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The common question. I'm buying a used Volvo model xxxx. What should I look for?
The short answer is a:
Full Service History (FSH)
Volvo's need servicing just like anyother car. If you are buying a used Volvo and the seller says: "it's a wonderful car. It just goes and goes. I've not had to spend a cent on it in the last two to three years!" Beware!
The car may be coming up for some very expensive repairs which the seller does not want to pay for or does not have the money to pay for the repairs.
Suppose the car you are buying is less than $4,000.00 and several years old. You might be stretching things if the car has had several different owners by demanding all the Receipts and paper work which may have been lost over the years. Let's face it, if the radiator was replaced 280,000k's ago-it might need replacing again. And all the original paper work and receipts now don't lessen the burden of replacing it again. That is simply an example only.
Having a pre-purchase examination by your local Automobile Association or similar organisation has it's advantages. They are inspecting cars all the time and have the equipment to do the job properly, e.g. lifts, inspection pits etc.
Once the inspection is finished-take the report to your local Volvo agent and have the agent cost up the report for repairs/replacements/updates etc. At the same time, ask the Volvo agent to look for common problems which the Agent would know about and the inspection service may have missed in their report.
HOW MUCH TO PAY?
Take the sellers asking price
minus the Volvo agent's quote
minus another $1,000.00 buffer for things the inspection missed (you could increase that $1,000.00 to $2,000.00 if none or few of the Volvo periodic services have been done)
Whatever is left over-that is the price you offer the seller.
WHAT EXACTLY AM I PAYING FOR WHEN I BUY A USED CAR?
You are paying the seller the perceived value of the life left in the car.
(If you are buying a classic car-none of the above rules apply.) Pricing/costing enthusiasts/collectors values is beyond this article.
These remarks apply regardless of whether or not the particular Volvo you are thinking about buying is:
Turbo or non-Turbo Petrol or Diesel Manual (Stick-Shift) or Auto (Gearless) Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive Sedan, Coupe, Station Wagon, Convertible, SUV.
"I'm thinking about buying a 1993 Volvo 850 Turbo, what should I look for?
You cannot be expected to know how to diagnose normal wear and tear of the transmission, turbo and suspension etc etc. You cannot be expected to recognise a faultless and fully serviceable car either.
What should I look for? The Volvo agent. Why? Normally, the agent has a reputation too good to loose. It is rare that they would miss something and not remedy the situation if you were to suffer lose because of their negligence. (I realise that there are exceptions to all these remarks. Please don't fill the forum with one off examples of disasters.) Mistakes do happen. Ask any doctor if you don't believe me!! I doubt that any agent would deliberately mislead you.
Check the dash board for bits of tape overing warning lights. Taping over warning lights with expensive repairs required is becoming common.
Do not post here for questions and technical matters. There are other sections in this forum for that. When you do, use the "Topic Title" wisely. eg. Please Help!!! (BAD); Displayed Bulb Position Failure (GOOD - title is more descriptive not general). Also search before posting. Chances are that you are not the first to ask. ---------------------------------------
--------------------------------------- Post here only for the introduction of yourself and your car. You may want to mention - model, year, color, price you paid. - where you are, your commute, purpose of the car. - what made you decide Volvo over another make. - what made you select that particular model. - what you use to drive or any other cars you own. - any project (if any) you might have for further improvements, etc.
I am new to this form my name is Phylicia-Marie i am from the U.S. state of ohio . i am a proud owner of a 2001 volvo v70 t5 . Her name is Glitch i am in the process of doing some minor and major upgrades major : i am looking for a stage 3 turbo kit minor : just some interior work
I've been a big fanatic of Jeeps all my life. But now that I'm starting a family of our own, I'm opting into the safety crowd lol. I've been a tech and rarely touch a volvo at the shop, will be making another topic in the correct forum asking about possible next vehicle being a volvo.
I'm posting as a new member in Florida. I purchased a 960_1996 Exactly 1yr 1mth ago. Mileage at 153000. It's been so exciting Fixing it inside and out. I'm readying for a pro paint job since I've Spent $5069 on labor- VOLVO ONLY ... warranted for 2 years Plus about ....I'm running to check my receipts for parts Please stand by: I'll start posting once we have all the $ #'s I'm going to help everyone with parts, prices and what to do And when! I look forward to helping with what I've learned! Best. Chat soon.
Hello I'mnew to forms lol. My name is James & I just boughta 2005 volvo v70R wagon 3 weeks ago. I am having a problem with the alarm. Whenever I lock the car. The alarm will go off. Sometimes it 5mins after sometimes it 1hr. Never the same. If anyone can help I would appreciate it. Thanks James
Just bought 2000 Volvo v40 with 67K. Have every service record, serviced every 7500mi. Timing belt changed at 61K. Have a problem when accelerating, slowly for the most part, car will jitter at higher rpm before changing gears from 1 to 2 and 3. This does not happen when the car is cold or if I add a bottle of Lucas inj. cleaner. Could it be that the car just needs to be driven? Car has only averaged 4,500 mi a year. Other than that love this car! Any suggestions as to cause?
This may help someone else- Have had ongoing intermittent door actuator problem in 2001 S80. Problem: unlocks itself after locking. Common topic. Most answers appear to be to replace actuator. This fixed mine without dismantling or replacing parts. No guarantees this will fix yours.
From deductions from other postings arrived at conclusion that my issue was the signal from passengers lock was did not allow the DDM to stay latched. From a forum posting relating to interior lights staying on, was advised that the white arm in the actuator wont move freely if lubrication dries up.
My fix method: open all doors, drill 1/4 inch hole to allow lube tube access - I did it expanding 1/8th inch gap between plastic cover & door frame for a pressure pak lube tube. In this case used a silicon based quality lube, poked in the tube, sprayed as I wriggled it around, doing all doors on the theory that it might possibly not have been the passenger front.
Got no immediate result. OK- at the time it was longshot, but an hour later, knock me down with a feather & call the captain- doors stay locked, unlock, relock, by remote, key in door, interior door lock button all good.
Hi people Just bought a s60 t5 80'000kilo 2001 12psi russian so sorry for bad english I having a issue that nowhere it seems to be an unique problem. Personally I think it a module defect and it must be changed but heh, sometimes it worked and sometimes it doesn't. Don't tell me to clic it 5 quick times or 5 slow times or one long time or 4 long and one short, it just works when it decided to works per pure coincidence ( trying again and again reproduce coincidence..doesn't happen, sometime it actually does....once...)
so if anyone in this world has waiting to see this topic since he has the awnser to this. feel free suck when I drift, the abs goes on and antislip flashes..
I am a new member of this forum, being the proud owner of a new 2015.5 XC 60, T5 Drive-E. Platinum trim, with additional front view camera. Nice Caspian blue color. Very happy with the car until now and looking forward to sharing experiences on this forum.
Hey everybody, greetings from the land of bountiful junkyards! My name's Joe and I own a small fleet of cars. I've got an '88 Volvo 245 with around 300k on the clock, that I bought in July after my '01 Mitsubishi Galant got sandwiched between a pair of cars at a red light. It had been backed into, used to tote around a bunch of ungrateful kids, then parked when the owner got a new car. I picked it up for $600 and started repairing broken stuff. I'm going to be painting the car early next year, and hopefully rebuilding the suspension. Here's a little list of what I've done so far: Painted the roof white (to cover the ruined clear coat) Restored roof rack Replaced most damaged/missing interior pieces Upgraded front door speakers to 5 1/4" housings from 4" housings Aftermarket radio Plugs/Wires Cap/Rotor (which in turn killed the AMM, so got a used AMM) New tail light Aftermarket fog lights Hit a deer (already replaced the lights, have a radiator support going on tomorrow)
As the beginning of my post alludes, I'm from a place where I can always get to the junkyard and find several Volvo cars in the yard. I tend not to focus on much past the 2/7/9 series cars, but if anyone needs anything, just let me know and I'll be happy to look for you.
hello I stand from Uruguay I am the owner of a volvo 144 s 1973 engine b20 for which I am slowly trying recostruir the few things that get here or by shopping ebay but not much because the costs of customs are very expensive and it is almost impossible to bring greetings from Uruguay
I'd just thought I'd say 'hey'. I'm new to the forums here, and I'm new to Volvo's as a whole, I just bought myself (from the auctions) a 2002 V70 XC. It's done 104,400 kms (about 65000 miles), has had what looks to be one owner who has serviced it on time at the dealer since new!
The downside is said owner has had an accident in it (not sure what happened), and the car has a broken headlight, bumper bar and a few other things but there is no structural damage and the only unroadworthy thing on it is a set of front brake pads. So far so good then!
I upgraded to the V70 after taking a ride in a mates V70 (he has the original model) and I really liked it, and when I saw my XC at the auctions I was like why not. I decided to upgrade because my current car, a 1989 Ford Telstar, kept overheating and was just not reliable, and my other second car (yes, I have two cars!), a 1995 Eunos 500 is just too small and it too is 'getting on a bit'
So, here is my toy:
It's great isn't it?
Hopefully this car proves to be more reliable than the Telstar has been!
So anyway, a bit about me, my name is Jeremy (call me Jay if you wish!), I live in Melbourne and I'm 20 years old, and have owned 8 cars since I was 16, hopefully it's 8th time lucky with the Volvo!
Thanks everyone! Keen to get involved in the community and learn about these awesome cars!
So it has come to my attention, we are now a volvo family. My oldest son replaced his wrecked Ford ranger ( I was reaching for a fry I dropped and ran off the road and you hit me * in my best chinese accent *) anyhow, we found a nice 95 850 glt with only 165k on it and the price was ok $2600. After loads of service repair and dispatched solder joints a timing set and control arms, Etc............. 188K and it is still doing him a good job. FFW 1 Yr ->> The wife has been looking at getting a wagon, 850 not so much v40 was kinda what she wanted, got her talked out of that, found a trashy 96 960 wagon. $600, and boy was it a $600 car, BUT the 2.9l L6 engine has quite the rep so I gave it a chance. Stripped the interior, gutted the dash, and began the arduous task of resurrection a fine car. Many hrs of cleaning a few hundred solder joints a couple days of figuring out how the electric seats worked/didn't, a replacement heater core, front control arms, struts, plugs, a tranny flush, oil cooler gasket replacement, fuel filter and pressure regulator, front hubs and 60+ hrs of repairing the odds and ends and 21.2 oz of NEW 134a and a couple green o-rings later we have put almost 1k mines on it. Wow what a car! wish I had been able to buy one back in its day and still have that car. I have been given a gift by God to be very mechanically astute, so I love to get a hold of a challenge like the 960. I have worked on many thousand cars in my short 35 yrs as a mech, rebuilt a 3.5 hp briggs engine at 9, but I never had any interest in Volvos or Audis or the like. So it has been quite an adventure. One of the local Volvo guys found out I was handy and now I repair the abs contollers with the weak a$$ solder joints, and that has made him a very happy boy, besides it is fun for me. So that is my tale and I am glad to be a part of the Volvo community. Kind of always had the stereo type idea about Volvo drivers, but I see that is just the 15% rule working hard. I will do my best to share any knowledge that my be beneficial to the folks here. BTW I am bad with grammar and I spell like a 5 year old sometimes so please be kind with the grammar hammers.
Hi all! I'm new to the forum, but I've had my Volvo since late October 2013. I've noticed a few things about the car and I'm hoping someone can help me. I apologize in advance if these questions have already been answered. FYI, I don't have a manual...
1. When idling, the engine revs and the interior and exterior lights dim and then come back to full brightness. What could this be? 2. What kind of transmission fluid does it take? Synthetic??? The O'reilly website says I can use Valvoline MaxLife Automatic Transmission fluid... 3. Sometimes while driving, the radio suddenly changes stations or will switch from CD to radio. Electrical problems?
Thanks for taking the time to read this and I'm looking forward to seeing what you guys think.
hi i just bought my 245 turbo, and i want to learn more about cars. specially volvos. i know some things, and want to learn more before i start working on my beauty. nothing big that needs to be done, but many many small things.. im not to good in english but i think im gonna be alright. so if someone is as green as me or want to teach me... i want to talk
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Howdi all just picked up my first Volvo yesterday. She's a 1982 244GL, 4cyl, 3spd auto with 351,000kms on the clock. No major problems just needs a bit of TLC and a big dent in the drivers side rear quarter. Up until now ive only ever owned/driven Fords and Toyota's and the Volvo is a big difference! Beautiful car to drive.
Hi everyone, I'm Luke and own an XC90. I like to fix the small things by myself but you know, sometimes a good advice is appreciated to save time or prevent a disaster (or even make sure that people at the garage isn't trying to rip me off) So here I am
I am planning on trying to get my Class A or B CDL soon, and I would like to known the best vehicle to use to practice and during the exam. Also any hints on ways to obtain a vehicle would be great also since I can rent one without a CDL.
Just a post to wish all our members a Happy and Safe New Year. Here's to keeping our Volvo's running right. May all the red lights be green and the traffic cops sleeping when we blow past them at triple digits.
This is Gorka from the beautiful city of Bilbao, in the Basque Country (north of Spain).
I bought a couple of weeks ago a 1992 Volvo Polar (this is, a 240 Wagon), with the 2.3i catalized engine (115 HP).
It has been a long dreamed car made true. Since I was a small kid, I fell in love with the old station wagon Volvos that I watched in every movie now and then. Always trusted them for reliablity, durability, safety, simpleness and functionality. And just got one recently! So... I“m very happy about it.
So far, the car is in pretty good condition. Around 200.000 km in its odometer (which has recently began to fail occasionally - so that is going to be one of my first "must repairs"). Metal grey color, with dark grey upholstery - in very good condition, so are the plastics and headliner.
As with many other 240s, odometer is failing, and also tailgate accesories (wiper, etc) - another common failure in the 240 wagons, as rear cables passing through hinges just get rigid and break appart.
So, hope to learn a lot from this forum and exchange as many ideas as possible! Feel welcome to contact for anything!
I'm Pieter, 30y old and i live in The Netherlands. I have already owned a volvo 480 turbo. Great car. Bought it when i was 15, and it took me 5 years to restore it. After having fun with that car i was forced to sell it. Ever sinds than i'm driving and building a bmw E36 320 turbo. However, the last couple of months the volvo virus is sticking its nose up...
Right now i'm thinking of either a S40 or V40 phase one. And i'm looking at tinkering with it. No big **** bodykits and ***. Just a simple front and rear lip, rear spoiler and wheels. I've registered here to get some idea's and to see what i can do with the car.
However, the bmw will still be around. The car is a gift from my grandmother. And i will never sell it. The volvo will be a good daily driver
Greetings to all. I own my Volvo for quite a while already, but have not been a member of all Volvo 850 related forums so far. This is about to change, since I need more and more authoritative sources for all the repairs and upgrades I plan to do or do. I live in the Netherlands (from birth).
I own a Belgium made 1995 850 T5 estate automatic, eur-spec, color 418 (kind of bordeaux red metallic). ItĀ“s actually exactly as shown on the Original marketing brochures upon introduction of the T5 extate in Europe. It is still in completely original trim and spec, except for the fact that I have had an LPi system built in (it runs excellently on LPG) and converted to Xenon.
I bought it from my dad (!) in July 2002, who owned it before. Hence there is a full service record, including the first year when it was owned by a Volvo management member, who traded it in after the first year (which is what importerĀ“s management employees usually do). The last service on that car, before my dad purchsed it, was done in Goetheburg Sweden when the guy was visiting the factory over there. In the first year the car was equipped with dark grey 17 inch Volvo rims and a special extra fog-light set in front of the grill, the reason why the switch for it is still in the console between the front seats. After my dad bought it, he had the 17 inch rims replaced by original T5 wheels, Columbas (16 inch), and had the lowered suspension removed (!) It now has the suspension of a GLT, but including fitting nivomats. Very strange, but it gives a smoother ride and since I am beyond my wild years, I don“t mind :-)
So far I have had no engine trouble, but that is mainly due to the very low mileage (IĀ“d say kilometrage, but it sounds weird) of only 220.000 km (about 137.000 miles). I have been tweaking it here and there, replaced the blistered ColumbaĀ“s with two sets of Mimas rims (winter and summer tires) even though IĀ“d prefer 17 inch Volans, but those are hard to come by these days. I added a front strut bar and two electric windows in the rear, did all maintenance myself and am about to do some major servicing in the coming weeks, like replacing all hoses under the hood, etc. This is the main reason to join this forum, since I stumbled upon some problems that I could not solve through other forums. I am not planning any performance upgrades or such.
Thank you in advance for any help you might be able to give me, if needed at all.