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  1. With regret, I've decided it might be time for me to sell the S60. I have an expensive year ahead and a more economical car might be in order. Also, I'll be getting my track fix in abundance this year and it won't be in the Volvo - so I don't really need something like this right now. I will sell this car for £6000. I *might* entertain a part exchange with a V70 D5 (manual or auto), 163, that has been well maintained. I've tried to tell the story of the car below, but I have no doubt that I'll have missed something. If I remember anything I'll add it on later. My 'project' thread tells the story of the car in my ownership, that thread is here : I have nothing to hide as far as this car goes, and I'm happy to answer any questions. So, off the top of my head....... 2006 model year S60R, first registered 14th November 2005 Sonic Blue, Nordkap leather, manual gearbox MOT expiry 13th October 2017 Current mileage approximately 128k Owned by me since December 2014. One previous owner. Full Volvo dealer history until my ownership. Current registration for MOT/history check is 769WAE, will revert to SK55CDV. I bought this car in December 2014 from a small independent trader who mainly deals in trade in vehicles from Murray Volvo in Edinburgh. It was in excellent condition with excellent history. In my ownership I have had the odd issue, all well documented in my project thread, but the car has wanted for nothing maintenance wise. Every issue that has arisen has been dealt with properly. This isn’t one of those sad R’s that’s never been maintained properly once it’s made it into the hands of ‘enthusiasts’. All maintenance and repair work in my ownership has been carried out by me, Tim, or a Volvo dealer. The car is in good overall condition but is just over 11 years old with nearly 130k miles. I haven’t taken pictures just now as 1) you all know what it looks like, and 2) its winter and the car is filthy and still on it’s winter wheels. I’ll have the car professionally detailed prior to sale and it will be on the summer wheels – 17” genuine pegs fitted with Yokohama AD08R sticky tyres. Apart from maintenance the car has been modified as follows; MTE Stage 2 remap Block shimmed D5 oil cooler VXR injectors Do88 intake pipe Full custom exhaust from turbo back with sports cat Powerflex top engine mount Powerflex ‘strut brace’ bushes Powerflex front wishbone forward bushes Sponge subframe inserts Motul RBF600 brake fluid Carbotech XP10 front & XP8 rear pads Genuine Volvo rear side window blinds & rear screen roller blind I’ll try to list the work done in chronological order; January 2015 Block shimmed, spark plugs, expansion bottle & cap, front & rear discs, rear shoes, TCV, D5 oil cooler, top PCV hose, oil & filter change, wheel alignment February 2015 Bosch S4 battery (D5 spec) April 2015 Wheels powder coated Air con recharged Haldex fluid & filter changed Rear diff fluid changed Angle gear fluid changed Fuel filter changed MTE map applied June 2015 2 VVT pulleys replaced along with cam seals & gaskets November 2015 Oil & filter change December 2015 Rear windscreen replaced April 2016 Do88 intake hose fitted May 2016 Upper engine mount replaced Non return valves changed in PCV June 2016 AD08R 235/45/17 tyres fitted @ 123,421 miles Water pump replaced with genuine parts @ City Motors August 2016 Carbotech XP10 front pads fitted Brake fluid changed to RBF600 Track rod end changed Gear oil changed Oil & filter change September 2016 4 wheel alignment New angle gear & collar New angle gear oil New TCV I have various spare parts which will go with the car; Spare DMS cartridge and dock (digital jukebox) Full set of new genuine brake discs Fuel pressure sensor Original green injectors – professionally refurbished Original downpipe/cat Various brake pad sets MTE softloader Genuine hard boot floor cover
  2. I should also add that I have a spare R space saver that can go with the car - as well as the one in the car. The dashboard phone cradle is a Brodit item for an HTC one M8. I can leave this in the car or remove it, it doesn't matter to me either way. I think it would be possible to adapt a Brodit cradle for another device to use the existing power supply - that was certainly my plan come upgrade time. It might also be worth leaving the power supply in there if a 5V supply was needed for, say, a dashcam.
  3. I've taken some pictures of the car today, I'll post them up below. It cleans up well but it's not without the odd blemish - expected of a car of this age & mileage. The wheels and tyres that are on the car in the pictures are my winter set. I intend to keep these in case I end up with a V70D5 that I can use them on. The wheels that will be on the car are pictured separately below. They're in good overall condition, one has minor kerb rash. The tyres are Yokohama AD08R and have between 5 and 8mm tread. The left hand tyres are probably a bit more worn due to the car seeing some action on clockwise circuits. I have been asked how much power the car has. It's never been on a dyno so I don't know, but the estimate from the TW bum dyno is 340 - 350 hp. As always, please ask any questions and I'll answer as quickly and honestly as I can. Thanks.
  4. As some of you know I've jumped in with both feet and decided to go proper car racing this year . As a couple of folk have asked how things are going etc I'll keep this thread updated with progress, if it all goes horribly wrong then maybe I won't! Like a lot of you, car racing is something I've always fancied having a pop at. It's never really been the right time, and/or I've never had the right chances, but that changes now. I'm not getting any younger and, frankly, I've been to too many funerals of people my age and less. I figure if I don't do it now I never will. Saloon car racing is really where my interest is and earlier this year I got wind of a Fiesta ST which was going to be available to hire this season. It's owned by a guy I know called Chris Milford and he's off to race for Team Hard in the VAG Trophy this season. His car is a good one and he got some decent results last year, including a win. We came to a pretty relaxed and easy arrangement, including him coaching me as and when he can, and I'm going to try to race the whole season in the car. To get a race licence you need to get a 'go racing' pack from the MSA. Once you've digested the basics it's time for a rudimentary medical and then the ARDS test at the circuit. The test was no problem, our examiner on the day spent a lot of time going over all the relevant things we needed to know and answering questions. A short driving assesment and a written test later and you're a racing driver in waiting! Next step was to buy all the gear. I went to Turner Autosport who are not that far away from me. I wanted to try things on rather than buy mail order. They had everything I needed and gave me a good deal on the whole package, the prices were just as good as buying online. All the gear and no idea I needed to get some seat time pronto. There was a test day organised for Friday 10th March, one week after getting my licence, so I booked that. It was just for a couple of classes of racers and was afternoon only. Nice and quiet on track, 6 x 20 minute sessions with about 20 minutes between. Actually driving the car was pretty intense. I'd never driven it before so was starting from nothing. I think I made a reasonable progression and by the end of the day was lapping about 2 seconds off a winning pace. I did spin a couple of times, purely down to my own mistakes, but I'm glad I did in a way. One less first for me to have. The car has fantastic grip and awesome brakes. I know I'm not braking hard or late enough, that's something for me to work on. I need to concentrate on getting my lines right and developing some consistency and confidence before I actually have to mix it in a race situation. On that note, testing is booked for this Saturday (18th) so I'll be looking to get some improvements then if I can. It'll be a busier session with more cars from more classes, so with a bit of luck I might be able to learn something from others on track as well as from reviewing the in car footage between sessions. Until then.....
  5. Tim has been kind enough to say he's happy to confirm all work he's done on the car. I don't expect him to offer any warranty or guarantee but I do expect him to be honest about me and the car. As said already, I have nothing to hide. I'll entertain offers, but I'll also feel free to let you know if it's an insulting offer
  6. Today was the last pre season test day, weather was typical knockhill - pish. The first couple of sessions saw me lacking confidence in the rain, and not really knowing how much grip I had available. That and my inexperience led me to have a couple of spins, nothing major but I did spin through the infield grass with enough style to actually get mud on the inside of the windows.... The afternoon sessions were better for me. I think the penny has dropped a little and I'm relaxing more, that's meaning that I'm driving more instinctively rather than thinking about it. I think the key is going to be being able to get the car round quickly without needing to think about it too much, that leaves mental capacity free to deal with racing. Although there are no more test days before the season starts, I'm hoping to get a passenger seat fitted and go out in the car at a track day with Chris (the cars owner) giving me some guidance. I think that would help me a lot. In other news, there's an exciting sponsorship deal in the offing. More details to follow, I just hope they realise their logos are unlikely to be seen due to all the mud I'm likely to be carrying........ 😁
  7. Ad08's are great, but they aren't all year round. Like most sticky tyres they're a liability in cold weather.
  8. Thanks Greg, not sure if I'll make it down there but I appreciate your offer
  9. Is it just me or do the notifications for subscribed threads not work any more??
  10. Not quite sure about a vlog, but in car cameras are compulsory. I've just bought a Chinese gopro copy off Amazon so I'll give that a try at the weekend, the problem is that my laptop is so bloody old that I can't get smooth playback. There's money to spend at every turn.....
  11. All the racing is at Knockhill with the exception of an away round At Oulton Park on the 17th June - I hope to make the away round. http://www.scottishmotorracingclub.co.uk/2013-championships-fiesta.html
  12. errr, maybe not 🙁
  13. For sale thread here:
  14. I've never bothered with a project thread before, probably because I didn't really want to be reminded how much time and money I spend on old cars, but that changes today... Last week I bought a 2005, 55 plate, 06 model S60R 6 speed manual in Sonic blue. It's a one doctor owner car with full main dealer history, mileage just under 118k at time of purchase. I know doctor owned S60R's are maybe not a good thing... It came up on ebay and was pretty local to me so I took it as a sign that it was meant to be. I've seen the car many times going about Edinburgh, although I don't know the owner. It was traded in to the main dealer against a brand new XC70 and I bought it via an independent trader with contacts at Murray Volvo. It won't be on the road for a week or two while I juggle number plates and insurance policies, but that'll give me time to give it the once over. I didn't inspect it as well as I should have before purchase, but it felt right. I know that isn't scientific, but I had a fair degree of faith that it would be fine. The fact there are service and parts bills for the best part of £2k this year alone showed me that it was still being looked after. The tyres are literally brand new, the timing belt was done in February, etc. etc. I did inspect it and drive it, and I did speak to Tim about a couple of points. I haven't taken any of my own pictures but the ones from the ebay ad are below:
  15. Good effort, well done. Makes me think my car has been faultless...
  16. I know that this doesn't help you, but for the benefit of anyone in the Edinburgh area who might need to load an MTE map, I have a softloader and suitable laptop.
  17. I've heard this advice given before, albeit in the context of a bike racing masterclass by Niall Mackenzie. It was along the lines of; the single thing that you can all do in order to go faster is lose weight. It's something I'm having to consider myself just now, but I'm really attached to my traditional diet. Beer, pies, crisps, chips, deep fried anything.....
  18. Although I know you're all wondering how my car is going to shit itself in the car park this year, I'm sorry to say I'm not likely to be there . I'm gearing up to race a Fiesta ST in the Scottish championship this year and, assuming I make it that far into the season, there's a race meeting at Knockhill that weekend. Enjoy yourselves.
  19. Not much to report lately on the R, it's not getting used much but it's going well. I'm pretty certain the gear oil leak has dried up, I think we can put that down to an overfill which - although I'm still blaming Tim - was pretty much my own fault. Tim's mistake was assuming I knew what I was doing....... I'm just putting this out there, but if anyone is in the market for an S60R I would consider selling. I'm not going to give it away, but even at a decent price it would be a loss maker overall for me. Brand new angle gear last year for example...... The 'genuine reason for sale' is that it looks like I'm going to be racing this year and that's likely to take a fair bit of time and money, toys might have to take a back seat. Anyway, not a for sale ad per se, but if anyone fancies it then let me know.
  20. Ad08's get my vote
  21. Surely Tim needs to get a hold of a set to evaluate them and, if the design is any good, maybe Nigel can fabricate them as required. As for reverting to your native tongue, it can happen to us all......