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I want to tell you about the joy of a second hand C70 T5. I'll be brief and to the point.
For 12000 quid you can get hold this great car. I bought one a few months ago from an ex company car dealer in sussex with 80000 on the clock for just shy of 12k and boy was it money well spent.
It has a full volvo service history, I can burn up anyone in this car and despite being ex fleet, it still drives almost like new. The engine is quiet and when the turbo kicks in at 3000 revs it really does take off, not with a grunt like some cars, but with a kind of gliding motion as if you were driving on an air hockey table. Fuel consumption does get serious when you put your foot down but driving sensibly offers a lovely ride at with reasonable consumption rates around 23/24 mpg.
Full leather interior and beautiful layout make you feel instantly at home in this palace on wheels.
The downsides of this car are these:Firstly, the handling can be a bit scary when you inevitably race someone off the lights, if the road is wet and you have to accelerate through a light bend, you can risk overdoing it on the old power. When this happens the wheels spin and you slide - be careful I know it's a volvo but trust me it goes. And secondly, the running costs are quite high, the tyres cost ú100+ the servicing costs ú300+ and a new rear bumper cost me a whopping ú1000 when some moron went up the rear.
Overall the C70 is well worth buying second hand, the high running costs have had me wanting to sell for months now but I just can't bear to live without it.
Oh and silly me, the space issue. This is unfortunately not a family car, its certainly akin to the V70 in the front with plently of legroom and the obligatory armrest. The boot is surprisingly spacious, I don't know the stats but I can get a baby buggy, baby seat and folded up travel cot. The back seats are comfly and stylish but getting in is awkward and getting the baby in is a knightmare, baby cant travel in the front because you cannot turn off the airbag.
never seen one of these before, but they look nice :)
debbie_marway 30.06.2004 18:40
I agree as below. I would like to know if it's a family car or just big enough for shopping bags. Welcome to ciao though.
Nar 30.06.2004 18:36
Some more detail would certainly be helpful to know about this car given that it is based on Volvo's estate V70. Space for one thing - is it cramped - do you get electric seats, is everything electric? What about a CD player? how about space in the boot? split seats ? Some more about the car would be a VH rating. let me know - Ill happily rerate. A worthy review. Nar