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Looking for some wisdom on a potential project car. I don't want to post the CL link because I'm worried some pirate will swoop in and grab it before I can get out there from Michigan.

2001 T5 FWD manual V70 wagon with 170K miles. Clutch is original but good, needs some body work. Interior looks amazing. Seller says it will need at least front struts and the liftgate hinges repaired. It has had the timing belt done, newer battery, and a set of winter tires included. Engine light is on, possibly gas cap / emissions related. Seller also states turbo is "leaky," whatever that could mean.

Seems awesome for a project, especially with the manual trans. Decent investment, or is it too much work to restore?

EDIT: this old girl was purchased and given a new home. I will keep track of my progress here.

  • Winter tires - Firestone Winterforce 215/55R16
  • Summer tires - Michelin CrossClimate 235/45R17
  • Wheels - OZ Superturismo
  • Headlight wipers, windshield wipers, rear wiper and wiper arm replaced
  • K&N air filter and fuel filter replaced
  • Curt hitch & Euro ball mount, OEM trailer harness
  • Liftgate struts and hood struts replaced
  • All exterior bulbs replaced, grille repainted and Prancing Moose added
  • Exhaust repair bracket
  • Rensi floor mats, WeatherTech cargo liner, windshield cowl trim pieces
  • Front struts, rear shocks, front & rear sway bar links replaced
    [ ]Rear windows & hatch glass 20% tint
    [ ]Spark plugs, coils, PCV, injectors
    [ ]Engine mounts
    [ ]Front brake pads & rotors
    [ ]Rear brake pads & rotors
    [ ]Calipers repainted
    [ ]Spoiler & splash guards
    [ ]Alloy pedals & V O L V O badging
    [ ]Driver side fender and front clip replaced
 

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A lot of dependencies. Winter tires included means it lived in the snow belt. So, rust can be a concern. P2s are very good in that regard. But, I have seen some slightly rusty early P2s. Rust isn't worth dealing with. The PCV condition is another concern. Problems there can lead to leaky/blown seals. Evap emissions issues can be as simple as a gas cap. But, can be hard to track down. Probably due for a front suspension refresh, unless they've done something already. A "leaky turbo" could mean the rubber couplers are shot. Those are easy to fix.

It all comes down to the maintenance history and how much work you are willing to do. For $900 it might be worth it just for the engine and transmission.
 

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Looking for some wisdom on a potential project car. I don't want to post the CL link because I'm worried some pirate will swoop in and grab it before I can get out there from Michigan.

2001 T5 FWD manual V70 wagon with 170K miles. Seller will accept $900. Clutch is original but good, needs some body work. Interior looks amazing. Seller says it will need at least front struts and the liftgate hinges repaired. It has had the timing belt done, newer battery, and a set of winter tires included. Engine light is on, possibly gas cap / emissions related. Seller also states turbo is "leaky," whatever that could mean.

Seems awesome for a project, especially with the manual trans. Decent investment, or is it too much work to restore?
You're not posting the link because you know it's a good deal that someone else will grab if you don't, that should be telling you something. $900 is such a cheap price that there's hardly any risk.
 

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I don't know...that's not cheap enough given vintage. 2001 has the old ETM - check to see if it has been replaced as it's an expensive part. As others have mentioned a suspension refresh will very likely be required as well as engine mounts. You'll very likely need a new steering coupler due to corrosion (not a huge deal), be sure to check for power steering issues, control arms likely need done, it's probably got a few electrical niggles (things like light switch crapping out, steering clockspring, turn indicators, come to mind). See how it behaves around corners too as some of the rear bushings may need to be changed out too. Don't get me wrong, will likely serve you quite well but will only be cost effective if you are willing to invest some sweat equity. Good to see that it's FWD, that will keep things simple.

Replacing PCV is a given. Not that expensive as long as you have time and knowledge/skills.
 

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You will have to blow a few grands on top of purchase price to make it a decent vehicle. Take that as granted.
 

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A 19 year old car is always going to be a project, unless it has an encylopedia of service records. That said, if you have the know how and ability go fo it. That is a rare bird and should be owned by an enthusiest.
 

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It’s $3k in parts to revive.


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Thanks for all the input! I think it will be a worthwhile project to revive over the course of this year. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't crazy for thinking so; this would be my first FWD, my first turbo, and my first wagon.
 

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Thanks for all the input! I think it will be a worthwhile project to revive over the course of this year. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't crazy for thinking so; this would be my first FWD, my first turbo, and my first wagon.
Prepare to have some fun! These cars are a riot. Just dont get too overwhelmed trying to tackle everything at once they can present a steep learning curve, albeit short.
 

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Rust would be a deal breaker for me. The bodies on these are usually very good and unless there was prior collision damage I would expect rust to be minimal even on a rust belt car. P2 T5s are not that difficult to find any more for pretty cheap. Manuals are hard to come by but if you want a project you could always swap that in. 2001 is also an iffy year although the one I had was an excellent car.
 

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Getting things ready to make the drive to pick it up! I have a week to prep - plan is to take a few days (8-9 hours one way) and tow it back home. This will be the heaviest load I've pulled with the XC90; anything I should do before cruising 500 miles with a 3500lb wagon behind me? I'm getting the trailer tow module installed this week, obviously need to make sure my lighting and brakes work. Should be a great trip!
 

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I'd agree that it's a worthwhile venture—glad to hear you're getting it. There's always talk about how swapping in an M56 is an option. And it genuinely is…but most of us don't have the time, space/tools, or know-how to tackle a project of that nature. So, finding a native 3-pedal T5 is a more realistic proposition to most of us. Starting with only $900 in on what sounds like a solid car for that price, you'll be able to get it where you want it and still be a good bit south of the cost to even get in a V70R. I've got 175K on mine, and I wouldn't hesitate to drive it across the country tomorrow…

I didn't see this question asked: what color combo is it??
 

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I towed another V70 with my V70. This should be a walk in the park for XC90.
Lol! That's awesome, I feel good about my V8 XC90 pulling it on a dolly.

I'd agree that it's a worthwhile venture—glad to hear you're getting it. There's always talk about how swapping in an M56 is an option. And it genuinely is…but most of us don't have the time, space/tools, or know-how to tackle a project of that nature. So, finding a native 3-pedal T5 is a more realistic proposition to most of us. Starting with only $900 in on what sounds like a solid car for that price, you'll be able to get it where you want it and still be a good bit south of the cost to even get in a V70R. I've got 175K on mine, and I wouldn't hesitate to drive it across the country tomorrow…

I didn't see this question asked: what color combo is it??
Good to hear! It's silver on the outside and delicious black leather on the inside. The perfect color combination. I will post pictures as soon as I have it. Gotta get the XC90 trailer module programmed and the internal HD map / navigation updated this week.
 

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Finally finally finally picked this beauty up. 1,100 miles round trip from MI to PA and back. The XC90 was a champ, but threw a P0131 code for an oxygen sensor on the way back. No biggie.

On to the wagon!

2001 V70 T5 manual transmission. 169K miles. Interior is incredibly well kept and clean. Exterior has some flaws that will be addressed in time.

Pressing matters: front struts need to be replaced. Turbo is supposedly leaking but it pulls like a mofo and feels great. Engine light for a P0455 code for the evap system. Fuel cap has been replaced already so possibly the filler neck or the sending unit. Either way, we don't have inspections in MI :D Other than that, everything is minor and / or cosmetic. Needs an exterior refresh - did some trim piece "back to black" spray today and it looks much better. It also came with a set of winter tires mounted on some steelies, so those are on.

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WANG, hitch, OEM splash guards, underbody splash guard, new grille, rear window tint, and and interior refresh with some new trim panel pieces, new shift knob, and floor mats. Everything else will be maintenance and driving the hell out of this thing.
 

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Prepare to have fun with bushings!

The rest is all just p2 stuff. You may have an unplugged or rotted evap line.


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Prepare to have fun with bushings!

The rest is all just p2 stuff. You may have an unplugged or rotted evap line.


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Already making my very extensive list of bushings and suspension components. Your thread is helping a ton.

Also, I have the entire maintenance history dating back to it's purchase, including the original window sticker. Some interesting items of note: this car is on its fourth set of front struts and they need replacing. The ABS module was replaced by the dealership some time ago. A new oil pan was installed. It's had ball joints, tons of suspension work, and the upper engine mount replaced. It has had its catalytic converter replaced and a new O2 sensor installed. I can't believe the amount of money that went into this thing over its life. The timing belt / water pump / idler bearing was done at 105K and spark plugs have been replaced a few times as well. It's had a pretty good life and I'm excited to keep it going.
 

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That VST strut bar is interesting, if ultimately unnecessary. 4 sets of struts! Goddang what roads was this car driving on.
 

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That VST strut bar is interesting, if ultimately unnecessary. 4 sets of struts! Goddang what roads was this car driving on.
I just assume it was a race car in its past life, and now it's just old and tired. Like a greyhound!
 
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