A close friend of mine is a C30 diehard, has one he bought while in the service abroad a decade ago and now with over 250k miles under his ownership it is still amazingly reliable, founds fantastic and is awesome to drive. Considering buying one myself after seeing how the C30 community is, especially considering my…
I got lucky with mine. Its been an awesome car. I have added a ton of torque and horsepower, lowered it, added an intake and exhaust and I drive it hard as hell and it doesn’t seem to mind at all. It’s a perfect little commuter car.
I’m halfway to the conversion price just in maintenance in the past 6 months, should’ve held out... I like my quirky little hatchback but I think the previous owner did even more, if you feel me.
I’ll sell you mine! 2008 R Design 6 speed manual, lowered on Eibachs with koni shocks and struts, Snabb intake, Do88 intercooler, Elevate exhaust, Mototec downpipe with removable cat, Shark Stage 3 tune anda couple sets of wheels. It has 132,000 miles and will surprise the hell out of 92% of other drivers.
Rich has said he’ll do the conversion for folks for $10,000 which includes the donor car. There are already a few others with the conversion underway. I happen to frequent c30crew.com as I have a lightly modified (315hp) C30. There are a great bunch of smart folks on there who are always willing to help.
For more on this build, check out c30crew.com and also follow me on IG @MooseTech1. I had fun building it and hope to see more follow suit.
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If there was a top 10 worst car people list, those look-what-i-did-nanana-not-telling-how people would be on it. Next week on Jalopnik...
I loved my C30, and always knew that the AWD swap would, theoretically, be pretty easy given the chassis similarities between the c30/S40/V50.
I’m just glad they shared how it was done. I’ve seen a couple mods on cars where people kept how they did it secret, and on occasions took it to the grave with them. They contributed not only to their fun, but also to the community.
Wait, who thinks the resale values aren’t great? I bought my 2012 C30 with the Polestar tune for $15k in 2014 with 30k miles and resold it (very sadly) for $14k at 55k miles in 2016 to a fellow enthusiast. Granted, I got a great deal on the car initially, but the resale value was right in line with the current market.
This is exactly what makes the car world a better place. These guys took a nice yet unfulfilled car and blew soul and performance into it. Awesome build and awesome story.
Well Ford did own Volvo when the C30 was out so still counts
Whoa... I have seen this car on the road. I honestly had no clue that it was an AWD monster. Just looks like a modded c30.
I had a V50 for a while, AWD with the T5 and M66 combo. That thing was a hoot with the ~225 hp it left the factory with. Can’t imagine how fast it is built out to ~400 hp. Very cool build!
I guess there’s just a vas deferens in our levels of humor.