@johna

Joined 2 years ago

New South Wales, Australia
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Motor magazine driving around Australia records

johna posted a discussion 5 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 fault 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 9 months 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 8 months ago 1

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

johna posted a discussion 9 months 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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Review of Napolex Broadway rear-view mirror

johna posted a discussion 10 months 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 10 months ago 2

Water pump replacement

johna posted about 2000 Mercedes C200T 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 1 year 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 1 year 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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Car restoration channel or house restoration channel?

johna posted a discussion 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago
Putting together a list of Volvo P1 parts and their Ford and Mazda equivalents. Volvo Part Part No. Ford P/N Mazda P/N Coolant tank (2.4i) 30776151 1438913 / 3M5H8K218DG...
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Update #5 on project Volvo V50

johna posted about 2007 Volvo V50 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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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Update on the project Volvo V50 - not the news I was hoping for

johna posted about 2007 Volvo V50 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago 1

More Magazine articles about driving across Australia

johna posted a discussion 1 year 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 5 months ago 2

Magazine articles about driving across or around Australia

johna posted a discussion 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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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A couple of great articles in Evo magazine

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
I've been selling off my issues of Evo (UK) magazine because I hadn't given them more than a cursory look over since I bought them many years ago. As I was going through each issue recording...
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BMW E36 3 series buyer's guide (Australia)

Motor Traders Network posted a KB article 1 year ago
BMW Australia launched the E36 3 series in May 1991. The range initially comprised of the four-door sedan with 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine (318i) and two six-cylinder models - the 320i (2...
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BMW E46 3 series buyer's guide (Australia)

Motor Traders Network posted a KB article 1 year ago
The new 3 series models were introduced from August 1998 with the 318i and 323i arriving first, followed closely by the 328i. Only the 4-door sedan body was offered initially, and E36 hatches,...
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Brief Overview of Volvo S40/V40 2001 Model Changes (USA, 2001)

johna posted a KB article 1 year ago
Excerpt from a 2001 Volvo USA press release with details about the phase 2 S40 and V40. S40 and V40 (Major Changes to Interior and Exterior) The remarkably successful...
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Volvo S40/V40 jacking points and using axle stands

johna posted a KB article 1 year ago
According to the Haynes manual for the S40 and V40: To raise the front of the car, place the jack head underneath the braced underbody section behind the lower arm rear mounting. To raise the...
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Volvo S40/V40 in The Dog & Lemon Guide (2001 Edition)

johna posted a KB article 1 year ago
The Dog & Lemon Guide is a New Zealand publication with reviews of most of the cars available in NZ. This is an excerpt covering the S40 and V40 from the 2001...
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Longitude & Attitude (Car, UK, September 2000)

johna posted a KB article 1 year ago
Magazine article comparing the Volvo V40 T4 to Alfa Romeo 156 V6, Audi A4 1.8T, BMW 328i and Vauxhall Vectra V6 wagons. From Car (UK) magazine, September...
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Volvo V40/S40 Car Test (AA, UK, August 2000)

johna posted a KB article 1 year ago
Source: AA (UK), August...
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Volvo S40/V40 Car Test (AA, UK, June 2000)

johna posted a KB article 1 year ago
Source: AA (UK), June...
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Volvo S40/V40 T4 Car Test (AA, UK, December 1997)

johna posted a KB article 1 year ago
From AA (UK) magazine, December...
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BMW E36 3 Series Brochure

johna posted a KB article 1 year ago 1 1
BMW E36 3 Series Brochure, no. 5 11 03 38 23 2 1995 VM. Printed in Germany...
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BMW E36 M3 Brochure

johna posted a KB article 1 year ago
BMW E36 M3 Brochure, no. 5 11 03 37 20 2 1995 VM. Printed in Germany...
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Volvo S40 and V40 T4 ­Press Release (14 August 1997)

johna posted a KB article 1 year ago
New addition to the family The Volvo S40 and V40 T4 are the result of intelligent industrial development and effective product development. The further development of both the existing...
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Z3 power brings new lease of life (Autocar, UK, 3 July 1996)

johna posted a KB article 1 year ago
Article from Autocar (UK) magazine, 3 July 1996 BMW 318is coupe - On sale: now Every now and then a car comes along that represents more than the sum of its parts. The 1996 BMW...
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Room with a View (Used Car Buyer, UK, September 1999)

johna posted a KB article 1 year ago
Excerpt from a comparison test between the Subaru Legacy, Audi A4 and Volvo V40. Volvo V40 in detail One of the best-looking estates around, Volvo's V40 has given the company a...
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