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#3 of 14 Make sense to buy used Volvo as commuter car?
Mar 02, 2008 (12:59 pm)
Hi, I'm looking for something decent to use as a commuter car (I commute 30-40 miles a day to and from work), my partner and I are currently sharing one car, after my car lease ran out last summer and I gave the car back. (He is only working part time.) I want to spend just about $10,000 for a used car that will just get me to and from work, but I want something comfortable and safe too (I'm driving the freeways in the SF Bay Area). Someone is selling a used XC70, the ad says 2001 but it must be 2003, with 105,000 miles on it. Does this make sense, or should I be looking for something with less mileage? Any suggestions are welcome. So far my car buying efforts have been limited to scanning cars for sale on Craigslist for something in my price range...
#4 of 14 Buying a 2004 Volvo XC70
Apr 13, 2008 (1:42 pm)
We are looking at 2 XC70's (2004) Both are offered by the same dealer. They have heated leather seats, moon roof, radio/CD, power seats and windows, Turbo, and other things. (no safety cargo net, or 3rd row seating)
Mileage is around 52,000, they are one owner leases that were turned in. Dealer price is $15995.00. Similar cars in our area start at $19,995.00. I have a possibility of purchasing a 3rd row seat, with installation hardware from a dismantler. Through research, I've learned that we should be able to get the car for less than the dealer is asking. I have my list of "car buying" questions ready, Considering the fact that other dealers, and private owners are starting at higher prices for comparable cars, would it be OK to start our negotiations at $12, 500.00? We are hoping to get the dealer to come down $2000.00 - $1500.00 in price. We are also hoping to get them to agree to install our 3rd row seats at no charge and throw in a free cargo net, with installation. This is our first Volvo and we are new at all of this. Are we within reason on our expectations? Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.
Hoping to be a Volvo owner within 4 months.
#5 of 14 Re: Buying a 2004 Volvo XC70 [ghands]
Jun 30, 2008 (8:45 am)
I don't know if this post is too late to be of use to you but I wanted to comment on the 3rd seats in a volvo.... or any other wagon for that matter. I have had 4 volvos. I have had the misfortune to have 3 crash. The car holds up amazingly well for the passengers in the first and second seats. BUT... if you are hit from the back (which I was once) teh entire back collapses. If anyone had been sitting there at the time they would have been killed - no question. I obviously have total faith in Volvo - it has saved my family's life on more than one occasion. Bur I would NEVER use a third seat - EVER!
#6 of 14 volvo xc70 2001/2003
Oct 26, 2008 (12:48 pm)
looking to buy a used volvo xc70 ,is this a good car and is the 5 cylinder a good motor ,mike
#8 of 14 Re: Make sense to buy used Volvo as commuter car? [jayfram]
Nov 07, 2008 (5:59 am)
dont get it if its a 2001, transmission issues all the way, get newer with less milage but is totally worth it to spend more, good luck, oh take it to an idependant mechanic that specializes in volvos to get it checked out, DO NOT take to the volvo dealer... trust me on this one
#9 of 14 Are repair costs on Volvos still astronomical?
Jul 08, 2009 (5:01 pm)
Hi everyone, I'm just starting to look around at what's "out there" as my lease will run out early next year. I really hadn't considered Volvos since they are completely out of my price range new. However, I've been reading about their certified pre-owned program and it sounds really good. (Almost too good, hence the caution flag...). I am particularly interested in this vehicle or one of the other wagons -- have not done enough research to understand all the differences. I have heard from so many people over the years that they will never drive anything else again, and I know of at least one person who walked away from a hideous accident with barely a scratch though her Volvo looked like a blackened pretzel. These things have all left a good impression over the years, enough to make me consider stretching my budget to buy a several year old one.
Big concern -- astronomical repair costs. My brother in law had a Volvo sedan that he dearly loved, which I think he owned from about 1982-2003 and put well over 200K miles on it. However, I know when things needed replaced, he would end up spending multiple times what it cost to replace the same thing on an American car. I remember him telling me about paying multiple thousands of dollars to replace various things, and not transmissions or engines - smaller stuff. There's no way I could budget for that no matter how much I liked a car. For Volvo owners out there - is that still a big issue? I'd like to know before I go drive one and fall in love with it.
#10 of 14 Re: Tips on Buying a Pre-Owned XC70 [smagers]
Jun 07, 2010 (10:44 pm)
dont get 2001 or 2002
#11 of 14 Re: Make sense to buy used Volvo as commuter car? [jayfram]
Jun 07, 2010 (10:49 pm)
Volvos break down alot...And they are super expensive to fix. I would def look for less mileage or consider a lease or an extended warranty for sure. I bought my 2001 XC70 3 years ago with 40k miles and it has been a money pit since I got it including a new tranie...and when I got it it looked mint! Beware!!!