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    1. #1
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      in it for the longer haul...

      just spent >$2000 in maintenance/repairs so definitely keeping this 2008 C70 for another 2-3 years.

      - timing belt (including tensioners, water pump)
      - auxillary belts
      - cam seals (there was a small leak)
      - coolant flush
      - brake fluid flush
      - passenger side engine mount (not leaking yet but i had already bought it and they were in there already)
      - radiator fan --> reason for a CEL/engine service required light

      radiator fan was unexpected but the rest was regular maintenance. fingers crossed no issues with the top for the next 2-3 years!

      next up: new set of tires. conti dws and hankook ventus have both been great alternatives over the stock michelin mxm. will be putting on a set of nokia zline in 235/45/18 later this week. bent a rim a couple of months ago so am doing the 45 profile instead of 40 for added rim protection. glad i picked up a backup midir on ebay a few years back. love driving with new summer tires!
      Last edited by jschinito; 03-14-2017 at 07:04 PM.
      2008 C70 GT - Black/Black/Nordic Oak/18x8 Black Midirs
      Shark Tune - GoVo ECU Spacer - Ford e-Focus Mount - Koni FSD - Elevate SwayBar - Massive Camber Arms - Centric Rotors - Akebono Pads - Nokian Z-Line 235/45/18 - Mods4cars SmartTop - Llumar/Madico Tint - E46 Bi-Xenon Retrofit w/ZKW-R Lens Morimoto XB35 - LED Int/Ext/Halos - Fryalip - Fumoto Valve

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      I bought a 2008 myself just over a year ago. The 2 issues were a ceiling that detached from its clips and sagged down. That needed to be fixed and the dealer performed that with help from some new type adhesive. Also I needed two new headlight assemblies (the whole banana) because the wiring inside was junk with all the insulation cracked and falling off leaving bare wires all over and wireing harnesses cannot be ordered by themselves. Besides that, the car mechanically is a freight train so far and the Polestar upgrade makes it even more so. Very pleased.

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      Same here on my '08.

      Was hit last year....got other things taken care of while it was in the body shop. Replaced the factory wheels that have been repaired one too many many times, new tires, brake job, plugs and rear shocks next. On a winter warm day recently someone spotted me with the top down....thought I got a new car.

      Did the Polestar upgraded a couple of years ago when they ran a good promo. Made some recent updates to the electronics/added backup camera. Feels more modern now.

      No reason to not go a few more years with it.

      Now if I can just bring myself to get my $1000 deposit back on that Tesla Model 3. LOL.

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      Can you tell me what backup camera you installed and how you installed the camera and display?

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      we have the deposit on the tesla 3 also! it will replace the wife's 2008 prius.... although maybe if she's patient enough she can get a volvo:
      http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/201...lectric-model/


      Quote Originally Posted by ricksli View Post
      Same here on my '08.

      Was hit last year....got other things taken care of while it was in the body shop. Replaced the factory wheels that have been repaired one too many many times, new tires, brake job, plugs and rear shocks next. On a winter warm day recently someone spotted me with the top down....thought I got a new car.

      Did the Polestar upgraded a couple of years ago when they ran a good promo. Made some recent updates to the electronics/added backup camera. Feels more modern now.

      No reason to not go a few more years with it.

      Now if I can just bring myself to get my $1000 deposit back on that Tesla Model 3. LOL.
      2008 C70 GT - Black/Black/Nordic Oak/18x8 Black Midirs
      Shark Tune - GoVo ECU Spacer - Ford e-Focus Mount - Koni FSD - Elevate SwayBar - Massive Camber Arms - Centric Rotors - Akebono Pads - Nokian Z-Line 235/45/18 - Mods4cars SmartTop - Llumar/Madico Tint - E46 Bi-Xenon Retrofit w/ZKW-R Lens Morimoto XB35 - LED Int/Ext/Halos - Fryalip - Fumoto Valve

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      Quote Originally Posted by JLDSystems View Post
      Can you tell me what backup camera you installed and how you installed the camera and display?
      See my Volvotech VBB4 thread.

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      Looks nice! I'm still on the fence about the Tesla. Love my convertible...don't know if I'm ready to give it up.

      Quote Originally Posted by jschinito View Post
      we have the deposit on the tesla 3 also! it will replace the wife's 2008 prius.... although maybe if she's patient enough she can get a volvo:
      http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/201...lectric-model/

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      Quote Originally Posted by ricksli View Post
      See my Volvotech VBB4 thread.
      it's awesome and perfect.

      unfortunately i don't have the nav screen on my c70. oh well, it's what makes it that much more special to me :-)
      2008 C70 GT - Black/Black/Nordic Oak/18x8 Black Midirs
      Shark Tune - GoVo ECU Spacer - Ford e-Focus Mount - Koni FSD - Elevate SwayBar - Massive Camber Arms - Centric Rotors - Akebono Pads - Nokian Z-Line 235/45/18 - Mods4cars SmartTop - Llumar/Madico Tint - E46 Bi-Xenon Retrofit w/ZKW-R Lens Morimoto XB35 - LED Int/Ext/Halos - Fryalip - Fumoto Valve

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      I'm getting ready to do my timing belt too! I certainly plan on keeping this car a while.

      I think with proper routine maintenance and upkeep, I see no reason these cars can't last as long as their counterparts!

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      just wanted to say i really love my car....

      in the last few months with new tires (nokia zlines 235/45/18), new turbo control valve, new fuel pressure sensor, and last weekend, a transmission fluid drain and fill, the car is just performing so incredibly smooth.
      the 45 profile tires has improved ride quality over the 235/40/18. the TCV, FPS and ATF change have made acceleration and shifts silky smooth and power delivery incredibly strong and linear. really don't want to replace it now for a while...whereas before i kept looking for the "next thing."

      and just thinking about all the mods i've done, the car's definitely better than stock.

      power: shark tune, ecu spacer, efocus mount
      suspension: koni fsds, elevate rear sway
      appearance/misc: 18" midirs (had 17" sironas i think before), tint, trunk lip, larger volvo emblem on grill, smartop, e46 projector hids

      anyways, just sharing how this forum has helped me love this car so much more. the information, combined with getting this car used at a reasonable price, has allowed a little bit of money and love/sweat to improve the car to where i want to keep and enjoy for years to come!
      2008 C70 GT - Black/Black/Nordic Oak/18x8 Black Midirs
      Shark Tune - GoVo ECU Spacer - Ford e-Focus Mount - Koni FSD - Elevate SwayBar - Massive Camber Arms - Centric Rotors - Akebono Pads - Nokian Z-Line 235/45/18 - Mods4cars SmartTop - Llumar/Madico Tint - E46 Bi-Xenon Retrofit w/ZKW-R Lens Morimoto XB35 - LED Int/Ext/Halos - Fryalip - Fumoto Valve

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      That sounds great.

      Do you have some online references for the fluid flush or did you take it somewhere?

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      Quote Originally Posted by rodneygt View Post
      That sounds great.

      Do you have some online references for the fluid flush or did you take it somewhere?
      did the drain & fill myself via drain plug and funnel with tubing into the dipstick port. not much harder than oil change.

      see sticky:

      How to flush the automatic transmission
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      Shark Tune - GoVo ECU Spacer - Ford e-Focus Mount - Koni FSD - Elevate SwayBar - Massive Camber Arms - Centric Rotors - Akebono Pads - Nokian Z-Line 235/45/18 - Mods4cars SmartTop - Llumar/Madico Tint - E46 Bi-Xenon Retrofit w/ZKW-R Lens Morimoto XB35 - LED Int/Ext/Halos - Fryalip - Fumoto Valve

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      Quote Originally Posted by jschinito View Post
      just spent >$2000 in maintenance/repairs so definitely keeping this 2008 C70 for another 2-3 years.

      - timing belt (including tensioners, water pump)
      - auxillary belts
      - cam seals (there was a small leak)
      - coolant flush
      - brake fluid flush
      - passenger side engine mount (not leaking yet but i had already bought it and they were in there already)
      - radiator fan --> reason for a CEL/engine service required light

      radiator fan was unexpected but the rest was regular maintenance. fingers crossed no issues with the top for the next 2-3 years!

      next up: new set of tires. conti dws and hankook ventus have both been great alternatives over the stock michelin mxm. will be putting on a set of nokia zline in 235/45/18 later this week. bent a rim a couple of months ago so am doing the 45 profile instead of 40 for added rim protection. glad i picked up a backup midir on ebay a few years back. love driving with new summer tires!
      You can't really count routine maintenance as a "black hole" expense. So long as the car runs great, it pays to spend the money to keep things that way. Now of course, if the car starts having irregular mechanical issues, then it's time to consider an alternative.

      While it ALWAYS SUCKS to say here's a car with X dollars (i.e. $5,000) and I now have to spend $2,000, people forget the longterm picture. You know the car's maintenance history. how it's been driven, and what's been done to the vehicle while you've owned it. Take that $5,000 and buy another, and who knows what you'll get!

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      Mileage query

      So how many miles you have on this C70?
      Is it a daily driver or as a 2nd car?
      Just curious.

      Quote Originally Posted by jschinito View Post
      just spent >$2000 in maintenance/repairs so definitely keeping this 2008 C70 for another 2-3 years.

      - timing belt (including tensioners, water pump)
      - auxillary belts
      - cam seals (there was a small leak)
      - coolant flush
      - brake fluid flush
      - passenger side engine mount (not leaking yet but i had already bought it and they were in there already)
      - radiator fan --> reason for a CEL/engine service required light

      radiator fan was unexpected but the rest was regular maintenance. fingers crossed no issues with the top for the next 2-3 years!

      next up: new set of tires. conti dws and hankook ventus have both been great alternatives over the stock michelin mxm. will be putting on a set of nokia zline in 235/45/18 later this week. bent a rim a couple of months ago so am doing the 45 profile instead of 40 for added rim protection. glad i picked up a backup midir on ebay a few years back. love driving with new summer tires!
      2011 S40 T5 Polestar-Barents-Convector Wheels/BLIS/R Type Spoiler
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      i'm at close to 80k, daily driver
      2008 C70 GT - Black/Black/Nordic Oak/18x8 Black Midirs
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      new black midirs installed today. thanks jondeveions40!

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      Last edited by jschinito; 06-14-2017 at 11:50 PM.
      2008 C70 GT - Black/Black/Nordic Oak/18x8 Black Midirs
      Shark Tune - GoVo ECU Spacer - Ford e-Focus Mount - Koni FSD - Elevate SwayBar - Massive Camber Arms - Centric Rotors - Akebono Pads - Nokian Z-Line 235/45/18 - Mods4cars SmartTop - Llumar/Madico Tint - E46 Bi-Xenon Retrofit w/ZKW-R Lens Morimoto XB35 - LED Int/Ext/Halos - Fryalip - Fumoto Valve

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      GREAT combo. Very sharp.
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      thanks. yeah, they make the 235/45/18 tires looks more low profile for some reason


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      Shark Tune - GoVo ECU Spacer - Ford e-Focus Mount - Koni FSD - Elevate SwayBar - Massive Camber Arms - Centric Rotors - Akebono Pads - Nokian Z-Line 235/45/18 - Mods4cars SmartTop - Llumar/Madico Tint - E46 Bi-Xenon Retrofit w/ZKW-R Lens Morimoto XB35 - LED Int/Ext/Halos - Fryalip - Fumoto Valve

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      Looking very sleek. I like it. When are we meeting up? I'm trying to organize a P1 gathering this summer.


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      Quote Originally Posted by Socalc70 View Post
      Looking very sleek. I like it. When are we meeting up? I'm trying to organize a P1 gathering this summer.


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      That would be cool, i'm up for a road trip if work travel allows for it!
      2013 S60 T6 AWD/Grey, 2007 C70 6MT/Magic Blue (Koni FSD, Stoptech/Akebono, Elevate exhaust, smartop module, IPD rear sway/links, more to come...), 2006 XC90 V8/Graphite, 1980 242 GT (previous: XC70, 850GLT, 244 GLT. Parents cars: 244 GLE, 244GL, 123 GT, P544)

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      Quote Originally Posted by francisd View Post
      That would be cool, i'm up for a road trip if work travel allows for it!
      I didn't get a lot of response on the west coast thread but about 5 guys are interested so far. We'll just do it either way. Is July or august better for you?


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      Hey, I'd be up for that. Any Location in mind.
      I live in Santa Cruz
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