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Bramz ever changing fleet merry go round. Third car of 2020

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1 hour ago, bramz7 said:

Volvo VIN decoder tells me I have engine code 86.

86=B230ET

B230ET=182hp.

Neat 

Engine number on red blocks should (should, he says) be printed on the label on the cam belt cover.  

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3 hours ago, Fabergé Greggs said:

Pretty easy to turn up the wick as well. Tempting... 

No this one is staying standard with me. The ZF box limits the power uppage anyway, and I certainly don't want to stew the box. 

2 hours ago, Mr_Bo11ox said:

Whats going on with your Alfa 146 Brammerzley. Did it find a new home? Always  thought that one would be a serious test of my resolve if you decided to shift it on.

It did, I swapped it for the Rover. Yeah yeah, more fool me but I'm genuinely over the moon with how perfect the 45 is for daily use. 

The new owner is the editor of Retro Cars. He's got a shed ton of cars and I've already asked for first refusal on another Alfa. 

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The L-Series is a bloody brilliant engine. Missed my 45 that i had back in January last year with that engine. Was getting around 550 on a tank doing motorway driving.

Not as "refined" as a XUD but definitely a slogger.

Let me know what you want rid of it as i may be interested.

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Pretty sure the MAF is causing slow running on the 45. It's dreadful up to certain revs currently.

Would I be right in assuming that the MAF is plugged in right in front of the air filter? 

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MAF is in the pipe which comes off the air filter, yep.  10 minute job to change, and aftermarket MAFs are cheap - they don't last as long as genuine Bosch jobs obvs but will do you for a while.

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I enquired on Facebook as to what a noise I keep hearing from the Rover is. 

It's been diagnosed as gearbox bearings. 

This is an issue as I don't really want to spend money on it, I decided early on this would be a run til dead car. However, I'm assuming this could be a random FTP in which case, which is a big issue! I was hoping for more of a gradual decline, not a sudden one. 

 

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How loud is the noise?  These all do gearbox bearings after a while - starts off as a high-pitched whine in 4th and / or 5th.  They can go on for ages - the Rover of Doom had a whiny 'box throughout my ownership.

Obvs if it sounds like a bag of spanners in a cement mixer then its doom might be more imminent.

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Well when it's cold, the entire gear range sounds like crap. Engine braking makes it sound like lorry screeching to a halt. 

 

When it warms up, it goes away completely. But there is an ominous rumbling feel up front, which you can feel through the front of the car. 

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Wow, this is probably the nicest car I've owned so far. The driving experience with cruise on is nothing short of serene. No rattles, no suspension knocking, very little engine noise intrusion...superb. 

Obviously it's bottom end of the market fodder so has some charm, by which I mean an intermittent ABS light, a possible bearing on its way out and a tensioner of some kind making a noise. Not much in the way of history but someone had all the front suspension rebuilt last year and new discs and pads. Oh, and everything works. Even the reversing sensors with the dashboard mounted lights. 

Think I like this. I won't commit to keeping it but I could have done a whole lot worse for £600 off of Facebook. IMG_20200125_182553.thumb.jpg.816f789c9fe05fe10144e2368db4f38e.jpg

So many toys. 

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First thing to check with ABS-related lights on these are reluctor rings (if you're so inclined). Had similar issue on my S60 and had a cracked ring...cost £70 all in to have it done at a friendly garage.

 

p.s. please roffle this when you're bored of it. Assuming I don't win the Galant tonight I'd have three tickets on this. Love these large Volvos.

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1 hour ago, Kiltox said:

Three randoms please 

This. Lovely things, these, and one of the few things that Ms oui si has asked 'What's that?' about (along with mk2 golfs, porsche 924s, Audi 80s, Renault 5s...)

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My S80 had 3x dodgy ABS sensors reported when I got it … Everyone on the Volvo forum said obd reporting 3 sensors must be faulty ABS ecu.
Naturally I ignored them and replaced one sensor and the fault codes went down to two. 

Two of the faulty sensors had been damaged by reluctor rings that had snapped, so check for the rings sticking up and hitting the ABS sensors.

Cruise control didn't work on mine with the ABS fault.

It looks nice, enjoy the waft. 
The stereos in these can be pretty decent as well, iirc mine had 10 speakers or something daft.

 

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Nice score for the money. First D5 we had in the family was one of these and it was brilliant, if a little hard to park. Wheel bearing is no surprise, they munch through them like nobody’s business. Easy and cheap to replace though. Cracked ABS rings on the front also pretty common, a bit of a faff but not the end of the world. Since yours is intermittent it might be just lots of crud on the sensors and rings without it actually being broken. Enjoy!

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9 hours ago, Schaefft said:

S80, nice! I thought about S80 T6s before, but they never came with a manual and the autoboxes are supposed to be problematic. 

Problematic is a fairly diplomatic term. :-D

Some might say as strong as a chocolate cheese string a mile or two from the surface of the sun.

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