1999 Volvo V70: 1999 Volvo V70 Wagon -- Living in Luxury
Bought this vehicle from a dealer in NJ. It was a no reserve auction, and I got it cheap ($2375 with documentation fees). There were 175k miles on the car, so it seemed a bit much, but from what I have been told they last a lot longer than that. I have always wanted a Volvo and so has my wife, so this was a nice start. I went to pick up the car with little expectation other than a Volvo. I got there and the car looked a lot better than I thought it would. They said it was nice, but the exterior looked flawless. The only flaw being that the gas lid latch was missing, causing the lid to flop when driving. The interior was smoked in, but that was nothing new to us. Upon further inspection there were stickers under the hood stating when the timing belt was changed, how much oil need to be in the engine, and other relevant info. Not what I had come to expect buying a used car. Usually it's all a guessing game, and good luck. This was definitely different. A book was in the glove box with all of the maintenance records, wow. I felt good about this buy immediately. I drove it around to check it out, and everything felt sound. Quite different from any American cars I had owned. It felt like my VW, but almost luxurious. It had a tight feel to the steering and brakes, and was solid all around. Again, not what I was used to. I thought to myself, "Okay, what's really wrong here?" There is no way I found a nice car like this for a steal. The engine purred, and the transmission shifted smooth, yet tight. Weird. The seats were soft leather with a firm, comfortable padding. The carpets needed cleaning, big deal. Again thinking, "There's got to be something wrong." Well I drove it home, which was about 120 miles. Thinking of the horror stories I had read regarding the brakes or transmission failing as soon as it hit the highway. Nothing but smooth comfort. I got it home, and road tested it further. Felt new. It hadn't been babied. The interior told tales of someone who did not care for themselves, let alone a Volvo wagon. Took it through inspection. Found the big problem with the car. Someone had disabled the check engine light. They also popped the bulbs for the fuel light and warning light. They couldn't pass it. Called my mechanic. I was told I would HAVE to take it to a Volvo dealer. They told me, not Union Park (15 minutes away), take it to Stillman in West Chester, PA. So, I called. Not knowing I needed an appointment first, I was told they had an opening next week. "Next week?!", I thought. "I'm not trying to get a colonoscopy, I just need a car fixed." Well, I took it in. I was warned there was a diagnostic fee, about $120 off the bat. Okay. Then I was convinced it was going to be $1000 bucks to get it fixed. Wrong. It was about $200 total. The dealer also told me I have a good car, and that it should last a very long time. I was shocked after hearing stories of the nightmare of maintenance for a Volvo. I then had them check out the rest of the car, and fix everything else plus make an extra key ($130). Total came to $500, and it passed inspection. The car is on the road right now, and is a pleasure to drive. I plan to keep taking it to the same dealer, regular maintenance, and buying another for myself. I feel like I'm living in luxury on a budget. It's nice to enjoy some of the "finer" things every once in awhile. Even though to some it's just a Volvo, but it feels like I went up a couple tax brackets.
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