Volvo V70

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In 2001 I purchased a Vauxhal which with a 3.0 six cylinder gave smooth fast but crap fuel economy. I was if I got 17 mpg, but as I didn’t have to far to work wasn’t really a However at the end of August 2001 I was redundant, and faced with to look for work further I sold the car in September 2001 and a nice little Rover 214

This small hatchback had the 1400 16v K series engine gave around about 90 which in a small light car made for fun driving. The acceleration for a small car was fantastic, and with the wheels, colour co-ordinate the car looked sporty too.

The car us well, and in the six years since I it the only item I had to replace than the normal tires and was a radiator and a £10 sensor. Up the September 2006 MOT she passed the test with flying but in 2006 her age started to show and I had two notes that would about £150 to sort Not a lot of cash, but being un-employed at the it was money that I didn’t and would take some

Then things took a for the better, and in March of 2007 I employment in the town where I However, by this time we had several issues with the car needed fixing, one being a on the passenger side, that was the sun roof, or water getting in to the lining from the drainage Also the car was due for its second cam belt especially as I drove the car hard at often red-lining in the first gears.

So I was looking at spending around on a car that had a retail value of

We therefore started searching for a car, and given that the is now growing up and we have a four old German Shepherd puppy we to get something like an estate. always liked the look of the 850 estate, and having driven a some years ago suggested we at getting one, however I that they would be out of our price range. How wrong was I.

So in 2007 we part exchanged the and purchased a new car. a 1999 S reg V70 2.5

10/07/07 – The new car is ruddy !

It is a 1999 on an S Plate, 2.5l 10 140 bhp engine, with just miles on the clock, and with a service history. It has lots of goodies such as climate air-con, heated seats and rear), computer, abs and loads of making it a safe and cheap to car. In fact the insurance I got worked out cheaper than the 1.4 SEi. However, it the drive counts and that is just too.

Traveling along on the motorway at 70 in 5th and its doing 2750 rpm and returning 38 40 mpg. Engage the cruise and enjoy the ride.

There was one to the system, the car is due its 110K mile in January 2008 and this is the cam belt is due. I checked the dealer who used to service the car and it has no of it being done yet, and me £650 for the job (OUCH. ). I will out a decent local independent garage and see how much they as a lot of guys on the Volvo Owners forum suggest the cost be around £250.

The first I’ve done to the car is to upgrade the The previous owner (yes was just one owner from obviously opted for all the internal when he specified the level of at the time of purchase as the wheels simple steel wheels plastic wheel trims. I liked the look of the columbus that were fitted to the 850 T5, and seen a lot of V70’s on Autotrader alloys I started searching etc for a decent cheap set.

I struck lucky and secured a set of 4 tyres for less than which was a bargain as others had for double that, and some were for just the wheels. upon collection it was obvious I would need to replace the as two were damaged and one other had tread. This wasn’t a as I got them so cheap that new tryes on will still be in my

The wheels are in fairly good with three just the ingrained break dust whilst one had a little corrosion on the The plan is to rub the wheels down fine wet n dry and the spray them wheel silver and give a couple of coats of clear I’ll keep you posted on how turn out.

15/09/07 More Expense !

Well the turned out really well ( as can be from the photo on the right ) and are in the shed waiting for the tyres to be I’m going to wait the current tyres ware out and changing before I shop for some decent rubber at a price.

The car has cost me a further £230 the past couple of weeks. was spent on having the cam belt and the remainder was the purchase of a second-hand Volvo dog guard. The V70 was due to have the cam done as part of the 110K however I always make a of having the belt changed on any new car as as I can so at least I know its done and is less chance of the belt way and resulting in a damaged engine and wallet.

The dog guard was an excellent buy as it us to safely take Toyha even at 7 months old is becoming a dog) in the car. This has gas struts that allow the to be housed in the stowed position or down when needed.

cost don’t appear to me higher than the Rover, you might find amusing. The is that in the Rover I was always the car hard and this probably a low mpg. The V70 doesn’t need to be so hard and thus I tend to more and enjoy the comfort the offers.

The trip computer has reported an of 30 mpg over the past 300 miles. I was a log on the PC, however the battery was disconnected the cam belt was changed so this up my record keeping. – the one that does hurt is the £70 it cost to fill up the but then I can get almost 400 miles on which isn’t bad for a 5 cylinder 2.5 ltr !


Well since the entry the car saled through her MOT December, has been serviced (by I add) and now has the wheels fitted low profile tyres and fitted to the I’ve had Kumo 205/50’s and must say that they to the road like glue, in te wet. So total outlay for the paint and tyres came to !


Since I purchased the V70 the never worked properly. had a few re-charges (a perk of working for a equipment company) I called in a expert. Graeme came out a of weeks ago and re-gassed and serviced the However it still wouldn’t properly, so I called in on him a week and he did some testing.

Seems the clutch gap was too large, ment that the compressor not re-engague when warm. He me a fair price for dropping the out and re-shimming the thing, which he would take a couple of tops. To be on the safe side I to find the same model of on E-bay for £30 and thought it might come in handy if we up needing some spare

Just as well I did as when turned up to do the job, it proved difficult than first and in the end we opted to simply swap out my old for the one from E-bay.

At the end of a long the compressor had been swapped and the system re-gassed and some added. I’m pleased to say the AC continues to function correctly and we travelled to Farnbrough, we did so in a nice car. The best bit is that was true to his word and didn’t the price, even though he had here all day.

If you live in Herts (Stevenage / Letchworth / and need any work on your car at home or work then him a mail at

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