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johna posted a reply 1 day ago 3

There is another Volvo V40 T4 Phase II Manual in Australia!

johna posted a discussion 2 weeks ago
I've posted previously suggesting that there is only one phase 2 Volvo V40 T4 in Australia, but I just came across a second one that is also a manual. This is a 4/2001 model in an aqua shade...
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1997 Volvo V40 T4 manual for sale in QLD

johna posted a discussion 2 weeks ago
Seen on Facebook Marketplace: White 1997 model with 200,806 km. Issues mentioned are some clear coat issue, dent on rocker panel. Timing belt replacement 30,000 km ago. Good value for $2,000...
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Non-running V40 2.0T for sale in QLD

johna posted a discussion 1 month ago
Someone is selling this 2003 V40 2.0T on Gumtree but have advertised it as a S40 "wagon" with no photos. For $1100 it might be a good project for someone. Advertised as 150,000 km and 3 months...
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Volvo S40/V40 T4 Super Tourer Brochure

johna posted a discussion 1 month ago
This brochure is for the Volvo S40 and V40 T4 Super Tourer special edition sold in Australia in 2000. The brochure reads: Packed: *Sun visors with illuminated mirrors *WHIPS (whiplash...

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johna posted a reply 1 month ago 1

Volvo V40 T4 manual on offer in Tasmania

johna posted a discussion 1 month ago
These are getting rare, particularly T4 models in manual. This 1999 model is offered for sale in Tasmania for $2,400 and has travelled 180,000km. It looks to be in good condition aside from...
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Found an old Australian pamphlet called Motoring Goes Metric from 1974

johna posted a discussion 4 months ago
I found this interesting old pamphlet titled Motoring Goes Metric, dated 1 July 1974, detailing changes to road signs when Australia changed to the metric...
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1999 Volvo V40 1.8 manual for A$3,450 in Victoria

johna posted a discussion 4 months ago
This green 1999 Volvo V40 1.8 manual was offered for sale at a dealer in Victoria for A$3,450. The mileage was 184,862 km. Date of sale is...
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2002 Volvo V40 T4 on offer in Western Australia

johna posted a discussion 4 months ago
This gold automatic phase 2 V40 was advertised as a T4 but the badge says T and a VIN check confirms it is a T. It was advertised at a dealer for A$4,999 and the mileage is not listed. The car...
johna posted a reply 1 week ago 3

Australia's only (maybe?) Volvo V40 T4 phase 2 is for sale again... And again!

johna posted a discussion 4 months ago
I first saw this V40 for sale through Manheim auctions in 2018. I think it may be the only phase 2 Volvo V40 T4 in Australia, or one of very few, and it is manual! It was later offered for...
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Continuing variable valve timing faults with the Volvo V50

johna posted about 2007 Volvo V50 5 months ago
In my last update I had ordered a cheap inlet valve timing valve from China. Unfortunately this never arrived and the seller on Aliexpress ended up providing a refund as they weren't able to send it...
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What the BMW E31 8-series might have looked like without popup lights

johna posted a discussion 5 months ago
I found this photo in Sports Car World (Australia) magazine in 1988. It shows a picture of what BMW was calling at the time the replacement for the 6-series but the press was calling the 8-series...
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Nice 2000 Volvo V40 sold at auction in Melbourne for $1,050

johna posted a discussion 6 months ago
Someone got this Summer Green V40 for a pretty good price. It had previously been listed as an online auction with a starting bid of A$1,500 but then went to live auction and after starting for...
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How to disassemble the Mercedes 5-speed automatic shifter mechanism

johna posted about 2000 Mercedes C200T 6 months ago
The same shifter mechanism is found in late-model W202 C-Class and some other models, possibly W163 M-Class and W124 E-Class. The symptoms of a fault with these shifter mechanisms is that the...
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Update on the project Volvo V50

johna posted about 2007 Volvo V50 7 months ago
It's been a long time since I posted about the V50 and it is because I haven't done much to it. It still has the check engine light on due to a variable valve timing fault. I tried changing...
johna posted a reply 6 months ago 1

How (not?) to replace transmission shifter bushing on a Mercedes W202 C-Class

johna posted about 2000 Mercedes C200T 7 months ago
Our year 2000 C200T (wagon) with 722.6 5-speed transmission was having trouble starting. After much frustration, I started suspecting the gear position switch was the cause, as when it wouldn't...
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2000 Volvo V40 2.0 SE sells at auction for A$1,509

johna posted a discussion 10 months ago
This white 2000 Volvo V40 2.0 SE Phase II automatic sold at Grays auctions in South Australia for A$1,509 on 7 September 2021. Odometer reading was 202,784km and it had two keys and was sold...
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1997 Volvo V40 2.0 sold at auction for A$1,100

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
This Pacific Blue 1997 Volvo V40 2.0 automatic sold at Grays auctions in South Australia on 22 February 2021 for A$1,100. Mileage was 221,151 km and was sold unregistered with one key....
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Motor magazine driving around Australia records

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
To celebrate Motor magazine's 50-year anniversary, they took two Holden Commodore's on a non-stop journey around Australia on Highway One, a total of just under 15,000 km. They did the same...
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Volkswagen Golf (Mk.5) 2004-2010 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
Many reports of 1.4-litre (TSI) engine failures. This engine has a timing chain but it has been known to stretch so may require replacement. FSI (1.6 and 2.0-litre petrol) engines are susceptible...
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Volvo XC90 2002-2014 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
Often suffer frequent minor and some not so minor problems. Can be expensive to maintain and repair. 4-speed automatic transmission fitted to the 2.9-litre model can fail even at relatively low...
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Volvo V70 Cross Country/XC70 1998-2004 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
Generally, fairly reliable but electrical problems are common. Automatic transmissions can be unreliable and require expensive replacement. Engine uses a timing belt but replacement intervals...
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Volvo S40 and V50 (P1) 2004-2012

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
Many reports of unreliability due to electrical issues, and some reports of automatic transmission problems. All engines have a timing belt which need regular replacement, although Volvo interval...
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Volvo S40 and V40 (X40) 1995-2004 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
Engine mounts are a regular fail item. Turbo models can suffer problems with oil feed to the turbocharger. All engines have a timing belt that needs replacement every 120,000 km or 5 years....
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Toyota Yaris (XP90) 2005-2011 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
The Yaris is a reliable vehicle with no common mechanical problems. Some owners dislike the electronic throttle as it makes it hard to maintain speed and controls the engine revs at times....
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Toyota Prius (XW20) 2003–2009) Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
The Prius and hybrid engine have proven to be reliable but not without problems like any other vehicle. If something does go wrong it can be expensive to repair. Battery packs generally live...
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Toyota Echo (XP10) 1999-2005 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
Like most Toyotas, the Echo has proved to be reliable with no common mechanical problems. Common owner complaints are only heavy steering and blind spots. All engine options use a timing chain...
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Toyota Corolla (ZZE122R/ZZE123R) 2001-2007 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
Basic but reliable transport. Engines have a timing chain that does not require regular replacement. Image credit: OSX, Public domain, via Wikimedia...
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Suzuki Swift 2005-2010 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
By all reports a very reliable model with no major common problems. Some reports of brake and gearbox issues, but these are not common. Engines use timing chains so no regular replacement is...
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Suzuki Kizashi 2009-2014 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
An under-rated car that most owners seem to love. Some issues with CVT transmissions with isolated reports of total failure requiring replacement, and also some criticism of the way the CVT...
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Subaru Impreza (GD, GG) 2000–2007 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
These models have a good reuptation for longevity and reliability. WRX models may have lead a hard life and have been modified or raced. Some reports of head gasket failure on 2.5-litre models...
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Peugeot 307 (T6) 2005-2009

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
Build quality can be poor. No shortage of common problems, including electrical problems and general fit and finish. Automatic transmissions can be problematic. Parts and servicing can be...
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Peugeot 307 (T5) 2001-2005 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
Build quality can be poor. No shortage of common problems. Parts and servicing can be expensive. Image credit: Vauxford, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via...
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Peugeot 206 1999-2007 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
Suspension parts wear out. Interior can be noisy, and parts rattle. Timing belts need regular replacement. Image credit: OSX, Public domain, via Wikimedia...
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Nissan X-Trail (T30) 2001-2007 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
This model has above average reports of reliability. There were some problems with very early models catching fire due to a fuel leak, and some reports of engine failure caused by a screw in the...
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Mitsubishi Lancer (CG/CH) 2002-2007 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
By all reports a very reliable model with no major common problems at all. All engines use a timing belt that requires replacement every 110,000 km. Image credit: OSX, Public domain, via...
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Mitsubishi 380 (DB) 2005-2008 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
An underrated car that is generally very reliable and compares favourably to Commodores and Falcons. Some common issues which are fairly minor such as problems with power windows. Some...
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Mini (R50/R52/R53) 2002-2006 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
Many owners love their Mini but they can be expensive to run and have some serious common problems. The CVT transmissions are not at all reliable and should be avoided. Manual transmission...
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W204) 2007-2015 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
Four-cylinder petrol engines (M271) use a single row timing chain that can stretch and ultimately cause major engine damage. These can need replacing at around 160,000 km. Listen for rattling on...
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W203) 2001-2007

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
Early four-cylinder models up to 2002 used the M111 engine which are long-lasting and reliable. Later models used the M271 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine which have a single row timing chain that...
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W202) 1993-2000 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
Available as a 4-door sedan or 5-door wagon. The model received a facelift in 1997. Early pre-facelift models (1997) had problematic wiring harnesses which degrade over time and require...
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Mazda RX-8 (SE3P) 2002–2008 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
Expect a lifespan of around 100,000 km for the rotary engine, but many examples will already have had multiple engine replacements by now. Engines may last longer if maintenance is increased above...
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Mazda6 (GG1) 2002-2008 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
Diesel models are cheaper on fuel but if used mainly for short trips they can require expensive maintenance. These are best suited to regular longer journies and not to regular city and suburban...
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Mazda3 (BK) 2003-2009 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
2.0-litre petrol engine models are generaly very reliablewith few common problems. SP23 model with 2.3-litre petrol engine are prone to sudden engine failure and are best avoided. Image...
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Mazda CX-7 2006-2012 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
The 2.3-litre turbo models should be avoided due to many complaints about engine and turbo failures. Fuel economy is poor. Later 2.5-litre engine is more reliable, better on fuel but not very...
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Lexus IS250, IS350 and IS-F (XE20) 2005-2013 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
Owners report that these models are very reliable. As the engines use direct-injection, they can suffer from carbon build-up that can cause poor running. This mostly affects the IS250 as the...
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Lexus IS200 and IS300 (XE10) 1998-2005 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
A mostly reliable model. The smaller-engined IS200 needs revs to move briskly, the IS300 is more powerful. Front suspension components can wear and require routine replacement. Uneven and...
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Jaguar X-Type 2001-2010 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
The quality was not great on early models but improved over time. Automatic transmissions can be problematic and require expensive replacement. The transfer box on all-wheel-drive models is...
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Hyundai i30 (FD) 2007-2012 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
Generally a reliable model. Some reported problems with steering system and automatic transmission failures, although these do not appear to be too common. The 2.0-litre petrol engine has a...
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Honda CR-V (RD) 2002-2006 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
Automatic transmissions are problematic and must be serviced frequently to avoid problems. Differentials also need frequent oil changes. Air conditioner compressors are a common failure item....
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Honda Civic (FD1/FD2) 2006-2011 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
Eighth generation Civic manufactured in Thailand. No common major mechanical problems. Some paint colours suffer from clear coat peel. Owners report that this model is generally very...
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