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Hi guys, I've been looking through the forum for the last couple of hours and it seems there are a lot of volvo fanatics here with a lot of useful information.<p>My last car was a 2000 Saab 9-3 (hope noone will hate on me <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> ), but i got into an accident and it was written off. <br>So i decided to stick with Swedish engeneering and since I'v always been a huge fan of volvo today i picked up a 2002 Volvo s60 AWD, 111k, automatic (couldnt find one with MT) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>Just wondering what are most common problems with the car, and what should i watch out for?<br>Also are there any quick mods i could do myself on it, which will not cost an arm and a leg.<p>Thanks to everyone in advance.<br>Looking forward to becoming a VOLVO FANATIC! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Welcome to SS <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Was the timing belt done at 105k along with the water pump and tensioner?<p>Before modding get yourself to stage zero, some seafoam would be good too.
 

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Welcome to the Club!<p>I have the same car with 95,xxx miles and love it. These are great cars and will last a lifetime if cared for properly. You'll want to start by making sure it's up to date on all the recommended services in the owners manual. Replace all the fluids, plugs, belts, and filters. If the timing belt hasn't been changed you should so that right away, change the pulleys, tensioners and water pump at the same time. Check the condition of the angle gear, it is probably leaking and could be refilled with new gear oil. You might want to see if it has the stock alternator, regulator failures are common in these cars.<p>As for mods, I think intake, exhaust, lowering springs, spring seats and new shocks would be a good start. Then maybe look into an ECU tune, either from BSR, RICA or IPD. You can always tint the car or get new wheels as well.<p>Start looking around EST and IPD websites, visit Viva Performance too.<br>Look and see what appeals to you, then have fun modding an already sweet car.<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Welcome!!! You might also want to get under that sucker and check out the suspension and bushings. There are a bunch of little crap rubber bushings that probably are going to need to be replaced. Other than that, I agree with a stage 0 upgrade. Go to IPD and I think they have a list of everything in a stage 0 upgrade that you'll need. They also have all kinds of bushings, replacements for bushings, and other mounts.
 

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Thanks alot guys. Was taking care of all the paper work today when the alternator died <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>Will have to wait until 2morow to start driving. First thing i will probobly do is tints <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> and then probobly take your advice on it and do stage 0.<br>Will try to get some pics up on weekend if weather will be good.<br>Also took it to my mechanic today and the car is mint, no leaks, brand new tires and breaks, and no squeks what so ever.<br>Also what do u mean by seafoam?<br>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>SweedRace</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Thanks alot guys. Was taking care of all the paper work today when the alternator died <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>Will have to wait until 2morow to start driving. First thing i will probobly do is tints <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> and then probobly take your advice on it and do stage 0.<p></TD></TR></TABLE><br>No, the 1st thing you do is repair the alternator THEN do a stage 0, THEN do tint,<br>in that order.<br>Learn what's important<br>Seafoam does a lot more. It cleans out the entire engine.<br>Good stuff as long as you apply it PROPERLY and <B>FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS</B>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>No, the 1st thing you do is repair the alternator THEN do a stage 0, THEN do tint,<br>in that order.<br>Learn what's important<br>Seafoam does a lot more. It cleans out the entire engine.<br>Good stuff as long as you apply it PROPERLY and <B>FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS</B></TD></TR></TABLE><p>lol, the alternator is getting fixed tonight, thnx for the advice though.<br>So seafoam is basically doing an engine flush....from my understanding.<br>Also how much does stage 0 roughly cost?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>SweedRace</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Also how much does stage 0 roughly cost?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>It all depends on how up to date your maintenance is.
 
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