rich1068

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I can't help it.

MY2005 V70 2.5T SE. 150k miles, not been particularly well looked after, £1k. Let the fettling begin :biggrin:

 

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Ooooh...is that the 5 pot engine also fitted in the Ford Focus ST?

 

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:biggrin: It is. Though I suspect Ford didn't use a light pressure turbo. Still, noticeably quicker than my GS.

I've had a couple of V70s before, last one was in 2016 and the same as this but AWD too. But cost £1.5k more and was not reliable. Loads of niggly faults so I moved it on. This one is a bit more "honest" and at a grand the risk is minimal. 

I'm running out of stuff to do on the GS so I'm looking forward to sorting this one out.

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So since picking up last Thursday

  • two new tyres on the front
  • cleaned the thoroughly gross interior
  • new Battery
  • oil, oil filter, plugs, air filter, cabin filter (done today, knackered!)
  • sourced luggage cover, fog lights, driver and passenger mirrors

Currently about £1500 in, which isn't bad at all. A little bit of bodywork needs doing (£250-£300) and rear sensors then it's handed over to my wife. So a big, comfortable, safe family car for less than £2k. So long as everything goes to plan I don't think that's too bad.

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Well done Richard, that's a smart looking motor 👍 and VERY practical.

I've been tempted by a long legged Swede a few times before (ahem) and it looks like you've grabbed yourself yet another bargain :clapping:

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Is it just me, or you also find MOT history's a great read ?

Your leggy Swede seem to like tyres and ball joints/bushes - not surprising given she's a big gal 🤪

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These V70s are heavy at the front and do like suspension arms. When the bushes start to go it has an effect on tyre wear. This is actually my third V70 but the first one that doesn't have the characteristic knock knock from the front. And the cambelt isn't due either. I should buy a lottery ticket!

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Well done Richard.

It just goes to show that there is incredible value out there if you are prepared to get stuck in.

Enjoy.

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I've had my 2008 V70 for over four years now and still only on 62k.  Such a practical car.  Mine has the 185hp diesel and it just has so much pulling power.  A great car for me being a dog owner as well, plus I can get 3.2 lengths of timber in it!

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Ah, so you know their foibles. In my mind they're better than the Saabs (a more civilised drive for one) but are still light years away from the contemporary Lexus/Toyota. Accepted wisdom is that they'll last forever, the engines might but everything else will have broken in the meantime. And everything involves battling with some piece of brittle trim that will snap before letting go!

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3 minutes ago, rich1068 said:

Ah, so you know their foibles. In my mind they're better than the Saabs (a more civilised drive for one) but are still light years away from the contemporary Lexus/Toyota. Accepted wisdom is that they'll last forever, the engines might but everything else will have broken in the meantime. And everything involves battling with some piece of brittle trim that will snap before letting go!

In the 30k I've driven it its been faultless, and being an SE Sport it's very high spec, the only things that have gone wrong are electrical, drivers side door speakers, alarm micro switch in one door and the sat nav died for a year but came back to life of its own accord!  It actually feels more solid on the road than any Lexus I've had!

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5 minutes ago, The-Acre said:

In the 30k I've driven it its been faultless, and being an SE Sport it's very high spec, the only things that have gone wrong are electrical, drivers side door speakers, alarm micro switch in one door and the sat nav died for a year but came back to life of its own accord!  It actually feels more solid on the road than any Lexus I've had!

"In the 30k I've driven it its been faultless,"

"the only things that have gone wrong are electrical, drivers side door speakers, alarm micro switch in one door and the sat nav died for a year but came back to life of its own accord! "

 

You had better knock off the tablets Phil !!   (lol)

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4 hours ago, royoftherovers said:

"In the 30k I've driven it its been faultless,"

"the only things that have gone wrong are electrical, drivers side door speakers, alarm micro switch in one door and the sat nav died for a year but came back to life of its own accord! "

 

You had better knock off the tablets Phil !!   (lol)

I see what you mean!  By faultless I mean mechanically its never missed a beat, we always take it on our Cornish trips.

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I like older Volvo's. The phase one V70 though is quite good I have heard.

Had a 1989 240 GLT auto estate for 10 years, 8 as only car and daily driver. Excellent reliability. Recovered once in that time as gearbox output bearing went. £400 to sort. Sold the 240 for £500, only paid £350 for it so got my moneys worth and covered 76,000 miles with me. Sold with 234,000miles

For the last 4 years, I have a 1996 Volvo 940 SE LPT auto estate. Again great reliability and just keeps going. Now on 203,000. Used as my works van. Last week been tidying up the body and fitted some new AC O rings and replaced AC condenser clamp for a better condition one, so now have working AC. Looking for a 960/V90 grey leather interior as fancy electric adjustment front seats with memory function.

James.👍

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1 hour ago, JamesIS220 said:

I like older Volvo's. The phase one V70 though is quite good I have heard.

Had a 1989 240 GLT auto estate for 10 years, 8 as only car and daily driver. Excellent reliability. Recovered once in that time as gearbox output bearing went. £400 to sort. Sold the 240 for £500, only paid £350 for it so got my moneys worth and covered 76,000 miles with me. Sold with 234,000miles

For the last 4 years, I have a 1996 Volvo 940 SE LPT auto estate. Again great reliability and just keeps going. Now on 203,000. Used as my works van. Last week been tidying up the body and fitted some new AC O rings and replaced AC condenser clamp for a better condition one, so now have working AC. Looking for a 960/V90 grey leather interior as fancy electric adjustment front seats with memory function.

James.👍

Thanks James.

I`ve had a 240GLT Auto Estate too, with Brown Leather seats and Electric Sunroof. A great car.

It was followed by a 2 litre 460 GLT which was also reliable, comfortable and surprisingly economical.

I always wanted a 940 Wentworth, but never went there and moved to Nissan Bluebirds which had 2 odometers and were ultra reliable.

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