P80 Ignition Switch, Root Failure Analysis

MVS Moderator and Volvo DIY fan Abscate looks closely at what fails on P80 ignition switches. If you’re having trouble starting your P80 Volvo, this shows you what is broken and what you can do to fix it. Most of us have had to replace the electrical part of our ignition switch on high mileage […]

How to Buy a 1997-2000 Volvo XC70

MVS Contributor theWIFEs_S70 is thinking about buying a AWD P80 Volvo. So what should he look for? What are this model’s gotchas? Hey guys, just wondering, what gives with these XCs. http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/cto/5691539787.html I know 4-wheel drive vehicles are more expensive to own. And get less gas mileage, especially in the city. But this price almost […]

P80 Dolby Stereo Amplifier Wiring

Documentation for P80 Dolby Stereo Amplifier Wiring This is pretty self-explanatory: it’s a downloadable PDF of the stereo amplifier wiring for Dolby equipped P80 Volvos. MVS Contributor Neil adds: To all intents, the amp is just on a wiring loop that connects to the original 2 connector that plug into the regular radio, runs to […]

Replace Radiator DIY w Photos

Need to replace your Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70 or XC70 radiator? Here’s a replace radiator DIY, with photos and step-by-step instructions in a downloadable PDF. These pre-2001 FWD and AWD Volvos — P80 family — share common components, and procedures are often similar or identical. Nine out of ten P80 radiators fail at the plastic […]

DIY: Externally adustable air box flap for P80 NA w/pics

Longtime MVS Contributor Dosbricks developed a neat trick to permanently fix stuck airbox flap on non-turbo P80 Volvos like 850, S70 and V70. Many folks have discovered that almost all the thermostats on an NA airbox intake eventually fail in the heated air position choking off the the larger fresh air port. Last fall I decided […]

Should You Buy a 1998 V70 R with High Mileage?

High Mileage 1998 V70r

Should You Buy a 1998 V70 R with High Mileage? Longtime MVS member and Volvo guru precopster asked, and answered, this very question. Note this car needed a good deal of engine work. Bottom line is $2,000 asking price for a car with 380k kilometres and a head that’s been removed with bent valves. Looks […]

How to Buy A P80 Volvo

88760RICH asks about buying a P80 Volvo. We are considering purchasing a V70. Would appreciate any suggestions/warnings as to areas of concern. We have seen multiple ads for automatic transmission problems from 180K-200K miles. Is that to be expected? Any feedback on turbo vs. non-turbo models? Any feedback on All Wheel Drive? What is the […]