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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Andreas Kawula Built My Engine!

With help of a forum member on Seat-Online.nl, I was able to find out that Andreas Kawula hand built the magnificent supercharged V8 in my CLS55 AMG. His signature is very hard to decipher, but the internet delivers again and verified that his name is indeed Andreas Kawula.

Fun fact: only the 55 & 63 engines were hand built. So a big thank you from the Netherlands, Andreas 🙂 !

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, New Intake Pipes (Gold Tape Heatwrap)

Noticed that one of the plastic intake tubes was broken, so I replaced them both. Fortunately, the intake pipes only costs 11 euro per piece, which is a steal!

I added gold plated tape, to fend of radiating heat and keep the incoming air as cool as possible. Took quite some time and effort, but I am happy with the end result and how it looks in the engine bay.

Broken hose Vs new hose
Work in progress on the gold plated tape

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Special Tool For Replacing Engine Mounts

Bought a special tool, which is particularly handy when replacing the engine mounts on a CLS55 W219 or E55 W211. The exhaust manifold takes a fair bit of space on each side of the engine and there is where this tool comes in handy with removing the bolt which sits directly under the exhaust manifold (on each side).

Bought it from eBay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/125234922812

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Volvo S80 2.4T Thermatec Teflon Intake Spacer (PTFE)

Bought a Teflon (PTFE) intake spacer for the intake manifold from Thermatec. It will isolate the intake manifold from the warm engine, which will result in lower intake temperatures. The phenolic spacers are identical in function, only the material used is different.

Lowering the Intake Air Temperature (IAT), will result in higher power figures. A simple supporting mod, which is quite inexpensive.

Pro tip: make a small indentation in the top left corner of the spacer where the bolt would go through the spacer/gasket (where the thermostat housing is), this will make the installation a lot easier due to the restricted space in that area.

URL: www.ebay.nl/itm/302474396288

Volvo S80 2.4T Thermatec Phenolic Intake Spacer

Volvo S80 2.4T Thermatec Phenolic Intake Spacer

Volvo S80 2.4T Thermatec Phenolic Intake Spacer




Volvo S80 2.4T New Engine Mounts

When you have an older car, always think about replacing the engine mounts. They are almost always made of rubber, which becomes brittle over time due to aging/drying out.

I replaced all the engine mounts, which tightens up handling and improves performance and reduces strain on components like the exhaust, as the engine swivels way less. Highly recommended!

Volvo S80 2.4T Engine Mounts

Volvo S80 2.4T Engine Mounts

Volvo S80 2.4T Engine Mounts

Volvo S80 2.4T Engine Mounts


Volvo S80 2.4T Old vs New Coolant Expansion Tank

Bought a new Febi coolant expansion tank as the old one was tatty, old and brown.

Looks better in the engine where no one else looks, but me 🙂

Partnr: 30 741 973 / 30741973

Volvo S80 2.4T Old vs New Coolant Expansion Tank


Volvo S80 2.4T Changing Spark Plugs (NGK K20TT 4604)

Fitted some fresh new plugs and decided to try NGK copper plug instead of Volvo OEM Iridium plugs. They work great and cost next to nothing. Decided to try NGK K20TT 4606. Double checked the gap to be sure, they are correctly preset for the Volvo S80 2.4 / 2.5T.

Still have to get used to swapping out 5 spark plugs instead of the “usual” 4.

Volvo S80 2.4T Changing Spark plugs

Volvo S80 2.4T Changing Spark plugs

Volvo S80 2.4T Changing Spark plugs




Volvo S80 2.4T IPD Polybush Upper Engine Stabilizer

Cheap and easy mod for a little bit more stability, polybush inserts for the upper engine stabilizer.

Volvo S80 2.4T Polyurethane Upper Engine Stabilizer




Volvo S80 2.4T Replacing the Upper Engine Mount with SuperPro Polybush

I noticed that when lifting off (like shifting), there was a lot of movement / play in the engine / gearbox. So when I inspected the upper engine mount, I found the root cause rather quickly. The rubber deteriorated and there wasn’t much left of the original rubber bushing.

Having read the other options, like fitting a polybush, I went with the SuperPro version which looked like a good bit of kit. Mounting the new polyurethane kit was quite a breeze. Fortunately, the original bushing has a plastic ring 🙂 The SuperPro kit consists of 2 pieces, which makes the mount very easy to replace.

Result: a much better shifting car, putting the power down goes a lot better now. I will also replace the bottom gearbox mount with a polyurethane version soon.

Very easy job to do at home. This also applies to the S60 and V70, as these are quite identical.

Broken upper engine mount…

Volvo S80 2.4T worn engine mount

Tearing it down

Volvo S80 2.4T Removing the Upper Engine Mount OEM bushing

Volvo S80 2.4T Upper Engine Mount shot OEM bush

Comparing old to new

Volvo S80 2.4T Polyurethane Upper Engine Mount vs OEM top view

Volvo S80 2.4T Polyurethane Upper Engine Mount vs OEM side view

Et voila!

Volvo S80 2.4T Polyurethane Upper Engine Mount completed




Volvo S80 2.4T, time for a change…

The Golf MK3 GTI showed some big signs of rust, which jeopardized my APK (MOT) status for this year. Simply put, I had 2 choices,

  • Invest quite some money in the Golf MK3 GTI for solving the rust issues and keep driving
  • Swap/sell it straightaway and drive something else

Wishlist

I have chosen for the latter as the title already suggests. But what is a proper replacement for the Golf MK3 GTI which also falls into budget? Needles to say, I needed a wishlist to get to some conclusion…I ended up with this:

  1. More than 4 cilinders
  2. More power than the GTI
  3. No VAG car
  4. More luxury than the GTI
  5. Bigger than the GTI
  6. Optional: automatic gearbox

Result

I ended up with a Volvo S80 from 2001 with a 5 cilinder (2.4 liters) turbocharged engine. It ticks all the boxes, except for my optional item (#6), as it has stick shift. It isn’t bad, but a automatic gearbox would complement the car even more. Let the pictures speak for itself!

Volvo S80 2.4T on driveway

Volvo S80 2.4T side view

Volvo S80 2.4T rear view

Volvo S80 2.4T cockpit side view

Volvo S80 2.4T roof window

Volvo S80 2.4T backseat view

Volvo S80 2.4T cockpit view

Volvo S80 2.4T Engine bay