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    Default Is my rear end sagging?

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    Is my rear end sagging? It seems to be a little... also, the front end dips when braking and rises a little under acceleration. The car doesn't float terribly over bumps, but the suspension does seem soft.

    109,000 miles on this 2000 V70XC...

    What should I inspect in my suspension and consider replacing?

    Will replacing shocks and struts fix the sag?

    Thanks!

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    Yeah, it's a bit down for an XC if that is on level ground
    My guess is the already soft springs have given out.
    Has this XC been USED, I mean loaded up many times in its life?

    It looks like a nice one so time for new springs and Nivomats if you plan on keeping it and if you have the money also do the front end and you'll have a "new" XC!

    These should not "dip" at all
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    The XC is new to me... I'm guessing it towed something or was weighed down as you suggest. It was a great find at a great price, so I plan to keep it a while and will invest a little to keep it spot on.

    New springs and Nivomats are on my to-do list! Thanks for your thoughts, JRL.

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    Springs will correct sagging ( if the vehicle is sagging ) . Struts , shocks , etc. will correct bouncing , etc...

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    You need both on an XC
    The NIVOMATS actually hold the car up
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    2007 V70 2.5T White/Oak, 112K miles. My daily driver and GORGEOUS
    2000 V70R wife's. Won't sell, now at 148K miles !! and still (almost) perfect.
    2000 S70 GLT SE with 29,000 miles!!! A time capsule, V70R front bumper, Volans, etc. SOLD!!! (I Will regret selling this!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gstallons View Post
    Springs will correct sagging ( if the vehicle is sagging ) . Struts , shocks , etc. will correct bouncing , etc...
    This is not a conventional suspension system. All P80 XC's are equipped with Nivomat self-leveling shocks:
    http://www.zf.com/na/content/en/unit...ivomat_us.html

    Sagging in these cars is often the result of worn or damaged Nivomats.

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    Which in turn wipe out the already soft rear springs
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    2007 V70 2.5T White/Oak, 112K miles. My daily driver and GORGEOUS
    2000 V70R wife's. Won't sell, now at 148K miles !! and still (almost) perfect.
    2000 S70 GLT SE with 29,000 miles!!! A time capsule, V70R front bumper, Volans, etc. SOLD!!! (I Will regret selling this!)

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    I replaced the Nivomat's a year and a half ago at 137K miles, because the right one started leaking. I didn't notice a sag although replacing them may have raised it an inch or two. I didn't know about the soft springs. Right now, the car looks fine, the tires are wearing evenly and we don't load it up so hopefully the springs will last. Just a note on Nivomat instillation: The access hole is small and the tolerence is very close. I was frustrated at first taking the old ones out until I just forced it and scraped off some of the dirt. I was sure they sent me the wrong new ones because it was such a close fit but, they were the right ones and it all worked out great in the end!!!
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    small and the tolerence is very close. I was frustrated at first taking the old ones out until I just forced it and scraped off some of the dirt. I was sure they sent me the wrong new ones because it was such a close fit but, they were the right ones and it all worked out great in the end!!!

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