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    stricky's V70R stage zero +

    Well been meaning to do an introduction type post since joining the forum so here we go.

    My name is Jon and home is in Cumbria UK, I own a 2003 V70R that I bought back in 2004 with under 10,000 miles on the clock. I had owned a p1 V70 T5 before that and loved everything about the car, the room, the safety , the comfort and of course the pace.

    I wanted an auto (yeh I know ) as I did a few miles up and down to where I worked in London, I saw the V70R advertised on the internet it was titanium with atacama trim it also had the SAT-NAV, TV, phone heated seats and the 18" pegasus wheels, everything I was looking for. and basically bought it unseen from Bells in Kettering under the assurance from them that it was immaculate. I wasn't disappointed when it arrived and paid the balance via bank transfer. The car was previously registered to volvo cars UK in Didcott , maybe a demonstrator, I don't know ?

    A while later I went down to see Hamish in Bromsgrove again and had the RICA stage 2 tune done, removing the torque limits from the gearbox, although it technically voided the volvo warranty the car was even better now!


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    Fast forward 12 years and 100,000 miles or so and I have to say the car is still a joy to own, although as you know, expensive to maintain and to run.

    During storm Desmond that hit last December, and with parts of Cumbria practically submerged, winds howling , trees shaking and roads closing by the hour myself and the family reluctantly and with trepidation made the decision that we simply 'had' to try and get through. After all It was to a surprise 80th party for granddad people had traveled from far and wide to be there that night.

    During the trip we drove through a flood on an A road that appeared passable as others were going through. The water turned out to be only 8 or 9 inches in depth, but afterward the car developed major electrical issues. Needless to say we never made it to the party that night and tried for 3 hours to make it back home.


    The car got worse and thought it wise to start the ball rolling with the insurance company. I was gutted and have to say a bit emotional to see the car being carted away on the back of the low loader with the possibility of never seeing it again. After-all we'd been through a lot, we'd had 3 more kids since 2004 had many family camping trips, holidays, visits to old friends up and down the length of the country, and all the time that grey car never missed a beat.

    I spent the next few weeks negotiating with the insurance company who were pushing to write the car off. I battled with the insurance company to try and have it diagnosed 'properly' but they insisted quoting misguided repair costs approaching 9,000. But what would we get to replace the V70R, we looked at VW van type thing, land rover thingys, Merc Viano whatsits, nothing was floating any boats. Under pressure to make a decision I gave in and the car was written off with the proviso that I could buy back the 'salvage' at 25% of the value....surely it was well worth the punt?

    Now the fight back began to save her, previously the car was looked after by the local volvo dealer. This was my family car a daily driver as they say. I didn't know what VIDA was? what an angle gear did? what a CEM was? But began to learn fast, I got up and running and with the help of people like yourselves, enthusiasts on the volvo forums soon got all the strange and wacky faults traced to one particular module.....the DEM.

    I got the DEM sent off and repaired by volvo diagnostics in London for the princely sum of 99, took 10 mins to fit, started it up and all those nasty red and amber codes disappeared and never came back...The V70R was back from its watery grave!

    At this point I think I was truly bitten by the volvo bug, I started to appreciate the rarity, the practicality and the performance, I was particularly impressed by seeing other owners with nearly 3 times as many miles as my own R.

    I started to think, maybe Volvo is for life.

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    I'll update this thread with the trials and tribulations of getting the car back to as new as practicable , Stage Zero +.
    Last edited by stricky1967; Saturday 15th October 2016 at 10:26.

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    Awesome intro!

    Welcome to the forum

    May you have many more years fun out of your pride and joy!
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    Welcome along

    Excellent introduction and write up for a lovely car

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    Old Volvo's never die, they just get better...nice to see your dedication to your Volvo.I Iook forward to the thread updates

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    Welcome to the forum

    Look how small the world is.. http://forums.swedespeed.com/showthr...003-geartronic


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    Quote Originally Posted by htomi View Post
    Welcome to the forum

    Look how small the world is.. http://forums.swedespeed.com/showthr...003-geartronic
    I owe you a special thanks fella
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    Quite a read!

    Since you're running a stage 2 map, have you had the liners shimmed? The 2.5 block has a habit of splitting a bore or two when tuned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M-R-P View Post
    Quite a read!

    Since you're running a stage 2 map, have you had the liners shimmed? The 2.5 block has a habit of splitting a bore or two when tuned.
    Thanks for the heads up I'd picked this up from the forum. I've been in contact with Tim Williams and will be sorted soon. Maybe been lucky for the last 10 years

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    Fantastic story, sounds like she's a proper member of the family!

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    Best intro I have read in many moons. I saw the pictures of the flooding last year and I am so glad you survived and I am the singular passion to bring your Volvo back from the dead. I too have had my fair share of ups & downs as the story (if you can be bothered to read 2000 posts) of my own silver box, as Hamish refers to it, has progressed through the many years of ownership. - I hope we will run into each other (not literally) soon.

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    Well done for never giving up on the car. Well worth all the effort. These cars can frustrate and reward in equal measure.

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    Great story and welcome.

    Our T5 (family member) is still with us and sits on the driveway with the 2 V70Rs being used regularly too. Was going to sell her but having owned her for 11 years now, having bought her when she was 5 years old with 23,000 on the clock. She's transported kids with prams and later kids with bikes, dogs, towed boats...I couldn't let her go.
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    Kicked off the stage zero earlier in the year by changing fluids, back diff, haldex, angle gear, ATF 3309 fluid (on going with drain and fills ) and engine oil. Seafoam in the crank case for a few miles helped flush out the old oil changed the filter and refilled with mobil 1 0w40. Also added BG 44 K fuel system cleaner. Maybe a bit of mumbo jumbo but didn't think it would do any harm.

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    Changed out the shocks all round managed to find the front Monroe's online at a very reasonable price and they delivered them directly from France. Got the rears ones from amazon for a reasonable sum too, compared to Volvo prices. The rears were a bit of mare to change had to take the grinder to one of the rear shock mounts as the mild steel bush insert at the bottom of the shock decided it didn't want to be parted from it. The coil springs looked OK so I left them in. Swapped out the spring seats for IPD HD ones and got new top bearings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stricky1967 View Post

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    Why is there no headlamp wiper blade on the N/S headlamp? You'll damage the glass my friend!

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    Looking good there, I'm dreading doing the rear shocks on mine

    Soon it will be as good as new : )

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    Quote Originally Posted by st etienne View Post
    Looking good there, I'm dreading doing the rear shocks on mine

    Soon it will be as good as new : )
    I'll be doing mine again this week, got OE springs to go in ! hopefully be a bit easier this time around though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeT5 View Post
    Why is there no headlamp wiper blade on the N/S headlamp? You'll damage the glass my friend!
    The plastic clip has broken on one side and the thing dropped out somewhere, can you get those separately or is it a new wiper arm job?

    Its the plastic blade holder that's touching the glass so should be OK, I've been keeping a close eye on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stricky1967 View Post
    can you get those separately or is it a new wiper arm job?
    New wiper arm, I'm afraid.... When I was looking for the plastic nut/bolt cover for the headlight arm, the dealership told me Volvo sells the arm as a complete unit. No spare parts available separately.

    €51,97
    http://www.skandix.de/en/spare-parts...-left/1007051/
    Alternatively check on ebay/scrapyard.

    You should take off the broken arm till you get the new one, before the headlight glass gets scratched.
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