing the interior (down to an interior door panel for the driver as mine fell off at one point, and a center console bezel).

So, as a preventative measure I purchased another ‘99 NA for $800 with the intention to part the car out and make some money back when I scrap the remains (I’ve scrapped two for $250 ea. out where I am).
HOWEVER— this new car seems to be running much better than my current daily driver. It had three owners and was registered at 30k mi in the year 2000, and again in 2015 just under 100k. In the last 3 years the previous owner put on about 140k mi highway. He replaced the suspension last year, the abs module, put on aftermarket MSW wheels, and the car also has factory tints, the trip computer is activated, and it is much more aesthetically pleasing than my current car. (It’s mystic/nautic blue in great nick). My main concern is that it has some rust on the radiator connections on the transmission side, and the transmission dipstick itself is stuck in the dipstick tube. The car shifts much smoother than my current daily both up and down, and feels quicker. The engine has a bit more piston slap/ticky lifters when you listen for it but the car itself is much much quieter than my daily. Whether this is because the car is running better (all the vacuum lines are new and after changing the oil and coolant it seems to get better mileage than my daily does despite how little I’ve driven it). Under the hood it’s not as clean as my daily but I have done one engine bay cleaning on my daily since I bought it so that’s somewhat expected.

My original plan was to take the the throttle body out of car #2 and send it to XeModeX for their contactless mod so that if the one in my daily fails I have the plug and play option ready. I also planned to take the interior pieces I needed, and potentially two tone the outside of my daily blue/black as to not waste a good set of body panels. The remainder of what’s under the hood is all stuff I can pull besides the engine and the transmission- but now I am worried that whichever car I choose will be the one which has a failing motor or transmission and once the car is scrapped the decision is final.

I’ve had a bad string of car luck 3 of the last four years. The Volvo I drive currently has treated me well but I don’t want to waste either car while they’re both running and driving— registering and insuring both before the pandemic is over and I’m back to work isn’t an option unfortunately.

So any opinions????? Please and thank you!!! Car #1 black (Valkyrie) and car #2 (Heidi) blue down below (engine bay is car #1 yes I know the green is ugly they apparently used it to find the source of fluid spray at one point— sorry for the lack of variety in pictures I know it may not give way to anything other than the cosmetic differences)
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Valkyrie: 1999 S70 N/A, (Belgium), 113K, two tone taupe leather, black rhino-skin exterior, no carpet, no back seats :twisted:
Heidi: 1999 S70 N/A, (Sweden), 247k,
beige leather, Natuic Blue, factory tints, :mrgreen:
Previous: Freyja: 1998 s70 t5, (Belgium), 208k, Black Alcantara and light woodgrain,
Blown trans and tc, :oops:

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Re: S70 NA Big Decisions

Post by ThePluralofMoose » Thu May 21, 2020 2:00 pm

Well a week later and both cars are now insured (insurance cut me a good deal and halved my monthly payments for bundeling). They are driving beautifully after an at home drain-and-fill x2 on both the transmissions. Guess I will be alternating the two over the next few months :)
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NY,
Valkyrie: 1999 S70 N/A, (Belgium), 113K, two tone taupe leather, black rhino-skin exterior, no carpet, no back seats :twisted:
Heidi: 1999 S70 N/A, (Sweden), 247k,
beige leather, Natuic Blue, factory tints, :mrgreen:
Previous: Freyja: 1998 s70 t5, (Belgium), 208k, Black Alcantara and light woodgrain,
Blown trans and tc, :oops:

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Re: S70 NA Big Decisions

Post by abscate » Thu May 21, 2020 2:42 pm

That’s Hudson Valley flora and fauna, how far North are you?

We have a special place for Nautic Blue 1999s in our Albany Club. Keep us in mind when you need help.

Mine are Elizabeth, Catherine, and Evita

It’s Meese, by the way.
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Re: S70 NA Big Decisions

Post by ThePluralofMoose » Thu May 21, 2020 2:47 pm

Abscste—
Thank you much I will definitely keep that in mind :). I’m on Long Island currently but a proud New Paltz Alumni from ‘17!

+10 wrenches for the correct biology answer lol
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Valkyrie: 1999 S70 N/A, (Belgium), 113K, two tone taupe leather, black rhino-skin exterior, no carpet, no back seats :twisted:
Heidi: 1999 S70 N/A, (Sweden), 247k,
beige leather, Natuic Blue, factory tints, :mrgreen:
Previous: Freyja: 1998 s70 t5, (Belgium), 208k, Black Alcantara and light woodgrain,
Blown trans and tc, :oops:

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Re: S70 NA Big Decisions

Post by abscate » Thu May 21, 2020 2:50 pm

Go Hawks! I think?

We have to cheer for all SUNY since Mrs Abscate is Ms Big Cheese for SUNY IN Albany, so my lifestyle is kept up.

She spent the last few months building hospitals at SB

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Re: S70 NA Big Decisions

Post by ThePluralofMoose » Thu May 21, 2020 3:11 pm

Indeed! They’re very common on campus as well, you were likely to see at least one a day.
Happy wife, happy life :D
And that’s amazing— I have been delivering food/medicine in my black ‘99 for the last two months. Coming up to to 31K under my ownership and running better than ever.
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NY,
Valkyrie: 1999 S70 N/A, (Belgium), 113K, two tone taupe leather, black rhino-skin exterior, no carpet, no back seats :twisted:
Heidi: 1999 S70 N/A, (Sweden), 247k,
beige leather, Natuic Blue, factory tints, :mrgreen:
Previous: Freyja: 1998 s70 t5, (Belgium), 208k, Black Alcantara and light woodgrain,
Blown trans and tc, :oops:

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