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2010 Volvo V50 T5 R-Design AWD. 6-speed stick. 133000 miles. One owner. Current maintenance. Asking price seems a little high at $9500, but there aren’t exactly many comparable cars listed on AutoTrader.

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I’m in good shape with financing on the 1-series, so I could trade that in on this plus a little cash and still lower my monthly payment on a short-term loan. And then I’d have a stick-shift, AWD wagon instead of an automatic coupe. Sounds like a win-win to me.

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The only thing that has me hesitating is buying a high-mileage, decade-old, turbocharged Volvo. But the maintenance can’t be any worse than a contemporary BMW, right?

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