This is my first time posting an interactive discussion thread on a forum, but I figured it would be a perfect place to document my progress on my Magic Blue 2007 S60 T5 with M66. This is my first P2 Volvo, in the past I have owned a couple manual P80's and a few redblocks.
As is, the '07 T5Ms were quite rare as many of you know (60 made in '07 iirc). The way this car is spec'd out makes me believe it is a one-off car, at least in the United States. As a Magic Blue '07 T5M with the 917C two-tone interior, I would expect very few cars to be made the same. I haven't checked the VIN to confirm if everything was as-is from the factory, but as it sits, I think it is one of very few spec'd the same.
I bought it about a month and a half ago in February 2020 from Connor @ ViVA. It was brought up to Massachusetts by Connor from a fellow in Virginia who seemed to take good care of it. Connor never ended up putting it on the road, so I got it with hardly any New England miles. I bought the car with just over 124K and have since put ~2K miles on it.
I bought the car with all the factory bits and aftermarket mods it has on it. It has ABL Xenon headlights, Volvo sport front bumper, side skirts, rear valence, and spoiler, Bilstein HD F/R shocks, Ultra Racing strut brace, iPd strut bar conversion, Ultra Racing rear chassis brace, Snabb catted downpipe, TME cat-back, and various R bits like intake manifold cover and 18" Pegasus.
I plan on doing some work with it, making it an R spec T5 without all the expensive breaky stuff (4C, AWD, cracked sleeves). I have recently acquired a set of R Brembos that I am in the process of repainting, as well as a set of R headlights that I hope to modify with a projector retrofit.
The car is currently registered with a rebuilt title due to a rear-end accident where the driver's side rear quarter panel was hit. The body work done is very nice and you cannot tell that the car had been hit from the rear quarter, but if you pull the interior taillight panel off you'll notice some mangled metal. Everything fits as it should and under normal circumstances you cannot notice it so it doesn't bother me.
However, it does mean the car was resprayed. I was informed that the body and bumpers were resprayed, besides the roof and trunk lid. For the most part, the paint work was very nicely done and the untrained eye would not be able to notice anything. Upon closer inspection, you will notice some slight surface rust on the rockers near the door frames and a small run on the front passenger door. My auto-body friend said she noticed a few more things, but I was unable to identify anything (I have almost zero bodywork experience).
Overall, the car is very nice and I am incredibly happy to have it. I am moving on from a '98 V70 T5M with 300K miles so this is quite the upgrade, however as a college student with an active lifestyle, it gives me anxiety. It was nice to have a car where you didn't have to worry too much about the exterior or interior (in terms of current shape). I have a '92 240 that I'm trying to get back on the road so I can use that for daily abuse and winter driving. Once that is back up and running, this vehicle will be more for running errands and weekend drives.
I will do my best to regularly update this page for more in-depth write ups on what has been going on with the car, but for more short-term updates, feel free to follow my progress over on Instagram @volvbro. I'd love to post pictures here if anyone can give me some instruction, I can't seem to figure out how to do it. Imgur isn't accepting my photos for some reason.
If you've made it this far, thanks for reading and I look forward to getting more involved with the P2 and Swedespeed community!