Ownership Verified: Einstuerzende SWEbauten - My 2005 Volvo XC70 D5

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Yeah I haven't even looked at it, that's just what the motman said as he handed me the papers back.
 

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Got some Bosch handbrake parts and drove around for a month with the parts on the back seat, before getting the car fixed yesterday. I've needed the Volvo so much that I haven't had the time to take it to the shop, and seemingly I've done 1500 miles/2400km in the last month.

Anyway, an inspector at another station at another town deemed the now-improved handbrake good enough and the earlier fail now means the car's road legal til Dec 9th, 2021 - almost til 2022! The next service should be after another 1500 miles, at 173k and that's just refreshing the oils and filters. After that, I'm aiming at 180k, which is almost 290,000 km.
 

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I'm projecting the car will reach 173,000 miles by mid-January, which would mean 16,300 miles or 26,230 kms per year for me. It is a lot and it has been completely trouble free as I have only spent money on routine servicing (oils, filters, tires) in that time and gotten the handbrake and the inner wheelarch liner replaced.

However, somehow I managed to drive almost as much in the Mercedes in just the previous six months before the Volvo arrived and I didn't even take that to a roadtrip... I guess that shows how much staying at home for some time has affected the yearly mileage. Of course, my viability calculations were based on a more significant yearly mileage, but I'm not complaining. The Volvo fits my commute far better and feels a lot more relaxed.
 

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There's probably a reason why there's a Volvo D5 on every driveway in rural Öysterbottom.
 

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Problem-free, frugal motoring with 166k miles on the clock. Had an oil change done now as the car had done 10k km since the last one in the spring, and I'm pleased to note it only needed a little swig of top-up oil in that time. Next change should be somewhere at 173ish k and then 180k.

The oil consumption appears the same no matter whether I'm running 0W-30 or 5W-30 (tried Valvoline stuff this time around). Car uses no oil at all for the first 5000 miles or 8000 km, then by 9000km it needs a little top-up (a couple dl). That's probably the point where the oil's capabilities start to lessen. I wouldn't want to run 10000-mile intervals.
 

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Yeah, no point putting in anything lesser.
 

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Maintenance update at 177700 miles: got two injector seals changed at a shop today. When I got the car I was informed that one injector had dirtied its surroundings in the valve cover, meaning its fittings leaked. Ignored long enough, this would eventually mean that the injector would become a right pain to remove if I ever wanted to do the seals. Recently, I detected a sour exhaust smell when standing next to the nose of the idling Volvo, had a look under the engine cover and noted two of the injectors had sooted the valley quite significantly instead of just the one.

I used an online service to get quotes from two places, one estimating it as cheap as 100-150 eur and the other far more pessimistic at 650 for the worst case scenario. In the end I got billed 133 eur for the job with parts, which is far cheaper than I expected it to be. When I booked the work, there was an option of getting all five done if necessary, but it seems the guy didn't deem it needed.

I've now done a bit over 21000 miles, which is a bit under 34 tkm. Car good. Next maintenance is probably the oil change at 180k miles.
 

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The steelies I got for the winter rusted up quite badly again, so I'll probably be ditching them. They cost barely anything, and I'm swapping the still really good winter rubber over to this new set I got last week. It's from a Jumpy and far less rusty, so I don't need to do any cosmetic work this time. The wheels even came with just enough rubber to justify mounting them already, so I'll get what kms I can get out of these and then swap on the proper summer tires I have. The BF Goodrich G-Grip tires are a bit louder than the Nordman SUVs on my OEM alloys, but they're quite fresh with DOT 18 stamps. Size is moderately off at 215/60 instead of 215/65 but it's liveable.

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Still really digging the van look. These also came with big Citroen center caps that however would need modding to fit the Volvo wheel bolts, so I'll probably just sell the center caps to make back a few bucks.
 
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