Hey so recently have had my TDO4HL-13G start leaking oil and having shaft play it is time for a new turbo so I want to upgrade I have a 2002 Volvo xc70 (Engine: B5244T3) I am heading to a local wrecking yard (Pull N Save) I was wondering from what year and model VOLVO TDO4HL-16T is a straight bolt up to my 2002 volvo xc70
first time posting here not sure what to expect. So I have an 07 xc70 I recently purchased and have a few questions about some performance mods I would like to do. So this car has about 175k miles and I want to boost my horse power up to the high 200’s if not low 300’s it’s my daily and I want a bit more juice for fun but I don’t want to destroy it too bad I love the i5 sound and the entire car in general. What are some things I can do to increase the horsepower but keep it from killing itself. Also what are some good exhaust mufflers or kits I can buy that increase the sound at higher rpms but not as much at low rpms it just sounds so amazing at high revs and I want to emphasize that as I’m driving. Any feedback or suggestions would be great. Thanks!
I am a long time loyal Volvo owner that has owned many Volvos over the years and owned P2 Volvos for a long time. I never once felt the need to go aftermarket until my horrible experience with our 2016 XC70 rear brakes.
After my experience I feel like the TRW sourced rear pads don’t hold up. They are so bad in my opinion I have a hard time believing they are even TRW and wonder if these are actually Lucas since I believe TRW acquired Lucas. If that’s the case I’m not sure why Volvo would have sourced these but I think it would have to do with cost.
I used to get up to 70,000 miles out of our P2 rear brakes so I know it’s not us. Personally, I don’t buy that it’s due to EPB or increased rear brake bias because the fronts still get the most brake distribution.
I feel completely screwed because I don’t see any aftermarket alternative that I really feel comfortable with. I know people will throw all kinds of things out there but I need something high quality members have used for a long time and proven. When I say proven I mean original braking performance, smoothness, quiet with no noise but actually hold up in my opinion where I can get at least 30K from rear brakes. The problem I am having is everything is questionable. When I have tried even what were supposed to be quality aftermarket pads with my first Volvos many years ago they always seemed inferior and they always made noise.
It also seems like everything aftermarket is now ceramic.
My first instinct was ATE Pads but they appear to be ceramic. My concern is one website said ATE 602736 pads were discontinued and I found some on ebay but it makes me concerned there may have been some issue and even if they are great I may not be able to buy them for very long anyway so this option doesn’t look good.
My second instinct is TRW has what I think they are pushing as kind of a premium black series pad. I looked at the reviews of these pads used with other brand vehicles and the reviews seem good and say they are quiet with good brake performance which has me leaning toward these.
Textar was a brand I was considering but I believe that I read a forum post from a BMW owner that put these and Brembo rotors on the rear and said something I think like he kind of feels a delay before they grab unlike original brakes. This is something I cannot accept because I need something with original braking performance.
I have seen Pagid brake pads but personally I think they look like too hard of a pad where there may be noise or decreased braking performance in my opinion.
I am leaning toward the TRW Black TPC1307 Pads
Now for rotors I don’t know if the rotors with uneven wear rings, grooving and scoring I never seen before that you can see in my video are because Volvo is now using a really soft rotor material or just the pads being inferior in my opinion did this. Now I’m trying to decide if I should go with Volvo rotors or try aftermarket.
The only possibly decent aftermarket rear brake rotor I found seems to be Brembo 09958711. I would NOT go with Brembo aftermarket pads because I think I saw a review complaining about noise even when using with Brembo rotors. My only concern is that I remember when I tried Brembo rotors years ago with my first Volvos Brembo had started putting these stupid wear indicator dimples in the contact area even though none of the online photos showed these. I believe I called them to complain and think I ended up sending the rotors back.
Also, how low should you safely be able to wear your rear brake pads down to? Shouldn’t you be able to wear pads down to 2 or 3mm safely and as long as there is still some pad material left the rotors shouldn’t be grinding or scored? I know this sounds like a stupid question but I never experienced anything like this.
Here is a video that shows the pads and rotors so you can see the wear
Here is my article I wrote about my new Volvo rear brake experience
I’m leaning toward the TRW Black TPC1307 rear pads with Volvo rotors and seeing what happens but it’s not a cheap experiment if the rotors are somehow part of the problem and wear like before so it’s kind of a tough one.
I would appreciate proven suggestions for P3 aftermarket rear brakes.
I have a 2010 S80 and the volume/power button for my radio no longer lights up at night. The part number for the control unit is 30782904. I'm wondering if the button contains the bulb or whether the bulb is replaceable/fixable? Button part number is 31288750. The rest of the unit lights up just fine. If I need to replace the whole control unit, can a used one be programmed to work in my car or does it have to be new? I've heard mixed answers.
This unit is also found in V70/XC70s in 2010.
Looking to start modding my 2004 XC70 for a more offroad leaned build. She is up to date on the 150,xxx mile checkup with no red flags. Front shocks/struts need to be replaced soon however so I got the idea to start putting a more offroad setup onto the car. Not going to go 100% lifted crawler madness, just looking for a bit of lifting, engine tuning, and performance modifications. Plus with the crazy ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD winter we had in the PNW I'm sure that this would only help in snowy years to come. The question I have is where do I start? Been looking at various lift kits and suspension/strut setups as well as ECU tunes from IPD and Evolve but want to hear what you guys have done. Thanks in advance for any helpful answers - cheers!