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  1. #1
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    Default Need advise with CEL

    So the cel will come on if I drive around town 10-15 miles. If I drive on the highway a couple of days in a row it goes back off. I drive to work
    80 miles round trip on the highway and not much other that that so it stays off most of the time. I cannot notice any issues with how the car runs when
    it comes on. I had the code read several years ago and it had something to do with the cat. converter. I'm looking to sell the car soon and don't
    want to put a lot of money in it so I can sell it cheap. Anybody have experience with a similar issue? Is there a sensor that can be cleaned or replaced?
    I know a new cat. would not be cheap.

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    If it was a CAT code it was probably a CAT efficiency code, those do come on and off and can be an SOB to track down.
    Sometimes it's an 02 sensor(s), sometimes the cat, sometimes both.

    If it's occasional just keep on driving it if you plan to sell it within a year
    All emails please use: jrl1194 (at) aol.com

    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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    Thanks JRL. I was really hoping to get it on the market within the next week. I have another Volvo I'm hoping to purchase soon.
    I just don't want to put it up for sale with a cel on. I know a guy advertising parts of another '01 with 73k. Would it be worth it
    to buy a used cat and sensors? I just know if I take it to a dealer I will not be in good shape. I will be lucky to get $3500 out of
    the car with 179K. Although it is in exceptional condition inside and out with no other issues. I've kept the tranny serviced every
    50k and she runs great.

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    Clear the code
    It should not come back for a long while

    Haven't you learned yet, not to buy another 2001!!!
    All emails please use: jrl1194 (at) aol.com

    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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    Follow this link and read my post on installing a non fouler plug. $5 and 1/2hr to an 1hr of work. Worth a try. I bet it gets rid of you CEL. Did it on my Volvo and Saab and fixed the CEL in both cases....

    and like JRL said, DON"T BUY ANOTHER '01. READ the posts on them, nothing but trouble. Save the money and get an '04......


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    I never said I was buying another XC. I'm looking at a C70.
    I will check out the non fouler plug.

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    Do you not listen?
    You said the code is intermittent
    Clear the code and trade it in
    You won't get much more retail with those miles anyway and it could take weeks, months to sell

    You need adviCE... adviCe not advise
    Last edited by JRL; 11-30-2013 at 09:20 PM.
    All emails please use: jrl1194 (at) aol.com

    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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    If your trading it in would you consider selling your spoiler seperated?
    2002 v70 xc White/Tobacco
    Touring Package, Cold Weather Package, Intro-Premium Package, Audio Max
    180k+ on ORIGINAL Autotragic GirlTronic

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    It sounds like you haven't had this code diagnosed recently. You can take it to the dealer and they will check the code for free before you start throwing parts at it. It might be something else entirely...
    Thor - 2004 XC70 (225k and going strong!)
    Gunnar - 2013 C30 T5 - Traded in on...
    Ty - 2013 S60 R-Design!!

    Yeah, I guess I'm a Volvo guy... ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRL View Post
    Do you not listen?
    You said the code is intermittent
    Clear the code and trade it in
    You won't get much more retail with those miles anyway and it could take weeks, months to sell

    You need adviCE... adviCe not advise


    Do you not read? Never said I would buy another 01 xc. I'm looking at a private party sale. I don't need you to correct spelling either.
    I don't have a lot of time to deal with this and work 60+ hours a week. Maybe when I retire I will scan the internet for spelling errors.

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