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2008 Volvo C30 repairs by problem area

Engine (16%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (14%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (19%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (28%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (10%)

Chart based on 172 repairs.
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2008 Volvo C30 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (10%)

$500 - $999 (11%)

$100 - $499 (29%)

< $100 (47%)

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Chart based on 131 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2008 Volvo C30

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

Volvo C30 in Great Britain
Mar 2008 - Jun 2011
Jun 2008

15000 mi
Alloy wheels had become stuck to the hubs because insufficient copper grease had been used as a barrier when applied as part of pre-delivery inspection. 
Jun 2009

33000 mi
Air conditioning was ineffective. System regassed and checked for leaks (no leaks found) - under warranty. 
Sep 2009

38000 mi
Driver's seat developed a side-to-side rocking motion with an audible 'click' as it went over-centre. Solution was initially to strip and re-install the seat.  Didn't work, so expensive specialist grease was ordered and subsequently fitted. 
Sep 2010

53000 mi
Failure of dual-mass flywheel. Flywheel and clutch assembly replaced under warranty. 

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2008 Volvo C30

Engine not specified

Volvo C30 in New York, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2011
Dec 2010

34000 mi
Airbag warning light. Seat sensor came loose under front passenger seat. Dealer reconnected and secured sensor. 
Volvo C30 in Ireland
Sep 2013 - Mar 2014
Oct 2013

57400 mi
On gently pressing brakes, a message said 'Anti Skid Requires Service' and car stopped, completely. Had to get two men to push car off road. Dealer doesn't now what is wrong. Car still with Dealer. Imagine such a sudden halt on a motorway? 

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2008 Volvo C30 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 227hp 2.5L I5 6-speed manual FWD

Volvo C30 in New York, United States
Feb 2011 - Feb 2016
Mar 2011

40000 mi
Was going to the shop for a checkup because the car was recently purchased used. Went to get in the car and the drivers seat was wet. The shop couldn't duplicate the event after 2 days. So the ordered new door seals just to be sure. 
Mar 2012

49000 mi

US $150
They couldn't find the proper xenon headlight. So had to come back the following day. AN just missed the warranty cut off point. So had to pay out of pocket. 
Feb 2014

70900 mi

US $750
Wiper transmission and wheel alignment. 
Jul 2015

87700 mi

US $850
Had noise like if your brakes were gone like metal on metal. Turned out to be a wheel bearing and e-brake issue. 
Feb 2016

96000 mi

US $118
From brakes I was informed I needed another wheel bearing. Replace the drivers side last year. Then I was told broken front spring and they would need to replace both. Also would need a cv joint replaced there was a tear. Grand total 3200. 
Volvo C30 in Finland
May 2012 - Mar 2014
Aug 2012

43400 mi

€40
Fuse 35 (Engine management) kept blowing all the time. Took it to the repair shop where the fuse no longer blowed. Reason never found. 
Jul 2013

54940 mi

€650
Engine light on + Fuse 35 blown - no A/C and no turbo or engine control. Oil temp cauge did not move at all (noticed this after 3 weeks). To the shop: 3,5 hours looking for probl -> Oil trap censor broke, whole oil trap replaced 
Aug 2013

57040 mi

€294
Car didn't boost at all after around 3000+ RPM. Turbo seemed not to go on. Boost/turbo control valve was changed in the shop. It was totally broken. 
Oct 2013

60140 mi

€600
Suspension springs changed on the front of the car. Driver's side spring had broken in half. 
Volvo C30 in Nevada, United States
Apr 2011 - Jun 2016
Jul 2012

42000 mi
some type of oil pressure regulator/ has to do with smog! 
Jun 2016

71000 mi

US $275
CV boot had to be replaced so I rebuilt the entire system 
Volvo C30 in Arizona, United States
Mar 2009 - Feb 2018
Jun 2012

27000 mi
Steering column lock. Anti-theft steering column problem would not allow vehicle to start. 
Apr 2016

43000 mi

US $500
air conditioner blower was intermittent then it quit working. 
Volvo C30 in Utah, United States
Sep 2009 - Jun 2011
Oct 2009

13000 mi
Heater Controller broken. 
Feb 2010

15000 mi
Transmission Replacement due to small noise. Dealer tried to figure out, but could not, so Volvo sent a new tranny for them to replace so Volvo could look at noisy one. 
Volvo C30 in Texas, United States
Nov 2013 - Jun 2018
Dec 2013

80000 mi

US $950
Clutch master cylinder failed 
Aug 2014

89300 mi

US $2600
Control Arm bushings 
May 2015

100000 mi

US $1200
Replaced compressor Battery replaced 
Dec 2015

109000 mi

US $650
Leaky radiator hose was replaced. Engine had overheated 
Jul 2016

116500 mi

US $1003
Leaking CV axle boot. Replaced Faulty damper motor module position. Recalibrated Fuel pressure sensor malfunctioning. Replaced. 
Apr 2017

126000 mi

US $3900
Leaking head gasket Also replaced spark plugs, coils, etc. 
Volvo C30 in Texas, United States
May 2008 - Mar 2010
May 2008

13500 mi
passenger seat sensor replaced 
Volvo C30 in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2009 - Jun 2011
Jul 2009

15000 mi
Warranty issues, 1. Squeaky seat - oiled rails and none further 2. Re-start failure - After brief stopping (<5 minutes) Engine sometimes (<1 per month) does not start right - no resolution. 
Volvo C30 in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2008 - Jan 2012
May 2011

54000 mi

US $750
Tire rod and rim replacement (due to hitting a pot hole) 
Volvo C30 in New York, United States
Feb 2007 - Jun 2011
Dec 2007

352 mi
Warranty repair of broken speaker grille Warranty repair of power sunroof - would not close automatically 
Volvo C30 in Colorado, United States
Nov 2016 - Jun 2018
Dec 2016

72000 mi

US $650
Traction control system was replaced. I believe likely due to damage received from tire chains worn the week of the problem. Shop in Denver (Voltek, best guys every) say they doubt this and suggest the mileage and age are to blame. 
Volvo C30 in Ohio, United States
Oct 2013 - Dec 2015
Oct 2013

61000 mi

US $160
Torn CV boot Power outlet by shifter pushed down and plastic broke. 
Mar 2014

65000 mi

US $108
Other CV boot Right front Wheel bearing making noise. Left front wheel bearing loose. 
May 2015

81300 mi
Bad front left wheel bearing. 
Jul 2015

83700 mi
Bad boost control solenoid. 
Volvo C30 in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2015 - Sep 2017
Oct 2016

45880 mi

C $100
Bad A/C fitting. Front coil springs broken And follow up on AC. The A/C was a bad fitting and the weather is snowing and winter days don't make for good air con checks. 
Volvo C30 in Georgia, United States
Jul 2008 - Jan 2010
Dec 2008

7000 mi
Cruise control randomly cut off. Replaced cruise angle sensor. 
Dec 2009

25000 mi
Replaced rack module for steering due to high pitch whine while turning on cold days. Successful repair in about 1/2 day. 
Volvo C30 in Alberta, Canada
Mar 2009 - Mar 2016
Aug 2013

31900 mi

C $300
Leaky sunroof 
Sep 2014

42780 mi

C $3000
Starter/Immobilizer failed Brake Booster failed 
Volvo C30 in Virginia, United States
Apr 2008 - Jun 2010
Dec 2008

7000 mi
When turning steering wheel left or right there is a spring type noise. Sounds like a screen door opening. Dealership replaced bumper stops and strut bearings. 
Volvo C30 in Pennsylvania, United States
Apr 2008 - Nov 2009
May 2008

1000 mi
Radio did not function. Brand new car. Ordered computer that controls the radio. The computer that control the climate system was faulty, part ordered. 
Jun 2008

2000 mi
New radio computer installed. New climate control computer installed. 
Volvo C30 in Texas, United States
Mar 2008 - Jun 2011
Volvo C30 in Indiana, United States
Dec 2008 - May 2013
May 2009

15000 mi
Rattle at low speeds when turning. Dealer replaced left front control arm.  
Jan 2010

24000 mi
Rattle again at low speeds when turning. Could not replicate this time. 
Volvo C30 in Victoria, Australia
Mar 2008 - Jan 2013
Sep 2008

9920 mi

A $200
Use of car bra broke off headlight washer covers. 
Volvo C30 in Colorado, United States
May 2008 - Jun 2018
Aug 2016

118000 mi

US $1800
Replaced clutch, slave cylinder, throw out bearing and pressure plate 
Jan 2018

145000 mi
replaced battery under battery warranty 
Volvo C30 in New Jersey, United States
May 2008 - Jun 2018
Dec 2008

14000 mi
Oversensitive fuel tank pressure sensor. Fixed with a reflash.  
Feb 2009

15000 mi
Driver's door latch broken. Door handle worked intermittently.  
Mar 2009

18000 mi
Replaced a remote which stopped working.  
Sep 2010

46000 mi
Turbo oil pickup breather valve stuck closed, causing a loud whistling sound. Valve and hoses replaced. Very known problem on the T5 engines across the whole Volvo lineup (as per Service Advisor). 
Oct 2010

46700 mi
Front control arms replaced due to abnormal bushing wear which caused knocking when going over bumps.  
Jun 2014

114000 mi

US $150
AC needed a recharge after 6 years of working fine. 
Feb 2016

139700 mi

US $200
Replaced faulty accessory belt tensioner and replaced both belts at the same time. Changed cabin air filter. 
Jun 2016

144000 mi

US $15
Adjusted the clutch on AC Compressor that was engaging inconsistently due to wear (ran fine when car first started, stopped engaging later on). 
Sep 2016

145000 mi

US $150
Both axles replaced due to wear. 
Apr 2017

148000 mi

US $5
Significant leak after a heavy rainstorm. Standing inch of water collected passenger rear floor. Tracked the problem to be a sunroof drain on the front A-Pillar. Hose separated from the rest of the duct. Reinserted hose and added a dab of fast drying glue to make sure it stays in. 
Sep 2017

151000 mi

US $90
Replaced Alternator which failed (core). Purchased a used alternator from a salvage yard to save on cost ($90 which they later refunded since the connector broke in shipping so FREE.99 ;) ). Heck of a job since you have to move the engine backwards 2 inches to get the alternator out. Would do it again :) 
Jan 2018

152000 mi

US $45
Catback flange studs cracked and separated from corrosion causing the exhaust pipes to separate and make the car sound like I was Colin McRae driving full tilt through Rally Wales. New studs and nuts installed to close the pipes back up. 

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2008 Volvo C30 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 227hp 2.5L I5 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Volvo C30 in Maine, United States
Mar 2008 - Sep 2015
Sep 2013

128000 mi

US $1240
Turbo system problems apparently caused by using standard oil instead of synthetic over 128000 miles. Replaced camshaft seal, oil filter housing, pcv hoses, seal cap, intake manifold gasket, timing belt, plugs. 
Oct 2014

151000 mi

US $1200
Struts and drive shaft boot split/replaced 
Volvo C30 in Texas, United States
Oct 2017 - Jun 2018
Dec 2017

100000 mi

US $1500
Wear and tear item - control rods & mounts Rear shocks - wear and tear item 
Jun 2018

105000 mi

US $90
Top off Freon, lubricate compressor, test for leaks with dye 
Volvo C30 in Texas, United States
Mar 2008 - Jun 2018
May 2008

1000 mi
Driver's seat belt buckle will not release properly, requires excessive force. 
Oct 2008

2000 mi
Low tire caused by defective valve stem core. Shop replaced item at no charge. 
Apr 2010

7000 mi
Faulty steering column lock module; prevented starting. 
Nov 2011

11300 mi

US $175
Broken seat belt latch, very difficult to open. Unit was replaced. 
Dec 2012

15000 mi

US $158
Original battery failed at just under 15,000 miles. I assume this was due to mostly city driving, plus the battery was nearly 5 years old. 
Jun 2014

16000 mi

US $100
Very simple recharge - no complications. 
Mar 2017

18000 mi
Again I had to replace the battery. I assume this is because my driving is very limited due to health problems. Regardless, I think the battery should have lasted longer. 
Volvo C30 in Ontario, Canada
May 2013 - Jun 2018
Mar 2014

78120 mi

C $450
Passenger seat air bag sensor wires rubbed bare and shorting out disabling the air bag. 
Volvo C30 in Ohio, United States
Feb 2008 - Jul 2018
Dec 2009

15000 mi

US $112
The wheel hub assembly was replace because the dealer put the wrong lug nuts on the wheels causing the bolts on the wheel assembly to crack and break off. 
Jun 2011

32000 mi
AC wasn't blowing cold air. Condenser had a leak. Parts ordered and installed a week later 
Dec 2011

37000 mi
Leaking windshield wiper fluid washer 
Sep 2012

45000 mi

US $240
Replaced battery 
Jan 2017

37000 mi

US $1200
Coil spring CV boot 
Volvo C30 in California, United States
Aug 2014 - Jul 2015
Jun 2015

120000 mi

US $240
Boot wore away, cv axle replaced 
Jul 2015

121000 mi

US $1308
Worn out front struts, both driver and passenger strut replaced 
Volvo C30 in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2008 - Jan 2010
Mar 2008

4000 mi
Check engine light came on. I took it in, they ran some tests on it, when I picked it up they said the gas cap was not on tight enough and vapors leaked out, the car thought there was a gas leak. Software update to make car not as sensitive. 
Volvo C30 in North Carolina, United States
Aug 2012 - Mar 2013
Sep 2012

75000 mi

US $150
SRS airbag service light came on. There was a loose wire under the passenger seat, which was repaired. 
Volvo C30 in Connecticut, United States
Jun 2014 - Mar 2015
Jun 2014

88000 mi

US $100
Heater would not work, AC on all the time. Dash removed and heater blower motor replaced. 
Nov 2014

95000 mi

US $250
Cv joint 
Volvo C30 in Oklahoma, United States
Apr 2014 - Jun 2017
Feb 2015

70000 mi

US $120
replaced struts and shocks 
Jun 2015

75000 mi
Replaced boot 
Volvo C30 in Utah, United States
Jun 2015 - Oct 2015
Aug 2015

123100 mi

US $1300
Car was vibrating at highway speeds. Shop diagnosed bad struts, bad wear pattern on tires. Replaced all four struts myself, and had to buy four new tires. 
Volvo C30 in California, United States
Apr 2012 - Apr 2018
May 2012

56000 mi
Replace Bluetooth microphone. Replaced under warranty. 
Volvo C30 in Texas, United States
Jan 2009 - Mar 2014
Nov 2011

38300 mi
one tech diagnosed axle problem; second tech said strut was bad. got the car back and the noise was still there. 
Sep 2013

59000 mi

US $4900
idler pulley failed throwing serp belt into timing belt causing it to slip; engine destroyed after timing belt slipped. 
Mar 2014

65000 mi
Popping noise in suspension still present when car was traded. 
Volvo C30 in North Carolina, United States
May 2008 - Jun 2018
Jul 2008

7000 mi
Drivers side seat was making noises when turning vehicle in any direction or driver shifting weight while seated. 
Sep 2008

12000 mi
Driver seat rattle. Rattling noise when making slow speed left hand turns. 
Oct 2008

14000 mi

US $48
Rattling drivers seat 
Apr 2009

24000 mi
Passenger side rear lens needed to be replaced due to crack in lens. 
Jan 2012

117700 mi

US $160
Battery required replacement 
Jun 2012

97000 mi

US $184
AC Compressor failed. 
Sep 2013

121000 mi

US $500
PCV Box (Breather Box)replacement was required. 
Sep 2014

128000 mi

US $269
CV boot repair 
Mar 2015

135000 mi

US $560
Rear caliper failed. Had to replace 1 caliper and both sets of rear brake pads. 
May 2015

137300 mi

US $300
Replaced drivers side CV joint. 
Apr 2018

164000 mi

US $1900
Drivers seat airbag and airbag control module were replaced due to shorting out because of a bad wire connection. 
Volvo C30 in New York, United States
Oct 2008 - Dec 2011
Dec 2008

7800 mi

US $88
Warranty headlight washer, rear seat hold down latch and 4 wheel alignment. Charge for software upgrade to add trip computer. 
Jan 2009

12000 mi
Speed sensor harness was faulty. Loose plug repaired and reinstalled. 
Feb 2010

46000 mi
Suspension parts ordered. New struts, strut bearings, top caps and bump stops replaced. 
Volvo C30 in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2013 - Apr 2016
Apr 2016

113460 mi

C $500
front strut and link rods replaced 
Volvo C30 in Connecticut, United States
May 2009 - Apr 2018
Dec 2013

52000 mi

US $18
Replaced both headlight bulbs. Removed bulbs were original to the car. 
Jun 2014

59000 mi

US $190
Repair of (super weak, under-designed) speaker cover damaged by dealer necessitated replacing entire driver side door card. Speaker cover is not available as a stand-alone part. 
Mar 2016

82000 mi

US $25
Replaced both headlight bulbs. Passenger side windshield sprayer nozzle was loose. A tab had broken off on its underside, allowing it to rattle. 
Feb 2017

96000 mi

US $1600
Replace one rear caliper, piston not moving freely. Replaced both front halfshafts to address clunking during turns and under power. 
Volvo C30 in Texas, United States
Nov 2008 - Jul 2014
May 2013

102000 mi

US $500
had to have the CV boot replaced, original one was crack leaking grease 
Aug 2013

106600 mi

US $250
needed a switch replaced would not blow very cold air. 
Jun 2014

120000 mi

US $450
CV boot on driver side was replaced. (passenger side was replaced last year) The CV boot was ripped, discovered during the 120,000 mile service. 
Volvo C30 in Vermont, United States
May 2008 - Aug 2012
Dec 2010

25000 mi
Alignment issue noted -- excessive wear on insides of front tires. Alignment performed -- front toe settings corrected, and left rear upper control arm replaced to correct negative camber. 
Jun 2011

30000 mi
Windshield washer reservoir leaking. Reattached filler neck and reinstalled. 
Volvo C30 in California, United States
Apr 2010 - Oct 2016
Nov 2010

37000 mi
right turn signal turns on when the car run over a bump or pothole 
Aug 2014

76100 mi
Oil filter housing 
Oct 2016

92000 mi
Windshield washer pump 
Volvo C30 in Illinois, United States
Jun 2009 - Jul 2018
Jun 2010

18000 mi
AM radio went out 
Jan 2015

105000 mi
The PCV diaphragm failed and the car was making a squealing noise. This is a known problem and is covered for 10 years or 120,000 miles. 
Jun 2015

89000 mi
The leak detection pump is failing. I am getting a check engine light. 
Jun 2016

104000 mi

US $1575
Needed a new torque converter and valve body. Stealership wanted to replace complete transmission for $6500! Volvo would not offer any assistance. very dissappointed. 
Jul 2016

104700 mi
Turns out a new transmission was needed after all. Very troubling for a vehicle with just over 100k miles. Private shop went above and beyond and took care of this for no extra charges! 
Nov 2016

108500 mi

US $938
Needed a new starter and alternator was starting to fail so I had that replaced too. Hopefully done trowing $ at this C30 for awhile. 
Aug 2017

116000 mi

US $900
Front control arm bushings were shot - experienced vibration while braking at higher speeds. OEM control arms were installed and the car feels new! CV boot was torn 
Jul 2018

125000 mi

US $1700
Daughter forgot to completely insert dipstick and oil sprayed into the engine compartment and soaked the alternator which then fried out about a week later. Once up on the rack the sway bars were in need of replacement.  a CV boot was torn  and the rear brakes needed replacement. 

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2008 Volvo C30 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 134hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual FWD

Volvo C30 in Great Britain
Oct 2009 - Sep 2011
Oct 2009

15000 mi
Major electrical prob due to water leaching from windscreen washer along cables. Manifested when parking sensor became erratic & engine continued to run when key out. Central electrical unit replaced. Dealer unclear @ exact repairs. Diagnosis & repair len 
Volvo C30 in Great Britain
Aug 2011 - Sep 2018
Sep 2011

40000 mi

£1600
dmf (dual mass flywheel) failure. Not driver cause. Clutch replaced at same time. 
Jan 2013

50000 mi

£50
jammed starter motor Sticking butterfly throttle 
Sep 2014

63000 mi

£420
replace A/C heat exchange unit 
Feb 2015

68300 mi

£25
cam position sensor failed 
Oct 2015

76500 mi

£300
faulty alternator 
Feb 2018

94000 mi

£340
replace front shock absorbers 
Jun 2018

97000 mi

£580
Replace handbrake cabling. 
Aug 2018

100000 mi

£350
Failure to start. Fuel filter housing replaced initially followed by replacing the fuel line after housing 

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2008 Volvo C30 2dr Hatch

123-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volvo C30 in Romania
Mar 2012 - Apr 2016
Nov 2015

72160 mi

$300
part was replaced (CV joint) 
Apr 2016

77500 mi

$200
recharged A/C 

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2008 Volvo C30 2-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volvo C30 in Virginia, United States
Mar 2008 - Sep 2010
Sep 2010

44000 mi

US $300
Misfire OBDII code. Replaced ignition coils and plugs 

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2008 Volvo C30

5-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volvo C30 in British Columbia, Canada
Dec 2008 - Jun 2011
Dec 2009

21700 mi
Fuel type software upgrade (for North American gas) 

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2007.5 Volvo C30 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 227hp 2.5L I5 6-speed manual FWD

Volvo C30 in Ontario, Canada
May 2008 - Oct 2014
May 2009

11780 mi
Drivers front speaker not working 
Apr 2012

20460 mi

C $75
10 x wheel studs needed replacement 
Jun 2014

23560 mi

C $205
AC flush and charge 
Volvo C30 in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2014 - Jun 2018
Aug 2016

64480 mi

C $800
Front wheel bearings diagnosed. 
Feb 2017

66020 mi
Front wheel bearings replaced. The engine light comes on within 1 to 2 km after just having had the wheel bearing replaced. There were no other symptoms, no burning oil no smell, nothing. Diagnosed as blown head gasket/ AND turbo housing sticking which caused the above. Estimate of $7,379. Both to be replaced when i can afford it. 
Apr 2017

66540 mi
An independent shop without authorization ended up replacing the entire engine. Amount far above the original estimate. Worked out a settlement. Very likely the work didn't need to be done. Could have just been a problem with the wheel speed sensor caused by the wheel bearing replacement. 

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2007.5 Volvo C30 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 227hp 2.5L I5 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Volvo C30 in British Columbia, Canada
Feb 2008 - Jul 2011
Oct 2009

21700 mi

C $245
Bi-xenon head lamp was replaced. It was out of warranty. 
Volvo C30 in Ontario, Canada
May 2008 - Nov 2017
Jan 2012

55800 mi

C $100
The resistor placed in the oil bay short circuited affecting the air mass flow and turbo sensors. 

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