@johna

Joined 4 years ago

Past owner of many BMW 3 series, inexplicably obsessed with the first generation Volvo V40, European car enthusiast, and car magazine collector.

New South Wales, Australia
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Best of the YouTube road trip videos

johna posted a discussion 8 hours ago
Invincible Extremes Muscle Cars Garage https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLstbSdzzQcW8TI4KiLX-jF_loVhP6oACw This playlist has several awesome road trips, including a couple in a V8-swapped...
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Updates on my phase 2 Volvo V40

johna posted about 2002 Volvo V40 2.0 2 weeks ago
Recent mini projects include replacing my frayed seat belt with a second hand replacement. These are pretty simple to replace and I bought one from a Facebook group member. They are getting hard to...
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Volvo S40/V40 1995-2004 control arm replacement procedure

johna posted a KB article 2 weeks ago
Control arm and control arm bushings, replacing (procedure extracted from Volvo VIDA) Special tools: 116 1422 116 1435 998 5433 999 5065 999 5624 999 5625 999 5626 999...
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Volvo S40/V40 1995-2004 tie rod replacement procedure

johna posted a KB article 2 weeks ago
Ball joint tie rod, protective bellow or tie rod, replacing (procedure extracted from Volvo VIDA) Special tools: 999 7019 (Steering deflection limiter) 999 7020 (Counterhold) 999 7021...
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Yet another phase 2 Volvo S40 T4

johna posted a discussion 4 months ago
Spotted for sale on Facebook is this 2001 Volvo S40 T4 with auto transmission. Seller is on the NSW Central Coast and is asking A$3900 and the car has done 283,000 km. https://www.facebook...
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My second car - a 1980 Honda Prelude

johna posted about 1980 Honda Prelude 4 months ago
For my second car, I bought a 1980 Honda Prelude. I think I chose this mostly because it had an electronic sunroof (they called it a moonroof). These cars have some unusual features such as the...
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My first car

johna posted about 1980 Holden Commodore 4 months ago
Although I had been very interested in cars in my early teens, I wasn't a car enthusiast when it came time to buy my first car, and I didn't know much about cars. I got my license on a weekday...
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My first-generation Toyota MR2

johna posted about 1989 Toyota MR2 4 months ago
I bought this car back in the 1990's. I wasn't originally looking for an MR2, but I remember them coming to my attention when I was reading a sports car comparison test in a Porsche book I had. The...
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Fun Saturday night project for my V40

johna posted about 2002 Volvo V40 2.0 5 months ago
My auto trans shifter had a damaged shift lock button and the leather surround was badly worn. Thanks to a free part from a fellow V40 owner, I have now replaced my shift lock button and upgraded...
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So many interesting S/V40s in Western Australia, like this phase 2 T4

johna posted a discussion 5 months ago
I am finding more and more phase 2 Volvo S40 and V40 T4s, contrary to Volvo saying that they discontinued the T4 in Australia when the phase 2 models came out. I saw this one in a post on...
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Project Volvo V40 T4 seen for sale on FB Marketplace

johna posted a discussion 6 months ago
This one has been up for sale four times in the last couple of years. From https://www.facebook.com/groups/621406064623788/ 1800 ono need gone Turbo Manual wagon turbo blown no oil pressure...
johna posted a reply 6 months ago 1

Volvo S40 T4 Super Tourer seen on FB

johna posted a discussion 6 months ago
Spotted on Facebook Marketplace for sale in NSW is this 2000 Volvo S40 T4 Super Tourer limited edition with manual transmission. I last saw this one for sale last year. It is now for sale for one...
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Volvo S40 T4 manual spotted for sale on Facebook in Newcastle, NSW

johna posted a discussion 7 months ago
This 2000 model phase 1 Volvo S40 T4 manual was spotted for sale on Facebook in Newcastle, NSW. It is silver with 26x,000 km, out of registration and with a few issues. Seller was asking A$900...
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How to disable the headlights being on at all times in phase 2 Volvo S40/V40

johna posted a discussion 8 months ago
If you don't like that the headlights on your phase 2 Volvo S40/V40 come on straight away when you turn the ignition on, you can turn this feature off. The procedure to turn off daytime running...
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Researching the "Most Beautiful Estate Car in the World" award given to the Volvo V40

johna posted a discussion 9 months ago
On the Wikipedia page for the Volvo S40 and V40, it is stated that the V40 was named the "Most Beautiful Estate Car in the World" at an Italian award ceremony. The reference for this was a Volvo...
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Yet another phase 2 Volvo S40 T4 in Australia

johna posted a discussion 9 months ago
I saw mention on Facebook of yet another phase 2 Volvo S40 T4 in Australia. This one is a blue 2001 automatic with about 220k, that will be for sale soon. "It's in good mechanical condition,...
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Fitted aftermarket remote central locking

johna posted about 2002 Volvo V40 2.0 9 months ago
Although my 2002 V40 came with factory remote central locking, I decided to fit a cheap universal remote control as the factory key was in a poor state and didn't always work. It was a bit of an...
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Another phase 2 Volvo V40 T4 seen for sale

johna posted a discussion 9 months ago
Spotted for sale on Facebook in Victoria... 2001 phase 2 Volvo V40 T4 automatic transmission. In silver with 333,000 km. Unregistered, and has a misfire under load. https://www.facebook...
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Volvo S40 T4 seen for sale on Facebook Marketplace in NSW

johna posted a discussion 10 months ago
Spotted on Marketplace: 2000 Volvo S40 T4 automatic with 210,000km for A$2,000. The description says it may have a blown head gasket and it is using coolant., needs brakes, and that the clear...
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Life after TV on YouTube

johna posted a discussion 10 months ago
After success on television, what is the future of automotive businesses and personalities like Richard Rawlings and Gas Monkey Garage? They can continue to enjoy success on YouTube. After...
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Some overdue servicing for my 2002 Volvo V40

johna posted about 2002 Volvo V40 2.0 10 months ago
My V40 came with reasonably thorough service records and there was no record of a fuel filter replacement so I figured it was time to replace it. I followed the instructions in the Haynes manual...
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Damaged phase 2 V40 2.0 for auction in Victoria

johna posted a discussion 11 months ago
This late model (2004) phase 2 Volvo V40 2.0 automatic is for auction at Manheim in Victoria. Has front side damage but nor on WOVR. Mileage is 156,720 km. Starting bid is $400....
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My wheel search is over much quicker than I thought

johna posted about 2002 Volvo V40 2.0 11 months ago
I found a set of 16" BBS wheels about 90 km away and picked them up today. They need tyres before I can fit them but I did a quick mock up and they look awesome. I wasn't sure that they would...
johna posted a reply 11 months ago 1

Antenna replacement for my 2003 Volvo V40

johna posted about 2002 Volvo V40 2.0 11 months ago
My project for tonight... Replace the antenna gasket. I bought a cheap universal gasket off Aliexpress. The size is a perfect fit, but I don't think the style is the same as the original and they...
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New wrong grille for my 2002 Volvo V40

johna posted about 2002 Volvo V40 2.0 11 months ago
As much as I would have liked an egg-crate grille, which was what originally came with my 2002/03 model, I couldn't find one at a reasonable price in good condition so I ended up with this early...
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Phase 2 Volvo S40 T4 on Facebook NSW for $1000

johna posted a discussion 11 months ago
I saw this phase 2 S40 T4 auto on Facebook Marketplace but didn't believe it was really a T4 until I looked up the VIN, but it sure is! It's only $1000 and unregistered and there is mention of...
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Non-running V40 T4 manual listed on Facebook in Victoria

johna posted a discussion 11 months ago
This non-running manual V40 T4 was listed on Facebook for $1,000 and marked as pending within hours. The car will not start and has a suspected ECU fault. It also has clear coat peeling on...
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Nice very low-mileage S40 T4 spotted in Sydney

johna posted a discussion 11 months ago
Excuse the poor photo from my dashcam, but it's a very tidy looking 2000 S40 T4 spotted in Sydney Blue Mountains area. I looked up the rego later and found it was a manual with only 80,000 km on...
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Only a little progress on the Volvo V40

johna posted about 2002 Volvo V40 2.0 12 months ago
So far I have only made a little progress on the new-to-me Volvo V40 2.0. Mostly this has been cleaning and researching problems. The roof was covered in tiny black spots. These came off with...
johna posted a reply 11 months ago 2

Low mileage Volvo V40 seen for sale on Facebook Marketplace in NSW

johna posted a discussion 12 months ago
Seen for sale on Facebook Marketplace: 2003 phase 2 Volvo V40 2.0 T automatic with only 127,000 km on the clock. Ad mentions recent timing belt change and new tyres. Listed for $5,500 which...
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Another phase 2 Volvo S40 T4 manual in Australia

johna posted a discussion 12 months ago
This car is being parted out on eBay, located in ACT. YEAR: 11/2000 Donor Vehicle: Volvo S40 T4R Engine: 1.9L Turbo Transmission: Manual Interior colour: Cream Exterior colour: Blue KM: 192...
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Volvo S40/V40 - Identifying the chassis type

johna posted a discussion 12 months ago
1996 to 2004 Volvo S40 and V40 can be ordered with various suspension offers, either Comfort, Dynamic or Sport. The type is recorded in a 6-digit code that is located in position "G" of the VIN...
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Finally picked up and saw my new V40 for the first time

johna posted about 2002 Volvo V40 2.0 12 months ago
It's been over two weeks since I bought this car, and today I finally got to see it and drive it home. As I mentioned in my last post, I bought it sight-unseen and had it towed to a repairer as...
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Replacing drive shafts, Volvo S40/V40 AW55-50/51SN

johna posted a KB article 1 year ago
Drive shaft right-hand side, replace Removal Removing drive shaft nuts Remove: -the wheel cover -the drive shaft nut. Removing the wheel and splash guards...
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Centre nut, drive shaft and tightening torque (Volvo S40/V40)

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
Hint: Applies to 1998-2000: If the lock nut which was installed in step 3 (B) does not remain in place or was replaced during a repair, flanged nut (P/N 3089 6406) must be used with the same...
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Replacing drive shafts, Volvo S40/V40 AW55-50/51SN

johna posted a KB article 1 year ago
Drive shaft left-hand side, replace Special tools: 999 5633 Removal Removing drive shaft nuts Remove: -the hub cap -the drive shaft nut and washer. Removing the...
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Phase 2 Volvo S40 T4 for sale on Gumtree

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
Seen for sale on Gumtree in South Australia is this 2002 Volvo S40 T4 automatic. It is white and has done 179,000 km. I have posted about this car before when the current owner bought it and...
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Damaged 2003 Volvo S40 for auction in Port Macquarie

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
Auction tomorrow for a damaged phase 2 S40 non-turbo auto with only 40,000kms in Port Macquarie if anyone is interested. https://www.manheim.com...
johna posted a reply 1 year ago 2

I bought a 2002 Volvo V40 sight-unseen

johna posted about 2002 Volvo V40 2.0 1 year ago
I saw a post on a Volvo forum for a V40 that had an issue with abnormal noise, possibly coming from the driveshafts. It looked interesting so I sent an email to the seller. I didn't get a reply...
johna posted a reply 12 months ago 1

Seen for sale is NSW: 2002 S40 T with 320,000km

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
Good to see that a phase 2 Volvo S40 2.0T can make it to 320,000 km. I saw this one listed on Gumtree for $2,800 in Wollongong. It's an automatic. Hard to see from the photos but the paint...
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How to remove the under dash knee pad (instrument panel lower) on a Volvo S40/V50/C30

johna posted a KB article 1 year ago
Instrument panel lower Note! The illustrations in this service information are used for different model years and/or models. Some variation may occur. However, the essential information in the...
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Damaged Volvo S40 2.0T for auction in QLD

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
Seen for auction on the Manheim website is a 2001 Volvo S40 2.0 T with what looks like minor front and rear damage and with 181,084 km on the clock. It's white and automatic and not on the WOVR....
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Low mileage early damaged Volvo S40 being auctioned

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
Seen at Pickles actions in Victoria is this 12/1997 Volvo S40 with only 74,580 km. Unfortunately it's just a non-turbo automatic so not of much value. It has some decent front damage and a...
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Cheap fixes for broken Mercedes-Benz W202/S202 side mirrors

johna posted a KB article 1 year ago
It appears to be a common problem that Mercedes W/S202 mirrors lose their ability to fold and eventually break where the spring mounts, rendering them useless. You can purchase new mirror...
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Volvo S40/V50 P1 battery replacement

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
Replacement procedure: Remove strut brace if fitted. Torque: M8, 24 Nm Remove the top battery cover. Disconnect the battery: first disconnect the negative battery cable, and then the...
johna posted a reply 1 year ago 2

Nice looking Volvo S40 Super Tourer on Carsales.com.au NSW

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
This rare 2000 Volvo S40 T4 Super Tourer limited edition with manual transmission just got listed on Carsales for $3,999. It looks in above-average condition in the photos and has travelled a...
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My brief ownership of a rotary-engined car

johna posted about 1976 Mazda RX4 1 year ago
This was my first manual car, a 1976 (or was it 1974?) Mazda RX4 that I bought in the early 1990s for around $4,700. It was freshly painted in pearl white and I think it was a 13B engine. The...
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How to replace Volvo B5244S4 right engine pad/mount

johna posted a KB article 1 year ago
Support engine. Pull coolant overflow tank out and move to the side. Warning! Be prepared to collect escaping fluid. Remove x2 screws from engine pad to frame member Torque: 90 Nm Remove...
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How to replace Volvo B5244S4 accessory belts

johna posted a KB article 1 year ago
1. Support the vehicle and remove right front wheel. 2. Remove engine undertray. 3. Relax tension on belt and remove belt. To install, reverse the removal...
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Volvo B5244S4 timing belt replacement

johna posted a KB article 1 year ago
1. Remove accessory drive belt. https://www.motortraders.net/articles/2289-how-to-replace-volvo-b5244s4-accessory-belts 2. Remove right engine mount. https://www.motortraders...
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