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So when our 1999 Jeep Cherokee finally sh*t the bed, we sold it and bought a 2004 XC70 in Ruby Red Metallic with 96k on the odometer. I did some traveling for work and we ended up moving to Tucson, AZ with the car. It now has 99k and I'm able to finally get under it. First on the list of things to do is get it back to factory spec. Overall, this will be a very modest build considering it's my wife's DD, not mine. I'm decently impressed with the power considering it's a very large wagon. The plan is stage 0, then suspension. I'd like to get the car a bit lower and a bit more stable in turns- springs and sway bars should suffice for now. After that we might look into some easy bolt on power mods to include turbo-back system and possibly a tune or ECU flash. In the end this car is going to be a fun daily cruiser and family wagon. From grocery store trips to camping to long road trips, this car needs to be our jack of all trades.

The day we picked it up:

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Our dog, Kevin, hanging out of the back

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Oh and we named it Hot Sauce!
 

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Congrats on the car. Looks like you got a nice one. Best bang for the buck would be IPD sway bars for the suspension and an ECU tune. You might be satisfied with that for a family wagon. Everything beyond that is more incremental and comes with more trade-offs IMHO. A turbo back exhaust will cost more than the tune with less of a performance improvement. It will also be louder, which could upset your wife. As far as springs go I'm not sure if it's worth the trouble on this car. I have lowered every Volvo I have with the exception of the XC. I have a lowered V70R that's low enough to cause butt puckering on every parking lot entrance and knock your fillings out on bumps that don't even register in the XC. Given that I can get my dose of speed bump scrapes in the R I found the XC to be a bit of a break from that. The XC handles surprisingly well in normal driving, although I would never take it to an autocross or anything remotely like that. So I decided that the XC is supposed to be high. But if you really want to lower it, it makes sense to do it while doing the sway bars as some of the work is the same. It also makes sense to do the shocks at your mileage while you're at it. There doesn't seem to be an aftermarket for XC springs and shocks, but the forum can help you figure out options.
 

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Wow she has a nice rack.
 

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Welcome to the forum.
Where's the car?;)

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I have a friend in NorCal who's converting is wife's XC70 to an XC70R also... it makes a meet car..
Jeremy at AE Motorsports in Santa Cruz is completing an R inspired engine upgrade / M66 6spd conversion to an XC70 that's also a very cool project.

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Wow she has a nice rack.
Postings with pictures of wife's & girlfriend just brings out the best in some peiple........

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Postings with pictures of wife's & girlfriend just brings out the best in some peiple........

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I was talking about the car.
 

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We know. I was admiring the rack also.

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I too, have made the transition from 1995 Cherokee (95 - 07) to 2004 XC70 (2015 - ?), however I also had an Xterra (07 - 14) in between the two. LOVED the Cherokee styling (even over the Grand Cherokee) and it remains one of the most dependable vehicles I have owned. I sold it to my nephew who put another 100K on it before finally running into the ground last year. Xterra was also a great vehicle until it succumbed to the dreaded transmission failure, which Nissan covered off under an extended warranty ($8500 bill - thanks Nissan!). Now loving the XC70, even though it too, is the wife's daily driver.....
 

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well I'm scrapping my 97XJ beater as soon as I pull my AX-15 back out of it. I traded a Honda that I had no money in, tossed my spare transmission at it and drove it for 18 months.
I'm inheriting her 01 that I built. bumpers,winch, lockers. It's a limited that was special ordered by a friend brand new. it has all the options, even heated seats.
and I've got this 88 Comanche (third MJ, I have a problem)here that's rust free and looking for me to put all of the rare factory parts I've been hoarding for 5 years in it. D44 with big brakes, full console/buckets, vintage AMC overstuffed leather 8 ways, NOS never painted header panel, 21 slot grill, the whole deal. Full on restoration. Then it gets parked in the garage and never sees winter.
 

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Welcome Plummer,
to SS and to Tucson.
Do the IPD swaybars and the front strut brace. Springs, HD struts, poly bushings and the like may do more to displease your wife than benefit the driving dynamics.
For power upgrades, if you'll be here for awhile, you'll find that once the calendar hits May, the power begins to fade, rolling all the way through September. I haven't done it YET, but an FMIC is a neccesity put here. Then get the tune.
Those few steps will probably be enough to keep you loving the car.
 

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Thanks for all the suggestions! Seems like there's a ton of options out there for these cars. Like most plans, mine is organic and constantly changing so we'll see where it takes us. So far I've done a ton of maintenance throughout the week:
Oil change - 10W-40; drained about 4.5 qts (dark brown colored) and put just over 5qts in; also changed filter
Spark plugs - Bosch Double Platinum; hard to get out, but went in easy
Air filters - both engine and cabin
Gas filter - Bosch unit
Transmission drain and refill - drained 3.5 qts (charcoal colored) and replaced with 3.5 qts of Mobil 3309
Wipers - all around
Checked fluids - brake, power steering,

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After all of that I saw that the lower transmission torque mount bushing is torn so this week I'm buying an IPD replacement to help with clunky shifts. Any other recommendations?

Our jeep - fun while it lasted, but had an unfortunate timed transmission failure. Sucks but life goes on, right?

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that's odd about the XJ trans. I hold the AW4 in very high regard. I've seen them survive abuse that no reasonable person would ever put them through. Too bad you're on the wrong coast, because I'd take a clean shell and body swap it with my rusty one.

if you're interested in fixing it cheaply I can hook you up with the people that will have parts just kicking around. I've seen AW4's swapped on trailers in campgrounds, it's not hard.

Don't forget about the Haldex fluid and filter in the rear.
 

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After all of that I saw that the lower transmission torque mount bushing is torn so this week I'm buying an IPD replacement to help with clunky shifts. Any other recommendations?
If it's not the transmission then I'd check all the mounts and axles. CV axle splines are know to click at the hub and transmission, gluing the splines will solve this, XC90 axle bolts torque to spec will solve this at the hub.

If you enjoy ride comfort then do not get the poly-mounts, stick with the rubber mounts.
 

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So we just got back from a ~2000 mile trip and I freakin love this car. I drove most of the miles and it was a pleasure! My DD is a 2009 Subaru WRX STi so this car is like driving a couch- a turbo couch that is. 85 down the freeway is easy money and we still averaged over 24 mpg! Safe to say I'm impressed. Volvo has caught my eye on this one. An order of parts will soon be ordered to include a replacement transmission torque mount and poly subframe inserts.

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