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Buyers Advice P2 vs P3

Help, Advice, Owners' Discussion and DIY Tutorials on Volvo's stylish, distinctive P2 platform cars sold as model years 2001-2007 (North American market year designations).

2001 - 2007 V70
2001 - 2004 V70 XC (Cross Country)
2004 - 2007 XC70 (Cross Country)
2001 - 2009 S60
2003 - 2007 S60 R
2004 - 2007 V70 R

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Buyers Advice P2 vs P3

Post by mecheng »

I'm looking at getting a V70, and I noticed the P3 (2008+) doesn't get much love compared to P2. What is the reason?
I heard it is heavier, and it doesn't offer the much loved 5 cylinder but is there anything else?
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They are only 8 years old, They arent even broken in yet.

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They were designed under yoke of Ford. I had oil changed once in our new Ford-influenced XC60, and I didn't like what I saw underneath. Inside it also misses that special Swedish car feeling. Glad this is wife's car, not mine.

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Post by chrism »

They may be very good cars, but to me the P3's look like every employee at Volvo was allowed to add one chrome doo-dad of their choice to the outside of the car. The six cylinder may be nice and smooth, but you will forfeit a couple MPG to drive one, compared to the 2.4 or 2.5 five cylinder.

Maybe I'm just jealous that I can't afford one.

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Ford engineering kicking everyone's butt in the auto world since they starting driving designs out of Europe , too.
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Post by mecheng »

Volvo guys have a lot of disdain for Ford, not sure if it's warranted, the p3 platform is based on the Mondeo.
I do like the P3 interior but I love the 5 cylinder rumble and power/economy combo
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mecheng wrote:I do like the P3 interior but I love the 5 cylinder rumble and power/economy combo
They replaced 3.2 inline-6 N/A with 2.5 inline-5 turbo in model years 2015.5 and 2016. You still can get a new P3 with 5 cyl. Or wait 5..10 years until current owners will be ready for price negotiation :) Anyhow, these cars with 2.5T and TF80-SC will be long runners.
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Post by JRL »

They're fine after the 2011 model year, much better after the 2013s and the 15s and 16s are excellent Volvos
Like you're supposed to avoid 2001 and 2002 P2, you avoid 2008-2010 for a myriad of reasons I'm not going to go into here.
I just bought a 2015.5 XC70 T6 Polestar for my sister and I was very impressed on this final year for the 6 cylinder, but you're comparing over 30K (to buy one at wholesale) to 5-7K to buy a decent P2 wagon
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I paid more than that for my wagon and I've already had to change the oil on it three times. It's killing me. And what's with this tank that needs gas every month?
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JRL wrote:They're fine after the 2011 model year, much better after the 2013s and the 15s and 16s are excellent Volvos
Like you're supposed to avoid 2001 and 2002 P2, you avoid 2008-2010 for a myriad of reasons I'm not going to go into here.
I just bought a 2015.5 XC70 T6 Polestar for my sister and I was very impressed on this final year for the 6 cylinder, but you're comparing over 30K (to buy one at wholesale) to 5-7K to buy a decent P2 wagon
I've never heard any issues for 2008-2010, can you educate me, what are the issues?
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