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I finally found one! After much hemming and hawing over buying a brand new car (was mainly shopping the GTI/WRX range), I decided to reverse course and, rather than put a four offer sum down and have a car note, to put the same sum down and have...well, a car.<img src="http://www.vwvortex.com/Anthony/Smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /> Found a former Ford A-Plan car, 2008, 77K miles. It does need a pair of tires and a wheel bearing, but other than that looks to be in decent shape. Would love some advice in terms of things to look out for in the future, though.

Not planning on modding it, though that may change. I have always admired the sound the 5-cyl makes in the European MkII Focus STs, so I'd consider anything that would bring the acoustics close to those. Other than that, thinking of installing a CarPlay-supported head unit, so if anyone has any recommendations, I'd appreciate it.

 

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The biggest things to look out for are the pcv/oil trap that likes to get plugged and the sunroof drains that you don’t have to worry about. The bad news is that you’re stuck with the head unit as it runs the environmental system. You may be able to find a later model factory head unit with the Bluetooth, but I seem to remember some folks having a spot of trouble with them. You will want to replace the transmission torque mount with the ipd poly bushing (don’t use all the delrin rods). It is one of the best, quick mods to do, and you can hear the engine better albeit through conduction. Also, ipd and ViVA are the mod folks to go to.


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very nice
does your car have a sunroof? doesnt look like it
It doesn't, and just as well, as I don't really like them
you can order this for your radio
https://gromaudio.com/store/most_ad...hone-usb-bluetooth-adapter-kit-optofiber.html
be sure to add the blue tooth dongle it is extra
Yikes. That's a bit more than I want to spend, to be honest, as I don't plan on keeping the car that long. I might try this ghetto solution first :D https://www.amazon.com/Headphone-Ad...locphy=9016854&hvtargid=pla-595902906871&th=1
As far as handsfree, I have my AirPods (which, in my experience so far, work far better than any in-car solution I've ever used).
 

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The bad news is that you’re stuck with the head unit as it runs the environmental system. You may be able to find a later model factory head unit with the Bluetooth, but I seem to remember some folks having a spot of trouble with them.
So replacing just the piece that has the CD player isn't an option? I might just go with a cell phone mount and a Lightning splitter for the time being, then, as in the post above. My general intention is to keep the car a year and I don't really want to over-invest into it.
You will want to replace the transmission torque mount with the ipd poly bushing (don’t use all the delrin rods). It is one of the best, quick mods to do, and you can hear the engine better albeit through conduction.
Can you link me to the part? Want to make sure I get the right one and I've always been a bit (OK, a lot) more of a driver than a tinkerer...
 

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Had it up on a lift in my friend's garage yesterday. Looks relatively clean, with expected rust given it's a Midwestern car. I did see a bit of a leak in the right front shock and the tire wear was all kinds of wrong. The fronts are fairly uniformly worn down to around 3/32, but the back (though they may have been the front when the wear happened) are all over the place - 5/32 in some spots, 4/32 in others and even 6/32 in some. There is a noise from what had been described to the previous owners as a rear ball bearing (around $450 to fix as they were quoted) and it vibrates fairly significantly at 70+ mph. I'm going to start by replacing all four tires and hoping to hell the shocks are still in decent enough shape not to wear them out quickly. The rest looks sound. Shifts well, the engine pulls strongly, no extraneous leaks out of the powertrain.

Question about the timing belt. I've read elsewhere on this forum that it needs one at 100K/10 years, if memory serves. It doesn't appear as though it's ever been done. Should I bite the bullet? And how big, financially, is that bullet?
 

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Question about the timing belt. I've read elsewhere on this forum that it needs one at 100K/10 years, if memory serves. It doesn't appear as though it's ever been done. Should I bite the bullet? And how big, financially, is that bullet?
Not sure how much you’d be spending, as my timing belt was already done prior to my purchase. I heard Volvo recommends changing the belt every 120k, but they tend to go sooner rather than later. Mine was done at 99k, and as far as I know you should be fine to wait until around 100k. I wouldn’t wait much later than that, personally.
 

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Question about the timing belt. I've read elsewhere on this forum that it needs one at 100K/10 years, if memory serves. It doesn't appear as though it's ever been done. Should I bite the bullet? And how big, financially, is that bullet?
I did mine late at about 135k, and having bought the racing belt kit with water pump from fcp I think the shop charged something like $350 to put it on. They fixed other things, so I’m not 100% on the belt replacement cost. Since the engine is an interference model, if the belt goes, valves can contact the pistons and you’re in it for quite a large repair bill

Here’s the mount:

https://www.ipdusa.com/products/213...wzL0VeU4PlIFA3sKK0MDFMqM8pijw6-MaApGSEALw_wcB

And here’s the Bluetooth I’ve got finagled into the center console:

https://www.amazon.com/AUKEY-Blueto...:AUKEY&rnid=2528832011&rps=1&s=gateway&sr=8-1


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It's in the shop getting new shoes and having the vibration looked at as we speak. They'll also quote me a timing belt change while they're at it.
 

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Good news is, vibration was just down to the tires. No need for wheel bearings, which confirms what my buddy and I found out on the lift. Bad news is, of course, that the timing belt will cost me $1,200 or so. But it's worth doing, so back to the shop it will go. A $5K car will quickly become an $7K car, but if it drives like it did this morning on the way to work (my first "real" drive), I might just re-think my one-year car strategy and keep it around for a bit longer.
 

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$1200 seems a bit steep. What all are they replacing?


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Welcome to your C30 🙂 I drive an ‘09 T5
I also had my timing belt (and water pump) replaced at around 130k KM, for about $1100 Cdn. At 140k KM now, I’ve just replaced one front wheel bearing assembly, at approx. $600 Cdn.
 

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I'm calling around. Got another quote for $930 and another for $870 (made an appointment with them for the end of the month). I know the places I called first are pretty expensive (one's a very high-end local shop, the other is a dealership).
 

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not to rain on your parade
but has anyone looked at the car?
you may need cam shaft seals too
not sure how common that is on volvos

keep in mind, OEM parts are sometimes expensive so that could justify the dealer cost they are not necessarily overcharging you on labor
 

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Around $1K later, I now have the torque mount installed, timing + accessory belts and water pump changed and no other worries for the time being. The new mount certainly makes it sound more lively, although at a massive NVH hit, so I might revert to the original for the winter. Love the car so far. Averaging around 25 mpg in 70% highway traffic. And, of course, now I've got the itch to make it go faster. So...how do I do that responsibly? :)
 
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