Parts Review: No Love for Cardone Brakes

I purchased the Cardone rebuilt ultra calipers for about the $32 per corner (Rock Auto) – hard to beat that price. I was quoted 30 per corner locally for just a used part. Here are my thoughts on the units I received. The ultras are powder coated which is nice – no rusting. The paint […]

Perfect Stop Brakes Review

This might be one you want to avoid. We have a discussion happening right now in the Volvo forum about Perfect Stop brakes (remanufactured). Neil bought them for his 2000 V70 R, and couldn’t install them because of (re) manufacturing defects. Neil: Well all I can say is it is the worst piece of junk […]

Amsoil Power Foam

Longtime MVS Forums member Geevs asks about Amsoil’s Power Foam intake & combustion cleaner, and gets many good responses and alternatives. MVS Contributor kcodyjr… Sucking something in through the manifold causes the engine to stall, and the chemical sits on the pistons and rings. You let it sit, then start it up to burn it off. […]

Meyle Outer Tie Rod After Approx. 12 Months

Meyle Outer Tie Rod Followup MVS Contributor theWIFES_S70 (Marco) follows up after about 12 months on the status of a Meyle outer tie rod. When folks tell you not to buy something on her, they’re telling you because they care.Meyle Left Outer Tie Rod There’s a reason why it costs half the price of […]

Where to Get A Rebuilt Axle

Axle clicking sound? What to do, and when to do it.

A surprisingly large part of keeping 850/S70/V70/XC70 and C70 models on the road is… axles. Yes, axles. They’re good for generally (just an educated guess) 120k miles, coming out of the factory. After that, it’s entirely dependent on what kind of rebuilder they went to. Fortunately, replacing axles is pretty simple to do. The biggest pitfall/trap in […]

Volvo C30 Review

Volvo C30 -  Exterior

Since the Volvo C30 production ended about four years ago, the C30 activity here on MVS Volvo Forums has increased, naturally, due to C30s getting older and needing repairs. See MVS’ big C30 page. Here’s a nice summary and review of the Volvo C30 — broken into driving impressions, handling, and interior — by MVS Contributor […]

Big Brakes on Small Wheels

MVS Volvo Forums member Nevada1906 not only installs a 302mm big brake kit on his 850, he shaves the calipers down so they’ll fit in his 16-inch Columba OE wheels. He documents the whole upgrade. Then he follows up years later on how it’s working. Here’s the story: After asking around on this site, I […]

Which ELM 327 To Buy?

So you want to use a phone or tablet to access your Volvo’s codes, reset procedures, and all the goodies you’re locked out of without an expensive scan tool. Since the age of dedicated scan devices is over, you can now use devices you have, like smartphones and tablets. But you need a bridge, something […]

Koni Sport Peeling Paint

MVS Forums member RussB reports peeling paint on his Koni Sport struts after just over a year of use. Hmm. “The KONI Sport yellow dampers are produced in Oud Beijerland, NL. Each country has its own regulations regarding paints, specifically regarding the removal of solvents and using water based paints, which can present adhesion and […]

Koni Sports + IPD Springs

IG-88A wrote I just purchased a new set of Koni Sport adjustable shocks and struts and picked up a set of IPD springs for my 850 turbo. I’m planning on installing these tomorrow. I was looking for anyone who might have dealt with this combination before, and could shed some light on what setting would […]

MSD Ignition Coil Install Photos

MSD 8207 Blaster Ignition Coil installation photos from when I put this on my 1997 Volvo 850 T-5. There’s no gotchas or complexity here. If you can turn a wrench you can do this. This MSD has worked fine, no complaints at all. It’s a solid part of any Stage 0.

The Great Tire Experiment Continues

MVS Forums contributor northernlights posts about his experience with Continental, and now Bridgestone tires: “After 29k miles, and more tire rotations than any sane person would do, it was time to replace my used up set of 205/55R16 Conti DW’s. So, against the recommendations of Moderators, Volvo USA, Attorneys, Preachers, the NSA, and my Mom, […]