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    I just bought an '06 Ocean Race (May 2018) with a...

    I just bought an '06 Ocean Race (May 2018) with a bunch of "R" upgrades by the PO (18" wheels, suspension, dash, brakes and engine chipped). Those seats fit me like a glove and I have never found the...
  2. Good luck. I had an indie shop at our Ottawa...

    Good luck. I had an indie shop at our Ottawa house replace our '04 XC-70 exhaust (end to end) and it came to about C$900. So it can be done for reasonable cost. This was a year ago and noise level...
  3. Hi Taylor. Say it ain't so! I was wondering...

    Hi Taylor.

    Say it ain't so! I was wondering if you still had the old gal. It sure has seen it's fair share of drives to the coast with a surfboard adorning the roof.

    Will send you a PM as we...
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    Realize I'm just middle of the pack but this car...

    Realize I'm just middle of the pack but this car has been flawless. Original owner now at 325,000 kms (210,000 miles). Very modest maintenance - 2 sets of brakes, 1 timing belt/PVC/pump and tranny...
  5. Nice to see some familiar names from the old days...

    Nice to see some familiar names from the old days in this thread - lol. I suspect it's a good sign that our old babies continue to be on the road. My '04 has 300,000 kms and consumes under a litre of...
  6. Do the manual adjustment that JRL posted. I am...

    Do the manual adjustment that JRL posted. I am confident you will be amazed at the difference. We have an '04 with a similar experience (plain dangerous to drive outside the city). Did the adjustment...
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    That looks very smart. Well done!

    That looks very smart. Well done!
  8. I can vouch for the need to have Volvo diagnose...

    I can vouch for the need to have Volvo diagnose using their VIDA tool. I have an OBD2 scanner which did not point to the root issue in a similar Reduced Engine Performance situation. Once Volvo...
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    Euro Spec Cars for Towing

    Hello Steve. Welcome to the forum. I see you are based in France and quote purchase price in Euros. Please be aware that Euro-spec cars tend to have integrated suspension system (Nivomat) for towing...
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    I dont see you having any problems f you only...

    I dont see you having any problems f you only have 135,000 miles at this point. The 2002`s were knowing for having some Haldex issues, but if you havent experienced it yet then you are probably...
  11. We are getting a consistent 35 Miles per Imperial...

    We are getting a consistent 35 Miles per Imperial Gallon (this equals 29 miles per US Gallon) for highway driving over the Canadian Rockies (Calgary to Victoria). I average around 115 kilometers per...
  12. It must have been pretty muddy out there as I...

    It must have been pretty muddy out there as I can't imagine my XC-70 getting many accolades. I enjoy the ride but its closer to a whale (my Mercedes driving wife's words) than a spirited machine.
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    I have an '04 XC-70 which has towed our 26'...

    I have an '04 XC-70 which has towed our 26' Macgregor sailboat about 5,000 kms thus far. I feel that the car is capable with one major caveat. Our sailboat has a very light tongue weight (about 200...
  14. A quick shout-out to all of you for your...

    A quick shout-out to all of you for your suggestions. I never expected to resolve the issue within 24 hours. A big thank-you to all!

    Based on your input we have a ready solution:
    • Use three...
  15. Thanks Astro. I always use synthetics and will...

    Thanks Astro. I always use synthetics and will allow some extra time for the turbo to cool off (needed to this before when bound for Whistler).

    You brought a new dimension with the aftermarket...
  16. Heavy Load Trailering through 10,000 foot Mountain Passes

    Ive answered a number of queries re towing with the XC-70. I am now facing a hurdle myself and seek your collective wisdom.

    Were moving from Calgary to the BC coast next year. I intend to move...
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    Please keep posting on any solutions you come...

    Please keep posting on any solutions you come across. I love the XC but those squeaks have been persisting for too many years. I recently removed every interior panel from the back seats onwards. All...
  18. I actually let my '04 timing belt lapse to...

    I actually let my '04 timing belt lapse to 200,000km (120,000 miles). My reasoning is that it is virtually all highway miles and I am easy on a car (I am still on my original brakes at 220,000 km)....
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    Nokian Noise

    Nokians are great but comparatively noisy. Tire noise was the main reason I did not mount them on my other cars.

    John
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    Aisin Transmission

    The Aisin tranny by the way is manufactured by a Toyota subsidiary in Japan and is used in Toyotas. A lot of us on this board are aware of that, but it might be news to a recent convert.

    Earlier...
  21. Towing Question

    I can't answer wrt an XC-90. I CAN give you anecdotal evidence of trailering to near the max capacity on our XC-70. I have 15,000+ KM of trailering (26' sailboat) experience with the XC-70. This...
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    Turbo Reliability

    I'm not so sure that Volvo Turbos are much of a problem. They are low boost and generally last the life of the engine. That does assume the previous owner has used synthetic oil and changed it...
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    Anytime after 2004 is fine

    Welcome aboard. You have the same dilemma I had in pulling the trigger until a board member egged me on. Best vehicle acquisition I have done.

    I have a '96 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited as well....
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    Tire Suggestions

    I would suggest Nokians if you have a single set of rims and want to avoid mounting costs. The tires are pricey (about C$1,200 incl taxes) but they are fine in the summer and have a "snowflake"...
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    I would go for the Volvo Everytime

    I owned a Subi 4 cylinder wagon prior to buying our Volvo. It was inexpensive to buy (new) but had a number of serious maintenance issues. Highway driving was not comparable to the Volvo, nor was the...
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