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Took delivery of 2001 V70 T5 using TDS. Car arrived in USA at my home dealer last week. I made a few quick mods, which might be of interest to other owners:<P>Rear mudflaps. When picking these up, I asked my friendly Volvo parts gey to check on the status of the front mudflaps. He did this, and was told that the delay with them has been a problem with the mudflaps disrupting the cooling air to the brakes, causing overheating. They have tried 2 different designs, but have not been able to come up with a set of workable mudflaps.<P>WeatherTech window wind and rain deflectors, F&R. This is a very nicely designed package; made in Germany; fits and looks great on the V70. I find these a must in warmer climates; when I park the car outside, I can leave the windows down about an inch for ventilation, and rain won't get in.<P>Exhaust pipe extension. Strange, most of the S60's have a nice stainless exhaust tip, the V70 has just a ratty cut-off pipe. Well, I had a 2000 XC, and it has 2 exhaust cutouts in the rear bumper, one where the exhaust pipe comes out, and one with a plug in it. So I says to myself, " Self " I says, " Why don't you buy another SS exhaust tip,take out the cutout plug, and mount it so it looks like it has dual exhaust?" "Good idea, says me." So when I sold the 2000 XC I put it back to stock configuration, and kept the SS tip.<BR>And lo and behold, guess what? I cut off a couple inches of it, and it fits the 2001 V70 like it was made for it. " Pretty nifty ",says me. At least now it has a little character. Only one problem-the SS exhaust tip cost a fair war pension. Still and all, " Not bad!!" says me.
 

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Roger -<P>Congrats! Haven't talked to you since the car was "on the boat." Nice to have it parked in the garage finally, huh? Did you install the rear flaps yourself? If you haven't yet done it, I can offer some tips on how I WISH I'd installed mine. Thanks for the info on the front flaps. I could never figure out why the S80 had front flaps (only) available, and the V70 only has rear flaps. I guess your dealer's explanation makes as much sense as anything else.<P>If you have an extra chrome tip laying around, send it my way would you? For others who don't want the extra expense of a chrome tip, try a product called Semichrome. It's a polish that is out of this world. With a small amount of paste and a small amout of elbow grease, you'll be amazed at how shiny that crappy looking tailpipe can become. (credit to Rob Wong who orininally chastised me for NOT polishing my tip right away).<P>So, how long do you think you can wait before crossing the 100mph barrier? (note on that - I can't believe how many people have asked me where I could possibly go that fast. I guess they don't realize that you can get there in just a couple of seconds from normal cruising speed...their loss. Or maybe the think I cruise that fast, I don't know.)<P>- Darell<P><BR>
 

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Yes, it sure is nice to finally have the T5 sitting in the garage. Everything about it so far appears to be really well put together. Those Belgium workers do as good a job as any assemby workers in the world IMHO, maybe even better.<P>I did polish the stock SS exhaust pipe, and it improved the looks quite a bit, but the extension that I put on is a genuine Volvo part, large oval shaped, and for my aesthetic tastes, at least, it really dresses up the looks. <P>Funny you should mention the Semichrom polish, Darell, we used to have a pipe organ in our home, and that's what we used to polish the pipes. The stuff we have is made in Germany, and is useful for all sorts of things.<P>I already installed the rear mudflaps, but I am not 100% satisfied with their looks. Your comments would be appreciated.<P>Darell, have you changed to Mobil-1 yet? If so, at what mileage, and what weight? I plan to use 5W-30 year round, which I believe is what all Volvo dealers have been instructed to do. BTW, I see where Ford has gone to 5W-20 for 2001.<P>Are you up on Fumoto valves? I have them on one of my other vehicles, and they save alot of hassle. Check out their website at <A HREF="http://www.fumotovalve.com." TARGET=_blank>www.fumotovalve.com.</A>
 

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Roger,<P>If you get a chance, post some pics of your new beauty! I would be interested to know what those rear mudflaps look like. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P>-Drew
 

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Roger...<P>Congratulations on your new ride. <P>I just picked up the rear mudguards and would be interested hearing why you aren't 100% satisfied w/ them.<P>Speaking of mods... do you have a sunroof? And if so... have you looked into sunroof wind deflectors?<P>Volvo Factory Replacement Rubber Mat set is also a must have. It’s great when your roughing it or when it rains/snows...just take out your nice carpeted mats and pop these into the stock floor snaps. They run about $80-90 at your local dealerships… and $65!!! at Darell’s great mail-order source.<BR>Beige Mat Set #39963465<BR>Grey Mat Set #39963455<BR>(I know both part #'s cause they accidentally sent me beige instead of grey)<BR>Note: Because the driver's side 'stock' mat is not reinforced... you will begin to notice a wear spot developing at your right heel. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/frown.gif"><P>Cargo Mat(carpeted one side / rubber backed other side)is also a good addition. I picked up one for $80 ($96 list) from my dealer when I bought the car.<BR>Grey Cargo Mat(Trunk Mat) #39963433<P>I filled w/ Mobil 1 Tri-Syn 5W-30 at 2500 miles and will change every 5k miles. Kmart and WalMart will have sales like "2 qts for $7.00). <A HREF="http://www.lubeoils.com/mobil1oil.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.lubeoils.com/mobil1oil.html</A> <P> <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"> Rob<P><P>
 

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I will try to get some pictures, but I am a neophyte at posting, so I may need some help.<BR>I don't have a digital camera, so I will get<BR>a picture disc when I have the film developed.<P>I am not fully satisfied with the rear mudflaps because with the 215 tires, they seem too small; the outside edge isn't vertical, nor does it extend as far out as it could. However, if they really have tested these for airflow to the brakes, maybe these are the best that can be expected.<P>I forgot to mention that I have WeatherTech<BR>floormats F&R, but no cargo area mat yet.<P>I don't have a sunroof; that's one of the reasons that I special ordered the car - to avoid that, as well as some of the other goodies that the dealers load the cars up <BR>with that I really didn't want.<P>And I got a couple things that I bet few others have: A genuine Volvo First Aid Kit, and a full-size matching alloy spare.
 

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<IMG SRC="http://us.geocities.com/darelldd/misc/flappers.jpg"> <BR>please note that this is the VERY picture that inspired Rob to insist that I polish my tailpipe. In the same message he told me that he'd be comfortable eating off of my wheels though, so he was still nice about it <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>I actually like the way they look, and they do offer some functionality...but I agree they should be a bit bigger to be more effective. Here's what I would (and still may) do different for the installation:<P>I would use stainless screws instead of the supplied rivets, because as hard as I tried, I could NOT get the flaps tight enough with the rivets that would break off too soon. I would also use adhesive (silicone or trim tape) on the part that wraps over the paint. My worry is that as these things flap in the (often 100mph+) breeze, they will rub against the paint, since all kinds of crud will get between the flap and the paint there.<P>And Roger - if you send me your best pictures, I'll make you your very own page on my v70 site. Then you can just point to it like I do when there are questions.<P>Well, today's my first day off in four months, so I'm gonna go play in the temporary sunshine!<P>- Darell<P>
 

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Roger -<P>I forgot two things:<BR>1. Welcome to the VERY exclusive NON-Sunroof club<BR>2. I switched to Mobil 1 at about 3500 miles I think. Using 5-30, just like you're thinking. I've been using Mobile one in everything I own for years.<P>- Darell<P>
 

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BTW...<P>The Volvo Mat set is a complete set of 4.<BR>Another accessory that might be of interest is a coin holder that fits in front of the CD jewel box slots in the center console(#94887932 for $11).<P><BR>Darell & Roger... if you guys ever want to pretend to have a sunroof(ala XC w/ da dual exhaust)... IPD makes a 'stick-on sunroof wind deflector' <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/tongue.gif"><BR><P>
 

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OK, Rob. I guess you don't need to reply to my email then <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"> That's great news that it's a set of four. The catalog doesn't mention how many there are. It also does not mention the coin holder. I wonder what else is available that I don't know about? Maybe we should start a new thread for all the accessories that are available for these things.<P>So Rob, how does the coin holder mount? two screws down into the flat part in front of the CD holder? If you've seen the one in the S80, is it the same thing? I think I have one of those hanging around here somewhere... Ah, here it is:<P> <IMG SRC="http://www16.brinkster.com/darelldd/coin2.jpg"> <BR>- Darell<P>
 

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I haven't picked up the coin holder yet myself, but jotted the part# down when a poster on another board was looking for one.<P>I've checked out Volvo sights for other countries and found that the UK site has a pretty comprehensive A to Z accessory list: <A HREF="http://www.volvocars.volvo.co.uk/default.asp?mainurl=/pp/newv70/engine" TARGET=_blank>http://www.volvocars.volvo.co.uk/default.asp?mainurl=/pp/newv70/engine</A> <BR>This is their description for the coin holder: "With a coin holder in the front centre armrest, you always have parking change handy. It can be removed so that you can take it with you to the ticket machine." Sounds like it is either wedged-in or held in with something like velcro. I'm sure we can find a better way to mount it ourselves. I'm surprised the don't give you some of those mega-long rivets that come w/ the mudguards! <P>PS - My wife's dad has a S80, if we need spare parts... I know who to call now <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><BR><P>
 

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I almost forgot a couple other mods:<P>Wheel bolts - After making a survey around the stash of new Volvos & MB vehicles on my dealer's lot, I found out that some new vehicles come with chrome wheel bolts, some black, and some grey primer. Saw a new MB S600 @ $87,000 with primer bolts, so I didn't feel too bad about mine.<P>Since my exterior is basically white & black, I painted the wheel bolts with Rustoleum satin black, and I must say, they look pretty good - a whole lot better than the factory primer.<P>Seat covers - I installed a set of custom lambskin seatcovers on the front seats, console and shoulder belts. They are 2-tone dark brown ( to match the genuine simulated artificial wood trim ) and taupe ( to match my leather interior ). They are very comfortable, warm in winter and cool in summer. The outboard sides are completely cut away so they will not infringe on the side airbags deploying.<P>And speaking of leather interiors, while doing the wheel bolt survey, I was checking out the interiors of some of the real expensive luxury cars. I have to give Volvo credit; the quality of the interior materials in my V70 are well above any other vehicle that I saw. By the way, I live just a few miles from the MB M Class factory, and I have had the privilege to tour it several times. Even the AMG M55 @ $68,000 does not have an interior up to the quality of my V70.<P>The Swedes sure did come up with some nice leather, for my vehicle at least. I had occasion to remove the leather seat covering on my 2000 XC, and inside, I found this little tag that said " Made in Poland ". So, who knows, maybe they are Polish cows growing the leather......
 

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Rob -<P>Well, I must have the same coin holder then. You screw a braket into the floor of the storage space, then the holder slides onto the bracket. Of course I just went to look for it, and can't find it. Hey, $11 is $11, know what I mean?<P>Roger -<P>I too, really like the interior look and feel of my V70. Everything except the "wood" trim. I would so much rather have REAL plastic or metal or something...anything else. Does it make YOUR car seem more expense? Nope, not mine either.<P>BTW, it sure is nice finally having some action in this forum. I'm still a moderator, though you can't tell from my memership tag lately....but trust me, Darell bashing WILL NOT be tolerated here <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P>- Darell<P>
 

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The entire list of accessory is on the Sweden Volvo Cars web page for the V70, there's an option for accessory from a-z. I would have posted the link but it appears Volvo builds the page from severals links and the only address in my browers window is their home page <A HREF="http://vcc.volvocars.se/index.asp" TARGET=_blank>http://vcc.volvocars.se/index.asp</A>
 

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Thanks Kevin.<P>I pulled the same list off of the Volvo UK site that I mentioned 4 posts above... just click on the "extra equipment" and walla!<P>Funny how this same A-Z list use to be on the US site... but no longer, hmmmmmm...<P>
 
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