Monday, October 23, 2006

Volvo 100,000 mile odometer flip

Note: I wrote this just before the GooTube announcement but hadn't posted it, in the meantime the video was removed. I can only speculate why... maybe the owner was nervous about the music (Beatles) and any pending copyright enforcement changes? It's too bad you can't see the video. Here's my original post...

Some people care about odometer milestones and some don't. I'm one that cares and wishes I had recorded something like this person did for their Volvo. I've got less than 40k miles to plan for my 200k flip.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Waste oil drop off nastiness

I did an oil change over the weekend and as usual it went smoothly. I think this is the 32nd time. However, the worst part by far of the whole experience is taking the waste oil to the recycle/disposal station located at the local yacht harbor. The station is more of a shack or shed type of structure. The inside has a big tank with a grate over it where you can pour the waste oil. It's a mess in there, there's oil, absorbent towels, cat litter, used filters, and small bits of engine parts everywhere. I really don't know how it gets that way. It shouldn't be a big deal to dump the oil carefully into the tank, that's what I do. Anyway, inside the disposal shed is not the worst part, it's getting to the shed. It's located amongst a bunch of dumpsters and restaurant fat collectors. Sometimes, the dumpsters are arranged such that they're partially blocking the oil disposal station forcing me to squeeze through narrow gaps to get in and out. All the while I'm holding my breath because of the rotting garbage and fat. The oily smell of the disposal station is actually a relief. I usually try to get in and out without making a mess and getting sick from the smells.

After each recycling/disposal trip I tell myself I should probably find another place or method to recycle the oil. I've got 5,000 more miles to figure it out.

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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Volvo Snowrace

The Euros are at it again. This time we get lots of power sliding and synchronized action. The drivers are really good, there's some great Dukes of Hazzard style launches. I'm not sure if this is a news show, an infomercial, or a promo video. The music sure is suspect.

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Volvo High Mileage Club

Got 100,000 miles or more on your Volvo? If so, you can join the Volvo High Mileage Club. I first heard about it when I had my last Volvo. I don't think it's something that dealers actively promote but I happened to be in contact with a Service Advisor that tipped me off and sent in the High Mileage Club enrollment form for my car. A few weeks later I received a great 100,000 mile medallion. Supposedly, the club medallions are available in increments of 100k. I'm not sure how far up they go. I eventually made it to 200k but didn't follow up with getting another medallion before I sold it.

My latest Volvo has had over 100k for a while now. I've been occasionally thinking about how to get a medallion for it. The Volvo website says to contact the dealer for a club enrollment form. This doesn't really work for me since I don't take my car to a dealer. Instead, I decided to email Volvo customer support about joining. They replied back and said to contact Volvo Personal Shopper at a 800 number. I called them and was able to talk to someone who took my name, address, VIN, and mileage. They said I should get a medallion in about eight weeks, delivered to me and no charge. That was a lot easier than I thought it would be; it's another reason why Volvo is great.

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