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  1. Welcome along. I like those in Silver. As long as the mechanical's are good its sounds like stuff that can be sorted with a some time and hopefully not silly costs, These cars, even with high miles are strong and still go exceptionally well in this day and age. Also a set of OEM wheels or Pegasus wheels will finish it off nicely.
  2. Welcome and tje C30 D5 is a nice rounded choice of car. I remember my test drive of one, I'd also add that you should ensure you have good quality tyres and not any economy brands.
  3. Has anyone else noticed how vehicles generally seem to have gone a little absurd price wise both private and trade? wtf is going on? Generally looking through the ads, for some time, for anything a bit special to a daily driver prices seem to have shot up somewhat compared to what they used to be. Seeing some cars with over 200,000 miles being priced about the same as vehicles with almost half that over Christmas just made me laugh. Also individuals and and traders seem to be trying their luck/seriously taking the piss......here's a very random example (Think I may advertise mine for £15K). Whilst I never make any sudden decisions, I was thinking of something like perhaps an older Merc S320 CDI, MR2, CL55K, Audi A8 4.0/4.2 TDI, Jag XF 3.0D, saw a few ads for E39 M5''s/XJR's and S60/V70R's etc. Even some normal stuff just made me think wft. So rather than buy something, I may take another look at leasing through an independent company as they tend to have good rates compared to dealers and you get a full warranty and brand new motor.
  4. Looking good and thanks for sharing the contact. I will pay them a visit in a few months.
  5. KWAZAR ORION & KWAZAR VENUS – Alternative to traditional Foam Lance? I bought Kwazar Orion and Venus pump style sprayers a few months ago, intending to use them for pre-cleaning/snow foaming without having to mess around with the pressure washer and being able to clean my cars early on a Sunday morning without annoying the neighbours (I’m considerate like that). [ Firstly both sprayers are seriously well made in every respect and can foam. I used a slightly more concentrated snow foam/dilution ratio than recommended, using Valet Pro PH neutral snow foam. Upon washing the car, it was clear that this pump sprayer method was suitable for pre-cleaning, loosening and ridding the dirt. Passing the mitt over the surfaces felt the same had I used the foam lance. Please note that my vehicles are religiously maintained and well protected which no doubt contirbutes to the good cleaning performance. The best video for comparisons and reviews I found (not in English) was : video Venus 2.0L This is a good sprayer but, in no way can I advise anyone to do a whole car with it. It doesn’t hold enough product to cover the car (probably 1 side at a push with a light covering). So to do a car means repeated fills and additional time, compared to a snow foam lance. Also the pump pressure duration isn’t very long. I found myself pumping after every panel to ensure optimum spray performance. The pressure at which the product is sprayed is lacking and to make up for it, you have to hold the sprayer close to the target, I thought about returning it but, then I realised..... it will work a treat for the motorcycle! Some general YouTube video's I referred to prior to purchase are below. Good Mix But Thin Layer Average Incorrect Mix & Application Orion Pro Super This is very expensive and I was seriously beating myself up as to why I'm even considering this. However, I found that DVS supplies sell this for about £55 ish (average saving of £25+) so decided, what the hell, lets give it whirl. Again I used a stronger mix than the usual recommendation on the back of the instructions for Valet Pro Neutral Snow Foam. I wasn't sure how much I'd need so made up 6ltrs. This sprayer is great as the pressure dial states how much pressure you have which, is always visible when in use, the duration of spray really does last. I was able to satisfactorily do 1 entire side with some pressure to spare. So its effective and doesn't take ages. I can't recall how much I used to do 1 car, but had loads left so went over the car generously 3 times over before getting bored with about 1 ltr to spare. Its a good alternative should one not wish to use a pressure. In the time it takes me to do a whole car with the AB foam lance and pressure washer, I covered 1 side with this. The pre-cleaning performance was spot on as it applied well due to the sprayer's performance which also helped it to be left longer to dwell. Upon running my finger along the panel prior to rinsing and post rinsing the snow foam, it was clear the job intended was being done. Again moving onto the 2 bucket wash the mitt, glided beautifully, just the way it does had I used the AB foam lance. Orion Typical Performance Conclusion I prefer the traditional snow foam lance application as its far quicker, gives a great coating of water and product first time round and in my opinion, uses less product. This is always the favoured option. The Orion Pro is a great effective sprayer and can be used for snow foams and other chemical such as TFR etc. It will take a you a few experiments to work out your desired solution mix but after that you'll get it right every time. I've used mine a few times when I've needed I've needed to make an early Sunday morning start washing the cars without making any noise. Very happy with its pre-cleaning performance on a maintained vehicle. The smaller ones really are a gimmick that's not suited to car applications. They are most likely used in other trades but some clever cloggs decided to stick a foam head onto it.
  6. MTE every time. You can do a search on this forum (I did for about 6 months trawling the net) to see what people have to say. Overall MTE has a strong reputation on this forums for the quality of its maps not breaking the car but just enhancing it. FWIW, I also went for the MTE remap on the S70R automatic. It's torque limited in 1st gear, which is nice as its bloody fast enough there but, then once its in 2nd there's a lovely build up of added performance (not like an on/off switch), that still allows the S70R to be driven with accuracy through and out of corners with the enhanced performance being delivered how it should be. Also I understand that the MTE maps don't stress your existing components. My S70R had about 117,000 miles when the map was done and now its on around 140,000 miles and no issues.
  7. Thanks Tingy. I see they do a rear anti roll bar. I'll speak to Tim as I need to arrange some work so will see if he can do this at the same time as getting an IPD rear will be like me trying to source a set of 17" comets.
  8. Are rear strut braces available for the C70? (Or even 850/S70 if its the same fitment). If so can you please provide a link? A front brace on these models makes a huge difference and if the same is possible for the rear, I'd like to try a rear strut brace until someone decides to sell and IPD rear anti roll bar.
  9. The original thread is here (crank seal leaking on a 5spd auto T5) I haven't replied as I wouldn't know if the job isn't right under what conditions and time an issue would be seen (obviously if its not immediately apparent).
  10. How is the boost lost? From the little information it sounds like like electronics intervening for some reason. What remap do you have? Do you have a scan-tool? Does it tail off? Does it stay at what ever level it's at that point? Does it all get dropped? Are that any other noises at the point your issue happens? Some basic things could be; TCV Boost hose leaking under pressure (upgrade is to replace all the boost hoses for fuel hose pipe as its stronger) Check all intercooler hoses and pipe work for condition and secure fitment.
  11. What? seriously! I was just about to ask what may be in store for this after seeing your uber fast blue V70 many years ago at Bruntingthorpe.
  12. What happened to our signatures no longer appearing in posts?

    1. V70Ben


      I dunno tbh, I've just looked at my account and can't see any settings for it. I'll have a word with Admin and see why, still a few bugs to iron out I think.

    2. DSK


      Can you please also mention the Tapatalk App.  When trying to access the the forum the app just states things like Database error, hooks have been removed etc.

    3. Admin


      Should all be working now, thanks for the heads up - I've resolved the signature issues and tapatalk 

  13. What Harvey said! The Volvo's are fussy and the OEM Volvo spark plugs and ignitions coils are most reliable and trouble free.
  14. As Redbrick advises, MTE is the best option. By all means, have a search on the forum but, most here run MTE. I looked into all the options, after several months I decided on the MTE remap on the S70R. What i liked about the MTE remap was that it didn't alter the S70R's sweet torque curve but enhanced it, providing a smooth progressive build of both torque and power. Despite my S70R being automatic, it can still be driven enthusiastically with accuracy, though and out of corners with precise amounts of throttle without it being an on/off switch. It gets off the line nicely and quickly builds up avoiding irritating wheel spin. With the S70R being an automatic and a rapid car as standard, its only been enhanced! No issues with approximate 35,000 miles covered since. As a result, my C70 T5 will also be getting the MTE remap during 2017.
  15. You make a good point with the pricing Pete. Volvo (imo) lost their 'performance brand' a long time ago so they can't rely on brand image like the big players can to off load luke warm models at over inflated prices. New Audi S4 Avant/S5 4 door - 354bhp - £45/47K (The RSQ3 is £46k). New BMW 340i M Sport Touring - 326bhp or 335d X-drive M Sport Touring 313bhp £42K Residuals I'm sure on the German's will be far better than a V60 polestar which, is a factor for new all car buyers. The V60 Polestar is really trying to compete in the Audi RS4 territory but, does not have the ammunition to match it, leaving it stuck in a area of the market that doesn't seem to exist. No offence to the lesser models, as much as I liked the V40 D4 on the test drive, with superb seats, better than expected chassis and a nicer cabin than most cars in its class at the time, the engine line ups were boring and now seriously lagging behind the competitors in this sector as well. The competitions knocking out the best part of 180bhp-200bhp diesels and chassis technology is leaping forwards ahead too with the likes of the Golf GTD setting some bench mark. Volvo started to appeal to a wider audience some time ago back in its performance era. The XC90 was a popular hit and adding the funky ish C30 was a good addition to the line up. But, now I really have no idea who their target market is