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Bought that low-mileage V50 - Good Move?

After asking people here and on the Consumer Reports forum for their opinion of the sport suspension, I went back for another test drive tonight. The ride is certainly firm, verging on active, but I'd say it's actually a bit more civilized than my '94 SAAB 900S.<p>They were asking 30,100 and I bought it for $27,500.00:<p>2006 V50 T5 FWD, 935 miles "Volvo executive car" - in-service date 11/30/05 clean CarFax record<br>Brilliant Blue w/off-black leather<br>Premium Package<br>Sport Package<br>Convenience Package<br>Audio Package<p>So ............. good move or expensive mistake?<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Gromit at 8:15 AM 5-31-2006</i>
 

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Re: I bought that low-mileage V50 (Gromit)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Gromit</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">So ............. good move or expensive mistake?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>If you are happy with the car and the transaction....good move. If it proves unreliable or the dealer is inept.....perhaps expensive mistake. Beautiful color combo though. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: I bought that low-mileage V50 (MagoonR)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MagoonR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Beautiful color combo though. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I second that! We just delivered an S40 2.4i that was the same color combo plus it had the Sport package with the 17" SAGITTA alloys! What a beautiful sight! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Yannis
 

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Re: I bought that low-mileage V50 (GrecianVolvo)

Actually, I'm fairly happy with the transaction - I'm just a bit stunned that I bought a new car while the old one was still running (and at only 142,000 miles). After considering the new 9-3 SAAB SportCombi, Audi A3 and a CPO A4 Avant, the V50 seems like a good blend of utility and performance - it rivals the new A4 Avant 2.0, but the dealer (Boston Volvo) has a better reputation than any of the Audi dealers around here.<p>I'll settle down eventually - I pick it up Friday, in time for an upcoming road trip. <p>After reading the "Volvo saved my life" post I told them to make absolutely sure that the fuel line recall has been performed!<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>And the color combo IS very nice. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: I bought that low-mileage V50 (Gromit)

Seats and radio are best in class. Interior is unique - I personally like it a LOT. V50 is a wonderful driving machine. Some folks have had teething troubles, but I daresay most S40/V50 owners have been really happy. I have been. In an era where cars have too many marketing hyped features that prevent normal driving feel, the S40/V50 is one of the most natural feeling sport compact (not a REAL sports car mind you) autos out there. I drove every competitor. The only one that beat it was the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, which has its own set of weird things (very noisy, expensive and fast decaying tires, lousy radio, etc.). The V50 is a stealth mobile. It's a sportster, yet unendingly refined. Couple all this with the ample trunk space, fold down seats, reasonable cupholders, etc., you have a very PRACTICAL sportwagon. I can fit a large unnecessarily heavy 88 key digital piano AND amplifier.<p>Also, that sounds like a really good price for what you got. <p>The folks who have been most disappointed from what I can tell are ones who got lemons or who had lousy service, or who may have liked it but wanted something different (Pontiac GTO is 400 horsepower with RWD, for example).<p>Bassman<p><br>
 

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Re: I bought that low-mileage V50 (bassman)

After picking it up last night the "buyer's remorse" jitters are gone - I agree about the combination of comfort, performance and utility. Great seats (as I thought when I was test driving cars) and handling, excellent shift/clutch feel, and the audio system is a huge improvement over my SAAB (no weather band though - I'll miss that feature).<p>We have a 400 mile road trip coming up, so I'll be able to give it a good workout then.
 

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Re: I bought that low-mileage V50 (Gromit)

Sounds like a pretty good deal, but I paid about the same for my V50 T5 brand new and got a free trip to Sweden to go with it. I recommend OSD next time.
 
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