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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'm new to this forum and a first time Vovlo owner. I bought my 2001 S60 last Friday. The place I bought it from had it serviced and they had to replace an oxygen sensor before I bought it it just turned 217,000. I get in it this morning to go to work and a message came up that said emission system service and my check engine light come on.I'm thinking a code may need to be reset but I'm not sure any advice on what may be going on
Hi, I'm new here, I signed up not only because I'm a Volvo owner, but I also used to work for Volvo for (over 10 years), AND have quite a few volvo parts etc that I've been holding on to forever that I'd like to start liquidating to fellow enthusiasts before my wife kicks me out of the house.
Hello Volvo Forum I am new to this site as you can see, lol. So I got my tax return money and Im looking to buy my first car for myself. I am a 31 year female buying her first major investment. I am looking to spend 5 to 7 K for a 2004-2006 Volvo S60. Im looking to buy one that has 95,000 - 125,000 miles on it. This is the first time anyone in my family is buying a Volvo and no one that I know drives a Volvo. I know that they are known for being the safest, but are they reliable? Do they last very long after 100,000 miles? Is there anything I should look out for or expect after purchasing one with that many miles on it? I know I have so many questions, but does anyone have good quality advice that they can give to this Volvo virgin? lol
Hello all. Just registered as a forum member and wanted to say hello. I'll be posting a question shortly about the S40 we just picked up used. We also have a '99 V70 w/ about 250K that keeps doing it's job year after year.
Hey Everyone- I'm finally joining your community with the purchase of my 3rd Volvo, a 1983 245. It's in excellent shape, mostly due to it being my Volvo mechanics wife's daily driver. Coming in at a low 175,000 miles, 17" 2001(?) Volvo v70 R rims, pale yellow and an amazing brown vinyl interior. This thing is in amazing shape! All the trim pieces are not just present, but looking nearly new!
Some background. My then-girlfriend, now-wife had an 89 240 that I didn't think was so cool until we got married and I started driving it regularly. Still didn't look cool, but I liked the way it drove and had a great appreciation for it. That one got totaled about a year ago, so now with 2 kids I wanted something safe and big enough for her and the boys so I bought a black 98 v70 xc with 190,000 miles on it. When I saw that my mechanic was selling his for $2800, we jumped on the opportunity. Driving it made me reminiscent of my 88 LandCruiser, that I dearly miss driving, so I couldn't pass it up.
That's my story and I'm looking forward to talking with you all and hearing/seeing what you're up to.
I was an import car enthusiast since the early 80s I had a 240 Turbo I loved and was a piece of cake to work on.
I purchased a 2001 xc70 T5 and I love it but am having some difficulties due to it being a whole different world When it comes to repairs. I also am in South carolina most of the time and do not have the resources as I did back in New York. there are some problems I am successfully taking care of one thing at a time but am puzzled from a few others. With this all being said any help and resources I would be very grateful for and look forward to driving my XC70 every day.
That is my story I'm off to setup some ramps and find a leak today I hope for it to be a successful find !
Hello All. New to the forum and wanted to post some pics of the Garmin 2699LMT I just installed in my 2010 XC60. I read several other posts regarding people in the same predicament looking for a reliable aftermarket GPS for their XC60s. Hopefully this will help someone else in their quest for a suitable navigation option.
Let me start off by saying my vehicle did not come with the awkward Volvo navigation system, which I was thankful for. The previous owner did have the $800 Garmin 765t unit and cradle option installed though. While the 765t is more user friendly than the stock Volvo navigation system, it is too outdated in my opinion. Thus began my search for a new unit.
I looked at several units, to include the Parrot Asteroid Smart, Pioneer 5000NEX, Garmin 2798LMT (with backup camera), and various monitor/trim plate options from China. Ultimately, I decided the Parrot system was also too outdated, the Pioneer unit was too deep for the available space, the 2798LMT was too big and required altering the trim plate more than I was comfortable with, and there was just too little reliable information regarding the units from China. I scoured the local stereo stores and ultimately decided on the 2699LMT, which I purchased at Costco for $249 + tax.
I happily went home from Costco and began installing the unit. Included are some pics of the 765t prior to removal, progression pics, and the finished product. I think the 2699 looks much better, fills the space, and is far more user friendly than both the stock and 765 units. The voice command function alone is well worth the upgrade. No more struggling to type on small keys. Below is just a brief step-by-step of what I did. If you'd like a more detailed breakdown, please feel free to contact me.
1) Removed the old 765 unit 2) Unscrewed the cradle from the trim plate (left a nice hole to work with) 3) Spliced into the pre existing power supply left by the 765 ( I opted for a cigarette adapter so I could easily plug the new Garmin into it) 4) Cut a few more holes into the trim plate to accommodate the power cord and the Garmin mounting plate (luckily, the unit fits snug into the trim plate housing. I used the mount to secure it tight) 5) Hooked the unit up to the computer to register it and update the software 6) Re-installed the trim plate with the unit and it's ready to go
Note: Had I not already had the existing power supply from the previous unit, I would have tapped into one of the fuses below the glove box to power the unit. There are a few YouTube videos on how to do this properly by connecting to a feature that turns on and off with the vehicle, ie. license plate lights, etc...
My name is Mack, although I am listed as donmack, since the name was not as unique as I thought, LOL.
I was lucky enough to bump into a 1991 Volvo 940 with 87,000 kms (54,000 mls) a month ago. After my 960 suddenly suffered from timing belt fatigue and resulted in a total engine destruction I have been looking for another Swedish beast, when I found this one, almost in pristine condition.
I am in BC Canada, and am looking for some general and specific information, plus a Hayes manual, in case anyone wants to sell one, (yeah right)
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.