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Reply Chris Donovan
3:13 PM on August 6, 2017 
As a quick fix before I cleaned out my oil pan, I cleaned the passage in the oil pan, while/ when replacing the PCV trap by cutting up a bit of garage door cable putting it in my cordless drill and alternating directions shoved the 8 inches or so into the flame trap hole, actually took about 2 min of alternating and gently advancing the cable AND it actually did a great job of cleaning out the channel in the oil pan! So here's this weeks question are the remade throttles from xmodex worth it or should I just do the procedure by changing the contactless sensor? I ask because a new throttle OEM is now about 344.00 It's a 2001 and has the "issue." Thanks your still the best thing that ever happened to my Volvos !
Reply Chris
9:25 AM on August 19, 2016 
Great site, really bailed me out. With your help and sources we saved our 01 XC70. Many projects I would not have even attempted! Any news about the site where you have many links to, doesn't seem to work anymore? Otherwise many, many thanks!
Reply Robert Sorenson
1:05 AM on April 16, 2016 
Outstanding writeup for my 99 S70 T5. Tons of info on 98's but mine is 100% different!
Reply Libby Rumary
3:57 PM on April 12, 2016 
Great great site!!!
Reply Scott
8:44 PM on February 1, 2016 
Hi, We are looking to purchasea second hand Volvo either V70 or XC70. From what we understand the 200-2003 models have automatic transmission problems. Unfortunately we did not know until now (when the transmission seems to be failing).
We are hoping you might know when VOLVO solved transmission issues- is it 2003 onwards or 2004?
Would we be safer to look at a XC70 2003/4?
Also is there any known typical iuues to watch out for with the XC70 T ?
Thanks, regards Scott
Reply Keith
10:50 PM on January 18, 2016 
One of the most informative Volvo sites. I am grateful for people who take the time to pass this info on. I have dealt with Valentine Volvo here in Calgary and their level of service was excellent but the average Joe like myself likes to do as much as we can to save money and learn about these great cars.
Reply Joao Capela
11:11 AM on August 31, 2015 
Very usefull site. Many thanks for this knowlege sharing.
Reply Chris
12:05 AM on July 31, 2015 
bought a 2004 2.4 V70 recently, and this site has been a great resource for both general information and as a reference with my own repairs! Please keep it up and running
Reply Clark
6:35 PM on April 28, 2015 
found your site and jumped right in. I have a 2001 S40 tho. So I am hoping that they are similar enough... anyway, quick question for ya. The PCV test with a latex glove at idle. I tried it with mixed results. When I placed the glove over the dip stick hole it did suck in slightly, but only if the glove had slack. If I made it tight, I saw nothing.

On the oil filler the glove moved up and down rapidly. sucked in and out so fast I could barely see it. What do you think?

Reply Darlene
4:00 PM on April 1, 2015 
I am looking at purchasing a privately owned (used) 2007 V70R w/ 85,000Kms on it. Looks to be in great shape, driven little,garaged a lot. Any particular pointers or problems with this year/trim of wagon? Last powerful wagon was a 98 T5. Loved it. Getting rid of my 08 XC70 3.2...drives like a van. Thank you!