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Hi,<p>I am deciding on whether to buy an XC90, 2.5T, 5 seats, AWD from a friend, with 90K miles on it. I am interested in advice on maintenance costs, and general aging of the car.<p>The car has been bought new by my friend back in 2004. He has been servicing it at the dealer, and as far as I know following all the dealer guidelines. <p>I would like your opinions on what can I expect on maintenance costs going forward; I am especially interested in XC90s owners with 100K+ miles on the cars. <p>From what I am reading in the forum, some Volvos need extra maintenance when young; should I be concerned with even more maintenance going forward? With the cost of parts, and dealers, it could become a very expensive purchase. <p>Is it worth buying an extended warranty? Is it possible with the mileage the car has on it?<p>Thanks very much for your help!
 

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Re: Need your advice - 2004 XC90 w/90K miles - Should I buy it? (wrs)

Buying or not buying, it's dependent on how much he is selling it. Overall, IMHO I don't think you should buy it, not worth the risk. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthdown.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Besides, I don't believe you can buy extended warranty b/c of the age and mileage of the car (Yannis would know about this). <br>The warranty would only cover up to 100k miles anyway. <p>Good luck!
 

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Re: Need your advice - 2004 XC90 w/90K miles - Should I buy it? (reinnie)

Actually, I put 84k miles on a '04 XC90 2.5T in two years and it was trouble free. What's the selling price?
 

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Re: Need your advice - 2004 XC90 w/90K miles - Should I buy it? (njb8199)

Just came back from my mechanic. The shop is not a volvo dealer, but the guy has a very good eye for used cars. He says the car is great shape, and only needs changing a piece on the suspension, worth about $150 with labor. Other than that, i need to change the sync belt in 12K miles more. <p>To my surprise the sync belt change, plus water pump change, including labor runs for $800. Brakes, he said are $400 front, $400 back. I was expecting much more expensive prices.<br> <br>Im buying the car below private party, so, I believe is a good deal. <p>I'll take the risk.. I'll post about my experience as I go along. <p>Thanks!
 

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congrats!
 

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Re: Need your advice - 2004 XC90 w/90K miles - Should I buy it? (wrs)

our 04 2.5T awd has 79K and no problems. Congrats...
 

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Re: Need your advice - 2004 XC90 w/90K miles - Should I buy it? (gascos80)

Thanks for your comments. <p>I brought the car to the mechanic to change the 'front tie rod' that I eyed at $150 on the shop's estimate. It actually was $180 for the piece and alignment, but I didnt consider $100 for an hour of work. Well, I though ok, my mistake. <p>When I was about to leave the store, the guy calls me and says the piece is not available, and ordering it raises the cost to $350... Not looking that good now... <p>Now, doing some google work, i found that 2004 volvo xc90 tie rod leads to a recall call. Should I bring the car to a Volvo dealer to see if I am included in the recall? Would Volvo pick up the tab in that case? The recall is from 2006, and the previous owner did all the recommended services. Should I assume Volvo automatically change the tie rod back then?<p>thanks!
 

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Re: Need your advice - 2004 XC90 w/90K miles - Should I buy it? (wrs)

On my car tie rod was changed as per recall during one of the scheduled maintenance appointments.<p>I thought it was not required, I did not notice any difference before and after the work was done, but... recall is recall...<p>Any dealer has access to the recalls work log. Volvo keeps/should keep the record of all affected and mitigated cars. It is possible that previous owner did not bring the car for the required recall. I have skipped a couple of non-essential recalls with my 00 S80 - did not have time first, and then forgot...<p>Change mechanic. Any decent mechanic has access to the Volvo VIDA/VIDIS systems and should know the price for the OEM parts at the time of estimate. So, it could be only cheaper, if after-market part would be used, but that is something that mechanic, again, should tell you up-front. And $100 per hour for labor is steep even by So Cal standards...Who are they - retired physicians? <p>I never have issues with my friend Volvo Indy shop owner and would gladly share his name with you, if you would be in LA.
 
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