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thread for 'Heidi', my 2000 V70 R

After 15 years of driving and tinkering with Land Rovers, I purchased a 1993 Volvo 245 from BaT last year. I've had a blast driving it -- however I needed a vehicle more capable of comfortable interstate travel.

I ironed out a modest budget with my wife and began hunting for a wagon. My taste has always trended towards the esoteric and so the field quickly narrowed down to V70R wagons. Other candidates included Acura TSX Sportwagon, BMW E39 wagon, Audi C5, and the XC70.

Maintenance intensity was not really a chief concern of mine, as I'm fond of working on my cars and motorcycles, but service history and provenance were essential. The P2s don't scratch the itch for me in the way P80s do -- and so I began my search in earnest.

Following 6 or 7 weeks of searching, it was clear that the 2000 V70R posted here was the best example of any make meeting my criteria, other than this 535i. After it became clear the Bimmer would exceed my budget, I went to see the V70R and it was in remarkable condition -- even areas that typically belie the age of a vehicle such as seals and stripping looked new. It was a close to a brand new car -- on the inside -- as I've ever seen, and my 245 is pretty minty itself.

The PO is an enthusiastic Volvo owner himself and knew the car back to front. There was a brief negotiation & I took her home the next day. Unfortunately the car's maiden voyage was a little bumpy and she arrived at my garage on the back of a tow truck.

After a brief diagnosis it appeared the ETM was the likely culprit -- in this case I decided to let an R expert in Rockville, MD already familiar with the car sort it out before officially welcoming it home.

In a flash of serendipity, Jalopnik featured the car a day later. Its readers, egged on by a member here apparently both shocked at its asking price and delighted with its ETM failure, excoriated the PO, the car, and myself in the comments: they delivered a "Crack Pipe!" verdict before graciously steering me to the door-dinged 145k P2 I should've bought instead for, um, $2k less. Ah, the internet.

Immediate plans include finishing off the Stage 0 with new pads, rotors, and a bleed. Then I plan to address the only aesthetic sore spot: the hood. It has 2 or 3 noticeable imperfections and some mild chicken scratching. I'm either going to find a new hood or have it professionally repainted.

Look forward to getting to know you guys & thanks for the warm welcome and help so far.
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New V70R troubleshooting

Sounds like etm.

Got vida? Sweep test it. No? Unplug the etm at its harness location under the intake. See if anything changes.

Don't have vida? Get it and a DiCE. As important as a t25 or 10mm for these me7 platform p80s.

If you need one I have a tested good late Volvo version that fixes the indelicate issues with them for cheap.
 

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Do you have the VIDA volvo diagnostic software and Dice code reader ? If not i would purchase it on amazon about 100 bucks. Im going through a similair problem and wish i could help. Ben at Rolling Motors in CT. is a guru on these cars, might be worth giving him a call. Did you call the seller ? Sorry to hear its acting up already.
 

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Have a 98 t5m that went through something like this. Ran perfect until it reached operating temp then began to miss until it wouldn't run at all.

For me it turned out to be the crank position sensor.

Only took me 7 months to figure it out.

Good luck!

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Easy. 4 bolts 1 wiring harness, two sensors, 2x hose clamps. 30 minutes your first time.
 

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Have a 98 t5m that went through something like this. Ran perfect until it reached operating temp then began to miss until it wouldn't run at all.

For me it turned out to be the crank position sensor.

Only took me 7 months to figure it out.

Good luck!

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Me4.

Me7 crank sensor issue behaves like an attempted fire while cranking or s random miss while idling it driving.
 

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Me7 crank sensor issue behaves like an attempted fire while cranking or s random miss while idling it driving.
Would VIDA pick this up ? Im tired of throwing parts at my car, but this might be my issue, hijack sorry
 

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Would VIDA pick this up ? Im tired of throwing parts at my car, but this might be my issue, hijack sorry
Certainly.

Select the crank sensor and monitor signal aka rpm while driving as a graph. Should highlight any issues. There's a very large list of parameters you can monitor or graph. I believe it's limited to ten simultaneously.
 

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For the love of god tell me you didn't pay even half of $15K for it...
 

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I'll try that tonight as well
Rich says the etm is original. Replace it regardless but that's a huge pointer at that being your issue.
 

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these must be flashed by Volvo dealers, correct? or is that no longer the case? are there feasible aftermarket solutions?
Ugh. I'm upset that this misinformation still proliferates to this day.

The etm is hot swappable and does not require any software or programming as long as it came out of a car. Has to match turbo to turbo cylinder count ect.

This means any 1999-2002 etm that is not new out of a Volvo box will plug in and work on any 5 cylinder turbo as long as it came from a 5 cylinder car. Software version and p80/p2 origin/destination doesn't matter.

I have done etm updates on every me7 p80 car I've ever been involved with. That's 15+ and we still have half of those in daily service. Don't even disconnect the battery to change it.

The ABS swap is the same, just has to be STC/TRACS specific.

The more you know
 

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Ugh. I'm upset that this misinformation still proliferates to this day.

The etm is hot swappable and does not require any software or programming as long as it came out of a car. Has to match turbo to turbo cylinder count ect.

This means any 1999-2002 etm that is not new out of a Volvo box will plug in and work on any 5 cylinder turbo as long as it came from a 5 cylinder car. Software version and p80/p2 origin/destination doesn't matter.

I have done etm updates on every me7 p80 car I've ever been involved with. That's 15+ and we still have half of those in daily service. Don't even disconnect the battery to change it.

The ABS swap is the same, just has to be STC/TRACS specific.

The more you know
great info. I'm coming from the Land Rover community where there is a lot of info but it's consolidated to the very few models made... the Volvo community has SO MUCH INFO spread across SO MANY different models that's it difficult to parse. For me at least. The community here has been awesome so far though
 

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great info. I'm coming from the Land Rover community where there is a lot of info but it's consolidated to the very few models made... the Volvo community has SO MUCH INFO spread across SO MANY different models that's it difficult to parse. For me at least. The community here has been awesome so far though
Well, welcome. Lots of active owners of p80 me7 cars on here. Plenty of experience to go around.
 
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