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Adventures in the shallow end. *S70 TDI review*

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The wiper blades were "past peak performance" so I had a run down to Halfords then ECP.

 

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Halfords for some wiper blades and ECP for some service essentials as there was a 50% Easter sale on. Even blagged some free screenwash as I watched the counter while the counter lady popped out for a quick fag.

 

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So next up is a good service and wheel swap.

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All in all its been ferrying us round without fault or complaint. There's been about 300 miles covered in it so far and the RANGE CALCULATOR O TRON reckons with a fair wind and crossed legs, there'll be another 300 miles to go till next fill up.

Impressions thus far are that I could only like it more if it was yellow.

 

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It drives like I would expect a van to drive. It does feel (and sound!) Like you're piloting something large and heavy. The steering is very light though, perhaps too light. Brakes are more than adequate and feel sharp. Had a couple of brown trouser incident where folk have pulled out from junctions without looking and I've had to slam the wanker anchors on and she pulls up reassuringly well in a pinch.

 

It rides like a nice old Volvo should and eats up bumps and holes pretty well. Visibility is ok all round but the missus doesn't like the lack of a rear wiper. I don't mind as I just pretend is a van if rearward vision is less that perfect. The seats are supreme in their comfort and plushness and even the dog enjoys having a lie down in the back. She usually likes to stay standing in vehicles of lesser comfort.

 

The stereo is good and booms out Radio 2 with more than acceptable quality. I'm thinking about getting one of those Pure Highway Dab boxes as I really miss the Dab in the SLK.

 

The boot is massive and with the back seats down you could haul a decent amount of tats.

 

Gearbox seems ratio'd for making progress rather than cruising, which suits me well. It's comfy enough on the motorway but just feels like it could do with a sixth cog. I might just be spoiled from driving six speeds though.

 

She can pick up her pettycoats and jog on when you poke the loud pedal and it 5 pot sounds amazing on full chat.

 

All in all, I'm over the moon with it still and shall probs keep it. (insert the rolling of eyes here).

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These are good mate. Makes the key the same as the one on my 2006 v70. You have to cut the transpoder out of your old key and glue it inside. 2ef9fa1668afa7fea2189b12f185e2fb.jpg

 

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Cheers man, but my aim is to increase the number of transponder keys I have, rather than just have one new one.

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Top bombing.

 

Listen out for a 'tick' when idling, if you pump (then hold) the brake pedal and the ticking sound goes - Change the Vacuum pump ASAP, as it can snap the camshaft.

 

I'd also look at when the belts were last changed (fuel pump and cambelt)

As for water pump, if it's not goosed then I wouldn't change it, as sadly aftermarket ones seem to be a tad poor, unless you wish to buy OEM (Direct from Volvo the belt kit isn't cheap, and funny enough the tensioners have VW stamped on them)

 

Alternators fail and it's a bit of a pain in the ass to do.

 

But other than that I 100% agree with you.

The 5 pot noise & surprisingly brisk pace, is a joy.

I'm after a set of mats & inlet manifold boost hose... IF you happen to see any for sale.

 

Nice motor

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It's had the belts and water pump done at 105k and 152k.

 

It's got a pretty comprehensive service history (one garage from 2007 to 2018). The owner spent over five thousand and five hundred pounds keeping up to muster between 07 and 18, god bless them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No ticking that I've noticed as yet. But I'll keep a watch out for it. Engine does seem to go a bit shuddery under braking some times. Not sure if that's normal or not.

 

 

 

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The power steering on my V70 is a little odd, I find it seems to feel lighter the more you turn in, this gives a feel of it being about to wash out on you. I have tried on a big carpark near me and it is just the feel of it but it’s a big disconcerting at first. Having read up on it they aren’t famed for their power steering being the most responsive ever.

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The power steering on my V70 is a little odd, I find it seems to feel lighter the more you turn in, this gives a feel of it being about to wash out on you. I have tried on a big carpark near me and it is just the feel of it but it’s a big disconcerting at first. Having read up on it they aren’t famed for their power steering being the most responsive ever.

 

 

Thats a good way to describe it man.  Ive had it up and down multi-storeys dailly.  Its Easy, but does feel a bit disconnected.

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Finally fitted up the new to me 16s. 

 

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They fill the arches a bit better and the PREEMIYUM BRANDT tyres certainly grip better. The Landfail Death Grips on the front would just rotate in a stationary position if you tried to leave a junction swiftly in the rain. These are a lot better. 

 

Also had a service today. The large oil filter was a bit of a pain the get in. It kind of sits horizontal at the back of the block and was a bit of a fiddle in confined space. The actual filter that went in was physically bigger than the one that came out too. I think someone has put a smaller one in at some point just coz it was easier to fit. 

 

First tank brought back an mpg of 36.6. Not great, but all on local driving other than the collection back from Carlisle.  Still not too bad. 

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36mpg for local driving is the stuff of dreams man, the 940 can't even manage half that round the doors! I bet on a longer run low 50's are easily within reach, especially after a service.

Also the new wheels suit the car very well. Always liked those, they make it look like it's going fast even when it's parked up. 

 

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