Customer Feature - Vince Janeczko
Monday, October 22, 2012 - ipd Customer - Vince Janeczko
We have been getting a great response from people wanting to share their Volvo story. We were contacted by Vince and he shared with us some of what makes his small fleet of Volvos so special. If you'd like to share your Volvo story contact firstname.lastname@example.org
I‘m the second owner, getting it in 1998 just after my second daughter was born. At first I wasn’t crazy about it because I really wanted a Chevy Tahoe, but the wife won the “argument” and we got the wagon. It didn’t take long for it to grow on me. The LPT gave it a lot of pickup and the third row let us carry friends of our kids to movies and sleepovers. Leather seats, sunroof and bun warmers added to the enjoyment.
Fast forward a few years and I hit hard times. Divorced, lost my job, lost my house but I still had the wagon as my only mode of transportation. With both daughters on a swim team, I still had a lot of driving to do and the wagon kept ticking along although things started to wear out. After a few years of not being able to properly maintain the car, I was finally in a place to start repairing things although I wasn’t able to afford having a shop fix it. I started searching the Internet to figure out how to repair the failing lift gate struts and that where I learned about MVS, Volvo Forums, SweedeSpeed and other sites of loyal Volvo owners. Before I knew it, the repairs turned from a necessity to a hobby.
In the last two and a half years, I’ve done some major repairs to it, including the most recent job of replacing the head gasket, turbo and a shattered piston. When I’ve had to replace something, I’ve opted for a high-end part, such as the IPD turbo back (which is a shame it’s under the car since it’s so beautiful!). I’ve also done what I can to make it a ‘sleeper’, with a strut brace, a bigger turbo, vacuum & intercooler silicone hoses, Zimmerman cross-drilled rotors, Akebono pads, etc. Cosmetic upgrades include Cratos wheels off of a C70 and a complete overhaul of the stereo, including a Kenwood head unit, Boston Acoustic speakers and a specialty designed setup of a 10-inch woofer in a removable sub box, in case I need the full storage capabilities.
Future plans include installing the fog lights I got a few months ago, a tune, a R exhaust header and a complete paint job, changing it from the 601 Classic Red to the 621 Passion Red, to match the 2006 S60 R that I picked up in March. The joys I’ve had with both driving and repairing the car has kept me happy for a long time and I expect to keep it on the road for a lot longer. The last round of repairs has gotten the car to the point of me being comfortable enough to hand it over to my oldest daughter, who is now old enough to drive and who appreciates the car almost as much as I do. I’ve done the rough math for the cost of the repairs over the last two and a half years, and it comes close to seven thousand dollars, but I believe it’s well worth it. I also expect to be able to hand this car to my second daughter when she’s ready for a strong, safe, reliable car.
"The last round of repairs has gotten the car to the point of me being comfortable enough to hand it over to my oldest daughter, who is now old enough to drive and who appreciates the car almost as much as I do."
"Cosmetic upgrades include Cratos wheels off of a C70"
"When I’ve had to replace something, I’ve opted for a high-end part, such as the IPD turbo back."
"I was finally in a place to start repairing things although I wasn’t able to afford having a shop fix it."
|"In the last two and a half years, I’ve done some major repairs to it, including the most recent job of replacing the head gasket, turbo and a shattered piston."|
Monday, October 22, 2012 - MATTHEW R WEBB
Wow!!! What a great job on the wagon .... Glad to see the torch being passed to a future Volvo addict ..... Very inspiring :)
Monday, October 22, 2012 - MICHAEL J CAREW
I would say this another case of a prudent investment. These Volvo's are relatively easy to work on and have good after market sources, like IPD. I used IPD for my 1979 240DL and my current 14 yr old 1998 C70 Coupe, only 42k miles but age has effect on car parts of any manufacturer. The forums mentioned are priceless. I learned 40 yrs ago I can't afford cheap tools and deferred vehicle maintenance. Quality tools and quality parts pay for themselves. I have 3 vehicles over 10 yrs old and they all run perfectly do to this philosophy. Vehicles are an investment and a pleasure to drive and work on. The sense of self satisfaction for a repair job well done is priceless. The piece of mind the family is driving a safe vehicle and it is well maintained is priceless also. I will always be a Volvo fan and contribute what I can to the forums. Drive safe. Drive a Volvo.
Monday, October 22, 2012 - SAMUEL TAGGETT
That looks beautiful... Gives me inspiration to stark cracking on my v70 1998 that has really saved me over the last year as well. I never thought I would be soo passionate about station wagon, but man has it been a beast for me. Thanks for submitting your awesome story. Volvo connoisseur. Sammy
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - STEPHEN B GELD
Curious to know what the tire measurements are on the V-70? Thanks
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - WILLIAM KENNETH WILSON
Kinda ironic, I own a red 1997 850 wagon and a 2000 Tahoe. The Volvo still wins, hands down. Love it. Hope to get it as nice looking as the one the article soon.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - GARY A. DONG
My equally 601 Red 850 Turbo wagon ('96) doesn't look as nice as this 855 although it shares the rear bumper droop. After 17 years of ownership, 165,000 miles, and many parking lot dings it still runs great, but it is again time to shocks (3rd time) and additional suspension work (springs, links). Although we've had other wagons (Volvos and others) the 850 remains the most fun one to drive over the broadest range of activities. I think with all the resources mentioned (special thanks to IPD and MVS), the car can last as long as they sell premium gas.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - VINCENT E JANECZKO
The Cratos wheels are wearing 225/45 17's on them. There's a bit of rub but nothing excessive.
Friday, October 26, 2012 - MATT HINKEL
Iv got the car I wanted and hunted for. After a 93, 854 and a 97, 854 (doth GLT's ) I got the 97, 855 T5 and im golden.
Thursday, November 8, 2012 - VINCENT E JANECZKO
Well this is horrible news, but 15 days after IPD posted this article on my car, she was t-boned and most likely will be totaled. Both my daughters were in the car but were safe - which is why we got a Volvo in the first place. My thanks to IPD for their awesome products and expect to be ordering more for my S60R - and whatever Volvo I get to replace the wagon - down the road!
Friday, November 16, 2012 - DARRYL M CHURCHILL
Any issues removing your dash?
Saturday, November 17, 2012 - CHRISTOPHER DONLON
Vincent, glad your girls are were not harmed. Can you update us on the outcome of the car? I am sure there are many of us that would be interested in your used upgrade parts.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - VINCENT E JANECZKO
Removing the dash was actually kinda easy. It's only held in with something like 10 bolts. Pull a few wire harnesses, the knee bolsters, center console and the glovebox and you re almost there. The big challenge for me was getting it out of the car by myself. If you're going to do this job, get an assistant to help lift it! As for the wagon itself; I just heard from the insurance company (14 days after the crash - grr!) that they will total it. I'm going to keep it and see if I can repair it. A buddy thinks it'll be easier than it looks and I like a good project. I haven't inspected the gearbox yet and I'm hoping it's still in good shape. If it's not, I'll probably hold off on any repairs. I did happen to see a '96 850 R for sale just a few miles up the road - it may be a sign! If you have any other questions for me, feel free to hit me up on MVS. If I do decide to part it out, I ll post the ad there.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - WILLIAM H. LOCKWOOD
The red 855 looks or looked great. Sorry about the t bone. The wheels were an excellent choice. You just have to love volvo paint. Next time add reverse inter cooler piping and short ram intake. FYI. Just replaced heater core on 95 850 turbo with 210k miles. Nice instructions from ipd and u tube. The use of garbage bag to collect coolant was tremendous idea. The blinking red lights on recirculation/ac buttons do not come on anymore. Unbelievable.