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I'm new to the Volvo world. I've driven VW most of my life, but now I'm looking for a small wagon. I think that the V50 would be the perfect fit. <p>I've been looking to buy a new/newer to me car and always liked the V50. I've found two (2) cars that I like. <p>One is a 2005 V50 T5 6-speed with 40,000 miles and the other is a 2006 V50 T5 6-speed with 20,000 miles. <p>I'm just looking for opinions/suggestions about the cars. I'd like to go with the lower mileage car, but it's one the expensive side. Should I be worried about the higher mileage car? What do typical repair bills look like? My last VW had almost 250,000 miles on it, will the V50 last just as long? <p>Sorry for all the question. Thanks for looking. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcocktl.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Those are both low-mileage cars. There are lots of issues, but most of them are well-understood and in fact covered/fixed by recalls and service extensions. Are the cars at Volvo dealers? Ask for the service histories and what recalls were applied.<p>Personally, I don't think you can go wrong from a model and mileage standpoint. Check the cars thoroughly of course. Let us know something specific and we can help.<p>Tom.
 

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The lower mileage car is at a Volvo dealer. The other car is not, which makes me a little nerivous. The used car deal says it come with whats left of the factory warrentee though.<p>The higher mileage car comes with more bells and whistles. It have the larger wheels and pop up navigation. I'm not sure if the lower mileage car has that.<p>I will keep you guys posted. I might take a ride to look at them soon.
 

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With the Nav and wheels (which imply other stuff too), go for the 05. Unless you can get the 06 with a CPO warranty, then it's a horse race.<p>Dealers can pull the service and warranty history of any Volvo given the VIN. Also give you the in-service date, which will tell you when the warranty expires (since it's below the mileage).<p>Tom.
 

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Re: Questions about V50's (tmtalpey)

I am stuck, the lower mileage car is CPO'd. I'd really like to have nav ans stuff, but I feel better with a cpo'd car.<p>Does Volvo give you better rates with a CPO car. I asking because I know VW offers you lower % rates if the car is CPO'd.
 

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I was just in a similar situation...2 V50's one a year newer, more stuff, but I went with the one that was CPO'd. I drive around 22K a year, so the thought of a warranty for nearly 2 more years was nice.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Th3</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Does Volvo give you better rates with a CPO car. I asking because I know VW offers you lower % rates if the car is CPO'd.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>You mean you're financing it through Volvo? Shop around.<p>I don't know if Volvo gives incentives for CPO, but I'd doubt it. Perhaps they'd try to lock you into dealer service, or some such, but you don't need to. CPO gives you something like 100K mile coverage though - it's way better than buying new. Read the fine print and look at the total deal.<p>I still think the 05 is the better car. Given no other information of course. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Tom.
 

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pop up NAV is definately a plus... especially if your significant other can't read a (beep) map... this and heated seats are 2 options I should have gotten. you can skip Leather... it's cold as f--k in the winter and hot as -uc- in the summer but Looks nice. good luck.. with your decision. The V50 is an awesome car. You will love it!
 

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I do like the nav option and the girl loves the heated seats in the Mini. I was a little put off by the mileage though. I'll have to see abouot the warrentee and what options I have. Maybe I can extend it or something.<p>How hard is the T5 motor to work on. I'm pretty handy, I fixed alot of things on my VW and Mini. There is a Bently manual for it, right.
 

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The one thats CPO'd will have a 6 year 100k mile warranty which is nice but you gotta figure from the in service date that you may be lookin at a warranty only good until 2011 possibly. So is the higher price worth only 2 more years of warranty maybe 3 compared to having more features. Thats up to you.
 

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Don't obsess on the value of a warranty, is my advice. It can be a lot less than you think. Either the car won't break in a big way, or the breakage might not be covered 100%, etc. Also, "CPO" doesn't mean squat as to condition. Dealers check the car but except for really obvious stuff like thin pads they don't have to fix them.<p>There's no service manual. You can subscribe to online access from Volvo, buy an obsolete VADIS DVD from ebay (which ends at 2005 btw), or ask us here. We fix everything. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>The T5 is fairly easy to work on, for basic maintenance. For major work, it's a nightmare, you need specialized tools and a data connection to the mothership in Sweden. This is not much different from any other euro brand, except for the Sweden part.<p>Again, 40k miles ain't much, and for an 05 it's low.<p>Tom.
 

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The Loaded One Sounds Better , - as Whom Ever Bought It had Money , and most likely took It to the Dealer for Service Records , which You can Get Looked Up @ the Dealers Service Dept. - Via the Vin # .<p>The Other one @ a Used Car Dealer , I'd say Re-Po or Accident , but Maybe there was a MB SLK 500 on the Lot the Guy couldn't Live With-Out .<p>Or a Porsche , or a Ferrari ! - LoL <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Used Car Lots - Put It On a Lift and Demand to see the Title , It might<br>have the Owners Name on - It - Still . Any Way You Look @ It - Low Ball<br>the - Money & Walk ( Sales are Flat ) , should get a Great Buy .<p>One Owner Car ? , Kids ? , Dog ?, Smokers ? <br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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There is a haynes manual for the S40/V50, but it's for the European version. The major difference will be the engine - I don't know what else may differ, though.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>tmtalpey</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> Also, "CPO" doesn't mean squat as to condition. Dealers check the car but except for really obvious stuff like thin pads they don't have to fix them.<p>The T5 is fairly easy to work on, for basic maintenance. For major work, it's a nightmare, you need specialized tools and a data connection to the mothership in Sweden.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Actually just did two CPO inspections today and the pad life is on there, they cant be any less than 50% i believe otherwise they have to be replaced. The difference is whether its the sales department or the customer paying for the repairs that arent covered under warranty which gets interesting because the car MUST pass the entire inspection before it can be considered certified.<p>And your right about the major service, just did my first t-belt service on the new body style V50's and my what a pain... removing the VVT units and locking the cams from the back of engine was pretty awesome so i could replace the cam seals, cant wait to do the reseal on the oil pump tomoro morning <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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With only 20,000 miles between the two cars, I think the one with more options is going to win out. The one thing I'm not crazy about is the color, both cars are red. It's nice, I'm just not a big fan of red. I am a huge fan of manual trans, so that wins. It figures that the only manual car within 150 miles would be red.<p>I looked at the carfaz reports of both cars and they look good. Both cars say something about no outstanding recalls, so I guess they both have had their recalls done. The used car dealer look like a ligit place, mostly higher end euro cars. I'm going to google them and see what I can find.<p>Thanks for all the info, especially the motor stuff. I'm not that mechanically inclined. I lucked out by having VW tech friends and a dad that knows motors. I'd have to pay someone else for big motor jobs anyway.
 

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Found out a little more about the "higher mileage" car.<p>the options in it are:<p>Climate Package & Bi-Xenon headlamps<br>Premium package<br>Audio package<br>Sport package<br>Volvo navigation system<p>Question, what is dynamic sport suspension? Is it just stiffer shocks and springs than normal or is it some kind of electronic comtroled suspension?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Th3</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The one thing I'm not crazy about is the color, both cars are red. It's nice, I'm just not a big fan of red.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>My car will try to not take offense... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Veefifty T5AWD</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>My car will try to not take offense... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I'm not trying to say red is bad. Right now the Mini I'm driving is red and white. It's actually starting to grow on me. I think it would look good with a set of dark grey wheels.
 

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They are sometimes finance offers for CPO cars, when I bought mine in April/june of last year, It was as low as 1.9 for 24 months 2.9 for 36 months
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>sneyeper13</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">They are sometimes finance offers for CPO cars, when I bought mine in April/june of last year, It was as low as 1.9 for 24 months 2.9 for 36 months</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I think VW was doing the same thing, that's why I asked.<p>Anyone know about the factory nav unit. Are there downloads to get updated maps?
 
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