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Old 05-01-2018, 10:14 PM   #1
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So here we go again. This time nothing involving warranty and dodgy dealers. Some of you may know I had a troublesome Ford Estate which I was glad to see the back of. I also had a little jazz which I sold not too long ago, both blogs are in this section somewhere.

The jazz was too small. Although I was getting around 50mpg I needed a bigger car as my little man is getting bigger and hauling the dog and all the stuff that goes with them. So it was a bit of a gamble but I've gone for another estate and a bit special haha.

Although I'm 26 and being bullied for it haha I have bought a barge of a Volvo V70. Now it's a 2.4 turbo with the added bonus of....... LPG.

I've owned if for about two months how and put nearly 3K though it already. I bought it with 168500 on it for £1500. Not too bad as the lpg system cost over a grand fitted as it is. Got almost full history but the previous owner has left that go a bit. He had it 30K also but never serviced it! The lpg system has been so I guess that's not toooooo bad.

Ive never owned a Volvo and it does have a few issues which are minor and will get felt with over time.

The only pictures I have are the ones of a well known auction site.

















Over all the car isn't in too bad a condition. For 17 years and 171K on the clock now it's quite good.

Since owning it i had a set of Eagle f1 asy3 tyres fitted as the four that were on were quite Franky awful. In the wet the back would come out and the front stayed straight when going around a bend. They were really noisy too on the motorway. But im glad these are fitted as its made a huge improvement.

The car had two wishbones replaced which was part of the deal as the bushes where knackered. Tracking on the car was horrendous too. So fortunately but unfortunately the car came with a two year quick fit tracking thing. They made an improvement to the car but I went there as it was free hit I regret it at it took them two hours! Was fuming as they were standing around chattering rather than working on nor just my car but others as well.

Anyways I went to my mum in-laws brothers as he had a tracking system (he changed the tyres) and made the car feel so much better.

So things to do now:

Needs a dam good service and the previous owner didn't do it. Runs a bit rough when cold and stalls on the odd occasion.

Got a gas leak from the liquid phase fuel filter for the lpg. Gets worse the more you hoon it. A slight smell when at a stand still.

New(used) alloys as the ones I have at the moment I was told and shown that two had been repaired and a third with a large ding on the inside rim. A set of 17"s would be nice to replace the crap ones I have now. Swap the tyres over and off I go.

A good polish and remove scratches. I've only washed it once. Looked quite good form a far but from from good looking.

Detail inside. It has leather Heated seats throughout and it's very comfortable to be Sat in. But it doesn't smell too great.

Car has a decent sound system only the subwoofer (12" standard with car) has been removed because of the lpg tank. Nowhere to be seen so I'm upset about that. Apparently they make the system sound so much better. The controller is there and some wiring but not woof woof.

Anyone had a Terra clean? I thought about it with the huge amount of miles it has and I want to improve its mpg a bit. Doesn't run too bad. I get 380 miles for just over 30 pounds. So it's paying for itself considering I was filling a 70ltr diesel tank before and getting 650max for around 78-85 pounds. So it's a saving in the right direction.

There are other odd bits and pieces but I'll tackle them at something I'm sure.

Updates to follow so keep watching peeps.

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I'd be very interested to see how this thread progresses chum. I've often looked at volvos and considered one for my work car, but always have been unsure how they cope with big mileage.

Keep the updates coming chum. Health to drive btw.

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looks a great car you got and the probs it has got don't sound to bad considering its age. look forward to seeing what you do and how the paint work comes up after your handy work
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Volvo the ultimate high mileage car.
My old 240 did 380.000 km on lpg before I sold it.
I guess you wouldn’t get much benefit out of terraclean on a lpg car as it will be very clean.
The oil stays very clean, but there is the danger, the additives wear out, while the oil still looks clean and golden.
I changed oil and filters more often ( oil is a cheap mechanic) as it cost pennies and give you peace of mind.
Also the spark plugs wear a bit quicker and are very crucial on a lpg car, they affect the mpg the most together with air filter .

The best thing to do is to let a specialist check your lpg system, as sometimes they get clogged up with sludge from the lpg.
Make sure it runs also proper on petrol, as you don’t want to find out somewhere in the sticks while running out of lpg that the car won’t run on petrol.
It’s difficult to get a jerrycan lpg in that case

You have more wear on your battery, make sure it’s in top condition.

Let the car service with a Volvo specialist, it’s worth the money and you will feel the difference.
The normal services are easy to do yourself and safe some dosh.

Enjoy they are old people’s cars for a very good reason........... old people have a lot experience and are fed up to drive crap.

And main and most important fact, it’s the best car you can buy to keep your family safe, their cage construction and reinforcement of doors is still top banana
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Volvo the ultimate high mileage car.
My old 240 did 380.000 km on lpg before I sold it.
I guess you wouldn’t get much benefit out of terraclean on a lpg car as it will be very clean.
The oil stays very clean, but there is the danger, the additives wear out, while the oil still looks clean and golden.
I changed oil and filters more often ( oil is a cheap mechanic) as it cost pennies and give you peace of mind.
Also the spark plugs wear a bit quicker and are very crucial on a lpg car, they affect the mpg the most together with air filter .

The best thing to do is to let a specialist check your lpg system, as sometimes they get clogged up with sludge from the lpg.
Make sure it runs also proper on petrol, as you don’t want to find out somewhere in the sticks while running out of lpg that the car won’t run on petrol.
It’s difficult to get a jerrycan lpg in that case

You have more wear on your battery, make sure it’s in top condition.

Let the car service with a Volvo specialist, it’s worth the money and you will feel the difference.
The normal services are easy to do yourself and safe some dosh.

Enjoy they are old people’s cars for a very good reason........... old people have a lot experience and are fed up to drive crap.

And main and most important fact, it’s the best car you can buy to keep your family safe, their cage construction and reinforcement of doors is still top banana
Wow that high mileage. Most people say if you look after them they are pretty bullet proof.

I mentioned Terra clean because the car lpg system was fitted when the car clocked around 130,000ish can't quite remember what's in its lpg log book. So I thought it may benefit from it. My dad says the same that lpg does keep the oil very clean but eats spark plugs. He also mentioned might be worth shortening the gap in the spark but I'm not too sure what that would achieve.

I didn't realise the battery would make much of a difference. Battery does look fairly old so a new one wouldn't be a bad idea.

I went for Volvo as I knew they are solid cars. You don't see many on the hard shoulder unlike Audi, BMW and mercs. This car is more of a gamble. If I can get 200,000 out of it is be happy. Now I have used lpg I'd quite happily buy a car which is half decent (age wise) and convert it.

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That's a great purchase and as you said very comfortable cruiser, will look wonderful when you've detailed it as you want.

If the wiring is still there for the sub, see if you can mount one elsewhere, alternately pop one in a small sub box in the boot - it will make a world of difference to the sound as the system is set up for one...

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looks a great car you got and the probs it has got don't sound to bad considering its age. look forward to seeing what you do and how the paint work comes up after your handy work
Thanks. It will look much better in time especially when the weather gets better I'll be able to do a lot more with it. The alloys need to be binned but it's finding some at a good price. Don't want to spend over the top. Interior Willie first. The floor has very deep ply carpet so that means my brand new George will be well fed.

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That's a nice looking motor. Everyone I've ever known that's owned a Volvo has said they're the most comfortable cars they've had. Volvo owners forum might turn up some good value rims where someone is swapping OEM for aftermarket. Cheap rims always turn up eventually!
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There are a few sets that will fit a v70 on Gumtree at the moment.

https://www.gumtree.com/p/cars-vans-...-17/1281767735

https://www.gumtree.com/p/cars-vans-...ted/1278799114

https://www.gumtree.com/p/cars-vans-...els/1278908910

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