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Just wanted to say hello, I recently sold my 2005 V70R and am getting back into a P80

I have always wanted another P80, I had a few 98' and 99' V70's in the early 2000's and loved them. I actually owned similar 99' V70 NA 5 Speed that I should have never sold. It was a beautiful car, silver with tan cloth seats, sunroof and 67k. I have been on the hunt for one like it since then.

Which brings to me today, I found a 1999 V70 NA 5 speed in Massachusetts. From what the current owner says it might have a coolant consumption issue (head gasket maybe) but overall a clean, well maintained one owner vehicle with full service history from the the day it was purchased with 20 miles on it. And the bonus.. it was $300.

The current owner bought it at auction a few weeks back with intentions to fix it up but has had too many other projects come up. I will probably have the car towed home (helps to have a brother with a truck and a trailer) and go from there.

I'm looking forward to bringing this car back to life and enjoying it for another 200k.

Only photos of the car that I have right now.

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Nice find. Worst case scenario you have a manual swap package for a T5, R or GLT
 

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Nice find! But I'm bumming that I didn't see it first :)
Thanks, I got lucky or maybe not? :eek:.

It was up for a month. Not sure why no one was interested in it. I'm sure it will come with a few issues that weren't brought up. But, for $300 I bought my first car without driving it!
 

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Can't go wrong for $300, congrats!

I was looking for a P80 5-speed for quite a while myself but finally gave up because I saw only junk here in NE. Finally I bought a P2 with 5-speed and really like it.
 

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Thanks LPT, sounds like it worked out for you. I was also looking for a P1 5 speed for awhile, I found a few but was always too late. I bet we looked at a few of the same cars :)
 

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Thanks LPT, sounds like it worked out for you. I was also looking for a P1 5 speed for awhile, I found a few but was always too late. I bet we looked at a few of the same cars :)
I'm sure we did. My search reminded me how old our cars are really getting and that the general public just does not treat them the way we do. They are just old used cars to most people. Good thing is that with a little time (which I don't have) and money they can be "brought back to life" fairly easy.

Good luck with yours, it will be fun following your thread.
 

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I'm sure we did. My search reminded me how old our cars are really getting and that the general public just does not treat them the way we do. They are just old used cars to most people. Good thing is that with a little time (which I don't have) and money they can be "brought back to life" fairly easy.

Good luck with yours, it will be fun following your thread.

The seller asked me that exact question, " why are you looking at a almost 20 year old Volvo?" Simple: one owner, full service history and its a 5 speed wagon!
 

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Flew out to Boston to pick up the car yesterday, landed at 5:30pm. The seller met me at the airport and gave me a lift to his home (50 miles away from the airport).

Arrived at his garage at 6:45pm. Saw the car for the first time, very happy with it. Looks like it needs some TLC cosmetically, both inside and out but I wasn't expecting it to be perfect.

The seller also had a few SAAB's, a Triumph, a very low milage MG and his 544!

After drooling over the 544...I started inspecting the V70. The car had been sitting for 2-3 months before the seller obtained it. The last oil change sticker is 9/15 so I'm assuming 2-3 months. The brakes were rusty, tires we all low but it fired right up and idles out nicely. We made sure all the fluids and tire pressures were set on the V70 and I hit the road at 7:45pm. It was evident within the first mile that the front right wheel bearing is cooked. It roared all the way home..

To my surprise the car drove home like a champ. I wasn't about to get above 65mph because of the noise from the wheel bearing but it drives straight and smooth. I checked out all the windows, mirrors, speakers, wipers, heated seats and everything works. Both front seats are manual which I like and it doesn't have a sunroof, also something I like not having.

As for the coolant issue, over the 500 mile drive home it didn't consume a drop! Will need to pressure test the system to confirm there really isn't any issues with the head gasket.

A few photos, because other this would be very boring... I'll get started on the repairs and cleaning after the Holidays. Thats if I can keep myself away from it..

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Well three months later and finally some time to give an update!

Its been fun working on this Volvo, I am fortunate to work from home so somedays I was able to sneak out and turn some wrenches and swap parts :p

After getting the car home it sat for a few weeks as I left town for work and the holidays. Once I returned in early January the work started.

First the interior needed some MAJOR attention. It was one of the worst interiors I have seen. My wife wouldn't get in it... so something had to be done. I realized quickly that this wouldn't be a simple vacuum and wipe down cleaning. I pulled all of the seats and carpet out along with the rear panels and got to work. My theory is the PO drove everywhere with the windows down, highway, city streets, backroads, rain, snow you name it.

After two solid 8 hour days of cleaning, wiping, washing, toothbrush/paintbrush detailing it was a 7/10 on the clean scale. It still smelled like an old farm garage, which I happen to like but some peopled don't.

Next I started the basic "Must have repairs"

-Functioning doors and tailgate ( Replaced tailgate struts, lubed all door handles/hinges)
-All bulbs checked, cleaned (lens cleaned/replaced, all radio bulbs, switches, ACC, all four door marker lights replaced)
-Accessories checked (Both 12v sockets were cooked, replaced front assembly and cleaned rear, took radio out and cleaned off all of the buttons)
-Wipers/arms checked, cleaned, replaced ( OEM blades front/rear)
-Windows - All cleaned inside and out, stickers removed. Cleaned outside with steel wool, I doubt the windows were ever cleaned..
-Fluids checked, topped off ( oil/coolant were both just changed at dealer and looks great so I passed for now)
-Filters/plugs checked (stage 0) All but Cabin filter were replaced with OEM, Plugs, Air filter, Coil packs.
-Cooling system checked, Will need all hoses replaced very soon, for now the tank was replaced, it looks like a junior pimple ready to burst!
-Wheels/tires checked, well it needed new tires, what came with it had lots of tread but extremely dry rotted (Since this is a budget build I went for sub $500 four all M&S tires mounted/balanced and alignment)
-Suspension - All replaced within 30k, for now I will leave it alone (just replaced front swaybar end links)
-Exhaust checked and is in great shape (Entire system including manifold was replace at dealer in 2014..:eek: Guess what that bill was.. you ready... $2900..
-Brakes checked- Really needed to replace FL wheel bearing it was cooked! Fluid flushed 15k ago and still clean (although the calipers are rusty, this was a MA car, all rotors/pads/calipers are OEM Volvo and mostly under 5 years old)
-Trans/clutch/shift linkage Checked- all looked and felt good, clutch is original but feels great, visually looks fine with meat on the disc.

So far I have stayed within me $1500 budget, but I am getting close to it.

Some random photos for your viewing pleasure, will really try to be better with taking photos of the progress and post the after photos next.

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Good job! My favorite Volvo was a 96 850 5 speed wagon. So simple. It just got the job done.
Agreed. Side note wish I would've seen your website when I had the E34 M5! Looks like some cool stuff shows up in your shop
 

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Just wanted to say hello, I recently sold my 2005 V70R and am getting back into a P80

I have always wanted another P80, I had a few 98' and 99' V70's in the early 2000's and loved them. I actually owned similar 99' V70 NA 5 Speed that I should have never sold. It was a beautiful car, silver with tan cloth seats, sunroof and 67k. I have been on the hunt for one like it since then.

Which brings to me today, I found a 1999 V70 NA 5 speed in Massachusetts. From what the current owner says it might have a coolant consumption issue (head gasket maybe) but overall a clean, well maintained one owner vehicle with full service history from the the day it was purchased with 20 miles on it. And the bonus.. it was $300.

The current owner bought it at auction a few weeks back with intentions to fix it up but has had too many other projects come up. I will probably have the car towed home (helps to have a brother with a truck and a trailer) and go from there.

I'm looking forward to bringing this car back to life and enjoying it for another 200k.

Only photos of the car that I have right now.



Awesome, man! My first Volvo was from Massachusetts! :D

And, similar to you.. My first was a 2000, and second was a 1999. Now I have a 1998.. P80. lol

My first Volvo came from Pepperell, MA. Near NH border
 

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Thanks, the MA winters beat this one up a bit. I found the passengers side rear trailing arm mount is basically falling apart since the e-brake bracket popped off this morning.. But otherwise its pretty solid.

I have also being going backwards in time with my Volvos, from a 03 to a 05 back to a 99. I was also looking at a 97 960 wagon but I had to eventually pass as it was one car too many for now.

This one is originally from Marblehead and bought from Stutz Volvo.
 
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