Here's Everything That's WRONG With My CHEAP Volvo C30 *Hot Hatch*

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My $3,000 Volvo C30 drives like it got in a fight with a werewolf. The suspension makes terrible noises, the turn signal is always turning on, and the steering wheel shakes when I accelerate. The Twilight movie series featured C30s that sounded out of this world, and nothing like the turbocharged 5 cylinder production car. This one has 150,000 miles on the clock and feels like it's falling apart, but I have a feeling it won't be too difficult to save it. Just sprinkle a little glitter on it, keep it out of the sunlight, and it should be good as new. First we'll head over to the Car Ninja's and see just how bad it is.
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J&J Auto Wrecking
J&J Auto Wrecking 5 ամիս առաջ
Want to “R” swap it? 😬
Clinton Popham
Clinton Popham 5 ամիս առաջ
@WatchJRGo this was never a "hot hatch" this was just a hatch
Michael Buczko
Michael Buczko 5 ամիս առաջ
@Revelocity The R is cool; but if you can find a V50 AWD T5 6 speed manual it's just as good or an S40 T5 AWD 6 Speed Manual. The R has an awful turning radius! I believe it's around 21 feet
Revelocity 5 ամիս առաջ
You would probably be better off doing the T5 swap. Like someone said, thicker cylinder walls. Theres way to prevent the cylinder walls from going. Im actually looking at a few Volvo Rs right now. We will see how they drive. I am a BMW guy... lol but no one makes anything thats a station wagon anymore....
James Larson
James Larson 5 ամիս առաջ
Wondermitedelight Yeah, I stopped shopping for an R and focused on options (seriously no cruise?) I need another one...
Jimmy Puppo
Jimmy Puppo 5 ամիս առաջ
@Michael Buczko i had a v70r that i was going to swap the 2.3 into! i sold it before i got around to all of that but i do have a 850 wagon that's getting that treatment later this year i hope
michael Redden
michael Redden 2 ամիս առաջ
2011 c30 77k black $5100. I love it
James Vayo
James Vayo 2 ամիս առաջ
You likely need motor mounts to correct acceleration wobble.
James Vayo
James Vayo 2 ամիս առաջ
@WatchJRGo that was easy!
WatchJRGo 2 ամիս առաջ
It was a wheel, rotated the wheels and it was instantly gone 🍻
KΛM 3 ամիս առաջ
Facelift conversion and make it look like the c30 polestar
Darren Baker
Darren Baker 3 ամիս առաջ
Nothing wrong with these C30s if they are maintained as with most quality cars. They last a long time. 135k on my R-Design I bought new in 2011 with normal maintenance to 125K, and I am keeping it, plus I added at least 80 bhp and 80 not so long ago. For the first time: changed the belts and assoc. parts, timing belt and so on, battery (actually 3rd battery), breather box, and normal maintenance like fluids, plugs and filters. Upgraded the suspension (quality upgrade not a significant drop at all), turbo control components, intercooler set, downpipe, some other components and so on, added a tune. $4k in total (intercooler, suspension, tune being more than half of that; in fact the comprehensive service without performance parts may well have cost around $1000 (parts only; not OE but OEM/similar Bilstein on the suspension)). I effectively now have a new car a lot quicker and better handling than it was new. Very reliable and happy with it. Was my first Volvo, my wife now drives an XC60 T6 Drive E (excellent and I can service it should I need to) and I likely will get a Volvo SUV in the future, but also keep the C30. I am keeping my eye on their offerings!
ChevyBM 5 ամիս առաջ
The funny thing with the rear design of the C30 is that it looks a bit similar to the 480 and the P1800ES.
Lord Walker
Lord Walker 5 ամիս առաջ
The back was always the thing I liked about them.
Flaming Pyro
Flaming Pyro 5 ամիս առաջ
I have a c30 r design and ngl it look so much better
Chew Singh
Chew Singh 5 ամիս առաջ
is it an ocean race edition Volvo? The trim on the inside makes me think it could be.
Henauder Titzauf
Henauder Titzauf 5 ամիս առաջ
Check the back end noises, maybe a backseat driver or a mother in law problem. Brahaha! I agree that Volvo vehicles, especially the cars, wagons, are easier to repair in some respects, ie; Bolton the rear suspension system, some have bolt on front ends, etc. great vlog, thanks foe sharing.
Dead Pixel Media
Dead Pixel Media 5 ամիս առաջ
Sonic blue is a pretty rare color. look up Elevate's R&D car he took a V1 and did a lot too it to make it look good.
Brayan Goulart
Brayan Goulart 5 ամիս առաջ
Volvo C30 is basically a fuckin Ford
Rob Simpson
Rob Simpson 5 ամիս առաջ
Definitely a vampire car...the mirrors are broken so you can’t see that it’s a vampire looking at you. 😜😂
Terry Cullender
Terry Cullender 5 ամիս առաջ
Weird vibrations? Check the motormounts. Trust me they don't last.
Dean Winchester
Dean Winchester 5 ամիս առաջ
How much is the Ninja charging you to use his shop space? lol
Pablo 5 ամիս առաջ
stack the batteries.
Adam Z
Adam Z 5 ամիս առաջ
You need to get your own shop with a lift
Dead Reckon
Dead Reckon 5 ամիս առաջ
"Not bad for 150,000 miles" Man my 2000 Hyundai Accent is in better shape mechanically than this Volvo and it's 20 years old with 175,000 miles... It could use struts, they're getting really soft, but aren't leaking, and I am rebuilding the front suspension 'cause one of the bushings in the control arm on the drivers side is getting a bit sloppy, but the bushings aren't just gone like this Volvo. But still, this Volvo is 12 years old and things are worn out like it's 20 years old.
Dead Reckon
Dead Reckon 5 ամիս առաջ
@Matthew Terry Shhh, my 1977 Ford LTD will hear you... I just got that bitch to run again...
Matthew Terry
Matthew Terry 5 ամիս առաջ
That's what happens when Ford makes you use one of their chassis.
Jose L
Jose L 5 ամիս առաջ
Volvos are very easy to work on i have 6 volvos myself 2 of them are s40s they are very to work on i hope u check the timing belt other than that very reliable cars an pole star blue
Chris Linfors
Chris Linfors 5 ամիս առաջ
JR, I’d love to see you get your own garage, that’d be a dope addition to the channel down the road. It would be really cool to have your own place to store, and work on your cars!
hello21707 5 ամիս առաջ
I have a 2011 c30 r-design that has 100k miles on it. I guess I need to do the timing belt soon. Mine has a little vibration accelerating but only around 55mph. Any other speed its okay. Gotta get some $$ to get this checked out. Oh and I'd like to get all new brakes too.
Alex Novoa
Alex Novoa 5 ամիս առաջ
Ive had my 2011 c30 t5 for a few months and i can tell you its one of the best cars i ever owned. Luckily im a volvo tech and went to training and was able to "polestar" it for free(equivalent to $1000 software download) and enjoy the excellent power its got now making about 260 stock and i cant wait to mod it. Made it from california to indiana which is about 2100 miles with no leaks or engine lights. Luckily mine came with cruise control😅 So much potential if you keep it
Alex Novoa
Alex Novoa 5 ամիս առաջ
Also if you get the 3 day vida subscription go on volvos website and you can find the code to polestar ur volvo too!
Paul Sz
Paul Sz 5 ամիս առաջ
At 8:54 , I see there is no bash-plate to protect the a/c compressor?
ristyvids 5 ամիս առաջ
Why is that Volvo so expensive?
Niel van Zyl
Niel van Zyl 5 ամիս առաջ
The Focus ST has exactly that engine from Volvo. I am a proud c30 t5 owner for the last 5 years already. Absolutely love my car
The Inquisitor
The Inquisitor 5 ամիս առաջ
Erik Mikkelsaar
Erik Mikkelsaar 5 ամիս առաջ
Bought mine for $1200 CAD, Only a loud banging from the motor ;)
Steven Trostle
Steven Trostle 5 ամիս առաջ
Brave Man!
liam power
liam power 5 ամիս առաջ
Wait.. that windshield is "destroyed"???? Buddy has never been to Canada
miskavaa 5 ամիս առաջ
This seems like a normal 150 000mile volvo, suspension refurbishment and wearables and then you're good for the next 150 000 miles. :)
Its Luci
Its Luci 5 ամիս առաջ
was waiting for the blinker comment. hated that about this car lol
225TTuned 5 ամիս առաջ
Where is the running R8 turbo video?
Zig Zag
Zig Zag 5 ամիս առաջ
volvo makes very good hood struts, i put volvo hood struts on everything in life. makes everything easier
Steinfeld Motors
Steinfeld Motors 5 ամիս առաջ
I have the "sedan brother" of this car, a 2008 S40 II, and I LOVE the look of those 2 cars, but the T5 models are crazy hard to find where I live. mine has the 1.6 Liter Turbodiesel (PSA engine) and it's nice getting about 50 miles per gallon, but damn I would love a T5. btw control arms are a common issue with that platform. after all, it is a Ford Focus 😂
FE428Power 5 ամիս առաջ
Will the c30 accommodate a 6'3" dude in the driver's seat?
Revelocity 5 ամիս առաջ
Im not sure but I think someone is trying to tell me something. Iv been on a new "daily" hunt for a while now, and Iv been looking at Volvos... lol
Christian Buczko
Christian Buczko 5 ամիս առաջ
Biggest problem is the looks. Its ugly as hell.
Raymond Tucker Jr
Raymond Tucker Jr 5 ամիս առաջ
I also know where you can get a GRAY r design steering wheel, new in the box for less than $300 if you choose that rout. One last tip. Volvo charges a premium for parts....cross reference EVERYTHING with w/ Mazda Speed 3, and Focus RS.....many, many, MANY common parts.
Raymond Tucker Jr
Raymond Tucker Jr 5 ամիս առաջ
Here's the part # for your gas cap. Motorad MGC 845T. I paid less than $14, Volvo wants $30.
william hill
william hill 5 ամիս առաջ
You bought a turd.
Life Is Good
Life Is Good 5 ամիս առաջ
We always wonder why with the German f@mily of great cars Porsche Audi bmw VW and others, why Volvo is pure junk 🤔
spuwho 5 ամիս առաջ
One of those Volvo/Ford's. Based on the corporate Focus platform.
Ethan Deer
Ethan Deer 5 ամիս առաջ
Always check the under hood sticker for model year. Always accurate
Spanners Auto & Computer Repairs
Spanners Auto & Computer Repairs 5 ամիս առաջ
Must do 1st - timing belt
Spanners Auto & Computer Repairs
Spanners Auto & Computer Repairs 5 ամիս առաջ
Acceleration shake on these high mileage c30s are usually the motor mount and possibly the cv
Spanners Auto & Computer Repairs
Spanners Auto & Computer Repairs 5 ամիս առաջ
Used turn signal stock on eBay - easy to replace. Sometime you can simply clean the contacts inside them.
Spanners Auto & Computer Repairs
Spanners Auto & Computer Repairs 5 ամիս առաջ
VIDA and dice cable are excellent diagnosis tools
Spanners Auto & Computer Repairs
Spanners Auto & Computer Repairs 5 ամիս առաջ
You can get any part you want for maintenance at and get lifetime warranty. There is also a FB page for c30 and web forum
GARO NAK 5 ամիս առաջ
Do you guys pay the Car Ninja for using his shop and tools?
Accio 5 ամիս առաջ
Piece of shit for 3k
John Jakobsen
John Jakobsen 5 ամիս առաջ
Volvo is made in China now, why u buy crap like this? Is this an American disease or what tf???
Brian Corrigan
Brian Corrigan 5 ամիս առաջ
Underhood, the PCV diaphragm tears and then you get oil everywhere, and a weird sound that goes away if you pull the dipstick or open the oil fill cap to break vacuum. The plastic coolant tank ruptures and does not have a coolant low level sensor. So it ruptures and unless you are paying attention, engine cooks itself. I picked up a 2011 at an insurance auction and kept some notes on my stalled progress here: I've got house projects that jumped to the top of the list. Looking forward to your updates.
Kyle Glasgow
Kyle Glasgow 5 ամիս առաջ
I’m only three minutes and 45 seconds in but I can already tell you that you cannot program that with an Autel. The software download comes from the Volvo bookstore website which requires a VIDA subscription. You can only do it with VIDA & a DiCE
Chrysty87 5 ամիս առաջ
polestar blue FTW!
Miika Virta
Miika Virta 5 ամիս առաջ
Well it is Focus ST disguised as volvo.
Nasir Williams
Nasir Williams 5 ամիս առաջ
Can you please work on a g35x nobody make videos about the x please
Ohlyver 5 ամիս առաջ
Haven’t finished the video as I write. I have an ‘09 C30 RDesign, I’ve had it for almost 3 years. As recommended by Volvo enthusiasts, always have a Volvo inspected before buying. So I knew full well my car had many things to do. I had to replace all the rear suspension bushings, replace the clutch position sensor, gas pressure sensor , front lower control arms, brakes, replacing the rear calipers, replacing the front sway bar end links 3 times, Both CV axles. It drives great . And the paint JUST came out of the paint shop for a paint repair cause I’m in east Canada so salt damage. But with all that, I still love that car dearly. It has character compared to what I used to drive before, an ‘10 Yaris.. I’ve spent more than 4K working on that car which is more than half what I paid for but I have no regrets. I’m gonna drive this car till it collapses. @WatchJRGo I’m no specialist but any questions I’m willing to try and answer.
tobbe l
tobbe l 5 ամիս առաջ
I had a 2007 t5, cosmic white / java brown. Such a beautiful car.. you either love them or hate them, designwise.. I upgraded mine to step 3, more or less everything besides changing turbo.. full exhaust, intake, software eft ect.. upgraded swaybar front and rear mine already had a 2 cm spring lowering from factory. Heck it went! Around 300hp on the crank, original 220 if I'm not misstaken. allthough she was a little to heavy to really do great- brake upgrade is a must when you start pushing up the power imho.. But no doubt a funny little car ;-) if you'd go all in with the ford focus to turbo you'd be in for a nice ride ;-) about 400 hp on the crank without messing with the internals, thats not too bad.
tom thompson
tom thompson 5 ամիս առաջ
you wete robbed ,,, i gave half that amount of cash for a 80k genuine minter ,,, but it will sort , trouble is that by the time youve spent the cash you could have bought something way nicer ,, but a project is a project i guess.
Gabe llord
Gabe llord 5 ամիս առաջ
Recently I sprayed my plastic bumper panels with tire shine spray and they look good as new.
jon devieon
jon devieon 5 ամիս առաջ
I thought I saw this for sale in Albuquerque
Jeff Kindle
Jeff Kindle 5 ամիս առաջ
Please put some money into this thing and do more videos Volvo’s are awesome! ❤️❤️
Rafael Omar Minaya
Rafael Omar Minaya 5 ամիս առաջ
Lower arm control looks to me like the ones on ford's focus
Reed Sikorski
Reed Sikorski 5 ամիս առաջ
My Volvo S60R had it's passenger mirror fall off too lol. It's what make a Volvo, a volvo
Acme 5 ամիս առաջ
An automatic C30 is no "hot hatch" its just a comfy small car with some power. Its also not the spiciest C30. But still. Decent car.
The Rough Go
The Rough Go 5 ամիս առաջ
Drop it!
JK Holley111
JK Holley111 5 ամիս առաջ
100% Jake! Liking his videos.
Joseph Wallis
Joseph Wallis 5 ամիս առաջ
Got bad news man, cruise control software is only through VIDA. Come to Tulsa I'll hook you up with that and some other C30 parts.
P P 5 ամիս առաջ
When you're driving down the road with the turn signal going on and off - don't worry, you're just looking like a regular Volvo driver :P
Leo 5 ամիս առաջ
I love p1 volvos. My dad had a 08 V50 r design
Raymond Tucker Jr
Raymond Tucker Jr 5 ամիս առաջ
If you're thinking "Polestar" blue, don't do it. Don't become a poser bro.
Justin Koster
Justin Koster 5 ամիս առաջ
i had the exact same problem with turn signal on my C30. the service warning comes on about every 10k km or 6k miles i think. i had to change the AC compressor on my c30 and it was a huge project
Ron Jerome
Ron Jerome 5 ամիս առաջ
What happened to Amber? Bring Amber back
Salam 5 ամիս առաջ
How can he buy a car but not know the model year?
Christopher Dyer
Christopher Dyer 5 ամիս առաջ
Don’t say come on Volvo that’s a euro spec focus rs blame ford for that dumb engineering 😂😂😂
Mike Brandt
Mike Brandt 5 ամիս առաջ
Volvos eat Control arms, front and rear end links, and struts. Replace those and that car will feel amazing.
cap737 5 ամիս առաջ
so do you get to rent a lift at the CarNinja's? Maybe you should get a lift installed in your garage.
David Pedder
David Pedder 5 ամիս առաջ
Good thing the blower fan works. Hell of a job to get to it !!!!
The Asthmatic Jedi
The Asthmatic Jedi 5 ամիս առաջ
Don't change the color. I love that blue!
Thomas J
Thomas J 5 ամիս առաջ
It's a great car. Great from the factory, tremendous potential, whille still being very comfrotable. Every dollar you invest in it, is worth it, IF you intend to keep it. They are basically a better Euro Ford Focust ST 2.5T- The resell market doesn't recognize the value.
TechGently 5 ամիս առաջ
Unrelated, there's a 2003 Subaru Forester, with only 778 Miles on it in Redlands for sale $5600, looks great, but oil has been sitting there in that engine for 18 years. But might be something worth driving to California for.
Kevin Blyth
Kevin Blyth 5 ամիս առաջ
They are cool cars but You need to get rid of that blue trim, it looks cheap and nasty.
Matteo 5 ամիս առաջ
I have an 08 c30 six speed... My steering column motor likes to be beaten when it doesn’t start. Lmk if you experience that
eivis13 5 ամիս առաջ
Volvo v30 the 480 of today.
Charles Conto
Charles Conto 5 ամիս առաջ
Just bought my C30 a month ago, manual, 2011, got it for about $2,000 more than you did, but I think mine is in better condition. No wait... I’m positive 😂
Anthony Lee
Anthony Lee 5 ամիս առաջ
Adding cruise requires software. It’s $80 for a 3 day subscription to vida and $285 for the software. You can do it yourself. I can assist as well
GTOger 5 ամիս առաջ
In 2013 I was dumb enough to lease a new Volvo S60. During one of its many trips back to the dealer for repair I was given a C30 as a loaner. I was excited because it was so quirky, but then highly disappointed. It's like a Swedish Civic with less soul and more plastic. I consider my Volvo phase to be a real automotive dark spot in my life so it will be really interesting to see if this one can wind up being good.
daddynichol52 5 ամիս առաջ
You HOPE those are just water stains on the seats!
Brad Sarginson
Brad Sarginson 5 ամիս առաջ
junk it.
Itchy Scratch
Itchy Scratch 5 ամիս առաջ
My 16 year old Audi A4 has 248,000 miles on it and survived with less wounds and faults than this Volvo! Still driving it...
lost sailor
lost sailor 5 ամիս առաջ
Who's Bella, and why does she hate it?
Michael Sackstein
Michael Sackstein 5 ամիս առաջ
Volvo’s from 1999 and newer have vida software and in some cases you may need to have that to fix and diagnose certain issues. If you don’t already have it I’m sure you can definitely find someone who does
Anthony Mattei
Anthony Mattei 5 ամիս առաջ
go to northside imports and get your parts pretty sure they are best prices in town
Mark Curtis
Mark Curtis 5 ամիս առաջ
I was hunting high and low for a manual one of these in the UK. Couldn’t find a decent one anywhere. Bought a e63 630 BMW instead
Mark Curtis
Mark Curtis 5 ամիս առաջ
beckys2222 there have been a few geartronic on eBay. Very few of the pre facelift ones available. Wanted a manual T5 after having nothing but trouble with my xc90 d5 geartronic. The ones I’ve seen seem pretty abused and I couldn’t find a good ones after about 6-8 months of looking. I was being picky though, some were too far away from me that might’ve been ok. Bought something completely different though in the end!
Rzur 5 ամիս առաջ
hi, in 2:49 you said the was gone, if you replace it and starts working at max speed and it gets super hot, then the problem is an electrovalve that is behind the brake fluid reservoir. Happend to me when replaicing that pump on a c70
David Fleming
David Fleming 5 ամիս առաջ
Original color
Michael Coffey
Michael Coffey 5 ամիս առաջ
Neat car 😀
Amadėjus Kubilius
Amadėjus Kubilius 5 ամիս առաջ
I own a ‘04 V50, I do all my repairs myself and I can say that it’s really easy car to repair, so I believe you won’t have a hard time fixing those problems!
NIVO1972 5 ամիս առաջ
did I miss whatever happened to the Audi? Last i heard it was shipped to florida for turbo work? then what?
Ben Potter
Ben Potter 5 ամիս առաջ
Look at the engine mount on the passenger side it can also cause a vibration while accelerating when it's worn out.
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