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Key fob battery error as symptom of....what?

YANMM (You are not my mechanic), but my volvo has had key fob errors on and off for the last 3 weeks or so and I am wondering if it is something serious. [more inside]
posted by egk on May 13, 2016 - 3 answers

Recommendation for car detailing service to deal w/ swirl marks on hood

Recently bought a used 2013 car, black in color. It has a lot of cleaning/swirl marks, especially on the hood (no doubt from repeated sub-par cleaning by the previous owner). Can people recommend a service or shop that knows what to do to remove the micro scratches or at least improve this condition, and can do it well, at a reasonable price, in the Los Angeles area (preferrably either City of Industry, Hacienda Heights, or Pasadena)? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Sep 20, 2015 - 1 answer

Is it a good idea to buy this Volvo that used to be in Hawaii?

We're thinking of buying a 2013 Volvo that is up for sale at a non-Volvo car dealer in Southern California. A background check revealed that apparently the car was initially licensed as a rental in Hawaii (?!?) and later owned in California. This seems really ... odd. Is there any reason to be afraid there is something wrong with the car? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Sep 4, 2015 - 11 answers

Deciphering fuel octane at higher altitude

We just ordered a new vehicle (Volvo V60 with a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine) and I'm trying to figure out the minimum grade of fuel to use. The owner's manual says "Volvo recommends premium fuel for best performance, but using 87 octane or above will not affect engine reliability." In most places in the US, that's regular grade fuel, but we're at higher altitude in New Mexico where regular is 86. If we wanted to meet Volvo's minimum, would that be midgrade 88 to hit that minimum or would regular 86 still meet that spec since we're at higher altitude? Googling returns every answer under the sun, which may be the case here? We'll ask the dealership when it arrives. Thanks!
posted by jroybal on Nov 3, 2014 - 12 answers

Volvo Overseas Delivery

Have you taken advantage of the Volvo Overseas Delivery program, or know someone who has? What was the experience like? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Aug 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Buying a used European car for $5k or less after a car-less decade: y/n?

Used car filter: after a decade without owning a car, I'd like to get back into the game. I'd prefer to spend $5k or less. I understand this means older cars/higher miles. I find myself drawn to early 2000s VW Golfs/GTIs, late-90s BMW 300 series, '90s Saabs, early '00s Volvos. Are any of these types going to be substantially more reliable or cheaper to maintain than others? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Jul 12, 2014 - 38 answers

Somewhere to go, but how spiffed up should it be?

Is it worth making the investment of minor repairs on a 2011 Volvo XC90 AWD that's being traded in for a 2014 Mini Countryman S All4 when I already have a quoted range for the trade-in price from the Mini dealer? [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb on Jul 8, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me avoid getting ripped off buying a used Volvo wagon

I'm temporarily stranded in a pleasant but completely unfamiliar city on the east coast. Partly because used car prices seem to be much lower here than my native Seattle, I want to buy a used car while I'm here, and use it to travel west. I'm on the lookout for an early '00s Volvo wagon. Ordinarily, I'd pay to have a mechanic look over a prospective purchase, but that's just not a practical undertaking in my specific situation. So: should I just not do this? Or are there a few simple things to look for before buying a car that I could do in under, say, ten minutes, as a relative novice to car-buying and -servicing?
posted by t(h)om(as) on Jun 30, 2014 - 20 answers

How Do I Explain My Situation To my Mechanic?

I know I need some maintenance on my Volvo, I haven't kept it up perfectly, but I don't know how to ask for what I want without appearing as a complete mark to my mechanic. [more inside]
posted by Hennimore on Dec 13, 2013 - 20 answers

Is there an Apple of carmakers?

Which carmakers these days (that sell in the US) have really good build quality? I'm thinking high quality interior materials, excellent fit and finish, as well as well thought out interior components like control layouts, displays, and compartments? Maybe carmakers (or models) that are known for little surprising details? I'm now starting to look for a smaller sedan or maybe hatchback/wagon under $40K. Some of the models I'm looking at so far are the Volvo S60/V60, Subaru Legacy/Impreza, Toyota Prius, Audi A4, maybe BMW X1.
posted by jroybal on Sep 26, 2013 - 25 answers

Should I buy a 1989 Volvo Station Wagon for $1800 CAD?

[Used Car Filter] My neighbour is selling his 1989 Volvo 240 DL Wagon for $1800 CAD. I currently own a 2009 Chevy Cobalt. We only want one car. Should I shed the Coby for the Volvy? [more inside]
posted by Catchfire on May 21, 2013 - 36 answers

What's going on with my car?

My 1998 Volvo S70 has been making an audible whirring/grinding noise when driving and braking. It's intermittent (though lately, it's been happening daily), unable to replicate reliably, occurs when driving at slower speeds (less than 35 mph), and occurs multiple times within the first 15 minutes or so of turning the car on and driving. No dashboard lights have shown up and the mechanic can't replicate the problem or figure out what's happening. What's going on? (additional details inside) [more inside]
posted by lea724 on May 16, 2013 - 7 answers

I need snow chains for my 2006 Volvo S40

Asking on behalf of someone else: I need snow chains for my 2006 Volvo S40. Official Volvo chains sell for at least $310, which is more than I'm willing to spend. Are there cheaper alternatives? [more inside]
posted by nanook on Dec 20, 2012 - 4 answers

Is it too late to order a Volvo C30 for North America?

A very specific question, if you work for a Volvo dealership: is it too late to order a C30 from the factory, for North American (specifically, US) delivery? [more inside]
posted by davejay on Nov 12, 2012 - 2 answers

Volvo - What to do with the engine?

I have a 1991 Volvo 740 with a 4 cylinder engine that was rebuilt less than 3000 miles ago. Car was just in an accident that totaled the car but didn't affect the engine. So I figure I'll look for another Volvo that needs an engine. Does anyone know what year & models can take that engine? Or point me in the direction of where to look. Or just part the car out and start fresh? Thank you!
posted by mikedelic on Oct 12, 2012 - 9 answers

Volvo FrontEndFilter: How much is this going to cost me?

My 1994 Volvo 850 Turbo sedan failed inspection for a tie rod, a ball joint, and front tires. I took it in and am sitting around waiting on my estimate. Just curious. How much should I expect to pay for this? Labor is $70/hr. [more inside]
posted by even butter on Jun 28, 2012 - 5 answers

sure, run it into the ground

Which used Volvo wagon should I buy? [more inside]
posted by TheCavorter on Jan 5, 2012 - 16 answers

Audi TT versus Volvo C30

We're choosing between a used Audi TT coupe and a used Volvo C30 hatchback - anything we should consider? Do you own either of these cars? Hate them or love anything in particular about them? [more inside]
posted by letitrain on Nov 20, 2011 - 14 answers

Anyone have any recommendations on a good Volvo mechanic in Seattle?

Anyone have any recommendations on a good Volvo mechanic in Seattle? Bonus points for West Seattle... [more inside]
posted by stenseng on Sep 8, 2011 - 4 answers

Subaru or Volvo?

Should we buy a Subaru or a Volvo? Outback or Forester / V50 or V70? Requirements: AWD, durability/dependability, fuel efficiency, safety, cargo space in that order. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Jul 16, 2011 - 21 answers


i need advice on choosing tires for my 2006 XC70. [more inside]
posted by violetk on Jul 12, 2011 - 10 answers

Whistle sound coming from Volvo V70 XC?

Volvo V70 XC whistle on acceleration. What's up with that? [more inside]
posted by ascheele on Jul 8, 2011 - 7 answers

Talk me out of buying a Volvo

Volvo 240/ 740/ 940 as a beater car. Bad idea for someone who can't do their own repairs? [more inside]
posted by ellighi on Jun 17, 2011 - 15 answers

How much for parts?

Help - quick! Someone has offered to buy our 1991 Volvo 240 wagon for parts but we are being required to set an asking price instead of him making an offer. Anyone have any advice? The mechanic kind of scoffed at $500.
posted by krikany on Feb 11, 2011 - 14 answers

box of gears

I have a 2004 Volvo XC 90 - crossover - Recently the gearbox slipped and a warning light appeared informing that the gear box needed urgent servicing... [more inside]
posted by the noob on Jul 13, 2010 - 3 answers

Should this be my summer project?

Should I buy a 1972 Volvo that needs work? I'd be doing it as a DIY project, as well as to gain a new source of transporting myself. How feasible is a restoration project for someone with no experience working on cars? [more inside]
posted by Candide on May 18, 2010 - 21 answers


Anyone own or have owned a 2008 Volvo C30 or any other model year? I'm curious about pricing discrepancies I'm seeing for the 2008 model as opposed to the 2009. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on May 2, 2010 - 2 answers

Should I buy a Volvo?

Last year I almost bought a new Volvo c30. I drove one and liked it, but then work got busy and I put the whole thing off until the spring. However, in December Ford announced that they would be selling Volvo to Geely. Geely has apparently has only been manufacturing cars since 1989. This makes me hesitant, even though the BBC report on the sale states: Industry observers say the sale is good news for Volvo. Am I over thinking this, or is the ownership of a car company irrelevant?
posted by R. Mutt on Jan 25, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me fix my daughter's Volvo for cheap!

1992 Volvo 240 in my driveway will not start. Can the hive mind help me fix it without spending what the car is worth? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by chazlarson on Sep 29, 2009 - 32 answers

Is a partially working fuel gauge on a 2000 VOLVO C70 serious?

Is a partially working fuel gauge on a 2000 VOLVO C70 serious? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Sep 19, 2009 - 4 answers

Show me your Vul...Volvo!

This is a question about a 30 year old Volvo and making it awesome. HHO generators, paint, and maintenance included. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Aug 17, 2009 - 17 answers

Rack-ing my brain.

RoofRackFilter: in which the poster ignores all the good advice he received earlier, buys a used Volvo V70, and is confounded by the roof rack. [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on Jun 19, 2009 - 2 answers

Volvo V40 shaking at 60-70mph

I own a 2001 Volvo V40 that done 109000 miles. It has developed a fault that I am having difficulty identifying. When reaching speeds of 60mph to 70 mph the car is shaking badly when the engine is under power, it stops when you ease back the accelerator even if maintaining the same speed. Up to 50/55mph it is not evident. I have had all wheels rebalanced and new tyres on the front, the rear are also in good condition. Swapping them round made no difference. Can anybody point me in the right direction?
posted by oxide on May 21, 2009 - 13 answers

So it's a Volvo, then.

Twenty-something interested in buying first serious car...a Volvo maybe! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2009 - 16 answers

Volvo vs. Saab convertible

Looking for a decent year-round convertible which can comfortably fit two adults and two children. [more inside]
posted by evilelf on Oct 25, 2008 - 15 answers

What do we do with our broken car?

What do I do with our broken car? (Long explanation) We have a 2001 S40 Turbo. Despite following the standard maintenance schedule and ensuring oil/water, etc is always good, it's been a pain in then neck since we bought it in 2003. I think I've put more into it for repairs than I paid for it. The last 18 months it's had a problem with the temp gauge spiking and then dropping down to normal. We've had it in a half a dozen times and each time the mechanics replace the themostat and the heat sensor. That fixes it for a while and then 3 months later, boom ... it happens again. No one has ever found the problem, until now. [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on Jul 30, 2008 - 13 answers

Stopping the steam from coming out of my cars air conditioning

I have a 1999 Volvo S70. I was driving yesterday when foul smelling steam started coming out of the air conditioning vents and also from underneath the ashtray. My coolant level was very low (the reservoir was empty), and I added a whole gallon of coolant but it did not stay in the reservoir. Is my coolant pooling somewhere bad or do I just need to add more? Also is it possible to remove a fuse or something so my air conditioning won't turn on at all until I can take it in to get fixed? As it is now, steam starts coming out of the vents after about five minutes of driving. [more inside]
posted by Charlie Lesoine on Jun 14, 2008 - 13 answers

Are these Volvos good?

This question is for my friend. He's looking to buy a more fuel efficient car (he gets 10-12 mpg from his Suburban—wants more like 20-25). He is looking at Volvo cars, specifically the 2000-2002 S60's, S70's, and C70's. Evidently the convertible models from the early 2000's weren't that safe. Looking to spend $11 grand or less. What information do you have about these Volvo models? What should he look out for? Are their similar convertibles to the C70 with similar MPG and better safety/maintenance records?
posted by Korou on Jun 7, 2008 - 7 answers

An Ill Volvo

Los Angeles Volvo Filter: Does anyone know of an auto shop that specializes in Volvo service? [more inside]
posted by thesiameseffect on May 8, 2008 - 9 answers

Why didn't I see all these Volvos before I bought one?

You buy a Volvo, and suddenly you start noticing every Volvo on the road. [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands on Feb 15, 2008 - 13 answers

When my taillights are on, my brake lights don't work. How to fix?

While my taillights are off, my brake lights work just fine. When they are on, my left one goes out. How can I fix this? I'm driving a mid 80's Volvo. My car uses the same bulb for taillight and brake-light. Basically, while my taillights are supposed to be on, and I step on the brakes, that entire bulb turns off (on the left side). [more inside]
posted by k7lim on Oct 6, 2007 - 7 answers

My car was beeping when a state trooper wanted to pass me. How come?

My car was beeping when a state trooper wanted to pass me. How come? [more inside]
posted by good for you! on Sep 28, 2006 - 26 answers

Volvo 240 Glovebox

Volvo 240 glovebox - mine won't stay closed. Please supply creative solutions beyond Velcro. [more inside]
posted by vers on Jun 17, 2006 - 12 answers

Help me replace my boxy, sedate sedan.

Suggestions to replace a 1995 Volvo 850? [more inside]
posted by perissodactyl on May 19, 2006 - 7 answers

My old volvo doesn't blow!

My 1994 Volvo 940 wagon seems to have minor, intermittent electrical problems. The cruise control went a few months ago. The illumination on the transmission indicator went for a while and now it's back. The sunroof was a bit testy for a few days. Now the blower for the climate control is out. What's going on, you think? This last one's a pisser, and it might be fixed with a fuse, but it's been too cold and wet to try. But something sinister is going on even if I just need a fuse.
posted by Mayor Curley on May 2, 2006 - 8 answers

Volvo S40 value?

Buying a specific used car, how can I determine its value? [more inside]
posted by ac on Feb 2, 2006 - 6 answers

Volvo valve cover gasket replacement as easy as it seems?

Anyone have experience replacing the valve cover gasket on a Volvo, or general experience with engine seals in cars? [more inside]
posted by Derive the Hamiltonian of... on Nov 13, 2005 - 17 answers

Old Volvo - good idea?

Current and former Volvo owners, please help me. Is buying a 1996 850 Turbo Wagon with 165,000 miles on it a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by internal on Oct 6, 2005 - 28 answers

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