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Bought V70 XC for $3,100 and it needs over $3,00 repairs

Post by Rayg1124 » Fri Oct 07, 2016 12:36 am

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Re: Bought V70 XC for $3,100 and it needs over $3,00 repairs

Post by abscate » Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:28 am

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I just bought a Volvo V70 XC with 181k and the only thing I was told was wrong with it was the solenoid valve and the control arm bushings. I took the car to the same mechanic that has been working on this care for over 100k miles. He did a routine 7.5k mile maintenance he found quite a bit wrong. This maintenance was 600 miles past due when I bought the car.
Here is a list of things that need repaired: -Spring seats torn -Lower control arm bushing -Rear sway bar links -Inner tie rods -Torque mount engine bushings -Right engine motor mount -Solenoid -Warped brake rotors -Brake hoses need replaced
I am debating buying the parts on eBay and having my dad help me install them because no way in hell can I afford having all these parts put in by the mechanic. However, I did have them fix only the brakes because the vibrations were bugging me so bad and the brake hoses could be a hazard.
Here are the links to the eBay parts I may buy. Please advise me if these parts seem good and whether or not any of these repairs will be unreasonable for me and my dad. (He is good with cars, but we would be working with just jacks and stands)


Your advice would be very much appreciated. These $500 worth of parts vs thousands can really help me. Thank you!
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Re: Bought V70 XC for $3,100 and it needs over $3,00 repairs

Post by abscate » Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:32 am

It is not unusual for these cars to need 2000-3000 of repair work at the 100k mile mark.

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Re: Bought V70 XC for $3,100 and it needs over $3,00 repairs

Post by oragex » Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:42 am

The good news are your mechanic seems honest, the items you are mentioning are totally to be expected at these miles.

But there is also less good news. The 2001 cars were having transmission issues, and the solenoid valves in the transmission may not fix it at all. You are really in for a gamble at this point.

You put a link to Ebay parts. Know without any doubt, no matter how pessimistic this sounds, the parts you pointed to Ebay will not last past 1 year, perhaps not even past 6 months before failing. These rubber parts are the main concern on all Volvo forums, they simply disintegrate in only a few months. The only parts that will last are Sachs for the spring seats - look up site such as fcpeuro, eeuroparts, and Lemforder for the control arms.

In my opinion, you got into something uncertain and expensive with your purchase. I would rather sell it now even at a lost, and keep looking for a simpler to repair car. The best purchase is a car bought directly from the owner and who can provide paper work showing all repairs have been done at the main dealer. If this is your first purchase, anything with more than 120k miles is a gambling, better look for cheaper cars, such as a toyota or honda

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Re: Bought V70 XC for $3,100 and it needs over $3,00 repairs

Post by Cookie-the-Swede » Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:46 am

I'm not surprised. I bought a '03 S60 with 155K and it needed just about everything that you listed.
I've been "chipping away" at the mechanical issues as my small budget allows. Now, after about 3K invested, my car has turned out to be actually quite a sweet ride! It's actually been a FUN project since I'm a DIY kind of guy.

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Re: Bought V70 XC for $3,100 and it needs over $3,00 repairs

Post by precopster » Fri Oct 07, 2016 2:10 pm

Take a look at fcp euro's pricing on most of those parts and see if you can get into some better brands. They also offer free shipping to USA if the cost is over a certain amount. Avoid Pro Parts as they aren't as great as FCP make out they are.

I didn't see mention of transmission solenoid valve, only "solenoid valve" which could mean it's the CVVT valve on the exhaust cam. This is infinitely easier to replace than anything on the transmission.

Another factor to consider is whether you have the tools for such jobs such as an impact wrench and spring compressors for the spring seat replacement. Doing this manually without an impact wrench is exhausting and time consuming.

I just completed a 2001 V70XC project car which cost around $4,000 including purchase of $1,100 (faulty transmission) however it took me 3 years as I had so many other projects on. In my own project all of your list's parts were replaced and some modules such as climate control, rear body module, throttle, as well as all cooling hoses and the coolant reservoir.

It was slow tedious work and would have been done in quick time with a helper so you're lucky that your dad can help. Keep us posted on the progress or on any difficulties you encounter.
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Re: Bought V70 XC for $3,100 and it needs over $3,00 repairs

Post by tryingbe » Fri Oct 07, 2016 7:04 pm


BUYER BEWARE.
You're suppose to have the mechanic check the car BEFORE buy it. Always check before buying.
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Re: Bought V70 XC for $3,100 and it needs over $3,00 repairs

Post by Canadian Moose » Sat Oct 08, 2016 8:29 am

It doesn't sound like there are $3000 worth of parts on that list. It's the labor cost that gets you. Most of the parts that you mentioned are pretty easy to replace. If it were me I would probably get them from RockAuto and swap them over myself. I'd say you are looking at less than $1000 in parts.

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Re: Bought V70 XC for $3,100 and it needs over $3,00 repairs

Post by difflock54 » Sun Oct 09, 2016 3:07 am

I noted that the mechanic you spoke with was supposedly the same one who had serviced the vehicle for over 100k miles.
Assuming it was checked reasonably regularly over that time it seems a bit strange that all the items requiring replacing have shown up all at the same time.
i.e. brake hoses would show some earlier warning signs of deterioration and perishing cracks on the earlier service checks.
It seems some of these items may well have been deferred longer than they should have been and unfortunately it now has fallen on you, the new owner to deal with them all in one hit.
Work on the most urgent items to ensure safety within your available budget and you will soon have her back up to scratch.

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Re: Bought V70 XC for $3,100 and it needs over $3,00 repairs

Post by fixer333 » Mon Oct 10, 2016 12:26 am

ha ha we are all in the sane boat. Its right up there with all the other luxury cars Mercedes,BMW, for being somewhat expensive for parts and labor and not as reliable as toyota or honda, They are nice driving cars for a lead sled. The things you listed included many of the things I have had to do ,or will have to do( mine is a 2007 with around 135000). I just got done spending 2 days replacing all the rotten looms in the engine compartment.I have never seen looms rot like that , especially at such low miles. I used better than OEM ( High temperature loom and silicon wrap). Always buy OEM or OEM equivalent quality, like what was said above the cheap parts might last a year and you have to do the job all over.

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