More miles means more money
By Melia on Tuesday, March 08, 2016
I owned and sold this car
overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Reason: too much money to maintain
- Overall Rating
Pros: "incredibly safe, turbo was excellent"
Cons: "got expensive quickly, engine failures stacked up"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"I got this car at just shy of 100,000 for fairly inexpensively about 5 years ago. I put in a new timing belt, and the car ran wonderfully when I ran it sparingly. For the first 3 years, I had barely tacked on 15,000 miles, because I did a lot of walking. But when I moved out of the city, I began to use the car more. In 2 years, I racked up 20,000 miles, which should be about average for a commuter into the city. During this time, I developed an oil leak, which only worsened each time I patched it, with increasing price tags each time. In the end, when everything was patched, the increased pressure from my turbo without the alleviation of the oil and pressure leaks caused oil to burst out of the dipstick, and without oil, busted one of my pistons without warning, crippling the engine. In less than 200 miles from fixing the oil, the car had totaled itself and lost 2,000 bucks in revenue, not counting the repair costs.
I was still able to sell it to a Volvo dealership for pennies (though better than the wave-goodbye from a scrapyard), as the car was only made for a few years, and parts are rare, but it did discourage me from wanting another one of these cars. It's still a fine car, and if replacement engines weren't the entire car's value, I'd have repaired it and been on with my day, but the truth is that the value of this car is in a cheap turbo engine that is not incredibly uncommon to fail after a while.
I would recommend this to someone who isn't going to drive a ton, but still needs something safe for a few years without needing a long commute -- like a senior man who wants some umph to his drive in a safe car, or a new high school student who isn't going much of anywhere besides baseball practice, the movie with his friends, and occasionally out to dinner. This cars safety features are on par with the Volvo name, and despite getting t-boned by a Fiesta and rear ended by an F-150, never had serious frame damage, or personal damage besides some whiplash. However, to those of us who drive to work every day, and work is some distance away, be wary of the engine-- as there was a reason it was made for as short a time as it was.
Be wary of expensive parts, oil leaks, and the turbo beginning to decay, but don't ever worry about getting hit by an idiot on his cell phone. I miss this car, but I wouldn't get another."
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