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I have a 1999 S70 with 93000 miles on it. My parents got it for me in highschool (2007). It is currently needs new tires a coolant flush, fixed backseat door lock, antenna, ac module?, ripped driver seat leather, stalls occasionally when parking and new clearcoat on the bumper and hood. I estimate this will cost over $2500 to fix some of the issues at a mechanic probably more. I am not experienced in fixing up cars and I dont have tools to do anything other than minor repairs.

I was thinking of buying this 2005 v70 (163000) I saw on craigslist pending a mechanics ok. I can probably negotiate down a bit on price as well.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/cto/d/bremerton-2005-volvo-v70-25t/6856809858.html

So my question is would you fix an older s70 with failing interior and lots of expensive repairs or newer v70 but with 60000 more miles.

What do you guys think?
 

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If you can fix some of it yourself and get into the groove, this is a great car. They're incredibly cheap, but 93K is nice - 2500 estimate would be silliness. NA or turbo?
I clicked on your link. That is a pretty car. Super, and WAGON!
Get someone to go with you that has VIDA/DICE that can read codes and history. If they have that they know what else to look for. Leaks, wear, etc., but this does look good in the ad.
Good luck! PM me if you have more questions.
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I have a 1999 S70 with 93000 miles on it. My parents got it for me in highschool (2007). It is currently needs new tires a coolant flush, fixed backseat door lock, antenna, ac module?, ripped driver seat leather, stalls occasionally when parking and new clearcoat on the bumper and hood. I estimate this will cost over $2500 to fix some of the issues at a mechanic probably more. I am not experienced in fixing up cars and I dont have tools to do anything other than minor repairs.

I was thinking of buying this 2005 v70 (163000) I saw on craigslist pending a mechanics ok. I can probably negotiate down a bit on price as well.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/cto/d/bremerton-2005-volvo-v70-25t/6856809858.html

So my question is would you fix an older s70 with failing interior and lots of expensive repairs or newer v70 but with 60000 more miles.

What do you guys think?
This might not be the answer you're looking for but;
When I was 16 my mothers Karmann Ghia needed a new clutch. I said I can do that. ( I never did that before).
New PP, disc, TO bearing.
I broke the springs off the PP when I installed the engine. Bought a new PP and got the engine in and everything worked.
The end cost was the same as if we took it to a repair shop.
That was the start of never taking my cars to have repaired by a repair shop.
The S70 might be a good test bed to increase your repair skills which could follow you for the rest of your life.
Nothing ventured nothing gained.
Good luck.
 

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My S70 has the stock engine. I would be more open to DIY repairs if I had a garage to work on it and keep it in at night. I tried to fix the climate nobs (one was jammed) but I ended up breaking a piece of plastic thats attached to the wires that holds the part in place in the dash. I read fixing the door involves bashing the lock off. I see your point but I think I would end up breaking more things than fixing. Knowing how to fix your own car would be nice tho...
 

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My S70 has the stock engine. I would be more open to DIY repairs if I had a garage to work on it and keep it in at night. I tried to fix the climate nobs (one was jammed) but I ended up breaking a piece of plastic thats attached to the wires that holds the part in place in the dash. I read fixing the door involves bashing the lock off. I see your point but I think I would end up breaking more things than fixing. Knowing how to fix your own car would be nice tho...
I can't remember how many things I broke.
When I got married I did not have a garage and I had a gravel driveway.
I used a tarp to cover until repairs were made and the gravel driveway was a hiding place for many many small part I dropped, never to be found again.
Only you know if this is the path you may or may not want to follow.
Good luck in what ever you decide. :thumbup:
 

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GRUENDIG is right. Sometime you need to learn some basics. I’m no whiz kid (well, not a kid anymore, lol) but I have done basics and read and watched and learned. It saves a ton. Fuel filter? Check. Rotate tires? Check. Replace FPS? Check. Replace speed sensors? Check. Replace the headlight bulb in a p2r? Check (and that is a mother Fr). Took me 15minutes but i agonized over it for days before i did it. Replace an entire headlight assembly on th XC after my son hit a deer so you have to drop the bumper? Check. This will make many ss members laugh, but hey you gotta start somewhere. I’ll tell you that you can save bank and feel good about knowing what was done by talking to ppl here who are all good. We’re Volvo (well, Car) enthusiasts.

Prioritize the list in order of safety and cost and then tackle the other things as you can.
 

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Again, that wagon you’re looking at is sweet. Rare wheel. Nice and clean car with decent options. Make sure someone who knows p2 line gets under it or take it to someone and pay 100 to have them verify all is good. A Volvo SPECIALIST is what you want if you go that route. Where are you located?
 

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Fixing all that is way less than your proposed $2500 number.

You just need to learn how to work on these cars. They're not that hard. Annoying yes at times but not that hard.
 

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Eventually, that wagon will need work as well. Coming here and asking what you should do will always get a bunch of people telling you you can do it yourself for less. Doing anything yourself will always cost less than having someone do it for you- this isn't a concept that only applies to car repairs.
So you can either do some research and learn how to do it yourself (saving money but not time and effort) or have someone do it (saving time and effort but not money). Some people just aren't as mechanically inclined as others and that's fine.
 

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Well I had a look at the V90. Had a mechanic at Midas look at it and it had so many problems. Everything was leaking and the guy said it would probably need a new turbo :facepalm: So I guess I'm stuck with my S70 for now. Looking into new tires and a coolant flush.
 

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If your S70 has a solid engine & transmission, and if the body & suspension are relatively free of corrosion, then I would keep it, if I were in your position. This assumes, of course, that you really need to own a car. If only I could somehow recover what I have spent on cars & motorcycles over the past 55 years...
 
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