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Old 07-26-2005, 08:01   #1 (permalink)
harlan fichtenholtz
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Contemplating a Purchase

Hi, this is my first post so please bear with me.

I'm considering buying a used wagon. I've narrowed it down to a 1998 V70XC
with 102,000 miles, a 1999 V70GLT with 106,000 miles, and a 1996 850 GLT
with 90,000 miles.

what would you recommend (lots of input welcome)

thanks,
harlan


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Old 07-26-2005, 15:01   #2 (permalink)
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just based on the info you gave, i would jump @ the older,
lower miles wagon....prob a better price, hence a higher
$ reserve for repairs (if needed)....and pleanty of good
technology in the 1996 line of volvos...imho...btw, what
are the prices?

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Old 07-26-2005, 15:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Contemplating a Purchase

1998 V70 XC with 102,000 miles $8900
1999 V70 GLT with 106,000 miles $7950
1996 850 GLT with 90,000 miles $7495


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> just based on the info you gave, i would jump @ the older,
> lower miles wagon....prob a better price, hence a higher
> $ reserve for repairs (if needed)....and pleanty of good
> technology in the 1996 line of volvos...imho...btw, what
> are the prices?
>



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Old 07-26-2005, 18:01   #4 (permalink)
Peter K L Milnes
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Re: Contemplating a Purchase

Try a 1998 V90. It is bigger than the others, rear wheel drive and IMO more
luxurious. Standard UK/Europe trim has 204 bhp and IRS, yes even the wagon
(estate).

All the best, Peter.

700/900/90 Register Keeper,
Volvo Owners Club (UK).

"harlan fichtenholtz" <fichtenholtz@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> Hi, this is my first post so please bear with me.
>
> I'm considering buying a used wagon. I've narrowed it down to a 1998
> V70XC with 102,000 miles, a 1999 V70GLT with 106,000 miles, and a 1996 850
> GLT with 90,000 miles.
>
> what would you recommend (lots of input welcome)
>
> thanks,
> harlan
>



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Old 07-29-2005, 09:02   #5 (permalink)
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go for the 96...offer them $6,999 (cash)...

just my $.02...good luck !!...

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Old 07-29-2005, 17:01   #6 (permalink)
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"harlan fichtenholtz" <fichtenholtz@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:dc5c6b$rol$1@gargoyle.oit.duke.edu...
> Hi, this is my first post so please bear with me.
>
> I'm considering buying a used wagon. I've narrowed it down to a 1998

V70XC
> with 102,000 miles, a 1999 V70GLT with 106,000 miles, and a 1996 850 GLT
> with 90,000 miles.
>
> what would you recommend (lots of input welcome)
>
> thanks,
> harlan
>
>

They are all the same basic car....does the xc have 4wd?


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Old 07-29-2005, 17:01   #7 (permalink)
Bev A. Kupf
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Re: Contemplating a Purchase

On Fri, 29 Jul 2005 18:26:28 -0400,
Steve (someone@microsoft.com) wrote:

> a 1998
> V70XC
>> with 102,000 miles, a 1999 V70GLT with 106,000 miles, and a 1996 850 GLT
>> with 90,000 miles.
>>

> They are all the same basic car....does the xc have 4wd?


That's correct. The 1998 V70XC will have both AWD and TRACS. The
1998 V70XC and 1999 V70GLT will have a turbo-charged engine.

The 1996 850GLT will have neither AWD nor a turbo-charged engine.

Depending on where you live (snow, bad roads etc.) my preference
would be for the V70XC.

Beverly
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Old 08-02-2005, 01:01   #8 (permalink)
Alex Zepeda
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Re: Contemplating a Purchase

On Tue, 26 Jul 2005 09:09:31 -0400, harlan fichtenholtz wrote:

> I'm considering buying a used wagon. I've narrowed it down to a 1998
> V70XC with 102,000 miles, a 1999 V70GLT with 106,000 miles, and a 1996
> 850 GLT with 90,000 miles.


I would avoid the 98, because the old AWD system can become quite an
expensive maintenance item.

I would avoid the 99, or plan to keep a spare electronic throttle module
around (and budget about $1200 for the first replacement, about half that
for the subsequent replacements). Also, I believe the 99 is coming up on
a required timing belt replacement. That could be an expensive repair if
you need a water pump and/or any of the tensioning bearings. The
replacement would become quite a bit more expensive if you were to let the
belt break.

Without knowing the condition of the cars, I'd be most interested in the
96.

A non AWD 98 S70/V70 would be my pick as Volvo made some generally good
tweaks to the suspension, steering, and interior with the S70/V70.
Unfortunately the 99 and newer Volvo use expensive to buy, failure prone,
and expensive to replace electronic throttle modules.

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alex
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