advice please about volvos - Mazdaman
Hi

I an thinking about buying a volvo m reg 100,000 miles 2.5 v6 20 valve se auto

I like the car and it has history, anyone either reccomend these or have any comment. Are they expensive to run? The price is £4000.

Should i go for mistubishi gallant estate 2.0 which I have seen for about the sam price with 70,000 miles on an r plate.


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advice please about volvos - Mazdaman
hope someone replys soon
advice please about volvos - Steve S
Sorry Mazdaman, which model is it?
advice please about volvos - Mazdaman
It.s 850 SE model 96 on a N
advice please about volvos - Steve S
There are others better qualified to comment on what you should pay but if the history is good, and the toys all work ok, that engine is pretty bomb proof when all the right servicing is done.

They are very comfortable work horses that still manage to drive well. I agree with Slender that the mpg is likely to be mid twenties combined and low thirties on a trip.

Getting an independent check on has to be money well spent.
advice please about volvos - Slender
A month ago I bought a V70 XC. This has the same engine you seek and is also allied to an automatic. Fuel economy around town is reasonable at 20mpg. Country lane driving sees that improve to mid 20`s whilst steady driving on the motorway brings low 30`s. Mine has four wheel drive as well, so that will keep the figures lower than the model you`re considering. The car is supremely comfortable (the main reason I bought it), has done 84000 miles in just over 4 years and has been well looked after by Volvo. It has had a couple of minor niggles since I bought it but these have been attended to by a local dealer. The supplying dealer, over 100 miles away from where I live, has picked up the tab for repairs so i can`t complain about the service. The `box is good and the engine smooth and powerful.

I also considered a Mitsubishi Galant estate which was a little too small in the cabin for me. It did look to be a nice vehicle, mind you.

Decisions, decisions........
advice please about volvos - Slender
Sorry, forgot to say that mine is a `98 R.
advice please about volvos - eric's son
My 1995 2.0 20v has the SE spec - v solid (apart from an extremely iritating rattle that has developed from the tailgate), definitely the most comfy car out of Saab 900, A-Class, Golf mkII & many others. Did 800 miles over the weekend without a twinge of back pain or stiffness. Feels as tight as a 2-yr-old car, auto box is great, dealer (main) is lovely so far.

Oh & Seasons Greetings to all (my routine has changed over the past 6 months from "work" to "work for 5 mins, look at HJ site, work for 5 mins, look...")
advice please about volvos - volvod5_dude
"I am thinking about buying a volvo m reg 100,000 miles 2.5 v6 20 valve se auto"

The engine will be a 2.5 straight 5 20v, not a v6. If the servicing has been carried out correctly with regular oil changes and the cam belt has been changed you should be ok for another 200k/300k miles or even more if you look after it.

Cheers

VD5D.

advice please about volvos - Mazdaman
yes your quite right ..its straight six

only one minoe niggle.. the o2 sensor comes on on the dash.. something to do with exhaust I think... could this be costly? Oh yeah what are the brakes like on these? I heard volvos brakes are all that sharp?
advice please about volvos - volvod5_dude
"the o2 sensor comes on on the dash.. something to do with exhaust I think.."

Mazdaman,

Are you buying from a dealer? If so he should sort it. If not give your local Volvo dealer/specialist a ring and get a price to sort it, then haggle the amount off of the price. I don't know anything about o2 sensors I'm afraid. Perhaps "John S" can help on this. Regarding brakes, I would imagine the 850s have discs all round with ABS. I had an old style V70 and the brakes were very effective. However, at a 100K miles the discs should have been replaced on the 850 I would have thought.

Have you had a good long test drive?

Cheers

VD5D.
advice please about volvos - GreatestDancer
Guys I've just bought an 850 N reg with a 2 litre straight 5 engine, 10v.

It's slow but that's ok as it's only to be used for pootling around town. Car has done 120k miles and cost £2k.

All's well except the exhaust which is loud, especially when semi-idling e.g. crusining at 30 in 3rd on the flat.

Any ideas? Previous owners said it had just had a new silencer, but to me it doesn't sound right - kind of like my old golf gti with a stainless exhaust....

anyone? Rich
advice please about volvos - blue_haddock
Only thing i can suggest re the exhaust is that if it's had a cheap silencer the are often not up to the same standard as the OE spec one. Perhaps one way of reducing the price is to cut down on the quality/type of baffles
advice please about volvos - Ivor E Tower
Parents recently changed their 850 SE 10-valve 2.5 for V70 D5. The 2.5 petrol engine is good if looked after - service at least once per year (engine is designed by Porsche); lambda sensors sometimes need changing; cambelt change is apparently around the 90,000 mile mark (!); some problems with idle control valve. Theirs was still on its original exhaust after about 9 years when they traded it in. Loads of advice on www.vvspy.com; if I had the money and space, I would have taken my parents' 850 off them as a "fun" car !
advice please about volvos - Happy Blue!
I test drove one of these (with auto) and it was too slow at acclerating up hills on the motorway. Lots of noise and revs but no oomph. Couldn't find a 20v anywhere so eventually ended up a couple of years later with an S80 2.9 - now that was more like it!!
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advice please about volvos - DavidHM
I was confused that no-one had commented on how it was odd that Mazdaman was after a Volvo when our own Volvoman drives erm... a Mazda.

Don't know what happened to the original Mazdaman (this thread is 2 1/2 years old) and I'm sure they don't want to swap names, but it's worthy of comment anyway I think.
advice please about volvos - No Do$h
Don't know what happened to the original Mazdaman (this thread is
2 1/2 years old) and I'm sure they don't want to
swap names, but it's worthy of comment anyway I think.

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He last posted in an 03 and last visited here May 03. His last post was very backroom. Question was "should I go for A or B" and the response from Mazdaman was "how about C?"

:o)
advice please about volvos - volvoman
Errrrmmmm - despite the fact that I've never owned 2 cars of the same marque I suppose the answer is: once a volvoman, always a volvoman :)

 

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