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Should I consider this used Volvo

Old 10-23-2014, 09:45 PM
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I'm looking at a used 2001 Volvo S80 T6 Executive Sedan Twin-Turbo with 112k miles on Craigslist for $2500 -- 2001 Volvo S80 T6 Executive Sedan w/ Twin-Turbo

I've only bought one car in my life and that was when I was 16. I have a total lack of knowledge regarding cars, and have relied on a couple of friends that are able to do some basic repairs up to this point. I thought I would see what everyone thinks.

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The seller started at $3500 but quickly went to $2500 saying he was moving soon. The car was his father-in-laws. Seller told me tires would need replacing, timing belt still needs to be done, tranny was dealer replaced at 90,000. He mentioned it's leaking coolant and that he tops it off every 3 weeks, says there's no sign of external leak on engine components or onto driveway.
Carfax report is full of dealer servicings -
At 33k -- front strut bearings replaced, stabilizer bar links replaced, rear shock absorbers replaced
At 46k -- oxygen sensor replaced, radiator fan replaced
At 49k -- oxygen sensor replaced, PCV system serviced
At 63k -- engine mount replaced, ball joints replaced
At 70k -- ABS computer/module replaced
At 80k -- sway bar links replaced
At 90k -- sunroof replaced/repaired, transmission replaced
Most recent safety and emissions inspections were on 9/2013 at 109k.

Haven't seen or test driven the car yet but the coolant leak and the bad reputation for multiple expensive repairs this car has make me nervous. Any and all advice is appreciated. Thank you for the help
Old 10-26-2014, 11:59 AM
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Timing belt kit including water pump is about $200 (may as well replace the water pump since it'll be easy to get at.) And that price is doing it yourself. Tires will run at least $400. My main concern is where is that coolant going? Out the exhaust? Into the crankcase? Or maybe it's beneath the carpet from a bad heater core. I'd also check the front suspension again since it was done awhile ago. The parts wear out quick. Also no mention of any brake work done. Looks to be a nice car but you could end up out a grand or more just making it road worthy.
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