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Hi<p>I'm 27 and every car I have ever owned has been a VW Golf GTI (!)<p>In the search for something that is more ideally suited to motorway cruising in terms or size, passenger comfort and safety, I'm now looking for something else and my search has led my to Volvo S70s.<p>My problem is i know *nothing* about Volvos. I am going tomorrow morning to look at one that I have picked out after extensive searching as meeting my budget and needs.<p>The car I'm looking at is a 1998 Volvo S70 10V SE, which has the 2.0 5-cylinder engine (non-turbo). It has 90,000 miles, one owner from new. Is there anything specific I should be looking for in terms of on the car itself (early rust, gearshift play, etc, etc) or in terms of in the car's history (eg must it have had a cambelt change etc at a certain mileage, how often should servicing have been carried out).<p>As O say, I know nothing about these cars. Long-time vwvortex member, looking forward to get stuck into these boards too if I end up getting the car.<p>Advice and suggestions please <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Cheers<p>Dan
 

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This question has been answered so many times here, I would suggest you click here: <A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerosearch" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerosearch</A><br>More specifically, you'll find from clicking there that these are available to help you: <A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=41220" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=41220</A><br><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=4657" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=4657</A><p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MadeInJapan</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">This question has been answered so many times here, I would suggest you click here: <A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerosearch" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerosearch</A><br>More specifically, you'll find from clicking there that these are available to help you: <A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=41220" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=41220</A><br><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=4657" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=4657</A><p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thanks for the info. I'm well aware how annoying it is to have new forum members asking questions that have been asked several times before. The two posts you listed were very useful, thanks <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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No problem. Now, if you have a specific question, post away. Will be glad to help in anyway.
 

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I wonder if we should create a sticky linking to the various "what to watch for" threads?<p>Here's another one: <A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=62305" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=62305</A><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by kageryu at 3:53 PM 8-11-2006</i>
 

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Great idea...wish this site also had a "useful vendor" listing. People like Victor Rocha for the ABS and fcpgroton for cheaper parts and raxles for good Volvo axles would be on the list. Wonder if a moderator would go ahead and begin such a list. These exist on Matthewsvolvosite.com as well as volvospeed.com
 

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I think a sticky FAQ thread at the top with things like that would be a great idea - its what I looked for before I posted since its what we have in the forums I used on vwvortex.<p>Well it turns out that I was about to make a horrible mistake with that particular vehicle. I now know that I would never ever EVER buy a car sight unseen over the internet, regardless of how good it looked int he pictures. In this case, the car that looked perfect in the pics was in fact peppered with dents and scratches. No big collisions and nothing that owuld have necesarrily put me off... if there hadn't also been cigarette burns on the seats and the key fob hadn't been non-functioning and held together with sellotape (!) The car itself was mechanically sound, no doubt about that, but cosmetically it was a mess. Maybe it was still a steal at the price but I didn't want the cost or hassle of buying a new keyfob, paying for dent removal etc - to my mind that's something you do as a seller before you put the car up for sale.<p>Anyway, long story short I said no thanks, and went to have a look at some of my other possibles, none of which looked as promising over the internet. Which shows again the value of looking at a car in the flesh, because I just bought a *mint* Volvo 850. I really do mean mint. I'm a man who has kicked tyres and bought and sold a fair number of late-80s early-90s golf GTIs, so I know what you can usually expect on a 10+ year old car even when they're advertised as mint, and this one surpassed them all.<p>It's a 1 owner 1995 Volvo 850 2.4 10V S, turquoise blue, with 59,000 miles and it has not a scratch, not a stonechip, not a wheelscuff anywhere and the interior was as-new. This car is basically as it left the factory. I had it up on ramps with an inspection light and apart from needing a new exhaust back section IMO (cosmetically, was actually fine) it was perfect.<p>To give you an idea of the care this car had received, the service log showed main dealer service stamps at *half the recommended interval* throughout its life - ie it had been serviced twice as often as it needed to be.<p>The kicker was that it had just had 4 new quality tyres fitted in April, all with almost maximum tread left on.<p>(pic below will only work until they take it off sale later this weekend)<p><IMG SRC="http://www.volvoselectedusedcars.com/stock/VCUK/Internet/EF1/VCUK_CVI_53406_N308EPP_20060721_1028_EF1_1.JPG" BORDER="0"><p>Yes, its older than the others I was looking at, but that just shows that a car's age is almost irrelevant compared to the number of miles it has done and the care the owner has taken of it.<p>I'm completely elated at this point and can't wait to pick it up a week today <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Obvoiusly, I paid for this car more than I should have done. It cost me £3995 ($8000) including a 60,000 service, 12 months road tax, 12 months breakdown cover, 12 month main dealer warranty. I know I've overpaid massively but the car is so great I don't even care <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Yeah, a bit expensive, but nice find! I suspect it is without turbo...a manual tranny maybe? Glad you didn't buy the other one!
 

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I don't know what good 850's are worth over there and I don't know what year that one is, but a car THAT nice I would easily charge that much.<br>You got what you paid for, an absolutely lovely car.<br>Don't fret, you DID NOT overpay for a quality car. You could have spent $2000 less and then spend that same $2000 to bring it up to snuf and it would never be as nice as that one seeems to be! You can never pay a little more for the best<br>Enjoy it, looks as if you bought a jewel <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>JRL
 
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