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For some reason, my car really does not like to the cold. If she ever sits for more than a day or two shes completely dead. One thing that has come to my attention that only happens when its cold is that the light that comes on at your feet will come on and the dinger would ding. I could slam the door, and they would go off. This would only happen when it was really cold though. I yanked the fuse for the dinger, and pulled the light. My guess is that there is still something on (the overhead lights don't come on) and that is the culprit. The other thing that happens is that the transmission will be in a permanent winter mode and won't shift out of third gear until it was warmed up. Thanks to the computer, I believe that problem is a transmission switch that doesn't like the cold. Sound right?? The car is going in Friday for various things (new ignition switch, tranny position sensor, probably a new sensor in the door, and a new seal on the oil drain plug) and hopefully this will solve the cold weather problem, if there are any more ideas, please let me know, I really want to take care of this problem. Not being able to start the car is bad enough, but not starting in the cold is just a pain in the _______. Alrighty, enuf 4 now....<P>Austin<BR>'95 T5<BR>-iPd Exhaust, K&N<BR>-Bilstein Shocks/Struts<BR>-Yak rack<p>[This message has been edited by turboale (edited 01-08-2002).]
 

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Yeah, I think mine's a baby too. I live in sunny South Florida, but lately, the weather's been a little chilly, for us that means under 60. If it's under 50 the early morning crank seems take a little work. Vrr rr rr ooom. But then I let her warm-up, and get the heater going, so we can warm up together. haha<P>IMHO, I believe that you're on the right track with your transmission problem. Of course, there's a lot of highly-knowledgeable people on this board, so maybe one of them will have time, and jump in here. Here's my "expert advice", is your check engine light on? Because maybe Volvo can read the code(s) $ and get to the heart of the problem(s). Alright, I have some mechanical inclinations... some... a very select few.<P>BTW, How many miles do you have on that car? I just recently replaced my transmission gear selector, a part of the transmission, and I have about 85000 miles on the odo. And how do you like that IPD Exhaust, I've been thinking about upgrading mine, because I have upgraded my chip, and just had my cat removed, so I know there's more flow back there, I've just been wondering if it's worth the extra $ for a whole new exhaust system.<P>Good Luck Austin<P>
 

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Joseph,<BR>The computer did catch it, and it was the pos sensor... My mechanic has one on order and has the ignition switch (that caused some really weird electrical problem including the headlights, abs, etc... until I turn the key back a hair, really weird...) My baby has 108,000+/-. And yeah... I’ve noticed that I will probably need a gear selector soon too. Every now and then I can't start the car, and I have to move the shifter around a bit then she starts right up. Is that the problem you had? As for the exhaust... I love the iPd. There are times where I wish it was louder, but there are times where it seems really loud (that has really only happened when I’ve been try'n to pimp it and there is no music on and your going up a hill. So, it isn't too loud and is still quite noticeable. as for the $800, yes it is made of stainless steel. My friend with a 740 had a custom one done for almost 1/3 the price and it still sounded darn good. Can't really compare to the 850 b/c the whole complete difference in engine note, but it was $300 not $800. There was better throttle response. The seat of the pants factor wasn't outstanding, but I'm still running stock boost so the boost in performance will be greater in your car than it was with mine. If you have any more questions feel free to ask. I could post some sound files if you want. I'm off to Raleigh tomorrow for a couple of days. So, I'm off to pack. Hope this helps!<BR><P>
 

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Well, as for the gear selector, I just had the flashing arrow on my dash, went in to my mechanic, and he said I needed a new gear selector.<P>I think I'll get an exhaust when I get the money, but if you remove your cat, you'd be suprised with how much more sound you get.<P>
 

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Really... Thanks, Ive been sort of wanting a little more grunt. Probably helps spool up as well. I guess I could get a down pipe/cat bypass all in one pipe? Does anyone make one of these? or do I have to go the local shop wroute?<BR>Thanks<BR><P>
 

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Well Austin, to tell you the truth, I just went to a Midas Mufflers Place. I have a buddy who works there, and he recommended that if I bypass the cat, it would help the engine breathe more freely. So I took him up on it, He made a bypass pipe for me, he took out the cat, and welded a pipe on each end.<P>I haven't looked for cat bypass pipes for 850's, so I couldn't tell you if anyone makes them.<P>Basically, I think, it's the poor man's way to get some nicer sound out of that exhaust. BTW, if I were to put a tip on it, would it change the sound? I've been thinking about buying a tip, but would it really be worth it? Or is it the whole exhaust system that makes the sound?<P>Thanks Austin<P>
 

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well... its actually the engine that makes the sound... <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"> then the muffler(s) limit the sound. So it is the exhaust system which includes different mufflers (silencers) that make the difference. Tips are just for looks. Unless of course the exhaust system is designed like a civic where the muffler is the tip. Why don't you have your friend make you a new system? And save some $$ for something else like a throttle body and intake or something.<BR><P>
 
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