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  1. Do it. It’s an amazing car. Yeah, I got a fancier OBD2 reader than the one that I had for two things: the transmission needs to have a final fill at around 40°c and then the transfer case has adaptations that get reset with new fluid. Haha. Yes, lots of wheels in my small studio apartment. Using my bathtub as a paint booth for spraying bolts. I can’t believe I did what I did in that parking garage. Wheeling my tool chest from my apartment to the elevator and into the parking garage. It’s easy to forget where you started and to be grateful with things that you have (and for significant others to allow you to take over the entire garage).
  2. Wasn’t aware that there was a name for it. Thank you. And now I understand why and how it happens and I’m glad I did the tires right away. The pic is using the wide lens on my iPhone, so it’s a little deceiving, but thank you. It’s cool to have a space that is just car and hang out dedicated.
  3. Front diff fluid, transfer case fluid, transmission pan/filter and new fluid, oil change, fixed the cross threaded oil drain plug, and new tires. New tires because fronts were new, rears weren’t, and they didn’t make the front tires in the size I needed for the rear. Car had a small repetitive shudder as it coasted to a stop. Fluid changes and new tires solved that. Next up is filters, plugs, and coils.
  4. This one has the N55 - straight six single turbo. I always compromised on my DD, to the point that whatever compromise that was would make me dislike it shortly after getting it. I understand the fuel economy isn’t the greatest, but the way it drives and feels makes that irrelevant. I didn’t look at those. I mean, I considered all my options and glanced at them on CarGurus. But the newest ones I’d be able to afford have some pretty blah interiors. RX looks like it’s a little smaller. Also doesn’t look as good IMO.
  5. Oh yeah. Granted this is one of those strollers that costs more because it folds up smaller, but yeah. So the stroller and diaper bag are always in the car. I don't know how many strollers we've bought on trips only because we forgot one since we don't always keep them in the cars. Doesn't feel like a 2015, feels a lot newer. The infotainment screen isn't touch, and that's the only thing that "ages" the tech. That came in 2018. But otherwise it has the 360 camera, backup camera, folding mirrors, nav, heads up display, etc. In sport mode the thing rips and the paddle shifters are actually really good. It does everything so well and looks so fucking good doing it. It's one of the first cars that I don't have any type of buyers remorse with. And I just stand in the driveway and stare at it. Came from a guy who had also had an E70 (previous gen) X5 Diesel with M-Sport, E46 M3, M650, and a new X7. And was selling the X5s to make room for his new M3 Comp. So it was well taken care of, and I got it for a really good price. I saw athat R-Design, too. All of them are on the east or west coast and the hassle it would take to get it back to the midwest was hard to justify for what I ultimately wanted in a new car.
  6. After driving the e30 for the couple months since selling my 850 and searching for a new daily, I more or less gave up on trying to find an R-design XC90. One, they were closing in on $20k and there weren’t any locally. Flying across country for one wasn’t worth it to me. I decided against Audi Q5s given they’re a little too small for car seats three across and they have notorious engine issues. Opted against the early years of the SPA XC90s given their cost and how terrible unreliable the first couples years of them are. Focused more on X5s. They seemed to be one of the few german SUVs that didn’t have any major issues. You can still get programs like VADIS for them. And parts aren’t crazy and they are still easy to work on. Found this X5 an hour north, which means I didn’t have to go into Chicago to get one. The guy who had it has a hoard of new BMWs and was selling this and his other X5 to make room for his new M3. So it was coming from a good dude. 2015 X5 with the M Sport package. Some other nice features on it. Drives great. New tires and brakes. Everything works. Pretty excited about it. This will be the car we use on trips and stuff. Fits three across in the back seat. The Atlas have second row captains which means a kid has to go in the third row but then you lose all of the trunk. Anyways. Sorry Volvo.
  7. I made a post on the Wisconsin Volvo facebook group that I was going to be listing it and he messaged me right away. He was a cool guy. Dailying the e30 for now until I find something new.
  8. Off to its new home. Big Volvo guy. Getting it for his daughters to drive. I’m a little sad, but happy knowing it’s going to a good home, and also relieved that I only have one older car and no impending projects. My daughters were a sad and going to miss Daddy’s Red Race Car. But happy when I said we’re keeping the gray race car.
  9. Wow. That is impressive and massively respectable. Good to know!
  10. You’ve had that one for a realllly long time, right? Absolutely. It’s far from perfect. I think it has the right amount of patina to be a car that you can drive and not worry about a stone chip. But I think that’s how all cars should be. Mechanically, it’s ready to get in and drive and enjoy. What strut bar is it? Reminds me of the old IPD ones.
  11. Not holding my breath, but might be sold already. Ran home a little early today to get some pictures due to a rainy weekend coming up. That’s ridiculous. Like I love Volvos, but there are “better” cars with more tech for less. I’ll likely be looking at Q5’s primarily.
  12. Having the R and the e30 doesn't make sense to me. They're from the same era, but I prefer the BMW. Man, I always try looking for a newer Volvo for a DD, but the prices for them are insane. Like the prvious generation V60s I like. But for a 2015 with almost 100k miles they're going for $25k! And then it wasn't until the newest generation of Volvos were they even on par with other manufacturers for tech. So it's like you pay more for outdated technology. Idk. I like the P2 XC90s, and those are relatively affordable. But they're big. And I don't need/want a car that big when I'm by myself 90% of the time. I honestly don't know what I want. I just know that I don't want the 850 and the e30.
  13. It looks so good. Beautiful rainy weekend coming up to take pictures of it. 🫠
  14. Alignment and AC all squared away.
  15. I’m going to list it at $7,900. There aren’t any comps right now. The old ones I found were a little bit less for some that had significant issues and super clean ones for quite a bit more. I figure this may not be the garage queen that some purists are looking for, but it's a well sorted 850R that's ready to be driven and enjoyed. At the shop today for a four wheel alignment and charging the AC. It’s dirty, but man was it a quiet ride on the way to work.
  16. You’re not wrong. I’m all for hanging out in the garage after everyone’s gone to bed, but it would be fantastic to go out there and clean the car and not get super gross.
  17. I got the e30 which is good for periodic tinkering if I feel like it - it's the big projects I'm over for a while. Have at it with the 850 lights! They're not designed in a way to make a "plug and play" retrofit kit really possible because you're going to have to cut up the housing in someway. I've seen some where people mount the projector in there, but personally they always look super awkward. There has to be a better way to integrate the projector into the headlight better. Idk. Good luck though!
  18. Yeaaahh. And it’s not that I don’t have the physical time to do it since I go in the garage at night when everyone is in bed, but I found it taking up too much of my mental space. Times when I should be present but find myself thinking about what I need to do, order, etc. I’m ready to cool it for a bit.
  19. It's not like anyone didn't see this one coming. After some internal debates with myself and great conversation with one of my best friends who is solely responsible for my interest in cars, I've decided to scale back the time and energy I spend on cars and refocus that energy on my family. With that said, once the 850R is done and I drive it for a bit to make sure everything is OK, I'm going to list it for sale. I bought the car to fill a gap when the e30 was being worked on long term and I only had the XC70. It did its job and now it doesn't serve the same purpose for me. If you're interested or know anyone who might be interested, let me know. The bottom line is this car won't win any concourse awards, but nor should it. It's a driver that is in great shape, mechanically ready to go anywhere, and looks good doing it. Will also come with a set of OEM roof racks. I drove this last winter and on the coldest days it always started without hesitation. A run down of the maintenance I've done to it: Koni Strt shocks/struts Meyle HD control arms, ball joints, inner/outer tie rod ends, strut mounts, and spring seats Front and rear engine mounts, transmission torque mount, right side engine mount, IPD poly upper torque bushing, and firewall mount. New vacuum lines Rebuilt 15G turbo with new CBV New air filter IPD subframe bushing inserts New catback exhaust with suitcase muffler. No exhaust leaks and it's very quiet (in a good way, I think) Trunk struts Bosch ignition coil Bosch distributor cap and rotor New Bosch Copper spark plugs New battery Serpentine Belt OEM firewall heater hose pass through IPD/do88 silicone heater hoses OEM coolant hoses Intercooler hoses GROM blue tooth module New wiper blades Curt trailer hitch, Euro ball, and wiring. Rear trailing arm delta links The previous completed the following shortly before the sale (within a few hundred miles): Volvo OEM PCV system Alternator Starter Timing belt kit and water pump 302 brake rotors with rebuilt calipers and Bosch pads Front SS brake lines Radiator Cam Seals Heater Core (can confirm it looked very new) Coolant reservoir Cabin filter (it's clean) Front fender lines Serpentine Belt Tensioner Odometer gear New (used) ABS controller Volan wheels refinished (full Volan spare) Previous previous owner installed a strut bar, had the windows tinted, fuel pump, rear trailing arm bushings . It was also repainted at one point in its life. But they did a great job. There are no runs and when it's actually clean it looks fantastic. The carfax lists three accidents in its life: something from the rear (this was in 1998, so there's no info), a PS sideswipe (2005), and DS sideswap (2021). The DS sideswipe is when the lady rubbed her tires on the car that I had posted. Notes in the carfax say that airbags didn't deploy with any of the accidents. I've had the car on the lift and it pretty well taken apart and there's no evidence of anything to the frame. Still has original stickers and undercoating and everything. The not so greats: Little bit of rust on the bottom of the trunk lid where it meets the bumper. I've had it on all three of my 850s. Sunroof closes a little wonky sometimes and during HEAVY rains I've seen a couple drips coming in throuh the DS pillar - this is likely the drain tube has a small leak. The headlight wiper motors are disconnected. Don't know why, they just are. The DS seat has some wear. There aren't any rips, but the leather has some cracks. But the suede is in great shape. The other seats look great. Small dent in the rear PS door that could be removed with PDR.
  20. Don't be a bitch. Just do it. I hope the R is done this weekend. In the meantime, some e30 pics from an empty parking garage this week.
  21. I checked on it this morning after the second layer cured last night and it appears to be very solid. I've used this guide for the few times I've replaced evaporators and keep a printed doc on hand. It's fantastic. Things to be mindful of on the R though: the amp under the dash hvac box has a connector that you'll need to disconnect before you pull the dash. And if you dig into the HVAC box, you have to remove the amp and the brackets around it. I didn't remove the ignition tumbler like it says to. There's enough room to get the dash out. Otherwise, it's pretty easy. A shit load of torx screws, but if you're working at a uninterupted pace, it's something you could have out in a couple hours.
  22. Thank you. I did one layer of fiberglass last night and I think it's going to do the trick. I'll do another layer just to be safe.
  23. Both cooler lines are weeping and need to be replaced. That's just a job for another time. Dash out to replace the evaporator and fix the exploded dash mounts. Going to glue them back in place and then do fiber glass to reinforce all of them. Turbo rebuilt and back in. Tried a rebuild kit and I don't know if my chra was just to dirty and crusty or what, but it went back together like shit. So I ordered a rebuilt chra to save time and energy. I cannot stress enough how disgusting this area was. Spent more time than I needed cleaning it all. But at least it's all clean and dry now.
  24. So the best thing I can do is drain it and keep track of how much is drained out and add that much back to it? I saw some write-ups for the doing the flush, and I just don't have the time or energy to add that to the list of things I'm already doing. The PO at some point actually did those.
  25. Yeah, I did both. I think they were Febi. They were both a bitch. Of course if I were to do it again, it would be a lot quicker, but it still sucked. I don't see how anyone succesfully puts those back in with the tool. Is there a way to change the transmission fluid without doing that whole runaround drain and fill flush thing? I need to replace the cooler lines and I want to drain the fluid, do new lines, and fill it up. Is the dipstick accurate to put some in, run it, check the level, add some more, etc. etc.