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Boot Rip During Control Arm Swap

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MVS Forums member gcha8e (novice/mid wrenching level) shows the results of his control arm removal effort, and the unfortunate boot tear suffered during his first ever try. Car: 2005 S60 2.5T AWD. As you can see in his video, he plans to sneakily flip the bump stop. 😉 Hello again! I finally borrowed a car […]

Gen Z to Baby Boomers: You’re The Biggest Threat

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And Boomers feel the same way… about Generation Z. The finger pointing is over who causes accidents most often. These are the findings of a Harris poll done on behalf of Volvo. In a wide-ranging survey of Americans across a broad range of generations, Volvo set out to explore the effectiveness of driver’s ed programs […]

MVS Newsletter July 2019

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Volvo News The E.V.A. Initiative shares 40 years of auto safety data. Recall: 2014-2019 2-liter, 4-cylinder diesel — The affected models are the (all diesels) S60, S80, S90, V40, V60, V70, V90, XC60 and XC90.A plastic engine intake manifold may melt and deform. Volvo might design and produce SUVs above the XC90 and below the […]

2012 Volvo XC70 Brochure

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Take a look back seven years ago to what Volvo was adding to the features of the XC70 in the 2012 XC70 sales brochure (English). The list of features available to buyers goes on and on and on, packed with marketing-speak, trademark symbols, acronyms and asterisks. Here’s a list of features and optional equipment I […]

Effective Compression Ratio for P80 Engines

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Ryan — screen name callahanoffroad — did some math. What math? Why on this green Earth would someone do math outside of a school or a bank? Well, math to determine the maximum compression ratio for the three common 1993-2000 Volvo inline-5 cylinder engines. What he came up with is a lookup table that takes […]

Free Parts, Thanks to Swedish Motors

First, a big thanks to Swedish Motors in Boulder, Colorado, especially Sophie who contacted me to pick up these parts for MVS members. They’ve got a good Yelp rating (4.5). Give em a Like on Facebook! They’re celebrating 45 years in business. These parts are free to you. Claim them in the thread linked below, or contact me. Tuesday […]

Tow for Life is Free Towing – For ALL Volvo Cars

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Today Volvo introduced Tow for Life, a free program for all Volvos. Yes, even that barely-running old 1985 Volvo 240 down the block you’re thinking about… No matter how old or new, how well- or poorly-maintained the Volvo, it qualifies for free towing. Wow! The Catch Of course there’s a catch. In life, there are […]

Diagnosing “TRANSMISSION SERVICE URGENT” on a 2009 XC90

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New Volvo owner  rp2005 got the dreaded “TRANSMISSION SERVICE URGENT” message on his XC90’s dash: “Fast forward to last week and my wife is driving the car to work and the dreaded “Transmission Service Urgent” message came on the dash. We had it towed into the dealership and they are saying we need a brand […]

NGK Spark Plugs… Defect? Or Install Error?

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… because some Volvo owners swear by them and they work fine. Installed NGK IX Iridium Spark Plugs (p/n BKR6EIX) in my 2004 Volvo V70 2.5T AWD wagon (Engine B5254T2 R5 2.5L) with 233,600 miles(replacing Bosch plugs) Thursday afternoon. Within 3 miles of driving car threw P0600, P0863, P0P0571 & P0504, went into limp mode. […]

FCP Sponsoring MVS!

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After a brief hiatus, FCP Euro (Volvo parts) is back sponsoring this site… the MVS Volvo Forums specifically. If that’s not enough… FCP is also Sponsoring the new MVS Facebook Group That’s right, MVS has a Facebook group — Matthew’s Group — and FCP is the proud sponsor of that. We’ll be giving away free […]

Volvo Car USA Launches Post-Accident Guidance Service

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Interesting news out of Volvo today. Check out the parts on after the collision… ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (May 14, 2019) Volvo Car drivers will now have help at their fingertips in the minutes following an accident, via their smartphones. Volvo Car Accident Advisor is the first mobile, post-accident experience that serves up emergency services and checklists, guided […]

A Sticker for a Donor

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Bonus!  Everyone who gives/gave this round Spring ’19 MVS Moderator Donation, you’re all entered into a raffle for the last I [heart]My Volvo sticker known to exist. You don’t have to do anything. I’ll perform a random selection for one winner from the list of donors.  I found two of these the other day in my […]