I have test-driven the above car in view of a purchase and I am left
puzzled by engine behaviour. I’m told by the Volvo dealer that it has
an Audi engine.
It has to be said that I have never driven a Volvo before, let alone
such a big diesel engine. The strange thing to me is that while
accelerating from a still to about 70km/h the engine kind of vibrates
and appears to struggle and then a much cleaner and rounder/smoother
response to gas pedal arrives (turbo coming in?)...
The dealer syas it is perfectly normal for an old generation diesel
like this one to require some warmup before riding smoothly and that
the car is healthy. Sounds reasonable, but I test driven other used
diesel cars from other manufacturers (VW, Audi) and they were much
smoother without any warmup.
Since my motor knowledge is very poor and I’ve just arrived in this
area and I don’t know anybody here skilled enough to test the car for
me, I would like to ask you if the behaviour I described earlier
sounds familiar to you.
Otherwise the car is clean and shiny: deep blue outside with beige
interiors, very nice. The dealer (a proper Volvo dealer, in Italy) is
asking 13000 euros for the car.
Any help will be greatly appreciated
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