Archive for November, 2008

What’s included in the labor hour on Volvo’s maintenance?

Thursday, November 27th, 2008
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txapasdiez asked:


The last notice I have for the price of the labor hour on the Official Volvo Dealership is $125.00.
Do you know what kind of services are included in that rate?. Only the time that the technician works on the car, or something else?
Thanks in advance.

Jason
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Volvo S40: Upholding the Marques Values

Monday, November 10th, 2008
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Kenneth Mckinley asked:


Volvo has a lot to thank the Volvo S60 for. The introduction of said car paved way for more prominent and best-selling cars like the second generation of S40. According to car analysts, Volvo S40 is probably the first small Volvo that really upholds the marques values. This is because of the car’s design, appeal, and affordability factors.

Further, it is also considered as a clever used buy. As a used buy, S40 stacks up well. Additionally, a previous owner may leave a purchaser a whole host of classic Volvo values.

Volvo S40 upgrade parts feature styling touches that are genuinely never seen before. The new S40 introduces a brand new design based on the Volvo P1 platform. The car is manufactured at the Volvo Cars factory situated in Ghent, Belgium.

Volvo S40 won the 2005 Canadian Car of the Year Best New Sport Compact award. It was also nominated for the World Car of the Year award. Also in said year, the car was elected the South African Car of the Year by the South African Guild of Motoring Jounalists. One of the many variants of the car is S40 T5. Said variant features a 2.5 L (2521 cc) five-cylinder fuel injected engine with a light-pressure turbocharger. The engine is diagonally mounted at the front of the car and drives the front wheels. Its valvetrain, a DOHC design, has 4 valves per cylinder.

Some enthusiasts are saying that S40 can be considered as one of the best picks in the auto market these days. It is refined, reliable and made more affordable by the automaker. They added that from the façade to the bodywork, which is inspired by Ford Focus - and finally to what are found under the hood - everything is fascinating.

On the other hand, Volvo S60, which was introduced in 2000, is the automaker’s entry-level luxury car. It is one of the first Volvo cars to use Peter Horbury’s design called “curvy Volvos” that used the tagline used in “Revolvolution.” Parts Volvo S60 was refreshed in 2004 to create brand new capabilities. For the 2008 model year S60 and V70 will be using Ford EUCD platform.



Annie
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What would cause my 1996 Volvo 850 non turbo to idle unevenly?

Saturday, November 8th, 2008
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Anthony asked:


I own a 96 Volvo 850 non turbo when your driving it and giving it gas the engine runs at an even RPM but when idling the RPMs go up and down but rapidly short. I was wondering if maybe it the airflow mass meter?

Mike
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How much should it cost me to repair an oxygen sensor on a Volvo 850?

Friday, November 7th, 2008
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derepente315 asked:


I took our Volvo 850 GLT SW to the mechanic and they said it had a faulty Bank 1, Sensor 2 on it (sensor code PO136). The mechanic is recommending that I replace the sensor and update the harness kit for $500. Is this in the right ballpark for the cost? And is it a critical fix or can I let it go…the car has 157,000 miles on it.

Nicole
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Is Volvo Really Up for Sale?

Friday, November 7th, 2008
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Glady Reign asked:


Rumor has it that the Ford Motor Co. may let go of its Scandinavian brand - Volvo. After its announcement that Land Rover and Jaguar brands are up for sale, watchers in the industry expect that the next deal would involve Volvo Cars, also part of the Premier Automotive Group (PAG).

Reports about Volvo joining the PAG sell-off has sent flutters through the company’s Australian operations. But Ford denies the sell-off. The Dearborn-based automaker recently sold its luxury automaker Aston Martin. Then it decided to include Land Rover and Jaguar to the potential sale list.

The sale is aimed at raising money to finance the turnaround of the automaker for it to return into the black soon. In overhauling its American brands, Ford needs a considerable sum to defray the expenses. In view of this, analysts in the industry said that Volvo is likely to be sold at $8 billion dollars.

“Officially, it’s no comment because we haven’t heard anything or received any instruction from Ford or Volvo,” Volvo Australia spokesman Todd Hallenbeck says. “All we know is what has been floated in European media.”

“The worrying thing about these reports, even if they are speculation, is that it doesn’t do a lot for brand confidence,” Hallenbeck says. “The disappointing aspect of the reports is that they come when Volvo internationally and in Australia is on an upward curve.”

“The relationship between Volvo and Ford has always been very strong. It has always been a money earner for them… Ford has invested the money for us to develop the C30, the new C70, the S80. They have given us the real foothold to develop a new model range,” Hallenbeck adds. “There is a lot of speculation and a lot of people are saying that Volvo may be the only brand (within PAG) that has a value… but it is all just speculation.”

Hallenbeck points to global sales and a local operation that is fast. “We couldn’t be more happy with the way things are going,” Hallenbeck says. “To the end of June we were up 24 per cent on the previous year and that was up 37 per cent over ‘05. To last week we have sold more than 2900 cars, more than for the entire year in 2003. We have a lot of momentum, the dealers are incredibly happy and everybody is smiling.”

One of the strong reasons behind Volvo’s resurgence has been the renaissance of its lineup. The modifications were not limited to the enhancement of the design philosophy, styling and dynamics, as well as the upgrade of auto parts such as the Volvo axle, engine and more.

Ford, which sold Aston Martin for $450 million in 2006, has valued Volvo at 25 percent more than the $6.5 billion it paid in 1999, reported Cars Guide. The official line from Ford is that it is not in discussion with any companies regarding a sale of Volvo, but added that it is continuing to assess all of its options for the business, the report added.

Separately, Hyundai denies its alleged plan to acquire the Swedish brand. “We do not have any interest in buying Volvo or Jaguar or Land Rover,” says Jake Jang, a spokesman for Hyundai.

Hyundai, which was named by the Sunday Times as a potential bidder for Volvo, said that it is too busy pursuing its own expansion plans. “Our hands are full now,” Jang said. “We are in the process of building global manufacturing facilities from China to the United States and Europe.” Hyundai had also denied a report in February that it was interested in buying Jaguar, Chron reports.



Carolyn
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Volvo C30 Makes Swedes More Hip

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
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Glady Reign asked:


“Love it. Hate it. What’s your opinion?” Volvo Cars candidly asks us for your first impressions of their C30 - the compact and sporty two-door car.

The Volvo C30, a near-luxury car from Ford’s Premier Automotive Group, is said to make Swedes more hip than before. The three-door, four-seat hatchback is equipped with I4 and I5 engines. The car is a hatchback version of its siblings - the S40, V50, and the C70.

The Swedish automaker made their fun-loving side go untamed in designing the C30. The car is given bold cues in the body and rapper-cool customized options to make it more attractive and trendy. To maintain the car ride “phat” that is distinctly Volvo’s, the pool of engineers has incorporated a precision controlled performance and a striking ambient interior shrink-wrapped to blend with the small car market to tease new generation of aficionados.

To make the car more attractive, straight-on headlights and a bold-faced grille defined the chiseled lines of the Volvo C30. Viewed from the front and sides, the hatchback epitomizes the modern styling of Volvo. Looking at the back, the view becomes much more futuristic. The appearance is enhanced by a frameless curved glass hatch window and prominent taillights over a bubbled out back bumper. This is its way of captivating a crowd - day or night. To make it iconic, the car is given a dramatically flared back that resonates with pop art impressions from the past.

Trevor Friesen, from Volvo of Victoria, points out that “Individualization is very important to modern consumers in the 25 - 35 year old demographic that the C30 appeals to. Volvo lets buyers customize the body kit (the front spoiler, side skirts and rear spoiler) by picking a color that either matches or contrasts with the exterior paint to distinguish their ride.”

Fab and sexy - that is what perfectly describes the new Volvo C30. Producing the car means Volvo is taking a new design direction by proving that it has not missed a beat in the C30. Volvo’s new hatchback was unveiled at the 2006 Paris Motor Show. However, it was produced in Europe late last year. In Europe, the production of the C30 is expected to be 65,000 units annually. The car is offered with a wide variety of gasoline and diesel engines. Gasoline engines include a 100 hp 1.6 liter I4, a 125 hp 1.8 liter I4, a 145 hp 2.0 liter I4, a 170 hp 2.4 liter inline-5, and a 220 hp turbocharged 2.5 liter inline-5 unit. Diesel engines, on the other hand, will be a 109 hp 1.6 liter inline-4, a 136 hp 2.0 liter inline-4, and a 180 hp 2.4 liter inline-5 unit.

The Volvo C30 also features Volvo control arms, four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS), traction control and airbags, electronic stability program (ESP), front and rear crumple zones, and a taut occupant cell. These features are developed by Mercedes-Benz but licensed for use by Volvo at no cost. Additionally, the C30 is given a patented front and rear structure using four varied grades of steel to manage the impact energy around the body of the car.

The Volvo C30 will also feature an upgraded sound system that includes a digital 5×130 watt ICE Power amplifier manufactured by Alpine featuring the Dolby Pro Logic II Surround, and 10 loudspeakers from Danish Dynaudio. These features are expected to tempt the distinct appetite of the youth market.

To boost Volvo’s safety philosophy, the hatchback offers the Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS) and the Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) with side airbags and an inflatable curtain. The seat belts have pretensioners to protect the car occupants against accidents.

The car also uses Volvo’s Intelligent Driver Information System (IDIS). The safety feature is responsible for the monitoring of the car’s preemptive systems like steering wheel angle, pedal depressions, and overall factors that help the auto computer to settle whether the driver is busy or distracted, and will then delay certain information or alerts that are unessential.

There is a lot to love about the Volvo C30. Its overall comfort, quality and safety make it outshine the rest of the cars in the market these days. It is especially engineered to quench the market’s thirsts for something out of the ordinary. The new hatchback is now especially marketed for first-time Volvo buyers and the youth market. Its competitors include the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series, Mini Cooper, and the Volkswagen Golf.



Eleanor
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