the seems driving well but am not sure how high mileage will affect the durability of the car.
I purchased my 2004 Volvo S80 D5 SE auto as an approved used Volvo in 2005 with 30,000 miles on the clock and have now driven 25,000 trouble-free miles in the car.
It came fully loaded – leather upholstery, sunroof, cruise control, climate control and more, and cost much less than an equivalent Mercedes or BMW.
Shortly after purchasing, I swapped its Pirelli P6000 tyres for Michelin Pilot Premacys which gave a much smoother ride. The S80's cabin is vast and comfortable, providing more room for rear passengers than its V70 contemporary.
The ergonomics are good - both major and minor controls fall readily to hand. The Dolby Pro Logic car hi-fi is fantastic but thankfully it also has long-wave radio so that I can listen to BBC Radio 4 on the Continent! I spend around four months of the year in France where the car averages some 42 mpg - amazingly economical for a large automatic with the climate control at full blast!
I use a Volvo main dealer in France (Pemzec Automobiles – Vannes) who charge around £200 for an annual service – under half what I would pay locally in the UK.
To date, it’s been the cheapest car to run that I have ever owned!
Grumbles? The turning circle is too big and the handling isn’t as sharp as some rivals, but who cares when you are cruising along in comfort? Volvo’s approved used car warranty is superb, and probably the best way to buy a Volvo.
Ensure that you get an end-of-warranty check – your dealer will be keen to fix anyt
I bought my Wolwie after having 3 Lexus's on the trot - fabulous build, reliability, quality & dealer-service, but high running costs. Have to say that I have not been disappointed: all the aspects of Lexus are there (running costs excluded, but INCLUDING the Dealer-service - thanks Riverside, Hull)and have now had it for 3 years (a record for me), and 40k, and not even contemplating changing it. WONDERFULLY quiet, fast & comfortable - I have regularly driven from Zeebrugge to Murcia (1250 miles) in 2 days, and emerged fresh, stress-free and reasonably sane at the end of each day's driving. 40+ mpg (MORE if you drive within the limit) 800+ miles on a tankfull: huge boot, which can be doubled, all the bells and whistles one can poke a stick at, and as solid and reliable as they come. Downside? Don't stipulate 18" wheels and ULP tyres - they don't suit the car, and you can't use the extra grip anyway. A vastly underated and undervalued champion amongst big cars.
I bought this car about 2 months ago now with a few things needing doing which was no problem. Its a brilliant car and the levels of comfort are unbelievable. The seats were actually voted the best across the board on Top Gear if anyone saw that episode. I've got the 2.4SE version which has pretty much everything you would need as standard to hand and easy to use.
The running costs aren't too bad, I average about 30-40 mpg on motorway trips at around 70-75 mph and around 15-25 mpg in and around town (Not where this car is made for really!). Servicing is what you might expect for a car of this caliber, For the service this year from the dealer I was looking at around £370 but you are much better off going to a Independant specialist for most things.
Since I bought the car 2 Months ago I've covered 2100 miles and the car has not once let me down. These car are made to eat the mileage and will do so for a long time if you look after them well enough. These are much better than any BMW or Mercedes.
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