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S70 commuter, for now....

spock345

Active member
Joined
Nov 3, 2016
Location
Livermore, CA
A relative needed space and decided to part with my grandfather's '98 S70. Needs some work but seems like a good short term project for a grocery-getter. My fiance also doesn't have a car at the moment and she likes it. So kills two birds with one stone. Needs work, mostly the interior.

4oZ7Lgnl.jpg


The Pros:
It was FREE (ignoring the $100-ish in back fees, the CA online DMV thing is annoying)
A bunch of IPD suspension parts were thrown at it.
New brakes
Fresh paint
Maybe a cat back exhaust swap (definitely doesn't sound stock).
Most of the warning lights have been taken care of.
Nice wheels and new-ish tires.
AC works.
240k miles and still going strong.

The Cons:
Naturally Aspirated 2.5L 20V (really wish it were a turbo).
Automatic transmission.
Upper engine mount is shot.
Kick panels and door interiors need help.
Upholstery is a bit dry.
Headliner is falling down.
Radio doesn't work.
Dash squeaks like a demon mouse is trying to claw out.
ABS module is acting up (have a new one to put in).
Bulb failure light is on (and I have no idea why).
Front turn signals fell out at one point, need new ones.
Side markers MIA.
Tint on the front windows is illegal in CA, have to remove that.

I am fighting the urge to stick a turbo motor into it and taking it down to the BAR ref.
 
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white855T

Active member
Joined
Sep 8, 2013
Location
Dallas,TX
A relative needed space and decided to part with my grandfather's '98 S70. Needs some work but seems like a good short term project for a grocery-getter. My fiance also doesn't have a car at the moment and she likes it. So kills two birds with one stone. Needs work, mostly the interior.

4oZ7Lgnl.jpg


The Pros:
It was FREE (ignoring the $100-ish in back fees, the CA online DMV thing is annoying)
A bunch of IPD suspension parts were thrown at it.
New brakes
Fresh paint
Maybe a cat back exhaust swap (definitely doesn't sound stock).
Most of the warning lights have been taken care of.
Nice wheels and new-ish tires.
AC works.
240k miles and still going strong.

The Cons:
Naturally Aspirated 2.5L 20V (really wish it were a turbo).
Automatic transmission.
Upper engine mount is shot.
Kick panels and door interiors need help.
Upholstery is a bit dry.
Headliner is falling down.
Radio doesn't work.
Dash squeaks like a demon mouse is trying to claw out.
ABS module is acting up (have a new one to put in).
Bulb failure light is on (and I have no idea why).
Front turn signals fell out at one point, need new ones.
Side markers MIA.

I am fighting the urge to stick a turbo motor into it and taking it down to the BAR ref.

A/c works fantastic I bet. I picked up a low mile(105k) 98 n/a s70 last year(sold it quickly too) and it would freeze you out. Nice for a commuter car.
 

HiSPL

Fanking Champion 1993
Joined
Jan 8, 2015
Location
College Station, TX
Don't turbo it! If you want a daily, then this thing could be honda civic reliable!

Do all the maintenance and do the timing belt early. Refresh all the motor mounts and any other bushings that haven't been done then just drive the thing! Great score. Get some fresher interior bits in it and just drive the wheels off it.
 

white855T

Active member
Joined
Sep 8, 2013
Location
Dallas,TX
Don't turbo it! If you want a daily, then this thing could be honda civic reliable!

Do all the maintenance and do the timing belt early. Refresh all the motor mounts and any other bushings that haven't been done then just drive the thing! Great score. Get some fresher interior bits in it and just drive the wheels off it.

No one is going to turbo an n/a s70 when you can buy one that is already turbo. Too much work.
 

spock345

Active member
Joined
Nov 3, 2016
Location
Livermore, CA
No one is going to turbo an n/a s70 when you can buy one that is already turbo. Too much work.

I'd only put a turbo on it if this motor blows and I've got to go pull a new one. Which seems rather unlikely. Definitely going to become a project though. Too many little things to fix.
 

spock345

Active member
Joined
Nov 3, 2016
Location
Livermore, CA
Changed the oil and washed the engine bay this weekend.

Tried replacing the ABS module but the first drive saw the light come back on. Not sure what happened there. I am thinking that something needs to be reset.

As of right now the hood release is a pair of vice grips.

Also found out the radio does turn on. My uncle just unplugged it. Probably because he was going to replace the unit with a modern single din setup. Also after spending an hour online trying to figure out the code I noticed it was written on the bottom in sharpie.
 

HiSPL

Fanking Champion 1993
Joined
Jan 8, 2015
Location
College Station, TX
There's no way to "figure out" the radio code. You can however just call a dealer and give them the VIN. I've had one dealer say I had to bring it in, but then another dealer just did it over the phone.

It's nice that he wrote the code on the radio. Thats what I do too. Handy when you sell it to someone else.
 

spock345

Active member
Joined
Nov 3, 2016
Location
Livermore, CA
There's no way to "figure out" the radio code. You can however just call a dealer and give them the VIN. I've had one dealer say I had to bring it in, but then another dealer just did it over the phone.

It's nice that he wrote the code on the radio. Thats what I do too. Handy when you sell it to someone else.

I've had radios in the past where the setup isn't as smart and the codes (or some way to derive them) are published online. I was trying to see if that was the case with this radio.

With my VW I really wanted to avoid the dealer because they charge for the code.
 
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