I have been a LONGGGGGG time lurker, read hundreds of pages of all of yours work, and I have always wanted to input something, so here is my shot. Some context is that I come from the realm of redblocks, drove a far from mint 240 for a long while in high school
But after my first two years in college I knew that I would need something more practical (think in terms of power windows and air conditioning not usable storage space) that could also reliably carry me not only too and from my Co-op 60 miles a day but also between Minneapolis and Milwaukee whenever I return home. Enter my NA M56 V70, Rita. This is the day I drove it home, I got it with 99k miles on it, it now has just under 105k. Although the PO noted a mileage discrepancy where the carfax indicates it has ~140k, didn't really bother me because I knew I would replace every wear item within the year.
This is after a soft stage 0 (plug wires, cap & rotor, oil change with Rotella T6) and a TPS to solve a nasty misfiring issue. I then revamped the PCV, tossed on the upper engine rear torque mount that the PO included in the sale. I then got some AWESOME roof bars and a cargo topper, feat. my dad and I's shared winter wheels for break (I'm not home during majority of the winter)
Then I got the coveted rear wing, and color matched it with spray paint from a local NAPA. I continued to revamp the front brakes and suspension; new front pads, rotors and drivers side caliper, both control arms and a clapped out drivers side outer tie rod. I also commandeered my dad's old P2 T5 rims, bought cheapo firestone tires and proceded to autocross on them.
That brings it to this afternoon. I changed my oil with T6 again, there was a rather concerning lack of oil (only 4.5 quarts, although the filter was still full). I also put the hatch trim panel back on after I put the metal tabs to reinforce it. Although I am missing the plastic trim that shattered when I took the panel off originally.
I'll end this first post off with a couple questions; I have a p0455 code that I believe is either the J Evap hose, the gas cap seal, or the purge valve. I've also been getting around 22.5 MPG which I think is low, will solving this CEL increase my mileage? Also the oil consumption issue; I'll pay closer attention to it this go around, but if it continues should I change oil weights? And finally, my hatch lock seams to bind up against the tailgate when the trim panel is on, has anyone encountered this issue? I can force it open with the key input on the tailgate but its kinda a PITA to do with my arms full of groceries!
I'm excited to become a part of these legendary forums, and any advice for a kid that has all of an adjustable wrench on campus is incredibly welcome!