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Trading the Volvo for a Volvo...

I got an offer to trade my Volvo V70 for a same year S70.

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So I have this V70 wagon which has cost me a pretty penny to get fixed up a bit, and I still have problems with it. I expect multiple thousand kunas of expenses in the coming months. A guy I know who deals with these P80 Volvos offered me an unregistered S70 2.0 Turbo (pictured) for my NA wagon, beacuse he is looking for a wagon body for a project.

Here are the stats:

My V70 wagon
530.000 kilometers (350.000 miles) on the clock
Timing belt LOOKS ok but I don’t know when it was changed.
AC works sometimes
Brakes are shit, the discs and pads need changing
Vacuum leak God knows where (the diagrams are useless since it has a botched LPG conversion job)
Rear shocks are shot
Exhaust leak. Sounds nice but will have to get fixed before registering next year
But... It’s cool and I love it.
Worth when fixed up: 12.000 kuna
Total invested by me SO FAR: 14.000 kuna :/

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Offered S70 sedan
330.000 kilometers (200.000 miles) on the clock
Timing belt, water pump and fluids changed recently
AC works perfectly
LPG works perfectly
Brakes are perfect, front ones are upgraded to slotted thingys
New Sachs shocks all corners
Dinged front and rear bumper, bad trunk door. He has all the parts needed to fix them, I just have to mount them and spray paint them. I have a guy for the painting.
Worth when fixed up: 20.000 kn
Investment needed: 3.500 kn for the registration process.
But... It’s ugly. I just don’t like it.


The turbo is a rare car here. All P80 Volvos are pretty rare, and the turbos can fetch a nice price and go quickly. So I think the sedan is a better deal for me - I have a chance to get my money back. I doubt there’s any serious problems with the sedan, even though I only drove it around on a parking lot (because no plates on it). I trust the guy, I have known him for a while now.

Why does he want to trade then? He just wants a wagon body. His logic is that after selling the sedan he will have to spend months looking for a wagon to pop up for sale (again, these cars are rare here). He could finish the restoration on the sedan, and maybe sell it and look for a wagon in Austria and Germany, but then he would have to go through a long import process, which he says he doesn’t want to deal with. He plans to rip apart the whole wagon and use just the chassis for another project. I think he found a BIFUEL model which he needs a new body for. Hence his ignoring the problems the wagon has.


If I end up hating the S70 - I will finish the bumpers and minor repairs and sell it. Then I will have some money to get something I like and probably have some cash left over.

A bittersweet deal, but I went with reason over heart.
Waddaya think Oppo?

P.S. Does anyone have experiences with the 2.0turbo? Is it noticeably faster than an NA or...?

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