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Volvo V70, Wagon
#1232 of 1905 Re: in the market [yank]
Aug 08, 2004 (5:24 pm)
1) I assume you are thinking about getting a new V70? The 2004 model, not the yet-to-arrive 2005? In that case, there are no advantages OTHER than price for a 2004 over a 2005. With these incentives currently in place, there's no point in buying used. A base V70 with a free premium package, if you can find it, would probably suit you best (unless you're interested in some more punch, but if your current vehicle is a 240... Just get the base.)
2 ) I kind of answered that already. Base, don't worry about money. Just get what's right for you, and don't try to be smart about it if you're thinking about resale value. Simply put, looking at the fact that you're driving around in a '92 240, it doesn't matter what you buy - there won't be a resale value when it's time to sell/trade in. And whatever extra equipment you get, you're not going to get anything for it later on so that would only be for your own enjoyment - if you like a premium stereo and you think it's worth the extra money for it, then get it. Just don't think of it as an investment becuase it's not!
3) No. The Volvo V70 is definately a car for you. Two kids under three, they need to be safe and you also need to be able to carry around a bunch of stuff. So, a base V70, built in booster seats are cool but about $200 more than just getting the regular kind. However, make sure to get a cargo net so stuff in the trunk doesn't turn into killing projectiles in the event of a collision.
#1233 of 1905 Re: in the market [larsca]
Aug 08, 2004 (5:50 pm)
Thank you very much
#1234 of 1905 Re: in the market [larsca]
Aug 10, 2004 (10:16 am)
Great recommendations - but I would go for the built in booster seats. They are so incredibly convenient, and because they are built in they don't slide around or lean like the ones you just set on the seat. We love these immensely and I don't understand why other manufacturers don't offer them!
#1235 of 1905 Re: in the market [larsca]
Aug 10, 2004 (4:20 pm)
"Simply put, looking at the fact that you're driving around in a '92 240, it doesn't matter what you buy - there won't be a resale value when it's time to sell/trade in."
When our 10 year old 240 was rear-ended, Allstate paid us over $6000 for the totalled car. Their figure was based on its market value in our area. So if the newer Volvos hold their value nearly as well as the old 240, there may yet be a little resale value left even after quite a few years. However, you may also find that optional extra electronic features tend to depreciate faster than the base car, and reduce its reliability. Base V70s already come pretty well equipped. But sure, if something is worth it to YOU, go ahead and get it.
Although the 2001 remodel got a lot of praise, in my opinion the 2000 and earlier models did have a couple of advantages over the newer cars (assuming you'd still consider a used car.) First, the turning radius was tighter. Second, the base climate controls, window controls, and especially the stereo controls were a little easier to use for some drivers. However, the 2001-2004 models have a better ride, better interior space, better cabin air circulation, and a nicer-looking exterior.
The 2005 models soon will bring a few improvements. The center console reportedly will be a little narrower, for more side-to-side leg room. Radio station preset buttons come back. I think I've read something about reduced dashboard glare on the windshields of light-colored interiors. A couple other new optional safety features arrive (blind spot sensors and rain-shedding glass).
#1236 of 1905 V70 R Manual Transmission Bad??
Aug 18, 2004 (4:15 pm)
I am interested in buying a 2004 V70 R with the 6-speed manual. Today I talked to a guy who used to own one and told me to avoid them because the transmission is "garbage". He said he had to lemon law the first car due to ongoing transmission problems, and the replacement car was only marginally better.
There are good incentives on them right now. Can anyone with a V70 R and a 6-speed weigh in and set the record straight on this?
#1237 of 1905 Re: V70 R Manual Transmission Bad?? [ptroost]
Aug 19, 2004 (8:37 am)
Well, i drive an S60R w/ the 6 spd manual no problems aside from the shifter cables buzzing.
None of the R's we have sold have come back for anything serious. Only a couple have come in for very minor issues.
Did this guy say what his problem was?
#1238 of 1905 Re: V70 R Manual Transmission Bad?? [volvomax]
Aug 20, 2004 (3:22 am)
I test drove V70R with a 6 speed last night and other than a high grab point on the clutch the transmission was pretty smooth. Great low end torque for a turbo. My concern on the car offered is that it comes with super aggressive PZERO tires, very low profile, that the manufacture does not recommend use in the winter. There are some good all season sport tires out there. Any comments on replacing the OE summer sport tires with all seasons?
#1239 of 1905 Re: V70 R Manual Transmission Bad?? [peterc]
Aug 20, 2004 (10:35 am)
Tires are up to you. This is a performancer car, and so it comes with performance tires.
There are some nice all season tires available.
If you are going to drive in alot of snow, snow tires are recommended.
#1240 of 1905 Re: Passenger Door Lock and Alarm System [automan227]
Aug 21, 2004 (11:50 am)
Just like automan227, we have interesting problems with electric locks in our 2001 V70 2.4T. They work sometimes; sometimes only a few of them work; the tailgate (as learned yesterday) never works. The problem has been ongoing for at least a year and was most interesting when it refused to unlock the fuel cover, with mere fumes in the tank. (That is when we were told there is no emergency release cord for the fuel door.) Under extended warranty, Volvo/Ford fixed it through computer diagnostics.
Has anyone had this persistent problem? Is there a solution?