It's a 2008 Volvo XC70 with 140,000 miles on it that's in better condition than I might have hoped.
For $5,000, you can do a whole lot worse in the land of fully depreciated European near luxury cars. There is a good deal of sun damage around the car but it's evident it was well taken care of for most of its life.
This particular one is a green 3.2 with the tan interior. The exterior is actually in excellent shape. I know some of you expressed concern over the mismatched headlights but I found no evidence of crash damage anywhere. No overspray, missing trim, color gradients, or anything that I could see.
Minor scrapes and dings. Only major one is this blemish on the side and some scuffs on the plastic bumpers. The paint actually is in fantastic condition.
The mirror caps have some clearcoat failure. It's clear this car spent a lot of time outside.
Which should have wreaked havoc on the notoriously fragile tan interior. But somehow hasn't? Don't get me wrong, there's a good deal of sun damage on the plastics. But usually this leather gets all dry and cracked but it's actually still supple. Someone cared enough about this car to condition the seats several times.
It's got freakin' push button start! This is the future!
The biggest issue with this car is that it's dirty. The thing needs a very thorough professional detail. The seller does a lot of mechanical work on his own but doesn't seem so adept at the cosmetic stuff. Yes, that's a lighter, but not a hint of smoke smell.
The list of recent work includes a fresh timing belt and water pump. This thing drove like it was brand new, tracking straight and true and rocking some impressively firm brakes.
The seller had been using it as his daily for the past two weeks which does give me confidence.
Well, when he wasn't driving this Jeep Grand Cherokee that he swapped a Mercedes diesel into himself. That gives me some confidence in his abilities but the car will get a thorough check with our Volvo indie soon.
So, yeah, I really tried but I couldn't get them to take it for a PPI. It makes me a little nervous honestly but we drove it a while with no problems at all. It needs new tires and some cosmetic work but was a rather impressive example of the XC70 for its age. The only issues I could find were ones all Volvos of this vintage have with nothing really caused by owner neglect other than a need for a detail. And since a Volvo of this vintage was literally the only option for some reason, the sagging headliner, sunburned plastics, and dubious build quality are something I couldn't avoid.
So thus ends the remarkably short tale of needing to replace an unreliable Volvo with much cheaper reliable Volvo. But the car really did impress me. It feels like what the XC90 should feel like: immovable and solid. This thing was unshakable on the tight winding high speed roads the test drive was on. And it was comfortable, quiet, and not-slow. It wasn't fast, but I thought the linear torque curve of the 3.2 suited it.
Anyways, I'm excited about this latest acquisition, even if I won't get to see it again for several months. Ask me anything and feel free to share any concerns you might have.