2001 V70 very high miles.

Discussion in 'Volvo V70' started by John Caceres, May 5, 2007.

  1. John Caceres

    John Caceres Guest

    I have the opportunity to purchase a 2001 v70 2.4t that's got 162k miles on
    it. The car is immaculate, never been in collision and operates well.
    Although the miles don't scare me away, I don't want to get into a situation
    where I'm going to have throw a ton of money at the car for known high miles
    issues. It's going to be a secondary car, doing 15 or 20 miles of driving a
    day so it won't get a lot of abuse. I believe 2001 is the first year for
    this new model v70 so that's a bit of the reason for my concern.
    Specifically I want to know how the engine/turbo are with such miles on them
    and what a worst case scenario would be. I'll probably be spending under
    4,000 dollars for the vehicle so even spending a couple thousands in
    eventual repairs would still net me a solid car.

    The typical suspects are in good condition, new tires, new front brakes new
    brake assist, all electronics are operational and the car has a good service
    history.

    Currently I have a 2000 v40 with 130k miles which I use as my primary
    vehicle and it's been a solid car with nothing other that usual wear items
    needing replacement. That's why I'm not scared off but again, I want to
    find out about what are the "typical" issues.

    Thanks in advance.

    JC
     
    John Caceres, May 5, 2007
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  2. whats the purchase price? all service records in place
    and "match up" w/dates and miles?
     
    ~^ beancounter ~^, May 5, 2007
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  3. John Caceres

    Roadie Guest

    Check the service records carefully to be sure all required service
    was done at least on schedule if not more frequently. Also, have an
    experienced Volvo mechanic give the car a pre-purchase inspection.
     
    Roadie, May 6, 2007
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  4. John Caceres

    John Caceres Guest

    Yeah, thanks. I was heading that route. I'm going to talk to my mechanic
    tomorrow. My gut's telling me that if the rest of the car is that good then
    the other things were probably cared for as well. You don't get to 162k
    miles without regular maintenance. I pretty much want to make sure there
    aren't any hidden time bombs with the car, this being the first model year.
    Before I take the leap though, I will go over the service records, but just
    the fact that they are there again is reassuring.

    JC
     
    John Caceres, May 6, 2007
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  5. John Caceres

    John Caceres Guest

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "~^ beancounter ~^" <>
    Newsgroups: alt.autos.volvo
    Sent: Saturday, May 05, 2007 4:50 PM
    Subject: Re: 2001 V70 very high miles.

    The purchase price will be appx 6,500. I'm planning on a trade in that
    should bring the cost to 4k. I didn't have the time to go through the
    service records but will do that before I take the plunge.

    JC
     
    John Caceres, May 6, 2007
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  6. John Caceres

    Tim.. Guest

    As others have said, have an experienced Volvo specialist check the car.
    There are various ways to perform just minimum maintainance to reach 160k,
    and have the next owner open a tin of worms, as opposed to performing
    comprehensive maintainance.

    Look for evidence of transmission oil changes if it is an auto. The vastly
    improved 5 speeder still isnt scheduled to have fluid changes, unless used
    under 'ardouous conditions', but only the best garages will flush it as a
    matter of course. At 160k without flesh fluid it'll be towards the end of
    its life.

    I look after several high mileage cars, including an '88 745 TI with 220k on
    it, mechanically only just run-in, but the body work is beginning to suffer,
    and a 98 V90 3.0 with 295k on the clock. Many more suspension bushes etc in
    the V90 / V70 which you need to check carefully, and general complexity. The
    V90 has had a hard life, often hooked to a trailer, and is beginning to burn
    a small amount of oil, but its still dependable and brisk workhorse.

    The 70 series classic is renowned to be slightly more bulletproof than the
    mk2 V70, due to less complexity / electronic glitches, and I would say that
    a late VVT V70 in LPT form is the most desirable car to have. Ford did
    tighten the purse strings and hence the 'over-engineering' on the later
    cars.

    Tim..
     
    Tim.., May 7, 2007
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  7. John Caceres

    Guest Guest

    We have (among other Volvos) a 2001 V70 (non-turbo) that has been as
    reliable car as any other Volvo we've had. 85kmiles so far, and no
    major issues to worry about. I don't think the first-year thing is an
    issue.
     
    Guest, May 8, 2007
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  8. John Caceres

    Tim.. Guest

    85k is hardly major mileage!!

    Tim.
     
    Tim.., May 9, 2007
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  9. John Caceres

    Roadie Guest

    Whether the number of miles is significant or not is really dependent
    on whether the car has been maintained. A car with 85,000 miles that
    had little more than oil changes every 12k miles at the local quick
    lube shop is a disaster waiting to happen.
     
    Roadie, May 9, 2007
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  10. John Caceres

    Tim.. Guest

    To be honest, our 97 S70 with 95k on the clock hasn't wanted anything else
    doing to it other than routine servicing according to the book! I change the
    oil and filter at home every 5k, and it goes to the local trusted garage
    every 10k, regardless of whether the service light is on or not.

    Brake pads when needed, tyres when needed, 1 set brake discs, a/c regas,
    repair to cooling fan controller, afew bulbs and thats it.

    Tim..
     
    Tim.., May 9, 2007
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  11. But it usually gets you past the first year.
     
    Stephen Henning, May 9, 2007
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  12. John Caceres

    Guest Guest

    It's about 180% of the US national average...How far ~should~ we be
    driving?

    I should think that within 85 kilomiles, we would know if there are any
    "first model year" issues, which was the question of the original post.

    Just trying to help, ya know...
     
    Guest, May 21, 2007
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  13. John Caceres

    Kytis Guest

    Known issues are:

    - Gearbox (we had it completely replaced at 43,000 kms)
    - Lambda-sensor
    - ETM
    - Front end

    Sold our ym.2001 V70 2,4T a few months ago. And I'm very happy now that
    it's gone...
     
    Kytis, Jul 15, 2007
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