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  1. I didn't realise the spec you were running! Very impressive. I just need to go back for a new ETM, will have to leave the pesky 2.0/3.0ltr diesel Germans alone until then. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Thanks Ryan Tim fitted the gates hoses and after a service took it for a spin and worked his magic with diagnostics. Turns out the issue is with the ETM. Saw your car there too looks lovely!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I used ponder about this somewhat as just travelling on the road in a proper swift Volvo made me feel better off. You get to your destination without feeling you've actually been in a car suffering from stress and aches. When sat in traffic your reminded yet again of the comfy seats and overtakes or a brisk turn of pace are never any trouble. I do near enough 1,000 miles a week in mine and tbh I can't think of a car I'd rather do it in unless we start talking Mercedes S65/ Cls 55 territory. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. LOL @ the above! Apologies for seeing this quite late but, to answer your question, I used Meguiars Gold Class shampoo as i like the PH neutral qualities, cleaning performance and suds. I have used Autoglym body shampoo conditioner and a number of others including meguairs wash and wax and nxt etc, but the gold class is what I have found to be my personal preference. Also clean your car do have some good prices and I have personally bought the majority of my shizzle from them. If you do not protect your car with any wax/sealant etc and just only ever wash it, then I'd say go for a one of meguiars wash and wax shampoos or at least finish off with a dedicated spray wax like Meguiars synthetic spray wax or autoglym aqua wax which is cheap and cheerful when purchased in a 5Ltr tub and applied in seconds via a cheapo pump sprayer.
  5. I like clean shiny cars and dark colours look nice when kept in good condition. It has scrubbed up well! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Thanks Ryan If it runs like this until it's next visit to Tim as soon as he can fit me in, I'll let him do it but I'd like to change those hoses as a matter of course anyway. IIRC I thought the upgrade was 10mm reinforced fuel hose? I'm sure that's what was done on the S70R done. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. STATUS : BETTER I popped the bonnet and had a look around. All hoses are connected and still appear to be in sound condition. The 3 hoses that come out of the TCV Solenoid, only 1 was in its place holder. So I clipped the other 2 into their plastic clip holder things just under the TCV. These still retain their shape and I saw no kinks or questionable bends in any of the hoses. The car is now much stronger on part throttle and MPG was showing 36mph rather than 29mpg for the routine identical motorway jaunt I do weekly. The car is also just cruising and accelerating on the very lightest of throttle inputs whereas before I was having to 'press on' to retain speed and making usual speed adjustments. I fail to see how just clipping the 2 hoses back into place could have such impact as their routing/shape/location wasn't changed. I can only guess if general dirivng conditions when pressured, caused them to move and thus was resulting in the impact but, they felt sturdy none the less. I will keep an eye on the idle this evening and try and get some diagnostics on Wednesday when I take a different route.
  8. It works. I'm using the iOBD2 app by XTOOL (free). Using bluetooth to connect, First time I couldn't get it to connect, probably due to user error but following the quick start guide it worked.. Good thing is, unlike some other iOS based items and apps, you have to pay extra to get features outside of basic code reading/clearing. This is returning 02, intake temps, fuel trims and all the other good stuff. You can see it all whilst driving in a table format or view each parameter individually if you want graphing. Here's some general screen shots I took whilst just testing what works and what doesn't. Sample MAF at light rev and idle One of O2 options Another 02 Option (not sure what the stf is) Will get it plugged in on the drive back from work on Friday evening and get some values logged over 30 minutes and different conditions.
  9. Just had a quick look last night and decided to try this for £21, hopefully if its decent I'll just leave it in the car for emergencies, otherwise return it for a refund. Someone else review
  10. The Silver C70 hasn't been used much and over several months of just giving it a routine wash, was bloody hard work and the body definitely needed claying. I really couldn't be bothered with the time and effort needed with a clay bar unless I'm doing to a full detail so pondered over a clay mitt for a few months seeing online reviews etc. and then decided to give the Farecla G3 Mitt a go, with a being a branded reputable product. USAGE Got mine from Amazon, no issues. Everyone does it their own way and mine is below; 1. Wash car (2 buckets, Meguairs Gold Class) 2. Rinse 3. Refill wash bucket with fresh water and Gold Class 4. Go over the car with the G3 Clay Mitt (working it in straight lines and no pressure) 5. Rinse 6. Quick final wash using 2 bucket method and a lambs wool mitt. EASE OF USE The silver car needed claying quite badly and thus required about 4 - 5 passes on the worst/common areas until I could hear smoothness. Despite this, I probably averaged about 1 panel every 1 min 30 seconds whilst still taking it easy. The mitt allows for longer strokes and greater surface area being covered with each pass, so it is a quick and effective way of claying and great for routine maintenance. Also as you slip your hand inside it, there's no risk of it dropping on the floor (unless your a clumsy so and so). The end result was that I was happy the body was baby butt smooth, allowing for effortlessly applying a quick layer of wax. (Its not a detail, just thorough wash and some protection). A finish that I've not seen on the silver C70 for quite some time with good clarity on the reflections and impressively smooth on the touch. CONCLUSION If doing a full on detail, then I'd still prefer to use the clay bar (or even mix the 2 using the Mitt first), especially for the tricky areas but, this clay mitt is great for routinely maintaining good paint work offering a fast and effective way to clay your car. 9/10!
  11. I like that! Love to see any older cars, especially special ones looking tip top and sticking it to the all the new new tat we see on the roads.
  12. S40RCH - thanks for the response. The car is a ME7, genuine 90,000 miles now, regularly serviced all its life with a recent clean bill of health from guru Tim Williams. (I have changed the VVT on my other ME7) but this feels more like a fuelling/vacuum leak issue. I will try to have a look tomorrow morning in day light at the hoses and try and work my way through them but, when there has been an issue with them, I've never noticed it, just felt it and Tim's magic hands instantly find the issue. But, I'll give it a go! Also ordered a phone app based OBD2 thingy to try and see if I can get some fuel trim/02 and maf values over the coming days which should help you guys tell me if I need to order any parts.
  13. Can someone please recommend me an OBDII bluetooth scanner thingy thats compatible with iOS (and sold by Amazon)? Ideally it should allow you to see usual parameters when running for things like; temp, 02 values, maf values, fuel trim, fuel pressure etc
  14. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Over the past few weeks, the issue has been getting worse and more things I have noticed. 1. Fuel Consumption is down by approximately 10mpg under the same driving conditions. 2. Whilst crusing at a steady speed on the motorway 70/75mph with and without cruise control on, the car sometimes hestitates quite noticeably and is then OK again. Feels like a sudden momentary fuel shut off, rather than a misfire. Sometimes when it recovers it either feels like you have to press on a bit to retain the speed or it reverts to it's amazing self of feeling like you need the lightest of touch on the throttle to cruise effortlessly at whatever pace takes your fancy. The car has had a new genuine Bosch MAF fitted by Tim so can't be that surely. The car has not thrown an EML light at all. The fuel filter was replaced with an OEM item during routine servicing 20,000 miles ago. A new OEM fuel filter will be fitted at the next service when Tim can fit me in. I am suspecting vacuum/boost hose related issue or 02 sensor - does this sound like I'm along the right lines?
  15. Well dash cams are an eye witness for when incidents happen, hit and runs etc. In such cases they are invaluable! If one is deliberately going to drive like an arse then they should expect such devices to possibly used for self incrimination. I personally have some fun when conditions allow but in general day to day traffic I just tootle along and go with flow and my cams on cars and motorbike are always on. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk