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  1. Simple fix!

    This week, I took my 2004 XC70 in for its 60k service. While there, I had the independent shop (Bethesda Import Specialist, a Volvo-only place in Bethesda, MD) check out my light problem.

    I picked...
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    Same thing happened in mine, and it WAS a SINGLE fuse!

    I had the same problem with my OEM bixenon lights and daytime running lights (DRLs). Both Bi-xenons and both DRLs had suddenly gone out. Because I rarely drive my car, I waited to have the problem...
  3. Thanks again for your replies. If it was the...

    Thanks again for your replies.

    If it was the shunt, would a bad shunt affect the bi-xenons AND the DRLs?

    The switch seems to be operating, in that if switch setting and/or ambient light would...
  4. Thanks for your quick reply, IFNT420. These...

    Thanks for your quick reply, IFNT420.

    These bi-xenons are OEM; they came with the car from the factory. The only things I've read about the shunt is with reference to aftermarket HID / bi-xenons....
  5. 2004 XC70: Sudden loss of BOTH bi-xenons AND BOTH DRLs

    I have a 2004 XC70 with bi-xenon lamps. USA, if that matters.

    I usually leave the headlight switch in the off position; the system leaves the DRLs on during the day and automatically puts the...
  6. Wow, looks great! I have the same Ruby Red, and...

    Wow, looks great!
    I have the same Ruby Red, and love how it looks when it's clean. Of course, with an 18-month old, there is never time to clean anymore...

    Did you use a clay bar first, or just...
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    Dtlayman, Looks like the Softride is available...

    Dtlayman,
    Looks like the Softride is available in both 1-1/4" and 2" sizes, so you shouldn't need a converter if you pick the 2" size.

    Also, you won't need electric hookup for you bike carrier. ...
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    My very reliable and knowledgeable independent...

    My very reliable and knowledgeable independent Volvo shop (Bethesda Import Specialist Inc., in Bethesda, MD, home to approximately 4.3 gajillion Volvos) uses the BG fluid system exclusively. I had...
  9. There was nothing I had to do. I plugged the...

    There was nothing I had to do.
    I plugged the harness into the pigtail, and when I later borrowed my friend's utility trailer, I plugged it in and all the running and signal lights worked.
    It's...
  10. Not sure how you are testing (with test light,...

    Not sure how you are testing (with test light, with actual trailer, etc.) but the harness should work right off the bat; at least, my 2004 did.
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    No, my 2004 (and others, so I've heard) needed no...

    No, my 2004 (and others, so I've heard) needed no such flash or VADIS download to work.
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    Not that JRL can't speak for himself, but I'm...

    Not that JRL can't speak for himself, but I'm sure that when he said "normal" he meant "normal-for-P2-series-Volvos". These are all known faults with this car, and the miles are typical for these...
  13. Prom night, 1982. Six of us in my Mom's 1980...

    Prom night, 1982.

    Six of us in my Mom's 1980 Olds were rear ended by a 1979 Honda Civic. We drove on to dinner, the Honda driver went to the hospital, and his car was hauled off as junk.
    ...
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    As I understand it, the "miles to empty" uses a...

    As I understand it, the "miles to empty" uses a calculation of only your most recent mileage, and multiplies it by the estimated quantity of fuel remaining. So it's possible to say, descend a long,...
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    More of a "Site-Wide News" post, no? Besides,...

    More of a "Site-Wide News" post, no?

    Besides, someone already posted this on the "2008 XC70" board.
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    2004 XC70. Slightly less reliable than most...

    2004 XC70.
    Slightly less reliable than most other cars I've owned, but a lot more comfortable than most of them.

    Front sway bar end links worn by 40k miles. Replaced.
    Upper engine mount...
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    Greg, Look at it this way: our friends north...

    Greg,

    Look at it this way: our friends north of the great lakes calculate "mileage" on liters/100km (fuel used / distance), instead of our more-familiar miles/gallons (distance /fuel used). ...
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    Can't help you with the service manager question....

    Can't help you with the service manager question.

    But congrats on your new car. Not sure what you're coming from, but it is a decidedly nice, if quirky, ride.

    My 2004 has been functionally...
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    You could screw or rivet a piece of ferrous metal...

    You could screw or rivet a piece of ferrous metal to any surface, perhaps behind a bumper cover, then stick the hide-a-key to the metal. Definitely use the valet key, and leave no identification with...
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    Tyrolier said, "I am anxious what benefit the...

    Tyrolier said,

    "I am anxious what benefit the R.P will have overall, as I see a significant change taking place. "

    Tyrolier,
    Sorry I'm dense today (my excuse is that I was up late doing my...
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    Excellent idea. Oh, and power steering leak...

    Excellent idea.

    Oh, and power steering leak near the reservoir.
  22. I had this very frustrating problem as well. ...

    I had this very frustrating problem as well. Coastal's advice was good, but didn't quite fix it for me.

    The problem was CURED when I stopped logging in to www.xc70.com and EXCLUSIVELY began to...
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    Indubitably.

    Indubitably.
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    I guess you weren't able to locate an Upsolute...

    I guess you weren't able to locate an Upsolute distributor/installer in your area? Here in the DC area, I had my VW chipped by an Upsolute guy from Williamsburg, VA, while he was up here installing...
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    I look forward to hearing your report. I still...

    I look forward to hearing your report.

    I still remember the unremovable smile I had during my first test drive following installation of the Upsolute chip in my Jetta. Magical!
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