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My X trail had turbositis and other niggling things starting to go wrong  so it went to the auctions. 

So i am on a borrowed Kawasaki 500 at the moment and need another car, and have found a volvo xc70 2.4 D5 its 108000 miles one owner retired school teacher from same school my wife teaches at.

Its clean with a light scuf or two here and there and a small ding as big as a 50p on n/s rear lower 1/4 panel.

Its manual and drives spot on its an 08 and £1500 thats the price he was offered to trade for a Toyota auris hybrid.

11 months test no advisors and history has not one fail just been bulbs and a screen washer three years ago.

So what can i expect from MPG and will it get about off road reasonable wet grass and lightley rutted tracks etc.  And any horror stories hev seems a genuine bloke just not sure about volvo cross  countrys thats all.

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I worked for volvo for 15 years and found the xc70 to be a great workhorse. Some people like to cherish them and that can prove expensive, but as a daily runner they can be surprising economic and reliable. The usual consumables (tyres, servicing etc), are high prices at main dealers, but local garages can sort that just as well. A friend is getting 40mpg with his one, steady driving. I wouldn't worry about the panel damage, it won't stop the wheels going round. I think the only worry would be taxing it due to the engine size. £1500 is a decent price, but try your luck on a cash deal. Good luck.

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We've got a 2006 XC70 SE Lux auto, the 185bhp model, which we've owned from new. It's done 191k miles and averages low 30mpg.

It's a very comfortable place to be and we've toured around Europe in it.  

The servicing is done by a Volvo specialist and is reasonably priced.

Big expenditure has been a pair of front electronically adjustable shock absorbers, managed to keep the cost down a bit by getting them direct from Monroe. It won't be long before the rears need replacing too.

The auto gearbox has been re-valved, think that's what it's called when the change got very clunky.

The EGR valve and DPF were replaced when regular Italian tune ups failed to cure the car going into limp home mode. My wife's 3 mile commute did for them.

It has M&S tyres tyres on it and I haven't got stuck on grass or light snow.

We keep thinking what to replace it with and TBH we conclude better the devil you know.

In hindsight I should've got the previous 163bhp run out model. Better fuel economy, more reliable 5 speed auto gearbox and no blasted DPF.

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8 hours ago, PhilR said:

It has M&S tyres tyres on it and I haven't got stuck on grass or light snow.

Didn’t know Marks and Spencer’s did tyres!

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47 minutes ago, moondoggy said:

Didn’t know Marks and Spencer’s did tyres!

If they weren't M&S they'd have been Waitrose😁😁😁

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17 hours ago, Fuddster said:

at that money-I'd give 1500 all day.

get it bought.

 

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Well i bought it, i did try knocking him a bit as advised but he was having none of that. i smoothed him over and just paid the man.

Gave me a dog guard he said was from volvo. and a list of repairs and parts lot of old tests and a steering wheel lock thinghymijig, i like the car it drives spot on is 165bhp.

Its not exactly what i am used too but it went up the pasture no trouble through a wet gate hole and up the river bank with no drama or bottoming i went on to the bank top at an angle, but i dont think it would hove grounded anyway.

 

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I miss mine terribly. 

One of the comfiest cars I ever had and cost me nothing aside from consumables and a spring in nearly 100k

aircon compressor jammed and threw the belt into the engine so was uneconomical to repair but saw it on the road for another 2 years after I sold it fir spares. 

Join the Volvo owners club there used to be a guy work in the parts department who would post out spares at trade prices (usually cheaper then non branded parts from the motor factors) 

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I am impressed by it it is good on fuel in the 40s from what i can tell so far, i think its better  than the old xtrail on fuel. And i agree on the comfort its effortless on long runs, i just got back from york 70 miles each way and it was like the trip never happened just in cruise and its gobbling miles, and on back roads it corners great when i got off motorway on the back road to barlby i pressed on a little and it handles good. Think its a lot of car for money and fits in bang on with what i want from a 4x4. Trips up the northern firths next season look set to be comfortable fast quiet ones.

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You get spoilt by a Volvo as they are very nice to travel in. When I bought my XC90 I thought it plain inside  and slow after the forester. Didn't take long for me to like driving more than most cars I've ever owned. The D5 engineering the most refined or economical but it does just keep going eating up miles.

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We have an XC90....2 no hand, had itb12 months

previously had. Shogun Classic DDI....that was  a beast. Floor it at 80 and it kept going, no turbo lag, nowt. Off like a rocket

 

Unfortunately it was last seen still on floor 6 /stairway 2 of the Echo Arena car park  8'weeks ago.

hey ho...it's a lump of metal with a bit of rubber at each corner, it was a bit inconvenient but thankfully nobody got hurt. Insurance paid out BUT we'd buy another tomorrow

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My Mum has one but unfortunately it is off the road. I went round the other day to do an oil and filter  service on it and noticed that 2 front tyres are worn to the limit, the water pump is leaking and when I was walking round the car I noticed a huge bald patch on one of the rear tyres. Oh what has done that as the rest of the tyre is fine, well a very worn nivomat rear shock that has failed is what has done that.  So it will need 3 tyres, water pump, cam belt, serpentine belt oh and 2 rear shocks at £350+ each! Car has done 180k so not worth spending over a grand on it . A shame really as she really likes her Volvo.

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Reading a few comments on shockers, got me to worrying about prices if mine died on me. But looking on line for my car the shockers look to be about £55 for billsteins B4s . so think i could get something affordable and a half decent make shocker  all round for £200  to £250 if i look about, this as to be similar to any similar sized car. 

I think if i look for alternative spares places than volvo for some consumables i should be ok.

Secondhand stuff is about on fleabay and some online breakers so if i break a light lense i should be able to sort it cheap enough to keep it viable, i dont bash cars about a lot so if the supermarket car park touch drivers leave the old car alone i think i will be fine.

 Its proving itself to me all the time went up to the borders stalking Early in week and was in the mid 40s approaching 50 MPG from what i can tell, i have to brim it before i know for sure, but it does not seem heavy on diesel, and comfort i am way impressed with it i like driving it .

 I wont curse the old X trail i had good service from the old girl in the year i had it but this is another league altogether , the Xtrail might have been a little more off road capable, but this volvo is all i need in an off road car its getting me on the land foxing and yet to get stuck on road style tyres, i am sure if i had been in front wheel drive car i would have been stuck on river banks by now, so its showing its reasonable on off road grip, and think in all but the wettest weather i will manage with this.

   If anyone wants a big comfy economical mild track grass pasture and bank climbing fox / pigeon shooting bus with good distance comfort and nice to drive i would look at one of these things the XC70 is an ugly brute black arch guards etc but its better to drive than its looks show.

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On 27/02/2019 at 22:15, Lord O War said:

My Mum has one but unfortunately it is off the road. I went round the other day to do an oil and filter  service on it and noticed that 2 front tyres are worn to the limit, the water pump is leaking and when I was walking round the car I noticed a huge bald patch on one of the rear tyres. Oh what has done that as the rest of the tyre is fine, well a very worn nivomat rear shock that has failed is what has done that.  So it will need 3 tyres, water pump, cam belt, serpentine belt oh and 2 rear shocks at £350+ each! Car has done 180k so not worth spending over a grand on it . A shame really as she really likes her Volvo.

It is worth spending the grand though.

What will you buy her for that grand that will be as good as that fixed up Volvo ?

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Lord o war, you could buy good used rear shocks or a different shock. 

The rest is just neglected maintenance that should have been done so  your only cost would have been two rear shocks.

30 seconds on Google and two different sets of used ones fir sale one set less than 300 pounds or a conversation set less than 300 pounds. Around six hundred to have the car all sorted.

Edited by figgy

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Can see shocks for the rear of the xc70 for way less than £350, Am i missing an important thing here. They look to be a shock in a the coil looks to be easy enough strip from what i can see , and shockers are £55 each and (£98 for billsteins and sachs respectively. from what i can see.

 Is 350 for genuine volvo over the parts counter shockers ?  What make are volvo using do you know. ?

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The OEM dampers are made by Monroe. The Nivomats are great when they work, but many opt to fit conversion kits comprising of standard dampers and springs. At less than the cost of one Nivomat, the conversion kits are quite economical. 

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My XC70 SE Lux has electronically controlled shock absorbers which you flick a switch and adjust from softer comfort ride to a firmer sport mode.

They're made by Monroe and are expensive, but if bought from outside the Volvo dealership network can be had for half the price so circa £350 a pair IIRC. 

I asked my Volvo Indie if I could just put normal shockers on, as not many V70 derivatives had the electronic ones fitted, but he reckoned it would throw up all sort of problems with the ECU, let alone being a modification that insurers may not be happy with. 

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Try Dumfries Volvo Services,these lads know there stuff,they break volvos,service volvos, lots of parts of other volvos fit other volvos 

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With the rain last few days last night foxing was the first real test on how this Volvo will manage in the wet, it did ok on the flooded bits with no loss of traction on the river banks i had to get some momentum up and i went at a bit of an angle and it tracked true with no snaking about at all.
 Worst time was a wet gate hole out on to the back lane it was chewed up with tractors in and out recently and uphill, i tried it at steady pace and it did stop just rolled back reversed back 20 yards and had a run at it it came out on to the lane a bit sideways but it did ok for road tyres.  I think they handle such things ok for what they are.

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