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18-06-2014, 09:50   #1
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Volvo S60 T5

First Post - I'm thinking of buying a 2007 S60 T5. Its a one owner vehicle and is currently being advertised on Carzone. The main thing that is stopping me at the moment from just buying it is the mileage which is 140k miles. If you were driving approx 4k miles per year would you let this stop you?

Also, if in peoples opinions there are any viable alternatives for performance, price, shape/size, reliability & year I'd be grateful of suggestions. I have no issue with the €1,100 annual tax (not prepared to pay much more though!), its only a few hundred more than my 2.0D (I no longer need a diesel) for basically double the power.

I am also considering a 325i BMW - 2006 but currently drive a Volvo and love the comfort. I've driven a T5 previously but that was in the 2.3 engine and the newer 2.4 is apparently quite an improvement.

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18-06-2014, 10:09   #2
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I wouldn't be too concerned about the mileage. We had an 850R well past 200,000 miles and it drove better than most stuff with half that.
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Would be getting near second timing belt interval.

Also make sure brakes and suspension were done relatively recently.

Any link to the ad ?
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I tried pasting the link but the post got blocked. Its for sale at a main dealer in Athlone.
Is there a way to add the link?

The car looks good from the pics, but I did talk to sales.
I havent been to view it yet but might do so this weekend.
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I'm guessing it's this one?

http://www.motorpark.ie/used-cars/Vo...4012031641740/
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Sure - thats it.
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Looks well. Lot of car for the money. Would be a serious contender on my list of cars if I had a kid or need to carry people around often. The fact it comes with a 12 month warranty is a big bonus to. I seem to remember reading about electrical issues with the S60 and the binnacle? Should be resolved in that being a later model though, but it's worth keeping an eye. Can't really go wrong with the Volvo 5 cylinder, damn near bullet proof.

Might be worth asking if they'll change out the timing belt first before you buy it as SG said above it's on the mark for being due.
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Personally I think I'd go for something like this:

http://cars.donedeal.ie/cars-for-sal...ct-tax/6998150

2.0T but 2.5k less so you could do some mods to it
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Personally I think I'd go for something like this:

http://cars.donedeal.ie/cars-for-sal...ct-tax/6998150

2.0T but 2.5k less so you could do some mods to it
Good 80bhp in the difference though.
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Good 80bhp in the difference though.
True, ah feck it go for the T5
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Its a one owner vehicle and is currently being advertised on Carzone. The main thing that is stopping me at the moment from just buying it is the mileage which is 140k miles.
Who was this one owner, company or private owner?
Company cars are generally looked after and serviced regularly so high mileage wouldn't be a problem at all.
Private sellers may "dump" cars for sale when car starts to eat slowly your money: sensor here, seal there..
Remember not only engine did 140 000 miles, but also wheel bearings ,etc,etc.

Also - I wouldn't relay 100% on traders warranty as nobody don't really want to be out of them pocket so one day when you need that dealer warranty it can be difficult task to complete..-IMHO
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It was a private owner. Full history with the car as all work was done at selling garage.
What mpg can one expect on a run - 32/33mpg? Most of my driving will be mixed so I wouldnt expect more than mid 20's anyway!

Thanks to all so far for your input.
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Personally I think I'd go for something like this:

http://cars.donedeal.ie/cars-for-sal...ct-tax/6998150

2.0T but 2.5k less so you could do some mods to it
Not a feckin' chance!

OP, that S60 T5 used the last of the 'proper' T5 block and is a cracker (the engine in the likes of the Focus ST was only a 2.5 light pressure turbo). To find one as late as '07 is rare in this country and I certainly think is worthy of consideration. The S60/V70 T5 had a revision in 2004 which bumped the power up to 260bhp with considerable gains in torque and are really quite a car.
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Seems like a pretty sweet deal with the full 1 year Volvo warranty. Go for it!
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Anyone know which models have the 'space ball' gear selector? I love them!!



I thought all facelifted (2005) manuals had it?
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