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2002 Volvo V70 2.4... Collectioned & Numberplated.

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Well no luck on finding the culprit. The legion we less than helpful even though I asked very nicely and insinuated I thought it was one of the contractors I had visiting me, but they were incredibly defensive.

 

Anyway... Volvo going in to the bodyshop tomorrow and decided to sod it and have the exterior made perfect. Why not?*

 

*Because it's a 15 year old Volvo and I'm insane.

 

 

 

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Odds on pissed up regular punter pensioner who has a habit of drink driving, or even the person running the club pissed up. Bunch o cunts will know who has done the damage. Keep a look out for any car that has fresh looking silver paint on

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Dunno, I assume some giffer from the British Legion (with whom I, regrettably, have to share my works car park with) has reversed into it. The car park is gated and I've not had any visitors, so it's got to be one of them or theirs.

 

As per they've not left a note or any details.

There are times when I hate people.

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I think it must have been a Legion regular. I saw where all my contractors had their vehicles and I just can’t see how they would have hit my car where the damage is. A reversing pensioner parked opposite, however...

 

Anyway. I don’t hold grudges and i don’t like to get bitter about things!

 

It had better stay clean this time though.

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Volvo has been volvoing quite nicely.

 

Unfortunately I’m falling into the trap I always do with cars. I seem unable to run cars as bangers because I get emotionally attached to the stupid things.

 

Therefore; by the end of this week I will have spent nigh on £400 on the sodding thing.

 

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Gearbox fluid change, update & reset achieved. I’m up in Hull visiting the parents at the moment, so popped it in to a Volvo specialist while I’m here who had it all sorted in a couple of hours. He’s flushed it through, updated the software & reset all its learning ECU thingy.

 

Definitely drives better! He did say I might get the odd funny change while it re-learns everything, but he reckoned the old fluid wasn’t bad at all, but now was the right time to get it done.

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Volvo has been volvoing quite nicely.

 

Unfortunately I’m falling into the trap I always do with cars. I seem unable to run cars as bangers because I get emotionally attached to the stupid things.

 

Therefore; by the end of this week I will have spent nigh on £400 on the sodding thing.

 

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My neck of the woods, was parked in that very spot this morning enjoying McDonalds finest Latte.

 

Thats a fine looking Volvo.

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My neck of the woods, was parked in that very spot this morning enjoying McDonalds finest Latte.

 

Thats a fine looking Volvo.

I grew up in Ferriby & the parents still live there, so I’m here visiting!

 

Done 50 miles in the Volvo this afternoon and pleased to report that the gearbox work has transformed it. The drivetrain is SO smooth now.

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Update time.

 

Volvo is doing alright. Haven't really fallen in love with it yet though. I've been working through the Volvo forums trying to figure out if all of the weak points have been attended to by the previous owner. I have gleaned that:

  • PCV has most likely been done
  • Clocks have been swapped for the newer ones with silver ring round the dials
  • Throttle body looks to have been renewed

In addition, I have had the gearbox fluid changed and software reset, which is another worry less. All in all it's well sorted, but it's going through that bit in a car's life where it needs a bit of money spent before it can go shooting off towards 200k miles.

 

At the moment my main concern is the noises coming from the rear suspension. The nearside has been noisy since I got it, but has got worse. Had it into a few garages who couldn't find a lot wrong, and in the end settled on having the rear top mounts renewed - unfortunately it hasn't solved the noise. The offside if now becoming noisy and clattery. I firmly believe it is the shock absorbers, as if you bounce the car there's a loud 'sucking' sound as the car levels. Previously this noise has only come from the nearside, but now the offside has started doing it too. Most garages seem very reluctant to start pulling the rear end apart though.

 

Also got a slight knock from the front, when low speed manoeuvring and near full lock. If the wheels go over a modest bump it clonks at the front, but in normal day to day driving it's fine. I suspect top mounts at the front or drop links? Again, garage have had a look and can't find anything amiss. I'll get the rear sorted first and see how we go.

 

I think the fact it's got that dent in the rear quarter has taken the shine off this car for me - which is stupid and I need to get over it. I keep looking for 'nicer' examples, but trying to get something anywhere near the price I paid for this one with under 180k miles on is a tall order! In my head - with its current issues - this is a £500 car. But I think it's probably closer to a £1500 car that I just need to value a bit more, if that makes sense!

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My S60 has been making clonks, groans and various other poltergeist noises from its front end for 15k. I've been assured by three separate (and trusted) mechanics that 'all is fine' and by one that 'it looks bloody tidy under there'.

 

It's a Volvo thing.

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My S60 has been making clonks, groans and various other poltergeist noises from its front end for 15k. I've been assured by three separate (and trusted) mechanics that 'all is fine' and by one that 'it looks bloody tidy under there'.

 

It's a Volvo thing.

 

That's what I'm being told.

 

But it's getting slowly but steadily worse at the rear & the nearside certainly rattles and clonks over every bump / pothole (despite trying to avoid them!). If I test drove a car that made these noises I'd be walking away!

 

I'm sure there's something brewing under there, in my case, but everything keeps getting ruled out: Stabiliser bars (no play), top mounts (replaced) etc... I'm not getting any funny tyre wear or anything though.

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Long time sans updates here! [mention=18062]Roverageous[/mention] what ever happened to this fine steed?
All did not end well.

It was left parked while I was at work and I came back to find the whole side of the car had been opened up - like a massive tin opened had driven past it. I suspect farm machinery or the back of a lorry's trailer etc...

Sold the car for peanuts to a guy off here (can't remember the name). Seems to have been MOT'd since then so it lives in somewhere.

My goodness I want another Volvo :(

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