Latest in my saga:
Had the Ol' girl in the shop AGAIN today. This time for a third set of sway bar end links and a second set of control arm bushings. That's right $573 of parts and labor (oops, forgot to mention that I was BYO on the sway bar links. Purchased the IPD heavy duty jobbers and had the Volvo dealer install them).
Fun part? Well there are actuall two fun parts. Came into the dealer asking for new struts, but was told "We never have to replace struts on Volvos before 120K, very rare. Mr S., you don't need struts, you need bushings and links" . . . Yeah you guessed it. $573 later they are telling me that I do need struts after 86K. Geez thats funny Mr. S.
Anyway, I digress. Funny part #2? Remember my CEL back in January that was intermittent? Well, it became more 'mittent' and I asked the Volvo dealer to slap on ol' VADIS and have a look see. After a rather heated 'negotiation' of the DIAGNOSTIC FEE , they decided to take into consideration the $573 worth of suspension work that I was having done and slap on ol' VADIS for a look see as "a COURTESY" (They're SOO good to me )
That's right, the code told them there was a "Long Term Fuel" thingey and that I deserved an ETM firmware upgrade. If that doesn't fix the problem, then they offered to go to the next step: deeper diagnostics of the car at my expense. Oh Joy!
Now the car doesn't accelerate well and it practically stalls at idle. Noticed it right away and called back the dealer (voice mail after being on hold 10 minutes).
With the car at idle, climate control on auto, transmission in drive, and foot on brake. Engine idles at 700RPM. The A/C compressor kicks on. Tach needle slightly deflects upward. A/C compressor kicks off. RPM drops 200 points and car nearly stalls. Violent shudder of the cabin and especially the steering wheel. Lights dim and then just as quickly the car returns to 700RPM. Wait a minute and the whole pattern repeats like clockwork.
Gee, wonder why the fan was off, the climate control was on manual overide, and the A/C was off when I got my car back? Were they trying to hear loud thunking rattle from the blown right strut assembly or were they trying to prevent me from noticing how the new ETM software upgrade causes your car to run like crap?
For the life of me, why Volvo?
Modified by Matt S. at 8:47 PM 4-19-2006