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    My S40 1.9D sport lux.. work in progress.

    New to this section so please be gentle!
    I've spent weeks looking for a replacement to the vectra in a frock.
    This came up on autotrader & also eBay last night at a price that wasn't to be sniffed at. Half day holiday for me & off to Manchester it was to see what state it was in.
    Full independent service history, 1 previous (blind) owner & low miles for an 11 year old diesel saloon.
    Quick test drive felt pretty flat, it doesn't seem to shift until 2k when the boost hits in but felt ok. On the way home it revealed a vibration at motorway speeds & also whilst breaking from speed. I'm thinking drop links but hoping to get it on a ramp & have a fiddle around. The body will need a session in my mates body shop for both rear quarters, rear n/s door & front bumper painting due to various scrapes & dents. I will hopefully have the wheels re-furbed at the same time.
    All in all still feel I had a bargain & hoping to be easy fixes with a service & some love.
    I'm sure I'll have a parts list soon lol
    Anyone got any lowering springs?
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    They said the interior was grey but it looks pretty cream to me.
    Comments, criticisms & advice welcomed.
    I think from my research I've got a good model but time will tell. I guess it comes with the territory when your skint.
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    Think you got off lightly with the dents considering it was owned by a blind man and of course he's not going to know what colour interior it has


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamest5r View Post
    Think you got off lightly with the dents considering it was owned by a blind man and of course he's not going to know what colour interior it has
    The pictures do a good job of hiding the dents mate. Both fist sized on the quarters. I think he liked the odd bollard & I was shocked to find he p/x'd it's for an xc60! It will be wrecked.
    I think he got his guide dog to park as the alloys are kerbed rather well.
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    Oh another thing, the electric drivers seat won't go all the way back, bit of a problem when I'm so long!!
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    Nice car, I miss my V40 it didn't cost much to keep in good condition
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    welcome back dave does look nice that before u know it u be back in a t5 sooooon


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    Thanks Martyn, I hope your right on the cheap front as all our spare money is now spent on the houses & kids. Upvc Windows this month so the car needs to be budget but I'll be happy with it lightly modified as a daily.
    Woody never say never mate, I still have the option of the White 855 I know of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biff View Post
    Thanks Martyn, I hope your right on the cheap front as all our spare money is now spent on the houses & kids. Upvc Windows this month so the car needs to be budget but I'll be happy with it lightly modified as a daily.
    Woody never say never mate, I still have the option of the White 855 I know of.
    I would just service it and drive it mate .aslong as the tyres at good that's what counts .they are good on fuel being a diesel and got 115bhp standard .i still like the 1.8 petrol though and they are nippy and good on fuel too
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    Quote Originally Posted by smithy View Post
    I would just service it and drive it mate .aslong as the tyres at good that's what counts .they are good on fuel being a diesel and got 115bhp standard .i still like the 1.8 petrol though and they are nippy and good on fuel too
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    Petrol was a no go for me mate. It will be doing 300 miles a week & that doesn't include social trips. I'm buying oil & air filters this weekend & will have a poke. I've got to get it painted, I'm ashamed to drive it looking like I can't park!
    Seat is the first job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biff View Post
    Petrol was a no go for me mate. It will be doing 300 miles a week & that doesn't include social trips. I'm buying oil & air filters this weekend & will have a poke. I've got to get it painted, I'm ashamed to drive it looking like I can't park!
    Seat is the first job.
    That very true if u are doing that mileage .the 40 series handles pretty well standard .i fitted b4 Billy's to m e with h&r springs not too low and very comfortable too .and not a bad price ether parts for Volvo mat

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithy View Post
    That very true if u are doing that mileage .the 40 series handles pretty well standard .i fitted b4 Billy's to m e with h&r springs not too low and very comfortable too .and not a bad price ether parts for Volvo mat
    Will bare those in mind mate, not bothered at the mo. as long as its mechanically sound & looks well I'll be happy.
    I've not tied the handling or braking yet, sort the issues & it will have a proper road test down my favourite roads.
    will post more pictures when I have a fiddle at the weekend.
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    Managed to take her for a spin this evening after cleaning off 12 years of crusty crud off the engine & underside. Seems our blind man lived down a lane of some sort, will google it when I get the v5 back. She's not in bad shape at all, lines look good etc. The engine has come up ok, actually looks rather well & I don't normally clean under the hood. I will take some pics of my handy work when it's light. No leaks or dodgy pipes. I may clean the egr as reading up on the Renault engine it tends to get clogged. I know a terraclean agent who is keen to have a go at it. Is it worth it on a diesel? It does seem to be better every time I use it.
    As for my vibration, I think I need a pair of bottom arms but without getting it on a ramp with a bar I can't get movement. I'm planning on new rear discs & pads. Still not sure if it's on handbrake shoes?
    I've not touched the seat yet but reading I hope it's the switch with sweets, crumbs & whatever else is in it. The seat won't of moved much with 1 owner I guess.
    Thing I'm most chuffed about??
    I managed to switch the drl's off!! I'll say when my car has illumination thank you.
    I've been reading about tuning boxes & remaps. I think I might have a play with it once we're kosher.
    Biffs rather happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biff View Post
    Managed to take her for a spin this evening after cleaning off 12 years of crusty crud off the engine & underside. Seems our blind man lived down a lane of some sort, will google it when I get the v5 back. She's not in bad shape at all, lines look good etc. The engine has come up ok, actually looks rather well & I don't normally clean under the hood. I will take some pics of my handy work when it's light. No leaks or dodgy pipes. I may clean the egr as reading up on the Renault engine it tends to get clogged. I know a terraclean agent who is keen to have a go at it. Is it worth it on a diesel? It does seem to be better every time I use it.
    As for my vibration, I think I need a pair of bottom arms but without getting it on a ramp with a bar I can't get movement. I'm planning on new rear discs & pads. Still not sure if it's on handbrake shoes?
    I've not touched the seat yet but reading I hope it's the switch with sweets, crumbs & whatever else is in it. The seat won't of moved much with 1 owner I guess.
    Thing I'm most chuffed about??
    I managed to switch the drl's off!! I'll say when my car has illumination thank you.
    I've been reading about tuning boxes & remaps. I think I might have a play with it once we're kosher.
    Biffs rather happy.
    They are wind back calipers for the rear brakes mate .no rear shoes just pads and u need a wind back tool .very cheap to buy though .

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithy View Post
    They are wind back calipers for the rear brakes mate .no rear shoes just pads and u need a wind back tool .very cheap to buy though .
    Tidy, I have access to a wind back tool. Will get them ordered asap.
    cheers Mate.
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    I wonder if my car was owned by the same person, as they were blind as well.

    My car was supposed to be a short term daily though, so i've not done anything to rectify the dents, scratches and curb marks. I just keep on top of the mechanics and interior.
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    Nice car mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiamT4 View Post
    I wonder if my car was owned by the same person, as they were blind as well.

    My car was supposed to be a short term daily though, so i've not done anything to rectify the dents, scratches and curb marks. I just keep on top of the mechanics and interior.
    Liam it's pretty bad all around the rear, looks like it's been shot on the boot lid. Every time I look I find something else. Might be easier to have the lot painted.
    Depends how generous my mate is feeling.
    Cheers kg I'm pretty happy with it, just hope it does me good.
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    Mine has a dent on it, that's sticking out............
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    You win. Lol
    Mines not that bad but I will post some before and after pictures when it goes for paint.
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    Had a few hours tinkering today. First port of call was the seat. Checked all that I could see but eventually I decided to take the seat out for a closer look. Pretty glad I did.
    Can you see my problem?

    Found a grand total of 5.21 & also €1 euro so after a lot of swearing & hammering at the pound I now have a fully working drivers seat.
    Whilst I was in the car I replaced the interior bulbs with led bulbs & removed the retro Nokia hands free & mic. Every Volvo I've owned has been fitted with one of those.
    As promised here is a pic of my blinging (for me) engine bay.

    Rather happy with the results.
    Looking at my leather it could really do with a clean & re-dye in places.
    Does anyone know how I can find out what colour the leather is please?
    Should have my new wish bones, drop links & rear discs & pads this week.
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