Hello all. I just picked up a car I talked about going to check out on the classifieds posts. I went back and forth about it and decided to take a gamble and either learn a lot of good things OR learn why there are not many P80 R's left on the road.
2000 V70R, 175k miles. (How many are left at this point?)
The good: Dealer service from new in late 99 thru 2010. Lots of good details from the servicing dealer per the Carfax. I hope to be able to get more by giving them a call. 0 miles to 150k.
The bad: Car was in a hail storm and totalled out by original owners insurance policy. If you saw the photos on the Craigslist (I saved them) it's not that bad IMO.
As far as I can discover there is not any other reason why it was totalled out.
Second owner (Indy Volvo shop) purchased in May 2010 at an Insurance auction and then later that summer in July, a reconstructed title was issued.
The medium/good. After the reconstructed title the shop owner had the car in his personal fleet that currently includes some p2r and a nice p80 c70 HT. Based on receipts he gave me, in 2016 he did timing belt and water pump, brakes and tires. At the time the car had mid late 160k. After that it looks like it hadn't been driven much and he decided to sell it. Less than 1000 miles driven since June of '17. I got a good feeling about the situation but I know there may be some Gremlins hiding.
I just drove it about 100 miles home on mixed roads. Well behaved. Trans shifts buttery smooth and seemed to have a nice program.
My plan is to drive the car as I think it deserves. I have another car I can use in case I have trouble with it.
I have a local Volvo specialist scheduled to take a look at it on Friday to give me some more guidance. No specific plans other than a "Stage 0."
Looking to get some honest advice and encouragement with this project. I am basically a Volvo novice but am not afraid to tackle a project if I have the right equipment.
Any advice short of "terrible decision" is welcome. Or at least that will motivate me to prove you wrong.
Located near Reading PA (Philly) for any locals.
(Apparently I don't have permissions to attach photos and I don't remember how I did it on my last "meet me")