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I have a 1999 S70 T5. <p>It has 105,000 miles. It's been a pretty reliable car. It's had less unscheduled repairs than my 2004 S60R! It's never broken down or left me stranded except for a blown tire..and that wasn't the car's fault!<p>I've replaced the following items since buying the car<br>Shocks - bilstein tourings<br>New radiator<br>New rotors/pads<br>Flushed tranny fluid<br>BSR cat back exhaust<br>Timing belt recently done also. <p>I do the oil changes when I'm supposed to, and even did a radiator flush the last time Ih ad the car serviced. <p>I'm looking into a new car, and have debated about keeping the S70 as a third car. I don't need three cars, but I could keep the miles off my R (make it last me longer) and drive the S70 to/from work. My S70 is paid off...and I figure it's worth somewhere around $5000? maybe a bit more, i don't know. edit - i just checked KBB and it claims my car, in excellent condition is worth $7000 as a trade in! wow..is that right?<p>My mechanic told me the car should drive great to 200k, maybe longer. If that's the case, I'll keep it, assuming I won't have major repair bills...<p>what is the experience on this board as to how reliable the higher mielage cars are if they are well maintained? will I have motor/tranny/turbo failures as the miles increase and what would that cost me?<p>aside from brakes, oil changes, timing belts.....what over major $$$ repairs should I expect to do if I keep the car up to 150 or 200k miles.<p>if the car is gonna cost me $500 here and there, I'd be better to get rid of it now, and put the $$ toward a newer car with low miles. If I can get a lot of trouble free miles out of the car, it might be worth keeping.<p>thanks.
 

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Re: Longevity of S70 T5 and maintenance $$ ?? (23109VC)

I own a 99 S70 w/ 165k (bought new in 98). Surprised you've only put in min. $ so far in repairs. I've done all the major things discussed in other posts (a/c, heater blower motor, ABS module, ETM {just mailed request for reimbursement}, radiator, etc...Many repairs were done between 75k - 120k. Drivetrain still in VERY good shape & paint still like an "eggshell".<p>I'm well invested in the car & it now does "light duty" 2-3 days a week, keeping miles down on my 98 S70 T5 Manual - 85k (bought in 05 w/ 79k). <p>I would'nt get what I've put into the 99 if I sold it/traded it in & I happen to still like it. (it's got a full IPD suspension, VOXX Misano 18's, a bra, tint, etc...) Many repairs are way overdue on your ride & you've gotten off easy. I'd sell it if I were you & be happy. I've seen T5's selling on the West Coast, w/ 100k+ for $9 - 11k private party (Auto Trader). <p>Good luck.<p>
 

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you know...i did change some of that stuff. I had the blower on the AC replaced and my ETM was "cleaned" not replaced.<p>my ABS module is stock. every once in a while it clicks clicks clicks...but the unit is stock.<p>not sure if i'm gonna keep the S70 or trade it. the only reason to keep it is to get daily driving use out of it and keep miles off my R...theoretically my S60R would last longer if I only drove it one or two days a week instead of 5 days a week and weekends....<p>i'm sure someone with more of a financial mind would enlighten me on the logic or LACK of logic int hat way of thinking...<p>my R has about 48k..so almost 50k miles...so it would be nice to slow down the mileage accumulation....and keeping my S70 would do that...but someeone might say that keeping an S70 AND the R AND getting third car, AND paying insurance on three cars, AND maintenance on three cars defeats the purpose in that all the expenses would fofset whatever "savings" I gain by having the cars last longer...all cars wear out...i just don't want them to wear out before I pay them off.. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"><p>if i founda nice used XC90 V8 for high 30s....i could trade my S70, and knock a nice chunk of money off the purchase price...then have more reasonable payments on the car. <p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Johann</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Wait for the C30, you will love it!</TD></TR></TABLE><br> he wants a MINI VAN to haul his growing family
 

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He needs a car NOW. That car MAY be here in 2-1/2 years (if that)
 

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Re: Longevity of S70 T5 and maintenance $$ ?? (23109VC)

I own two 1995 850 wagons, but feel the need to chime in on the "fix or sell/trade" question. <p>Both of my cars have required $2-3k over my two and a half years of ownership. They were purchased with cash, so car payments and full coverage insurance are non-issues. What it comes down to for me is 1. there are NO trouble-free old Volvos; 2. is it better for your individual financial situation to drive and fix an old one or make payments and carry full coverage insurance on a new one? It was an easy choice for me. As much as i absolutely LOVE the new Volvos, they simply are not in my budget. I can get most of the basics and amenities (leather, power accessories, safety, comfort, decent factory stereo, sunroof), and still pay my mortgage. It comes down to what you can afford. If you can afford new/newer, I say go for it. Just recognize the cost of bellying up to the bar. But, either way, you will be in a VOLVO, so you will be happy! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Longevity of S70 T5 and maintenance $$ ?? (23109VC)

All the usual stuff. <p>I still have my original clutch and the motor still uses no significant amount of oil. These cars seem to decay at a constant rate over time, my guess is that it's as much time as mileage. (I'd guess that probably holds for the R also, except there's a lot more stuff to decay over time. If I get an '07 I'll probably lease it or trade it in while it's still under warranty.)
 

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Re: Longevity of S70 T5 and maintenance $$ ?? (bill d cat)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>bill d cat</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">All the usual stuff. <p>I still have my original clutch and the motor still uses no significant amount of oil. These cars seem to decay at a constant rate over time, my guess is that it's as much time as mileage. (I'd guess that probably holds for the R also, except there's a lot more stuff to decay over time. If I get an '07 I'll probably lease it or trade it in while it's still under warranty.)</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Last year I bought an S70 base 5 speed with leather, etc. and a blown motor. (Timing belt)<br>It had about 170,000 Mi. on it.<br>Cosmetically it had really been taken care of, garaged etc.<br>The paint was EXCELLENT (original) as was the interior.<br>I bought a used (30Kmile) motor from Erie Vovo, installed that with a new clutch, put on new sway bar links, new front struts and painted the front bumper, that was it<br>That car looked, felt and drove like one with 25K on it! Even the leather had barely any cracks, looked terrific. It didn't have one squeak or rattle!<br> (I could not believe that no one from here didn't buy it, that was one nice S70, it<br>had a lifetime warranty on the engine <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0">) .<br>The moral of the story is that these cars CAN run an awfully long time while driving and feeling very "newish"
 
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