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Hey all, I've spent the last few months looking for a wagon, bouncing between a V90 or a P80 but ultimately settling on a P80 R since I have had 3 others. Thanks to the Craigslist finds thread I was able to jump on a 2000 V70R with 57k miles. The paint has faded on the tops of the front and rear bumpers, door handles, and the rear hatch handle cover. Other than that, it looks to be minty fresh (crosses fingers).. I'll be flying down Thursday night and driving it back to Detroit.

I'll be doing a Stage 0 on it this winter and in the spring I'll have plastic bits worked on, I'm not sure if they need a repaint or not. OEM+ mods will follow. After considering several project Volvos, and having a vision of building one project into a Cassis R, this popped up and will fit my needs a lot better than a project car would.
 

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Is this the silver Miami one?
 

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Is this the silver Miami one?
It is! A family member happened to be on vacation about 3 miles from the car so it worked out very well.

It will be my weekend car, I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee to crash around on Detroit's streets for work.
 

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Great find, and you beat me to it!! It looked super clean! Hope it works out.
 

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It is! A family member happened to be on vacation about 3 miles from the car so it worked out very well.

It will be my weekend car, I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee to crash around on Detroit's streets for work.
Well bought! I'm actually headed down there soon and if it was still there, I'd have been very tempted to drive it home...

Look forward to seeing your progress!
 

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I had friends who were interested in it too......seems like just about everyone was tempted by this (I can see why). Best of luck with it. I'm glad it landed somewhere where it won't be a daily. I was tempted myself but, as it is now, I already need to get rid of one of my Rs to get a legit daily.

I hope we'll get to see this at Carlisle this spring ;)
 

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The Good, The Bad, And the Ugly

Welp, I got home with it last night around 4 a.m. Had a good time stopping in Asheville for BBQ and driving the entire length of Ohio in 4" of unplowed slop. It's a great car overall, some cosmetic issues but mechanically solid. Worthy of some love

The Good
With 58k miles, it's a tight handling car with a good suspension and throttle response. This is my first 2000 V70R and I was impressed with the mpg's I was able to get on the way home. The seats are in fantastic condition, it looks like the rear seats have never been used.

The Bad
I noticed a burnt oil smell wafting from the catalytic converter when I stopped to refuel and check the fluids in Asheville. It didn't last long, but I'm not sure if it indicates some blowby or another serious issue. I'll monitor the oil consumption in the next couple months. Also, the headlights suck so bad they might as well not be there, the fog lights were brighter than the headlights. I'll replace the bulbs for now until I can get some jewels.

The front of the sunroof frame is incredibly rusty and can't be saved, so that will be replaced.

The key fob looks like it was stomped on in a mosh pit, can I purchase and program a replacement?

The Ugly
These bits are the worst parts of the car. I bought it sight unseen, having facetimed with the car and the owner sent me pictures I requested. A combination if me being a little naive and the seller withholding some truths I think the car has lived parked outside in the sun for much of it's life, lots of fading on the exterior plastic and some interior trim bits. The drivers interior door panel and hatch panel were barely attached, so I have to figure out if there are some missing clips. Cupholder and some other interior trim broken, some other things like the grab handles are either extremely faded or have been replaced with the wrong color handles. The roof has a dent that looks like a basketball landed on it, and there is a section of the B pillar that is scratched up with the clearcoat peeling. I don't know if there is a fix for that without repainting, I'm going to start looking for a good paint and body shop to take care of all the exterior problems.

-Are the rockguard stickers (not sure what the name of these is) look like alligator skin, can I purchase replacements for these?
-Does Volvo still sell the fog and center grills?
 

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Yep, the grills if you really want em can be bough still, Tasca usually has the best price

center: 9190034 LINK

Left: 9190033 LINK

right: 9190035 LINK


The rockguard stickers were probably just cut from a sheet, replace them with whatever and just cut to shape
 

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Does the remote work? If so, just get a replacement case. The remote that came with my dad's 99 NA had the same problem and he resolved that problem by swapping the circuit board into a new case.

+1 on DIYing the stickers. I have a bunch of nasty ones in the fleet here as well, so I'm going to try some clear bra material or something.
 

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The Ugly
These bits are the worst parts of the car. I bought it sight unseen, having facetimed with the car and the owner sent me pictures I requested. A combination if me being a little naive and the seller withholding some truths I think the car has lived parked outside in the sun for much of it's life, lots of fading on the exterior plastic and some interior trim bits. The drivers interior door panel and hatch panel were barely attached, so I have to figure out if there are some missing clips. Cupholder and some other interior trim broken, some other things like the grab handles are either extremely faded or have been replaced with the wrong color handles. The roof has a dent that looks like a basketball landed on it, and there is a section of the B pillar that is scratched up with the clearcoat peeling. I don't know if there is a fix for that without repainting, I'm going to start looking for a good paint and body shop to take care of all the exterior problems.

-Are the rockguard stickers (not sure what the name of these is) look like alligator skin, can I purchase replacements for these?
-Does Volvo still sell the fog and center grills?
Bummer about the unmentioned issues. I wish sellers, particularly those of a car being bought remotely, would just say, "These are the problems:......" instead of playing games or overlooking/hiding issues. Seems like you got a great car and I look forward to seeing its progress.
 

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Does the remote work? If so, just get a replacement case. The remote that came with my dad's 99 NA had the same problem and he resolved that problem by swapping the circuit board into a new case.

+1 on DIYing the stickers. I have a bunch of nasty ones in the fleet here as well, so I'm going to try some clear bra material or something.
Great idea, the remote does work so I'll check ebay for a case.
 

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Great idea, the remote does work so I'll check ebay for a case.
Congrats on the purchase! If you want an original Volvo key FOB case, I have an extra laying around. I bought a second one on eBay and was going to program it, but never got around. PM me an address and I'll mail it to you. No sense in it sitting around.
 

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All in all, your "Bad" and "Ugly" are not too bad IMHO for the money and miles. Nice little project for you.

Funny you posted a pic of the car in front of Luella's. I went there several years ago when I was in the area - great bbq!
 

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For the rock guard stickers, go to a graphics/print shop and ask them for a piece of 3M 8519 overlam. Its the clear film that they put on the vehicle decals to protect it.
 

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You made a great score. None will be perfect at this age, but you got as close as humanly possible, I think. You only have a short distance to go to get it "the rest of the way". :thumbup:
Long-distance buying can be a little nerve-wracking, but I've done it so many times now, it's second nature. Sometimes you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone to get what you really want.
You have a great "basis" to start from. Especially those miles... Low mileage is like virginity - once it's gone, you can't buy it back for any amount of dough. :D

Personally, I figure my track record to be about 75%; that is, if it were local and I was standing right in front of it, would I have bought it?

As was mentioned, if only the fob case is damaged, you can buy those anywhere (Tasca, ipd, eBay), and swapping it takes all of about a minute.
If you want a spare, that's where it gets into $$. The fob itself is not expensive (seems like $30-40), but it has to be "married" to the car. And if you want a key to go with it, that's a chip key (like $80) which also has to be matched to the car. If you go in cold, they usually charge you a half-hour labor, plus a "software fee" :mad: of like $40 - for both key and fob. In recent years, I've talked them into throwing in at least a good part of the cost together with another service.
Maybe someone near you with a VIDA setup could do it, I don't know if that's a function it can perform. Someone here will know.;)
The roof dent: show it to a good, experienced PDR guy. They need to have it accessible and generally need an opposing solid structure to leverage against, but they can often get very creative if need be.
The paintwork: talk to a body shop, but also try to find a local "Sameday" or similar franchise that does spot painting. Often a good solution for those types of problems, that lets you get away without painting the whole panel, and "we also have to blend to the adjacent ones", blah-blah-blah.

eBay and dismantlers/JY's are good for the odd bits you need.

Good luck and have fun!
 

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As you might have seen through the classified section, I’ll be taking over the rehab of this vehicle.

Just got back to RI from MI. Car ran decently. Biggest issue is the power steering. Im assuming the rack is leaking pretty badly. Only holds fluid for about an hour or two before a refill is needed.

Also, how can I legitimately hijack this thread?
 

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Not sure how to hijack, but im glad the car went to an Enthusiast !
 
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