Posts Tagged ‘volvo’

March 14, 2013 @ 8:24 am
posted by mego

Two of my favorite companies have come together in a new feature that has me seeing music notes. Volvo’s new Sensus Connected Touch is available in May of this year, and it now features Spotify, the music playlist behemoth,

“Volvo’s integration with Spotify is both voice-activated and touch enabled. The new system allows drivers to be able to stream music with a 3G/4G dongle or via the driver’s mobile phone connection through their dashboard. Drivers will be able to play any Spotify track they want just by just saying its name, allowing car owners the ability to remain connected when driving. Sensus Connected Touch turns the 7-inch display into a state-of-the-art infrared, beam-scanned touch screen you can use even when wearing gloves – a world first in cars.

The new technology responds to demand from drivers for consumption of music on the road, combined with Volvo’s core safety value. It is easier and safer to use whilst driving, as drivers can access and operate the music system via the steering wheel and centre stack controls, without taking their eyes off the road or their hands off the steering wheel. As well as Spotify, the technology also includes access to thousands of radio stations from all over the world.

The system is based on Android technology, which allows it to be regularly upgraded. Other apps accessible via Sensus Connected Touch include Google maps, TuneIn, iGO navigation and an app store for new functions and updates. Internet data can also be transferred via Wi-Fi between the mobile phone and Sensus Connected Touch and the Wi-Fi network can be shared with everyone in the car when using a dongle.” Volvo, 6 March 2013. 

In honor of that, we’re featuring “The Ultimate Road Trip Playlist” created by The Jetpacker.Com. Click here to see the remainder of the list.

50. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
49. Blitzkrieg Bop – The Ramones
48. California – Phantom Planet
47. Take It Easy – Eagles
46. Cruisin’ – Smokey Robinson
45. Hotel California – Eagles
44. Around the World – Daft Punk
43. Running On Empty – Jackson Browne
42. The Waiting – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
41. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

For more hits, here’s a few playlists we found on Spotify:

Classic Road Trip Songs

Hipster International

90′s Playlist

Ultimate 80′s

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time

October 25, 2011 @ 8:00 am
posted by mego

via eBay classifieds

A faulty ABS module is one of those repairs that a lot of older cars will need, but not one that we expect to take a large chunk of our car repair budget.

Not long after we purchased our 1999 Volvo V70, the check engine light came on which is pretty typical on a used car. We ignored until the ABS light started occasionally lighting up, which made cruise control stop working. The light would stay on until we turned the car off, and then it would turn off about 50% of the time. After a few more months, other lights would show up on the dashboard. Even though we couldn’t find anything in the engine that indicated a reason. When the speedometer and odometer started dropping out while on the interstate, we decided to finally fix the faulty ABS module.

The good news? The symptoms slowly increased over a period of ten months. Our local repair shop checked the car early on in the process and gave the go ahead to keep driving, telling us that the symptoms would slowly increase over time. We had a price estimate and were able to mentally and financially prepare for a major repair without it hurting as much as an emergency repair would.


Initial: Check Engine Light, ABS Light,

After 10 months: Speedometer and Odometer  would drop out while driving. Car switched into what felt like third gear while accelerating. Loss of power when accelerating up hills and from stops.

Repair: ABS Module Replacement at Franklin Automotive in Birmingham, Alabama.

Cost: $564 ($250 for parts, $264 for labor)

If you’re the type to DIY advanced car repairs, there are a few websites that give instructions on how to replace or repair the module yourself. My husband and I like to leave it to the experts who provide warranties for repairs.

If you’re in the California, Oregon, and Washington states, you can find certified service providers on

August 1, 2011 @ 7:00 am
posted by mego


Today’s trivia question. How many miles has the owner of this 1966 Volvo P1800 put on the car?

a. 500,000

b. 1,500,000

c. 2,900,000

The correct answer? C! Irv has averaged almost 65,000 miles annually since purchasing the car, breaking world records since 1998. Astounding not just because of the amount of miles on the car, but because its been owned by Irv for the last 45 years.

You can read more on Yahoo Auto.