@johna

Joined 2 years ago

New South Wales, Australia
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Found an old Australian pamphlet called Motoring Goes Metric from 1974

johna posted a discussion 2 months ago
I found this interesting old pamphlet titled Motoring Goes Metric, dated 1 July 1974, detailing changes to road signs when Australia change to the metric...
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1999 Volvo V40 1.8 manual for A$3,450 in Victoria

johna posted a discussion 3 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 3 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 2 months ago 2

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

johna posted a discussion 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 months ago 1

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

johna posted about 2000 Mercedes C200T 5 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 8 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 12 months 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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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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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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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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BMW 3-Series (E46) 1998-2004 Review

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
Available as a 4-door sedan, 2-door coupe, 2-door convertible, 3-door hatchback and 5-door wagon (320i only). N42 engine can suffer from problems with timing chain tensioners, variable valve...
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Update on the project Volvo V50

johna posted about 2007 Volvo V50 1 year ago
I've lost count of how many times I have had to remove the intake manifold from this car but today I did it yet again so that I could get access to the VVT valve to try cleaning it. I followed...
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The rise and rise of the Ronald Finger YouTube channel

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
Two years ago Ronald Finger was publishing videos about his hobbies on his YouTube channel and had a subscriber count of under 2,000. Then he found a 1985 Pontiac Fiero that had been sitting for...
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The end to two problem-free months with my Volvo V50

johna posted about 2007 Volvo V50 1 year ago
A couple of months has passed since I fixed my Volvo's idle and stalling problem and I have been using and enjoying the car for daily driving duties. But the other day the check engine light came...
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Cleaning the camshaft check valve (VVT valve) on a Volvo B5244S4

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
My Volvo V50 2.4i recently threw a couple of VVT related error codes: ECM-640A and ECM-640F and one of the suggestions in VIDA is to clean or replace the inlet camshaft check valve (VVT valve)....
johna posted a reply 1 year ago 1

Is there really a Phase 2 Volvo S40/V40 T4 in Australia?

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
I've posted here before about possible sightings of phase 2 Volvo V40 T4's in Australia and been wrong each time. But this time I'm sure I've found one! If you are wondering what I'm talking...
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2001 Volvo V40 2.0 SE solid at auction for A$309

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
This silver 2001 Volvo V40 2.0 SE Phase II automatic sold at Grays auctions in Melbourne for A$309 on 29 November 2020. It had 235,461 km on the clock, two keys and was solid with Victorian...
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Review of Napolex Broadway rear-view mirror

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
My Volvo V50's rear-view mirror is pretty small and all I can see out of it at most times is what is directly behind me, and not the rear corners like I have been able to see out of most cars I have...
test111 posted a reply 2 years ago 2

Water pump replacement

johna posted about 2000 Mercedes C200T 2 years ago 1
I have noticed for quite a while that our C200T has been making quite a bit of noise, particularly at startup. It seemed exceptionally bad when I last drove the car so I thought it was time to...
johna posted a reply 2 years ago 2

Update #10 on the project Volvo V50 - problem wasn't solved after all but maybe it is now

johna posted about 2007 Volvo V50 2 years ago
In my last post 3 weeks ago I posted that the idle and stalling issue had been solved - one of the greatest days of my life. But 24 hours later the car started acting exactly the same again. I...
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Update #9 on the project Volvo V50 - one problem solved (10 to go)

johna posted about 2007 Volvo V50 2 years ago
Some amazing news... The idle/stalling issue has been resolved! I had a new theory about what was causing the problem and was now suspecting the fuel injectors were leaking or blocked, so I...
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Update #8 on the project Volvo V50

johna posted about 2007 Volvo V50 2 years ago
The new coolant hose arrived and was fitted relatively easy. The cooling system now seems to be leak-free. A set of Bosch spark plugs also arrived so I fitted those as well. During the test...
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2002 Volvo V40 2.0 SE sells at auction for A$1,509

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
This silver 2002 Volvo V40 2.0 SE Phase II automatic sold at Grays auctions in Victoria for A$1,509 on 21 September 2020. It had travelled 213,845 km and was sold with two keys and Victorian...
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Car restoration channel or house restoration channel?

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
The automotive channels on Youtube often seem to follow certain trends, like the recent one where several channels were combining old Ford Mustang bodies with new Mustang running gear. The latest...
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Final update for my supercharged BMW 318is

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 2 years ago
Today is the final update for the supercharged BMW 318is as it has been sold and I will be attempting to use my new (to me) Volvo V50 as my daily transport. The BMW sold very quickly - within a...
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Review of VXDIAG VCX NANO for Volvo

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
I recently bought a VXDIAG VCX NANO device which can be used with Volvo's VIDA software to communicate with Volvos from the early 2000s up to 2014 or so. The device is claimed to be compatible...
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Two month update on the project Volvo V50

johna posted about 2007 Volvo V50 2 years ago
It has now been over two months since I bought this car. In this time I've fixed a few issues but been unable to fix what I considered the major problem which is the idle quality and stalling when...
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Update #6 on the project Volvo V50

johna posted about 2007 Volvo V50 2 years ago
After more research and answers on forums the PTC resistor on the PCV/oil filter housing was introduced as a new suspect. Plan was to disconnect that once the problem starts happening and see if it...
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Volvo - Ford - Mazda P1 parts compatability

johna posted a KB article 2 years ago
Putting together a list of Volvo P1 parts (S40/V50/C30/C70) and their Ford and Mazda equivalents. Volvo Part Part No. Ford P/N Mazda P/N Coolant tank (2.4i) 30776151 1438913 /...
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Update #5 on project Volvo V50

johna posted about 2007 Volvo V50 2 years ago
I tried heating up the electronic throttle module and a few other components and then starting the car from cold to see if the problem happened straight away. It didn't. I also ran the car...
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Update #4 on the project Volvo V50

johna posted about 2007 Volvo V50 2 years ago
Not much has been happening with the V50 because I have been waiting for parts to arrive. Some new wipers came in which I have fitted. I am impressed with the type of wiper attachments Volvo has...
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Update #3 on the project Volvo V50

johna posted about 2007 Volvo V50 2 years ago
I am waiting on a new fuel pressure sensor but in the meantime, I tried a few things. First was to try heating some of the suspected components with a hairdryer while the engine was cold to see...
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2001 Volvo V40 2.0 SE sells at auction for A$915

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
This phase 2 2001 Volvo V40 2.0 SE was up for auction with ALLBIDS car auctions in the ACT. The winning bid was A$915 plus fees. It's gold, automatic and has done 237,055 km. It has current...
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Update on the project Volvo V50 - not the news I was hoping for

johna posted about 2007 Volvo V50 2 years ago
I was hopeful that the new PCV hose would solve my idle/stalling issue but unfortunately it did not. It was fine for the first short test drive, but on a longer test drive the next day the same...
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Not much progress with the project Volvo V50

johna posted about 2007 Volvo V50 2 years ago
I'm waiting on the new rubber PCV hose to come in to see if it fixes my idle/stalling issue, although the more I think about it, I don't think it will solve that problem. I'm leaning more towards a...
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1998 BMW 318is with DASC For Sale

For sale · AUD 5,900.00 · New South Wales, Australia · Sold
johna posted a buy & sell 2 years ago
Selling my 1998 BMW 318is, Avus Blue, 5-speed manual, M44 1.9-litre twin-cam engine. Has done 310,000 km. Registration to 29 October 2020. Limited-edition Sport model which came with a factory...
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First update for my project Volvo V50

johna posted about 2007 Volvo V50 2 years ago
My first efforts on the new Volvo were mostly cleaning of the interior to try and make it more presentable and to start getting rid of the cigarette smell. I bought a steering wheel and gear knob...
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My new project Volvo V50

johna posted about 2007 Volvo V50 2 years ago 1 1
I have been looking for a phase 1 or 2 Volvo V40 for a long time, but at the same time keeping my eye out for other options including V50s. Manual Volvos are rare in Australia so not much comes up...
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Yet more magazine articles about driving across Australia

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
Around the World in 13 Days - Wheels 1977 In 1977 Wheels magazine planned a 4,000 km trip from Sydney to Perth to see how quickly a pair of competent drivers in a good car could make the...
johna posted a reply 2 years ago 1

More Magazine articles about driving across Australia

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
This is a follow-up post to my original post: https://www.motortraders.net/posts/1479-magazine-articles-about-driving-across-or-around-australia?post=1486 Wings Across Australia -...
johna posted a reply 1 year ago 2

Magazine articles about driving across or around Australia

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
A trip across or around Australia is the ultimate road test and several Australian car magazines have undertaken these journeys in various cars over the years. Whiteline 15000 - Motor...
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The B is for Build Eleanor Ford Mustang project is over

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
If you've been wondering why there have been no new progress videos for B is for Build's Ford Mustang project, well that's because it's over. Why? Apparently, Eleanor is a copyrighted movie...
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My Volvo search continues

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
Sadly, the search for a V40 is still ongoing. I found a very good one for sale, a 1997 model T4 manual in Summer Green. It has travelled only 160,000 km and is owned by a Volvo...
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Abnormal road noise solved on my 1998 BMW E36 318is

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 2 years ago
For several years I've had a strange knocking type noise coming from my car. I've tried to solve it myself, and replaced several parts. I've also sought expert help on a couple of occasions but...
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