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What did you do to your S80/V70/XC70 today?

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Old Jun 18th, 2016, 17:46   #1
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Default What did you do to your S80/V70/XC70 today?

A lot of forums have a general "What did you do...." thread as a sticky, for people to post their general fixing, fettling and tinkering. Not sure if a Mod wants to make this one so.

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Had 4 new matched tyres fitted to replace the black circles of death fitted when I bought it...massive improvement over the rubbish that was on there, particularly the ride quality. If anyone ever offers you "Fullrun" or "Autogrip" tyres.....run, run away and don't look back. What the previous owner was thinking is beyond me: they really were dreadful, nasty things with zero wet grip. Now using some Hankook Optimo 4S chosen as (a) I've had Hankooks before and whilst they're no Michelin/Pirelli, they're good tyres and (b) via a contact, who's arguing at 50 a corner v 112 best price anywhere else.

Had a 4 wheel alignment...the guy let me hang about whilst it was done: interesting to note the bolts with cams that provide the adjustment on the rear.

Did yet another sump dump - must be the 6th or 7th: I'm not counting, just doing it until the oil starts to come out the same colour as it went it!

I also fitted a new battery to my Suunto Stinger dive computer which is quite fiddly and the nice man at Timpsons pressure tested it for me for a fiver...but that doesn't really count.
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Old Jun 18th, 2016, 17:58   #2
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Today I fitted new dash top in black ready for flocking (after France) and fitted infinity tweeter to the top speaker grills and wired them up much better than standard
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Old Jun 18th, 2016, 19:25   #3
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Touched in some damage on the silver strippy thing on the rear bumper that mysteriously appeared overnight and gave it a thorough vacuum as it was repellent in there after months of no cleaning, a 10 month old and a moulting Dog. The Dog smell got to me in the heat so I had to get it done. Hasn't helped as the previous owner also had a Dog so the car still whiffs of Dog and my super nose can smell it!!

Maybe next week it'll get a wash, wish I had more time to keep on top of it but I haven't lately It's also due a service!!
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Today I gave it a bit of a detail.
Wash
Clay bar
wash
Polish with my DA
Then finished off with a coat of collinite marque d'elegance wax

Looks good! Car isn't perfect, the odd stone chip here & there, bit of tar I couldn't shift to the back end but apart from that she looks good now!

Then I priced up the big service due soon and had a look under the bonnet to try figure out what's involved for the timing belt replacement
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A quick clean, inside and out as well as purchasing a Tunit box - on offer this week, 50 deposit then 13 a month for 36months. Been looking at these for quite a while and was waiting for such a promotion. Should take car up to 217bhp (I have the 185 model) and around 345lb/ft torque. Still no match for our XC60 Polestar, but closer at least

Interesting to hear about the tyre recommendations - will probably need a new set in a couple of months so will add to the shortlist (albeit doubt I have anyone who can offer me the same discount
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Never heard of Tune It before - had a look at their website and it looks interesting although I can't fathom their pricing in terms of what are you getting eg 6 months interest free credit at 32 per month = 180ish quid??? Or you take 18 months at nearly 40 quid (720) with a bit of extra warranty thrown in.
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50 deposit then 13 a month for 36months
518, that's quite a hefty price tag. Better be flipping good.
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Had the unit installed Wednesday (did myself, very straightforward) and left it on the default setting (5, out of 9). Then completed a 150mile drive - over the distance, I averaged 41.1mpg (never made it over 40mpg without the unit before, in fact 38mpg was my tops). But not only did I gain more on the economy, I found the 'death lurch' had disappeared. The car feels way more responsive now and is actually more relaxing to drive - I also feel it is more composed when on the move, idles better too (sounds more refined). I'm completely sold on this unit.

Today I thought I'd try setting 9 out - wow, what a difference still. Much more punchy and more like my Polestar'd XC60 (which I love to drive). Not sure how long I will leave it on setting 9 as I'm sure I'll be visiting the fuel stations more often as a result, but I can safely say, of all the car purchases I have made over the years, this is right up there with some of the best!

Can't recommend the unit enough - once you get over the small deposit (50), it's then 13 a month for 36 months. Some will cringe as that's a long time, but it's not really a huge amount of money for what this unit actually does to the car in the way it transforms it. Truly, a wonderful addition!
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Today I also had a 13 pin Tow Trust detachable bar installed - super happy with the job! Even had a 7 pin adapter thrown in for free! Now we can tow the caravan or put the bikes on the Thule bar rack again!
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Drove back from holiday in Alnwick, fun on the A1. A few overtakes just for the sake of it.
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