POLL: What Helps MPG?

Almost five years ago, MVS Contributor dan777 started a poll in the MVS forums and asked What Helps MPG? Almost 300 votes later across 30 poll choices, here are the MPG poll results… Everybody is trying to save gas those days, so would be nice to share what it helped increasing your MPG. Please choose […]

Stage 0 and So Much More… Fix List for a V70

MVS Contributor Sledddriver goes on an multi-month blistering repair & fix odyssey, taking his 1998 V70 T5 from the edge of roadworthiness to 100% functional and reliable… all for not even $1000.  This is Stage 0 and way, way more. Following up on Tryingbe’s theme [of restoring to 100% a P80 Volvo], here’s a list of sled-work […]

S80 Oil Trap and Port Cleaning Tips

MVS (now) Contributor John (johnljoseph) took a day to clean and Stage 0 his S80’s B5254T2 engine. Things went well until he got to cleaning the oil drain down from the trap. He tried a coat hanger. Didn’t work. So he used a snake attached to a drill and that worked. Now, if you’re reasonably familiar with Volvo “whiteblock“5-cylinder […]

Throttle Body Clean DIY – Volvo S40/V50, C30, C70

Throttle Body Cleaning for P1 vehicles- S40/V50, C30’s and some C70’s MVS Forums Moderator Made In Japan details how to clean the throttle body of P1 vehicles- S40/V50, C30’s and some C70’s. This is actually from another site, (Thanks to Syrup from S.S.), but I found it so good I decided to copy it here. […]

Bought a 1999 S70 GLT with almost 300k Miles

1999 S70 GLT… Where to start? New MVS member shertzog bought a 1999 S70 GLT with almost 300k miles, and he’s been fixing it up: new spark plugs, new coolant tank, new headlight bulbs. Repaired: j-hose. Painted: headlight reflectors. 290,600 miles, white/tan (leather in front seats pretty beat up). new plugs (. – $5/pr Amazon – […]

Fixing Up 99 S70 T5

MVS member Auburn T5 goes bananas on fixing up a 1998 Volvo S70 T5. Stage 0, new transmission, new struts, shocks and springs, you name it. Documented with photos too. Did a lot of stage zero work – inspected vacuum lines, changed oil filter, fuel filter, top motor mount, k&N panel filter, timing belt, water […]

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 […]

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.

Fast LPT — 2007 XC70 Meets a Stage 3 Tune!

Fast Friday Volvo Performance and Tuning

To start on the project, we headed over to Portland Speed Industries’ Dynojet chassis dynamometer to get some baseline numbers and to verify that all the stage 0 items had been completed. Starting with a solid foundation is key; it is absolutely imperative to go through the vehicle and make sure all wear items are in OEM new condition or better before trying to make additional power. This is so important to the performance of these cars that the Volvo community has coined a term for it: Stage 0. Thanks to diligent maintenance by CKA motorsports the XC arrived prepped and ready for some upgrades!

Tune Up & Engine Bay Basics

New to DIY’ing? Start here. These are wonderful iPD overview videos for the novice DIY’er. The video’s host goes over where parts are in the engine bay, what they do, and why they’re important. Tune Up Talk 2001+ models http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLnNqCKlwww Tune Up 850/70 series models http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZtJWq7xd68 Tune Up Basics for Volvo 200, 700, and 900 […]

850: Well Bought, Well Restored to Stage 0

This is the first time I have worked on anything other than a Japanese vehicle, so the repair wasn’t without a learning curve. Now I am more prepared for the work I still have remaining. Finally I used some scratch remover and wax and finished cleaning up the outside. I can’t believe how nicely the […]