Hey Guys, I've got some sad news. My V70R is no longer of this world. She's actually been gone a few months but I've been transitioning to a new job and didn't have time to do a little write up.
In early september, I was headed to work when I turned the key in the ignition and nothing happened. I popped the hood to see if I could spot the culprit, but nothing jumped out. I went back to try it again and noticed a little smoke coming out of the vents. When I looked under the dash, there was already a little hand full of flames. [OH CRAP!]
I ran inside the house to see if I could find a fire extinguisher....but after a recent move, that was a lost cause. I grabbed a big box of baking soda with little hope. My wife called 9-1-1. Within three minutes, it was, I believe the firemen used the term: "fully involved."
When the dust settled:
I'm sad to see her go. I had a lot of fun doing mods and working to make it a great car. She was a pretty rare Ti-cama 6-Spd with most of the fun mods. I was particulary proud of the High-Beam Euro-Light addition and the Coil-Overs that I put on the front last year. I never got around to the rears, so I have two rear KW coil-overs with no home. I'm also probably the only person in SoCal with a set of Pegs with Blizzaks:-)
I can't say anything for certain, but I think the CEM was the culprit. I had a problem with it about 5 years ago and had to send it out to to get repaired. It looked like the fire started there.
State Farm was actually amazing and totally took care of me. They gave me probably 2 grand more than the price of any one I could find anywhere in the US, even with 30k fewer miles.
Unfortunately, this is the end of the Volvo run for the foreseeable future. My Grandparents bought their first 122 new in 1967. My family (including Grandma, Aunts, Uncles, Siblings etc) currently has 11, all of them wagons. The wife has said, after she saw the bill for the coil-overs, that we can't be a Volvo family any more So there's a new-to-me Venza in the driveway now.
I'll be posting the snow-tires in the classified ads soon. They've only got a couple hundred miles on them.
And before anyone asks....the car got towed and I have no idea what happened to it....but there really wasn't much left of it. The rims were even deformed. She was a lost cause in pretty much every way.