MVS Volvo Newsletter March 2019
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Good quick overview of Volvo… er… Polestar’s second vehicle, and how it competes with the Tesla Model 3. Here’s the MVS rundown of Polestar 2 vs. Model 3.
“Volvo Cars to deploy in-car cameras and intervention against intoxication, distraction.” There are good ways to help prevent drunk and dristracted driving, but this isn’t one of them, in our opinion.
Volvo Cars will limit the top speed on all its cars to 112 kph starting with model year 2020. “The company’s Vision 2020, which aims for no one to be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020, is one of the most ambitious safety visions in the automotive industry.”
… and for context fitting the above two news items into the broader Volvo safety picture, we ask Is it really possible to have no deaths or serious injuries across an entire brand of cars? Because that’s what Volvo is aiming for.
As the first of the SPA platform , the oldest of the new Volvo generation of cars and SUVs gets a mild update. “These new hybrids use regenerative braking for what the company calls its ‘mild hybrids’… [the] 2020 XC90 will go on sale in the United States this fall, with order books open now; pricing has yet to be released”
The Care Key [?] will come as standard on all Volvo cars starting with model year 2021. It lets parents set max speed limits on a particular key, most likely for teen drivers.
“Think of it as Uber or Lyft, but made specifically for your kids to get home from soccer practice.”
“When we ran a story a while back about the cars of North Korea, one photo in particular caught my eye. In that photo was a green 1974 Volvo 144, which made me wonder if it was part of those 1000 legendary stolen Volvos I’d heard rumors about. It was, because those rumors are true.” I’ve read the trade as low as 100 cars and as many as 1000, like the Jalopnik story above.
Volvo DIYs, Goings-On, Discussion, and Advice
- Cost/benefit calculation by MVS Forums members on when it’s time to throw in the towel on your Volvo.
- Future auto industry guy Mountainman45 wonders how to get more hp from his 2003 V70 turbo… It’s a project car so he has time to take his time. And along the way he earns, wait for it, Quote of the Month! [see below]
- 2004 XC90 rear tire smoking! “I noticed a burnt smell coming from one of my rear tires, after driving it she got so hot there was smoke.” — Forums member xyourobob.
- MVS Forums member macadood is seeking a snorkel for his 2008 XC70, for an off-roading adventure in Alaska this summer. He needs one of those black intake tubes that go up the outside of the A-pillars on Land Cruisers and other 4wd vehicles.
- Do you have a summer road trip planned? I’d like to hear from you… matthewsvolvosite.com/contact
- How rare is it? 2001 V70 T5M
- MVS Forums posting standards: if you haven’t seen it, please look it over.
- MVS Classifieds posting standards: same as above.
- Uh oh. Kallekula has a Wagon Relapse – 2001 V70
- 1/18th scale model company posts photos of their very detailed P1800.
- Outstanding P2 HID information. In this particular case, Aznav details his journey to replace HID bulbs on his 2004 XC90.
Kallekula’s Wagon Relapse wagon has bent intake valves… all of them. And, of course, zero compression.
Precopster’s 2001 T5 automatic Mistral Green Pearl, Volvo paint code 449
“But ya know… 300hp out of a 3500lb wagon is probably more than enough to smoke any old ricer with a fart can exhaust in a street race.” Mountainman45 — in Turbo swap?